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PlayStation Network crashing due to mass PlayStation 4 logons

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 8:14 pm

The PlayStation 4 was launched today and thousands of people in the US and Canada are having problems logging into the PlayStation Network with error codes such as NW-31453-6 or NP-3500-8 and a message saying "The network connection has been lost." This is due to the mass of activity from people trying to logon their consoles. Seeing that today is still launch day in the US the problem might just be getting worse with the amount of people that that still want to pick up or purchase their consoles today.

 

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Sony said that a fix is on the way and are asking users to be patient, but the message from their site has been removed for some reason. Users that are currently trying to download the launch day patch can also go on PlayStation's website and put the download on to a flash drive and upload it to your PlayStation 4.

 

Sony's message: "The PlayStation Network is experiencing extremely high volume, some users may experience some difficulty connecting. We ask for your patience."

The FCC has released its new Speed Test app for Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 7:09 pm

With mobile broadband growing faster than traditional landline broadband, it is important to keep a watchful eye on the companies who sell the service to its customers. Today the FCC released an app for Android that will do just that. The all new Speed Test app from the FCC is designed to inform consumers of the actual broadband speeds their mobile data plan is providing them.

 

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After installation the app will run in the background on the consumers mobile device and will periodically run a Speed Test scan in the background. The results will then be uploaded to a database that the FCC will use to compare with carrier claims. The FCC says that the app will not consume more than 100MB of data each month, so users wiil data restrictions need not worry.

US launch of Nokia Lumia 2520 will be November 22nd at AT&T

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 6:28 pm

The Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet and it will be launching in the US next week on the 22nd at AT&T for $399.99 with a two year contract. The Lumia 2520 will come equipped with Windows RT 8.1, 32GB internal memory with a micro-SD slot, 8,000 mAh battery, a 6.7 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

 

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The Lumia 2520 will have an amazing 10.1 inch 1080p display and will come with Nokia's Power keyboard which doubles as a cover and a kickstand. At launch AT&T will only be offering the Lumia 2520 in black. It looks like the Surface Tab 2 might just have some competition.

Google Play Music finally makes its way to iOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 5:40 pm

Almost half a year ago, Google announced its music streaming service known as Google Play Music. Much like Spotify, Google Play Music is a monthly subscription-based music streaming service with hundreds of thousands of songs waiting to be listened to. In the beginning, the service was only available on Android and through a Web App, but this morning Google released the streaming service to iOS.

 

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Google Play Music for iOS retains most of the features that are seen on the Android version, and initial reports say that it is very refined for iOS and feels like it is a native Apple-built app. It will be interesting to see how reviews of the service stack up against iTunes Music, and if iOS customers will open up to the $9.99 per month price that is required to access Google Play Music. Personally, I am still calling Spotify the best streaming service on mobile and the web. I have been a subscriber since it hit the US and have yet to find any flaws.

Sony's Playstation 4 gets torn apart by iFixit, is basically a PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 4:22 pm

After almost a decade, the PlayStation 4 is here, and the folks over at iFixit have wasted no time in tearing the next-generation console down to its basic components. Using nothing but a T9 Torx driver, two phillips drivers, and a pair of tweezers, iFixit was able to completely disassemble the PlayStation 4.

 

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It appears that tearing down the PlayStation 4 is just about as easy as tearing down a common PC, and rightfully so as that is basically what a PS4 is. The teardown images from iFixit do lend some interesting insight into the PS4 though. Anyone who was hoping that they could upgrade the AMD processor inside will be sad to learn that the chip is permanently soldered to the board and is not even branded as an AMD device. Instead, the chip is labeled as a Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. CXD90026G, a SoC that features AMD Jaguar CPU Cores, and Radeon Graphics Cores.

 

Additionally, places around the APU, are 16x Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM for a total of 8GB of video RAM. Samsung's K4B2G1646E-BCK0 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM is also present in a capacity of 8GB. The PS4 should have no cooling issues either, as a massive air-based cooler is present that appears to be made mostly of copper for maximum thermal dissipation. When it was all over and iFixit had removed the last screw, they awarded the PlayStation 4 a repairability score of 8 out of 10, which means that it will be easy to fix in the event of any hardware failures.

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Edward Snowden took over 200,000 documents according to the NSA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 12:31 pm

Just how many documents did Edward Snowden take from the NSA? Well, earlier estimates had this pegged at around 50,000... but it looks like the whistleblower took close to 200,000 documents.

 

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This is coming directly from NSA General, Keith Alexander, who wished "there was a way to prevent" further leaks, and that information was being out out "in a way that does maximum damage to the NSA and [the United States]." This should mean that Snowden has enough information on him to keep him alive, or at least an asset to Russia.

 

We've seen what has happened to previous whistleblowers, like Bradley Manning and Michael Hastings, but it looks like Snowden has his fair share of information to keep him safe, for now.

nio Card wants to upgrade your wallet with NFC and high-end sensors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 11:35 am

If you're like me, you hate having to carry around your wallet and smartphone, as an all-in-one solution would be so much better? On one hand, I want a digital currency to roll through, something I can have "on" my smartphone, like Bitcoin - but I don't see the powers that be letting that happen anytime soon.

 

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Well, until then, we have nio Card on Kickstarter, which is an upgrade for your smartphone, turning it into a wallet with NFC and high-tech sensors. This means that when the nio Card and your smartphone are within range of each other, you'll also gain a bunch of exclusive nio apps that will "keep your digital life secure and your personal possessions safe."

 

The nio Card is only 4mm thick, and connects through Bluetooth for the utmost simplicity. This means that the nio Card will fit anywhere, your pocket, wallet, bag, and more. You can store your banking details, passwords, and more through the nio Safe app, which can only be accessed, and opened by you, or your nio Card. Better yet, nio can even offer up dual-factor authentication for super, business-class security.

 

Can it get any better? Yes it can: there's also 2GB of USB storage built-in, meaning you can keep some of your personal data on the built-in storage. I did say it can get better, with the nio Card being capable of replacing so much of the contents of your pants (yeah, I went there) and your bag (or handbag). It can replace your credit card, keys, and your wallet.

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Dropbox now allows business users to link up personal accounts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 10:26 am

Dropbox has announced some changes in its cloud storage goodness, where it won't stop Dropbox for Business users from combining their personal Dropbox accounts on the same device.

 

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From now on, Dropbox will allow personal and business users to combine their cloud storage content, but it will still allow business IT departments to keep business as business, keeping users out of their personal storage. You can now link your Dropbox accounts together if that's what you're after, where you'll see two accounts on mobile devices as separate folders: Business and Personal.

Blizzard says it was a mistake to offer offline mode in Diablo II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 9:34 am

Blizzard's on-going issues with Diablo III are a big talking point amongst avid fans of the game, and the tech/gaming worlds in general because of its lack of offline mode. But now there's an interview between Rock Paper Shotgun and Lead Designer, Kevin Martens, who has some interesting things to say:

 

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I don't think people necessarily remember how mad they were that they had an offline mode and online mode in Diablo II. People will be like, 'I wasn't mad!' But I was there at the time, and then I studied this for a living. It sucks when your friend or brother is online and he wants to join this game, but you realize you're an offline character and he's an online character, and there's no way to transfer over because offline characters can be hacked and hex-edited to hell and back, right?

 

This looks to be the reasoning behind the developer not pushing offline mode into Diablo III, but I'm sure they could find a way. What do you think? Are you a Diablo III player who wishes there was an offline mode? Let us know in the comments.

PS4 and Xbox One side-by-side, the PS4 is the more compact console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 8:33 am

When you visualize the next-gen consoles in your head, you don't think about a huge size discrepancy between them. But, there is, and it's big. You can see the difference in the pictures below.

 

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The Xbox One is quite a bit bigger than the PS4, but why? The PS4 is the faster console overall, so what is Microsoft's excuse for the Xbox One being so big? Maybe it's cooling system is superior to that of the PlayStation 4, maybe.

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