Category Archives: 2010

The mythical Playstation Phone/ PSP Android mash-up

The Prototype Playstation Phone or PSPhone codename "Zeus"

Gamers and Playstation fanatics Rejoice!!! because the long awaited PSPhone or SonyEricsson / Android Phone has finally appear.

According to reports from Endgadget, the phone is set to be unveiled either by CES 2011 sometime around mid Jan/Feb where Sony or Sony Ericsson expects to unveil its latest iteration of Sony branded phones. Its interesting to note whether this phone will be added to Xperia brand of lines or whether a new series of phone will be introduced. Awkwardly, will it be under Sony Playstation category or Sony Ericsson?  I guess we have to wait till next year to find out.

Based on the video(scroll down), it seems that it will be running Android operating system(Gingerbread) and will spot a 5MP camera with flash and a hard-key buttons with a touch-sensitive touchpad in the middle. Obviously, this phone is targetted for the serious/enthusiast gamers demographics. Judging by the size and bulkiness, I’m guess it has a larger capacity battery inside, hopefully a good touchscreen 4″/3.7″ display and usual array of phone specifications(bluetooth,WiFi,GPS,etc). Based on preliminary reports, the phone is rumored to be based on the 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 512mb ram and 1Gb rom. Personally, I was disappointed that Sony didn’t use the latest dual-core chips or Nvidia Tegra2 chips/Gpu as graphics acceleration and performance are way better with these latest chips. But who knows, Sony may change this and replace it with the latest chips. Let’s hope and pray hard.

As a avid gamer myself, I am really excited with this phone as much as I like touchscreen displays, hard-key buttons are still better in haptic feedback and response.  I will also be intrigued to know how the games will be distributed, could it be through Android Market or maybe Sony own’s dedicated app store. Interesting to note, this may well be the end of UMD drives for PSP or any storage media stored for games as most games nowadays are downloaded directly via Market/App stores.

But I also do have some reserves for this phone.  Sony Ericsson track record of updating OS is well documented as very or should I say slow as a tortise. It took them months for them to release the update for 2.1(Eclair) for SE Xperia X10. Hopefully, they learnt this process and any future updates will be quick as possible. In fact, just load the Vanilla Android OS w/o any skins overlays. There is hope in this because looking at the video, it seems “Zeus” is running stock gingerbread.

Based on all these rumors and speculations, it looks like another exciting year for Android phones in general for 2011. Go Green Robot! Droid!

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How a smartphone user sees oneself …

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Hilarious comic strip type cartoon ..

The Tablets Wars Dogfight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The iPhone market share in Infografix style

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The Big Four Theory…

Been busy this past few days, so much so that I forgot to keep with my plan of posting a new blogpost every 3 days. Really swarmed with studies and hobbies that I have little time left to post. Nevertheless, I shall you write a long one this time.

As the title of the post suggests, A 4-horse race is synonymous with any competition that has 4 teams or individuals who has dominated that sports or field for so long that other competitors might as well just surrender the ambitions to be a Champion. There are a few sports with this agenda that clearly seen. I shall name these few but before that let me explain to you why this so called 4-horse race is actually a balancing factor in keeping the competition more exciting and actually helps in promoting the sports. 1) One reason is that by letting the top 4 team get as stronger than the other competitors, this will help boost the top 4 teams revenue and prestige amongst the field. This in turns will help bring and attract more exciting players into the team and making the league more exciting. 2) Another reason by having this 4-top teams stay top, it actually will balance the remaining competitors in the league. Imagine having half of the league vying for the top spot and in the end the winner won the competition by a mere single point. That would bring injustice to the most consistent team who let’s say has never lost a game but has gotten a lot of draws.  So actually by having a top-4 team can be beneficial to a sport. Here some example:

  • English Premier League –  top 4 teams, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. These 4 have been at the top ever since the beginning of the century and it certainly helped these 4 to get the best players and help win trophies.
  • Formula One – Ferrari,  McLaren, Renault, Mercedez. Used to be just a top 2 horse race but recently with rise of Renault and rebranded Brawn GP(Mercedez now), the formula races has gotten more exciting. I can’t even say there is bottom-4 horse race going on as well with Lotus, Virgin, HRT and ToroRosso fighting it out.
  • Tennis – Federer, Nadal, Murray, Roddick. These 4 have lighten up and conquered the tennis circuit for quite sometime now. And the championship has changed hands between these 4 a few times. And it certainly hasn’t dampened the excitement at all.
  • TechWorld – Google, Microsoft, Apple, Palm(A subsidary of HP). Yes even in the corporate world, these 4 big companies have dominated the industry for years now. Even though they may dominate, but they still churn out new technologies and improvement in various fields of expertise they have. Its really interesting to see such improvements and competition between these four.

The Big 4 Theory

Been busy this past few days, so much so that I forgot to keep with my plan of posting a new blogpost every 3 days. Really swarmed with studies and hobbies that I have little time left to post. Nevertheless, I shall you write a long one this time.

As the title of the post suggests, A 4-horse race is synonymous with any competition that has 4 teams or individuals who has dominated that sports or field for so long that other competitors might as well just surrender the ambitions to be a Champion. There are a few sports with this agenda that clearly seen. I shall name these few but before that let me explain to you why this so called 4-horse race is actually a balancing factor in keeping the competition more exciting and actually helps in promoting the sports. 1) One reason is that by letting the top 4 team get as stronger than the other competitors, this will help boost the top 4 teams revenue and prestige amongst the field. This in turns will help bring and attract more exciting players into the team and making the league more exciting. 2) Another reason by having this 4-top teams stay top, it actually will balance the remaining competitors in the league. Imagine having half of the league vying for the top spot and in the end the winner won the competition by a mere single point. That would bring injustice to the most consistent team who let’s say has never lost a game but has gotten a lot of draws.  So actually by having a top-4 team can be beneficial to a sport. Here some example:

  • English Premier League –  top 4 teams, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. These 4 have been at the top ever since the beginning of the century and it certainly helped these 4 to get the best players and help win trophies.
  • Formula One – Ferrari,  McLaren, Renault, Mercedez. Used to be just a top 2 horse race but recently with rise of Renault and rebranded Brawn GP(Mercedez now), the formula races has gotten more exciting. I can’t even say there is bottom-4 horse race going on as well with Lotus, Virgin, HRT and ToroRosso fighting it out.
  • Tennis – Federer, Nadal, Murray, Roddick. These 4 have lighten up and conquered the tennis circuit for quite sometime now. And the championship has changed hands between these 4 a few times. And it certainly hasn’t dampened the excitement at all.
  • TechWorld – Google, Microsoft, Apple, Palm(A subsidary of HP). Yes even in the corporate world, these 4 big companies have dominated the industry for years now. Even though they may dominate, but they still churn out new technologies and improvement in various fields of expertise they have. Its really interesting to see such improvements and competition between these four.

2010 Singapore Grand Prix

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24th-26th September 2010 will play host to one of the most exciting and memorable formulas race in the modern era, The Marina Bay circuit – Singapore Grand Prix.

The picture you see was taken at the circuit itself a month before the race. This will be 3rd edition of the street circuit being held here and hopefully more years to come. The difference between the circuit here and elsewhere is that here its a NightRace so it makes t more exciting as you can really see the Singapore city skyline in the backdrop eventhough the drivers will propably have no time to look into the surroundings during the race.

This year I’m hoping to catch it life but it depends so lets see how the things go…