RUMOUR: Mirco projectors coming to smartphones soon?


According to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, Foxlink – a subsidiary of Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn – is developing micro-projectors that will be integrated into smartphones, including the iPhone, in the near future.

They claim they have inside information that suggests that partners including Nokia, Samsung and Apple all plan to launch handsets with built-in micro projectors by the end of this year.

Micro-projectors would mean that a smartphones visual content such as photos and video are not confined to the small screen on the handset and can be projected onto any flat, light surface.

It’s an exciting prospect although there will be many annoyed Apple-fans out there if their iPhone 3GSs become dated within the year if Apple releases a new micro-projector iPhone.

(via DigiTimes)

RUMOUR: Slim PS3 to ship this month?


Taiwanese website UDN is reporting that Sony has signed deals with two manufacturers – Foxconn and Pentagon – with a view to a July release for the slim-line version of the PS3. That’s not July 2010, it’s July 2009 – as in this very month.

The report has been backed up by “a couple of credible reports” according to Engadget. However, UDN is also reporting that the slim will be the last of PS3 of this generation with a next-generation console based on Sony’s motion controller due in 2010.

This part of UDN’s report isn’t very likely though – it’s possible the rumour mill has been fuelled by some mistranslation. Sony demonstrated the motion controller at E3 on the PS3 and has made it clear the new controller is for the PS3.

If the slim rumours turn out to be true though and the rumours regarding possible PS3 price-cuts also come to fruition then the PS3 might finally become the popular console it is capable of being.

(via Engadget)