August 21, 2009

Sony unwraps slimmer, cheaper, uglier PlayStation 3

The long-rumored PS3 "Slim" finally made its debut earlier this week, and it turns out that the leaked spy shots from back in May were authentic, right down to the new, trim profile, the matted case, and the revamped "PS3" logo on the side. Nice, I guess, but ... kinda ugly, right? In fact, the reason I initially doubted the original "slim" spy shots was that the console in the pictures looked like a $99 knock-off you'd find in a fly-by-night electronics store on Seventh Avenue.
In any case, the new PS3 is a lot cheaper than before—$100 cheaper, to be exact, with the 120GB console set to go on sale Sept. 1 for $299. Maybe that'll help kick-start sluggish PS3 sales.
Also this week on Yahoo! Tech: Waiting for the Xbox 360 "Quiet"; a portable photo printer that prints and talks; Hollywood execs blame Twitter for summer box-office duds; and rumors fly that the Beatles will mark 9/9/09 by (finally) putting their classic catalog on iTunes.

August 07, 2009

Hey, look Ma -- I'm on TV! (Er, streaming TV, anyway)

The global economic crisis, the safe return of two U.S. journalists held captive in North Korea, Leonardo's new girlfriend ... borrrring! What the world really needed to know were my picks for the best 25 back-to-school gadgets, and a breathless planet got its wish during my five-minute segment Wednesday on

Was I a little nervous for my first-ever TV interview, even if it was only to be broadcast over the Web? Well, yeah, actually. Luckily, I did the piece from an empty studio at Time Warner Center, totally alone except for a desk, a funky NYC-themed backdrop, an earpiece, and a big video camera pointed at my head. In the end, it was a lot like doing a radio interview (especially once the studio monitor was turned off), but hey -- next time I'll be ready for you, Wolf.

And on Yahoo! Tech this week: Twitter falls victim to a massive denial of service attack; Sony's new "Party-shot" camera dock automatically snaps photos of everyone in the room, whether you like it or not; RadioShack becomes "The Shack"; new Nikon camera packs in a tiny projector; and Google's Eric Schmidt steps down from Apple's board, surprising no one.