Archive | May 16, 2011

PSN service restored in most of the world, 80710D36 errors, welcome pack announced

Well, it seams the ordeal is mostly finished with PSN service finally restored in most of the world. When trying to sign in on PSN, you’ll be prompted to download firmware version 3.61 and immediately after, prompted to change your password. Sony is also ready to make amends with a promise for a identity theft / credit monitoring service for a full year and also a “Welcome Back Package” containing free content and services. What is included is not yet clear (update: it is now detailed), but check the following video for Kazuo Hirai announcement.
Welcome Pack Update:

For North America, PS3 users can choose two games from the following:

  • Dead Nation,
  • inFAMOUS,
  • LittleBigPlanet,
  • Super Stardust HD,
  • Wipeout HD + Fury;

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More movies to your Netflix queue, this time from Miramax

For those who didn’t figure out yet, Netflix is getting better and better and it is a real bargain at $7.99 / month. It helped us cut the cable cord and it is used extensively on all our Netflix capable media streamers. The good news for today is the deal signed with Miramax to add hundreds of movies previously unavailable to Netflix, like “Pulp Fiction”, “Sky Kids”, “Kill Bill”, “Cold Mountain”, etc. The new movies will be available starting in June and some titles will also available via a rotating basis.

It is the first time Miramax movies are available on a digital subscription service and I am personally thrilled they went with Netflix and not Hulu Plus. Now if only Netflix would add newer TV shows (House, Fringe, Bones to name a few), even for an additional $5-$10 / month and I would be quick to dump my Hulu Plus subscription with their embedded non-skippable commercials and weird licensing agreements where most of the good stuff is available web only and not on the good old TV connected media streamer.

Read full press release after the break.

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GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage launched, streams to iPad as well

If you want to carry your (non)pirated music / movie collection (or any other document for that matter)  in your pocket AND stream it wirelessly to your notebook or even iPhone / iPad, Seagate has a solution for you – the new GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage (quite a mouthful, we know). In essence,  GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage is a harddrive combined with a battery enclosure and an embedded wireless card (802.11 a/b/g) capable to stream to 3 iPads at the same time so your spouse / kids won’t steal the fun, all working together through the wonder of software engineering. The new storage solution supports iOS natively through a free dedicated GoFlex Media app and also offers an integrated web server for easy web browser access to your media from any other device.

The reported battery life is around 4-5 hours per charge, enough to get you through the daily commute. The video streaming supported formats are h.264, MPEG 4 and Motion-JPEG. Audio wise, it supports AAC, MP3, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV. For the ones inclined to do more serious work on their iPads, you can natively use Microsoft Office, iWork, Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and other formats via 3rd party apps.

Wired users are not forgotten with the device supporting a solid USB 3.0 connection. The price is set at $200, a bit steep in our opinion considering the 500GB capacity. For that price we would have expected Seagate to throw in a 1TB model.

Check after the break for the full press release.

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