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Episode #91 - PlayStation Phone, Sony vs. iTunes and a Hero Dies
« on: February 14, 2011, 10:58:30 PM »
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VulcLAN 2011 Announced – PC & Console!

Motorola Xoom Tablet…uh, Not So Cheap
The Motorola Xoom Tablet going to be up for pre-order very soon.  The downside is that the pre-order looks to be priced somewhere between $800 and $1200.  Last week we ran a story that stated Android Tablets were popular because they are cheap.  $1200 is not so cheap.

DSony Ericsson’s Playstation Phone
The Playstation Phone could be coming in the next little while and this phone will be running both the Android OS as well as some version of Sony software that allows you to plays PSPGo games.  At least that’s the rumor.  Unfortunately this will not be as powerful as the upcoming PSP2 – or NGP.

Sony vs. iTunes (Apparently they need more enemies?)
I would think that Sony as enough enemies in the consumer-world and doesn’t need to make any more corporate enemies, but they seem to be willing to go up against Apple and iTunes with their own Sony-Only music store.  The neat thing is how well this is geared to work across devices.  I’m sure Apple will object but manage to come up with some “great ideas” that they “borrow”.

PSP (NGP) Pricing Rumors
The PSP2 (NGP) is slated to arrive in the first part of next year and this platform has some pretty amazing hardware specs.  The upside is that it is only $50 more than the 3DS from Nintendo.  The downside is that it is $300.  That is pretty pricey for a hand-held gaming platform.   I won’t be dropping cash on that at this point, but I know quite a few people probably will.

Sony’s Kevin Butler Accidentally Retweets Sony PS3 Security Crack Code
The biggest loser this week is Kevin Butler who unknowingly retweeted the Hexadecimal code required to jailbreak the PS3.  He thought someone was trying to “sink his battleship”.  Unfortunately, it may be Kevin’s future at Sony that is sunk.  Whoops.

Twitter in talks with Facebook and Google?
If Twitter can sell for somewhere between $8 - $10 Billion they’d better do it and run.  Facebook wants to buy Twitter for social network integration and to remove some competition.  Google wants them for “real-time” search.  Both have a lot of challenges – one of which is to turn this $150 Million-a-Year company into something profitable – if they spend that kind of money.

Activision Kills “Guitar Hero” Franchise
After many years and way too many revisions, it looks like Guitar Hero is dead.  Activision pulled the plug on this franchise and if you want your button-mashing fix to keep you happy, you’ll have to jump into the Rock Band arena.  It looks like that is still going on for now.

Five Ways the Verizon iPhone is Different
There are a few more differences between the AT&T iPhone 4 and the Verizon version than just the CDMA chip.  The battery is different as well as the unique “dual antenna” design that is so innovative.  Wait, most phones these days have dual antennaes.  Thanks for joining the actual smartphone generation Apple.  More information can be found at the link above.

Telus to Offer Unlocked Phones – for a Price
Although Telus is now offering phone unlocks on select phones on their network, they do charge $50 to make this happen.  While this is not a great deal, it is much better than Bell Mobility.  You can’t do this with a brand-new phone either.  You’ll need to have your phone activated for a minimum of three months to get this deal.

Best Buy’s “Buy Back” Program Sucks
I gotta say that we told you so.  Last week we covered the “Best Buy” Buy Back program and said that it would suck.  Consumer Reports has done the math and discovered just how much it sucks.  It sucks pretty bad and in some cases, you’ll lose $10 participating in the program.  You’d be better off not buying into it for most devices.

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