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Engadget Podcast 160 – 08.21.2009

by Jonathan Downin in TechAugust 21st, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

Engadget PodcastJoshua, Nilay and Paul are starting out with the PS3 news from Gamescom.  It’s nice to get some impressions from the tech sector rather than the gaming collective conscience at times.  The reactions are generally positive with the crew feeling like this is exactly what will put those who were waiting over the top and ready to purchase.  There is an overall sentiment that the actual device is not exactly good looking and it has the guys lamenting the days when Sony was the pinnacle of hardware design.

Sony’s new bite-size app and gaming initiative, PSP Minis, doesn’t induce too much excitement.  It sounds like it is going to be a lot of iPhone ports out of the gate and the 100Mb size limit doesn’t make too much sense.  With the largest iPhone apps clocking in at around 1Gb, it doesn’t make sense for Sony to place this artificial limit on developers.  This feels much like the old 50Mb, and then 250Mb, limits that were placed on XBLA games.

Leaving the Sony news, another big topic is Nokia’s new push to enter the modern era with updated hardware and a new OS with the Maemo 5.  While Paul is pretty excited about the potential, Joshua continues to point to the fact that resistive touchscreens need to die and will ruin the experience of any device.  Dell’s Android-based, China-focused Mini 3i is still in the news and has been confirmed to have a capacitive touchscreen alone with many other features.  It all seem rather generic and they guys give their ideas for improvement here.

They said it couldn’t be done: could these three men really repeat the on-air magic they conjured during last week’s live show? The internet yelled a resounding “yes!” yesterday, as Josh, Paul and Nilay chatted up the PS3 Slim and all other manner of technological trivia. Your hosts’ voices charged through internet air waves and filled the hearts of those who tuned in live with irreplaceable joy as podcast history was being made. Oh, you missed it? Don’t worry, we’ve got a static copy of the broadcast right here. It’s pretty good.

00:01:15 – Sony unveils slimmer PS3: $300, lands in September (updated!)
00:09:00 – PS3 Slim sized up: smaller, deeper, no Linux or PS2 compatibility
00:26:42 – Sony announces PS3 firmware 3.0, European PlayStation Video Store, Digital Reader comics viewer
00:27:10 – Sony announces ‘snackable’ 100MB Minis for PSN Store
00:35:51 – Nokia’s Maemo 5 RX-51 / N900 tablet gets exhaustively previewed
00:41:45 – Nokia’s Maemo 5 tablet shows up again, ready to play
00:49:07 – Dell Mini 3i smartphone gets official outing in China
01:08:17 – Canon outs new PowerShots: G11, S90, SX20 IS, SX120 IS, SD980 IS and SD940 IS
01:08:37 – Canon PowerShot G11 hands-on
01:12:00 – Canon’s PowerShot lineup hands-on: the best of the rest

Runtime – 1:18:49

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