Sony’s PSN now fully restored in most markets

By on June 2, 2011 at 9:26 PM.

Sony’s PSN now fully restored in most markets

Sony announced on Wednesday that the final piece of its PlayStation Network, the PlayStation Store, is now back online after Sony’s networks were taken down due to a massive security breach. Sony also noted that it has outfitted PlayStation Plus store with new game trials, games, downloadable content, free avatars, and bigger discounts. The company’s “Welcome Back Offer,” which will provide two free games to Sony users as well as 30 days of PlayStation Plus, is in the final stages of testing and will also be available soon. More →

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Android 2.3.4 available to Nexus S owners via manual download

By on April 29, 2011 at 7:41 AM.

Android 2.3.4 available to Nexus S owners via manual download

Did you really think the kiddies over at XDA were going to wait “a few weeks” to get their mitts on Android 2.3.4? Of course not. A sleuthy forum member has uncovered the manual download link for Google’s latest iteration of Gingerbread. The file will update a stock Nexus S, running Android 2.3.3, to the most recent code — for those of you fluent in Android flashing, the package will update devices running build number GRI40 to GRJ22. Sorry Nexus One faithful, nothing for you… yet. If you’re a Nexus S owner looking to get your video-chat on, hit the jump for the download link and enjoy. More →

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Icons of white Verizon iPhone found in iTunes 10.2

By on March 16, 2011 at 5:14 PM.

Icons of white Verizon iPhone found in iTunes 10.2

The devil’s in the details, at least that’s what they say. End-users combing through Apple’s latest iTunes 10.2 update have unearthed several interesting artifacts — images of the white iPhone in both the AT&T and Verizon flavors. The AT&T icon has been included in the program’s contents since the albino smartphone was first promised back in June of last year. The white Verizon iPhone , complete with it’s second diversity antenna break, however, was added recently. Last week, Apple’s VP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, took to Twitter to let a curious user know that a white iPhone would be available “this spring.” It’s widely assumed that the iDevice maker will announce an update to its smartphone, being called the iPhone 5, in the June/July timeframe. Connecting the two dots, many thought — present company included — that the white iPhone Schiller was referring to would be delivered in the form of the iPhone 5. The addition of these white, iPhone 4-lookalike icons could mean one of three things: the iPhone 4 will continue to be sold in both black and white, even after the release of the iPhone 5; the next iPhone looks identical to the previous model; or there is no iPhone 5 coming this summer. It also could be the Cupertino company messing with us, and if that is the case, good on ya Apple. More →

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Netflix considering cheaper, streaming-only package for U.S.

By on September 24, 2010 at 4:40 PM.

Netflix considering cheaper, streaming-only package for U.S.

Netflix entered the Canadian market this week with one, simple package costing $7.99. What those eight Canadian dollars get you is the ability to stream Netflix videos to your computer, mobile device, or Netflix connected gadget of choice; it does not include any DVD rentals. Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, has indicated the company is considering a similar plan for U.S. consumers. “The pricing Netflix is offering in Canada, $7.99 per month, does not include any DVD-by-mail option, and that is why it is cheaper than our $8.99 USA plan which has both DVD-by-mail and streaming in one plan. We are looking at adding a streaming-only option for the USA over the coming months,” said the CEO. To us, it seems to be worth the extra $12 per year to have the ability to order a more recent DVD via snail-mail. But if Netflix were to lower the price to say $5.99 per month, would you bite? More →

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