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PSN Network May Be Down, But You Can Still Watch Netflix.

  • April 26, 2011 2:42 pm

The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is the worst event to happen to Sony’s online gaming community thus far. For not only are online games down for the count, but other networked apps such as Hulu too. There is one app that still works though — Netflix.

Many are reporting that the movie streaming service doesn’t work as it requires logging into the PSN, and as such throws up an error when attempted. However, if you log in as normal and back out of the error message that pops up, you’ll find a perfectly unscathed Netflix app ready and waiting to occupy your now gameless nights. Have fun!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in…

T-Mobile UK Prepares 4 New Android Devices For Release.

  • April 26, 2011 7:19 am

It’s no secret that T-Mobile (both European and U.S. based versions) loves Android. It’s their largest selling platform and the one that now provides the most choice for consumers as far as hardware is concerned. Highlighting that fact are four new devices set to drop on T-Mobile UK in the coming weeks: HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Xperia Neo, and LG Optimus 3D.

The HTC ChaCha was initially labeled the “Facebook Phone” due in part to its socially apt personality. The Optimus 3D’s biggest feature is the 3D support and 1GHz processor. Sony is…well, Sony. A 1GHz processor and 3.7″ WVGA display adorn the latest Xperia device. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S II packs in a dual-core processor making it “the” device to have if power is your number one concern.

All of the phones above (save for the Xperia Neo) are slated for release in June. Expect Sony’s offering to be a month late to the party, showing up sometime in July.

Sony Vs. George Hotz: Settlement Reached.

  • April 11, 2011 1:19 pm

The ongoing dispute between famed Playstation/iOS hacker, George Hotz (Geohot) and Sony has come to an end. Both sides were able to reach some sort of agreement, with Hotz agreeing to an injunction.

Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and George Hotz (“Hotz”) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.

Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.” Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites.

In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotz’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.

“We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

Is Geohot done hacking the PS3 for good? Stay tuned…

Under Attack: Hacker Group Anonymous Claims War On Sony.

  • April 4, 2011 6:12 am

Today is not a good day to be Sony, for the infamous hacker “group” responsible for a string of website crashing tactics, Anonymous, has officially announced their plans to target the consumer electronics giant in their latest #opsony campaign. The reason — Sony’s relentless and to some, fruitless lawsuit against PS3 and iOS hacker Geohot. Prevoiusly, anonymous has been tied to PayPal, Visa, and Wikileaks site attacks in which said sites were brought down for hours on end and rendered completely unresponsive.

So far, Sony has remained mum on their new-found award.

O2 Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Delayed.

  • March 25, 2011 10:28 am

Aprils 1st will not see the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on UK carrier O2. The much awaited PlayStation Phone which was announced back in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona apparently has a few minor yet critical issues according to O2:

“As the head of O2’s device testing team, my team and I see every phone that O2 will be selling before it goes on sale. Our job, as I mentioned in my last blog post, is to make sure these phones are ready for our customers before they go on sale,” explains Stuart Hibberd, head of O2’s testing team. “We’ve been testing the phone non-stop for weeks and have found some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, means customers won’t have a great experience. We’ve been working with Sony Ericsson to get these bugs ironed out, but haven’t been able to get them fixed in time for us to be able to launch the phone on April 1st as we originally planned.”

The statement by O2 doesn’t include any specifics as to what the exact bug(s) are. Nonetheless, it’s a bummer for O2 customers looking to get their hands on a very popular Android device that has been rumored as in the making for years. However, we must applaud Sony Ericsson in not simply rushing the Xperia Play to market and instead taking the time to iron out as many bugs as possible before shipping said phone. Contrary to popular belief, such a scenario isn’t the norm.

Android 2.3 Coming To Xperia X10 This Summer.

  • March 25, 2011 8:21 am

Even though Sony may have already claimed to have given up one their Xperia X10 after Eclair, a new post on the Sony Ericsson Product Blog says otherwise. In a surprising turn of events, SE has pulled a complete 180 from their previous stance and is now planning to roll out an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update to the Xperia X10 Q2/Q3 of this year. Unfortunately, the other Xperia devices from the same time frame — X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, and X8 — won’t be seeing the same love and are still forever stuck at Android 2.1. Nevertheless, X10 owners should no doubt feel a bit better about their X10 purchase after hearing the news.

[Update] Confirmed: Geohot In South America — For Vacation.

  • March 24, 2011 7:56 am

The ongoing Geohot vs. Sony lawsuit gets more interesting with each passing day. Yesterday, we were talking about Geohot’s apparent fleeing to South America. Today, Geohot himself has both confirmed and denied the rumor he fled the country saying:

Factually, it’s true I’m in South America, on a vacation I’ve had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn’t my life. Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this. And of course Townsend loves the idea of painting me as an international fugitive. I have been in contact with my lawyers almost every day; I would not let the case suffer. That said, I also won’t let this ridiculous lawsuit run my life either. Then the fearmongerers win.

Fair enough. He does have a point — through all the drama that’s been going on, he probably does have a life outside his hacking hobbies. As for the claim that Geohot tampered with his hard drives, we’ll have to wait and see…


About those “tampered” hard drives — Geohot simply removed the controller cards. You stay classy, Sony.

Geohot Flees To South America?

  • March 23, 2011 1:27 pm

Infamous PS3 hacker, Geohot, is reported to have fled his New Jersey home and taken up residence in South America, this according to his PSN profile. Certainly this type of move can’t paint any type of optimistic image for his defense. Also further tarnishing the hacker’s case — hardware (PS3s, computers, etc.) that was used by Geohot to hack the PS3 has not been turned over to Sony in a timely fashion as well as critical data deleted from his hard drives. While we don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Sony (ever), Geohot isn’t doing himself any favors with his actions.

Now that Geohot is soaking up the South American sun, is it game over for PS3 hacking as a whole? We doubt it. Plenty of other talented (and less egotistical) people will pick up where he left off. As for his trial’s outcome — that’s a different story. Look for the Geohot vs. Sony drama to heat up in the coming weeks…

Sony’s Next Failure: The “Unhackable” PS3.

  • February 22, 2011 6:15 pm

If Sony has their way, the next PS3 refresh will be “unhackable”, thanks to a larger included hard drive and a thus far undisclosed “anti-hacking system” — this according to IGN. It would be interesting to see how Sony plans to temporarily suspend PS3 hacking, but any hopes and claims to be able to permanently stop it just shows how utterly disconnected and incompetent Sony management really is. Piracy — yes, it’s bad. Throwing all your resources behind the endless game that you’ll never win — also bad. At some point Sony needs to realize that the tougher the DRM and “anti-piracy” measures become, the worse off general users will be. Because, in the end, the only people that will get around Sony’s anti-hacking antics are the dedicated hackers themselves.