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Finally, theyre all here. The Xbox 360 has had the next generation gaming market to itself for a year. Now its two competitors, the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, are here. No more speculating about speed. No more guessing about memory. Now we can take a look and see exactly how they stack up compared to each other.Let the console wars begin again.PriceThe PS3 has two configurations much like the Xbox 360. The PS3 comes in a $499 version that comes with a 20 GB ha...

Comparing The Playstation 3, Xbox 360, And Nintendo WII

Comparing The Playstation 3, Xbox 360, And Nintendo WIIFinally, theyre all here. The Xbox 360 has had the next generation gaming market to itself for a year. Now its two competitors, the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, are here. No more speculating about speed. No more guessing about memory. Now we can take a look and see exactly how they stack up compared to each other.Let the console wars begin again.PriceThe PS3 has two configurations much like the Xbox 360. The PS3 comes in a $499 version that comes with a 20 GB hard drive and a $599 version that comes with a 60 GB hard drive; Wi-Fi; and memory stick, SD, and Compact Flash slots.The Xbox 360 has two configurations. It comes in a $299 core version and a $399 version that comes with a 20GB hard drive.The Nintendo Wii is the cheapest of the bunch with just one configuration that costs $250.Processing PowerThe Playstation 3 comes with its Cell processor. Its a PowerPC based core that runs at 3.2 GHz that also have seven DSPs that run at 3.2 GHz. This configuration can do about 2 Teraflops.The Xbox 360 has a Custom IBM PowerPC processor. This processor also runs at 3.2 GHz. However, Xbox went with a true 3 core processor compared to the one general processor of the Cell and seven additional DSPs. This configuration can do about 1 Teraflop.The Nintendo Wii includes its Broadway processor, a PowerPC based processor running at 729 MHz.Disc MediaPart of the reason the PS3 is so much more expensive than the Xbox 360 is because the Sony decided to include a Blu-ray drive on the system. The drive can play both Blu-ray movies and regular DVDs. The Xbox 360 comes with a DVD player and an HD-DVD add-on is planned. The Nintendo Wii uses a DVD drive; however, the system will not work for playback of movies, just Nintendo games.Backwards CompatibilityThe Playstation 3 is just like the PS2 was. Youll be able to play both PS2 and PSone games on the PS3. Nintendo is taking things a bit further. Their system will be compatible with the Gamecube games and also the Gamecube controllers since the two systems use very different controllers. Not only that, but the Wii will also have the ability to download games from the original Nintendo (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), and the Nintendo 64.Sweet FeaturesIf you want high definition gaming, then the PS3 is the way to go. It comes with a Blu-ray drive built in and can output in 1080p. Although the PS3 controller may look familiar, its had some updates. The controller is now motion sensing so in some games youll be able to move your character or fly a plane just by moving the controller.The Xbox 360 was built to work with Windows XP media center. If you have a computer that already has media center on it, youll be able to view pictures, videos, and even recorded TV by using your Xbox. You wont need to put your PC in your living room to take advantage of having a Media Center PC.The Nintendo Wii decided to completely change the way gaming controllers are built. In the past, one controller was always held with both hands. The Wiis controller looks more like a TV remote control than a game controller. It has a built in motion sensor so, for example, to swing a sword, you simply move you hand just like you were really swinging a sword.Hopefully this review has helped you compare the three next generation gaming systems. Each has its pluses and minuses, and feature that are unique to it. Ultimately, your decision will likely come down to which system has the games that most appeal to you. And that is a decision that only you can make when deciding on a system to buy.

Viewty LG KU990 - Better Than The iPhone?

Viewty LG KU990 - Better Than The iPhone?

With all the hype of the current release of the Apple iPhone you would be forgiven for not being familiar with LGs latest offering, the LG KU990 Viewty. As with the iPhone handset the Viewty allows you to navigate its menus and features with the touch of a finger. But LG have added a few features to the Viewty that the iPhone is sorely missing. Could this touch screen technology underdog really be better than the iPhone?The LG KU990 Viewty is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera including a xenon flash and auto focus which puts Apple iPhones 2-megapixal offering to shame. The camera can also be switched to capture high speed motion footage and includes a unique feature that allows you to watch the video replay in slow motion. Combine this with the option to automatically upload to YouTube and you can plainly see why the Viewty is genuine competition for the iPhone.The Viewty allows you to browse the Internet through a fast GPRS or 3G Internet connection with an innovative web browser that allows you to zoom in on areas of web pages and then use your finger to drag the page across the screen. This function is useful as the handset screen is small and trying to read a full webpage without the zoom would be almost impossible. Surprisingly the Viewty is missing a Wi-Fi option, a feature which has become very popular and almost a must have on new mobile phones as Internet browsing becomes more popular.The onboard 170MB memory is generous but the microSD memory can only be expanded to 2GB which is really poor when you consider that the Viewty is going to be used for capturing high quality photographs and video. In comparison with the iPhones standard 8GB the Viewty falls short by a long way.The onscreen buttons and menus are easy to navigate and the photo gallery neatly allows you to drag and drop photos as if you were shuffling through a bunch of photographs laid out on a table. As with the iPhone there are some traditional buttons located under the screen that allow you to quickly answer calls or direct you to the main menu. There is also a selection of buttons on the side of the handset which allow easy use of the camera options.At 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8 mm the Viewty handset is smaller than the iPhone but slightly thicker. The battery life is good for a regular phone but with the other technologies included it will be necessary to regularly recharge especially if you have set the phone to vibrate each time you select a button on the touch screen.In conclusion the Viewty is not just a clone of the iPhone. Yes the iPhone will be a lot more popular and will sell many more units due to a frantic advertising campaign and brand awareness. Yes the iPhone does look beautiful and operate a lot slicker than the Viewty. Yes the Viewty is missing Wi-Fi, but there are a few features that will help the Viewty compete with the iPhone. It has a far superior camera which includes video capture, the Viewty is open to networks other than O2 and the handset costs are likely to be significantly less than the Apple iPhone. The Viewty is kind of like the footballer playing for a small team who scores a spectacular goal but is overshadowed in the media by the big team players strike.

Upwardly Mobile

Upwardly Mobile

Strategies to bring sleek content from Hollywood movie producers and the highly-regarded Sundance Film Festival were presented alongside projects to make it easier for poor migrant workers to transfer money at last week's 3GSM World Congress, the largest event for the mobile telecommunications industry with an estimated 55,000 visitors this year.While the two initiatives may seem largely incompatible, it's a reflection of where the mobile sector is today: On the one hand there are many markets approaching saturation, where competition has seen the price of a call plummet and forced operators to look at new sources of revenue _ such as mobile entertainment. At the other extreme are the so-called "emerging markets," where mobile phone penetration can be as low as a single-digit percentage of the population and where average earnings mean that the price of a phone and the accompanying service charges are seen as luxury items.Somewhere in the middle is Thailand, with a fairly healthy mobile penetration rate hovering around 50 percent and healthy competition to match. Where the country falls down is the lack of the faster "third generation (3G)", http://www.mobilephoneportal.info/3g.htm , networks that are enabling new data services in many other places, including neighbouring Asian countries _ and a lack of any clear timetable to license 3G services.And with new technologies being introduced that are starting to bring mobile connection speeds to the Internet equal to that from fixed connections such as a DSL, Thailand could risk falling further behind.For example, in a video presentation Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo told congress delegates that it was already testing data access cards that offer Internet connections of 7.2Mbps, with plans to boost its "Next G" network to 14Mbps speeds. That's a great deal faster than most companies can get from their regular fixed broadband connection here in Thailand, and about 50 times faster than dial-up connections or the data connections available through Thai mobile operators.Telstra is using a technology called HSPA (high-speed packet access)http://www.mobilephoneportal.info/hspa.htm , which is an "add-on" to existing 3G networks and currently being deployed by many operators around the world. According to the GSM Association, there are now 149 HSPA networks in use or in trial in 69 countries."It's a marriage of 3G with HSPA, what we call mobile broadband, and that's where the opportunity is," said Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association.Development won't stop there, however, and many vendors were openly talking about a new technology called "LTE" (for long-term evolution) that is expected to offer peak download speeds of up to 100Mbps _ although it will be up to five years before such networks and phones are widely available.Monetizing the mobileMobile entertainment is not the only bet the industry has on the table, either, as plans were unveiled to marry the "mobile phone" with the finance and advertising sectors.The "marriage" with the finance sector would make it easier for overseas workers from developing countries to transmit money, according to Conway, who detailed plans in a keynote speech for a trial project with MasterCard that aims to tap into the estimated $230 billion revenue generated from international remittances.Conway said the challenge would be to "use mobile to connect the 'unbanked' and the 'underbanked' around the world," noting that to send 50 pounds from England to India can cost 12 pounds using the traditional banking system. "Mobile remittances also resonates with governments, as you can create transparency," he said, adding that for operators it can reduce churn, the industry term for when users transfer to rival operators.Conway said the programme will complement existing local remittance channels and make transferring money internationally significantly more affordable.Nineteen mobile operators representing more than 600 million users are participating in its programme, while the pilot project is being conducted in association with mobile operators in India and the Philippines.In another mobile-finance initiative announced last week, the association detailed plans to use a new technology called Near Field Communications (NFC) to link mobile devices with payment systems. The Pay-Buy Mobile scheme would make use of embedded technology in the SIM card for credit and debits, and already has 14 operators signed up to take part.While many mobile payment schemes have been proposed over the years, Conway believed this one would succeed as it is the "first truly global approach" and would leverage existing technologies being introduced by the major credit card companies.A trial will be done in Korea later this year, led by mobile operator KTF and including all key participants such as banks and credit card providers, retail outlets and handset manufacturers.Get ready for adsAlso on the horizon, according to many in the industry, is mobile advertising. While that's not necessarily the mobile content that the average consumer was looking for, it will most likely come on an "opt-in" basis, according to Conway.As well as overcoming potential user resistance, he said that a key requirement for mobile advertising would be standardisation and a code of conduct for the industry. As a result, the association recently set up a Mobile Advertising Forum that would address such issues.If operators can agree on things such as common formats for mobile ads, there is a lot of potential, according to Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin. "We are clearly in a good environment to monetize what we can get from advertisers," Sarin told delegates, although he also warned that the industry needs to work together. "We need to seize the moment and if we don't we'll have a fragmented media and a fragmented user base," he said.Another company that sees potential in mobile advertising is Yahoo, which last week launched its mobile display advertising platform on the Yahoo! Mobile Web service (http://m.yahoo.com) in 19 countries _ including here in Thailand. The advertisements will run near the top of the Yahoo mobile homepage and will allow users to directly call the advertiser or access more information.Initial advertisers that have been signed up include Hilton's Embassy Suites, Infiniti, Intel, Nissan, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble Asia Pacific and Singapore Airlines.However, mobile advertising platforms from major Internet players such as Yahoo and rival Google also have the potential to by-pass the operator, cautioned analyst firm Analysys, which said that mobile carriers needed to use their detailed customer databases to gain a significant share of advertising revenues."If this information is used intelligently, mobile operators have an opportunity to gain significant new revenues from mobile advertisers, who may be willing to pay a premium for access to a well-segmented audience," said Analysys consultant Andrew Kloeden."Provided a business model that does not bypass the operators' networks emerges as dominant, mobile advertising may represent a source of significant ARPU [revenue] gains from mobile data services," he added.Pull down the wallsWhile faster speeds for accessing mobile data and high-profile entertainment options _ such as mobile music and more lately mobile TV _ are what the industry likes to emphasise, the reality is that mobile data is still dominated by a relatively primitive service _ the humble SMS text message. That's the case whether the user is in the SMS-leading Philippines or in the UK, which boasts the largest share of data revenues in Western Europe, according to research firm Informa.One reason for the slow take-up of "richer" content offerings is because mobile operators in the past have tried to sell their own content and rope off the wider Internet, according to many industry observers. This so-called "walled garden" approach might have to change to get the average user interested in mobile data offerings."There is only one Internet and I think we misunderstood that as an industry," said Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO-designate of the soon-to-be-merged Nokia Siemens Networks. "Services and content [in the future] will come predominantly from the Internet and we have to understand that," he explained, adding that "we're moving from a world where there was a telecom rhythm to one that has an Internet rhythm."Michiel Verhoeven, general manager of Microsoft's Asia Pacific Communications Sector business, says that the walled garden approach is changing and notes that user-generated content will also come to the mobile world in the same way that it has been a major disruptor on the Internet."It's about building communities and the ability to create communities drives revenues," said Verhoeven, who believes that rather than a "killer app" for the mobile Internet, operators should look for a "critical mass" of applications that they can offer."A lot of operators have had a 'build it and do-it-yourself' mentality, but today you have to collaborate and partner more than any time in the past," he said, adding that content re-use across different platforms such as mobile phones, the web and IP-TV should become standard practice.In December Microsoft launched its Connected Services "Sandbox", an environment that allows software vendors, developers, system integrators, network equipment providers and service providers to leverage a pool of content and services. Applications created can either be hosted by operator partners or directly by Microsoft."It's a new way of service aggregation but it can only work with a critical mass of services. Many fail, so you don't want huge investments in any one service," Verhoeven explained, adding that Thai mobile operators could also share from the Microsoft sandbox.At last week's event Microsoft and BT announced a competition around the Connected Services Sandbox with prizes up to US$25,000. The aim is to develop services that merge traditional telecommunications offerings such as voice or text messaging with Web 2.0 applications such as mapping or search. According to Microsoft, developers will be given the task of creating managed network mash-ups that address the specific service requirements of multiple usage scenarios.The fourth screenDespite the fact that it will be more likely proven services such as email and messaging that will build on the existing SMS-dominated revenues in the mobile world, it's things like Mobile TV and films made for the so-called "fourth screen" that dominate industry events like last week's Mobile World Congress.Rather than Hollywood, it was India's "Bollywood" and the independently-minded Sundance Film Festival that provided the fare in Barcelona. Premiering from Bollywood were two short films, Zahir and Matriomony _ part of the feature film Dus Kahaniyaan (10 Stories) produced by Sanjay Gupta of White Feather Films and starring more than 20 leading Bollywood stars. The films will be available through content provider Hungama Mobile.Meanwhile the Sundance Institute introduced five "made for mobile" short films commissioned as part of the Sundance Film Festival Global Short Film Project. The five mobile films are now available for mobile users to download at http://www.sundance.org/globalshortfilms.Unfortunately, downloading them here in Thailand could take a long time, given the lack of 3G services. Let's hope that situation changes soon so that we can take part in the mobile evolution that's occurring in the rest of the world. And not just for entertainment reasons, either.According to a study by Deloitte released last week in Barcelona, usage of mobile communications can spur growth. In a developing country, the study found that an increase of 10 percentage points in mobile penetration will lift the country's annual economic growth rate by 1.2 percentage points. What are we waiting for?

Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts And Talking Web Sites

Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts And Talking Web Sites

You can easily launch programs or web sites that you frequently use by assigning a keyboard shortcut (hotkey) then pressing Ctrl+Alt+ the key you've selected when you wish to launch the program or web site.Locate the item that you want to create the hotkey for either on your desktop or by going to start > programs.Right click on your mouse and select properties from the menu. In the blank labeled shortcut key, place the key that you would like to assign as a hotkey, most will work. Click okay.Be sure that you keep a list of your shortcuts with your keyboard for easy reference. ;o)Now, Let's Make Your Web Site Talk.Do you realize that you have the ability to make your web site talk using your own computer... with programs that are already there?I've seen a number of businesses promoting talking web site services that range in price from $30 to $199 per month. Of course the obvious question is what happens when you discontinue those services?I'm willing to wager that they discontinue your sound files and your site doesn't talk any more.~All that work down the drain.~This is all that there is to letting your voice be heard:1. Click on these in turn, Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Sound Recorder2. A little box will come up with a red button on the right side. Click the red button and record your message.3. To save your recording, click on File, Save As, and set up a new folder just for sound files.To put the file on your web site you simply upload it as you would any other file.There are things to consider in doing this, if you put your sound file directly on the page as is, it will play when the page is opened and may startle your visitor. Not a good thing. The second consideration is that when you put a sound file directly on the page it dramatically slows down the opening of the page. My first talking page went from 9 seconds over 56.6 to 79 seconds when the sound file was put on the page.To bring the web page, back to 9 seconds over 56.6 and to allows the web visitor control whether they want to hear the recording, I put the sound file in same directory as the article and used a text link in the article to link to the .wav file.Everything is easy when you know how.

Nanny Cam To The Rescue

It todays society, it is often necessary for both parents to go out into the workforce. A two-parent income has become a normal part of society.Often, this means that parents need to hire someone to take care of their young children.Finding the right person can be a tedious task. Lets face it; no one can take care of our children like we can. When you have exhausted yourself finding the right nanny, and are comfortable with your choice, there will still be the nagging question; did I make the right choice?With technology evolving continuously, you can now be sure that your children are safe with the incredible invention of the spy camera. You can place these amazing little devices around your home and know that your children are being taken care of.Spy cameras can placed anywhere in your home and be virtually undetected. They come in such an assortment of styles that they will fit into any room or dcor.The choices seem almost endless. You can purchase hidden cameras in wall mirrors or clocks, Fire alarms and even in a pair of sunglasses. If you want to use a hidden camera in your childs nursery or bedroom, using a hidden camera in an air purifier will be virtually undetected.Keeping your valuables safe will also be an easy task when you use a hidden camera in the form of an alarm clock on your nightstand.Lets face it, in a perfect world this type of surveillance would not be needed. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and children are often the target of an aggression and abuse because they are not able to tell anyone. With a hidden camera, the camera can speak for the child and in the end; you can know that your choice is sound.No one can ever be one hundred percent sure that they have chosen the right childcare provider. What seems too good to be true can often be just that.However, thanks to technology, you can now put to rest the nagging fear and know for sure that your child or children are safe.

Finding Ink Toner

When it comes to keeping up with your home computer, it can be a bit of challenge maintaining the vast array of needed upgrades and replacements. No part of the computer requires such frequent attention as the printer; the regular replacement of the ink toner can be both unexpected and expensive.The computer printer ink toner, while complex in its appearance, is really a rather simple design. The replaceable ink cartridge contains separate compartments for each ink color, each with its own metal sensor that communicates with the computer. When the computer communicates to the printer, separate signals are sent to each of the mental receptors. In turn, the receptor heats accordingly, so that the ink is warmed and released onto the paper beneath. While this seems like a complicated process, it actually takes only seconds.Finding affordable ink toner can be accomplished in a number of ways. While you can certainly find a variety of ink toner in any number of retail supply chains, they can often be expensive due in part to the high prices associated with brand names. Look instead for generic brands of ink toner; visit smaller, local stores rather than the mega supply stores. Youre more likely to find a better deal on non-brand ink toner. Do some shopping around and youll discover there are actually quite a number of locations that will serve to bring you the most inexpensive deals on ink toner.When searching for affordable ink toner, be sure to research online resources. Youll find a myriad of online stores that offer ink toner compatible with many different printer manufacturers. As with traditional shopping, youll often find that online stores offer guaranteed products, warranties, and top-notch customer service. Additionally, often shipping is expedient and free of charge. And it goes without saying that you cant beat the convenience!Additionally, ordering ink toner online allows you to keep track of your order history for quick and convenient future ordering.Online ordering will ensure that you will find what you need no matter what the size, color, or style. Customer service representatives have access to resources around the world and can easily locate any product you need.Ensuring the continued and affordable supply of your printer ink toner will make all your future computer projects enjoyable and successful.

Summary

Finally, theyre all here. The Xbox 360 has had the next generation gaming market to itself for a year. Now its two competitors, the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, are here. No more speculating about speed. No more guessing about memory. Now we can take a look and see exactly how they stack up compared to each other.Let the console wars begin again.PriceThe PS3 has two configurations much like the Xbox 360. The PS3 comes in a $499 version that comes with a 20 GB ha...