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December 10, 2017

Sony PlayStation network name changes on radar

Maybe you were 14 when you setup your Sony PlayStation network name: XXxKillerZergerxXX and now that you are a decade older and more refined you realize that name really doesn’t suit you anymore. Changing your network name hasn’t been a possibility and was permanent once you created it.

However, in a recent interview at PlayStation Experience, Sony’s Shawn Layden said that he’d like to have a name change option available sometime in 2018.

The reason why name changes haven’t been available prior to now was because it giving rise to possible trolling and griefing. This could be prevented by implementing a system like Ebay has for example. [...]

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December 5, 2017

Samsung S9 details begin to emerge

The mobile phone market is so cat and mousy. A leak here, a “unreleased” released picture slips out there… and details spill out of manufactures all the time. The public is used to receiving details about forthcoming phones on a regular basis. Two of the most popular: Apple and Samsung go through great lengths to try to keep their upcoming new phone’s details unpublished. Yet they still find a way out into the public.

Details about the new Samsung S9 and S9+ are beginning to show their heads. Various sources are saying that there isn’t a whole lot of design changes to the phones when compared to the S8 models. There is one distinguishing factor [...]

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April 22, 2016

Bitcoins go full Steam ahead

Valve fired off an email to developers that Steam, would be accepting Bitcoins for payment in the near future.  There’s no indication of when the “near future” will be but it’s in the works.

Details provided in the email state they’re going to be using a 3rd party to do the processing . They are promising to insulate developers from any risk from a Bitcoin transaction. Rumor has it that the processor will either be BitPay or Coinbase. It will work like this: A developer’s game is listed at $39.99 and depending on the country, it’s converted at the current exchange rate to the local currency of the purchaser.   That total is then [...]

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April 22, 2016

The future of gaming consoles – full smartphone integration

Roughly 11 years ago, I wrote about OBI (One Box Integration) where the gaming console will assume the other functions that occupied the living room at that time. It would become the video DVD player, stream music, stream content, provide entertainment beyond games etc.  Turns out this was pretty on target and Microsoft even called their yet to be released gaming console the “Xbox One.” Pretty coincidental isn’t it?

Today, I am going to touch upon the route that gaming consoles will take over the next 10 years.  The gaming consoles of tomorrow will utilize SPIA (Smartphone Integrated Architecture).

Consoles don’t have the product and update cycle [...]

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