Spent part of the afternoon in conversation with an IT charity worker, whilst helping a pal audit some machinery. This fellow, who I won’t name for political reasons, pointed me to various so called charities which take donated computers from the UK and give them to African wholesalers, with the result that they end up in shops rather than schools. I’ll be posting more information on this FAIL! later this week but in the meantime, here is a plea: please check out who you donate machines to! Not all bona fide charities in this country have properly established supply chains in their destination countries. There are dozens of these organisations, some good, some not. Details to follow.
Just heard that Sony Ericsson will unveil its highly anticipated PlayStation phone at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The Xperia Play features a 4in (854×480) display, 1GHz processor and runs Google’s Android version 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. The handset features a slide-out gamepad. The official announcement about the launch, which will take place at 6pm on Sunday February 13, was made on Sony Ericsson’s Facebook page and uses the tag line ‘Android is ready to play’ as well as calling the handset a game changer. The web had been rife with speculation about a PlayStation phone. In a report on the Wall Street Journal website, Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg hinted that that the mobile-phone maker was working with Sony to build a smartphone with a slide-out controller to play games.