PSP GPS Pricing

January 9, 2008

This spring will see the release of the GPS unit for the PSP according to PSP Fanboy.

GPS receiver and UMD (including maps of the relevant country): RRP €119 (approx £89)

GPS receiver, UMD (including maps), Car Adaptor and Car Mount: RRP €149 (approx £111)

PSP, GPS receiver, UMD (including maps), Car Adaptor and Car Mount: RRP €299 (approx £223)

Interestingly you will be able to see landmarks in 3D.

When you travel on foot, you’ll be able to see cities in full 3D. You can select a destination, and watch landmarks and other POIs appear on the screen.PSP GPS Pricing

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PSP Keyboard

January 9, 2008

It’s looking like there will be an official keyboard for the PSP, you may have read my earlier posting on mobile device text entry in particular I was quite scathing about text entry on the PSP.

Text entry on the PSP is to be brutally honest only something you want to do only on the rare occasion. I find the mobile phone type entry somewhat comple, more so if you need to enter numbers at all.

A keyboard will certainly make it easier for users to enter text and urls, so is to be welcomed.

Obviously this will be too late for the current MoLeNET projects, but if you have bought a bunch of PSPs then you may want to consider getting these when they become available. PSP Keyboard


Is the UMPC the future?

January 9, 2008

The BBC reporting from CES in Las Vegas after talking to the likes of Intel says

The desktop PC’s days of dominance could be numbered as laptops and ultra-mobile PCs begin to reap the benefit of ever greater, and more efficient, computing power.

Are we going to see the end of the desktop PC?

Given a choice I much prefer a desktop over an ultra mobile PC (umpc) for what I would call working (you know writing blog entries, abstracts, reports, long e-mails, etc…)

However when it comes to browsing, video, audio, I am quite happy with a mobile device.

Is the UMPC the future?

I do like the Sony VAIO UX1XN as it comes (as standard) with a docking station which allows you to use it both as an umpc on the move, then when back in the office, slide it into the docking station and connected to a keyboard, mouse and (large) monitor I have my desktop.

So is the UMPC (and laptops) the future of computing, from the consumers’ perspective (and thus our learners) I think it certainly is.


Ripping CDs may be made legal

January 9, 2008

Here in the UK it is (still) illegal to rip a CD to your computer (so when using iTunes or Windows Media Player you are technically breaking the law if you import a CD).

Ripping CDs may be made legal

However the BBC reports that this may soon change…

Copying music from a CD to a home computer could be made legal under new proposals from the UK government.

Millions of people already “rip” discs to their computers and move the files to MP3 players, although the process is technically against copyright law.

This is of course of those things that we do on a regular basis, but is in fact still illegal, I would suspect most people don’t even realise it is illegal.


Blu-ray “wins” the HD format war

January 9, 2008

Well if you read the BBC technology blog you will see that they are seeing the end of the HD (High Definition) format war and Blu-ray has won!

The HD DVD camp turned a crisis into a disaster when it cancelled its scheduled press conference at the show and then – perhaps unsurprisingly – cancelled all media interviews at the show. It’s left observers with the impression that the HD DVD group is in disarray and on the verge of collapse.

Where as Blu-ray

Blu-ray, on the other hand, is only to eager to parade spokespeople talking up its own format.

The BBC blog seems to indicate that the reason for the victory was the Sony PS3.

Blu-ray “wins” the HD format war

The PS3 comes with a Blu-ray player as standard unlike the xBox whose HD DVD drive was an additional extra and it was getting that Blu-ray player into people’s homes via the PS3 which has allowed Blu-ray to if not win the war certainly make that last march to victory.

I suspect if Apple release new Macs at MacWorld Expo with Blu-ray drives then this will be the final blow to HD DVD and Blu-ray will be declared the victor of the HD format war.

Then us consumers (and therefore our learners) can go out and buy the Blu-ray player knowing we are not buying the HD Betamax or MiniDisc.

It might be worthwhile looking at your institution, what is its plans for HD? Think about your institutional policy in relation to VHS video tapes and DVDs.

HD does allow for amazingly high quality video and also makes it much easier to watch video on a computer down to the fact that (LCD) computer monitors are generally a much higher resolution than your standard television or DVD resolution.

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