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‘Select’ PS Vita apps hit the US PlayStation Store: Netflix, LiveTweet and Flickr (Update: video hands-on)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Did you just brave the lines of a midnight launch party and snag yourself a PS Vita in the US? Good news ye early adopters, Sony’s PlayStation.Blog.US has just announced that select free apps will be available as part of today’s PlayStation Store update. Currently, you’ll find Netflix, LiveTweet and Flickr, but there’s still nary of trace of Facebook or Foursquare among the bunch (nor any official word on release dates for that matter). We gave each app a download and quick spin prior to them being officially listed without much in the way of hiccups — however, Netflix does take its sweet time to start-up. Disappointingly, Vita’s 20MB cap on 3G data is totally in effect on Netflix, as switching to our cellular connection denied us any access to the service. We’re giving the apps some extended use to bring you our initial impressions shortly, but for now, you’ll find more info at the source link below.

Update: We’ve added a brief video hands-on just past the break to let you grab a taste of each app before downloading them for yourself.

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‘Select’ PS Vita apps hit the US PlayStation Store: Netflix, LiveTweet and Flickr (Update: video hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP’s Veer gets AT&T logo, two-tone exterior

Sunday, May 1st, 2011
We suspected HP’s diminutive webOS 2.2 smartphone might be on its way to AT&T, and now a handful of leaked photographs rocking a panda-like color scheme have further confirmed our suspicions. As you can see from the image above, the little guy’s working the carrier’s logo in the upper left-hand corner of its 2.6-inch display. The photos of HP’s smallest webOS smartphone first appeared over at Pocketnow on Friday, just days before the Veer’s May 2nd launch party is scheduled to pop off in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly when the Snapdragon-packing device will be available for purchase, or how much it will cost when it lands, but we’re hoping to have more on that after tomorrow’s alleged event. Until then, you can always live vicariously through our hands-on with this little multi-tasking wonder. Now, isn’t that just precious?

HP’s Veer gets AT&T logo, two-tone exterior originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 May 2011 19:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP Veer to launch with AT&T on May 2nd

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The HP Veer might not be the webOS smartphone we’re most anxious to see launch, but there’s no question this petite phone packs a punch — and according to an event invitation revealed by webOS enthusiast blog PreCentral, the Veer will finally touch down in early May. HP is sending out invitations to a launch party for the Veer on May 2nd in California, and launch parties are typically accompanied by… launches. What’s more, those those who sent in an affirmative RSVP supposedly received instructions via email to bring an ID badge or a business card from AT&T or Best Buy in order to gain entry to the event. As such, an AT&T launch is likely a pretty safe bet. We took a hands-on look at the Veer back in February and the solid build of this tiny smartphone definitely impressed us, but we weren’t sure the tiny 2.6-inch touchscreen display had a place in the age of supersized smartphones. As an aside, it looks like that narrowed gap HP CEO Leo Apotheker claimed we would see between HP’s product announcements and launches isn’t so narrow after all. Apotheker said we should expect webOS devices to launch “within weeks” of HP’s February event, however — though we suppose the 12-weeks between HP’s Veer announcement and launch is, technically, within weeks.

[Via PreCentral]


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Daring Fireball: Microsoft sold 503 KINs

Thursday, July 8th, 2010


John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a “well-placed” source who informed him that Microsoft sold a mere 503 KINs before the handset was given its end-of-life papers on June 30th. Speculative rumors of the devices dismal sales figures have been tossed around willy-nilly over the last several week, and five hundred was a popular guess; others quoting anonymous sources pegged sales at “over 1,000 but under 10,000.” One Microsoft employee told website Business Insider:

“We had a huge launch party on campus and I bet that party cost more than the amount of revenues we took in on the product.  As an employee, I am embarrassed.  As a shareholder, I am pissed.  It’s one thing to incubate products and bring them to a proof-of-concept to see what works, but it’s something else to launch.  I suspect we launched because we felt like we HAD to so we could save face because we were trying to build buzz, but overall – huge fail.”

Ouch. Anyone out there know somone who picked up a KIN?

[Read Daring Fireball] [Read Business Insider]

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Windows PC Scout patronizes, offers surprisingly good comparison tool

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Want a “high-quality” machine that represents the “best of the best in laptops?” Microsoft’s got your back with its all-new PC Scout, a Flash-based laptop recommendation engine whose delivery is unfortunately more than a little reminiscent of those misguided Windows 7 launch party promos. Ah well, should you successfully navigate your way past bad jokes about space-cats and online dating, and on to the Selection section, you’ll find a thoroughly decent laptop comparison tool — with sliders for price and features narrowing or expanding your available choice in real time. With future plans to expand it to cover desktop hardware as well, Microsoft is making a commendable and seemingly rather useful effort to aid its users in picking out a new machine. Kudos for that, now how about hiring some real actors for a change?

[Via Ars Technica]

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Windows PC Scout patronizes, offers surprisingly good comparison tool originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Oct 2009 23:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Kit Hides the Worst Birthday Party Ever [Unboxing]

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

What’s inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Kit? Balloons, streamers and no cake. Oh right, they stuck a copy of Windows 7 in there, too.

The box itself.

The contents of the box itself. Note the inclusion of playing cards and a puzzle. These will be collector’s items when Ballmer dies.

This looks like a poster, but we believe it to be the “table top centerpiece.” Some third world manufacturer took Microsoft for a ride on that mark-up.

One tote bag. Actually, I’d gladly carry around my yuppie organic groceries in this thing.

Ohh, now the good stuff. We’re talking four streamers, some balloons and cute Win 7 cocktail napkins. What, no piñata?

On the plus side, you do score a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. That awesome token basically puts all of our petty comments to rest. [Thanks Rico!]

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