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Killzone 2 Review, Blackberry Curve 8900 Coming Early, My Mother and the Internet

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So, the first 'official' review came out for Killzone 2. The Official Playstation Magazine has stated that it liked the game, a lot. They gave it a 5 stars out of 5 and even mentioned that it is a "powerful contender for the best game of 2009." This is pretty good news and i just hope that the magazine isn't being biased, since it is the Official Playstation Magazine and this game should be the game to go after in 2009, for Playstation 3 owners. I hope this game is all it's hyped up to be, even if i don't have a Playstation 3 by the time this comes out, which is very likely. Hopefully, we'll see more review's from other sites and magazines soon, since we can't base our whole point of view of the game on just one review, from the Playstation Magazine.

There is new rumour that says that the Blackberry Curve 8900 is going to come out a week earlier than scheduled. It is now reported to be releasing on T-Mobile on February 11. Unlike the [good-looking but terrible] Blackberry Storm, the Blackberry Curve 8900 will have Wi-Fi. The camera is also pretty decent at 3.2 megapixels. The release date for Canada is currently unavailable, but hopefully it'll be around the same date as when the US gets it. The Blackberry Bold is quite popular in Canada, so i wonder if this Curve will top the popularity of the Bold.

After my last blog post, i went to Wal-Mart and the mall near my place, Bramalea City Centre, with my mother. At Wal-Mart we got more Ferrero Rocher and i got myself some more sliced pineapples. Thanks to my girlfriend, who actually introduced me to such a good tasting fruit. Anyways, after Wal-Mart we went to the mall. I got hangers, for my clothes, and my mom sent some package to the Philippines or something, i think it was money. So, on our way home, i plugged my iPod into the radio in the car. I played "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith and we both sang the whole thing all the way home. And no, i do not listen to Aerosmith all the time, so do not ask why that's on my iPod. Anyways, we got home and as i was eating a Rogers Internet commercial came up. It's the commercial where one guy is on the computer and his friend is over his shoulder watching what he does. The friend on the computer shows the other friend a video, and what do you know, it starts buffering. The friend watching asks if he has Rogers and he says, "No, but look how fast it's going." When clearly, it is buffering and being utterly slow. The guy watching says, "You should get Rogers High-Speed Internet because it's the fastest." This is where my mom commented and said, "That's not true." I asked her, why she though that and she said because when she clicks on Chikka (some texting program) it takes forever to show up on her computer. I laughed and asked, "Do you mean when you click on the icon on your desktop, it takes forever to pop up." And she said, "Yeah, it takes forever because the Internet is so slow." I laughed really hard and explained to her that, her opening an icon on her desktop has nothing to do with the Internet. The reason that it took forever to pop up was because her computer is 9 years old now and running Windows 2000. She told me that she's going to get a new one and i told her to just wait until the new AMD's come out with Windows 7, since it will be a significant upgrade. If she gets a new computer, i know that, that's coming to me and i'm just going to give her this one that i'm using now. If i get a new desktop, i'll be ready for Starcraft 2 easily. Anyways, i just though i'd like to share that amusing story with you all. Time for me to play Hot Shots Golf Fore until i sleep. Have a good night everyone.

Killzone 2 Review (and picture): http://kotaku.com/5123687/the-first-killzone-2-review-is-in
Blackberry Curve 8900 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/05/t-mobiles-blackberry-curve-8900-seemingly-pegged-for-february-1/

5 Macworld Rumours, Samsung Blu-Ray Player, Dell's Affordable Inspiron, MSI: Wind U-Series and X-Slim 320

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Let's start off the news with PC World's 5 best Macworld Rumours.

Numero Uno on the list is the talk of the iPhone Nano (see left side). Will Apple talk about the new iPhone Nano tomorrow at Macworld? I don't know, but, first of all, would it be a good idea? Everyone has their own opinion and i'm going to have to say that, hopefully, they don't announce an iPhone Nano. Why? Because i don't want to use a smaller version of the iPhone, i feel that the screen really sets it apart from it's competitors. If the iPhone had a smaller screen it would be harder to play games via application and it would be strenuous on your eyes trying to browse the Internet. Moving along.

Number 2 is the iMac Upgrades (see left side). A new rumour surfaced today about a new iMac with a "magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis, a new cooling system and a 65W, quad-core chip set ... with Snow Leopard-the next version of OSX-in mind. The new OS is supposed to optimize multi-processor cores." Wow, that was a lot of information. But, it does sound very good for the Mac. If this does end up being released, i expect that Mac's market share will increase even more then it has. Personally, i do not like the Mac's, but some people do and i'll respect that.

Number 3. Talks of a 32GB iPhone. It's self-explanatory what this is and it sounds good. More space for apps, but will cost more.

Number 4. This is regarding Picasa for the Mac. Talks about Google finally releasing Picasa for Mac's are stirring up. Picasa is a place where you can store a bunch of photos. Hey, i love Google, so why not do this? [Edited on Monday at 7:20 p.m.: Looks like Google didn't even wait until Macworld. Google has just released a beta version of Picasa on the Macs, courtesy of ZDnet.com. (link here)]

Last, but not least, number 5. An iPhone Elite or Pro. PC World mentions that this actually isn't a rumour and that it is a "fantasy." I blogged about it a couple of days ago (link). The iPhone Pro (concept) has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that also has a D-pad and 2 buttons, A and B. Lots of GB's of space for apps and such, a better camera and a bunch of other stuff to make the ultimate iPhone. This most likely won't get announced tomorrow. But, it's a good idea and maybe one day, we'll see something like it unfold before our eyes. Maybe even literally.

I've already talked about Samsung's new LCD TV's that they are going to be unveiling at this year's CES. But, to add to that, it looks like they'll also be showing a new Blu-ray player that is only 1.5 inches thick (39 mm). This year's CES looks to be an exciting one and, like i've said many times before, i hope i'll be able to watch some live streaming of the event. I think that G4 TV will be showing CES 2009 on their channel. Unfortunately, i don't have satellite and i don't have it on Rogers... so i can't watch it. I'm hoping it's on the Internet somewhere, cross your fingers. If i do get to watch it, be prepared for a bombardment of blog posts, just like a bunch of other websites will be doing.

The Dell Inspiron 15 notebook is scheduled to be released for the end of this month starting at $600 USD. Finally, something affordable that i'm actually talking about. This notebook will have a 15.6 inch screen, will have up to 4 GB of RAM and up to 320 GB of hard drive space. It will sport Intel's Core 2 Duo and has an integrated webcam. Unforutnately though, it's Blu-ray drive is optional, meaning that if you want that on your Inspiron, you'll have to pay extra. I feel that this is a pretty good 'bang for your buck.'

Some new news regarding the brand MSI. This is actually the first day i've looked into exactly what MSI is all about. It turns out that MSI stands for Micro-Star International and is a brand, just like HP, Sony or Dell. I don't if it's just me or maybe i've been living under a rock for a while, but it was the first time i've actually heard of this company. Anyways, MSI is working on 2 different notebooks / netbooks. One being the MSI Wind U-Series and the MSI X-Slim 320. They are showing both of these models at this week's CES. "Their U-Series Netbooks include the U115 that will be capable of running both a SSD (Solid State Drive) and HDD (Hard Drisk Drive) at the same time using hybrid storage technology." The netbook itself will sport a 10 inch screen and will have a battery life of 12 hours. The other netbook, the U120, "will feature Intel WiMAX (which, i think, is faster than Wi-Fi) or 3.5G wireless solutions for mobile connectivity." The top picture on the left is the MSI Wind U115. The picture underneath the U115 is a side view of the MSI X-Slim 320. As you can see, it is really thin. At it's thickest point it is 1.98 cm and weighs about 2.87 pounds. It is very light, but still manages to pull off a 13.4 inch display. The MSI netbooks / notebooks seem to be consistent in keeping the battery life high, as this laptop will have a battery life of up to 10 hours. There are no official specs for this laptop, but it is rumoured to have "a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 1366 x 768 resolution, up to 2GB DDR2 RAM, Bluetooth, [and a] 3.5G network card," just to name a few things. "It's coming second quarter of 2009 for about $800," of course, USD. I'll get you some more information about this on the weekend, if i can.

That was a pretty long post, it should keep you occupied for a bit. CES in a couple of days and Macworld tomorrow. How sweet is this week?

5 Best Macworld Rumours (and pictures): http://www.pcworld.com/article/156328/macworld_expo_preview.html?tk=rss_news
Samsung Blu-ray Player (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/05/samsung-to-launch-1-5-inch-thin-blu-ray-player-at-ces/
Dell 15.6 inch Inspiron 15: http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/05/dell-introduces-15-6-inch-inspiron-15-notebook-starts-at-600/
MSI Wind: http://blogs.zdnet.com/mobile-gadgeteer/?p=1567
MSI X-Slim 320: http://www.engadget.com/tag/msi/

JVC LCD Protoype, LG's Super Slim LCD, Palm's Nova-powered Slider soon?, Apple's Last Macworld Tuesday

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I woke up this morning at around 6:15 a.m. after sleeping last night at 3:30 a.m. My body actually wasn't tired this morning, which was good and shocking for me, since i've been sleeping an excessive amount lately. But, it was good that i wasn't groggy this morning or else i would've missed school. We all know that's never a good thing. Anyways, i left my house at around 7, as usual and caught my 7:08 bus. I have to take 2 buses to school and i noticed that my first bus driver was different. Usually, i would miss the 7:37 bus, where i have to transfer buses, but i didn't today because of the new bus driver. Hopefully, i never miss the second bus because if i miss it, i would have to wait outside, in the cold, for another 15 minutes. Anyways, i got to school at around 8:10 and texted my girlfriend via Facebook. I went to my first class, Religion, and just talked to Sarah all class. In my next class, Advanced Functions, we did absolutely nothing, so i went to sleep. Well, we did do stuff, but it was review of 1 lesson in the unit, which i already understood. After that class, i came down to the library, since it's routine. Now that i bring my laptop, i can blog during my lunch, since i don't do anything anyway. Tech news time.
We are going to see a new JVC LCD protoype at this year's CES. JVC is claiming this 32 inch LCD TV to be the lightest and will only weigh 11 pounds. It looks to me that it has a weird stand and looks better without the stand, mounted on the wall. They reportedly used "50% less materials and 10% fewer LCD module parts" and they also used a "new optical system." JVC explained how they made the LCD so thin and light, but i don't really understand it too well, so you can read about it in the article below, if you want.

Some more news regarding the LG LH9500. I think i talked about this a couple of posts ago, but i don't remember. What i do know, is that we will see this at this year's CES. And, it has a wireless HD box included and has DivX HD support. It will use 240Hz and has a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. It's pretty slim and really good looking. Nice to see LG starting off the year pretty good. We'll see it at CES.

The upcoming phone by Palm will be shown at CES, just like everything else i've talked about today. So, this Palm phone will sport the new Nova OS, which some people are claiming to be "amazing." This Palm phone has no official design, but it will, reportedly, be a slider phone, with a large screen. HTC will be designing the phone, so it should look decent. HTC designs all different kind of phones, besides their own. Notably, the T-Mobile G1 and now this Palm slider. We may not see the phone's design at this year's CES, but we will, most likely, see the Nova OS do some work. Be ready.

Apple's Macworld is tomorrow (Tuesday), January 6, 2009. It will be Apple's last Macworld and will be showing at 12:00 p.m. This means that i'll miss most of it, if not, all of it. I don't know how long it will be, so yeah. Anyways, until later, i'm out, maybe even another blog before i leave the library. We'll see

JVC LCD Prototype (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5123427/jvc-32+inch-lcd-prototypes-11+pount-weight-and-7mm-thickness-to-be-ogled-at-ces
LG's Super Slim LCD (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/05/lgs-super-slim-led-backlit-lcd-packing-wireless-hd-divx-hd/
Palm's Nova-powered Slider Phone (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5123361/palms-nova+powered-last-stand-a-slider-with-large-touchscreen
Apple's Last Macworld: http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/05/apples-final-macworld-keynote-is-tuesday-and-well-be-there-li/

Lenovo News: ThinkPad W700ds, IdeaCentre 600, IdeaPad Y650

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Big Lenovo news has surfaced, let's do it.

So, let's do a quick recap of one my previous blog post's talking about the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds (link here). This laptop has a 17 inch primary screen and a secondary screen which is measuring in at 10.6 inches. It has the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M graphics card, up to 8GB of RAM, giving off the signal that this laptop should be primarily used by a hardcore photo / video editor. "The secondary screen features a resolution of 768 x 1280" and adds about 2 pounds of weight. This laptop is pretty heavy, weighing in at around 11 pounds. But, what we all needed to know was the price tag. You want of these don't you? Okay, well, please fork over $3,663 USD. Damn. That is quite a bit of money. I'd get one of these just for show... if i had the money, that is.

Lenovo is ready to push out the thinnest all-in-one computer, the IdeaCentre 600. This will sport a 21.5 inch screen, but gizmodo.com states that the Vaio LV may be better specification-wise. Since this all-in-one computer doesn't come with HDMI and stuff like Blu-Ray are add-ons, they say that it will get "pricey pretty fast." The IdeaPad has a starting price at $999 USD, but as i just finished saying, with all the add-ons you might need to get, the price-tag may skyrocket. What you do get with this is a nice 1920 x 1080 resolution, a dual-core processor, 1-4 GB of RAM (DDR3) and up to 1 TB (Yes, terabyte) of hard-drive space. There's, of course, a bunch of other stuff included, but i just mentioned what stood out for me. I think it looks really good though, looks like the sexiest all-in-one PC's i've ever seen. Maybe we'll see this at the upcoming CES, maybe not. I think we will.

Last, but not least, enter the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650. What's so special about this laptop though? Well, it may not have 2-screens, like the ThinkPad W700ds and it's not an all-in-one PC, like the IdeaCentre. But, the IdeaPad Y650 does win in the weight category. The IdeaPad Y-series is going to have a 16:9 widescreen and is going to be the thinnest and the lightest in their category. Why? Carbon fibre. I know about carbon fibre because i used to play Need for Speed: Underground and it was used to make your car extremely lighter, which would, in the end, make your car move faster. Well, now Lenovo is putting carbon fibre on their laptops. Smart idea? Yeah, why not. Unless it starts screwing around with it's parts, that is. At this point, i don't know where the carbon fibre is located, but maybe it will be announced soon, or maybe i just skimmed through the article too fast. Anyways, accompanying the Y650 is the Y550 and the Y450, "which are the 15 and 14 inch versions of the same notebook," respectively. The starting price of the laptops are "$1200 [USD] for the Y650, $830 [USD] for the other two when they roll out in March." Some of the specs of the Y650 are: up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory and up to 500 GB of storage. They weigh in at 5.62 pounds with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Pretty sweet. Looks like Lenovo is getting themselves ready for this year. Big year for Lenovo? I'd think so. We'll just have to wait and see, as usual. It's all about how the consumers react.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds (and picture): http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/01/04/dual.screen.17.thinkpad/
Lenovo IdeaCentre 600 (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5123151/lenovo-ideacentre-600-thinnest-hottest-all+in+one-pc-on-the-block
Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 (and picture): http://gizmodo.com/5123157/lenovo-ideapad-y650-is-thinnest-lightest-16+inch-notebook-thanks-to-carbon-fiber