The Sony PlayStation TV beams a different image to each player's eyes, so no more splitscreen--which means no more "screen-cheating," and no more half-size screens
By Joseph A. BernsteinPosted 02.09.2012 at 1:52 pm 4 Comments
Gamers who prefer their multiplayer limited and local, as opposed to massive and online, will be familiar with the practice of screen cheating. The technique involves sneaking glances at your opponent's section of the bi- or quadrisected television screen to determine his or her location to gain an advantage. If you were good at the seminal split screen multiplayer games--GoldenEye, Mario Kart, the first Halo--you screen cheated. If you were bad, you screen cheated.
Our friends over at Sound + Vision rounded up six of the best-sounding over-the-ear headphones out there. Put away your packaged Apple "White Plastic Circles of Pain" earbuds--these will fill your earholes with some of the finest-quality audio on the market. The headphones include some of the best offerings from Sony, Grado, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica--definitely worth a look if you're serious about your music.
Sony rewrites the rules with an extremely capable interchangeable lens compact
By Pop Photo StaffPosted 12.12.2011 at 12:11 pm 0 Comments
Popular Photography, our sister publication, has just named its 2011 Camera of the Year -- the model that best refined or redefined photography this year. And the winner is: Sony's NEX-7, a rangefinder-style interchangeable-lens camera with a beautiful OLED electronic viewfinder.
We know how amazing Sony's tiny new 24.3-megapixel interchangeable-lens camera, the NEX-7, is--it's our camera of choice when we're taking photos for reviews. But if you need more evidence than that, check out the detailed test review our sister site, Popular Photography, just posted. They found, through much more precise means, that the NEX-7 is just about the best camera of its kind on the market.
Our sister site Popular Photography just released their annual Pop Awards list, in which the best, most influential, and flat-out coolest photography gear gets rounded up for your perusal. This year looks like a great crop, ranging from cameras of all sizes to bags, studio strobes to software, and lenses to tripods. If you're thinking about buying anything image-related, check out this list before you make a decision. Read more at PopPhoto.
Stealing information can be just as lucrative--and destructive--as stealing anything else. Our look at the history of data theft touches on some of the major (or just really interesting) crimes in history. The father of the American Industrial Revolution? A glorified data thief. That tea you're drinking (let's say just for the duration of this sentence, you are drinking tea)? That's a stolen secret recipe, the theft of which involved a Scotsman dressed up in "traditional mandarin garb." And if you're a PlayStation Network user or a Gawker commenter, you'll be familiar with some of the latter items on our list. And don't forget to check out the rest of Data Week, our exploration of all things data.
Our good friends over at Popular Photography headed to the PhotoPlus expo yesterday to check out the best new camera gear first-hand. This year's crop is a good one, including a photographer's jacket reinforced with Kevlar, the awesome 3-D Sony binoculars we wrote about this summer, and this brand-new Zeiss lens, a manual-focus, wide-angle job that looks amazing. Check out the gallery over at PopPhoto.
Our friends at Popular Photography just posted a thorough test of the thoroughly awesome Sony A77 DSLR, the better-in-every-way followup to last year's A55, which PopPhoto actually declared the Camera of the Year. It's got a brand-new 24.3MP sensor, the world's first electronic OLED viewfinder, and, most satisfyingly, an overall rating of Excellent in PopPhoto's tests--no mean feat. Oh, and it's $200 cheaper than competing Nikon and Canon models. Read the full test here.
It's an entirely different kind of gadget lust felt when you know that the thing you're drooling over is dogged by the horrid words "Europe Only," or "U.S. release details pending." Here at PopSci, we get that a lot, but never is it more palpable than the one time a year we cross the pond for the annual IFA electronics smorgasbord in Berlin.
This year's IFA is just wrapping up, which means it's time to look back on the whirlwind of the last few days: what looked great, what didn't, what got us excited, and which technologies we're most excited about. The big themes this year were convergence, new ideas about 3-D, and thin everything--two of those three are represented in the Samsung Galaxy Note pictured above. Stay 'til the end for a couple show-floor sights that turned more than a couple heads.
We caught a preview of Sony's odd, space-agey head-mounted viewer (appealingly named the HMZ-T1) back at CES in January, but we were pretty surprised to learn that not only is it not a mere demo, Sony's actually planning on, like, putting the thing in stores, where you can exchange currency for it and then take it home. Sony claims it offers an incredibly immersive 3-D experience, better than any TV. We've now played with it twice, and in some ways, that's true.