Opera Wii

From the original press release:

Opera releases details on its browser for Nintendo’s Wii console
Oslo, Norway – September 26, 2006

Opera Software today announced details on its browser for Nintendo’s soon-to-be released game console, Wii. Opera’s full Web browser is available for download from the “Wii Shop Channel”. Nintendo has stated that they will offer Opera free of charge as a temporary promotion for all Wii users until June 2007.
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From July 2007, users can purchase the Opera browser using Wii points. Wii points are credits users can buy that allow them to add new games or the Opera browser to their Wii consoles. The number of Wii points required to purchase Opera has not yet been announced.

With support for Flash and AJAX-based content such as Google maps, Wii users will benefit from a feature-rich Internet experience that is uniquely customized for the Wii. Opera for Wii boasts the same complete standards support as the Opera 9 Desktop browser, and includes the added functionality of “Zoom” and “Bookmarks”. The Wii remote control will also be an integral part of browsing, allowing users to intuitively control the Web with their Wii remotes.

Nintendo has previously announced that Wii will be available in the U.S. on November 19, 2006, Japan on December 2, 2006, and in Europe on December 8, 2006. The cost for the console is $249.99 or 25,000 Yen.

Sounds promissing 🙂

[tags]Wii, Opera, Opera for Wii, web browser[/tags]

Logitech PlayGear Pocket for PSP

Yesterday I bought a Logitech PlayGear Pocket for my PSP. The PSP pouch that comes bundled with the console was getting dust dirty all the time and offered almost no protection whatsoever. The PlayGear Pocket is a slick and sexy polycarbonate shell with a nice design and a few simple features that allow you to enjoy and protect your PSP but the most interesting feature is that the case is “skinnable”. The rubber protections inside the case are detachable and allows you to insert a skin (home made or provided by Logitech) inbetween thus having a very cool looking PSP case. There are lots of sites where you can find skins for the PGP but for me the fun is in designing my own skins. I grabbed a template from one of these skin sites and designed 3 skins (so far), based on 2 PSP games.

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So feel free to download and use them, I’ll post more skins in the next days.

[tags]PSP, Playstation Portable, Logitech PlayGear Pocket, Skins, Customization, Tekken Dark Ressurection, Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops[/tags]

Microsoft GET GENUINE KIT…

… ainda me estou a rir. Vejam a página do produto na Sector Zero e reparem nas maravilhosas “Perguntas Frequentes”…

Deixo-vos aqui uma “pérola”:

Pensei que podia ter o meu PC só com Linux, mas preciso de algumas aplicações que só existem em Windows. Posso usar o Get Genuine Kit para mudar de Linux para Windows?
Teoricamente o Get Genuine Kit seria para passar de um sistema operativo Windows ilegal para uma versão legal. Se instalar uma versão ilegal do Windows em vez do Linux, tem o problema resolvido: compre o Get Genuine Kit e passa a estar legal e a poder correr as aplicações que necessita.”

Por acaso é uma boa técnica, para migrar de Linux para Windows XP e poupar quase 50% no preço instala-se uma versão pirata do Windows XP e depois compra-se o Get Genuine Kit. Digam lá que a M$ não é amiga!

Outra:

O Windows Vista está para sair em 2007. Não é deitar dinheiro fora comprar agora o Windows XP?
Não! De todo! E por vários motivos: em primeiro lugar, as questões de segurança – sem fazer os upgrades de segurança, como é que vai garantir que pode usar o seu PC? Só se não estiver ligado à internet… Depois tem a questão legal: com uma cópia pirata, a qualquer instante pode ter problemas, principalmente se for uma empresa. E por fim, o Windows Vista já esteve anunciado para 2005, para 2006, e agora parece que é em 2007. Mas pode atrasar-se… e como é que vai fazer um upgrade a partir de uma versão pirata? Vai depois comprar o Windows Vista pagando o preço todo? Parece-me melhor comprar agora o Get Genuine Kit com cerca de 50% de desconto, ficar legal, ter os updates todos, e quando sair o Windows Vista, então fazer o upgrade, ao preço do upgrade.”

Bah, Vista para quê? Isso nunca mais sai!!! 😀 Enfim, Marketing português ao melhor nivel!

[tags]Microsoft, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Get Genuine Kit[/tags]

Wii Specs

CPU:
1.2GHz Single Core IBM PowerPC processor “Broadway”

GPU:
ATI “Hollywood”

Memory:
256MB of 400MHz GDDR2 RAM on a 128-bit bus. The memory is shared by the CPU and the GPU via the unified memory architecture.

Ports and peripheral capabilities:

* Up to four Wii Remote controllers (connected wirelessly via Bluetooth)
* One SD memory card slot
* Two USB 2.0 ports
* One Sensor Bar port
* Four Nintendo GameCube controller ports
* Two Nintendo GameCube memory card ports
* Compatible with optional USB 2.0 to Ethernet LAN adaptor

Storage:

* 512 MB built-in flash memory
* Expansion available via SD card memory and USB mass storage
* Slot-loading disc drive compatible with:
– DVD (4.7 GB Single layer or 8.5 GB Dual Layer)
– 8 cm GameCube optical disc
* Mask ROM by Macronix

Video:

* Up to 480p and will work with a computer monitor as well as any TV or projector
* Component (including Progressive scan), S-Video, or composite output
* 16:9 widescreen support

Audio:
Main: Stereo – Dolby Pro Logic II-capable
Controller: Built-in speaker

[tags]Wii, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo, Wii Specs[/tags]

Wii European Details

  • Date: 2006.
  • December 8th 2006.
  • EUR 249
  • Bundle is white console, one Wii remote, one Nunchuck, Wii Sports.
  • Software is between 49 and 59 Euros.
  • Third-party: around 15-20 games from launch.

More details soon!

[tags]Wii, Nintendo Wii, Wii Europe, Europe[/tags]

Ubuntu Crash

Just to warn you that the latest Ubuntu update crashes X11. You can find the solution here.

[tags]Ubuntu, Ubuntu Crash, Linux[/tags]

Wii Europe

From the Nintendo Europe Website:

On Friday, September 15, Nintendo will host a huge invite-only event in London. The subject: Wii.

Hundreds of invitations have been sent out to European press, to join us on this momentous occasion. While that unfortunately means the general public isn’t able to attend, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the biggest Nintendo news of the year.

On Friday we’ll have full coverage of the Wii event right here, so you can find out the official word straight from the source as soon as it’s made public.

What’s it all about? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. But as the text on the invitation card teasingly states:

All of you will be excited, intrigued and interested in what we have to show you.

This is an event you must not miss. Wii promise.

Plus, if you’re a VIP 24:7 then make sure you keep an eye on your Lounge later this week for an exclusive Wii-related news just for you.

Not yet a VIP? Then register one of your Nintendo games or systems right now! There’s not long to wait…

Guess tomorow we’ll get to know the european details for the Wii. My bet is a 250€ price tag bundled with Wii Sports.

Wii Breaking News


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This is still all based on loose news from the Nintendo Conference, but here’s the deal:

  • The Nintendo Wii will be launched first in the USA on November 19 for $250 with a bundled copy of Wii Sports.
  • Still this year 25 to 30 games will be available
  • Virtual Console titles will be priced in the range of $5 to $10
  • The Wii will come with a Wii-mote (nunchuck and strap), AC adaptor, stand for console, A/V cable, sensor bar, stand for sensor bar and two AA batteries.
  • The lineup will consist of 16 games including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

I have no info on the European release date or price, but I bet we’ll get it for 250€ on time for Xmas.

As for more details on the console itself:

  • There will be a photo channel that will allow users to use the Wii to display digital photographs on television.
  • There also will be an easy-to-use interactive news channel and weather channel.
  • The Wii will make it possible to browse the Web on the television.

For more info and eye candy on the Wii:

[tags]Wii, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo[/tags]