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Sony unveils PSP2: PS3 power in a portable package

Sony unveiled its successor to the PSP codenamed ‘Next Generation Portable’ at an event today in Tokyo. The PSP2 — which has yet to be officially named — is touted to be as powerful as Sony’s PlayStation 3 console and, judging by the spec sheet, the hype isn’t hard to believe.

The PSP2 will feature a 5″ OLED capacitive touchscreen with qHD resolution (960 x 544) and be powered by an unspecified quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore coupled with a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU. Yes, you read that right — the PSP2 has a CPU and GPU with four cores each. This is unparalleled power in a handheld device.

The PSP2 has done away with the proprietary UMD optical drive, which caught on about as well as Betamax, opting for a ‘new’ — hopefully not proprietary — type of flash mini card. All the original controls are there including a touch-sensitive rear to add a new dimension in control, and yes, Sony has blessed the PSP2 with the dual analog sticks gamers have been begging for ever since the original PlayStation Portable was released. SIXAXIS tilt control is also included.

Other features of the PSP2 include a front and rear camera, stereo speakers, and a microphone. As for connectivity, the PSP2 is blazing the trail by being the first dedicated portable game system to support 3G while including the usual WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS in the mix. The dimensions of the PSP2 are 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm shaped in a new ‘super oval’ form factor.

Sony’s next generation portable is expected for release by the end of the year, most likely just in time for the 2011 holiday season. No word on price, but given the specifications above, don’t be surprised if the PSP2 retails for $300 or above. For hardcore gamers on the go, though, Sony has really upped the ante and buying in may prove irresistible.

via CrunchGear [pics via AV Watch]

WSJ: Apple gets digital rights to Beatles — live streaming, new logo will have to wait

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s iTunes announcement will be that Apple has finally acquired digital rights to the Beatles catalog.

Apple Inc. is preparing to announce that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill in a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer.

Looks like iTunes in the cloud is the pipe dream now.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple debuting cloud streaming service, iTunes.com tomorrow?

When Apple devotes its entire home page to an announcement, you know something big is coming. So what could Apple be planning with iTunes? I’m betting that iOS 4.2, AirPlay, and the debut of a cloud streaming service utilizing Apple’s acquisition of LaLa and that brand new data center in North Carolina have something to do with it. I would also expect the new 90-second song previews to take effect tomorrow, although I wouldn’t get your hopes up if you’re a Beatles fan. But who knows? All this hoopla could just be over a new desktop icon. We’ll know for sure at 10 am EDT tomorrow.

Source: Apple via CrunchGear