I am just back from IFA 2014 in Berlin, perhaps the nearest European equivalent to CES in Las Vegas though smaller, less frenetic, and benefiting from the pleasant environment of Berlin in early autumn in place of Vegas glitz.
On the eve of a major Apple event, IFA 2014 was a chance for the
…continue reading IFA 2014 report: Wearables, Windows 8 and Phone, Android TV, Amazon FireTV, lots of phones, Spotify Connect
Sony has posted information about the “illegal intrusion on our systems” that has caused the PlayStation Network (PSN) to be closed temporarily. PSN is necessary for playing online games and downloading music and videos.
Sony has disclosed that:
Between April 17 and April 19 2011 an attacker gained access to “user account information”
…continue reading Sony PlayStation network hacked, some disclosure, questions remain
I’ve been reading the IDC/Appcelerator developer survey about their attitudes to mobile platforms. The survey covered 2,760 Appcelerator Titanium developers between April 11-13, so it is certainly current and with a sample just about big enough to be interesting.
The survey asks developers if they are “very interested” in developing for specific platforms, with the
…continue reading Developers and mobile platforms: lies, damn lies and surveys
I had some free time following the NVIDIA GPU Technology conference and wandered up to the Valley Fair mall in San Jose. I took a quick look at the Apple store, there was really nothing for me to see in terms of new product but it has a kind of "bees round a honeypot" appeal.
…continue reading A tale of two stores, and a go with PlayStation Move
Sony is removing the ability to install an alternative operating system such as Linux on the Playstation 3. In a blog post, Sony’s Charlotte Panther says:
PS3 Firmware 3.21 will be available this Thursday. It will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models,
…continue reading Sony locks down the PS3 – removes Other OS support from all models
Sony’s PlayStation 3 includes a web browser and for some time it has been possible to view BBC iPlayer content there. The iPlayer is based on Adobe Flash. The attraction of this approach is that the console is already plugged into the home TV, so it is a relatively seamless shift from conventional broadcasting, provided
…continue reading Sony’s Flash advantage for PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360
Someone considering a Sony Reader from Waterstones (a UK bookseller) asked me what I thought.
I haven’t tried the Sony Reader yet – it would be an interesting thing to review and I’ve heard good reports of its usability and readability. The snag for me would be that I’m already device-laden when out and about,
…continue reading DRM-protected epub a good buy?
Here’s a Playstation Portable streaming music from FLAC files on a Linux server.
What’s going on here? Well, this is the PSP’s Remote Play feature, which lets you view and control a PS3 remotely. As I mentioned before, the FLAC files get transcoded to PCM on the fly by Mediatomb, a free
…continue reading Streaming media to a PSP