Sony Updates PSN Ongoing Crisis, Says Hackers May Have Stolen Personal Data


The PlayStation network downtime? It’s gotten worse. While previously Sony stated that an “external intrusion” was affecting the PSN servers and further analyzation would be required, a new update states that PSN was knocked down by “malicious actions” as well as the worst thing you could possibly ever hear: “a compromise of personal information.” Sony does say that certain bits of personal information have been stolen, including “Your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained”, and that, “While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken,” states Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment of America, “we cannot rule out the possibility.” Furthermore, your name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, and PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login with handle/PSN online ID may have all been compromised, although Sony isn’t sure.

Check out the source link for the full blog post and a support line for customers who have questions. More on this as it develops. Via: PlayStation Blog

Sony’s S1 And S2 Android Honeycomb Tablets Will Launch In The Fall


Fresh from a press conference in Tokyo (where else?) Sony announced two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets that may be subject to design changes, however here are their specs anyway: the Sony S1 tablet is a 9.4-inch device with a Tegra 2 SoC processor that has an “off-center of gravity design,” the while S2 sports has a folding form factor (a la Microsoft Courier) with dual 5.5-inch displays at a resolution of 1,024 x 480. Both will have access to an eBooks store, PlayStation Network (get it back online, Sony!) with Qriocity music services, have DLNA, are PlayStation Certified, have access to WiFi and 3G/4G radios, and their own UI enhancements/skins. They are expected to launch sometimes in the fall of 2011, globally. Press release at the end of the post.

HTC DROID Incredible 2: April 28th For $200

There’s not much (really?) to talk about here?!? The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is the obvious successor to the Incredible, and launches on April 28th for $200 on a 2-year agreement which gets you a 3G smartphone, 4-inch Super LCD display, a 1GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM, one 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats over Qik, and Android 2.2 running Sense UI, global roaming in up to 200 countries, and an optional 3G mobile hotspot addition. PR after the cut.

Sprint Nexus S 4G Releasing On May 8th For $200

Remember the Nexus S? It’s Google’s flagship Android phone and always runs the latest version of Android before any other phone on the market, starting with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sprint was scheduled to receive the device in its full glory, but with the addition of 4G WiMAX service and Google Voice carrier integration. Now onto the good news: it’s release is May 8th, for $200 on a 2-year agreement. Press release after the break.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Now On Sale For $399, But Hard To Find

It’s the coming of the cheaper Android tablets, once more. Running Android 3.0 Honeycomb on a 10.1 IPS WXGA display, Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + with Bluetooth 2.1, and more, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is a great contender in the Honeycomb tablet wars, especially with the $400 price. That is however, if you can find one: Amazon, BestBuy, and Target are all sold out. Good luck finding one, folks. Via: BestBuy

Pwnage: Origin’s New EON17-S Laptop Has 4.5GHz Processor Option

Holy pwnage. Oh, my. Oh, wow. The mad engineers and technicians at Origin have unveiled their latest monster of a laptop, the EON 17-S. What is so amazing about the EON17-S? Well, besides the price that will break your credit card by the power of 2, there’s several overclocked (and covered with warranties) i5 and i7 Intel Sandy Bridge processor options, up to a 2GB Nvidia GTX 485M GPU, 32GB of dual-channel RAM, and 480GB OCZ solid state drive. If you actually have the funds to buy an EON17-S, then I’ll let you know that it ships in mid-May.

That’ssssss a nice laptop you’ve got, Origin. Press release after the jump.

Nook Color Now Has Access To FroYo, Flash, And Apps

The cheap ‘ol Android tablet for $250? Pretty much. With an update headed to users of the Nook Color, those owners will have access to Android 2.2 FroYo, Flash support, real email and calendar, page turning animations (like iPad). However, each app has to be customized by its developer for the Nook Color, and Barnes & Noble has to approve every single one (125 apps launch today, like Pulse and even Angry Birds, but no Twitter or Facebook).

ViaB&N