Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer has apparently confirmed that the company will launch an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet later in 2011. Bloomberg quotes Japan’s Nikkei as saying Stringer confirmed the slate would drop at the end of the summer, with the US targeted first.
Last we heard, Sony was readying an S1 PlayStation tablet with a 9.4-inch display, Tegra 2 processor and a distinctive curved “wrap” chassis. Gaming, ereader, computing and media streaming is all expected to be included; we’d also expect Sony to do some UI work on top of Android 3.0, too.
We’re having trouble finding the exact Nikkei report, though back in January the paper claimed Stringer was aiming to take the number two spot in tablets, after Apple, by the end of 2012. The CEO suggested Sony’s lengthy development period was so that the slate could be sufficiently differentiated from other Android tablets, and hinted that 3D was a possibility.
According to Wired, a federal magistrate said Sony may subpoena the PayPal account of the well-known PlayStation 3 hacker George Hots (aka Geohot). This came two weeks after Sony got the permission to track all IP addresses for anyone visited Geohot.com from January of 2009 onward.
The latest development allows the Japanese console maker to acquire “documents sufficientto identify the source of funds (.pdf) in California that went into any PayPal account associated with firstname.lastname@example.org for the period of January 1, 2009, to February 1, 2011,” Spero ruled.
Regarding the PayPal account, Sony claims Hotz has accepted monetary donations for the hack from people residing in Northern California — an argument that, if true, might make San Francisco a proper venue for the litigation.
really I like to see the presentation of this guy, he is very talanted and attractive. It’s expected to see some surprises in few minutes, stay tuned
Google has set the bar pretty high with its homepage doodles – the search giant’s playable Pac-Man logo remains one of our favorites – but today’s Jules Verne example is perhaps the best yet. Celebrating Verne’s 183rd birthday, the Google logo has been transformed into viewing windows from the Nautilus, from the author’s famous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Best of all, by moving the lever on the right hand side, you can navigate under water and explore fish and even locate a giant squid. If you’re browsing on a device with an accelerometer (and using a recent version of Chrome or Firefox) then you can eschew the lever and simply tilt to navigate instead.
It’s all been built in CSS3 and looks incredible; even the tiny gauges on the left respond as you’d expect them to. If you’re interested in reading 20,000 Leagues then you can find it here.
The Motorola Atrix packs the dual-core power of a computer into a slender handset package. Moto made much of the laptop and TV docks, but both of those (admittedly nifty) peripheral products merely underscore the sad truth. On its own, the Atrix is a caged lion.
The 4″ display candy-bar form-factor has its limitations. There’s only so much you can do with a device like that before adding in peripherals. This new concept phone from Yanko designer Lin Jian Feng may be able to squeeze a big shot of additional power into the handset.
It has a medium-sized plastic bezel/body that detaches from the screen and slides out to reveal two halves of a keyboard, complete with a rolling-ball mouse and a left/right/middle mouse button key. The display will also be able to fold up out of the body, using it as a base to allow for more comfortable extended viewing.
MIDs are supposed to be a dead platform, but I’d buy the hell out of any smartphone that was a freaking Transformer. Every other gadget nerd raised on cartoons would be compelled to do the same. Lin Jian Feng is a genius.
[Via Yanko Design]