Archive | April 29, 2011

Should we make gamer’s information portable?

With the recent (and ongoing, now in its 9th consecutive day) Sony PSN outage, some gamers are discussing (seriously or not) to jump ships and move to XBOX 360 and its XBOX Live network which, at least for know is alive and kicking. Most of this talk is just pure frustration and I am sure less than one percent of the PSN users are thinking seriously to completely migrate. After all, if you are an avid online gamer, you have your trophies, achievements, friends and networks, levels played, characters, etc. Even for local gaming, some of this data is still useful, especially the saved progress.

Now comes the big question: What if this information would somewhat be portable between several systems and networks? Obviously there are many games available on at least two on the main platforms (XBOX 360 and Sony PS3). Wii is out of the question for now due to the Read More…

Deal of the Day – Logitech Revue at Amazon on sale for $229 shipped

Not sure how long the deal will last, but I noticed that Amazon has Logitech Revue on sale for the rather low price of $229 shipped (you’ll need to add it to cart to see the discounted price, from $299, no coupons necessary). You might love or hate the devices but it is probably the lowest price ever (considering that Amazon doesn’t charge sales tax in most of the states) and it will probably get Android Market sometime next month (to be announced during Google I/O 2011 conference in May) if various rumors around the web are right.

We reviewed the Google TV hardware (from Sony) a while ago and since then, the Netflix client got better and Google added several new streaming clients as well. However, everything will really explode immediately after Android Market will become available.

One particular aspect that no other media streamer has is the HDMI pass-trough. You can basically connect the Revue between your set top box and TV and use it in parallel while watching TV. Several streaming web clients supported included Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, YouTube (the big screen experience),  Pandora, Twitter, CNBC and a full functioning Chrome Web Browser plus full size wireless keyboard / touchpad.

ZAGGmate iPad 2 Review – Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2

Introduction:

I bought an iPad 2 a couple of weeks ago (technically I bought it more than a month ago but it took Apple almost a month to ship it!). I commute daily by train and, since iPad 2 doesn’t have a keyboard, I wasn’t able to do to much work on it so it did not replace my notebook. (By the way, if you think you can use iPad 2 – and any other tablet for that matter for serious work using only the on-screen keyboard, you are either wrong or much luckier than I am). I don’t want to carry more than one device with me so I start looking around to see what external Bluetooth keyboards are available. One of the options was the ZAGGmate for iPad 2 with Bluetooth, this time manufactured by Logitech. Not cheap at $99 but by now you should be used with the price of iPad accessories, and also the of any accessory manufactured by Logitech. Having used Logitech before, including my beloved Harmony universal remote, I decided to go ahead and see how it works.

ZAGGmate iPad 2 Review – Unpacking:

Zagg shipped the keyboard fast enough and in a much more efficient package than I expected. Good work Zagg, I used to Read More…