With Sony still licking the wounds of their recent rejection of their Reader app from Apple's iTunes App Store, it's understandable why feelings might be a little raw between the the two companies. If a report from Australian publication The Age is correct, relations between the two tech giants may stand to get a whole lot worse in the months to come.
John Carmack has created some of the greatest video games of all time. He's helmed successful companies, has more than twenty years of experience in the video game industry, pushed the boundaries of iOS gaming with the recent release of Rage. Oh, and he also moonlights as a rocket scientist as the lead engineer of his own aerospace company, Armadillo Aerospace. When this guy talks, people listen.
If there was ever a relevant moment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it would have been during the Empire Strikes Back when an ancient Jedi Master named Yoda calmly stated that "Size matters not." Yoda then proceeded to lift a multi-ton spaceship out of a muddy bog and placed it exactly where he wanted it using nothing more than the force. With that inspirational moment in mind, we think of Sony's recent unveiling of the much-anticipated, next-generation handheld console, currently codenamed the "Next Generation Portable" -- or "iPod touch killer" in some circles.
There's been a lot of smack talk over the past year from Sony surrounding the iPhone as a gaming device in comparison to the PSP. While most consumers can see that the comparison of a device that does pretty much everything to one that focuses on doing one task very well is an apples and oranges sort of affair. However, all that could change this Thursday as Sony will could be officially announcing the details of their much rumored and often prayed for PSP phone.
If this year’s announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show are any indication, Sony believes a shotgun blast to the face is better than a precise yet deadly incision at one of the body’s many weak spots -- the company announced a huge swath of product in every conceivable category, but apparently left most of their “Wow” at home.
Sony's free play environment game called Free Realms will be making its way over to the Mac in the coming months. Sony today announced their plans for porting the game and its 14-million player strong community over to the Mac "this fall." This news comes at a time when PS3 users are still unable to play the game on their consoles.
When Google TV set up their site, they showed off the nifty feature of your smartphone, whether Android or iPhone, acting as the remote. There was a good reason for this apart from the coolness aspect. And it's the stuff of nightmares.
It seems that the Japanese research firm BCN has uncovered a factoid so illogical that could very well rip a hole in the fabric of the universe: In August, for the first time close to a decade, Sony's venerable Walkman outsold the iPod in Japan by 3.8%, with the devices holding a 47.8% and 44% market share respectively. BCN announced that Sony's climb to the top of the MP3 player dog pile is the first time since 2001 that the Japanese company has been able to outstrip the the success of the Apple's multimedia darling.
Is it a sign that Apple's planetary reign of awesome is coming to an end? Sony and any number of the world's electronics manufacturers would wish it to be so, but most likely, it's not the case.
Sony has made it clear that they view Apple and the iPhone as a threat to their mobile gaming dominance with the PSP, with the latest “line in the sand” being drawn with a television commercial that sort of entirely misses the whole point.