Sony has announced the price and release date for the PSP Playstation Portable game/entertainment console, and it is better than anyone expected.
The PSP will be available in Japan on December 12th and will cost 19,800 Yen (about $185).
Expectations of a US release date and price for the PSP are March and $150-$160. (Comparable to the Nintendo DS which will retail at $150).
I learnt something yesterday: There is one really important thing you need when you are looking to future-proof a new home and make it possible to easily install a home network in the future – you need a 20 foot long PVC pipe.
To be more exact, you need a 2-inch diameter pipe running from your attic to your basement, this will allow you to easily install ethernet or other cables to any room in your house without needing to struggle or badly damage your drywall.
(or you could just go wireless)
Expect to see a slew of black colored versions of all the previously pearly white iPod accessories.
First out of the gates is Griffin with their new black edition of the iTrip FM Transmitter.
The iTrip Black will be available in November for $35.
iTrip Black product page
It doesn’t seen very special to me but Apple has released a U2 branded special edition iPod.
It’s a 20gb 4th generation iPod with a black shell, red scroll wheel, some signatures on the back, and a $349 price sticker.
One rumor proved false is that it comes with a load of U2 music, instead you can buy “the first digital box set” of 400 tunes for a measly $149 more.
U2 ipod product page
Apple has announced the long expected 60gb color version of the iPod:
“A delight for the ears. A feast for the eyes. Though itâ€™s no bigger than a pack of playing cards and weighs in at just over 6 ounces, iPod Photo delivers a one-two sensory punch. Letting you carry an entire library of your favorite music â€” up to 15,000 songs â€” or enough photos â€” as many as 25,000 â€” to fill nearly 200 slide trays or cover nearly 5,000 square feet of wall space. Got a really big den?
The newest member of the iPod family, iPod Photo comes in two sizes: a 40GB model, available for $499, and a capacious 60GB model that sells for $599. Both feature a razor sharp LCD display that lets you see your photos in vivid color â€” 65,536 colors, to be exact. And with its built-in backlighting, youâ€™ll be able to admire those photos indoors or out.”
Some highlights of the 60gb iPod Photo are 15 hr battery life, 220 x 176 pixel 65k color screen, syncs album art, and a (too high) $599 price tag.
ipodlounge has some exclusive photos
I am sorry there have been no posts the past couple of days:
My wife and I are looking to buy a house and on Sunday we drove 300 miles and visited a load of new home communities, on Monday we priced out our favorite houses with all the options we want, today (Tuesday) we finished option planning and decided on the house and lot we want, tomorrow (Wednesday) we are driving 300 miles (again) to sign contracts, and then on Thursday I should be able to start posting again a little, and then we are away doing house stuff again until the next Wednesday.
Once that is all out of the way I have to start thinking about how to wire for home theater, and Internet access: I want to have LCD TVs with Internet access in the family room, the kitchen, the master bedroom, and 2 other rooms (that will be our offices).
Most people take 3-4 months to research and choose the house they want, we are doing it in 3-4 days. Will this haste come back and bite us in the ass? …. probably.
The DMC Xclef 500 100gb MP3 Player is an upgraded version of DMC’s existing Xclef 500 MP3 player.
This thing is big (5.0″ x 3.2″ x 0.8″) but if that isn’t a problem and you need storage for 10 gazillion songs this could be worth looking at.
The DMC Xclef 500 100gb MP3 Player features MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF, and OGG files, has an FM tuner, can record FM and voice at up to 320kbps, has a battery life of 20hrs, and costs $449 for the 100gb version.
DMC Xclef 500 100gb MP3 Player Product Page
(via the inquirer)
Here’s an interesting use of the USB flash drives that are everywhere these days, the Flashpoint USB Drive lets you copy data to it from another drive without needing to be plugged into a PC.
Basically how it works is that the Flashpoint is a hermaphrodite, it has both a male and female connection. (Other USB drives have a male connector, and laptops/computers etc have a female connection.)
To use the Flashpoint USB Drive you just mate the male part of another USB drive to the female part of the Flashpoint and press it’s button, all the data in a “share” directory on the male gets squirted over to the female.
It all sounds dirty and sordid to me!
Sorobangeeks also got some photos of the new Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 PDA.
The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 is a nice looking PDA that could only be improved if it had WiFi and was available here in the US.
The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 has a great flip-top design with a QWERTY keyboard, runs linux, has a 416mhz xscale processor, 3.7″ VGA screen, SD/MMC card slot, USB connectivity and a 4GB hard drive.
Battery life of the Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 is said to be 7 hrs, it is 4.9″ by 3.5″ by 1″ and it weighs 10.5oz.
(photos from sorobangeeks)
Sometimes writing this site seems more like the Guinness Book of World Records instead of gadget news, the main difference is that here the records change almost daily:
LG Philips broke the record for largest OLED (organic light emitting diode) display at the FPD show in Japan yesterday by showing off a 20.1 inch screen.
People (ok, geeks) get excited about OLED screens as they do not need a seperate backlight, so power consumption is lower and battery life is longer, and the screen is thinner.
(more from cnet)