Tuesday, November 29, 2005

PSP Firmware 2.6

The latest Playstation Portable update hit the net this week. Firmware 2.60 gives you the ability to listen to podcasts, tweaks the still unsupported LocationFree player, lets you download video straight to the memory stick, play WMA files (but no copy protected WMA-files may be downloaded) and adds Chinese language. Allowance for RSS-feeds is also included -- and probably less opportunities for homebrew, who knows... Check out more.

Upshot: there are still a lot of guys out there who consider to not update, huh?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Nintendo DS: online spots

Two new spots went online on Nintendo's official site. You will need Flash and a little bit of polished up Japanese.

Watch Animal Crossing Spot
Watch DS Golf Spot

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Nintendo DS Touch Pen holder

There is new touch pen holder from Nintendo, which effectively turns the stylus into a more grippable pen. The "Pen Imp" comes in 6 different colors. Check it out here.

Upshot: umm, a little bit overcomplicated, perhaps? Still very lovely!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Quake III on a PDA near you

On Korea's last Games Conference, Pulse Interactive and Noctemware introduced Quake III and Quale III Arena to PDAs. The showpiece was running on a Dell Axim X51v with a smooth 25fps. Gamespot awarded Quake Mobile as Best Mobile Gam of E3 2005 -- those guys are really full of appraisal...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tour de France ... anybody?

Living Mobile published a new cellphone game Tour de France. If you didn't heard about it yet, then maybe you didn't missed anything. The game and it's website are kinda bleak with now information at all about the supported mobiles, pricing whatsoever... even the promotional video consist of only 6 or 7 screenshots, nailed together...

Upshot: anybody tried this one? Probably not worth to check it out...

Friday, November 11, 2005


How could I miss this one? iDoom is a Doom port for iPod that is built from the source code id software released in 1997. The goal for the iDoom project is to make a fast and nice looking Doom port for iPodlinux, that gives you the maximum possible Doom experience. Happy fragging... :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Would you use Google Mobile?

Google Mobile makes it easy to access online information — billions of pages images — on your cell phone or mobile device.

In Germany and Austria T-Mobile has already given up the battle against Google, where the engine has become the default search provider on T-Mobile's network.
Google's mobile search technology either works by sending a text message to the search engine with a query, or by visiting a specially formatted version of the engine on the Google website.

Vodaphone's Ferguson however argued that Google Mobile for now is mainly a marketing offensive. "Google is very aggressive, but they don't have a product."

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Many PSP-owners were waiting for their PSP2TV-device. This comes as (rather complicated) hardware-installation -- and enables you to watch PSP-output on a tube, especially in S-Video.

After this thing was shipped out, more and more complaints are pouring in. Read more about those issues here. It even looks like the picture-quality on the screen does not live up to the expectations. Read more here.

Upshot: possibly too much trouble for 120 bucks. If you want to play console-games on your TV, then stick to your PS2...

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Finger Stylus

Now this one seems to be a little bit older already: Truetip offers stylus replacements for your PDA. They come in two forms: one is like a thimble to be worn on your forefinger. The other version is like a pen cap that fits regular pens. The Truetip Styli are offered in a variety of colors.

Upshot: I'll stay with my regular stylus. Admitted, the truetips are cheap -- but they also look cheap. I found other combinations of pen-and-stylus much more elegant.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Is that a wallet in your phone?

The japanese company bitWallet is introducing Edy, their solution of mobile, virtual cash. It began life as a smart card but made the leap onto mobiles last year. What it means is that you can ditch your smart cards, because they will all be stored on your phone instead. Shopping for groceries, renting a video, buying a drink, or going to the theatre can all be done now with your mobile.

What it means is that you can ditch your smart cards, because they will all be stored on your phone instead. Shopping for groceries, renting a video, buying a drink, or going to the theatre can all be done now with your Edy-mobile. More here...

Upshot: the Japanese tend to take such technologies upfront. Not sure if this would be popular in western countries...

Friday, November 04, 2005

PSP media download site

The day before yesterday, Sony opened their doors to MovieSquare, their site for buying and downloading music and videos.
MovieSquare has 268 titles up for sale so far with the items ranging in price from lesss than $3 to about $9. You’ll be shocked to hear that it’s a Japanese site.