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The PSP Go versus the DSi XL

PSP Go versus DSi XL, one of the great battles in the world of portable video game consoles is finally coming, to the happiness of all the users who love to play games while not in the house. While Nintendo are making their latest DS model bigger, Sony are making their PlayStation Portable incarnation smaller. Which one is the most desirable? Perhaps this is like comparing peas and carrots, but it could be fun. To get some idea of how each model has been resized in relation to its forerunners consider the following data: The Sony PSP go is 43% smaller than the original PSP. The Nintendo DSi XL is has two screens; 93% larger than Nintendo DS Lite. Which one is better though? Of course, both Sony and Nintendo have released these devices in parallel to their regular line of devices, meaning they are intended to give users extra choice rather than replace any of their existing devices, so we may not see these experiments hang around for long.

Form factor

The DSi is great for sitting at a desk, and has a very good base that sticks nicely to the table so it won’t slide about. It’s also portable, and just a nice weight to hold. Similarly, the PSP was built to be small, light, and portable. It’s certainly a wieldier creature than its predecessor. The irony is that because the DSi is a clamshell design, its screens are protected, and it feels far safer to carry it around than the PSP, which usually demands a carry case for those of us who hate to see the screen getting scratched. So, for portability it’s hard to pick a clear winner, and depends on personal preference. If content to throw the PSP go in a pocket and hope for the best, then it does nudge ahead of the DSi.

Screens

The Nintendo DSi XL sports two 4.2” touch screens whereas the Sony PSP has a single 3.8-inch-wide screen. The DSi offers a much wider viewing angle than its predecessor, whereas the PSP is all about portability. Here the Nintendo DSi is a winner. Smaller is not always better. A gaming device just cries out for a larger screen, and games can be enjoyed much better and in a much more natural way.

Game delivery

Both devices say good bye to physical games. The DSi doesn’t support cartridges and the PSP go has gotten rid of UMDs. Both get their games off of WiFi and memory sticks. Plenty of video games to go around and easily switch among your favorites.

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PSP Go

Controls

The DSi XL has its beautiful screens and of course it’s biggest feature is the touch screen that gives the player much more control than is possible with direction pads. For core games, there’s still the d-pad and buttons. The PSP on the other hand has always been a very serious gaming device and only has the controls. One big plus is the inclusion of an analogue stick, but Sony’s refusal to ever take any opportunity to add a second analogue stick is exasperating. It makes first person shooters unplayable on the PSP, which is a shame because they are overly common among the new releases. This puts the PSP in the uncomfortable position of being a hardcore gaming device that’s useless for the most hardcore of gaming genres. You can see the latest on Nintento portable consoles here: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/

Also, you can see all the latest from Playstation here: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/

Internet

Both devices have internet connectivity through WiFi, but good luck browsing the web on the PSP. The Nintendo DSi XL isn’t the greatest device for surfing the web, but it clearly trumps the PSP. Typing on the DSi XL using the touchscreen is fairly easy and browsing up and down a web page using the stylus is a breeze. The PSP on the other hand is not as smooth, navigation and typing with the direction pad is a much less attractive proposition.

EBooks

Both devices are intended to support ebooks. The DSi has a design that makes books a more interesting proposition, though both devices will no doubt function very well.

Looking at the hardware it’s very hard to pick between them, but the DSi XL does have a few more things going for it. Without considering games, which is a big part of any decision, and going on hardware and functionality alone, it’s clear that bigger is better in this instance.

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Is the iPod Nano Making a Comeback?

The new iPod Nano is quite a sight to behold. Having been released in September, it’s still making waves. A lot of tech enthusiasts are still talking about it, probably because it’s so very desirable. The new design is quite interesting because it seems to mix and match elements from the iPod shuffle and the latest iPod touch. Small size is something that is mentioned a lot in relation to this new device, but only holding it in the hand gives a truly clear idea of just how small ‘small’ is.

iPod Nano

Is the world ready for more form factor changing devices? After the impact the iPad had on the world, the iPod Nano was certainly overdue for an iOS style upgrade, and it needed a new look. Of course, the iPod Nano doesn’t sport an actual iOS, but it does have a very smooth interface that works a lot like the iPod Touch and iPhone. Thanks to our sister page in Spanish rastrear un celular for the help to publish this article.

The New Nano comes in a range of six colors, weighs a mere 21.1 grams, and sports a 240 by 240 pixel 1.54-inch color square screen. Though getting the multiple fingers onto the thing to take advantage of it may be hard, the iPod Nano nevertheless sports multi-touch. The usual shake for shuffle feature is in there, as well as support for the sporty add-ons and step counters. The big thing Apple’s advertising plays up is the new clip that has been added. Being so small it’s definitely something you want to clip securely onto your person to ensure it doesn’t get lost, and being so diverse, Nano users have no shortage of places to clip them – pockets, jackets, bag straps and so forth. Apple likes to play up that diversity. The worry though, is losing it, because it really is tiny. You can visit Apple’s official NANO page here: https://www.apple.com/ipod-nano/

ipod-nanoWhile the package is a diminutive one there’s no need to worry about not getting value for the money. The second you pick it up and start fiddling around with the touch screen the high quality jumps out. The overall user experience speaks volumes for the device. Indeed, being so like an iPhone or iPod touch it’s a good alternative for those who were wishing for one of those devices but couldn’t quite come up with enough spare cash to be able to afford them. Still, it has to be remembered that the iPod Nano is purely an MP3 player rather than a multi-purpose device like its bigger cousins, so expect nothing overly fancy. Added to that, the ability to play movies has been removed since its previous incarnation. That is a shame.

It does have a few great tricks to make it useable at its new small scale. There is a voice over mode that speaks out the contents of tracks or playlists in order to better aide navigation during those occasions that fiddling with the screen isn’t practical. It also has a bright screen to ensure it’s always easy enough to see what’s going on.

Though it has radio, this can only be accessed using the apple ear-buds plugged in, presumably as they aid the reception. Outwardly the rest of the iPod Nano is very stylishly finished, with the aluminum giving it a solid feel. It also has a rocker to control the volume just like the latest iPhone. A music player isn’t much good without a mechanism for getting great music. The device supports iTunes 10. There’s plenty of room to place all the music bought from iTunes too, with both 8 Gigabyte and 16 Gigabyte versions being available.

Gone are the relics of the previous iPod generations, with the click wheel consigned to history, and oddly enough the video camera that only just saw its addition into the range in the previous generation absent as well. The new touch screen though does offer the tantalizing possibility that apple might give it its own app store. Speculation on this point is naturally vigorous.

Overall the iPod Nano is a very desirable MP3 player, though many may decide that the disappearance of movie playback makes the jump up to the iPod touch more pragmatic.

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5 Useful Gadgets that You Need in Your Life

These gadgets are not entirely unique, but each one of them is very useful and will create a wow effect among your friends. In the technology age, an interesting pattern is emerging where new items beget yet more new items. There seems to be an add on to any new add on, and will it continue indefinitely? The trick is doing your homework and seeing if that particular product is actually worth the investment, or if it and all its add-ons will end up costing you more. Or if you have a favorite device you use all the time, treat yourself and it to a new add-on.

Headphones

Where would our gadgetry be without a way to keep all the music and sound effects from scaring or annoying everyone around us? Headphones are a staple of the gadgetry age. If price is no object then The Klipsch Image S4 earphones provide a sound quality that is hard to rival, and includes very effective noise cancellation. Better yet, they can rank themselves among the most comfortable in their price bracket.

iPhone Silicon Case

Nothing has spawned new accessories quite like the iPhone. If you’re investing in an iPhone then you surely need to protect your investment, and that’s where the iSkin Enigma iPhone case comes in. It’s a very attractive silicon case which features a metallic finish and Napa leather. It protects the screen with soft silicone, and is lined with a microfiber inside to protect its precious cargo. Better yet, it works with Apple’s iPhone dock, which you will naturally need to buy as well.

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One of the best useful gadgets , the Xbox Kinect

One of the best useful gadgets , the Xbox Kinect

So, you forked out your money and got an X-Box 360, and thought you were done? Unfortunately, not. The good people at Microsoft have found a way to sting you again. No, the controllers you got with your X-Box aren’t good enough anymore. In a very gimmicky Nintendo Wii kind of way it’s time to throw your controllers out the window, because YOU are the controller – or so a very expensive marketing campaign would have you believe. Just don’t throw yourself at the TV or accidentally kick Great Auntie Bertha’s Ming Dynasty Era Vase off the mantelpiece while flailing about trying to control your video game.

The ill-fated Gadget’s Gadget

Manufacturers are nowadays quick to avoid the fate of Sega during their overzealous post-Mega Drive years. First, they released the powerbase converter which slotted into the top of the Mega Drive to provide backwards compatibility with the Master System. Then they released the Mega CD in 1991 which slotted into the side and provided enhanced graphical capabilities and CD Rom support. Three years later they did it again with the 32X which slotted into the top. By this point the public were unenthusiastic about the prospect of buying yet another gimmicky add on for their mega drive and developer support had shifted to the upcoming Sega Saturn.

Give your mouse some WoW

Treat your gaming computer to a World of Warcraft themed add on, and check out the Cataclysm MMO Gaming mouse. It is a premium gaming mouse with all the bells and whistles associated with them. With 14 buttons, it’s easy to be in complete control of the action in game. It has a very high sensitivity and high degree of customizability with all 14 buttons being programmable, over 130 presets available and LED lights that have four pulsation effects.

So, next time you look for high tech toys and gadgets, do consider treating your gadgetry to some gadgetry of its own. Just hope that your gadgets’ gadgets aren’t needing any add-ons of their own any time soon.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Almost an iPad Killer

For most Smartphone users, the Samsung Galaxy Tab may seem like an exploded Samsung Galaxy S. It is a 7-inch screen bearing, slate PC that features the Google Android OS. Since Android has been gaining popularity, the arrival of the Tab is well timed. Samsung are also the first manufacturer to get out a good Android based competitor to Apples tablet.

Though there have been iPad rivals entering the market before now usually they had some flaw that discounted them as a serious contender. The oddly named JooJoo for example was little more than a web browser while the streak little bigger than a normal smart phone. (BTW, thanks to the admin for the whatsapp spy app he sent my way, works very good and like you said, it was easy to install, fast and discreet).

Ironically the Tab has drawn fire from Mr. Jobs as being too small to be considered a worthy rival. Such scorn coming from Apple perhaps betrays some fear that they have concerning the form factor of their device, which is hardly the wieldiest of objects.

By comparison the 7-inch screen is a more ideal fit for most people’s hands. Because it is smaller, at a mere 4.72 inches in width, it is easier to grapple with allows for a lot more freedom than the iPad.

Holding it in one hand while navigating is a far more practical proposition on the Galaxy Tab than on the cumbersome iPad. Because it weighs 385g it certainly won’t tire the user either. It also has the advantage of fitting in far more pockets than the iPad ever will.

The resolution doesn’t leave much between them. Though the iPad has a larger 1024×768 screen, the 1024×600 on the galaxy tab is not that much smaller. Considering the extra portability and usability it’s a small sacrifice. And 1024×600 is a form factor that has been well used in recent netbooks, proving itself capable for modern devices. The usability of the device is essential. This resolution also makes this platform an excellent way for playing video games.

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Galaxy Tab launch day

There’s no point having a great screen if the device jerks and stutters. In that respect, the Tab is responsive and smooth so far as the interface is concerned. Things start to fall down when adobe flash gets involved. Ironically this is touted as one of the selling points, but it’s quite possible to see that Apple’s reticence to include flash may not have been quite as unfounded as Adobe, the makers of flash, have claimed. Typing can also lag a bit, not good for the fast typists among its user base.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab matches all the connectivity features needed in today’s devices with 3G as standard, an actual video camera to support the video calls made possible by 3G, and of course wireless internet through Wi-Fi.

This connectivity makes the galaxy tab great to take around, so that whether you are in the supermarket and want to look up a recipe online or whether you need an app from the android app store – everything is to hand. Bluetooth is also included, promising support for wireless keyboards or Bluetooth headsets.

The device has a 1GHz processor, and a separate graphics processor. In practice the iPad runs more smoothly due to the extra care apple has taken to ensure the compatibility of their apps. Flash really doesn’t help the tab in this instance either.

Storage is aplenty with 16GB internal memory for the device to take advantage of and room for another 32GB via its MicroSDHC card slot. In terms of price the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a good alternative to the iPad, matching it very closely in specification while only being very similarly priced.

Overall the Tab is impressive, and may well be a more serious rival to Apple than they would care to admit. but at the same time, it may not yet be the age of Android tablets with future offerings likely to offer a more polished product.

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5 Video Games that Could Put your Relationship in Danger

Relationships take a little give and take, but sometimes it’s hard enough coping with a relationship without having the issues that come with misunderstandings about attention, affection, or simply helping out around the house. The addictive qualities of games can mean that some things have to take a back seat to the addiction.

1. Farmville

Perhaps the worse of the contenders here, Farmville is pure evil. While Facebook is the major culprit responsible for getting tons of people to play games when they wouldn’t normally be interested in ‘games’ nothing speaks for the phenomena like Farmville which has risen to become both the golden child and the red headed step child of Facebook gaming. Most users know it as the source of constant status updates from their annoying Farmville playing friends. Currently 10% of Facebook users actively play it. It’s terribly addicting qualities mean that figure could rise. Zynga’s crop-tending Facebook game has also featured lots of notoriety, and has penetrated popular culture.

2. World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is the most famous destroyer of relationships, though not the first. The first proper Massively Multiplayer Online RPG (MMORPG) was Ultima Online. Though far more primitive than WoW, it still caused its share of breakups, broken marriages and misunderstandings. WoW’s addictive qualities have long meant that partners have a hard time getting their WoW playing other half away from it. It has also spawned many references in popular culture. Everyone is aware of some relationship or other that was at one point effected by WoW.

3. The Sims

The much broader appeal of the Sims places it just below Wow in the relationship destroying stakes. But still, no game should rightfully be so addictive. The game puts you in control of the life of virtual people, and you control every aspect of their lives, but must make them happy. Every Sims game that has come along, and every expansion pack, has added yet another brick in the wall that separates the Sims player from non-players. In those cases where both partners in a household play there’s less of a problem, but in those situations where only one does the stage is set for numerous misunderstandings about the nature of their staying up late at night huddled over the computer as they control the hapless sim’s life.

4. Civilization series

Though not an online game like the others, civilization is a long running series that has spawned some of the most immersive games ever created. The sprawling massive campaigns that are possible through civilization guarantee addiction, and therefore friction in relationships. The game starts in the ancient times and allows the player to take their tiny tribe up through the ages, building up technology and an empire until finally they are in a position to win the game either by conquering everyone or by meeting victory conditions such as building a spaceship that takes the player to Alpha Centauri, or by negotiating diplomatic peace. Let’s hope you manage to negotiate peace with your better half too.

5. Dating Sims

Not a game but a whole genre, the dating sim is the source of all the crazy news that pops up in the media every now and then. A mainly Japanese phenomenon, it rose to prominence with the news story that a Japanese man had married his virtual girlfriend. She was in a Nintendo DS portable gaming device and brought to the ceremony on a fluffy cushion. Later the story would re-emerge when it turned out a hotel had created a honeymoon package especially for those who had virtual wives. Some consider the game to be problematic as it encourages these young Japanese men to give up looking for a real girlfriend.

So, there we have it. If you don’t have a girlfriend, and want one, you would do well to play less and go out more. If you have a girlfriend and you want to keep your relationship, happy and intact – these are five games you may wish to avoid.

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Samsung and Apple are Fixing Holes Mentioned in WikiLeaks

The power of the CIA to get internal access into Apple devices was among the more remarkable disclosures made amid a huge amount of records released by WikiLeaks trying to show the cyber accessing tools employed by the CIA.

Echoing this issue on Tuesday night, Apple released a written statement asserting that they repaired, or had repaired, the bugs supposedly employed to hack in their products.

The technology (as part of the operating system along with a close relationship to its hardware) built into the iPhone of today’s symbolizes the most effective data security offered to customers, and we are always working to maintained it without change. Applications and our products are made to immediately get security upgrades with almost 80% of worldwide users running the most recent version of iOS (our operating system), to the hands of our customers. While our first investigation suggests that a lot of the problems today leaked were fixed in the most recent iOS, we are going to continue work to quickly identify and patch any vulnerabilities. We consistently encourage our users to download and use the most recent iOS to ensure they’ve the latest security upgrades. You can read more about the Year Zero evidence (although another point of view here: https://www.rt.com/viral/379769-snowden-responds-wikileaks-dump/)

The WikiLeaks files additionally described a intelligence agency application which uses Samsung TVs as covert microphones. This past Wednesday, the South Korean company Samsung informed us that: Shielding consumers’ privacy as well as the security of our devices is a top priority here at Samsung. We so are desperately looking to the issue and are conscious of the report under consideration

The WikiLeaks records asserted the CIA had found vulnerabilities that could possibly work on iPhone cellphones, which have widely been viewed as a more privately secure option than the Android cellphones.

The information on those exploits function, nevertheless, weren’t contained in the files, probably making it hard for the Apple technicians  to reason with 100% certainty if most of the bugs had been patched by it inside their device’s operating system the CIA had used to possibly infiltrate the mobile.

These code bugs, or secret exploits, are generally called “zero days”, a dubious name given to problems or other bugs having an item of technology the first producer does not know about their existence yet. Also, zero days are basically issues inside system or a machine the producer has had to repair, thus whether within a program on Microsoft Word or an iPhone, hackers can utilize it to break into the cellphones.

Within their launch, WikiLeaks said that, Year Zero introduces the extent and intention of the CIA’s worldwide secret hacking software, its malware weapons and tons of ‘zero day’ exploits against an extensive array of European and United States business products, like for example Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s popular Windows operating system and even Samsung devices, like their TVs, used to listen to conversations at home.