Sony’s PlayStation Network Has Begun A “Phased Restoration”

It’s time! A new update has been pushed to PlayStation 3s as version 3.61, which also requires you to fully reset your PlayStation Network password on either the PS3 you registered your account on, or via a verified email process. A phased rollout of the PlayStation Network has begun in both the United States and Europe (a map of the U.S. indicating which states have service is available for your viewing here; there’s no map for Europe). The restoration also includes the gaming section of PSN and media connections such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, MLB.tv, friends list, chat, PlayStation Home, and more.

Also, Sony’s Kaz Hirai, Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President (essentially president of Sony’s consumer products division) has a video for you, seen below, which details what precautions have been taken to insure this doesn’t (hopefully) happen again, as well as information about the restoration of the PlayStation Network. Via: PlayStation Blog

Samsung Droid Charge Review: 4G LTE At Its Finest And A Battery At Its Worst

This is the best Samsung handset I’ve ever tested. Same may beg to disagree — with the Galaxy S II. But the SGSII is not in the States yet, and as of tomorrow (May 14, 2011), the Droid Charge will be. So there. Samsung’s Droid Charge sports a massive 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing, 32GB of microSD card storage, HDMI-out and a 1600mAh battery.

Read on past the break to see how amazing the Droid Charge is, especially paired with Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE service, as well as its only real pitfall — that you will have to charge your Charge — a lot.

Verizon Wireless To Begin Sales Of Droid Charge With 4G LTE Tomorrow For $299

It’s official. The Droid Charge starts the 4G LTE hype again tomorrow, for $299 on a 2-year contract, with insanely fast (and “real”) 4G LTE to boot. I’ve had a Droid Charge with me for a few days, and will be sending out the review this week. Needless to say, it’s very power hungry, but is an amazing handset to use. Verizon Wireless’ official presser is seen after the jump.

Netflix For Android Now Available, But Only For Select Devices

Netflix for Android is here! After being on Windows Phone 7 for quite a while and on iOS since the Bronze Age (joking, of course), Netflix has taken a light stride to a few Android devices that they’ve applied their time and DRM protection to. The devices? HTC’s Incredible, the Nexus One, EVO 4G, T-Mobile G2, plus the Samsung Nexus S. Check out the Android Market link if you have one of those handsets.

Via: Android Market, Netflix

Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-G3 Makes Micro Four Thirds The Talk Of The Town, Again

Is it just me or does Panasonic own the Micro Four Thirds arena? Probably so. Making a worthy successor to the G2, the G3 will have a 16 megapixel sensor, support for 1080p AVCHD video recording with stereo audio, 4fps burst shooting at full resolution, and an articulating, 3-inch touchscreen that replaces some of the dials on the last-gen G2 model. The touchscreen allows you to focus and operate the camera much like a smartphone’s, and weighs 11.8 ounces of aluminum, which makes it 10% lighter than the previous-gen model. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 launches sometimes in June for $700 in black (of course), brown, red and white.

Oh, and if you want a 16MP point-and-shoot camera, then the Lumix-FH7 (also announced today) has 720p HD video recording and 4x zoom, which can be seen in a press shot after the jump, with a press release.

A Delightful Twitter For Mac Update Arrives

So Twitter for Mac has been updated via the Mac App Store? New features according to the official Twitter blog are:

  • See multiple timelines at once. You can open more than one Twitter for Mac window at any time, giving you a chance to view your home timeline, @mentions, lists, multiple accounts, and more – all at once. Just go to the Window menu and then scroll down to “Open in New Window”.
  • Take actions more quickly and easily. We made design changes that make the app easier to use and look even cleaner.
    • We added a bar along the top that lets you easily click back to previous pages.
    • There is now a separate “New Tweet” button in the bottom left corner of the app.
    • We improved the design of Direct Messages, making it easier to view a conversation.
    • User profiles now make it easier to learn about and interact with a user.
  • Tweet faster. Twitter for Mac now has username and hashtag auto-complete.

Awesome. And I can tell you personally that after updating it’s a much more refined and faster app overall. Go get it!

Gingerbread Reaching International Galaxy Tabs

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Samsung just started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerberad update to Italian Galaxy Tabs. That means that the update can be made via the Samsung Kies desktop software as firmware/baseband version P1000XXJQ1/P1000XXJPZ. You know, maybe you could manually download it off of a forum, and get Gingerbread. That would be stealthy and dangerous, but cool. Just don’t come after us if anything goes wrong.

Via: Samfirmware, Androidiani