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We like these before they went “premo” on us. Now, Sony has beefed up the VAIO UX with a 32GB flash drive and dubbed it “Premium”. Price skeets upwards with the inclusion of the flash drive. However, you’ll be thankful for the speed improvement and longer battery life.
Besides the hard drive upgrade, here’s the Sony VAIO UX Premium under the hood; Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB RAM, 2 digital cameras, VoIP/Wi-Fi, 4.5-inch widescreen SVGA display, USB 2.0 port, Memory Stick Duo slot, GPS navigation etc… Vista-ready and ships in February for $2,500
Sony sends the message in vibrant colors to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the VAIO series. 500 limited edition FJ Graphic Splash Edition notebooks. $1,129.99 is the starting price for the special edition FJ290 notebooks, which gets you a 14.1′ LCD, Wireless LAN, 512MB, 40GB hard drive, a DVD+R double layer optical drive and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. However I’m sure you’ll want an upgrade to match the flossy, candy coated exterior. Options include a 2GHz Intel Pentium M chip, 1GB of DDR-SDRAM, a more respectable 100GB hard drive (preloaded with 5 Sony Picture movies), personal engraving and more.
The Bravia LCD televisions from Sony have been taken to new levels of color. Somewhere in Scotland, a high rise building was fitted with 70,000 liters of paint, and more bombs than you can imagine. Then it was dutifully handed over to award-winning director Jonathan Glazer to capture the glorious climax on film.
The advertising event took several months of preparation and Sony plans to releae the video to PSP owners in Europe. Photos due this no justice. Watch the video.
PSP fans no doubt are pissed. Sony no doubt is pissed. Apple no doubt is laughing all the way to the bank, while companies scramble, stutter and as the title says fumble, in an attempt to get mobile entertainment off the ground. Engadget has the lowdown on the latest screwup. The culprit this time, DRM. Who would have thought? Now would be a good time to pull a quote.
A big issue for us has been the (Digital Rights Management) and how we can secure that content to the Memory Stick,” says John Koller, senior marketing manager for the PSP. “The studios and the labels don’t want their content floating around.
While you’re over there check out the Blackberry Pearl, known previously as the 8100. Information has been leaking the past few days and it’s safe to say, at the price of $199 this device will fly. But until we see some some real specs and not just hinted sales speak, we’ll reserve judgement. Pardon the mix ups over the past few hours.
We just got word of a new device form Sony called the Mylo. Mylo stands for My Life online. The Sony Mylo appears to be a go between device, taking bits and pieces from different segments of the mobile market, but seems to be aiming for the SideKick crowd. The Mylo handles web access with Opera, instant messaging through Yahoo! and Google or if you prefer you both can IM and call through Skype.
Besides text messaging through the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Mylo has a built-in media player which plays both audio and video with a built-in MPEG-4 support. The Sony Mylo has WiFi support and that is handled by JiWire to provide access to virtually every available WiFi network, in your area. The Sony Mylo is expected in September at $350.
2.4′ TFT 320×240 pixel 65k color LCD screen
1GB flash memory
Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.1.1b)
Memory Stick Duo
Battery life for video is up to 8 hours, talking up to 3.5 hours music up to 45 hours
No more boomerang. What we get instead is a controller similar to the traditional PlayStation controller with no rumble and Nintendo Wii-esque features. Now history will say Sony didn’t steal (officially) the idea from Nintendo but everyone on Earth will be going …yeah riight.
So the controller is wireless, a little larger than previous Sony PS contreollers, has Bluetooth, recharges via USB, incorporates motion technology and is supposed to be more sensitive due to an increase from 8-bit to 10-bit sensitivity.