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Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site

A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz’s website from January of 2009 to the present.

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PlayStation Plus coming soon via PS3 firmware 3.40

Enhanced Facebook integration and video editing. More details

PS3 firmware 3.30 sneaks in remote play from PC, bitstream audio options

Additional trophy sorting and 3D gaming readiness should have been   enough to satisfy and PS3 owner after the latest v3.30 system update   (hey, at least it didn’t take   anything away this time) but there’s a couple other surprises in   store. If you’re the kind of person who loves (or hates) their beeps and   bloops, there’s a toggle for Bitstream Direct (output audio with the   original digital signal prioritized) or Mix (mixed with sound effects   such as button sounds and then converted to bitstream format) on Blu-ray   movies, while future VAIO PC owners can get a taste of remote play   without any  PSP intermediary. Other, unconfirmed, reports include  updated  Flash compatibility, enhanced region free Blu-ray movie  playback, the usual   complaints of bricked or otherwise busted consoles as well as   erroneous claims of an updated EULA that maintains Sony can update your   PS3  whenever it wants (newsflash - it’s always said that.) Sure, you   can always wait for a custom   build from Geohot instead, but we’ve got a Fat Princess to rescue.

[Engadget]

PS3 firmware 3.30 sneaks in remote play from PC, bitstream audio options

Additional trophy sorting and 3D gaming readiness should have been enough to satisfy and PS3 owner after the latest v3.30 system update (hey, at least it didn’t take anything away this time) but there’s a couple other surprises in store. If you’re the kind of person who loves (or hates) their beeps and bloops, there’s a toggle for Bitstream Direct (output audio with the original digital signal prioritized) or Mix (mixed with sound effects such as button sounds and then converted to bitstream format) on Blu-ray movies, while future VAIO PC owners can get a taste of remote play without any PSP intermediary. Other, unconfirmed, reports include updated Flash compatibility, enhanced region free Blu-ray movie playback, the usual complaints of bricked or otherwise busted consoles as well as erroneous claims of an updated EULA that maintains Sony can update your PS3 whenever it wants (newsflash - it’s always said that.) Sure, you can always wait for a custom build from Geohot instead, but we’ve got a Fat Princess to rescue.

[Engadget]

PlayStation®3 system software version 3.21 update

Release Notes: http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/index.htm

In detail, the following features will not be available if you select not to update the new PS3 Firmware 3.21 version:

  • Any signing in activity, such as into the PlayStation Network, for Games or even Chat.
  • PS3 Games and Blu-Ray titles that require Firmware 3.21 will not be playable or viewable.
  • Copyrighted videos that have been stored on media server will not be accessible for playing either.
  • Any new features provided by Sony from now on will not be available for those below version 3.21 Firmware.

If and when you decide to make the update for whatever reason (personal choice or ‘no other choice’) then make sure to back up your “other OS” data, for after this firmware update, the Other OS will not be accessible.

Linux support dropped from PS3 Firmware 3.21 

It’s rare for a company to announce a firmware update that removes functionality from a product, but that’s exactly what Sony is doing with the upcoming release of PS3 firmware update 3.21 on April 1st. The rarely utilized, but nonetheless useful, ability to install another operating system (Linux) on the PS3 will be removed in the upcoming system software revision, a feature that was already removed in the PS3 Slim. SCEA’s Patrick Seybold explains that the removal of said functionality is necessary “due to security concerns … [and] will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.”

[Joystiq]

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