Sony Hints PS4 Will Be Released In 2013’s Holiday Season; PS4 Is A Beast…

Sony Playstation 1 CPU

Sony Playstation 1 CPU (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To say the least, I’m not sure that all the specs that are being revealed for PlayStation 4 will be set in stone since PS4 will be released when again?  Yep, Sony isn’t giving out the exact date for the release of PS4, but it seems that Sony hints that PS4 will be ready for the holiday season of 2013.  Which holiday again?  Anyhow, even though we may not know the real specs when PS4 indeed rolls out, but we know that it’s powerful enough to render a head of an old man which is so fantastical real.  Don’t take my word for it, watch the video right after the break and you will know what I mean.

According to RedmondPie.com’s “PlayStation 4: Specs, Features, Games, Graphics, Release Date – Everything You Need To Know In One Place” article, PS4 specs might look like this:

  • 8 cores CPU (64 bit)
  • GPU with 1.84 TFLOPS AMD next-generation Radeon based graphic card
  • 8 GB GDDR5 RAM
  • Built-in hard disk
  • Blu-ray support
  • USB 3.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet support
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • HDMI support

Unfortunately, RedmonPie did not mention anything in regarding to PS4 supports 802.11ac wireless.  We know that 802.11ac wireless is the fastest wireless for now.  If PS4 isn’t going to support the fastest wireless standard, then it would be a big let down in my opinion.  Other than this, I think PS4 is definitely a beast.

RedmonPie also reported that PS4 won’t support PS3 game titles, this means there is a breakaway from game backward compatibility for PS4.  It’s rather unfortunate, because PS3 does have great games too.

As of now, nobody knows how much PS4 will cost, but I hope it will cost around $300 and not a lot more than this price target.  Still though, I’m not going to be surprise if Sony will sell PS4 at even more expensive price at first, because PS4 is a beast.  Anyhow, how much do you think PS4 should cost?  $300?  $400?  On the release date, at what price PS4 would be a temptation that you cannot do without?

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Always Innovating HDMI Dongle Allows You To Android Your Old School Flatscreen TV, Streaming Netflix Movies, Play Video Games, And More

Check out this cool USB dongle which Always Innovating claims it will bring Android to your old school flatscreen TV.  Of course, your flatscreen TV needs to have HDMI port to be able to use this dongle, but I cannot imagine that there is a flatscreen TV without an HDMI port.  The dongle uses USB cable to power itself.  It’s unclear though will the USB connection would allow this dongle to transfer data to computer/laptop or not.  Usually, USB cable is capable of such thing, but I do not want to claim that I know since I don’t have this dongle in my vicinity to test it out.

Here is one drawback about this dongle is that some flatscreen TVs will not carry USP ports, but usually this means these flatscreen TVs are old school.  Still, the whole selling point of this dongle is to allow users to stream movies and video games through Android OS on many old school flatscreen TVs that are capable of projecting contents at 1080p.  Nonetheless, I think this drawback can be fixed quickly if you are willing to spend around $20 bucks or a little more or less, depending on how skillfully you are with shopping around for bargains on USB chargers and extenders.  Quick look on Amazon and I see that there is a Belkin Mini Surge Protector Dual USB Charger goes for $12.  Adding USB extender cable for some bucks, and then I guess you can really extend the USB cable of this dongle to plug to a wall outlet for powering the dongle this way.

The specifications for Alaways Innovating HDMI dongle are ARM Cortex-A9, 256 MB up to 1 GB of RAM, built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, NFC module, and an accelerometer.  If you watch the videos right after the break, you will see that this USB dongle can stream movies from Netflix, Hulu, and so on.  Since Android is a complete operating system for mobile, expect that you can surf the Internet on your old school flatscreen TV with this USB dongle.

Engadget suggests this Always Innovating HDMI dongle goes for $79.  Expect this little gem to make an appearance at CES 2012.  CES 2012 will go live in couple days more.  In my opinion, this USB HDMI dongle from Always Innovating is one awesome product.  This gem might lead the way for the future where everyone just needs to carry their own personal dongle so they can bring their TV everywhere.  Oh, let not forget this little gem right now can already allow you to play video games anywhere.  Well sort of, as long that anywhere means that somewhere has a stationary flatscreen TVs or computer monitors that would accept HDMI connection.

I can see a future where people would not need XBOX 360 console (Live) or even PS3 console (Playstation Network) to enjoy video games and movies.  In fact, I think mightier dongles with more capabilities might even allow users to be able to install different operating systems onto them;  users might use such dongles as mini-computers, set top boxes, and video game consoles — all on the go.  Talking about mobility for electronic/digital forms of entertainment on another whole level right?  Of course, no such thing as a mightier dongle exists yet, but at least now we have the so called Always Innovating HDMI dongle.

Will you buy Always Innovating HDMI dongle when it comes out?  I think I might want one, but as Engadget suggests, they don’t really know when this dongle will be available for customers to buy.  Let hope Always Innovating releases their HDMI dongle to the market very soon.  For your entertainment, check out the videos of Always Innovating HDMI dongle right after the break.

Source:  http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/07/always-innovating-hdmi-dongle-android-tv-video/

Thought Of The Day: Would People Look Back And Laugh At Themselves For Spending So Much On So Little Data?

As I pondered on the thought of having to see people paid tens of dollars for couple hundred megabytes a month on wireless data, a chuckle came out of me.  I wondered, would these same people look back in the future and laugh that they had paid so much for so little data?  Perhaps, the ongoing trend would be so perverted to a point that it could be a lot more expensive for the same people to consume the same amount of data in the future.  For certain, it would be utterly sad to see less network activities and more boredoms when people in the future might not be able to afford to spend on data.

Such a thought saddened me, but WiGig gave me hope!  Knowing WiGig existed, there might be hope in our network horizon for that day would come where wasting data would be a bliss.  Connecting at extreme speed through wireless network without a care would definitely push for not so boring digital world.  Of course, it might be more volatile and chaotic and dangerous, but it might also be creative and interesting and interconnected.  I could not see myself in a boring digital world, because I might prefer to be either not knowing there was such a thing at all or having to see more of whatever that would drive the digital world into its own state of bliss.

What About DVI, HDMI, VGA Display Ports and Cables?

Those pesky display ports that nobody cares about usually stay out of sight and out of mind until one has to connect one end of PC to different display monitors with array of options in relation to various digital and analog signals.  I know even myself can get confuse about various DVI options, especially there are male and female DVIs and so on.  How about converting signals between HDMI and VGA, DVI and VGA, and so on?  I do know that DVI and HDMI signals are pretty much identical, and so why one has to pick between DVI and HDMI?  Anyhow, as you can see, it’s rather confusing matter, but luckily I’ve found a very good video on YouTube which may clear up things a bit about these different display ports and cables.  Enjoy the video right after the break!

Boxee, Another Hulu?

By now some people may have heard of Boxee and others may have heard of Hulu.  The two services are somewhat similar, but Boxee is a little bit different for it has a hardware version.  Buying a Boxee box, you can watch TV shows and movies on your big screen TV.  Not everyone wants to spend some money for a Boxee box, and so Boxee allows you to download a software version onto your computer, install Boxee software, and connect your computer to a big screen TV to watch TV shows and movies.  Unless you don’t feel like taking the extra steps such as acquiring an HDMI cable and connecting your computer to a big screen TV, you can use Boxee right on your computer to watch TV shows and movies.  Many TV shows are free, and most movies are for rental on demand.

Boxee works with Mac, Windows PC, and Linux.  Installing Boxee on Windows PC and Mac is pretty straight forward, but I haven’t yet installed Boxee on Linux so I haven’t had a clue how easy it would be for installing Boxee on Linux.  Even better if you have a Facebook account, because you can connect Boxee with a Facebook account.  Boxee also allows you to connect itself with Twitter and Netflix.  OK, let get back onto the topic of installing Boxee.  Installing Boxee on Mac and Windows PC is simple as downloading Boxee onto your computer, double click on the download package, and following clear step by step instruction.  At one point, Boxee will ask you to create a username and a password for Boxee account, just do it so you can log into Boxee after the installation.  Don’t forget to check your email address to validate the Boxee account that you had signed up for.

I’m scratching my head now and wonder why I need cable or satellite any longer!  Unfortunately for me as my family requires an International channel which Boxee and Hulu and other similar services do not yet carry, otherwise I would have ditched cable or satellite altogether.  The point is to save money, and services such as Boxee allow we to do just that.  Even Internet radio services such as Last.fm are a blessing for us all.  The more accessible these services have become, I can see the doom day for cable and satellite is just over there.  What you think of Boxee?

Channeling Audio Using Optical Cable At The Same Time With HDMI Cable On XBox 360

Xbox 360 250 GB as shown at the 2010 Electroni...

Xbox 360 250 GB as shown at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Xbox 360, the latest version of 2010, or even older versions has one big problem for users/gamers who want to send the digital audio out to receivers or console mixer (i.e., Yamaha console mixer) and at the same time using HDMI to send digital images to HD TV, because Xbox 360 HDMI port and optical port are too closely placed together — plus the optical cable’s end which is supposing to be hooked up to the Xbox 360’s optical port has a protruding part which prevents optical cable and HDMI cable to be plugged in at the same time.  Fortunately, there is a hack to this, but remember you are doing this at your own risk.  By removing the plastic covers of the optical cable, you can plug the slimmest part which is the belly part of the optical cable into Xbox 360 at the same time with HDMI cable since the protruding part of the optical cable is gone right after the removal of the plastic covers.

I had read somewhere on the Internet, and I saw somebody wrote that if you’re not grounding yourself, you may send a strong enough static flow to the Xbox 360 by touching the unprotected end of the optical cable, and by doing this you may destroy your Xbox 360 (i.e., your Xbox 360 may not be able to work afterward).  Once again, be extremely careful since I do not know the effect of removing the plastic covers of the optical cable.  Nonetheless, the hack is working if you know where the red and white ends of the optical cable supposed to go so the digital audio can be channeled to the external speakers and not to your TV’s speakers.

The HDMI cable part is extremely simple as you only have to plug the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your TV, and the other end of the HDMI cable to your Xbox 360’s HDMI port.  Anyway, check out the video after the jump to see how you can remove the plastic covers off the optical cable.

The video above is not mine, it’s belong to a user who had uploaded it to YouTube.  Please go to YouTube to know more about the source of the video.  Thank you for your understanding.