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Kaz Hirai speaks out, for 4 minutes and 50 seconds about the PSN, it’s outage and what is being done to make sure their systems are secure going forward. He also wants to let you know that it is coming back up soon… and by soon I am already reading reports that PSN is up right now.

A lot of what he was saying doesn’t actually mean anything.  It’s just filler words.  My favorite was that Sony is taking “agressive actions to address the concerns that were raised by this incident”.  It’s the kind of thing I expected when the PSN went down and they nobody knew why.  

Bad corporate video or not, the good news is that the PSN is coming back online. Hooray!

[PlayStation Blog]

This Is How You Sell Zero Tablets

Best Buy has a pre-order page for the Motorola Xoom, the tablet that introduced the world to Android 3.0 at CES this year and whose Super Bowl commercial took a dig at the Apple way of doing things.  I was actually anticipating the release of the Xoom because there are some interesting things google is doing in Android 3.0 and the Xoom seems to be the Droid of the tablets.

Excited or not though, I don’t know who is going to pay 1200 dollars for a tablet when we live in an world where you can buy an iPad for as little as 500 dollars.  Even the most expensive iPad is $830. I don’t think the iPad has the best experience, it’s the reason I don’t own one, but it is the best known experience.  And if you are going to be making a tablet you have to compete with Apple on price.

I was already sad that there is no Wi-Fi only option. The reason Apple get’s to say it has an iPad for 500 dollars is because they have a WiFi only 16gig version.  The Xoom is stuck at 32 gigs with 3G, so of the six iPad sku’s they are forced to compete with the most expensive two.

I just have to hope that this isn’t final.  Someone at Motorola must have been to an Apple store and seen their iPad prices, right? The pre-orders go live on Thursday. We’ll see if anything changes then.

UPDATE: It seems the Best Buy page has vanished.  Maybe the price will go down?

[via @Gartenberg]

Life after death: Phantom game console remembered in design mockups 

The Phantom was one of my favorite punch lines / inside jokes from the game industry for a very long time.  Engadget got their hands on some photos of the design mockup.  Drink up… then pour one out for the Phantom.

Darth Vader Robs A Bank

Apparently this happened yesterday.  I’ve got $20 on this being blamed on videogames.  But honestly though, the dude escaped on a bicycle. A bicycle! Really?

Apple Holding iPhone 4 Press Conference on Friday

File this under “uh-oh.” Apple has announced a press conference to talk about the  iPhone 4 and likely the oft reported signal dropping problem.  I haven’t talked about it here on Nerdology at all because I don’t have an iPhone 4 (yet) so I can’t really weigh in on the claims being made.  From the people I know that do have one I hear that they are getting better reception than they had with their 3G or 3GS.

Are they issuing a recall on their newest handset? It’s possible.  Though it is worth noting that the Telegraph estimates Apple would have to spend 1.5 billion dollars to recall and replace the millions of phones it already has on the market. That’s a lot of dollars and a lot of phones.  It seems like that would make for a nightmare on the retail end of things, I’ve never been happier to be out of the retail game.

Even discussing an Apple recall is surprising to me.  I mean, this is Apple. This is a company that brainwashes you (and me!) every press conference into thinking whatever they are selling is the best of the best of the best.  There was a time when Intel chips were bad, when glossy screens were the best and when a phone only needed 16 applications.

Apple makes you think that there you are doing something wrong with their product not that they made a faulty one. Issuing a recall on their product is almost unthinkable… and that’s why I’m not 100% convinced that is what they are doing.  Actually, no one knows for sure what they’re talking about on Friday. Maybe they won’t even bring up the problem. Maybe they’re announcing a Verizon partnership…


(P.S. Conspiracy theorists say that the delayed white iPhone is only coming to Verizoin. They also say it doesn’t have the signal problem. I don’t buy it but it’s worth bringing up.)

This is what happens to 80 dollar headphones when they go through the washer and the dryer.

You know they have the WiFi there? They just put it right into the air!
overheard at work.

Likely The New iPhone

I say likely because it hasn’t been confirmed yet but Gizmodo got their hands on (and tore apart) the above device which was found in a bar in California.  They have concluded that it is a product close to final production, though they could not get it actually working because it was ‘killed remotely.’

The new features found upon disassembly are:

Front-facing video chat camera

Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)

Camera flash

Improved display

Secondary mic for noise cancelation

The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound

16% larger battery

3 grams heavier

The weird seams along the aluminum and the separated buttons don’t really jive with Apples design atheistic but this isn’t necessarily the final design of the case.  Gizmodo has a complete rundown of everything.  If you’re interested (and i know you are) you should hit them up for way more information. 


How Sony Lost Its Way 

It doesn’t really tell you anything new, but it’s a solid summery of everything that’s been going on in recent Sony history.

Robonaut 2

Robonaut sounds like its a robot from space, when it’s actually a robot for space.  NASA and GM have teamed up to make the most frightening thing imaginable. Sure, on NASA and GM think its a good idea.  GM needs the government money because they make cars nobody wants, and NASA knows how expensive it is to train a human to do things in space.  The problem comes when the robot no longer want’s to listen to us.

"This cutting-edge robotics technology holds great promise, not only for NASA, but also for the nation," said Doug Cooke, associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "I’m very excited about the new opportunities for human and robotic exploration these versatile robots provide across a wide range of applications."

A “wide range of applications.” Like, hunting down mankind, enslaving mankind, exterminating mankind.  Things like that?

GM says it’s going to use Robonaut in its plants to help make safer cars.What does a robot know about human safety? Also I wouldn’t give it access to machinery.  It’s just going to start building friends.  And Robonaut may say it needs more robots to make safer cars but it’s actually building an army. An army that can build things and doesn’t need to sleep.  Great job.


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