Technology Archive

  • Finally.   Official: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on sale at Verizon May 26 for $199, pre-orders begin May 19.

    Official: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on sale at Verizon May 26 for $199, pre-orders begin May 19

    Finally.   Official: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on sale at Verizon May 26 for $199, pre-orders begin May 19.

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  • Microsoft just acquired Skype for $8.5 Billion.  Some people are saying they overpaid round abouts’ $4.5 Billion.  On the other side of the coin is Microsoft wanted to skip the […]

    Microsoft Buys Skype And Now All Of Europe Uses Windows Phone

    Microsoft just acquired Skype for $8.5 Billion.  Some people are saying they overpaid round abouts’ $4.5 Billion.  On the other side of the coin is Microsoft wanted to skip the […]

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  • Whilst I perused my Google Reader feed on the bus this morning, meandering through my Android list, lo and behold what did I see?  The most joyous of joys, miracles […]

    Verizon Xperia Play To Have Stock Gingerbread. Be Still My Heart!

    Whilst I perused my Google Reader feed on the bus this morning, meandering through my Android list, lo and behold what did I see?  The most joyous of joys, miracles […]

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  • Havok shows off a few of their engines in a real-time demo: Full list of Havok’s modular suite of art tool include: Havok™ AI, a cross platform SDK to perform […]

    Havok shows off on Xperia Play

    Havok shows off a few of their engines in a real-time demo: Full list of Havok’s modular suite of art tool include: Havok™ AI, a cross platform SDK to perform […]

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  • Shit just got real.   Slowly but surely, Sony is putting all of the pieces in place to make a strong push in the mobile gaming market.  Announced at GDC, […]

    Xperia Play united with Unity and causes Havok with MLG

    Shit just got real.   Slowly but surely, Sony is putting all of the pieces in place to make a strong push in the mobile gaming market.  Announced at GDC, […]

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  • This time of year, when PAX East is just around the corner, BrainLazy tends to get swarms of emails telling us about all sorts of neat stuff. We try to […]

    Never Too Niche For Competition: Nanodots

    This time of year, when PAX East is just around the corner, BrainLazy tends to get swarms of emails telling us about all sorts of neat stuff. We try to […]

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  • We talk a lot about Indie game developers here. Until now, though, we've been talking about people who create indie games. There is a breed of indie developer with an even bigger challenge against them, though. The indie console developer, the cunning masochists who seek to make their own hardware take it upon themselves to try to achieve what it takes whole factories to produce. Yet, against all odds, these people exist, and BrainLazy has finally gotten its hands on the most recent fruits of their labors, the Pandora.

    Pandora Handheld Review

    We talk a lot about Indie game developers here. Until now, though, we've been talking about people who create indie games. There is a breed of indie developer with an even bigger challenge against them, though. The indie console developer, the cunning masochists who seek to make their own hardware take it upon themselves to try to achieve what it takes whole factories to produce. Yet, against all odds, these people exist, and BrainLazy has finally gotten its hands on the most recent fruits of their labors, the Pandora.

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  • Alright, so Sony just announced the PSP2. It’s using really nice hardware and I’m glad that Sony is forward thinking with the hardware choice.  To give you an idea, Sony […]

    How powerful is the PSP2?

    Alright, so Sony just announced the PSP2. It’s using really nice hardware and I’m glad that Sony is forward thinking with the hardware choice.  To give you an idea, Sony […]

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  • I was eagerly anticipating picking up a Nexus S this morning. It has good specs, it comes with Gingerbread installed, and it is destined to have first dibs on Android updates for the foreseeable future. Best of all, it comes "unlocked and carrier independent", according to the official Google Nexus S site. So I logged on to BestBuy.com, brought up the Nexus S page, and refreshed, anxious to see the "Coming Soon" button turn into an "Add to cart" button. Curiously, that didn't happen.

    Nexus S and Best Buy: Day One Confusion

    I was eagerly anticipating picking up a Nexus S this morning. It has good specs, it comes with Gingerbread installed, and it is destined to have first dibs on Android updates for the foreseeable future. Best of all, it comes "unlocked and carrier independent", according to the official Google Nexus S site. So I logged on to BestBuy.com, brought up the Nexus S page, and refreshed, anxious to see the "Coming Soon" button turn into an "Add to cart" button. Curiously, that didn't happen.

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  • Well, the week of Mimobot is over, and we have a winner. Our thanks to all of the great suggestions we got... and thanks to all of  you who were helpful enough to inform us that you really wanted to win. (Thanks especially to the people who didn't read the rules and just spammed comments like crazy.)

    Mimobot Contest Winner

    Well, the week of Mimobot is over, and we have a winner. Our thanks to all of the great suggestions we got... and thanks to all of you who were helpful enough to inform us that you really wanted to win. (Thanks especially to the people who didn't read the rules and just spammed comments like crazy.)

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  • With the Get Fit Giveaway complete, it is time for round two. This one comes courtesy of our Friends at Mimobot. In case you haven't heard of them, and haven't followed our coverage (For shame!), the folks at Mimobot are the makers of some of the most unique and creative USB flash drives around. When we talked to them at NYCC our own Oriech managed to convince them to give us a sample to give away to you, our faithful readers. They gave us a little fellow called Mictlantecuhtli. Much as we'd love to keep it, this drive was destined for a giveaway, and give it away, we shall. Either join up and comment here, or drop by the video and leave your thoughts there. If you comment in both places, we'll count it as two entries.

    Mimobot Giveaway

    With the Get Fit Giveaway complete, it is time for round two. This one comes courtesy of our Friends at Mimobot. In case you haven't heard of them, and haven't followed our coverage (For shame!), the folks at Mimobot are the makers of some of the most unique and creative USB flash drives around. When we talked to them at NYCC our own Oriech managed to convince them to give us a sample to give away to you, our faithful readers. They gave us a little fellow called Mictlantecuhtli. Much as we'd love to keep it, this drive was destined for a giveaway, and give it away, we shall. Either join up and comment here, or drop by the video and leave your thoughts there. If you comment in both places, we'll count it as two entries.

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  • Alright.  I’ve finally done it.  I’ve modded my Samsung Epic 4G keypad into a gamepad.  Before I tell you *why* I started this project, let me give you a little […]

    Epic 4G Game Pad Mod

    Alright.  I’ve finally done it.  I’ve modded my Samsung Epic 4G keypad into a gamepad.  Before I tell you *why* I started this project, let me give you a little […]

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  • NYCC was jam-packed with awesome stuff. We learned plenty about some neat upcoming games and projects from the biggest names in comics. You'll learn all about what we did when we finish preparing our main coverage, but sometimes when you dig and search, you find cool things you hadn't expected. In this case, right on the fringe of the area called The Cultyard, we found the good folks at mimobot. After talking to them, and taking a look at what they have to offer, we thought you guys would want to know.

    Mimobot Celebrates 5 Years

    NYCC was jam-packed with awesome stuff. We learned plenty about some neat upcoming games and projects from the biggest names in comics. You'll learn all about what we did when we finish preparing our main coverage, but sometimes when you dig and search, you find cool things you hadn't expected. In this case, right on the fringe of the area called The Cultyard, we found the good folks at mimobot. After talking to them, and taking a look at what they have to offer, we thought you guys would want to know.

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  • If you are an iOS device owner praying to switch to Verizon, I may have some bad news for you.  Obviously nothing is set in stone and this is only my opinion, but let me paint you a picture of why Verizon won't be getting the iPhone.

    My Prediction: Why the rumored CDMA iPhone won’t be coming to Verizon

    If you are an iOS device owner praying to switch to Verizon, I may have some bad news for you. Obviously nothing is set in stone and this is only my opinion, but let me paint you a picture of why Verizon won't be getting the iPhone.

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  • Tuesday in New York City, Samsung threw a gala event to herald the coming of their first true foray into the realm of smart phones, and BrainLazy was there. At a party with an open bar, live music, fine dining, a rooftop lounge, and all manner of other top tier elements, the Galaxy S Series of phones still managed to steal the spotlight. All four flavors were on display, and we spent some time with each one. What to hear what went down? Well read on, my friends.

    Samsung Galaxy S Series Event

    Tuesday in New York City, Samsung threw a gala event to herald the coming of their first true foray into the realm of smart phones, and BrainLazy was there. At a party with an open bar, live music, fine dining, a rooftop lounge, and all manner of other top tier elements, the Galaxy S Series of phones still managed to steal the spotlight. All four flavors were on display, and we spent some time with each one. What to hear what went down? Well read on, my friends.

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  • It would seem Samsung is pushing MEGA hard with it's Galaxy S.  Samsung just announced they are going to AT&T, T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular.

On AT&T it's called the Captivate, T-mobile = Vibrant, Sprint = Epic 4G, Verizon - Fascinate, and no fancy name for US Cellular.  Look inside for pics as we get them.

Samsung's opening salvo is going to be fierce.  This is a concentrated launch into showing Apple what Smartphones are all about.  It's going to be a fun ride.

    Samsung Galaxy S coming to FIVE carriers in US

    It would seem Samsung is pushing MEGA hard with it's Galaxy S. Samsung just announced they are going to AT&T, T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular. On AT&T it's called the Captivate, T-mobile = Vibrant, Sprint = Epic 4G, Verizon - Fascinate, and no fancy name for US Cellular. Look inside for pics as we get them. Samsung's opening salvo is going to be fierce. This is a concentrated launch into showing Apple what Smartphones are all about. It's going to be a fun ride.

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  • I saw Engadget try to compare the screens of Apple's "Retina Display" in the iPhone 4 against Super AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S.  However, trying to showcase a new display technology via an old display technology is kind of silly.

I mean, looking at pictures of a Super AMOLED screen on your LCD can't convey the difference.  So I thought I would visually show the difference in terms of money.  Check out the real comparison and a detailed graph inside.

    iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S

    I saw Engadget try to compare the screens of Apple's "Retina Display" in the iPhone 4 against Super AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S. However, trying to showcase a new display technology via an old display technology is kind of silly. I mean, looking at pictures of a Super AMOLED screen on your LCD can't convey the difference. So I thought I would visually show the difference in terms of money. Check out the real comparison and a detailed graph inside.

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  • For some reason or another I've become amazingly fascinated with this new smart phone coming from Samsung.  I've already pre-ordered the device from the UK even though it might be showing up in the US sooner, rather than later.

    Samsung Galaxy S

    For some reason or another I've become amazingly fascinated with this new smart phone coming from Samsung. I've already pre-ordered the device from the UK even though it might be showing up in the US sooner, rather than later.

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  • June 7th 2010 Apple debuts the iPhone 4 at WWDC.  It's an incredibly sleek, well engineered masterpiece.  Wrought by custom glass and steel (that also acts as the antenna!) form what I believe to be the pinnacle of designed devices.  Combined by the fact that it is the most supported mobile platform, it's easy to see why the iPhone is such a compelling bauble.  And yet, as much as I can admit the iPhone is a fantastic Smartphone, it's not for me.  And here's why:

    5 Reasons why I love the iPhone and 20 reasons why the iPhone isn’t for me

    June 7th 2010 Apple debuts the iPhone 4 at WWDC. It's an incredibly sleek, well engineered masterpiece. Wrought by custom glass and steel (that also acts as the antenna!) form what I believe to be the pinnacle of designed devices. Combined by the fact that it is the most supported mobile platform, it's easy to see why the iPhone is such a compelling bauble. And yet, as much as I can admit the iPhone is a fantastic Smartphone, it's not for me. And here's why:

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  • "On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh.  And you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984'."  An advertisement from Apple was first shown in the Fall of 1983.  I like the part where everyone cheers at the end.

    Bigger-Brother

    "On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984'." An advertisement from Apple was first shown in the Fall of 1983. I like the part where everyone cheers at the end.

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  • At PAX East this year we got a hands on demo of Nvidia's 3D vision technology, complete with their IR shutter glasses. Now, the effect is exceptional, but even in our short demonstration we ran into problems inherent to the technology. Specifically a poorly placed emitter caused some people to lose sync due to line of sight issues. Now we learn that there is a radio frequency alternative on the horizon, and it has more ramifications than just eye-popping games and movies. Permit me to speculate.

    Hacking… IN 3D!

    At PAX East this year we got a hands on demo of Nvidia's 3D vision technology, complete with their IR shutter glasses. Now, the effect is exceptional, but even in our short demonstration we ran into problems inherent to the technology. Specifically a poorly placed emitter caused some people to lose sync due to line of sight issues. Now we learn that there is a radio frequency alternative on the horizon, and it has more ramifications than just eye-popping games and movies. Permit me to speculate.

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  • Turtle Beach had a strong presence at PAX East, and with one third of our staff enthusiastic supporters of their headsets, we wanted to get a chance to talk to them. Peter Ronick agreed to step in front of our camera and tell us about some of the latest and greatest they have to offer. He had some things to say about two new products, and even updated us on some old favorites.

    Turtle Beach Interview at PAX East

    Turtle Beach had a strong presence at PAX East, and with one third of our staff enthusiastic supporters of their headsets, we wanted to get a chance to talk to them. Peter Ronick agreed to step in front of our camera and tell us about some of the latest and greatest they have to offer. He had some things to say about two new products, and even updated us on some old favorites.

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  • Books. In the dark ages they were hand copied by monks, and were so expensive only the wealthiest could afford them. Eventually movable type was invented, first by the Chinese in 1040, then again by the Germans four hundred years later. The price of books quickly plummeted. More people could get their hands on books, and thus more people could be taught to read, and thus more people learned to read, and thus more people had a reason to buy books in the first place. This brought about the Renaissance, and then the Industrial Revolution. Things got much better, much quicker, thanks to this revolutionary cheap way to produce and distribute media. Then, in 1969 the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, and then again by Al Gore in 1991.

    Digital Distribution

    Books. In the dark ages they were hand copied by monks, and were so expensive only the wealthiest could afford them. Eventually movable type was invented, first by the Chinese in 1040, then again by the Germans four hundred years later. The price of books quickly plummeted. More people could get their hands on books, and thus more people could be taught to read, and thus more people learned to read, and thus more people had a reason to buy books in the first place. This brought about the Renaissance, and then the Industrial Revolution. Things got much better, much quicker, thanks to this revolutionary cheap way to produce and distribute media. Then, in 1969 the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, and then again by Al Gore in 1991.

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