ViewSonic is throwing its hat into the Android tablet ring with a 7-inch offering called ViewPad.
The tablet will be made official at this year's upcoming IFA. So far, confirmed specs include a 7-inch screen, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD memory expansion, microphone, speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, mini USB, and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Pricing, capacity, and availability are yet to be determined, as is the specific version of Android the device will ship with. The image shown here, provided by ViewSonic, is a computer rendering of the device powered off, offering no hint of how Android … Read more
Within the last year or so, LED-based monitors have seen a noticeable increase in market share, with every major manufacturer getting solidly behind the technology. None have taken it as far as ViewSonic, though.
This week ViewSonic revealed that by early 2011, all of its PC monitors would be manufactured with LED backlights as opposed to the traditional, cold cathode fluorescent tubes (CCFL) backlights used by most monitors.
It was only a matter of time before a major vendor went this route, and according to the company, this decision will provide its customers monitors that not only have a lower … Read more
Let's be honest for a moment. The Wii didn't become successful because of its motion controls--it became successful because of its controls and Wii Sports.
If games make the platform, then the launch titles for Microsoft's Kinect are even more important than the technology itself. Will they be worth the Kinect's likely $150 investment? At its E3 press conference, Microsoft announced that 15 titles would be available at launch and proceeded to briefly demonstrate a handful. Here's the rundown, and our knee-jerk response to each.
Kinectimals: Hereafter to also be remembered as "Skittles: the game" by those who saw the keynote, the demo consisted largely of a little girl playing with a tiger named Skittles. This is Microsoft's virtual pet game: 40 animals, 30 "unique activities," and a lush landscape that looked a little bit like Viva Pinata, but more realistic. Virtual hand motions can pet the animal and interact. This seems to make more sense as a download than as a more expensive disc-based game.
Kinect Sports: A shameless mimic of Wii Sports, Microsoft's will feature soccer, bowling, track and field, ping-pong, boxing and volleyball. The 200-meter hurdle event seemed impressive, but only required running in place. How will other sports work without a controller?
Kinect Joyride:: Last year's free racing game became this year's Kinect kart racer. Virtual car controls seem like a challenge to do well, but the rest feels like Microsoft's version of Mod Nation Racers.
Kinect Adventures:The demo featured two players cooperatively steering a raft down arcade-like rapids, standing, leaning and jumping to collect coins. That seemed amusing, but who knows what the rest of the game consists of? … Read more
I owned a Dreamcast, proudly, back in 1999. I loved Jet Grind Radio and Crazy Taxi. It's with a note of personal affection that I report that Sega's officially releasing Dreamcast games onto both PSN and Xbox Live later this year.
What that means, for now, is that only Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure are making the leap. Sonic Adventure, as one of the first 3D Sonics, is a dubious choice. Crazy Taxi, however, is sheer genius. I always felt that Grand Theft Auto owed a bit to Crazy Taxi's madcap mission-based racing. As a quick-fix arcade … Read more
The company behind Roxio and CinemaNow says it plans to buy video codec company DivX.
Sonic Solutions says it will pay $9.38 per share for DivX, in a deal that would be worth around $300 million. It is still subject to shareholder approval, but is expected to be completed by September.
DivX distributes and licenses digital video technologies that allow content playback on more than 300 million devices, including PCs, TVs, and mobile devices. Sonic executives say owning DivX will help in their quest to deliver video content to a larger array of gadgets.
"DivX has a tremendous … Read more