Beats released its ad called “The Game Before The Game” earlier this month, which promotes the World Cup and of course Apple makes a few cameo appearances as well. Despite Beats promotional ad for the World Cup, players are not allowed to wear Beats headphones in the stadium during the games or during media events according to Reuters.
We reported a while back that David Fincher and Christian Bale may work on a a new Steve Jobs movie, but that may no longer be the case. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is reportedly in talks with director Danny Boyle to direct the upcoming Steve Jobs movie based on the Walter Isaacson biography and Leonardo DiCaprio may portray Steve Jobs in the film.
I’m here watching Walt Mossberg talk to Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer. Stringer just said that their camera image sensor facility in Sendai was affected by the recent tsunami/quake. In the next breath, he said something to the effect of getting image sensors to companies like Apple will be delayed.
Paraphrased: “Our best senor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones…or iPads. Isn’t that something? They buy our best sensors from us?”
Update: Interestingly, Sony doesn’t currently make any sensors for Apple, though there are rumors that the the company was dumping Omnivision for the iPhone 5. Perhaps this delay is a factor in the delay of the iPhone 5.
There’s a new update out for Skype on iOS devices today that which expands the new videocalling compatibility to “a wider selection of Skype clients and devices” by adding the h.264 compatibility necessary to chat with any Skype for TV clients. That’s available on certain LG, Panasonic and Samsung HDTVs right now, while Sony and Vizio have both announced it will be in some of their new HDTVs coming out later this year. The ability to call mobile devices seems to give a big edge to Skype over other living room videochat setups from Cisco, Logitech or Microsoft’s Kinect, but even with a compatible (& pricey)camera in hand, good luck finding someone out enjoying the world who wants to chat while you’re chilling on the couch.
Playing catchup, are we? Sony’s hot on the trail of Amazon and Barnes and Noble, who already have e-reading apps for the iOS platform, with its own freshly announced Reader offering set for release next month. The functionality in this upcoming slice of software will be familiar: you get to access books already purchased at the Reader Store or pony up cash for new ones, while making bookmarks, notes and highlights on your mobile device. Throw in adjustable fonts and you’ve got your boilerplate beginning to a decent mobile e-reader. Now you just need to pick your fave ebook purveyor.
Backing away from a previous position, are we Nintendo? Just a month after Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime claimed that the iPhone OS (you know, that operating system used on the iPod touch, iPhone family and the iPad) wasn’t a “viable profit platform for game development,” along comes the company’s president to say that, in fact, Apple is the primary “enemy of the future.
Well, Geohot promised a workaround for Sony’s removal of the “install other OS” feature in PS3 firmware 3.21 and now Geohot has delivered. While it’s not available to the public just yet, Geohot’s 3.21OO custom firmware will apparently be simple to install and, as you can see in the video after the break, it works just as you’d expect and simply restores the “other OS” option to its previous place. Geohot even says that the custom firmware might actually enable the other OS feature on the PS3 Slim, but he hasn’t yet had a chance to try it out.