Sony CEO Howard Stringer Apologizes For PSN Outage, Details Its Return

If you’re an angry gamer (and if so, I don’t really like you) then Sony’s CEO, Howard Stringer has some words for the angry, surprised, carefree, and others who have had their PlayStation Network access halted for almost a full month now. First of all, Stringer goes on to apologize in the letter seen in blockquote below, then afterwards in his PlayStation Blog post details the “Welcome Back” package which will apply to all PlayStation users and offers one free month of the PlayStation Plus service, as well as a refund for those already subscribing to PSN+. Also mentioned in the letter is the $1 million identity theft protection for users’ credit cards, but as Mr. Howard Stringer claims, there is no current evidence of any credit card information being stolen from users.

Howard Stringer’s apology to PSN users:

“I know some believe we should have notified our customers earlier than we did. It’s a fair question. As soon as we discovered the potential scope of the intrusion, we shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and hired some of the best technical experts in the field to determine what happened. I wish we could have gotten the answers we needed sooner, but forensic analysis is a complex, time-consuming process. Hackers, after all, do their best to cover their tracks, and it took some time for our experts to find those tracks and begin to identify what personal information had — or had not — been taken.

He later goes on to mention that the PlayStation Network should be up “in the coming days”.
Via: PS Blog

Samsung Infuse 4G — This Is Fun Stuff

It’s Sammy’s latest 4G device, the Infuse 4G. Sporting up to a 21MBps HSPA+ connection on AT&T, the Infuse uses a 1.2GHz single-core processor, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.2 with Touchwiz 3.0, an 8-megapixel rear-facing (720p HD video capture) and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, is 8.99mm thin, and finally, the official launch date of May 15th for $199 with a new two-year agreement, all of which was announced this evening at a press event in New York City. The ultimate showdown between the Samsung DROID Charge and Infuse 4G will be incredibly awesome. Full press release after the break.

Motorola’s XPRT And Titanium Android Phones Announced On Sprint

Here are two Droid Pro lookalikes: the Motorola XPRT and Titanium, both for Sprint. The XPRT uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MOTOBLUR, 3.1-inch touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera, a full QWERTY keyboard with BlackBerry-style buttons, with a 1GHz processor and Adobe Flash 10 support. On the flipside, the Motorola Titanium is Sprint’s successor to the older Motorola i1, and it will be a military-grade ruggedized smartphone using Android 2.1 (Eclair, are you serious?!), QWERTY keypad, again a 3.1-inch touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera, Push to Talk support with dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature resistance. The new Sprint phones will be launched soon: XPRT will be launched in June 5th for $129.99 on contract basis; details for the Titanium are not available yet.

The Daily For iPad Lost $10 Million In Q1 Of Operations With 800k Downloads

If any of you remember The Daily iPad app, then you remember this: the first iOS app to be a true exclusive newspaper of the digital age, and the first to have in-app purchasing. Well, today some stats about The Daily has reached the blogosphere, and it turns out it gathered 800,000 downloads for the first quarter of operations with $10 million in losses in that same period of time. Keep in mind before launch The Daily used $30 million for it’s development. This also doesn’t mean we can’t pass judgement yet, as News Corp. is committed to bringing the app to Android tablets and mentions it’s still a work-in-progress, but as it seems for now, the app’s unperfected design and function may be talking a toll on its possible success. Via:

iOS 4.3.3 Has Been Released

So, iOS 4.3.3 is here. This mainly will rectify the public concern with the crowd-sourced location database that Apple was building by using users iPhones and iPads to build the data. What happens here is that all of your previously visited locations aren’t backed up to iTunes, and if you turn off Location Services, the data-collector would be turned off as well. All you need in order to start the update is plug in your iDevice to iTunes, like I am right now with the iPad 2. Oh, and the update is a rather large 607MB, by the way.

Google Is Silently Adding Voice-To-Text Search On Its Homepage

It’s been a staple for mobile operating systems for a while now (hello, Android and iOS), but now, laptops and desktops will jump into the fray that is voice-to-text searching. Google has been testing a voice-to-text feature on some computers that visit, if your browser supports it and if you have an active microphone. The feature, dubbed “Speak Now”, may be eventually rolled out to all users.

Via: SearchEngine Round Table

HTC Surround Users: NoDo Is Coming Your Way, Starting Now

Hey, guess what? Microsoft and AT&T (along with other carriers) are finally cleaning up the mess they made with Windows Phone 7 updates starting not too long ago with the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum NoDo updates, and now the HTC Surround. Just check the Windows Phone 7 Connector on Mac or Zune on your Windows PC while your Surround is connected, and you’ll know whether or not the update is available. DOn’t fret if you don’t see it yet, by the way: it’s launching in phased timeframes. Via: BGR