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Briefly: Mad Catz Mojo 4K support, Wireless DualShock 4 on PS3

07/02, 8:07am

Mad Catz adds 4K support, Ouya app to Mojo game console

Game peripheral producer Mad Catz has rolled out an update to its Mojo Android game console, adding support for 4K-resolution output of games and apps to compatible high-resolution televisions. The update also introduces Ouya Everywhere, giving the device access to hundreds of games hosted on the competing gaming platform, as well as allowing more games and apps on Google Play to be downloaded to the console.

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PlayStation Now 'Private Pilot Service' coming to Sony 4K TVs June 30

06/26, 9:15pm

Game streaming service sees first expansion into television market, still in beta

Television owners feeling left out of the PlayStation Now beta program no longer need to be, as long as they own one of a select number of Sony televisions. The electronics manufacturer announced that on June 30, the PlayStation 3 game streaming service will come to the company's 4K Ultra HD televisions, as well as a small number of 1080p Bravia units.

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Sony hits E3 with a long list of titles coming to its consoles

06/10, 1:30am

Exclusive games, indie titles, and franchise favorites all covered at press briefing

During Sony's two-hour press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the company introduced a long list of titles that are coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita. Ranging from AAA titles and franchise exclusives to the console, to Playstation-first indie games, the company came out swinging with its offerings.

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Briefly: PS3 gets Virtual Joey app; Steam in-home streaming official

05/21, 10:05pm

Dish Network customers can access Hopper DVR through Playstation 3 app

Dish Network has teamed up with Sony to release a Virtual Joey Playstation 3 app that allows control of Hopper DVRs through the gaming console. Through the app, the Playstation 3 speaks with the Hopper DVR over an Ethernet connection. The application eliminates the need for another set-top box, but can be controlled with the Dualshock 3 controller or a Dish remote.

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Sony opens PlayStation Now private beta in North America

01/29, 7:56am

Invitations to test game streaming service sent to PlayStation 3 owners

Sony has reportedly started sending out invitations to beta test its PlayStation Now streaming service. Taking place ahead of its expected launch in the United States this summer, the private beta will allow users to play PlayStation 3 titles without needing to download the game beforehand, with players able to stream games to a console over the Internet.

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Briefly: Flash memory Sony PlayStation 3 in US, HTC One mini on AT&T

08/19, 12:34pm

Sony puts PlayStation 3 with 12GB flash storage on sale in United States

A rumored flash version of the PlayStation 3 has gone on sale in the United States. Costing $200 and previously available in Europe and Hong Kong, the model has 12GB of flash storage inside instead of a normal hard drive, which is said to help speed up load times for installed games, though its storage capacity can be expanded by using external hard drives.

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Sony PlayStation 3 with 12GB flash memory heading to North America

08/13, 1:53pm

Website listing, stockroom photo shows August 18th launch

A previously-unavailable version of the Sony PlayStation 3 has will be making its way to North America, after being available in Europe and Hong Kong for a considerable amount of time. The 12GB flash model, shown by the company late last year, has been spotted on the Future Shop website at a cost of $200, but has since been removed from view.

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Briefly: MetroPCS teases Galaxy S4 launch, Now TV on PlayStation 3

07/05, 1:26pm

MetroPCS uses Vine to tease Samsung Galaxy S4 launch next week

MetroPCS is hinting at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on its network next week. A teaser video, posted on Vine and shown on the MetroPCS Twitter account, shows the sum "Samsung Galaxy S III + 1 = ?," suggesting that the company will reveal the device. It is believed by Engadget that the smartphone will not have HSPA access, usable on T-Mobile, but will likely have support for its LTE network.

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Briefly: Red HTC One reaches UK, Sony fixes PlayStation 3 bug

06/27, 8:05am

HTC One in red appears at UK phone retailer, on sale mid-July

A red version of the HTC One will be going on sale in the United Kingdom. Previously thought to be offered as a "limited edition" device, British retailer Phones 4U gained the rights to sell the smartphone in the country, with pre-orders starting at £33 ($51) per month ahead of a release in mid-July. Red versions of the HTC One is likely to start appearing on carriers in other parts of the world in the coming months.

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PlayStation 3 firmware update 'bricks' some consoles, no current fix

06/19, 12:19am

Some users impacted by unknown bug, no Sony response

Sony has deployed a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3 console intended to improve system stability. Reports, however, are surfacing of some users who are unable to boot the updated console after the application of the patch, and restoring the console's file system has in those cases failed to fix the problem.

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Briefly: Netflix Player on PlayStation 3 update, Aereo updates prices

05/13, 2:12pm

Netflix updates PlayStation 3 Player app with revised design

Netflix has updated its streaming app for the PlayStation 3. The new Netflix Player has a revised design that brings it in line with the web and mobile device versions, according to a company blog post, as well as options to change the audio and subtitles for a show or film. The design of "trickplay" mode has also been adjusted, allowing for faster-loading preview images to load when seeking for a specific scene in a movie.

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White Sony Playstation 3 to go on sale from January 27

01/17, 2:59pm

New white bundle includes 18-title instant game collection

Sony has launched a new version of the PlayStation 3 in North America, this time in "Classic White." The new console bundle will also have a matching white controller, a 500GB hard drive, the console's largest ever; and a year-long membership to PlayStation Plus, including access to a downloadable collection of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games.

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Sony ships 70M PS3 consoles, catches up with Xbox 360

11/16, 9:33am

Move controllers surpass 15M sales

Sony has announced that its PlayStation 3 has surpassed 70 million units in global sales, just one week shy of its sixth year on the market. The company also noted that sales of the optional Move controller, which has been on the market for two years, have already surpassed 15 million units.

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Sony, Stanford Folding@home project to end this month

10/22, 6:47am

Sony, Stanford distributed computing projects ends Oct 23

The partnership between Sony and Stanford University on the Folding@home distributed computing project will come to a close at the end of the month after five years. The project utilized the ‘idle’ hours on a PlayStation 3 that were donated by a user in order to harness the considerable power of the Cell processor and the console’s GPU. This helped Stanford’s researchers to crunch through reams of data to advance medical knowledge in the areas of Alzeimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and cancer.

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Revamped PlayStation Store in North America on October 23

10/11, 12:15pm

Sony PlayStation Store to get largest redesign to date in October

Sony showed off images of what a newly redesigned PlayStation store will look like at a London press event on Thursday. The details were shared by VG 24/7 and include new features as well as an all-new look for the digital storefront that's a showcase for the latest content for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PSP. Europe will get the update first, on October 17, while North American users will get to experience it on October 23.

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Sony launching PlayStation 3 Wonderbook for Holiday season

09/09, 9:15pm

Augmented reality system uses symbol-clad book, Move controller

The augmented reality book system showed at the Sony E3 keynote in June is gearing up for a holiday release. Wonderbook for the PlayStation 3 will come out as a bundle including everything that the system needs to work on the console and the first title using the technology, the Book of Spells by the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling.

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Sony patent describes interactive commercials on PS3

08/24, 2:04pm

Ads would be made into miniature games

Sony recently filed a patent for a new method of ad delivery that would turn television commercials into "interactive networked video games." The patent, uncovered by Game'N'Motion, details a number of interactive commercial possibilities built on the motion and voice technologies currently available in Sony's PlayStation 3, PlayStation Move, and PS Eye devices. By interacting with commercials, users are able to progress past them more quickly, getting them back to their desired program.

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FCC filing suggesst 'super slim' PlayStation 3

07/05, 5:30pm

Spotted documents make Gamescom reveal a probability

Sony may be coming out with a revised PlayStation 3 that is even smaller than the revised model introduced three years ago. An FCC filing seen by PocketNews shows an unknown PlayStation 3 with the model number CECH-4001X, which Eurogamer suggests is a "Super Slim" version, rumored to be unveilled at Gamescom next month.

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Sony buys cloud-gaming service Gaikai for $380M

07/02, 7:30am

Possible inclusion of Gaikai on PlayStation 3, future consoles

Sony Computer Entertainment has bought cloud-based gaming company Gaikai for $380 million. The announcement, previously rumored to be made at E3, suggests the possible inclusion of the technology on the PlayStation 3 and future Sony consoles. It could also signal the possible inclusion of games from the Sony Computer Entertainment back catalog on Gaikai.

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Amazon Instant, Prime Video services come to Sony's PS3

04/03, 3:15pm

Sony gets Amazon Instant Video, Prime apps

The teased new video service from just yesterday for the PlayStation 3 has turned out to be access to Amazon's Instant Video service. US PS3 owners will also get access to Prime Instant Video if they are subscribers. The former gives anyone access to about 120,000 à la carte-priced movies and shows, while the latter offers those who pay the $79 annual subscription fee unlimited access to 17,000 movies and shows.

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Developer job ad suggests DirectX 11 coming to next Xbox

02/28, 2:55pm

Job ad hints DirectX 11 coming to next Xbox, PS4

Games developer Bethesda, which created Skyrim, is looking to hire a "Future Generation Console Programmer," according to a job posting. The description suggests the ideal candidate will have DirectX 11 experience, suggesting either Sony, Microsoft, or both will support the add-on in their next home gaming consoles. The company is also seeking programmers with experience on the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms.

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PS3 to support 4K photos

10/03, 4:55pm

Early 2012 PS3 update to allow 4K still output

In a runaround way, Sony Japan revealed it will allow the PS3 to display 4K resolution photos thanks to an upcoming firmware update. The introduction of the company's VPL-VW1000ES 4K projector at CEATEC in Japan also contained mention of the PS3 update due at the start of 2012. It will allow the games console to natively output 4096x2160-resolution still images.

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Sony intros HD-PG5 external hard drive with 500GB disk

07/13, 8:15pm

Drive designed for Bravia TVs, Handycam, etc.

Sony has introduced its first external hard drive, the HD-PG5. Although the drive works as a general USB-attached storage device, it also provides a number of features specific to Sony's range of devices. Users can record HD video directly from their Bravia TV, transfer video files directly from a Handycam camcorder without using a PC, or play videos and photos through a PlayStation 3 console.

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Redbox begins renting video games in kiosks for $2

06/17, 10:05am

Redbox video game rentals for $2 arrive June 17

Redbox has made good on its promise to bring $2 video game rentals to its self-service kiosks by announcing the service will kick off on Friday, June 17. Game rentals will be available at all 21,000 Redbox locations and include popular and fairly new gaming titles for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles. Some of the newer available titles include LA Noire,Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, Infamous 2 and Brink.

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Sony announces global sales of 50 million Playstation 3s

04/15, 7:20am

50 million PS3s sold, plus 8 million Move

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that the cumulative sales of its PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system has reached a milestone of 50 million units sold worldwide, as of March 29. SCE also announced that sales of the PlayStation Move have surpassed 8 million units worldwide as of April 3. First introduced back in November 2006, the platform now boasts 75 million registered users and tens of thousands of game, music video and movie downloads available through the Playstation Store.

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Roku gets full-length, free Crackle movies and TV

03/29, 2:10pm

Roku adds free Crackle channel to offerings

Roku this week announced it has updated its Crackle channel to bring free, ad-supported movies and TV shows. Owners of Roku's streaming players can access the channel in the Roku Channel Store. The move gives a mix both of major, usually Hollywood-made titles as well as Crackle-specific titles like Angel of Death.

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DoubleTwist for Android adds wireless streaming to Xbox, PS3

02/16, 6:55pm

Feature works via DLNA

DoubleTwist has updated its self-titled Android app with new capabilities for streaming content to game consoles. Users can now stream photos, videos and music from their Android handset to an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 over a local Wi-Fi network.

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Norway: Sony's PS3 OS support pull violates marketing laws

01/27, 5:30pm

Claims some ‘updates’ are actually downgrades

The Norway Consumer Council has reportedly received numerous complaints from Playstation 3 owners unhappy with Sony’s removal of the “other OS” function in the 3.21 firmware update. As a result the Consumer Council has taken the complaints to Norway’s Consumer Ombudsman claiming that Sony has breached Norway’s Marketing Control Act. The claim argues that Sony removed a key product feature after sale. The issue only affects pre-Playstation 3 Slim models – the PS3 Slim shipped without the feature.

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Sony takes legal action against PS3 jailbreak

01/12, 1:20am

Company asks for restraining order

Sony has already taken the first step towards a formal lawsuit against individuals and organizations involved in the recent PlayStation 3 jailbreak. The company has asked for a temporary restraining order against hacking team Fail 0verflow, George "Geohot" Hotz, and other unnamed John or Jane Does who may have been involved in creating and publicizing the exploit.

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Vudu begins its version 2.0 UI rollout, now live on PS3

12/23, 3:45am

LG devices next, others after January

Vudu has begun rolling out its new version 2.0 User Interface for its online streaming movie rental service. The first device to receive the update is the Sony PlayStation 3, which only a month ago began offering the Vudu service to its users. Also added to the update for PS3 users is the ability to now use the Move controller in addition to the DualShock 3 controller as a remote.

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Thanksgiving day deals

11/25, 12:10pm

Thanksgiving day deals

Today is Thanksgiving, and that can mean only one thing (besides putting on a few extra pounds), it's deal time and most online retailers have heaping helpings of turkey-day deals. Save big at Buy.com's Thanksgiving Blowout sale on items like the Samsung 12MP point and shoot digital camera which offers a 2.7-inch LCD display, 5x optical zoom, scratch resistant lens and face detection technology. This digital camera was $109.99, but has been cut to $79.95 with FREE shipping.

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Vudu intros new UI, PlayStation 3 app

11/17, 12:00am

Video streams now accessible via PSN

Vudu has announced that its streaming movie content will now be accessible from Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles. Beginning next week, users with PlayStation Network accounts can download the Vudu application from the media category in the PlayStation Store. The PS3 utility provides a similar interface to the Vudu app already available for supported TVs and set-top boxes.

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Verbatim intros MediaShare Mini home network box

11/16, 1:40pm

Verbatim outs networking box for the home

Verbatim has just announced the release of its new MediaShare Mini network box for the home. The device connects to TVs and/or computers and lets users stream multimedia content, or play back local files from connected USB drives. The thumb drives also automatically connect to the network, sharing their files.

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Hulu Plus on PS3 to require PlayStation Plus subscription

06/30, 8:25pm

Streaming service fetches $10 per month

PlayStation 3 owners may be facing more than $10 per month to access Hulu's streaming video content from the console. Although both companies have only publicly acknowledged the Hulu Plus subscription requirement, the service appears to require a PlayStation Plus account as well.

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Sony bringing Hulu to PlayStation Network?

06/24, 9:55pm

Company said to be close to a deal

Sony is allegedly close to establishing an agreement that will bring Hulu service to the PlayStation 3, several unnamed sources have told Bloomberg. Both contacts suggest the collaboration could be formally announced as soon as next week.

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Seven45 intros first six-string guitar controller

03/09, 9:15am

Seven45 to launch six-sting guitar, game

At the Gaming Developer's Conference, Seven45 Studios is showing off a guitar with six strings that functions both as a gaming controller for the game developer's Power Gig: Rise of the SixString title as well as a real electric guitar that can be plugged into an amp. The game and guitar will be sold together, and experienced guitarists will have the option of chording, which will be more challenging and actually require specific finger placement on the strings. The game will be offered for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Unity 3.0 adds compatibility for Android and iPad platforms

03/08, 10:20pm

Adds Playstation 3 support, improvements

Unity Technologies has introduced a new version of its 3D creation tool for game developers, Unity 3.0. After announcing support for Xbox 360 last year, the company is continuing its platform expansion by adding compatibility for the iPad, Android, and Playstation 3. Other 3.0 features include improved performance for faster frame rates, enhanced rendering capabilities, additional support for Bluetooth multiplayer functionality, and faster in-game GUIs.

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Analyst bets on PS3 to win console battle

03/08, 6:55pm

Platform expected to outlast the Wii by five years

Sony's PlayStation 3 is expected to sell more units than any of its competitors over the lifetime of the current product generation, according to a report issued by Strategy Analytics. Rather than comparing sales numbers immediately following the launch of new devices, the analysts have placed predictions regarding overall shipments across the lifetime of the product.

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Rivet 2.3 supports Plex Media Center, Denon receivers

11/16, 3:35pm

Feature tweask include smart sorting

Cynical Peak has released v2.3 of Rivet, its Mac media streaming software. The app shares music, video, photo and podcast content with consoles on a local-area network, namely the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Material can be pulled direclty from Aperture, iPhoto or iTunes libraries, though video can only be streamed from custom folders.

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Screenshot leaks show Facebook, Gamercard colors for PS3

11/11, 8:20pm

Images taken directly from UK PlayStation site

Leaked screenshots show several new features expected in the upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware, including Facebook integration and the ability to change Gamercard colors, according to Scrawl. The images have allegedly been confirmed to originate from the UK PlayStation site, although they were quickly removed.

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Netflix streaming coming to Nintendo Wii?

10/29, 11:05am

Nintendo Wii rumored to get Netflix streaming

Leaked images that were not made public reveal the Nintendo Wii will soon get Netflix streaming capabilities, StreamingMedia reported on Wednesday. The source is said to be someone involved with the project, who confirms the development is already in testing stages and the arrival of the service is due fairly soon.

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ViewSonic intros six new HDTVs

09/15, 4:30pm

ViewSonic intros HDTVs, some double as monitors

TV and monitor maker ViewSonic on Tuesday introduced six new LCD HDTVs, ranging from a 20-inch set that can double as a computer monitor to a 42-inch HDTV. Starting from smallest to largest, the 20-inch VT2042 has a resolution of 1600x900, the 23-inch VT2342 gets a 1920x1080 screen while the VT2645 has 1366x768 pixels in its display.

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Logitech intros sim-grade G27 steering wheel

08/17, 9:05am

Logitech intros G27 wheel

Logitech on Monday announced the upcoming launch of its G27 Racing Wheel. Designed as a higher-end controller meant to replicate conventional cars, it replaces the sequential shifter from some previous Logitech wheels with a traditional six-speed H-pattern and a clutch pedal in the pedal box. Moreover, a new shift indicator cluster with LEDs let users know when to up- or downshift.

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Sony set to release patriotic DualShock 3 controllers

07/28, 9:50pm

Sony colorful DualShock

Sony is set to release several new DualShock 3 controllers later this year, with recent images showing patriotic offerings sporting either "Metallic Blue" or "Deep Red" housing colors, according to Engadget. Other than the aesthetic changes, the controllers appear to match the current black DualShock 3 design.

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Special edition Rock Band guitar controllers appear

05/05, 3:25pm

Rock Band guitars outed

It's already known that The Beatles: Rock Band game and related custom controllers are due to ship on September 9th and details on the controller guitars have been recently revealed, thanks to a few product listing on retailer Gamespot's website. The Gretsch Duo-Jet and Rickenbacker 325 guitar controllers, styled after George Harrison's and John Lennon's actual respective guitars, will launch at the same time as the game itself, priced at $100 each for all three systems.

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Target to get PS3 bundle with two classic games

03/18, 6:50pm

Target to get PS3 bundle

Sony will reportedly begin shipping a new PlayStation 3 bundle to Target stores starting on March 29th, set to include an 80GB console along with what are now Greatest Hits; the original MotorStorm racing game and Resistance: Fall of Man shoot 'em up. MotorStorm dates back to March of 2007 and was bundled on its own with a PS3, while Resistance is even older, having launched in November of 2006. The bundle is perceived to be a weak attempt to make the system more appealing by adding value to it, as Sony still refuses to discount, despite current economic conditions and lower-priced Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii rivals.

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Apps: Prospects, Bricksmith, Rivet

01/22, 10:25am

Paintbrush, PwdGen

  • Prospects 1.2 ($30) is a personal finance application that allows users to manage their finances with features such as account monitoring and budgeting. This version adds scheduled transactions and reminders, account reconciling, automatic learning of rules for payees and categories, interface enhancements, the ability to navigate and edit transactions using only the keyboard, transaction filtering, and also fixes numerous bugs. [Download - 5MB]

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  • Apps: Sync'Em, BaseElements, SlidePad

    01/12, 3:45pm

    Web Dumper, MediaLink

  • Sync'Em 1.2 ($50) is an application for syncing Exchange, Google and Apple contact and calendar information. The update has added extra options to the applications uninstaller which can be helpful with a later reinstall. Users will also find a few interface enhancements, a fix for a syncing issue that could cause the application to hang and a a work around for a problem with unhandled exceptions in OS X's Sync Services. [Download - 16.1MB]

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  • Sony game sales up 10 percent, loss more than halved

    10/29, 4:45pm

    Sony game sales up 10%

    Sony on Wednesday announced its second-quarter fiscal results, ending on September 30, revealing an upward trend in the company's video game operations. While the giant company was down overall by 0.5 percent from the same time period in 2007, its gaming division showed a positive trend upwards. Overall sales were up by more than 10 percent and the arm's quarterly loss was halved to $379 million. The disproportionate change can be partly attributed to the decreasing costs involved in making the PlayStation 3 gaming console as production and sales volumes go up.

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    Sony intros Ac charger for PS3 controllers, more

    10/10, 4:50pm

    SCEJ intros AC Adapter

    Sony on Thursday announced it will release an AC Adapter for the PlayStation 3 gaming system in Japan that allows users to charge two PS3 peripherals at the same time, including the SIXAXIS or DualShock 3 controllers, the Wireless Headset for PS3, Wireless Headset or the Sony PSP portable gaming system using a standard wall plug instead of having to rely on the PS3's USB ports.

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