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kitty2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY First Impressions - Subscribe
Announced at Mobile World Congress and delayed due to the tsunami devastation in Japan, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is finally available on Verizon Wireless. It packs a 1 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 4-inch display, 5-megapixel camera, a stock build of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and perhaps most importantly, a full-fledged Playstation game controller. It's available now for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

I've spent a few days testing the device and playing the pre-installed games (and subsequently losing), and have a few first impressions:

The Xperia PLAY is relatively compact, considering the fact that a full-fledged game controller is hidden underneath the display. On that note, the 4-inch screen is a nice balance between "too tiny" and "too large" and fits well in Verizon's existing lineup. In the box, you'll get an AC adapter, USB cable, 8 GB microSD card, and a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

Xperia PLAY is Verizon's first Android device to run a stock build of 2.3 (Gingerbread), and as you would expect, performance is good. Apps open with ease and overall performance is incredibly smooth, not necessarily because of the device's specs - the CPU is a single-core Snapdragon - but because there's no manufacturer overlay cluttering things up. For the most part, it's the same experience that you'll find on the Google Nexus S line.
The phone ships with six pre-installed games: Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA 10, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, and Tetris.

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The PLAY has a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and while it doesn't support 720p HD video, overall image quality has been quite good. Colors look good, and in the case of video, the audio quality is impressive. I put it to the test along with some of the other recent 720p-capable Verizon devices like the LG Revolution and Motorola DROID X2, and it certainly holds its own.
Battery life is on par with most of the Android phones on the market, thanks to the 1,500 mAh battery. That's with moderate use including calling, text messaging, emailing, and downloading a few apps from the Android Market, though - doing any sort of gaming will kill the battery pretty quickly.
Signal strength has been good thus far. I took the phone to a Verizon dead zone in Charlotte, and was able to complete a call, despite some audio cutouts and static. The speaker is reasonably loud, and my Bluetooth headset connected with ease.

The Xperia PLAY is a high-end, feature-packed device that's a nice addition to Verizon's lineup, though I wish it had 4G LTE connectivity. Regardless, Sony Ericsson did a good job fusing a Playstation with a smartphone. More to come, but in case you missed it, check out the unboxing video below!
Mood: courageous

kitty2011 Soulra XL Solar-Powered Sound System Will 'Resonate' with iPhone and iPod Users Jun 3rd, 2011 4:35:56 am - Subscribe
There’s a new definition for “light music.” Etón Corporation, a Palo Alto (News - Alert), Calif.-based inventor of green-powered electronics has introduced a solar-powered sound system for the iPhone and iPod.

The Soulra XL features a foldout, 72-square-inch enhanced monocrystal solar panel and eight speaker drivers— two tweeters, two woofers and four passive radiators —providing the ultimate fusion of portability and exceptional sound .The internal, rechargeable lithium ion battery can be powered via the foldout solar panel or, on cloudy days, using the included AC adapter.

Soulra XL requires about five hours in direct sunlight to fully charge and can provide playback for more than eight hours, depending on conditions. With the unique ability to also charge iPhone or iPod while they are operating, Soulra XL can keep playing all day.

The system has a sleek, triangular design and it comes with a gel-padded carrying strap. The iPhone (News - Alert) or iPod is housed inside an anti-glare tinted chamber, enabling the user to see screen content while providing added protection. In addition, the user can easily dock the iPhone or iPod – even while the device is in its case – because the dock connector is raised and mounted on a swivel hinge.

The Soulra XL’s 22W output with bass boost is enough to fill any indoor or outdoor space. Other features include an integrated remote control storage compartment, audio line input for other music devices, battery charge and solar charge indicators, and a power-saving mode.

"Soulra XL is an iPhone and iPod dock you may never have to plug in. With the versatility and portability of Soulra XL, the sound system is the perfect addition to any indoor or outdoor area," said Esmail Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation.

Soulra XL is now shipping for $300 from Etón's website. It is compatible with iPod touch (first generation or later), iPod nano (first generation or later), iPod classic, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. For more information about Etón and its products, visit the company’s website.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. ITEXPO (News - Alert) offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities.
Mood: vexed

kitty2011 PlayStation Move Power Station Keeps Controllers Charged and Ready Jun 3rd, 2011 4:36:48 am - Subscribe
Brooklyn, NY, June 03, 2011 --( CTA Digital ( keeps pace with the evolution of modern home gaming centers with the release of the Elite Quad Charging Bay for the PlayStation Move. This charging station has a matte silver and black design, which holds controllers upright in a ready-to-play position.

The base accommodates four controllers of either type (Navigation or Motion) so two full pairs of controller sets can be charged at once. Status lights for each charge station glow blue to show a full charge and red to show charging is underway.

The base is powered by AC adapter allowing it to be placed anywhere within reach of an outlet without taking up a PlayStation USB port. The base includes two sets of built-in USB 2.0 ports positioned between charging stations for powering additional peripherals, with a total of four slots available.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in Move controllers so no special batteries or connections are required. The Elite Quad Charging Bay for the PlayStation Move keeps controllers charged and in convenient reach.
Mood: crestfallen