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Japan Says No To PSN Restoration

By: | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2011 11:08 pm

While it seems that everyone is pretty psyched that the PlayStation Network will be back up and running after weeks of being down, Japan is surprisingly not down with that. Japan's government is halting the restoration of the network in their country until Sony can prove that they've taken appropriate measures to avoid a similar incident in the future.

 

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Kazushige Nobutani, Director of Media and Content Industry in Japan's Ministry of Economy reportedly told Dow Jones Newswires:

 

We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them. The first is preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference.

 

The second evidently regarded ensuring consumer confidence in the wake of having their credit card information and other personal data compromised in the security breach. As we've seen already today, Sony is answering various usage questions and even giving games away to ensure that users return to the previously-troubled PlayStation Network as they gear up to reboot the entire thing.

California Bill Will Give Parents Access To Social Networks If Passed

By: Trak Lord | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 16, 2011 10:19 pm

Senator Ellen Corbett wants to force social network sites such as Facebook to allow parents access to their child's account. Excuse me? I thought I was living in a technology-welcoming, plugged-in liberal utopia here in San Francisco (so liberal in fact, that the public transportation has completely abandoned fascist principles like punctuality and reliability), but evidently I was incorrect.

 

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Parents would be able to request that any content be removed from any social network (Twitter, Foursquare, etc) within 48 hours upon his or her request. More importantly, any social network that would fail or refuse to comply with these requests would be fined $10k for each refusal of compliance. This is a clear case of conservative "well-meaning" protection / governmental "nannying" that would have extraordinarily pernicious consequences for both social network sites and the concept of privacy as a whole. It's understandable that parents would want some kind of oversight over their children's public information, but won't this encourage a demographic backlash of secretive and encoded information? If the kids know the parents are "watching", won't they just find new and different forms of communication within that system to maintain their privacy? When I was a young upset, my group of friends most certainly had codewords for behavior or intentions we didn't want to expose publicly to our parents.

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Sony Invites Europe Users Back To PSN With Free Stuff

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2011 9:48 pm

PlayStation outlined its "Welcome Back" policy to users in Europe and Australia, offering all sorts of free stuff. Nick Caplin, Head of Communications SCEE wrote today in the PlayStation Blog that users will net up to four games for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable for their troubles earlier this month.

 

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Details are below in the full post, but some of the games for PS3 include LittleBigPlanet and WipeoutHD/Fury, and Killzone Liberation for PSP. Doesn't really make up for all that crazy stuff, but hey, it's something.

 

Now that certain PSN services have been restored and you're once again enjoying online gaming, it seems a good time to confirm what is being offered as part of the Welcome Back programme.

Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts. Please note that the Welcome Back programme is only available for those countries with access to PlayStation Store*.

All existing PlayStation Network members will be able to access the following from PlayStation Store*:

Two PS3 games from the following list:

LittleBigPlanet

Infamous*

Wipeout HD/Fury

Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty

Dead Nation*

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PlayStation Network FAQ's For The Recently Restored

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2011 9:36 pm

Sony has had a rough time these past weeks. Finally, we've heard some answers, some explanations, and they're busily picking up the pieces from the attack that left their network(s) down for a very long time. As you probably know now, the PlayStation Network is up and running, but there are still some unanswered questions for a lot of users. Social Media Manager for PlayStation, Jeff Rubinstein, posted some of those undoubteldy very-frequently-asked-questions.

 

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Q: So what exactly is working right now?

A: Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity (including the resetting of passwords), online gameplay for PS3 and PSP, playback of rental video content on PS3 (if within rental period), Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on PS3 (for current subscribers), access to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and MLB.tv, "Friends" category on PS3 (including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc), in-game leaderboards, and PlayStation Home.

Q: I'm having trouble changing my password/I forgot which email I used on my account/I used a fake email to set up my account.

A: Click here for a set of tips on resetting your password. If you've gone through the process and are waiting for an email from us, please note that the very large number of requests has caused certain ISPs to slow the rate at which recipients get emails from us. Please be patient as the systems work through the backlog.

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New Batman FPS Announced for E3: Gotham City Impostors

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2011 9:27 pm

Warner Bros.' game development studio Monolith Games is reportedly working on a multiplayer first-person-shooter based on the Batman universe- and it's a downloadable game! The game, entitled "Gotham Impostors" allows the player to become ordinary people that pretend to be Batman and/or popular villains. Moviegoers will recall a similar plot device in the film, "The Dark Knight", when Batman enthusiasts took the law into their own hands, dressing as Batman and wielding firearms and kevlar.

 

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Gotham City Impostors will evidently be highly customizable, letting players mess around with their character's body, weapons, and skill sets. Already known about the game is a mode entitled "Psych Warfare", where users defend an energy source empowering a "brainwashing machine", and the opposing team tries to destroy it in classic capture-the-flag meets bomb-the-opponent. The game will be available for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and of course PC.

 

Interesting game design, but it makes sense. Batman readers and enthusiasts would know how much Batman would (ironically) disapprove of armed vigilanteism- I'm curious to see how Bats is going to figure into this game.

Download of the Day: Fraps 3.4.3

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 16, 2011 8:58 am

Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.4.3.

 

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:

 

Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

 

Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.

 

Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.

 

Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.

 

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Deal of the Day: Pogoplug Pro Multimedia File Sharing Solution - $49.99 Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: May 16, 2011 7:36 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the J&R Music and Computer World - Pogoplug Pro Multimedia File Sharing Solution - $49.99 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: The Pogoplug Pro Multimedia File Sharing Solution allows you to setup, access, and share music, video, photo, or data files saved on your network storage. It also has four USB 2.0 ports that allow you to connect up to four USB hard disk drives directly or remotely.

 

POGOPLUG PRO NAS FILE SHARING SOLUTION SALE

 

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Monday Morning Roundup for May 16, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 16, 2011 7:24 am

The latest happenings from around the web - May 16th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Asus Sabertooth P67: an Armored LGA1155 Mainboard @ XBit Labs

- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

- ECS HDC-I Mini-ITX Fusion Board Review @ Madshrimps

 

Video/Monitor

 

- GeForce GTX 580 SLI vs. GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990 @ XBit Labs

- Revised GeForce GTX 590 Cards In June @ VR-Zone

- Sapphire Edge HD: A Compact Ionisation @ InsideHW

- MSI N570GTX TwinFrozr III Power Edition @ HT4U

- MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk @ Overclockers Club

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Thecus ready to bang their 10Gbit BASE-T NAS hammer at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 16, 2011 6:33 am

Thecus are set to debut their Sandy Bridge-powered, 10Gbit Ethernet NAS lines at Computex. The new 8-bay N8900 is powered by an Intel dual-core i3 2120 @ 3.3GHz with 12-bay and 16-bay models flowing through also. The N12000PRO and N16000PRO will feature Intel's Bromolow architecture, powered by quad-core Xeon E1280's @ 3.5GHz. All I've got to say is "DO WANT".

 

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The new 10G BASE-T NAS systems from Thecus also feature High Availability NAS cloning which is the first 100-percent available NAS environment which Thecus guarantee will provide no breaks or delays in service in rain, shine or Armageddon (now that's a big call!). This function is available over 10G BASE-T Ethernet for instantaneous heartbeat synchronization. The new NAS series will be on display to give users a first-hand look at one of the best home/SMB NAS products on the market.

Dancing with the Stars tweets, #lies, #newaccounts, #lol

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 16, 2011 4:21 am

Normally I wouldn't bring the world of reality TV to TweakTown, but this news is quite hilarious. I've been watching snippets of Dancing with the Stars (#dwts) and its funny. The show features a bunch of 'celebrities' and they dance. If you haven't heard of it, then start painting that rock you live under in a better colour. Anyway, the show feels rigged because the three (to me anyway) main stars are Manu from My Kitchen Rules, Lara Bingle (I'm sure you all know her) and Damien Leith (Australian Idol winner). These 3 seem to dance the best and I'm sure they were picked up by producers months in advance and told to get practice, now.

 

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During the show, I hear the word "Twitter" at least 3,219 times and have noticed they have "live" tweets scrolling down the bottom of the screen. These tweets are nearly all positive tweets, hash-tagging various dancers and the show itself (#dwts). SMH has picked up on this and has had various results. The accounts that are tweeting are new (created just hours before #dwts aired) and have been inactive since. Strange, huh?

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