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To Celebrate the PlayStation's 20 Year Anniversary, Sony has made the PlayStation 1 inspired PS4 Console. Well, EA has also decided to do something special for the 20 Year Anniversary. This weekend only, courtesy of Electronic Arts, the games Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS Vita), Mirror's Edge (PS3) and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PS4) are free in the PS Store. I just went on the the PS Store to see for myself and sure enough, all three games are free. There was no banner or anything announcing the promotion. I just had to search individually for each game and "purchase" them. Hurry, as the offer is only available until 12:00 AM PST, December 8, 2014.

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It has been 20 years since we fist seen Sony enter the Gaming market. We all can thank Nintendo for that !!! .. The original PlayStation was released back in good ole 1994 and here we are in 2014 and we have seen the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4 Consoles then the handhelds from Sony that include the PlayStation Portable (PSP) & PlayStation Vita and even the Recently Released PlayStation TV, So there is alot memories that Sony has brought us over the past two decades [break]dd[/break] and since the PS1 Since 1994 Sony has dominated the gaming market. To celebrate this event Sony has unveiled a New Special Edition PlayStation 4 (PS4) Console that can be Seen below. This console gives homage to the original PlayStation 1 colors and looks really great but these consoles of course are in short supply. So they are bound to turn up on ebay with people asking ridiculous prices.

What has been your favorite PlayStation Games? Console? and PlayStation Moments? It's hard to believe it has been 20 years. Just to give you a flash back to 1994 this was Microsoft's first web-page link . This was some of the top music and artist link. Michael Jordan gave baseball a try after retiring from basketball the first time: link . It was a long time ago, what were you doing 20 years ago. Where your alive and born or were you still a "swimmer"?


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Although not necessarily related to hacking, this news article caught me eye. For those who aren't aware, the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) filed civil charges against Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) on behalf of the public for falsely advertising "game changing" technological features. Specifically, the FTC alleged that SCEA advertised false claims about the Vita's "cross platform gaming" ability, the Vita's "cross-save" feature and the Vita's "remote play" capabilities. As most Vita owners likely know, none of these features lived up to Sony's advertisements.[break][/break] In fact, without CFW, the number of PS3 titles that have been available for remote play is laughable. You can find a link to the FTC's Civil Complaint HERE.

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According to the FTC's press release from this morning, it appears SCEA and the FTC have reached a settlement agreement. The terms of the settlement agreement are as follows:

  • SCEA is barred from making similarly misleading advertising claims in the future.
  • SCEA will provide customers who bought a PS Vita before June 1, 2014 either $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 merchandise voucher for select video games, and/or services.

Apparently Sony will provide notice via email to the consumers who are eligible for redress once the settlement between SCEA and the FTC is finalized. Upon reading this news I tried to remember when I purchased my Vita I found my Vita receipt and I purchased it in February of 2012. I went onto Sony's website and registered my Vita in hopes I receive and email with a $50 psn card or something. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how Sony is going to determine who purchased Vita's prior to June 1, 2014 and it will probably take quite some time. But, I'll update you all as soon as I know anything else.

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Universal Media Server has been bumped to version 4.2.2 and with it further device support. One that jumps out to me is the added PS Vita support. Albeit incomplete it is a sure welcome to the project that many will be happy to see. Please note [break].[/break]that the OS X version is not out yet.

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Sony has released information on it's upcoming TV Cloud Service (PlayStation Vue) for Sony Console's such as the PS4/PS3 and most likely the PS Vita/ PlayStation TV as well, plans for expanding to other devices such as Ipad are also in the fold, so be sure to keep a watch out on that as this service evolves over the next several months... The service will roll out an invite-only Beta in the US this month on both [break].[/break]the PS3, PS4 and possibly Ipad also. [break].[/break]

At launch the service will boast about 75 Channels that includes Local broadcast channels as well as cable channels from the likes of Viacom, NBC-Universal, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, Discovery Communications and many more media outlets. Also PlayStation Vue will offer On-Demand content with popular programming being available on the cloud for 3 days after airing live. Also the service will provide user's with the ability to save shows on the cloud for a period of 28 days Sony has confirmed. Early in 2015 Sony expects to roll out the service in select US cities and expand from there. So it could be months before you get to enjoy this service but the ball seems to be rolling. What are you thoughts on this latest service from Sony? Sound off below in the comments section.

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Reading over at the German tech website golem.de an IT security expert claims that Sony's PlayStation Network is vulnerable to a SQL injection attack. What is also alarming is that Aria Akhavan claims to have informed Sony regarding the matter, at the time of writing this, almost three weeks ago. If this is to be a valid claim [break].[/break]and if the threat still persists we could see another fiasco as we did back in 2011, when about 70 million account information was essentially stolen. The below quote translated by Google will get you the gist of it.

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Source: golem.de

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Another update in for Universal Media Server as it reaches version 4.2.1. This is a stable version so don't confuse it with the alpha build (5.0.0-a1) released about two weeks ago. Update 4.2.1 improvements include transcoding speed, language support and abundant [break].[/break]support to various devices. Linux users, be sure to read the note from the developer in the quote below.

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Universal Media Server reaches version 5 today. The alpha build, which requires JAVA version 7 and upwards, adds universal plug and play support. Also in the mix is file name referencing via IMDB and HTML 5 support. [break].[/break]Full changelog listed below.

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Universal Media Server, the DLNA compliant UPnP media server, reaches version 4.2.0 today which adds further support for 3D rendering. These include 2D to 3D subtitle conversion as well as 3D video conversion. The update also addresses a few bugs for Windows and OS X users by updating FFmpeg. Devices such as [break].[/break]the Xbox One console, Panasonic and Philips TV's also get improved support.

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