As of recently, the PS Vita has become available in the locales of America, Europe and PAL territories, and now Sony’s updated sales figures are in. How does “over 1.2 million units worldwide” sound? Because that’s how many systems were purchased as of February 26th. If you’ll recall, just two days after its December 19th arrival in Japan, the Vita rushed out of the gate, with Sony citing 321,000 units sold.
Sales quickly slowed, however, despite the system making its way across Asia, as that number only rose to 500,000 by the time CES hit in January. Considering that means an additional 700K+ units were moved in less than two months, it seems that Sony’s latest handheld isn’t doing too shabby.
Furthermore, it looks like a healthy amount of early adopters stocked up on games, as Sony also noted that more than two million pieces of software have been sold (out of 25 currently available titles) via retail and the PlayStation Store — that said, there’s no telling how popular those slightly cheaper digital editions have proved.
You’ve heard all the rumors, and now Apple has finally confirmed the details of its next iPad launch event. It will take place on Wednesday, March 7th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The company is keeping things suitably vague beyond that, of course, promising only that it has “something you really have to see. And touch.”
Citroën did it before with the DS3, bringing a DS3 Racing limited edition hatchback to the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, now it’s time for the DS4 Racing concept. As with its predecessor it’s been developed by Citroën Racing, the arm that preps the car that’s won the WRC seven times running, and my oh my this sure is one bloody hot and sexy hatchback.
As you’d expect, the DS4 Racing concept is 35 millimeters lower and has a 55-mm wider track, with words like “bigger” and “more powerful” getting lots of use elsewhere. Go is provided by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that gets 256-horsepower, and stop is handled by four-pot calipers up front on 380-mm discs – 40-mm larger than on the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.
All these new quad-core smartphones announcements had us all puzzled. How good are they, and what makes each of the different from each other? We have the Nvidia Tegra 3, the TI OMAP 5, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 having a three-way fight over at MWC 2012, so TI has stepped forward to explain more about their latest and greatest, the OMAP 5.
We’ve known about its dual Cortex-A15 and Cortex-M4 architecture since this time last year, but we didn’t know that those M4 cores are there to handle real-time processing of multimedia — like video encoding and decoding — which TI claims can provide up to ten percent power savings. Additionally, the company’s wunderkind SoC will pack a dual-core PowerVR SGX544 GPU and a dedicated 2D hardware-accelerated composition engine to deliver great graphics and lower power consumption than other mobile silicon solutions.
OMAP 5 also comes with a multi-tasking image signal processor that can use up to four image sensors at the same time, or take 1080p 60fps video while snapping 12-megapixel stills simultaneously. So, you ready for a super-speedy OMAP 5 chip in your next smartphone yet?
Technology’s holy grail is the development of a “perfect” Quantum Computer. Traditional computers recognize information as bits: binary information representing “On” or “Off” states. A quantum computer uses qubits: operating in superposition, a qubit exists in all states simultaneously — not just “On” or “Off,” but every possible state in-between. It would theoretically be able to instantly access every piece of information at the same time, meaning that a 250 qubit computer would contain more data than there are particles in the universe. IBM thinks it’s closer than ever to realizing this dream and if you want to know more, we have the full details after the break.
During their MWC 2012 keynote, HTC CEO Peter Chou was very excited about the camera sensor inside his brand new ‘One’ phones. The module packs a f/2.0 camera lens, while the company’s been busy crafting its own image sensor put behind it, called the HTC “ImageChip.” It’ll help to clarify low-lit pictures and ensure a capture speed of under a second — 0.7 seconds from starting up the camera app, to be precise. I believe running on ICS is also the reason behind the quick camera start up, as the Galaxy Nexus has a very fast focusing and shooting speed. It also has the tantalizing ability to shoot pictures while recording continuous-focus 1080p video. Add in a new LED flash that has five different levels of brightness control, which is quite a big improvement over the older generation HTC smartphones.
Let’s just say we were underwhelmed by the first iteration of HTC Beats on the Sensation XE. But now it looks like the technology has been revamped for the latest One handsets, so — once we’ve tasted the pudding — we might just have to revise that opinion. The new Beats is claimed to make music sound more “authentic,” and whereas the previous version could only be activated inside HTC’s stock music player, this time it’ll work with YouTube, Pandora, Spotify and any other third-party Android app. What exactly will it do with those apps? And will it move beyond its current gimmicky bass-boost status? We’ll just have to wait and listen.