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Sony promises ‘phased restoration’ of PlayStation Network and Qriocity starting this week

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Sony made quite a few promises this morning about how it intends to deal with the fallout from the PlayStation Network outage and breach — you can find our liveblog right here — including improved security measures and a few token handouts of 30-day free subscriptions to PlayStation Plus and Qriocity and possibly some free software. Perhaps more importantly for you gamers, Kaz Hirai told reporters that services will resume “soon,” and by the end of the week we should see some functionality return. Of course, it made those promises in Japanese, but if you want an English copy you won’t have to look far, as the official PlayStation.Blog got hold of a press release with them all spelled out. Find the full document after the break.

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Sony promises ‘phased restoration’ of PlayStation Network and Qriocity starting this week originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 May 2011 02:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony’s Kaz Hirai addresses PlayStation Network hack, we’re liveblogging

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Sony’s PlayStation Network has been down for over a week, and it’s a royal mess for all involved — as you’ve no doubt heard, an external intrusion by unknown hackers compromised the personal information (supposedly including everything but credit card numbers) of potentially million of users. This morning, Sony VP Kaz Hirai (formerly of the PlayStation division) will address the world from the company’s headquarters in Japan, and our friends at Engadget Japanese are on the scene to bring us first-hand details in just a few minutes. Additionally, there appears to be an official livestream that will begin at 1AM ET, so keep it locked right here and potentially find some video at our source link.

Update: We’re hearing that Sony’s “goodwill gesture” may not be an incredibly significant one — affected users can expect a free 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus and a free software download of some sort, while Qriocity customers will get an extra 30 days of service on the house.

Update 2: As many as 10 million credit card numbers may have been exposed, though Sony says it has no proof that any actually have been compromised, and claims that it’s received no reports of credit card fraud thus far. It is, however, working with the FBI to investigate the hack.

2:00 JST: The show’s begun — following a little bit of Mozart, Sony has trotted out three solemn-looking executives. More updates after the break.

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Sony’s Kaz Hirai addresses PlayStation Network hack, we’re liveblogging originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 May 2011 00:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Grass-Fed Beef Is the New Performance Enhancing Drug for Athletes [Food]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

I-O Data’s HDCA-UT3.0K drive offers USB 3.0 and 3TB of storage

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

If you’ve been on the hunt for the biggest, fastest hard drive around, it seems your options are expanding. I-O Data just introduced the HDCA-UT3.0K external hard drive, which offers USB 3.0 support and 3TB of storage, which, as the company notes, makes it an ideal companion for TVs with a USB recording mode. Struggling to resist the charm of its blue LED and the possibility of owning more storage than you’ll ever need? Look for it in mid-May with a price of ¥26,400 ($324).

I-O Data’s HDCA-UT3.0K drive offers USB 3.0 and 3TB of storage originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T Thought Future Cooking Would Look Like This Circa 1993 [Video]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
More dispatches from At&T’s eerily prescient vision of the future, all the way from the 90s. Here, the simple problem of needing an ingredient for a meal is solved with some cool retrofuturistic tech, replete with cheesy bleeps and boops. More »


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Sony’s Bloggie 3D Arrives, Ready For 3D Home Movies [Video]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

AT&T brings HSUPA to Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G, one requires WiFi to download update

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

If you’re the somewhat-proud-but-feeling-throttled owner of a Motorola Atrix 4G or HTC Inspire 4G, your days of terribly slow uploads are nearly through — following some preliminary tests, AT&T is rolling out updates that provide “increased potential data speed” to both HSPA+ handsets right on cue. The Inspire 4G’s patch will also “make the email set up process much easier,” while the Atrix 4G will actually get a pair of updates which will allegedly bring better Bluetooth headset compatibility, fingerprint reader performance and battery life (which is always a plus) as well as the questionable utility of turning the Atrix into an EDGE hotspot, and a bump to Android 2.2.2 to hopefully fix any lingering SMS routing bugs. Word of warning though, you’ll need to throw your Atrix up on a WiFi network to obtain these goodies — all the Gs in the world won’t help you.

AT&T brings HSUPA to Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G, one requires WiFi to download update originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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IdeaPad S205 hits Lenovo webstore, starts at $499

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The first of Lenovo’s CES-announced S Series, the S205, sauntered into the computer manufacturer’s online store this week, albeit lacking the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM option mentioned at its announcement. The base model sells for $499, sporting a 1.60Ghz dual-core AMD Fusion E-350 CPU, an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768 resolution) 16:9 widescreen panel, 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM, ATI Mobility Radeon 6310 graphics, and a 350GB HDD. Two higher cost configurations score an extra gig of RAM, an optional Bluetooth radio, and a 500GB or 750GB HDD. The lesser of the higher end models can be had for a $429 at LogicBuy until Wednesday, if you can live without Bluetooth (which man did for thousands of years, but you know what we mean).

[Thanks, Tim!]

IdeaPad S205 hits Lenovo webstore, starts at $499 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Royal wedding livestream breaks hearts, records

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

No frogs transformed into princes and no wicked stepmothers were vanquished — not on camera, at least — but today’s royal wedding managed to capture the world’s imagination. Thanks to partnerships with CBS, the Associated Press, UK Press Association, and Entertainment Tonight, the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton broke viewing records on Livestream.com, maxing out at 300,000 simultaneous viewers and a total of “at least 2 million” unique users, according to Max Haot, the site’s CEO. We reached out to YouTube and Facebook to see how they did on the streaming front, but neither site has a final tally — though a Facebook spokesperson did tell us that 6,819,072 people have commented on the wedding in the past 24 hours. We don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but we hear News Corp. has secured the rights to the Royal Divorce — just in case.

Royal wedding livestream breaks hearts, records originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jello Hypnotically Bouncing at 6200 Frames Per Second [Video]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
If I was going to start a new blog, it would be nothing but food under attack, shot with super slow-motion cameras. [Modernist Cuisine via brainpicker] More »


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South Koreans Use Balloons to Float Propaganda DVDs to North Korea [Politics]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011