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EA Also Inserts Class-Action Lawsuit Prevention Clause in Origin’s EULA

In all honesty, Sony’s lawsuit prevention clause in its PlayStation Network Terms of Service (ToS) is quite fancy. If you agree to section 15 of its new ToS, you are essentially waiving your right to a class-action lawsuit against Sony Network Entertainment International, LLC (SNEI) and in effect you are giving the gaming giant free reign to do whatever it wishes to do with your account and registered games.

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Electronic Arts (EA), the gargantuan beast of gaming decided that Sony’s ToS change is pioneering and went about copying that to its own End User License Agreement (EULA) for the Origin digital distribution store that it operates. If you accept these terms of service, you will be denied the right to sue and bring the company to trial by jury. Only individual cases will be considered against the giant.

By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.
YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING.

One can opt out of both of these binders by submitting a written application to the company, but why is that even necessary when these clauses can be done away with entirely?

It is rather sad to see that these pinnacles of the industry put forth these gags against the civil voice instead of making sure that the service they provide is hassle-free and fair for both the users as well as the developers.

Sony Tablet S and Tablet P Announced

Sony today at IFA 2011 announced two tablets, the Tablet S and Tablet P. The Tablet S was initially rumored as S1 while Tablet P was rumored as S2. The Tablet S has a unique and attractive folded’ design which has a good grip when held in portrait style, while Tablet P is a dual screen tablet and can be folded to fit in the pocket.

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The Tablet S and Tablet P sports Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC and has 1GB of RAM. The Tablet P comes with a 9.4LED (tru-black) screen with a resolution of 1200*800 and weighs 1.33 lbs. It has a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. It also has a SD card slot and a USB slot. But there is a catch in the expandable SD card; you won’t be able to play contents on the SD card directly. For playing contents on the SD card you’ll first have to copy it into the internal storage and then play it. The Tablet S will have only Wi-Fi support, if anyone was expecting 3G/4G support will be disappointed.

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Both the tablets will sport Android 3.1 at release. There are few services which Sony will be offering with their tablets like Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited. By Video Unlimited you can either buy or rent latest releases. Initially, the content will be limited but more will be added later. Music Unlimited will offer over 10 millions songs from major record labels and will have six months free trail. Moreover, both the tablets are Play Station certified and two PS 1 games will come pre installed.

The Tablet S will be available from mid-September in 16 GB and 32 GB versions and will cost $499 and $599, respectively.

The Tablet P has 5.5″ twin-screens with a resolution of 1024*800. It has a 5MP rear and a VGA front camera, just like in Tablet S. It has a 4GB internal memory and a expandable SD card slot. This tablet is 4G capable exclusively on AT&T. It also has a 3080 mAh battery. The Tablet P will sport Android 3.2 at release.  The price of the device is not disclosed and it is expected to release later this year.

(  UPDATED:  Details of Tablet P.)

Sony Reader T1 Leaked by Overzealous Retailer

The Dutch web retailer bol.com has revealed Sony’s next Reader – the PRS-T1. Although Sony still trails Amazon by a large margin, it has been doing reasonably well in the eBook reader market. At the very least, Sony has managed to offer stiff competition to Barnes and Noble, which has managed to innovate its way into the segment with the Android powered Nook readers.

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The T1, which was spotted last month in an FCC application, will have an E-Ink screen just like its predecessors. E-Ink screens mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper, and are easier on the eyes as well as the battery. According to the specifications revealed by Bol.com, T1 will have a 6 inch dual-touch screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and support for pinch-to-zoom gesture for adjusting font size. A stylus shouldn’t be necessary; however, Sony has opted to include one nonetheless. The 2GB internal memory should be sufficient to store more than a thousand books. However, if you find yourself needing more memory you can add additional storage through microSD cards. Wi-Fi support along with Google Search and Wikipedia have also been added to the T1. Another interesting enhancement spotted by Mike Cane is that the T1 will display the cover of the book you are currently reading in standby mode.

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All in all, the T1 is a nice update to the current generation Sony Readers. With T1, Sony will have another well rounded reader in the market. However, it will definitely not set the e-reader segment on fire. While T1 seems good enough to maintain status quo, it doesn’t do anything that can help Sony in establishing its superiority over the Kindle or the Nook.

Sony Introduces World’s Thinnest Camera – Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

Sony has introduced a new compact camera, Sony Cyber-shot TX55, which it claims to be the world’s thinnest camera at just 12.2 mm (0.5″) in thickness.

The Cyber-shot TX55 is the world’s thinnest camera in its class (among cameras with an optical anti-shake function). It redefines what a compact camera can do. In addition to the newly developed, ultra-thin chassis design, the camera features an incredible combination of features and performance, putting more creativity at users’ fingertips than ever before.

The new cyber-shot comes with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessa lens that is paired with a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor.   The camera’s 5x optical zoom is further improvised by the company’s ‘By Pixel Super Resolution’ process. With the touch of the shutter button, the Dual Rec takes 12MP still images without disturbing the full HD video shooting.

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55

The camera has been equipped with a 3.3-inch Xtra Fine OLED wide touchscreen and displays seven picture effect options. It’s Superior Automode lets the camera handle a number of shooting situations without any user adjustment, and the camera’s intelligent panorama tools enable users to grab panorama shots up to 42.9 megapixels.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 hosts another impressive feature which is the 3D Still Image mode. The feature lets you snap two images with a single shutter speed, and enabling users to view 3D images without a stereoscopic lens. This tool can also be used to capture 3D panoramas and sweep multi-angle shots.

Sony Cybershot TX55 Complete Features:

  • DSLR-like picture quality
  • 16.2 Megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom and up to 10x with Pixel Super Resolution feature
  • Ultra-thin chassis design (12.2 mm)
  • 3D Still Image captures with 3D Sweep Panorama mode and Sweep Multi Angle
  • Full HD AVCHD video recording
  • 3.3inch Xtra Fine OLED wide touch-screen Monitor
  • Seven picture effect options includes HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key.
  • SteadyShot image stabilization for Full HD video shooting
  • Electronic image stabilization for vertical and horizontal handshake correction
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode
  • Supports Memory Stick Micro, microSD/SDHC cards for up to 16 GB of removable storage.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 will be made available in September 2011, and attaches a price tag of $350. (India Price: Approx. 20,000 ~ 25,000/- INR). It can be  purchased  from Sony stores, sonystyle.com and other authorized retailers throughout the Sony Dealer Network.

Sony S1 and S2 Tablet Captured on Images and Video

Sony announced the new Sony S1 and S2 tablets powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb back in April, but we hadn’t seen any actual images of those devices. Today, thanks to Notebook Italia, we have some close up shots of both the tablets – the Sony S1 and S2.

As we had posted earlier, the Sony S1 sports a very stylish curved design and comes with a 9.4 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.

The Sony S2 comes with a dual display, like the Kyocera Echo, each measuring 5.5 inches. It has a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels. Both the tablets are Playstation certified and will support all the new Playstation titles.

I don’t quite like the Sony S2, but the Sony S1 is very appealing. Anyway, here are some of the images of the Sony S1 and Sony S2 Android tablets:

Sony S1 S2 Android Tablets

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And here’s the video of the Sony S1 and S2.

Sony Launches Affordable PlayStation 3D Display Bundle

The show stealer at Sony’s E3 event was undoubtedly the PlayStation Vita. However, the Japanese entertainment behemoth had quite a few other neat surprises in store for us. One of them was the PlayStation 3D display bundle.

3D TVs are nothing new, and have been quite the rage for the past couple of years. However, one thing that has been keeping them from going mainstream is affordability, or the lack of it. The new 24 inch PlayStation 3D TV is Sony’s attempt at tackling this problem. It’s mainly targeted at gamers who want to experience the benefits of 3D, but can’t afford the high end displays with bigger screens.

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It also has a unique 2D multiplayer mode. When enabled, the active shutter glasses will present two entirely different images to two different players, thus eliminating the need for split-screen view in multiplayer games. The glasses will feature a button for toggling between ‘Player 1′ and ‘Player 2′ views.

The PlayStation 3D TV bundle will include a pair of active shutter 3D glasses, HDMI cable, and a copy of the 3D game Resistance 3. The whole bundle will be available for a very decent $499, with the bundled freebies alone costing in excess of $150.

Image via Engadget

Sony Trumps Nintendo 3DS with PlayStation Vita, the PSP Successor

PlayStation-VitaA short while back, Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai officially announced Sony’s next generation handheld gaming device the PlayStation Vita. Vita, which was originally codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable) will succeed the ageing PlayStation Portable, which was announced way back in 2004.

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The word Vita means Life, and Sony believes that Vita has the muscles to be able to blur the differences between entertainment and real life for the first time on a handheld console. The Vita has a 4-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a 200 MHz SGX543MP4+ GPU. In short, it blows away Nintendo’s 3DS and other handheld gaming devices like the Xperia Play. The powerful hardware will be well complemented by the 5 inch OLED capacitive multi-touch screen (with rear touch panel) that boasts of a resolution of 960 x 544. The combination of larger than average size with a mightily impressive resolution means that everything from games to HD Videos will look stunning on the Vita.


Vita Announcement Video

Besides the standard PlayStation buttons, the Vita has two analog sticks and a D-pad. The device also has front and rear facing cameras, stereo speakers, six-axis motion sensor, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Sony has tied up with over 150 developers, and there should be an impressive number of titles available at launch. Games for the Vita will be distributed on NVG cards, which will be available in 2 GB and 4 GB sizes. Some of the games that have been announced include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The Vita will also be capable of playing existing PlayStation Portable (PSP) games.

Sony is pushing augmented reality and location-aware games along with social gaming on the Vita. A feature called “Party” will allow gamers in the same room to voice chat with each other. Another feature called “Near” will allow you to connect and play with other gamers around you.

Sony will release two editions of the Vita a Wi-Fi only version for $249, and a Wi-Fi+3G version for $299. In the US, Vita will be exclusive to AT&T. It will be launched during the holiday season this year.


Vita Trailer Video

Vita’s closest competitor is obviously the Nintendo 3DS, which impressed us in last year’s E3. The 3DS’ biggest selling point is obviously its ability to support glasses free 3D imagery. However, when it comes to raw power the Vita absolutely owns the 3DS. Once again, it appears that the Nintendo’s offering will appeal more to the casual gamers, while Sony’s VIta will appeal to enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. However, at $249, the 3DS might be too expensive for casual gamers, but the Vita might be perfectly priced for gaming enthusiasts.

LulzSec Breaks Into Sony Developer Network, Leaks Their Source Code

Continuing  their recent streak of break-ins into Sony web properties, the self proclaimed “world’s leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense” Lulzsec just released a full 54MB archive consisting of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Developer network source code. Lulzsec tweeted their latest accomplishment just under half hour ago.

Sony has been under an ever-increasing spate of attacks and break-ins – the most recent being Sony Brazil, Sony Europe and  Sony Pictures Russia which was one of the most biggest hacks with over a million user names and passwords stolen. With this latest break-in ,16 of Sony’s web properties have been hacked into just under 45 days, giving an average hack rate of an astonishing 2.8 websites hacked per day.

While Lulzsec claims that the archive comprises of the Developer  network source code, a commentator on Hacker News mentions that the archive consists of Website source code rather than the actual PSN code.

Sony Europe Website Hacked

A “gray hat hacker” known as “idahc”, who self-identifies as a Lebanese hacker, managed to hack Sony Europe’s Database of Application Store and posted the information on the Internet.

Sony Europe Website Hacked

The hacker claims to have used a simple SQL injection to gain access to credentials for 129 user accounts, including username, password and email.

Here a proof of the hack shared by The Hacker News

Sony Europe Hack Idahc (18), a computer enthusiast says that he’s bored and is keen to play the game of the year: “Hacker vs Sony”.

He states in a interview,

I think Sony did not have a team of computer security consultants, simply. They produce Internal Sites like hotcakes. The databases are not protected. No encryption. They have much, but then a lot of servers, websites, which means there will always be flawed. Nothing is 100% secure.

Few days back, Sony Pictures was hacked by LulzSec, gaining access to the information in over 1 million user accounts. Sony has contacted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and are working together to track down the hackers.

Sony Europe’s website is now currently down for “scheduled maintenance”.

Sony Europe App Store

LulzSec Does It Again. Sony Pictures’ Website Hacked

The LulzSec group (LulzSecurity) has done it again. They have hacked into Sony Pictures’ website, gaining access to over 1 million user account information, including passwords and email addresses.

Lulzsec reported on their website,

We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts. Among other things, we also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures (including passwords) along with 75,000 “music codes” and 3.5 million “music coupons”.

Like the  SonyBMG hack (done by the same group), SonyPictures.com was hacked by performing a SQL injection.

Sony Pictures

It is surprising to know that all the data collected was unencrypted. The hackers state that, “every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored  over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it’s just  a matter of taking it. This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it”

Rough times ahead for Sony as the LulzSec group stated that “this is the Beginning of the End for Sony”.  Possibly  Sony could face such more attacks in future.