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The Google Tablet Is Coming, Courtesy of Verizon

The first serious challenge to the Apple iPad is coming from the most obvious of teams: According to Verizon Chief Exec Lowell McAdam, the carrier is working with Google on “a tablet computer.” This should be fun.

The WSJ report is about as sparse as possible, mentioning nothing beyond the fact that Verizon wants a tablet, and are now working with Google. Says McAdam:

We’re looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.

I’m guessing that didn’t come out quite right, but I’ll hazard a guess that this means the the partnership is brand new, and that neither company knows exactly how they’re going to move forward. I hope for the sake of both companies, and us, that this means that Google is working with Verizon on making the ultimate Android tablet, and that Chrome OS will get brushed aside until it’s a bit, er, better.

Let’s play a little game of best case/worst case, shall we?

Best Case

Google’s ready to prove its tablet mettle, and Verizon wants an answer to AT&T’s iPad. It’s Shakespearean, almost, kind of! Within months, AT&T and Verizon will fall deeply in love, and commit suicide due to an easily avoidable misunderstanding. No, wait, wrong play. I wanted the one where EVERYONE FIGHTS EVERYONE, AND IT IS AWESOME. This could mean:

• An Android tablet launched with the backing of a major carrier, and presumably a high-profile hardware manufacturer (Motorola?)
• Hardware within six months
• An interesting data pricing strategy from Verizon, which will need to compete with AT&T novel (but flawed) a la carte system
• An early start against other tablets, specifically from the newly invigorated Palm
• WAR

Worst Case

Sometimes Google is unfocused. Sometimes Verizon is out of touch. With their powers combined, we could end up with:

• A Chrome OS tablet. Web-only tablets aren’t as cool as you’d think. Google and Verizon need to beat the iPad, not the JooJoo. Remember this concept? Eh. Eric Schmidt reportedly told people that the first Google tablet would run Android, but you never know.
• Massive lead time. Android was announced in November of 2007, which was interpreted (correctly) as Google’s move to compete with the iPhone. Problem is, the T-Mobile G1 didn’t ship until nearly a year later. This tablet needs to hit the market well before the next iteration of the iPad, and at least as quickly as whatever WebOS slate HP is working on right now.
• Stupid data pricing. Verizon took Microsoft’s promising new Kin and strangled it in the delivery room. A traditional contract, or overpriced data, could do the same to a tablet.
• A raw Android tablet. The iPad has problems, nearly all of which Android is poised to avoid—but that could befall it, if Google hasn’t been paying attention. I’m talking about better media support, open accessory compatibility, and a syncing app that exists, but isn’t necessary for the device to function.

Granted, this whole thing could be a public bargaining strategy for Verizon, a misrepresentation of the facts by an executive who doesn’t seem to have a perfectly clear view of the facts, or mere hot air. But I don’t want to believe that. I can’t. [WSJ]

http://www.nickmiller.co.cc/2010/05/the-google-tablet-is-coming-courtesy-of-verizon/

http://gizmodo.com/5536535/the-google-tablet-is-coming-courtesy-of-verizon

PSP Store Update for May 11th, 2010

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Harvest Moon: Hero Of Leaf Valley $29.99
The tranquil town of Leaf Valley is scheduled for demolition! The heartless Funland Corporation is going to bulldoze the town and replace it with an amusement park unless its citizens can find a way to stop them! You’ll need to grow crops, raise animals, and mine ores and gems to help save Leaf Valley and your family farm. With a branching storyline and multiple endings, how you choose to save the town is up to you!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 120 MB

Game Demos (also available from PS3 Storefront) (free)

ModNation Racers PSP Demo
Be among the first to test drive ModNation Racers on the PSP system! In this free demo you’ll experience kart racing for a new generation as you boost, drift, and race your way through two over-the-top tracks using any one of six racers. Plus, get a taste for the game’s revolutionary Create tools with the Track Studio preview! Drive your idea of the perfect track into existence for the included Track Theme, then tweak it and test drive it.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 135 MB

PSP minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Busy Sweets Factory (PSP Only) ($1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 5.84 MB

Love Cupid (PSP Only) ($1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 6.49 MB

Quiz Animania (PSP Only) ($1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 11 MB

Add-on Game Content (also available from PS3 Storefront)

LittleBigPlanet PSP – Wilderness Costume (free)
PLAY, CREATE, SHARE…Everywhere. LittleBigPlanet’s critically acclaimed “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE” experience, makes its way to the PSP system with a completely new Sackboy adventure. Get these free costumes from the Wilderness Theme Pack. NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 2.51 MB

LittleBigPlanet PSP – Wilderness Theme Pack ($2.99)
PLAY, CREATE, SHARE…Everywhere. Download a new set of costumes and CREATE materials to create your own Wilderness levels! The Wilderness Theme Pack includes 5 Costume items, 13 CREATE Materials, 15 Stickers, 1 Music kit, and 1 Background. NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 2.64 MB

LittleBigPlanet PSP – Sackfari Explorers Costume (free)
PLAY, CREATE, SHARE…Everywhere. LittleBigPlanet’s critically acclaimed “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE” experience, makes its way to the PSP system with a completely new Sackboy adventure. Get this free costume from the Jungle Sackfari Explorers Theme Pack. NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 1.35 MB

LittleBigPlanet PSP – Sackfari Explorers Theme Pack ($2.99)
PLAY, CREATE, SHARE…Everywhere. Download a new set of costumes and CREATE materials to create your own Jungle Sackfari levels! The Jungle Sackfari Explorers Pack includes 4 Costumes and 12 Stickers. NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 1.46 MB

Game Videos (free)

LitteBigPlanet PSP – Turbo! Level Kit Trailer
File size: 10 MB (SD) (HD)

3D Dot Game Heroes: “The Hero Your Hero Could Be” Trailer
File size: 4.37 MB (SD)

3D Dot Game Heroes: “Dot-Mart” Trailer
File size: 4.16 MB (SD)

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Draganov PSP Theme 1 ($1.49)
File size: 554 KB

Draganov PSP Theme 2 ($1.49)
File size: 539 KB

Disney Princess and the Frog PSP Theme ($1.49) (US only)
File size: 580 KB

PSP Wallpaper (free)

Armored Core: Last Raven Wallpaper 1
File size: 31 KB

Armored Core: Last Raven Wallpaper 2
File size: 30 KB

New PSP God of War Announced: Ghost of Sparta

All you critis who said the iPod Touch has beaten the PSP, you are once again bested. After waiting several weeks for the mysterious God of War 3 Platinum Trophy teaser site to update, you have your prize. Yes, Ready at Dawn has announced a new God of War game for the PSP. There isn’t too much info yet, but quoting the Playstation.Blog:

“I can also tell you from
first-hand experience that we are pushing the limits of what PSP can do with state-of-the-art visual technologies, higher resolution environments, and greater depths of scale. We’re also providing over 25% more gameplay, an improved weapon system, and new magical powers — all enjoyed anytime, anywhere.” -Eric Lavine

Here are a few pictures you can drool over:

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PSP Store Update for April 29th, 2010.

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

2010 FIFA World Cup ($39.99)
EA SPORTS celebrates the single largest sporting event on the planet with the only official and exclusively licensed videogame on the PSP system for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 1.14 GB

2010 FIFA World Cup – French ($39.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 1.13 GB

PSP minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Normaltanks ($4.99)
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 9.63 MB

Reef Aquarium ($4.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 8.27 MB
Car Jack Streets ($4.99)
ESRB Rated T
File size: 84 MB

Pile Up! Bakery (PSP Only – $1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 6 MB

Pinball Duel (PSP Only – $1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 7.1 MB

Music Quiz (PSP Only – $1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 34 MB

Game Videos (free)

ModNation Racers: Artist Spotlight – Sucker Punch
File size: 27 MB

ModNation Racers: Artist Spotlight – Ted Price
File size: 29 MB

ModNation Racers: Artist Spotlight – David Jaffe
File size: 24 MB

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

NBA Premium PSP Themes (x14) ($1.49)
File size: 352 KB – 397 KB

Black Oil Crud – Dab PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 292 KB

Black Oil Crud – Glop PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 430 KB

Sushi PSP Theme 1 ($1.49)
File size: 564 KB

Sushi PSP Theme 2 ($1.49)
File size: 581 KB

Bare Elements – Data PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 453 KB

Bare Elements – Fire PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 365 KB

I’m probably only going to get Pinball Duel and a couple of Modnation Racers videos, still saving up for Modnation Racers PSP and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

PSP Store Update for April 22nd, 2010

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

UNO ($7.99)
Get ready to call “UNO” on your PSP (PlayStation Portable) system! The world famous card game is faithfully reproduced for the PSP system and also features exciting new rules. With a multiplayer mode played locally between up to 4 PSP systems or on PlayStation Network, UNO has never been so fun and easy, so be the first to get rid of all your cards!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 29 MB

PSP Minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! ($4.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 101 MB

Hysteria Project ($1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 83 MB

Homerun Hitters (PSP Only – $1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 7.02 MB

Shogi (PSP Only – $1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 10 MB

Charge! Tank Squad! (PSP Only – $1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 7 MB

Add-on Game Content (also available from PS3 Storefront)

The Eye of Judgment Legends Card Expansion Pack Volume 2 ($1.99)
Expand your digital card collection with the second add-on card pack! Give your duels an upper hand with 5 unique cards not found in the full game, including rare and ultra rare cards. Add these cards to your deck for unique combinations to win battles against the computer, or head-to-head online against other players. Unlike other cards, these can’t be traded or earned any other way.
Download the add-on cards today!
File size: 1.51 MB

Game Videos (free)

MLB 10: The Show – Opening Day Trailer
File size: 13 MB

ModNation Racers – UFG Tutorial: Mod Creation
File size: 61 MB

ModNation Racers – UFG Tutorial: Kart Creation
File size: 52 MB

ModNation Racers – UFG Tutorial: Track Creation
File size: 52 MB

3D Dot Game Heroes: Promo Trailer #2 Most Interesting Hero In 3D
File size: 5.16 MB

3D Dot Game Heroes: Natural Sword Enhancement
File size: 5.82 MB

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

NBA Premium PSP Themes (x16) ($1.49)
File size: 352 KB – 406 KB

American Flags PSP Theme 1 ($1.99)
File size: 482 KB

American Flags PSP Theme 2 ($1.99)
File size: 548 KB
PSP Wallpaper (also available from PS3 Storefront) (free)

DJ Max Fever Wallpaper 5
File size: 35 KB

DJ Max Fever Wallpaper 6
File size: 28 KB

DJ Max Fever Wallpaper 7
File size: 34 KB

DJ Max Fever Wallpaper 8
File size: 34 KB

Strikers 1945 Plus Wallpaper 5
File size: 20 KB

Strikers 1945 Plus Wallpaper 6
File size: 21 KB

Lots of new content today! I’m picking myself up some UNO, it has online! (for those who don’t have friends cool enough to play the card game IRL)

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe – only 9.99$!

The best PSP tower defence game is back – at only 9.99$! Starting on April 27th, you’ll be able to pick this game up on UMD and for Digital Download off of the PlayStation Store for only 9.99$. This is the cheapest price for a new PSP UMD to hit store ever, so be sure to pick it up!

PixelJunk Monsters features 3 times the amount of content as the PS3 Version, Multiplayer Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure and tons of bonus content!

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe

ModNation Racers PSP sets to impress – Video of Track Builder

If you thought LittleBigPlanet PSP was a bit of a flop considering track building, then fear no more. United Front games has took a stab at perfect track designing on the PSP and the tools they have look amazing.

ModNation Racers PSP is set to release in May 2010, featuring a campaign, track editor, ability to play Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure with up to 6 people, ability to create your own carts and character and upload them and the ability to share your own tracks online. This isn’t some lame old iPod Touch gimmick game, this is a full game that no other handheld but the PSP can offer!

See it run in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsjeiPRjK9A

Acer x183h

I got this for Christmas and I must say it’s not a bad little monitor. I brought it home, hooked it up to my nVidia card and pushed the auto adjust button and it was setup. The only thing I don’t like about it, is it’s resolution. I hate the 1366×768 resolution because it is too short for apps like Photoshop or Dreamweaver. Other than that is small size and slimline design makes it a perfect monitor for small desks. If your looking for a cheap monitor, then you can pick this baby up for $110 at most electronic stores. If you don’t want a small monitor or have the money for a bigger one, get it. I would recommend a bigger monitor for anyone who works with their computer. If you are into internet and e-mail, then just stick with this one.

The build quality of this monitor isn’t that great. The buttons are flimsy and they feel cheaply made. The monitor shakes whenever you start typing because of the cheap stand. The rubber pads on the bottom of the stand don’t work, the monitor can be moved around my desk with one finger. The low quality products seem to be a trend with Acer. I will admit though, the color is amazing on the screen, but it could be better.

This monitor would be great for a Mac Mini, second laptop display, or as a slimline monitor for a server. Other than that, I see no reason not to go with a different monitor with a better resolution. A monitor with a 1280x1024px or 1920x1080px resolution would be a lot better for most computer users.

Source:http://www.nickmiller.co.cc/2010/04/acer-x183h/