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Sony Playstation Vita – A new PSP for gamers

Sony just announced its Playstation Vita at the E3 2011 held yesterday. A new PSP device for gamers which has been codenamed NGP. The PSP has been named “Vita” meaning “Life” in latin. Sony is having positive feelings about this gadget as it already breaks Nintendo 3DS specs.

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Sony had already been discussing about NGP a few months back but we were not clear as to what it housed under that hood. But now we are all sure that this new kid will create a serious competition against its top contenders. Sony Playstation Vita runs on ARM Cortex A9 (4 core) CPU, fires up a mighty SGX543MP4+ GPU, has a 5″ OLED touchscreen display, six-axis motion sensing system, front and rear facing cameras, two joysticks and to top it all off, has a touchpad on the rear too! With these specs around gamers will be so excited to get their hands dirty with its slick gameplay and also i totally forgot to say R.I.P Nintendo 3DS. Of course for a great gameplay you’ll need fast wireless internet you could help this with the asus best wireless router for gaming, and play at amazing speeds.

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According to an article in the UK newspaper Mirror,

The device will allow gamers to be connected with one other over mobile phone networks and wi-fi hotspots, and use GPS location-tracking technology. It will also enable gamers to play against people using PlayStation 3 consoles over the internet-based PlayStation Network.

CNET announced that the device will also offer a social-networking component called Near that lets gamers play against friends with Vitas nearby.

SONY also gave a demo of some of their famous gaming titles including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ruin, ModNation RacersLittleBigPlanet and Street Fighter x Tekken. Regarding the pricing, the PSVITA is tagged at $249 for Wi-Fi only and $299 for the 3G/Wi-Fi version. Playstation Vita is all set to release by the end of 2011. engadget managed to get a hands-on at the E3, take a look over here.

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Time for your comment! Will you buy this neat gaming device or are too busy checking out other cool gadgets, let us know?

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Apple goes berserk! iOS5, Mac OSX Lion and iCloud at WWDC

Apple is launching its iOS 5 mobile operating system, MAC OS X Lion desktop operating system and also its iCloud service: Apple’s very own Cloud service to be held at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, this June 6.

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According to engadget, the team will be focused on its latest software enhancements and also its release of the newest, MAC OS X Lion operating system. This is gonna be a big day because some folks at Buzzle are already regard this as a clash between Apple and the Android developers since Google already launched its latest Android OS the “Ice Cream Sandwich” just this month. The release will be done by Steve Jobs himself along with other executives.

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The launch of iOS 5 is creating a major buzz for the Apple users. Some customers are already creating a wishlist of what improvements they would like to add in the new release. If you want to know what other people are thinking, browse through this gallery as BusinessInsider brings it to you. Regarding the iOS 5 features, this time it will introduce voice control to type the text automatically and widgets too possibly to compete with the Android, as we have seen Android OS is full of widgets. Of course, there will be integration of NFC chips and Cloud computing (Google wallet and iCloud respectively). GET IT? Other than these there’s a fully redone user interface and addition of an updated camera app (iPhone 4S will have a 8-megapixel camera), thats why!

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Coming to MAC OS X Lion, this is going to be a major concern at the WWDC this time. According to CNET, the poor MAC OSX Snow Leopard was already being hit by a rogue antivirus causing a MAC malware scare so you will possibly see the release of a software update for SL. Moving on, there is a pretty nice featurelist we are going to see in Lion this time, some of them being, introduction of Wi-Fi Direct, wireless iTunes sync capability, Finder,Mail,AirDrop and iCal improvements.

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iCloud service being new one on the line, we have not been able to gather much news about it but our reporters at CNET say that Apple will integrate “music features” with the Cloud support. Already deals have been made with the music giants such as EMI Music, Warner Music and SONY Music.

Here is an official PRESS RELEASE made by Apple.

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Now its time for your comment. Tell us what your thoughts are about Apple. Will Apple keep dominating the industry or will Android overtake them soon? Also if you are an attendee at the WWDC 2011 please share with us your latest updates!

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SONY hacked again! Target:Sony Ericsson Canada

Apparently this time Sony Ericsson Canadian store was their target. In the beginning SONY PLAYSTATION network was hacked, then Sony managed to bring it online then it got hacked again. After that incident Sony Music Entertainment got hacked and now it is the unfortunate Sony Ericsson Canada to take the hit!

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Hits are increasing day by day and many of Sony networks are becoming potential targets. HACK SONY has become the new trend, whoever wants to show off his hacking skills should manage to hack any SONY’s site and will become the next VIP in the market, according to an article at The Hacker News.

Reports on CNET, suggests that a data breach struck many artists websites which were under Sony Entertainment Greece this Sunday. About 8,500 records containing e-mail addresses, telephone nos., Usernames and Passwords were swiped off the sites. Many of you might not be knowing LulzSec, it is a hacker group who were behind the abomination of FOX.com. Yes, these are the same guys who cracked Sony Ericsson Japanese sites. The Hack attack was performed through a SQL injection. LulzSec also announced on its official Twitter account that they were the one who took it down. Take a look at the database structure of SONY, LulzSec had posted this at pastebin.com.

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The latest attack being the Sony Ericsson’s Canadian store. Engadget broke this news just today and we are here to look at what they had to say about it. According to the post, 2000 eshop customers data was taken. Thank god, there were no reports of any credit card fraud. This being the 10th attack on SONY, we dont know when these series of constant security breaches are ever going to stop.

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Many Hackathon’s have been arranged such as TechCrunch’s NYC Hackathon and Change.org’s HACK FOR CHANGE to curb the illegal breaches by bringing in good security specialists who will find security loopholes and fix them at the earliest. If you think you are a good coder and believe you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker and can perform a top-rated hack then go to hackforchange.com and sign up now!

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Now its time drop in a comment and share your views of what you think about Sony’s plight! Will the company has what it takes to go on or will it soon become history?

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Xbox 360 now absolutely free from Microsoft

Yes this is a genuine news. Its not a hoax or a rumor. Microsoft has already announced it on its official blog. Microsoft is giving college students free XBOX 360 console with no charge whatsoever.

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Microsoft said that if a student buys any Windows 7 PC from well known retailers such as Dell, HP or the Microsoft Store, which is above the price tag of $699, he/she will get a free XBOX 360 4GB console, from the Microsoft Store itself. I think this is a great deal because at just 31,413 INR, Indian people can get a sweet slick-looking XBOX 360 console absolutely free. All you have to do is go to a DELL or a HP retailer, choose any PC above $699 price, and present your .edu email address, in case you dont have a .edu email id, just present them your student ID. Thats it, nice and simple!

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The free XBOX 360 that you get from the MICROSOFT is a 4GB console and features a built-in WiFi and comes with a black XBOX 360 wireless controller as stated in an article at the CNET. This console is currently priced at $200.

This is a very good time to buy your kids a PC because already he/she will start going to college or school soon and has a chance to learn many things and get interactive. A PC will always help them in doing their homeworks and a XBOX will always keep them connected with their family and friends. Surfing the web, streaming videos and gaming just got a lot more easy and fun with the new XBOX.

Hurry now!!! This offer has just started today, the 22nd May. Offer valid till stocks last.

Its time now for your superb comment. Tell us, whether you like this giant frenzy offer or not? Isn’t it cool?

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Nokia N9 on its way!

Nokia N9 or as Nokia is calling it the N950 is supposedly releasing this summer. Nokia N9 is a smartphone and was rumored to be the first MeeGo powered device to hit the streets. But instead Nokia went on pursuing its Windows Phone 7 craze.

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Recently a teaser video was floating around the web, posted first at pocketnow.com glimpsing the design of Nokia N9, but now we are unable to watch the video because of a copyright claim by the Nokia Corporation. Nokia possibly found the leak and patched it up. Nokia N9 is reported to run on a MeeGo 1.2 GHz processor housing 768MB of RAM memory. Internal memory will be of 64GB although can be increased with the help of a microSD card which can expand upto a maximum of 32GB. It will also feature a 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss optical camera and can capture videos at 720p. Nokia is believed to have a sliding QWERTY keyboard with a 4.2 AMOLED display. The display is a scratch resistant surface.

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Other eye-catching features include Proximity sensor for automatically turning off the phone and an accelerometer sensor as well as handwriting recognition feature. Sources at techtree are claiming that Nokia N9 could be released as soon as in the next month. But those are only rumors, we dont know if Nokia will surely be releasing its smartphone any sooner. Although quite a few blogs suggests otherwise. For screenshots  of the new Nokia N9 please click here.

Here is the same teaser video of the Nokia N9. Watch it before it too gets taken down by Nokia Corp. The background song that is playing in the video is Jessie’s girl. For the lyrics and its original music video please click here.

For more technical specifications please click here.

So now that you have enjoyed this news. Please post your thoughts by a quick comment about the new Nokia N9.

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Snapdragon Roundtable: Shows off Mighty Smartphone and Tablet Processors

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon roundtable held yesterday(May 18, 2011) in Bangalore,India showed off their mighty Snapdragon for smartphones and tablets. This article covers highlights of the Snapdragon Roundtable 2011.

What is Snapdragon?

Snapdragon is a family of mobile system on chips by Qualcomm. To keep it simple- All your android powered HTC Smart Phones are mostly powered by Snapdragon. Rendering High graphics and enabling you to play games as fast as in Playstation, efficiently using your phone’s battery, GPS, memory, connectivity – all kind of gymnastics are performed by a ‘smart’ chip which is in your ‘smart’ phone. In case if you are wondering, Yes, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon belongs to this “Chip” category making your phones run faster and faster. (Faster, Smarter, Better 🙂 )

Snapdragon Roundtable was recently held in Bangalore, India. Lots of interesting stats addressing the current smart phones, tablets were unveiled.. The presentation started with some astonishing (History) facts like “World’s First Mobile Processor at 1GHz” [Snapdragon QSD 8X50] , “World’s first mobile single core at 1.4 GHz” [Snapdragon MSM 8X55]

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This could give you an idea how snapdragon is integrated with important entities of your smart phone / tablet.
Some of the benefits of integration being low system cost and power efficient.

Snapdragon and the Internet.

The recent html5 buzz is here to stay leading innovations in the way the web is accessed.

“We run Internet videos faster” says Snapdragon mentioning about the hardware acceleration for flash and html5, support for in-page playback of html5 videos & clutter free flash video playback.

60% of Android phones are powered by Qualcomm Chipsets!


The chipsets that power 60% of Android phones include Snapdragon and other family of chipsets from Qualcomm
That’s quite a lot. isn’t it?

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Over 20 Snapdragon devices are launched. Out of it, 13 devices are launched within the first half of 2011. The manufacturers include HTC, Dell, Sony Ericsson, Acer and others… Have a look at the list of latest smart phones / tablets powered by Snapdragon

Snapdragon in 2012:

Snapdragon has unveiled its upcoming stuff for the year 2012.. Apps like Augmented Reality, Movie on the Go, Console quality gaming, Stereoscopic 3D is the area of focus and also it is ready to release “Snapdragon Gen Next” in the year 2012 which boasts of Quad CPU which runs at 2.5 GHz, Full 1080p Display support and more with 4G!

Being one of the attendee of Snapdragon Roundtable, I had a wonderful time checking the demos pieces, playing some augmented reality games which runs on their gen next processors, wonderful discussions with bloggers and qualcomm team.

The full presentation of Snapdragon Roundtable 2011 can be found here.

Have your say at comment section, for more news and tech stories stay connected with us on twitter: @chaaps

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Sony Playstation Network back online

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Sony’s Playstation network which was hacked recently is back online but only in a select few countries. Restoration will soon be done to other countries. Sony had said that the planted file in the hack attack was named ‘Anonymous’ possibly done by the hacker group at Anonymous.

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Although ‘Anonymous’ consisting of highly professional experienced hackers denied that the hack was from their end and claims to not have been involved in any kind of such act but according to their official blog at Anonops.blogspot.com they say that the group as a whole was not a part of such fraud but the individual members may have been. Source to the article right here.
That being said many of Sony’s customers want to already cancel their service and demand a refund. Sony inspite of getting sued due to this gigantic data breach and lossage of several customers credit card information, are still keeping quite.

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Ashamed of their unsecure network environment, Sony decided to instead put a smile on their customers faces by giving them a free 30-day Playstation Plus membership, 30 days of free Qriocity service and unlimited music to its customers and also a free software of some sort as announced by Sony’s VP, Kaz Harzai from the official HQ at Japan on 1st May. Well that, we dont want Sony!

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According to the latest news at engadget, Sony has begun its restoration services and currently only North America has been fully restored. Other nations such as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South America, UK and Ireland have partially been restored. I think Asian countries will be the last one to receive its treasured services. Meanwhile our friends at Japan are unwilling to co-operate with Sony and will resume its PSN services only when their demands are met. Their demands being, unless and until Sony takes all its preventive measures and ensures us that further such attacks wont happen again we will not turn PSN back on. They also said that the “company promised” counter-hacking measures have not yet been fulfilled. Other issues being unclear, we will try to bring you the latest updates, as soon as they are released by engadget people at Japan. Reports here.

So its time for your precious views! Please comment to share with us your valuable insights.

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iMac cranked up with Thunderbolt!

Apple has recently released its newest series of iMac lineups. The surprising thing about these is that they are fitted with the latest technology, the ‘Thunderbolt’ high speed I/O ports. It thrashes even the USB 3.0 standard which is the latest in technology. If you have not read our review about the USB 3.0 here it is USB 3.0 to power a new era.

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Thunderbolt had already made its debut in Macbook Pro this year, now Apple has integrated the Thunderbolt ports even in its 21.5 inch and 27 inches iMacs. Apple is not only upgrading its ports but also its internal hardware, revamping the whole system. With the Thunderbolt, comes (wait for it) the Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ second generation Quad Core i5 and i7 CPUs also dont forget the AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 6970M graphics card. After a complete overhaul of the iMac, imagine what the price tag will be?

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Here is a complete featurelist of what the iMac will be withholding together:

21.5 inch                                   27 inch

1920×1080 pixel IPS panel            2560×1440 pixel IPS display

2.5GHz QUAD-CORE Core i5 CPU           3.1 GHz QUAD-CORE Core i5 CPU

AMD Radeon HD 6750M         AMD Radeon HD 6970M

500GB HDD           1TB HDD

1 Thunderbolt port       2 Thunderbolt ports

4 USB 2.0 ports

Firewire 800 port

Gigabit Ethernet

Facetime HD webcam

PRICE TAG: $1,199           $1,999

The above specifications are factory installed configuration. However you can configure your PC parts while ordering, such as add a new Graphics card or upgrade your CPU to an i7. Also according to the latest news from AppleInsider you can remove the existing Graphics card and install a new one later without the need to replace the whole logic board.

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With the enormous addition of Thunderbolt ports, Apple has already made a statement. Thunderbolt ports are believed to be twice as faster than USB 3.0 ports. Delivering a classic 10Gbps data transfer speeds, Thunderbolt has flushed the USB 3.0 down the drain. Also the new integration of Facetime HD gives users the capability to video call through other Apple devices such as iPhone’s and iPad’s.

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So this is the inside out of latest iMac news hovering around the planet. For more enticing stories and updates please Subscribe to our daily feed. And as always your views are very important to us! Please drop in a comment to share what you feel about the new iMac lineup! Will you buy them or are you just satisfied with your Macbook Pro?

RIM playbook to get facebook app with video chat?

Apple’s first ever tablet, iPad was warmly welcomed all around the world. So was iPad 2. But android lovers couldn’t keep mum for long time and hence, came up with the android tablets. In fact, studies show Android will have the upper hand in the tablet market by 2014. Having said that, Blackberry’s playbook has high expectations and, it seems, they are all heart to fulfill them.

For instance, take this. This post by socialtimes makes it clear to us that the facebook app for Blackberry playbook will have video chat. Also, point to be noted, RIM is the developer of Playbook’s facebook app. This being awesome, there’s an awful part as well. Few features like groups and events are probably absent; probably.

Catch a glimpse:

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Source: Blackberry’s press release.

Got a question? Got a view? Feel free to drop a comment.

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Apple iPad 2 in India up for grabs!

According to a latest news from techtree, iPad 2 has been released in India as of April 29. Along with India, it has also been launched for 9 other countries.

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iPad 2 is thinner and faster than its predecessor. For more information and specs check out our complete review of iPad 2 here. As we all know Apple has always been lazy to release its products in Indian markets. Probably because the demand of iPad’s is much greater than the supply, Apple cant manufacture the iPads fast enough. After only a month since its release i.e. March 11, its now available in the Indian markets. This improvement of Apple has sure satisfied our Indian customers and Apple is planning to keep its repute this way.

Many of you will be eagerly waiting for Apple iPad 2 price in India, so here it is. iPad 2 is available from prices ranging from 29,500 to 46,900.
iPad 2 with WiFi:                                                       iPad 2 with WiFi + 3G:
16GB model- Rs.29,500                                        16GB model- Rs.36,900
32GB model- Rs.34,500                                        32GB model- Rs.41,900
64GB model- Rs.39,500                                        64GB model- Rs.46,900

The company has sold 19.5 million units in the latest quarter. According to statistics from IBNLive, Apple’s iPad is continuing to dominate the tablet industry and will be for the next three years. Only time will tell us how it is going to adapt itself from Android based devices.

Now that iPad 2 is here in India, tell us what your opinion about the new iPad is by dropping a comment. Do you find the prices reasonable or expensive, please do share ur views.
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Nintendo Wii 2 to be released in 2012

Nintendo Wii is a video game console developed by Nintendo and manufactured by Foxconn. Wii was first launched in November 2006. Known for its motion gaming technology Wii captured many hearts and promised to be one of the best gaming technology ever created. Its rivals being Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3 have always outrun Wii. Statistics taken from November 2006 – March 2010 records a whopping 86.01 million Wii units to be sold worldwide but the Wii suffered a major decline last year selling a mere 15.1 million units.

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The latest news by Nintendo is that, its planning to release its next console in March 2012. The successor will be named Wii 2 and is codenamed: ‘Project Cafe’. The company announced that a playable version of the system will be unveiled at the E3 Gaming expo to be held in Los Angeles on June 7th. Click here to read the Official Press Release made by the company on this April 25, 2011.

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Nintendo states:

April 25, 2011

To whom it may concern: Re: Wii’s successor system

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.

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Nintendo has made a good call by announcing its release of the newest console as its sales are already falling rapidly and this is the time to give a hard blow on its competitors, Microsoft and SONY.

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According to the latest report by IGN, Nintendo is gonna be a lot more powerful than its predecessor. The Nintendo Wii will be housing a revamped version of AMD’s R700 GPU architecture under the hood, which can easily outperform Playstation 3’s Nvidia 7800-GTX processor. The system will support HD resolutions of 1080p and also will be stereoscopic 3D enabled. The CPU will be a custom built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset with unimaginable clocking speeds. So much to say, Microsoft and SONY will already be threatened by such advanced schematics of the Wii 2 that they will bite their own tongue.

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If IGN’s sources are correct, Wii is gonna pose as a serious threat to its rivals and hopefully will rekindle its lost passion among gamers.
As for the pricing, Wii is expected to cost around $350-$400.  How well the Wii 2 will promise to perform this time will only be revealed at the Expo this June. As for your comments we are very excited to hear what your say is.

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Please comment as to what you feel about the new Wii! Will it break the barriers of Xbox and PS3 or will it still continue to remain as an outcast. Your views are important to us!

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Sony egresses with Android tablets

Sony is coming up with its own version of twin tablets running Google’s Android operating system. The tablets are codenamed as S1 and S2, will go on sale towards the end of the year.

Here is the first look pictures released by electronic giants:

This is one more major step for Android platform which is currently the fastest growing and is expected to claim a 38% market share by 2015.

Sony’s entry into the tablet market was much long anticipated, but comes relatively late in the day compared to other manufacturers. Apple launched its first version of the industry-leading iPad in April 2010 whose iOS system is expected to remain dominant for several years to come, albeit with a diminished share of sales.

Sony said that its first tablets would come in two form factors: one will have a conventional 9.4 inch touchscreen, while the other will feature dual 5.5 inch displays that fold closed.

In addition to the base Android Honeycomb operating system, Sony will add several of its own features, including the ability to transmit video and music to TVs and stereos using the DLNA wireless streaming standard.

It is suggested that there would also be some form of integration with its PlayStation network and the possibility of gaming functions.

What’s its future!!
Market analysts say – a bright future. Although there are several devices running the same Android softwares, the strength of the Sony name will likely help the electronics giant to gain some traction in the fragmented tablet market.

But Sony’s tablet success would depend on whether the technical specifications looked as good when the devices eventually launch as they do now.

I know – waiting is painful..but Keep smiling guys!!