I think the Vita is an amazing portable gaming system (check out my official CNET review), but owning one isn't going to be cheap. There will be a total of 25 games ready for launch on February 22, but not every single title is worth your hard-earned cash. The last thing you want to do is buy a launch game that you'll regret soon after.
The next-generation Intel chip destined to populate the upcoming crop of ultrabooks is delayed, an Asia-based report claims.
The delay of the "Ivy Bridge" processor is being reported by DigiTimes, a publication that typically voices the concerns of device makers. Those concerns are just as often opinion as they are fact.
That said, the key point is that volume shipments of Ivy Bridge won't happen until "after June," Digitimes said, citing sources at "first-tier notebook vendors [that] are having trouble digesting their Sandy Bridge notebook inventories due to the weak global economy."
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There's a new Apple launch event in February. No, wait, March.
It will be the announcement of the iPad 3. No, wait, it might be the iPad 2S.
For years now, the Apple faithful have allowed their nervous systems to respond to these excitements. For years now, the rumors have been even lengthier and more outrageous than the launch events themselves.
Yet, the whole purpose of these events wasn't merely to get the media, fanboys, and media fanboys fulminating. It was to allow Steve Jobs to use his enormous powers of make-believe in order to make everyone believe.… Read more
If you're one of those Facebook users who has seen Timeline and shunned it, the world's largest social network has some bad news for you: in the coming days, you won't have that option any longer.
Facebook announced in a blog post today that Timeline will be brought to all of the social network's 800 million users "over the next few weeks." Upon getting Timeline, users will have seven days to preview what's populated before it's automatically pushed live. Users that edit what they want people to see before that seven-day window … Read more
Don't mess with an angry mob of people waiting in line for a shiny new Apple product--especially if they've got produce on hand.
That was the lesson Apple's retail store in Beijing learned the hard way.
Bloomberg reports that those who had lined up for the iPhone 4S on its launch day in the country became incensed when the store did not open up for sales at the previously announced time.
According to the story, the 500 some person group began "pelting" the store with eggs, later transferring their rage to an unidentifiable "man … Read more
I'm always cautious when I hear that a particular service is the "next big thing" in social media.
The industry is littered with the remains of services that seemed to have potential, only to fall short before long. But a well-known serial entrepreneur is willing to wager that Pinterest might just succeed where so many others have failed.
In a blog post yesterday, Elad Gil took a deep look at how Pinterest's so-called "social curation" fits into a trend that has developed across the social landscape. He points out that around the turn of … Read more
Do you want to install Lion on your Mac, but use a program that extends your display? Not so fast.
You might need to first update the programs or even uninstall them to avoid a screensaver-related bug they could cause in Lion.
As Apple adds new services, device support, and other features to OS X, the included programming libraries that developers use to write their code also change, which can lead to problems. In the case of display management and extension programs, while the programs still function as they should, changes in the frameworks they use can prevent the system … Read more
Just a few days after releasing the PlayStation Vita in Japan, Sony is now focused on the U.S. debut of the system, disclosing the entire launch and launch window lineup.
According to a post on Sony's PlayStation.Blog, games will range in price from $9.99 to $49.99, and all be available on the PlayStation Store as well. An impressive 25 games will launch side-by-side with the system on February 22, 2012. Gamers can get started shopping a week earlier on February 15 when Sony first-party games and accessories will go on sale, including the complete First Edition Bundle.
While I still think the Vita should come with a small-capacity Vita memory card, give Sony a lot of credit for putting together such an impressive and diverse collection of software for launch. There's something for everyone on this list and also what I think are at least three must-buy titles. It's a night-and-day comparison to what Nintendo offered earlier in the year with the 3DS.
I'm also happy to see that Sony is going to debut the all-but-necessary proprietary format Vita memory card at a lower-than-expected price, starting at $20 for 4GB. Sony also announced that inside each Vita box will be six AR play cards (sound familiar?) and a voucher for more AR mini-games from the PlayStation Network.
Apple has significantly expanded iTunes availability across Latin America, it announced today.
The company singled out Brazil in its announcement, saying it will offer more than 20 million songs to customers in that country from every major music label. In addition, Apple says the service will include tracks from local artists, such as Ivete Sangalo and Marisa Monte.
Apple's App Store, as well as podcasts and iBooks, were already available in Brazil.
To further sweeten the pot, Apple is offering customers in Brazil access to "thousands of movies to rent or purchase" via iTunes. The available movies … Read more
According to Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner, Apple is ready to release the iPad 3 as early as February despite rumors that Apple could be waiting to unveil its latest touch-screen tablet update until as late as next fall alongside the iPhone 5.
Gardner mentioned in a note Thursday, reported by Business Insider, that the iPad 3 would also support a screen with double the resolution of the iPad 2, effectively a Retina Display, upgrading the iPad's graphics to the sharpness levels seen on the iPhone 4 and 4S.
"There do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles … Read more