Geohot and the rest of the fail0verflow team are getting a lot of attention from Sony, all of which is focused around the group's creation of a PlayStation 3 jailbreaking utility. George Hotz (Geohot), Sven Peter, Hector Martin Cantero, and the rest of the team behind the jailbreak are now officially being sued by Sony. A step that seemed obvious after the company's movement to acquire a restraining order, to prevent people from obtaining the utility.
Sony is attempting to block access to the PS3 hacking tools developed by Geohot and others, requesting a temporary restraining order and claiming that the TPM-circumnavigating system has already been used to pirate games. According to copies of the complaints at Geohot's site, Sony is demanding that all mention of the tools and the tools themselves be taken offline, as well as the impounding of Geohot's own equipment.
Sony has pushed out a firmware update for the PS3, v3.42, which the company claims "includes additional security features". However, according to gamers who have installed the update, the specific features involve blocking the PSJailbreak family of hacks which some owners have been using to circumnavigate the PS3's copy-protection and install titles direct to the console's hard-drive.
Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches. That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console. Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be. It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.
After Sony warned PS3 owners today to step away from their consoles lest permanent data loss from issues plaguing the Playstation Network, The PlayStation Blog has been updated with a post that confirms that all services have been restored, and all PS3s good to go for the next round of gaming.
For those of you that are PS3 users, have you had any issues signing into your PlayStation Network account lately? If so, you may have fallen victim to a recent infiltration of Sony's network.
Sony has issued a statement regarding a vulnerability in the PlayStation Network which may have allowed hackers to gain “unauthorized access” to passwords and personal info of its users. While Sony can't confirm that this has actually happened, they have chosen to alert users to the possibility.
So let’s say you have roughly $5000 sitting around and want to make a supercomputer. You could try and hunt for the necessary hardware, such as RISC processors, motherboards with high speed bus’ stuff like that, and probably spend a small fortune, or you could buy 8 PS3s.
I don’t know how much you do or don’t know about the PS3’s hardware, but 8 PS3s will net you 8 very, very, powerful Cell processors that are made specifically to do mathematical computations really, really fast, which is great for a supercomputer. You also get some seriously speedy system buses, high speed memory and since I am pretty sure these are all 60 GB models, 480GB of storage, which may not seem like a lot, but that’s probably enough for about 1 project, then you’d probably have to offload it.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is a sales juggernaut in the U.S. In fact, according to the latest data from NPD, the Xbox 360 led all consoles in sales for 24 months in a row. The console even was able to beat out the Nintendo Wii U in December – a surprising feat considering that console just went on sale in November and the Xbox 360 has been available for seven years.
The week is halfway over folks - just two more work days to go and the weekend is here again. Today brought a wealth of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 stories, with the company officially unveiling it for the US today. We were right there with a review of it, and we also compared Samsung's new flagship tablet to the 3rd generation iPad, just in case you were curious as to how the Galaxy Note 10.1 stands up. A little bit later in the day, Samsung announced the price of Galaxy Note 10.1 and also revealed some accessories, so if you're planning to pick one up, be sure to check that out.