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Possible PSN premium services detailed in leaked survey?

December 20th, 2009 admin No comments

It’s hard to put too much credence in a survey. Not only is it easy to fake (although this one sounds fairly legit and has popped up elsewhere), but the questions posed could be purely theoretical. That caveat aside, there’s a bunch of very interesting stuff in this list of features we just got from someone who claims to have done a survey for Sony about its plans to charge for “premium” PlayStation Network content. The actual subscription costs flung around ranged from $20 to $60 a year, or alternatively $6 to $9 a month, and while some features might sound familiar to Xbox Live members, there’s plenty of innovative stuff here that we wouldn’t mind seeing pop up on either platform, including:

  • Customer Service Priority Access
  • Exclusive Experiences with Sony Brands
  • Extended Console Warranty 3 Years
  • Access to Beta Games
  • Early Access to All Store Content
  • Member Demo Sharing of Full Game
  • Cross-game Voice Chat Access
  • Full Title Trial – 1st Hour Is Free
  • Token Wagering
  • User-to-user Challenges
  • Free Access to PSOne Classics, PSP Minis, and PS3/PSP Themes
  • Discounts on Store Content
  • Member Only In-game Content
  • Trophy Alerts
  • Cloud Storage Space for Games
  • Online Music Service
  • Online Music Video Service
  • Automatic Downloads and Updates
  • Loyalty Program Rewards
  • Facebook Connectivity
  • Catch-up TV
  • Netflix Access Without Disc

What a mouthful! There are definitions of all these after the break, and while the survey seems to imply that not all of these would be available in whatever paid service Sony launches, we could imagine quite a few PS3 users (ourselves, for instance) shelling out cash for some of the perks listed — as long as they can swallow their Xbox Live Gold-deriding pride.

[Thanks, Christopher]

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Possible PSN premium services detailed in leaked survey? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 19:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Psystar still in business, or not in business, or… something

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Psystar’s attorneys have had some truly bumbling moments in the past year or so, and the hits keep coming: now they’re disagreeing over whether or not the would-be Mac cloner is out of business. Lead law firm Camara & Sibley is now denying yesterday’s Dow Jones report, which quoted Psystar’s California counsel Eugene Action as saying the company would be shutting down “immediately,” and insists that the company is still is business selling Rebel EFI. That would be the end of the story for now… except it’s not true. Although Psystar’s site still offers the software for download, it’s listed as “out of stock,” and you can’t buy a license. What’s more, Psystar was just ordered by the California court to stop helping anyone install OS X and warned that it continued to sell Rebel EFI “at its peril,” so it’d be pretty ballsy to offer it for sale once again. Camara & Sibley also says it’s going to appeal the California decision while it presses forward with the second lawsuit in Florida, but we’ve seriously got to wonder who’s going to pay all these bills — Psystar is already on the hook for $2.67 million in fines to Apple, and appeals and a second round of litigation don’t come cheap. We’ll see what happens next, but we can’t say we’re too surprised that the end of Psystar’s story is as shady as its start.

P.S.- Eugene Action might be the single best thing to come out of this whole mess — his website, located at (seriously) myharvardlawyer.us, is a treasure trove of embarrassing hilarity. Choice unedited quote:

I Graduated from Harvard Law School in Cambridge Massachusetts. If you have not heard of Harvard Law school, welcome to planet earth and enjoy your visit.

Well, we’re certainly impressed — too bad that fancy degree didn’t help Psystar win its case, though.

Psystar still in business, or not in business, or… something originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola’s XT701, MT710, and XT800 do Android for China’s big three carriers

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Even through the lean years, Moto’s been making waves in China where it enjoys comparably high popularity — it was one of the first major manufacturers to throw its support behind the nation’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G tech, after all, and it’s had a tendency to get the company’s sexier WinMo smartphones like the SURF. On that note, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see that they’ve now announced not one, not two, but three fairly attractive, high-end Android handsets specifically for duty in the Far East, one for each of China’s big three carriers (each of which employs a different 3G technology, per the gub’mint’s orders). Starting on the left, the XT701 is the phone that we’d believed to be the Sholes Tablet — and considering that it uses HSPA for China Unicom’s airwaves, we still have no reason to believe it couldn’t make the leap across the Pacific. The MT710 (pictured center) is an OPhone for China Mobile and stands the least chance of making an unfettered jump to another continent since it uses a completely customized UI along with a positively China-only TD-SCDMA radio. Finally, the XT800 on the right looks like a Dell Mini 3i done right to us, rocking dual-mode GSM and EV-DO for China Telecom’s rather heterogeneous network. We’ve got to hand it to Moto here: by all appearances, these 3.7-inch WVGA, 5 megapixel beasts could get Android fans drooling pretty much anywhere in the world, so let’s get ‘em over to Europe and America on the double, eh?

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Motorola’s XT701, MT710, and XT800 do Android for China’s big three carriers originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Stable Android 2.1 hacked onto Droid, speeds through those extra home screens

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Staying warm out there? Got a cup of hot cocoa in hand? Good, because Mr. Greek35T over at AllDroid has a stable version of the (previously rough-around-the-edges) Android 2.1 ROM ready for all you Droid users to play around with. It’s officially “super fast,” and probably the best thing to happen this weekend outside of that wicked jump you built on the neighborhood sledding hill before you went and watched Avatar with all your old high school friends. Hit up the source link for the full install instructions, and there’s a video of 2.1 in action after the break.

[Thanks, Brandon]

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Stable Android 2.1 hacked onto Droid, speeds through those extra home screens originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 15:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide 2009

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Have you checked into Engadget’s massive 2009 Holiday Gift Guide? If not, you’re making the biggest mistake of the season. Seriously. Don’t let this year mark the end of happiness. Help us help you… just study the guides below (and stay tuned for even more)!


Accessories

Cellphones

e-book readers

GPS

Netbooks

PMPs

Smartphones

Television / Displays

Toys

Laptops

Desktops

Docks & Clocks

Video Cameras

Digital Cameras

Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide 2009 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kodak wins preliminary ruling in patent squabble with Samsung

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Good old December, the busiest time of the year for elves, reindeer, jolly old fat guys… and lawyers, apparently. Joining the rush to make momentous decisions before Santa arrives, the International Trade Commission has made a preliminary ruling in favor of Kodak in its dispute over digital camera patents with Samsung. Though the original lawsuit included LG, an out of court settlement has left only Sammy in the firing line, and this early decision has affirmed that two of Kodak’s patents were infringed in the production of its cameraphones. It’s still necessary for the full commission to look at and approve the judgment, but considering Samsung’s vast range of camera-equipped phones, we’d throw legal caution to the wind and start bombarding the ITC with “holiday cheer” pronto.

Kodak wins preliminary ruling in patent squabble with Samsung originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 12:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 spotted in the wild, courtesy of shouting speech bubbles

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There could only be two reasons for why we got a bit excited upon the discovery of this Asia Pacific-only, $1,415 Fujitsu UH900 in Hong Kong: one was the sugar rush from two custard tarts earlier in the day, and two was the speech bubble overload on this smartbook laptop thing. We quickly sobered up when we heard about the two-hour battery life — more pessimistic than Fujitsu’s own press release, which promises three hours in ECO mode. While there was no hands-on opportunity to try out the multitouch screen — a self-proclaimed world’s first on this form factor — we weren’t impressed by the overall glossiness and the dull side bezel, but kudos to the guy who managed to keep a straight face while revealing the petite battery life.

Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 spotted in the wild, courtesy of shouting speech bubbles originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NorhTec Gecko Surfboard is neither gecko nor surfboard (it’s a keyboard PC)

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It’s still a bit early to call it a full-on trend, but it looks like there will be at least a few keyboard PCs on hand at CES next month, including this newly announced Gecko Surfboard form NorhTec. While it doesn’t pack a built-in screen like ASUS’ Eee Keyboard, it does have a considerably lower $99 price tag, which certainly makes it quite a bit more attractive as a second (or third) PC. Of course, that price also means quite a few more trade-offs, but the 1GHz Xcore86 processor and 512MB of RAM will at least let you get the basics done, and NorhTec boasts that the PC consumes just 5W of power. No word on storage just yet, but the Surfboard will boot from either an SD card or a 2.5-inch hard drive, and it even includes a composite video out to let you hook it up to your TV for a proper 1982 experience (don’t worry, it has a VGA port too). You’ll also be able to get it loaded with Windows XP, but that will cost you an extra $50 over the $99 Linux version. Head on past the break for a video.

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Dell adds cheaper Latitude On Flash module to some laptops

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Dell’s Latitude On quick-boot OS has been available on some of the company’s laptops for a little while now, but it looks like Dell has now found a new way to make those laptops boot fast but be more affordable. That comes in the form of Latitude On Flash, which an actual flash module that snaps into a mini-card slot in the laptop and makes use of the laptop’s own x86 processor to speed up the boot process instead of a separate ARM chip like current Latitude On systems. While that switch will still give you a boot time of eight to ten seconds, it apparently comes at some expense to battery life — although we’re guessing the lower cost (a $50 upgrade, as opposed to a $199 one) will make that trade-off more than acceptable to most users. Look for the upgrade right now on Dell’s Latitude E4200, E4300 and Z laptops — which, incidentally, also come with an updated Gen 2 interface for the Latitude On OS.

Dell adds cheaper Latitude On Flash module to some laptops originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 08:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jimmy and ‘the nerdy guy’ yuk it up Late Night style (video)

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It happened, did you feel it? A shockwave of nerdery so sublime that only a slot on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon could contain it. Josh and Jimmy mixed up a mean stew of gadget gusto last night which you can now watch after the break. It’s a two-parter ’cause even the boys in NBC post production couldn’t limit our man Toplotsky to a single cut.

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Jimmy and ‘the nerdy guy’ yuk it up Late Night style (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Dec 2009 07:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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