So are you one of those movie buffs who love nothing more than finding flicks you may have completely missed out on in the past? If so, you may want to check out Sony’s Free My Daily Clip, a recently released universal app that brings you a new movie clip every day of the year. Aside from the specially selected movie scenes that run anywhere from 2-4 minutes long, the app also tests your knowledge with embedded trivia questions (1 per movie), as well as a link to iTunes should you wish to rent/buy the movie.
Canadian Science Fiction giant, Cory Doctorow, has put up a nice piece about why Apple and Sony suck. Rather than getting into boring techie talk, he very stealthily opines as a writer who longs for a DRM-less world, one where users can share, buy, borrow, and lend digital content as easily as they do non-digital content. As a content creator, his is a unique and important viewpoint that clashes directly with antiquated pro-Bono business models. Doctorow’s body of science fiction is captivatingly modern and so too are his finger-to-the-man opinions that hopefully, will help change the way digital books are circulated.
The ever-resourceful @DaringFireball got me onto a clever fellow by the name of Horace Dediu who runs asymco, a quirky but engaging mobile-focused blog. He does a lot of his own research, loads his site with great articles, and gets clicks. This one just happens to be his research on the average selling price (ASP) of mobile phone competitors: Nokia, Apple, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericcson, and RIM. The results are sour grapes for most of the companies; only Apple and RIM come away without looking foolish.
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The same Sony who conceded the portable music market to Apple et al., and later lost the proprietary music wars to the same group, are exercising a Sega-esque about-face. For nigh on 13 quid, you can scoop up 1000 ring tones for your iPhone from the makers of the original root-kit virus and annoy your friends, family, and fellow bus-queuers in one go! Sony have this to say for their new shceme:
From Hollywood sound effects to great music clips to a wide variety of spoken ringtones, you’re sure to find just the right sounds to fit your style. 1,000 Ringtones for your iPhone—there’s no better, cheaper, or faster way to get great ringtones on your iPhone.
While the iPod touch remains a very capable multipurpose PMP, it lacks a few hardware features that some fans crave. Radio is of course a common Apple dropout along with Bluetooth. However, the PMP digital camera made infamous in the likes of Sony’s Hi-MD players may finally be ready for launch in the iPod Touch and even the Nano. The significance of this rumour is of course not without its irony as while Sony’s next PSP may be more iPod-like, the iPod is sure to be more Sony-like.
Mimicry is the highest form of flattery or, in some cases, competition. This time, a cheap Chinese knock-off company trying to grab headlines is not our subject, but rather one of the Goliath’s of portable gaming: Sony. According to PocketGamer, an inside source has admitted Sony’s chagrine at lately being eclipsed by the brouhaha riddled iPhone – considering the iPhone’s gaming success and first rate online store, this is hardly an eye-blinker.