Sunday, September 5, 2010

EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard Released at $210

EVGA recently announced their new EVGA X58 SLI3 motherboard! The EVGA X58 SLI3 took the EVGA X58 LE, improved the design and amped up the features! With the addition of USB 3.0 and SATA 3/6G, this motherboard becomes a great value for the future and allows compatibility with all the newest high speed peripherals. Have it all with the EVGA X58 SLI3: performance, features, value! The EVGA X58 SLI3 has an MSRP of $209.99, but can be found online for $199. The EVGA SLI3 is the clearly the budget version of a FTW3 with just a two year warranty.

'Classic White' DualShock 3 appears at e-tail

While the white PS3 Slim pictured above decidedly belongs to Japan, the "Classic White" DualShock 3 alongside has just appeared for preorder at e-tailers based in the US. Now, we wouldn't go so far as to claim that an ivory 160GB game system will follow this controller across the Pacific, but let's just say we won't be surprised if Sony reveals one anyhow before these preorders (tentatively) ship on October 15th. After all, Sony already sells a "Ceramic White" controller, and unless you're attempting to match colors,a single shade of eggshell paint is generally all you need.

Samsung suggests Galaxy Tab will cost between $200 and $400

Early reports indicate Europe will pay a pretty penny for Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but the 7-inch tablet may cost a good bit less when it comes to US shores -- the Wall Street Journal paraphrases a Samsung executive who claims it could run between $200 and $300 depending on the all-important carrier subsidies. The Korea Times, meanwhile, suggests a $300 to $400 retail price according to a different Samsung bigwig, who added that the Tab "will cost slightly more than the Galaxy S smartphone."

Google Wave Being Developed Into a Fully Functional Application


Google Wave may not have lasted long as an official web app, but the search giant announced today that it intends to use the existing code to design a fully functional application that can be hosted by anyone who wants it. The service will lose its integration with Gmail, but will still give active Wave participants a place to use and modify new and existing Wave’s after the service shuts down at the end of the year.

In many ways Wave might stand a better chance of reaching its full potential as a community open source project than as a neglected Google product. At the very least it takes the sting away from those who used the service extensively before they 
found out it was being given the axe.

Sony's Walkman Outsells iPod In Japan For First Time

Now this is impressive. In fact, it's hardly believable. SanDisk's CEO was quoted a few years ago as saying that no one could "out iPod the iPod," and over the years, that has been proven true. Even mighty Microsoft couldn't put a dent in the iPod's market share with the now-forgotten Zune, and one could argue that Sony never really tried.

But that's in America. Over in Japan, it's another story. Sony has a huge, huge following in Japan, while Apple is still trying to break fully into that market. A new survey on sales from the country recently found that for the first time, Sony's Walkman has outsold the iPod in Japan. Despite the iPod having less dominance in Japan compared to North America, it was still beating Sony up until last month. But a victory like this is nothing to sneeze at.

August marked the first month of sales ever where more Walkmans were sold than iPods. Sony's overall share of the Japanese portable media player market shot up to 47.8%, pushing it ahead of Apple's 44%. That's according to Tokyo-based research company BCN Inc. BCN analyst Eiji Mori said the following: "This is the first time that the Walkman outsold the iPod in monthly sales. The result demonstrated "consumers' reluctance to buy iPods ahead of the launch of a new iPod range in the United States. Sony's strategy to market relatively affordable products may have also contributed to the turnaround in the ranking in market shares."

It's hard to tell if Sony can maintain this momentum. Is it sustainable? Apple just released a new killer iPod touch with FaceTime and a Retina Display, which Sony has nothing to match. At least there's a battle to be fought; we thought this one was long over.

Music execs gunning for Android iTunes rival

If you don't like Apple's arrogant presence and its mindset that being its customer is a privilege, you're not alone. Music companies are very eager to get on Google's side as it seems more likely that a new service will launch on Android.
In a Los Angeles Times blog post, Warner Music Group senior adviser Jac Holzman was quoted as saying, "Google has smart people, and they recognize record companies need to be more than just suppliers. The attitude that you bring to the table is clearly the first step."
An Android music store has been rumored before and seems to be inevitable as Google continues to expand throughout all sorts of media. The search giant is also working on emerging into social games as well.
Android currently comes pre-installed with a special Amazon MP3 app. It was the first dedicated external application for Amazon's DRM-free music store when Android launched in 2008.
Additionally, music companies have expressed frustration with Apple over its strict pricing policy and high royalty rate on iTunes. But Apple has done little to assuage those concerns, knowing it has such a tight chokehold on the digital music market.
Google is already aggravating Apple with Android, and if it was able to take out a chunk of the iTunes userbase, that would be even better.

Toshiba Debuts CAMILEO P20 And CAMILEO S30 Full HD Camcorders

Not everyone needs a full-size camcorder; for many, a pocket camcorder is plenty. In fact, the market has exploded since Pure Digital introduced the Flip Video line, and nearly everyone has been looking to grab some of that market share. Toshiba, too. The company has just issued two new Full HD CAMILEO camcorders, the P20 and S30.

Both record in H.264 and capture up to 1080p resolution, and they both have new 3" touch panels on the rear with a revamped user interface. The P20 offers a 5MP sensor, while the S30 has an 8MP sensor -- that's the main difference between the pair. These two will be available in the third quarter 2010 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, but there's no word yet on a North American release. Both use a pistol-grip design, have a 10x digital zoom, an HDMI port, miniUSB 2.0 port, and composite video output. They also log footage on an SD, SDXC or SDHC card, and both make it simple to upload clips via YouTube and Picasa.