The week in gadgets

19 Dec 2011

The Sony PlayStation Vita

A look at gadget happenings, as the PlayStation Vita arrives in Japan, The Louvre will use Nintendo 3DS consoles to guide visitors around the museum and the Facebook app for iPhones is updated.

Sony PlayStation Vita launches in Japan

Sony’s newest portable console, the PlayStation Vita, launched in Japan this weekend.

The Associated Press reports that thousands of gamers queued up across the country to become the first to own the new console. In the Ikebukuro shopping district in Tokyo, 300 people lined up outside one major store which opened a few hours earlier for the console’s launch.

The console has a 5-inch OLED display and dual analogue sticks. It has a touch display at the front and a multi-touch pad at the back of the device.

The PlayStation Vita will arrive in the US and Europe on 22 February. Launch titles include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, Reality Fighters and Little Deviants.

The Louvre to use Nintendo 3DS consoles as a guide for museum

The Louvre will use Nintendo 3DS consoles to guide its visitors through its collections of art.

The AFP reports that the Paris museum will begin replacing its audio guides with Nintendo’s 3D portable consoles from March. Nintendo will supply 5,000 consoles for the museum.

Museum visitors will be able to use the consoles to find their way through the museum, choose itineraries and listen to hundreds of commentaries.

Facebook updates iPhone app with Timeline

Facebook has updated its iPhone app, giving users access to its new profile feature, Timeline.

The newly designed profile chronicles a person’s life on Facebook with their updates, photos and videos. It arrived on the Android app and the desktop and mobile Facebook sites last week.

The new iPhone app for Facebook also gives access to friend lists, subscribers and subscriptions.

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