Archive | April 26, 2011

Sony issues an update about PSN outage – client data compromised

Breaking news – Sony broke the silence and posted an alarming report: it looks that between April 17 and April 19 “certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.” followed by the alarming:

“Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.”

Unfortunately there is nothing to be done at this point other than to be on watch for fishing e-mails, unauthorized purchases, etc. There is still no update about when the system will be back online, however with an external security team called to audit, you can expect Sony will need to make some changes to tighten up PSN’s security and that might take longer than just another week. However, waiting a week to announce that our credit cards might be compromised is borderline criminal.

Check the entire announcement from Sony. Believe me, it is no joke!

Asus Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) available on sale at Amazon for pre-order starting today

The long awaited Asus Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) was just officially released today, April 26! You can pre-order it at Amazon with no taxes and free shipping. The prices are: $399 for the 16gb, $499 for 32gb and $149 for the keyboard dock.

The tiny little beast is one of the coolest toys to be released this year and has the following technical specifications:

  • 10 fingers multi-touch support – eat that iPad 2!!!
  • 1.2 MP front, 5MP rear camera
  • NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 1.0GHz dual-core CPU for excellent multitasking & 1080p video playback
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb O.S. with Adobe® Flash® 10.2 support*2
  • Full QWERTY keyboard, touchpad input with Polaris® Office® for mobile productivity
  • 16*1 hours long battery life for all day computing with docking station
  • Brilliant IPS LED powered LCD panel with ultra-wide 178⁰ viewing angle made from scratch resistant and super tough glass
  • One year of Unlimited ASUS WebStorage, two USB ports, SD and Micro SD card readers for easy sharing & storage expendability
  • 3D stereo with max bass response with SRS premium sound
  • Sensors: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS
  • Dimensions / Weight: 271 x 171 x 12.98mm, 680g

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Sony announces S1 and S2 Android Honeycomb tablets, ship in the fall

You didn’t expect Sony to stay too long out of the market where all the action is, right? And at this point, the hottest product in electronics and computers is the tablet, expected to sell in tens of millions this year. Since iOS is off limits for everyone beside Apple, the next best thing at this point (with Windows 8 not coming for another year) is Android Honeycomb, the first Android OS designed specifically for tablets.

Well, today, during a press conference in Tokyo, Sony dropped the bomb: They’ll launch two different tablet models this fall, a 9.4  inches S1 and 5.5 inches S2, this one featuring dual screen at 1,024 x 480 and a foldable design. No prices were announced and no detailed hardware specs but being Sony and all, you should expect to pay a premium for the brand.

Both tablets will be able to act as remote controls for the Bravia electronics line and also support DLNA for proper media playback with both WiFi and 3G/4G connectivity.

Now, the 9.4 inches S1 looks like every other tablet on the market including dual cameras, however, S2 looks interesting because it will fit in a purse, maybe even a large pocket. If it is thin enough and the middle hinges are less conspicuous, the two screens are as close to each other as possible, it might even look nice. Oh, and let’s hope Sony won’t lock them down, require proprietary storage and add their own intrusive UI to screw everything up.

Check after the break for a video featuring the two upcoming Sony tablets.

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