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Sony Internet TV Now Available for Pre-Order

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Sony’s line of Internet TVs compatible with Google TV is now available for pre-order.

At a launch event today, Sony announced pricing and size information. Sony Internet TVs range from 24 – 46 inches, and from $599 to $1,399. See the pricing info below.

Model Size Price
NSX-24GT1 24″ $599.99
NSX-32GT1 32″ $799.99
NSX-40GT1 40″ $999.99
NSX-46GT1 46″ $1,399.99

Sony offers a comparison chart to show what the Internet TV has over other vendors, including Apple TV. It is a bit skewed at this point, since the other vendors (excluding Apple) have yet to announce specs on their upcoming devices. As for Sony’s offering, check out the specs:

  • Google TV built in
  • Seamless search across TV & Internet
  • Dual View
  • Full Browser
  • QWERTY Keypad Remote
  • Upgradeable OS
  • Synch Phone & Control TV
  • Downloadable Apps

The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player has all of the above features plus a couple more. There is the obvious Blu-ray Disc Player, and it connects to your existing HDTV.

Sony Internet TV is available now for pre-order on sonystyle.com. It will be available in Sony Style stores by the weekend. Best Buy will start carrying it on October 24. Welcome to the future of television. Sony will be the first among many other Google TV compatible televisions. I wasn’t terribly interested in 3-D TV, but the Internet TV by Sony is definitely worth a look.

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Now Available

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta today. I downloaded it, hoping to see some IE HTML5 integration. In a lot of the testing prior to the beta launch, speed tests purportedly out-shined Google Chrome. From today’s experience, Chrome is quite safe.

To install IE9 you’ll have to essentially perform a system upgrade. I installed it on Windows 7 and had to restart my computer during the installation. IE9 directly integrates with your system which requires the more annoying upgrade. Once installed I opened the browser and got some major lag. As it was loading I was offered the option to kill any add-ons. I hadn’t installed any so I chose not to. 5 minutes later the browser was finally ready to go. Some pages loaded relatively fast, while others took far longer than even IE6. I did not experience a fast browser today.

Some of the talking points from Microsoft involve the integration of CSS3 and HTML5. Both are welcome additions. Microsoft has been dragging its feet on CSS3 lately. It should be interesting to see how well it plays with other browsers now. When you go to the special IE website

While I am happy that Microsoft decided to join this century, it is far from ready for the mainstream. If only this update could instantly overwrite all versions of IE6. It is really frustrating having to write additional code just for IE. IE isn’t even consistent with itself. AJAX coding takes more effort just to allow for all the variance between IE versions. It is high time for Microsoft to get its act together.

I don’t recommend using IE at all, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If you must use it, I recommend you install the Chrome Frame plugin. It will help you plug some of Microsoft’s larger security holes. I only use IE for web page testing, so I always upgrade to the latest version with the hope I can roll it back and see how it will look on older IE browsers. This usually works for me. As it is, only 11% of the readers of this blog use IE. Chrome is by far predominant.

If you are a fan of Microsoft or simply just want something more secure, you should consider installing the beta. If you want to see IE actually support CSS3 and HTML5, you should install the beta. If you are only installing IE for the off chance some web developer put Microsoft-only coding in a page, it probably doesn’t matter as much which version you use. Chrome is increasingly able to handle pages previously limited to IE though. If you install IE9, let me know what you think in the comments.

Firefox 4 Looks like Chrome

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Firefox 4 is coming soon, and the closer it gets, the more we find out about it. A video was released regarding the position of tabs in Firefox 4. The default setting is now on top, something that Google Chrome users are pretty used to. It would be one thing if this was the only similarity.

The video also discusses app tabs. App tabs can be seen in the form of extensions which Chrome users are currently able to use. Chrome OS, though, has a more comparable version of the Firefox app tabs. When you browse in Chrome OS, certain things (like Gmail) sit on the side of the tab bar, and can be accessed by clicking it as a tab.

While it is interesting that Firefox 4 is leaning toward the Google UI, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For one, Google will be seen as the leader in this trend. It also means that two of the best browsers will share common features, a good thing for the users. Eventually IE will play in the same sandbox as the other browsers, again a win for the users. I think this is going to be an interesting phase in the browser wars. Things look to be getting better – for everyone.

If you are interested in learning Firefox’s reasoning behind moving the tabs you can check out the video below.