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Stories You May Have Missed – January 27, 2011

Today was certainly a hectic day in the world of technology to say the least. We’ve compiled a list of TechnoBuffalo’s top headlines for today to help you make sense of it all.

1. Sony’s NGP Revealed

Sony announced the successor to the popular PlayStation Portable in Japan earlier today. Sporting a 5″ OLED capacitive touchscreen display, dual analog sticks, front and rear-facing cameras, a gesture area on the back of the device, a quad-core processor, and a revamped user-interface, the device, codenamed NGP for Next Generation Portable, is slated for a holiday release.

PSP 2 Announced As NGP; Due in 2011 (Video)
Sony’s NGP to be “Affordable”
Sony’s NGP Recap (video)
Hi-Res Shots of Sony’s NGP

2. The PlayStation Suite

Amongst rumors of the PlayStation Phone’s imminent announcement, Sony unveiled the PlayStation Suite, a watered-down version of the PS Store that will allow Android-users to purchase certain pieces of content, notably PSOne Classics. Developers will be able to unleash the full potential of PlayStation controls through either an on-screen emulator or dedicated buttons, such as those we’ve seen on the Xperia Play.

PlayStation Store Coming to Android

3. Will the Nissan Leaf Start a Revolution?

In a world where oil dependence and geopolitics dominate international relations, it is no surprise that many American companies are attempting to help the nation attain self-sufficiency in energy production. Nissan’s 100 percent electric vehicle, the Leaf, is an important step in this process. A comfortable mid-size sedan, it appears to be a practical solution to a growing pollution problem.

CES 2011: Nissan Leaf-World Changing

4. Magicka Explodes

It is rare that one sees rapid growth in interest for a game in a very short period of time, and this has become increasingly difficult with over-saturation of content across many platforms. Last year, we saw MineCraft, an indie-game developed in a weekend exponentially explode as an Internet sensation. Is Magicka the 2011 equivalent, having sold 30,000 copies in one night?

Magicka Sells 30,000 Overnight (Video)

5. Twitter Gets Connected

Twitter recently launched a service akin to Facebook’s “Mutual Friends” feature called Connections. It has been deemed extremely useful considering the rapid expansion that Twitter has undergone in the past year. Have you had the chance to check out the new feature?

Twitter Launches Connections

6. Motorola Xoom and Atrix Slated for Late February?

With Motorola’s significant announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in the month, the one question on everybody’s mind has been release dates. The CEO of Motorola announced with some ambiguity that both the Xoom and Atrix would be hitting shelves in late February.

Motorola Xoom And Atrix Coming In Late February

7. Streaming Giants

Netflix, the extremely popular instant-streaming service, announced that the company hit 20 million customers, a significant milestone in the evolution of the organization. Conversely, Hulu described that it planned to have less free content, an announcement that has received relatively negative feedback.

Hulu Pondering Live Streams And Less Free Content

Netflix Hits 20 Million Customers; Looks At Personalization

8. Android Attack

With the release of the Xoom coming in the near-future, Android 3.0 has been pushed to developers, giving us a nice look at what the new OS will bring to the table. Alongside that, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, running on Android, was spotted, revealing its manufacturer, Samsung.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G In The Wild
Android Honeycomb Gets Revealed In Screenshots

9. The Daily Gets Dated

The Daily, a joint-venture between Apple and News Corp., is set to be pushed to iPads everywhere on February 2nd. The original launch date was pushed back due to synchronization issues between Apple and News Corp. to set up a new subscription-based service for periodicals.

The Daily Will Launch February 2nd

10. BlackBerry Curve Touch Leaked

Though this rumored entry-level handset manufactured by Research-in-Motion is not due out until later this year, the Curve Touch is unique because it is the first device in the Curve line to lack a physical keyboard. For a full rundown of the technical specifications, click the link below.

Blackberry Curve Touch Image And Specs Leak Online


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