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Sony hacked yet again, 93,000 accounts accessed this time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 7:27 am

Sony have released a statement revealing they have been hacked again, with 93,000 accounts globally being accessed. Sony have temporarily locked these accounts and only a "small fraction" of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. Sony are currently reviewing the accounts for unauthorised accessed and will provide more updates as they have them. Sony have also used some number play to seemingly down play the event by saying "less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of their PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected".

 

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Sony have used this as an opportunity to remind people of the importance of a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites. They suggest you use a hard-to-guess password and always look out for unusual activity in your account. I've provided the full press release below:

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Gabe Newell says that Apple will redefine games consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 6:43 am

Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, believes that Apple may be in the middle of preparations of launching a games console in the near future, he explained to The Seattle Times. Gabe gave some of his thoughts on the subject, with quotes like:

 

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Our business is growing very rapidly both on the content side and on the service platform side so in that sense, business has never been better. The challenges we see looking forward are very rapidly evolving model for how value is created for customers.

 

He also says there are "dark clouds forming", where he raised concerns of the closed-garden approach with platforms such as Apple's iOS. Gabe says "On the platform side, it's sort of ominous that the world seems to be moving away from open platforms." Platform providers that used to use their role to enable developers "instead view themselves as more rent guys who are essentially driving their partner margins to zero," he said.

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PlayStation 3 display to be sold exclusively through Harvey Norman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 5:11 am

It has just been announced that Sony's PlayStation 3D Display is finally getting released in Australia. The display allows gamers to play split screen games on a full screen via 3D glasses, with the 3D display receiving a limited "test" release in Australia - exclusively through Harvey Norman.

 

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Sony Australia's Michael Ephraim says that this limited launch is to test the market. He goes on to say:

 

We're going to test it because it is innovative technology. We really wanted to test it before we made a big commitment because it's not like a Memory Stick kind of product, there are long lead times on manufacturing, high price. I can tell you that we will sell it initially exclusively through Harvey Norman. It is Harvey Norman embracing new technology and us having a partner there that we can test it with. If it goes extremely well, we'll keep supporting it. It is a high ticket price item and there is 3D TVs out there, we just want to make sure there's a market for it.

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Samsung punches back against Apple, offers $2 Galaxy S II handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 3:24 am

The current injunction against Samsung may hurt their Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia, but Samsung are not letting that get them down. Samsung have attacked the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S not with words, but with super-cheap Galaxy S II handsets. By super-cheap, I don't mean 10% off, or even half price, I mean you can get them for... wait for it... $2. Yes, $2. There are no zeroes behind that, just a mere $2.

 

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The GSII handsets are available in a temporary pop-up Samsung shop that is just metres away from Sydney's Apple Store. Literally, metres away. The catch? The first 10 in line will receive a $2 phone, those behind the first 10 will have to wait until the day is over, wait the entire night and then the following 10 will receive that day's batch of phones. Samsung this week rented a store just two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store to promote their Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone as well as their new online music subscription service, Music Hub.

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Apple block the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 2:47 am

Sigh. Apple have won their injunction and have halted the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, with Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett delivering her verdict just a little while ago now. Bennett's said it was "appropriate" to grant a temporary injunction. This isn't the end, however. The case was reportedly "evenly weighed", but still ruled in Apple's favor.

 

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This is partly because Samsung weren't willing to present itself for an early final hearing in November. Both parties are set to have statements released, and are both expected back in court tomorrow for a directions hearing that will determine where the case goes from here. Samsung's statement is below (or in the full news post):

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Microsoft unleash Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 2:05 am

Yesterday I reported that the new Xbox LIVE Dashboard would drop on November 25th, but if you are one of those people who like to live on the bleeding edge then you can sign up for the Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program. Microsoft have announced an open call for all Xbox LIVE members to register to participate in the preview program to help them test the system.

 

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They say that this is an important program as Microsoft are continually striving to ensure the reliability of a service that reaches tens of millions globally. They can't do this without you, the users. Once the program starts, an update will be pushed to your Xbox 360 console that will contain the new features, including:

 

• New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation

• New Beacons to play online with friends

• Deeper Facebook integration

• New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

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Intel SSD roadmap leaked, new drives for 2011/2012 teased, expect 800GB SSDs by end of 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 1:20 am

Intel's roadmap for 2011/2012 has been leaked and it is clear that Intel wants to give their SSD portfolio the same non-stop product cycle that their processor lineup enjoys, where we receive generation leaps every year or so. Intel will start 2012 with products that have been introduced just recently such as the SSD 520 "Cherryville", SSD 710 "Lyndonville", SSD 720 "Ramsdale", and "Hawley Creek" mSATA SSDs.

 

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Most of these will launch in Q4 2011 where Intel will allow these products to lead the portfolio for the remainder of the year and until the end of Q1 2012. In Q2 2012, Intel plans to launch "Ramsdale MLC" which is a variant of "Ramsdale" Intel SSD 720 series PCI Express SSDs, which sport 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash memory instead of SLC NAND flash found on the normal "Ramsdale". MLC-HET gives Intel the ability to double capacities, whilst offering the same kind of endurance to SLC, and much higher price per gigabyte.

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iCloud opens early, ahead of the iOS 5 rollout that is happening now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 12:47 am

iOS 5 is rolling out right now and for those of you who don't have it yet, the pieces of the puzzle are all being put together as we speak. Apple firstly released the new version of iTunes - 10.5, and now Apple have rolled out the red carpet for their iCloud website, where customers can sign up for the service that seamlessly backs up your data to the cloud. In order to use iCloud, you'll need the latest version of Mac OS X Lion or iOS 5.

 

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If you have neither, you can still try and sign into the iCloud site (which requires your Apple ID and password) where you'll be greeted with the message: "To set up iCloud, go to iOS 5 Settings or OS X Lion System Preferences." Most users should be getting close to being able to access iCloud, so let us know how you go.

App of the Day: Foursquare 4.0 (iOS) - adds Radar

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 8:42 pm

Our App of the Day today is Foursquare 4.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

 

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With iOS 5.0 being readily available to the public now, app updates with fantastic improvements have been coming out thick and fast the past day or two.

 

The latest app to get a big and impressive update is Foursquare with version 4.0 that brings a new feature called "Radar" for users running iOS 5.0. It spices up the whole where are my friend's things even more by automatically telling you if a group of your friends are nearby - without the app running. It also has the ability to detect your location and notify you of a nearby To-Do. Very cool!

 

I'm yet to try out brand new Apple's Find my Friends app yet, but of late it is sure on for young and old with all these location apps. What about you, Google? Are you going to impress us with a new Latitude update soon, too?

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ASUS' ROG Tytan CG8565 desktop weapon is now bleeping on radar

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 7:23 pm

ASUS is about to unleash a new ROG gaming rig in the form of a desktop machine which it calls the Tytan CG8565. It was first seen on radar during Computex earlier in the year, but a date of release wasn't mentioned at the time. A pre-order listing for it has just been spotted in Europe, however, indicating it to be just around the corner now.

 

Upon first glance the mid tower sized chassis looks to have been inspired by 'ballistic missile submarines', which was of course ASUS' intent with several of its Republic of Gamer series notebooks also running off similar design queues.

 

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As for the most important aspect, its guts, it runs a 2nd-gen Core i5 or i7 processor on Intel's Z68, up to 32GB RAM, GeForce GTX 560 Ti or GTX 590 graphics card, DVD writer or Blu-ray combo drive and ASUS Xonar audio.

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