Posts tagged ‘Sony’

November 12, 2011

Google TV a big hit? Logitech doesn’t think so.

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Google TV was announced last year with much hype, but seems like the hype is sizzling out. Logitech was one of the new entrants with a Google TV box called Revue priced at $299 at the release. Recently, Logitech announced a price slash to $99, taking a loss since returns exceeded sales. Google recently announced an update to the Google TV software promising a more streamlined interface and improved searching capabilities. 

The Verge reports that Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca indicated that the 2010 Christmas launch of Logitech Revue was a “mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature”. He mentioned that the company “had brought closure to the Logitech Google TV saga” and decided to let inventory run out this quarter and that Logitech has no plans to replace the Google TV box. This mistake plus operational miscues in EMEA has resulted the company with $100 M in operating profits.

Google has to admit that it doesn’t have a winner in the TV arena, at least not yet. I like that it allows me to surf the web on the TV, but I need a better incentive than that. Similar to Google TV, cable TV content is lacking on Apple TV. Other features such as NetFlix, Hulu, purchasing movies and TV shows are similar on both Apple TV and Google TV. But Apple TV’s trump card is Airplay which lets you seamlessly stream content from any of the iDevices to your TV. Without an Apple TV, you could use DLNA to stream, but good luck trying to get it to work like AirPlay.  

To Google’s credit, they have the right idea of simplifying and enriching the TV experience by merging TV and cable content. But Google falls short on the implementation and its disability to get premium TV content providers on board is not helping either. Still, there are new entrants, such as LG, expected to integrate Google TV into television sets, not to mention that Sony already has a Google smart TV out there that is not selling like hot buns.

 


September 30, 2010

Control your Droid with Sony Ericsson’s Live View Remote

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Sony Ericsson ‘s Live View Remote is an accessory with a blue tooth connection to an Android phone. It allows you to read text messages, see incoming calls, social updates as well as control volume and music on the phone(and all this through buttons on the side of a tiny square device! How convenient!).

If you are lazy to take out your phone from your pocket or handbag (maybe you would be,  considering the size of the Droids these days!)  or if you are ashamed to flip out that ugly Android phone while on a date, this device is perfect for you! GoogleChic, it even has “Find my Phone” feature, but in all cases you would have misplaced the remote before you misplace your phone! 😉

I hope you don’t compare this useless device to the iPod nano. Androids really want a piece of Apple as much as they hate it!


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Honestly, I just don’t see the point of this device. For this device to work, your phone has to be nearby, so if you’re walking around it’ll probably be in your pocket. Has life gotten so hard that you can’t reach in your pocket to take out your phone to check and see if you have messages?

If you’re a runner, you may say that the Live View Remote is useful, but really? Yes, you can run a gps app on your phone to track distance, pace etc. However, you will still have to carry your phone with you. As a runner, I always want to carry the least amount possible when I run. I would much rather invest in a Garmin Forerunner watch as compared to the Live View device.

September 29, 2010

New Apple TV is here!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Apple has started shipping its revamped $99 Apple TVs and the first reviews have just started trickling in. You get to watch a huge collection of first run movies starting at $3.99 or rent TV shows in HD for $0.99 per episode. Tune into internet video content with the new super cool Apple-istic  NetFlix, You Tube, and browse your photo galleries on  Flickr and Mobile Me. Check out this comprehensive Apple TV review video by PCMag below.

Apple TV comes with a simple remote as well as Remote App  for your iDevices.  This sweet App lets you rent shows, navigate or scroll through with the flick of your finger. Isn’t that cool? It’s like a scrolling with a mouse except  that your monitor is your enormous HDTV. When you want to type out something you can use the keyboard on your iDevice.

The new Apple TV runs on iOS 4.1 and users have been poking around for clues on its prospective functionality. Check out MacTalk, who found hints of Facetime, external storage as well as DVD player support in the firmware. These features might never see the light of day but nonetheless gives us a view to what Apple might have in store for the future. The much awaited AirPlay that will let you stream media from any of your iDevices to the Apple TV or some third party audio makers is yet to be released in November as part of iOS 4.2 release.

This is just the start of Apple revolutionizing TV! Mark my words, you will soon find a plethora of companies following in Apple’s footsteps!

With all our music, movies, pictures, contacts and mail seamlessly integrated between all our iDevices, I think Apple has built us a beautiful garden. As all Android purists, GoogleChic, I presume you will say that the beautiful garden is a “walled garden” ;), but who cares? I am not fighting to decentralize the consumer industry. All I want is an excellent user experience and Apple is giving that to me!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Apple TV manages your media content as a “beautiful garden”, Google TV manages it as an ecosystem.

Apple wants you to throw your money down the drain and rent TV shows for $0.99. Google integrates your cable box and the web nicely onto your TV. You can watch the latest episode online or the show you just DVRed all for free 🙂

Apple doesn’t offer apps on the Apple TV, don’t you want to play angry birds on your big screen? Well, you’ll be able to do that on Google TV.

Apple’s HD videos caps out at 720p, Google can bring you 1080p thanks to the Intel Atom processor as compared to the A4.

I’m sounding like a Droid Does commercial. Enough said?

Google TV will release sometime in October. You can buy it pre-built into a Sony TV or you can purchase the Google TV box made by Logitech. Speaking of which check out the first glimpse of Sony’s Google TV.


More pics at engadget

Source: DigitalTrends

September 1, 2010

Apple got news! iOS4.1, iPod Shuffle, Touch, Nano, Apple TV, Ping ..Pheew!

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Round up of the iNews from today’s Apple event.

1. iOS 4.1 includes HDR photos and Game Center

Sony, if you thought Apple was stealing your PSP customers, you better watch out now. You probably need a better ad to diss Apple (and a better phone too!).  iOS4.1 also includes the proximity sensor and the much complained about iPhone 3g fixes. iPhone 3g whiners, here you go.. Steve got these just for you!

2. New iPod Shuffle brings back buttons, that we all know and love and playlists. In hot new colors, you should spot people sporting them at your gyms pretty soon!

3. New multitouch iPod nano with a 24 hour battery life. Talking about nano devices .. Isn’t this the most amazing smallest multitouch device to own?

4. New super sleek iPod Touch with retina display and front facing camera. GoogleChic, I know you secretly want the new iPod touch. Wanna facetime? 😉

5. iTunes 10 with Ping Social Network – Eric Schmidt, now don’t be a cry baby and say  that you weren’t warned about the new iTunes 10!

6. New Apple TV – Isn’t it as cute as a button? And its only $99! Stream rental movies ($4.99) and TV shows ($0.99), Netflix, Flickr  or videos from your computer! Apple’s got a lucrative gadget hobby going on here!

Chris Martin from Cold play gave a closing performance to wrap up the event. Google, got anything other than geeky demos at your events? And GoogleChic, don’t even get started on Google’s innovation and zero marketing skills! We all know you got nothing! 😉 (Well nothing  except Google search! Wake up from your la la land Android dream!)


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

AppleGirl, here’s what I think about your roundup

1. iOS 4.1  – The HDR photo feature is pretty cool, I do want to check this out. Other than that, nothing major really stands out for me (sorry am not a gamer, so I’m not all gitty about the Game Center). Overall, it looks like minor feature updates and bug fixes. Nothing too life changing. Let’s see what iOS 4.2 will bring. Watch out Apple, Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is in the works, do you think you can beat that?

2. Haven’t really ever been a big fan of the shuffle, why not just spring for the nano?

3. Okay, I do have to say that the nano’s touch screen is pretty cool. However, the screen is too small to really do much with it.

4. AppleGirl, I wouldn’t want to be stuck at home just so I can facetime with you since it requires wifi. Oh wait, the iPhone requires wifi too! I’m just saying, EVO video calling over 4G sounds a little bit more versatile to me 😉

5. Ping, sounds like Apple is using the Bing search engine to recommend songs 🙂

6. Apple TV, let me pay $99 so I can spend more money to stream videos that I have to rent! Yes it’s a small device, but are you going to travel with it? Stream from your laptop ppl!

At the end of the day the geeks will be geeks, we appreciate our device for what it is. We don’t need Coldplay to show up just to buy a device 😉


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August 17, 2010

Sony, wanna play?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Sony, in its recent PSP ads, has been mocking the Apple iPhone. The ad says the iPhone is not meant for “big boy games”.

Why does a hand-held gaming device like Sony PSP want to be compared to a smartphone?  hmm .. and I thought we should be comparing apples to apples.

The most recent rumor is that Sony is preparing to release a PSP go like smartphone on Android. As much I love my PS3, Sony, you are really missing the point here. It’s somewhat like the Dell Streak dilemma, too expensive and awkward for a PSP or a phone.

Don’t get carried away by GoogleChic’s Gingerbread trail or Froyo slush. Use your niche market while you still have ’em 😉

Vodpod videos no longer available.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Come on over Sony, there’s plenty of room in the Android world to make room for one more. AppleGirl is just bitter that Sony didn’t choose to invest in a platform that has so many restrictions. I mean, just the other day Adobe said goodbye to Apple because Apple didn’t wanna play nice.

If you’re a gamer, wouldn’t you want an all in one device that you can carry on the go? I’m honestly excited to see what Sony will bring to the table for the Android gaming community.

AppleGirl, I think Sony realizes they need to step up their game to keep its niche in the market.  Let’s hope Sony moves faster on this device as compare to the Xperia X10.

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August 10, 2010

Sony Xperia X10 enters the mobile game too late?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, what do you think of Sony’s Android attempt? Now that they have decided to finally release it in US with AT&T, I think Sony has to play catch up with other superior phones like the iPhone 4!
The 1GHz processor is impressive but its sad that it ships with an old Android software. This is my hang up with Android and the devices that carry it.  While some of the droid counterparts  enjoy the newest updates, why are some deprived of it?

Take my advise and join the Apple wagon. You will get the latest iOS on time, everytime! GoogleChic, Agree? 😉


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

AppleGirl, I will agree with you on one point. Sony is behind the times. Xperia X10 was announced at the end of last year, that is even before the Nexus was available. Back then the 1 GHz snapdragon processor sound like a dream (now, its’ reality, we have it on the Nexus, EVO and Incredible). Since then, we have moved onto bigger and better things like dual core processors.

As for software updates, if you’re going to drag your feet like Sony, of course you’ll be outdated! Unlike Apple, which releases a major update to their OS once a year Google is ever evolving;  adapting to the latest and providing its users with the latest and greatest.

AppleGirl, you can wait once a year for your OS update and get outdated features like wallpaper and multitasking. Also, you can spend countless hours attempting to update your software since Apple’s servers can’t handle the load and keeps crashing your update. Or you can come over to Android, the update process to 2.2 (Froyo) took me a total of 3 painless mins.

P.S Just like the Xperia X10 the iPhone is old news, it’s no longer the superior phone. With 200,000 Android devices activated per day, that should speak for it self.

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