Sony NWZ-E450 Walkman

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Colorful Walkman Alternative To iPod

You could be like everyone else and get an iPod, but if you want an alternative, Sony’s NWZ-E450 Walkman is an interesting choice. It’s available in five delicious colors, and supports .lrc files, which means that you can use it as a karaoke machine if you like.

This Walkman can dim the singer’s voice and some other features include a 2.2-inch QVGA display, customizable desktop wallpaper, music and video playback. You’ll get 50 hours of music on a full charge!

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Video Games Are Going 3D in Wake of Box Office Success of 3D Movies

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Video game publishers following Hollywood’s lead.

With 3D movies boosting both audience experiences and box office coffers, videogame publishers are following Hollywood’s lead and developing 3D games to immerse players more into virtual worlds.

 

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eBook Sales Will Overtake Print Books Within Five Years

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Sony says sales of ebooks will overtake print books within the next five years.

Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading business division, said: “Within five years there will be more digital content sold than physical content. Three years ago, I said within ten years but I realised that was wrong – it’s within five.”

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Sony To Stop Manufacturing Floppy Discs After 30 Years

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Floppy go bye bye!

Remember Floppy discs? In case you haven’t noticed (like I didn’t), Sony is actually still making and selling those discs. But soon it’s time to say goodbye, as the company now said [JP] it will stop production in March next year. Sony rolled out the world’s first 3.5-inch floppy disc back in 1981. And believe it or not, even in 2008, the company could still sell 8.5 million units in Japan alone.

Not too surprisingly, Sony cites rapidly plunging demand as the reason (demand apparently peaked in 1995 and has shrunk more than 90% since)…

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China Is Forecast To Be World’s Largest eReader Market By 2015

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E-readers were on display at in the Chinese pavilion at the Book Fair in Frankfurt

As makers of electronic-book readers jockey for position in the U.S., Japan and Europe, a similar but more challenging effort is unfolding in China.  World-wide, about four million electronic-book reading devices were sold last year. The number is expected to jump to 12 million in 2010 and 18 million in 2012, predicts the U.S.-based market intelligence firm iSuppli Corp.

 

 

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Project Natal – Meeting Milo

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Meeting Milo

Serious groundbreaking technology here. I have always said that motion controls for gaming, no matter what tech you used to derive your motion control, was a complete dead end for gaming, unless someone developed a revolutionary method to make it essential for gaming.

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Sony To Begin Selling eBooks In The Digital Standard ePub Format

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Sony’s Reader

Paper books may be low tech, but no one will tell you how and where you can read them.

For many people, the problem with electronic books is that they come loaded with just those kinds of restrictions. Digital books bought today from Amazon.com, for example, can be read only on Amazon’s Kindle device or its iPhone software.

 

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Walkman Named Top Music Invention of Last 50 Years

Sony’s music player has beaten Dolby sound, compact discs and the ubiquitous iPod to come top of the list of “ten most important musical innovations of the last 50 years” published by T3 magazine. Its victory comes in the week that the Walkman celebrated its 30th birthday.
The first Walkman was the blue-and-silver model TPS-L2, which went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979 and started a musical revolution.
Never before had consumers been able to listen to music as they walked down the street, without balancing a tape player on their shoulder.
Within two years of its launch, it had become the must-have gadget around the world, confounding early critics who said it would never take off without a record button.
Kat Hanniford at T3 said: “It changed the way we access music, changed how often we could access music, and changed a generation.”
She said the MP3 digital music format, which came second in the list, and the iPod music player, which came third, would be impossible without the pioneering work of Sony’s Walkman.
The Compact Disc is ranked fourth, followed by Napster the ground-breaking illegal file-sharing site.
Dolby, the British company, which introduced multi-channel sound to cinema, is ranked sixth in the list.
The original Walkman was created for the co-founder of Sony, Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent plane trips between Japan and the United States.
In Britain the gadget was marketed as the Stowaway and America as the Soundabout but the popularity of the device – one of the world’s first truly global gadgets – meant the name Walkman spread, and before long Sony made sure all were called the same name. Its appeal was helped by the the relatively low price tag of $200.
In ten years Sony sold 50 million units of the device.
It is still a leading portable music player manufacturer, with its latest digital device the X Series acclaimed as one of the best digital video and music devices on the market.
T3’s list of Top Most Important Musical Innovations of the last 50 years:
1. Sony Walkman
2. MP3 format
3. Apple iPod 1st Generation
4. CD
5. Napster
6. Dolby
7. DAB radio
8. Boombox
9. Sonos Multi-Room Music System
10. Panasonic Technics DJ deck

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Top music invention of the past 50 years

Sony’s music player has beaten Dolby sound, compact discs and the ubiquitous iPod to surge to the top of the list of the “ten most important musical innovations of the last 50 years” published by T3 magazine. Its victory comes in the week that the Walkman celebrated its 30th birthday.

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Sony Considers PSP Phone

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The iPhone needs to watch its back with the creation of this product.   If the PSP wasn’t cool enough adding phone capabilities would make it unbeatable

The newest version of Sony’s PlayStation Portable isn’t even on sale yet, but the company is already looking ahead to what’s next, according to Reuters. Continue reading… “Sony Considers PSP Phone”

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Sony’s MotionPortrait Turns Photos Into 3D Animation

Sony’s MotionPortrait Turns Photos Into 3D Animation

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We don’t pretend to understand the Japanese, we usually just nod graciously and smile when they dazzle us with their consumer electronics and robots. But Sony’s MotionPortrait is different, SolidAlliance different. The technology creates 3D graphics from 2D stills of human faces.  (Video after the break)

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