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PlayStation video download service is live

PlayStation video download service is live

The long delay until Sony launched its video download service (actually more like a few hours), is over. HD and SD rentals, and SD purchases from an assortment of movie studios is now available in the Playstation Store by selecting the video button at the top left. Need to know what’s available in your region but aren’t near your PS3? Check out the website for a list of what awaits.

[Via PS3 FanboyVia Engadget)


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Sony unveils lots of USBs

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With *so* many USB sticks out there, it’s hard to even garner a cheerful woohoo when someone releases another one (been there done that). Contrary to that (almost) is Sony’s new MicroVault Click and Click Excellence. This new range of USBs boast advance performance and a neat ‘click’ design to retract the connector for swift and easy use.

The MicroVault Click, the smaller and lighter device, comes in a range of sizes from 2GB to 16GB. The Excellence range, slightly more expensive, has a capacity size of between 2MB and 8MB, and up to 31MB read and 11MB/s write times.

Check em out HERE

(Via Shiny Shiny)

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Sweet geek gadget! Sony BRAVIA DAV-F200 System

Sony BRAVIA DAV-F200 System


Sony Europe has rolled out its newest all-in-one home cinema system, the BRAVIA DAV-F200 which is most pleasing to the eyes, thanks to a glass-fronted, wall-mountable control center that boasts a slot-loading DVD, 1080p upscaling, a USB port that works great with flash drives or PMPs containing MP3s as well as Sony’s very own DMPORT expansion slot. You can even throw in an optional Bluetooth or WiFi adapter in the latter, enabling the DAV-F200 to stream music from a wireless device. Audio format compatibility include MP3, DivX, JPEG and WMA. The DAV-F200 takes a power sharing route, where both stereo speakers and a subwoofer will pump out 405W of power while producing faux surround sound. No idea on how much it costs, but this is a decent entry level speaker system that will roll out this June.

(Via Ubergizmo.)

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New 2.0 speaker system from Sony

3A2303DB-5F58-456F-8688-7D609886CC69.jpgSony has unveiled the SRSZX1, its latest 2.0 speaker system, ideal for brightening up your desktop and entertaining your colleagues with “an enriched sound range and fuller bass sound reproduction”.

Sony is promoting the SRSZX1 as a good solution for those who use their PC for gaming, listening to music or watching DVDs.

Aluminium finish

“The SRSZX1 has been innovatively designed to provide the performance of a 2.1 speaker in a stylish and compact, yet powerful 2.0 unit,” Sony informs us.

Add to this a rather fetching aluminium finish, a compact wireless remote controller, Mobius Duct technology which ‘minimises wind noise’, Turbo Shift technology for extended bass range and a Sigma-Type magnetic circuit for better sound reproduction.

No news yet on pricing, but we should have more info shortly.

By Adam Hartley (via – techradar)

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Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam – It’s small, tiny, little, itty-bitty…

Sony HDR-TG1 0A879D84-1519-493D-9F44-8F92CEDCF461.jpgHandycam: World’s Smallest?

I’m always very skeptical when I hear any company saying that their particular gadget is the “world’s (insert est-adjective here)”. Case in point, the latest announcement from Sony is boasting that their latest handycam, the HDR-TG1, is the world’s smallest.

The measurements are at 1.3 x 4.7 x 2.5 inches, and it weighs in at ten ounces. Somehow, the company is able to fit in a full touchscreen at 2.7 inches, as well as MS Pro Duo and Pro Duo Mark 2 cards.

Other features include a 10x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optical zoom lens, a BIONZ processing engine, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio recording, as well as a 4 GB worth of memory.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that it shoots video with 1080i capability. It can also do stills at 4 Megapixels.

I believe that Sony is competing against similar cameras that are small, such as the Canon PowerShot TX1 and the new Vivatar DVR565D. I guess the tiny handycam market is booming.

It is nice to know that you can finally have a handycam that fits in your pocket, that you don’t have to haul around in a separate case. However, you will have to pay about $900 for the Sony HDR-TG1.


(Via Coolest Gadgets.)

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Sony drops Fresh Start fee after backlash


Sony drops Fresh Start fee after backlash
Sony tonight has already dropped the fee for its Fresh Start program less than a day after it was introduced. While the VAIO TZ offered with Fresh Start does not come with the option enabled by default, the company now allows the option to remove trial software to be enabled for free versus the $50 cost from before.

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network.)

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aGEEKspot #2

Old News – Last week at CES, lots of cool new stuff was debuted, but everything was over-shadowed by blogger shenanigans and Bill Gates’ celebrity-filled farewell video. A staff member from the website Gizmodo enjoyed a fun prank by using a TV-B-Gone remote to turn off TV’s, monitors, and displays while live demos were being held. The punishment from CES: banned for life thus giving bloggers a bad name in the process! Since this was Bill Gates’ final address at CES, he (meaning his billion dollar staff) put together a little farewell video with a star-studded line up including Matthew McConaughey, Jay-Z, Jon Stewart Barack Obama, Al Gore, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney…the list goes on and on. It even makes Bill seem, dare I say, humorous. Oh yeah, and there was a 150″ Plasma TV there, too.

Newer News – Sony announced that it will start selling DRM-free MP3’s on Amazon.com, making Amazon the first retailer to have all four major labels on board. Now all eyes are on iTunes to see if they jump on the DRM-free bandwagon. The battle may be over between Blu-ray and HD DVD’s as Warner Bros. Entertainment will be releasing its high-definition titles “exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year.” If that wasn’t bad enough, New Line Cinema has just announced its defection to Blu-ray. I guess being blu isn’t so bad after all.

Breaking News Macworld begins this week in San Francisco. Even though there doesn’t seem to be quite the same level of excitement as with the iPhone announcement last year, there are still plenty of rumors about what will be released. The first is the MacBook Air, a small, lightweight, ultra portable laptop. Also rumored is a new iTunes featuring movie rentals. They both sound good, I guess we will have to wait and see.In the face of rumors that Apple would offering movie rentals, Netflix announced that they are allowing customers to stream an unlimited number of movies for a flat monthly fee (starting at $8.99). Netflix streaming, however, is not yet available on the Mac so hopefully the iTunes movie rentals will come true for all the Mac owners.

Rumor –  Pepsi and Amazon will be giving away up to 1 billion songs during a Super Bowl promotion starting Feb. 3rd. Amazon will be providing MP3s from their DRM-free Music Store!

eye fi

Gadget of the Week – Free your memories… quickly, easily, and wirelessly with the tag line from today’s cool gadget – EYE-FI (pictured). The Eye-Fi Card is a wireless 2gb SD memory card. It automatically uploads pictures from your digital camera to your PC or Mac and to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking site. No cables, no waiting, no hassles. Plus, just this week it became compatible with iPhoto and Safari (Mac fans rejoice!) Check it Out!Do you love Photoshop but can’t justify the high cost? Well you’re in luck – Photoshop Elements 6 has just been released for only $99 (or $79 for the upgrade). Tip – Do you ever need to capture what’s on your Mac’s screen? Try this quick keyboard short cut:

•To take a picture of the whole screen, press Command-Shift-3.

•To take a picture of part of the screen, press Command-Shift-4 and drag to select the area you want. They will be saved on your desktop as an image file for easy retrieval.


If you have techy, geeky, nerdy, or gadgety news, reviews, tips or tricks – Let us know and we can share it with the world. Send them to: aGEEKspot at Gmail dot com


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