SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC. INTRODUCES PLAYSTATION®4 (PS4™)

SONY TO ROLL OUT PLAYSTATION 4 THIS YEAR IN TIME FOR YEAR-END SHOPPING

THE PRICE OF THE NEW CONSOLE HAS NOT BEEN DISCLOSED.

(This is partially edited press release. It was edited for space and readability. The technical information was left intact as I am not an expert in the field but I thought that you, the readers, would like to know about this launch sooner rather than later.)

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC. (SCEI) today introduced PLAYSTATION®4 (PS4™), its next generation

Sony Computer Entertainment corporate logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC)

Sony Computer Entertainment corporate logo. (PRNewsFoto/Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC)

computer entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features. Combined with PlayStation® Network with cloud technology, PS4 offers an expansive gaming ecosystem that is centered on gamers, enabling them to play when, where and how they want. PS4 will be available this holiday season.

GAMER FOCUSED, DEVELOPER INSPIRED

PS4 was designed from the ground up to ensure that the very best games and the most immersive experiences reach PlayStation gamers.  PS4 accomplishes this by enabling the greatest game developers in the world to unlock their creativity and push the boundaries of play through a system that is tuned specifically to their needs.

PS4 also fluidly connects players to the larger world of experiences offered by PlayStation, across the console and mobile spaces, and PlayStation® Network (PSN). The PS4 system architecture is distinguished by its high performance and ease of development.  PS4 is centered around a powerful custom chip that contains eight x86-64 cores and a state of the art graphics processor.

The GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT (GPU) has been enhanced in a number of ways, principally to allow for easier use of the GPU for general purpose computing (GPGPU) such as physics simulation.  The GPU contains a unified array of 18 compute units, which collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two.

PS4 is equipped with 8 GB of unified system memory, easing game creation and increasing the richness of content achievable on the platform.  GDDR5 is used for this memory, giving the system 176 GB/second of bandwidth and providing a further boost to graphics performance. The end result for gamers is new games with rich, high-fidelity graphics and deeply immersive experiences that shatter expectations.

The all new DualShock 4 controller introduces enhanced features to offer gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.  (PRNewsFoto/Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)

The all new DualShock 4 controller introduces enhanced features to offer gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games. (PRNewsFoto/Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)

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10Rate.com Editors Announces the Best Headphones, Earbuds, And Headsets; Bose, Shure, And Ear Force Win Quality And Value Awards

10RATE EDITORS ASSESS AND RATE HEADPHONES ACROSS SPECIFIC CATEGORIES LIKE NOISE CANCELING, GAMING, AND WIRELESS

10rate editors STEVE HOLDGREN and BRIAN JONES tested out all sorts of headphones and headsets to determine which the best were. Sound quality always received the most of the weight in tests, but other factors like portability, durability, and usefulness came into play as well. For headsets, mic quality was important while battery usage in wireless headphones was a big deciding factor.

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “EXPERT TOP 10 LISTS FOR EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE.” The company’s web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place.

BEYER DYNAMIC DT 235 OVER-THE-EAR HEADPHONES

BEYER DYNAMIC DT 235 OVER-THE-EAR HEADPHONES

Steve Holdgren first covered Headphones Ratings from any category. He looked for comfort, good range of sound, a long cable, compatibility with many devices, and style when deciding which pair was the best. The BEYERDYNAMIC DT 235 OVER-THE-EAR HEADPHONES won the top spot with a rating of 9.5 because of their ability to “produce dynamic sound with clear, sharp highs and mids and a tight bass with little distortion.” Steve also noted their low price as an exceptional value.

 

BOSE QUIET COMFORT 15

BOSE QUIET COMFORT 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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TRIPADVISOR ANNOUNCES 2013 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEACHES AWARDS

Top Beach Spots in the U.S. and World Named According to Millions of Travelers

Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii is the top beach in the U.S. (www.pr

Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii is the top beach in the U.S. (www.pr

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2013 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEACHES AWARDS. The TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEACHES AWARDS are based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period since the 2012 awards.

Siesta Key Public Beach in Sarasota, Florida among the top 10 beaches in the U.S.

Siesta Key Public Beach in Sarasota, Florida among the top 10 beaches in the U.S.

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THE VILLERET SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE FROM THE MONTBLANC COLLECTION VILLERET 1858- WELL WORTH THE WAIT

Ladies too have long since discovered—and loved–Montblanc’s watches. Now the manufacture in Villeret returns the compliment andMontblanc_logo16 presents the SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE SERIE with models which are expressly conceived for feminine wrists. Charmingly ladylike timepieces with an inlaid mother-of- pearl dial and the fire of genuine brilliant-cut diamonds. And a classically elegant lady’s wristwatch available only in tandem with its accompanying gent’s model. Each is limited to 58 watches or 58 pairs of watches.

With the SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE and the SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE JOAILLERIE launched at the 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, the master watchmakers in Villeret now devote themselves to the ladies – and especially to ladies’ wrists. The thoroughly feminine SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE embodies the typical traits of the MONTBLANC COLLECTION VILLERET 1858, thus assuring that these new ladies’ watches preserve the collection’s identity. The dial has an unmistakable look with mother-of-pearl intarsia and an upwardly shifted hour scale with black Roman numerals. Likewise instantly recognizable is the boldly concave bezel, which is polished on the SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE and set with brilliant-cut diamonds on the SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE JOAILLERIE.

SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE JOAILLERIE with Diamonds (courtesy fo Montblanc)

SECONDE AUTHENTIQUE JOAILLERIE with Diamonds (courtesy of Montblanc)

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MASTER CHEF NOBU MATSUHISA TO HOST DINNERS, CLASSES & SAKE TASTINGS ABOARD CRYSTAL SYMPHONY’S 2013 BLACK SEA CRUISE

One of the world’s greatest culinary artists, MASTER CHEF NOBU MATSUHISA, will be visiting his luxury vacation partner, Crystal Cruises, this summer to teach, mingle, dine, and cook for Crystal guests. The famed sushi maestro, and mastermind behind the line’s exclusive SILK ROAD and THE SUSHI BAR restaurants, will join CRYSTAL SYMPHONY‘s 12-day “BOUNTIES OF THE BLACK SEA” ROME-ISTANBUL BLACK SEA voyage beginning July 13. Accompanied by FUMIO HAZU, the Sake Master behind Nobu’s exclusive, 140+-year-old sake brand, the two will showcase their expertise during several ultra-intimate gourmet experiences, including:

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in his Silk Road and the Sushi Bar on board Crystal Cruises.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in his Silk Road and the Sushi Bar on board Crystal Cruises. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises) 

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