Published November 18, 2009
gaming , microsoft
Tags: 360, console, gaming, ps3, red, ring, sony, xbox
Despite having blu ray PS3 sales numbers still lag behind the XBox 360, but why? If the red ring of death isn’t enough to dissuade you from buying an Xbox then there must be something significantly better. Hardware issues aside gamers crave games. Not just any games, good games, excellent games. Blood, gore, violence, and action. With an astounding 60% failure rate it doesn’t seem to be stopping consumers.
The recent Modern Warfare 2 launch brought to light another issue. Illegally modded consoles. Apparently enterprising modders have most likely upgraded their stock hard drives and installed / downloaded games illegally leading to 1 million xbox live accounts getting banned. So beware of that used Xbox 360 on eBay for an incredibly low price.
XBox keeps on churning out the console exclusive hits and Sony sales will continue to lag behind. Don’t even get me started on that short lived trendy Wii (btw your 15 minutes are up). Now if only Microsoft could make their hardware more reliable …
Hold the applause (yes, all 5 of you) Amazon has decided to finally allow Canadians the opportunity to get their hands on the Kindle. The highly coveted ebook reader. Ok, so “coveted” is going overboard. However all is not bells and whistles. Canadians will still have to pay the import duty of approximately $30 pushing cost of the device up to $300 after the dust settles. Really?! I’m not sure that little crappy display is even worth $100.
I’ll admit that I’m surprised at the success this ebook reader has enjoyed, especially in the U.S. (since we all know Anericans don’t read, they watch CNN). Logically the unit should do even better here in Canada but somehow I don’t think so. Number 1 the price is a barrier. Perhaps a small time college will jump on the bandwagon and offer up their textbooks via ebook and issue a Kindle with tuition costs but other than than I don’t see many jumping on board.
The other barrier is competition. Canadian shoppers are savvy and many have already adopted the Sony ebook reader at a fraction of the cost (no import duties here). Amazon’s delay to enter the Canadian market has forced interested buyers to look elsewhere and there are no shortage of ebook readers available.
Too late? Perhaps, there those die hard fans who will still buy one but beyond that the projected sales numbers look pretty bleak. Because we all know Canadians don’t read, they watch hockey.
Published December 12, 2008
funny , gaming
Tags: lego, mod, playstation, sony
LEGO + anything = awesome. Checkout this mod involving your favorite plastic bricks and old Sony stuff. Something for you to do over the holidays if you’re really bored. Make
Published November 25, 2008
gadgets , news , technology
Tags: 3, card, credit, deal, playstation, promotions, sony, stuff
If you’ve been thinking of getting a Sony Playstation 3 you might want to sign up for the new Playstation credit card. Not only will you save $150 off a new PS3 but you will also accumulate Sony Points towards more Sony stuff. Sadly the credit card is only available to residents of the United States.
However there are other promotions going on for Canadians right now.
*Save $150 off customized Vaio laptops (eCoupon- MYVAIO150) minimum purchase of $1500.00 is required.
*Save $100 off most GPS navu systems.
*Free ebooks with the purchase of the Reader Digital Book
*1 year of Bell Expressvu HD with the purchase of a Bravia LCD tv
Published September 3, 2008
gaming , news
Tags: ds, gaming, japan, nintendo, psp, sony
Sony showed off it’s new and improved PSP. Changes: a nicer screen, and a slightly different case … that’s it. So you gonna buy it? At least the pricing is the same. Is this Sony’s answer to the Nintendo DS (which is totally dominating BTW)?
“Sony has sold about 41 million PSP machines globally – 10 million in Japan. Nintendo has sold 77.5 million Nintendo DS handheld devices worldwide, nearly 23 million in Japan.” (link)
Sony needs a radical change if it wants to make a dent in Nintendo’s market. Change the experience, not just add features. If you want to compete you either do on a price level or content. Either way Nintendo wins. So you have to compete outside of the box because the regular rules don’t apply here. Get better games and the gamers will come.
Published July 3, 2008
crime , news , technology
Tags: computer, html, infected, online, pc, playstation, scan, script, security, software, sony, sql, warning
“Visiting the affected PlayStation site runs a script that pretends to do an online security scan of your computer, and presents a bogus warning message that your PC is infected with a variety of different pieces of malware,” the SophosLabs blog explains. “Users frightened by the scareware ‘warnings’ might rush to spend money on useless software.”
SQL injection attacks involve passing malicious code to SQL databases as user input. An improperly configured or vulnerable SQL application can be made to execute that input. All that’s needed is to add HTML into a Web page that calls a script on a malicious site.
Since January, SQL injection attacks have surged across the Web. Researchers at the SANS Internet Storm Center and elsewhere have said that the reason for this is the existence of an automated tool that searches for sites running vulnerable software and attacks them. Attackers can configure the tool to insert any code they want. (link)
Published June 17, 2008
gadgets , news , technology
Tags: broadband, ericsson, high, md400, modem, sony, speed, usb
Sony Ericsson unveils the MD400 and MD400g – the first HSPA USB modems of their kind from Sony Ericsson not only providing high speed broadband but also a combined M2 Memory Stick Micro™ and a microSD™ slot brought together in a stylish and attractive design. Apart from an in-built antenna, an innovative additional swivel antenna optimizes the performance when in use. When closed, it covers and protects the retractable USB connector. The MD400g also has an in-built GPS receiver which automatically shows the user’s current location. (link)