Android Market Web Store Users Need Not Be Concerned Yet

We reported yesterday that there was possible malware or a spyware threat evident from the Android Market Web Store to its smartphone users. The security firm Sophos assessed the online Android web store and suggested that the acceptance mechanism associated with the store was flawed and could enable third party users to install spyware on to the smartphones.

Google has now come up with an explanation for the same problem and has suggested that for now, there is no evident security threat from the store and it is risk free for the moment. Google has suggested that there is atwo-tire verification process on the online store which would make it very difficult for third party users to break in and install spyware. However Google has asked users to maintain strong passwords and also suggested that users should remember to log out of their accounts, especially when they access the store through a public domain.

NGP and PS3 To Complement Each Other

Sony wants to make its PSP 2 or NGP (Next generation Portable) a much wanted addition to its gaming consoles than just be a second fiddle to PS3. At a recent event that was held in UK, Sony has persuaded its game developers to develop cross-platform games that can run on the NGP as well as the PS3 alike. Sony has also announced that all the PS3 games can be played on the new NGP (which will be released sometime this year) without the slightest change in graphics.

According to rumors, NGP can be used over the Wi-Fi to implement cloudsaving, meaning any game that is on standby mode on the PS3 can be accessed on the NGP using Wi-Fi and the game can also be saved. Although many are worried that the launch of several new smartphones could cause a hindrance to NGP, Sony is confident that the HD technology on NGP cannot be touched.

Sony NGP To Be Priced At 350$?

The prototype of Sony NGP was unveiled last week in Tokyo and it was evident that Sony was coming up with its answers to Nintendo’s 3DS. Also called the PSP2, it was earlier rumored that this second generation PSP was going to be priced at 300$. But now, fresh rumors are doing rounds and there is a talk about Sony quoting two different prices for the NGP.

According to the rumors, the Sony NGP will have both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G versions. While the former is rumored to cost 300$, the latter would be priced at 350$. There have been no official listings of prices yet from Sony, but the rumors seem reasonable enough. If we take a look back in time, Sony has always launched its consoles at a very high price.

According to Sony the graphics in NGP are going to match that of PS3.

Sony NGP To Hit Markets This Year

Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s 3DS is here – Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP). Only a rumor up to now, Sony’s NGP has finally become a reality with its announcement on January 26 in Tokyo. With Nintendo set to launch it’s next generation portable 3DS on March 27, Sony’s announcement would only mean that the gaming war between the two giants has begun.

Although not a a 3D portable like its competitor, NGP is going to possess, “visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system“. Unlike its predecessor, this one is going to have two thumbsticks along with a touch sensitive OLED screen. The highlights though, would be the touch controls at the rear, an electronic compass and front and rear cameras. Another interesting addition would be the three dimensional touch that would allow users to interact directly with the games.

Sony has also stated that Google’s Android OS games would also be compatible with NGP.

PS3 3.56 Firmware Update – Hackers Crack This One Too!

Sony Corp. has released the new firware 3.56 update for its PS3 consoles. This update is a move by Sony to stop any jailbreaking activity and stop the hacks and cheats on Call of Duty: Black Ops. This update, after its introduction has banned any console that has been found to use pirated versions of the COD:Black Ops version. This new firmware update was Sony’s answer to hackers and also a move to save its Bluray discs.

But unfortunately, hackers have cracked this new firmware update within hours after its release and the new crack is already available online. The hackers have said that the necessary codes are available for all the interested users over the net.

The bright side for Sony Corp. though, is the court restraining order that was released earlier today that stopped hackers from posting online codes. But, it seems to have no effect on the web-hackers whatsoever!

Sony PlayStation Suite For Android Phones Unveiled

Sony today unveiled its latest mobile gaming platform aimed at Android devices. Called the PlayStation Suite, the new mobile gaming platform will let Android users buy, download and play PSP games on their mobile phones. According to Sony, the PlayStation Suite is basically an emulator for Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above.

Along with the emulator, the PlayStation Suite will also include an Android game store where users can browse through and purchase new PSP games. In case you are wondering, the PSP emulator will include on-screen controls that users will need to play their games. That is if you do not own one of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play “PlayStation Phone” that comes with physical controls for playing PSP games.

A launch date for PlayStation Suite has not been announced although we hear it will be “within this calendar year“.

Microsoft Kinect For PC Coming Soon?

Developers could soon be bringing PC-based Kinect games if a new rumor is anything to go by. According to sources, Microsoft is working on building a Kinect SDK that it could release along with official drivers for Windows that can be used by developers to build PC-based Kinect applications. This is expected to take a few more months and the Kinect SDK is believed to be released as a Microsoft XNA “Community Technical Preview” beta.

Not just this. Microsoft could also be releasing a gesture-based control environment on its next generation Windows operating system. You might recall Windows 8 demos from early this month where the OS was demoed to work with potential integration with Kinect.

Of course, all of this is simply speculation at this point. But given Ballmer’s statements that his company would be integrating Kinect with PCs “in the right time“, we cannot wait to find out if we are already there.

Sony PSP2 Specs As Powerful as PlayStation 3

Sony is yet to officially announce its new portable gaming console, but we all know it is in the works. With competition from the likes of Nintendo heating up, Sony has to outdo itself to stay among the most preferred handheld gaming device manufacturers.

According to a new report, the upcoming PSP2 console could be as powerful as the Sony PS3 that is in the markets now. In addition to this, Sony is planning on offering a lot of downloadable content as well as letting users play physical media in a bid to make the platform attractive to both consumers and developers.

The report does not elaborate much on the possible launch date. We however hear that PSP2 could make its way to the stores at least by the end of this year. If lucky, PSP2 could launch by October.

Microsoft Kinect Causing XBox Red Ring Of Death Error

Microsoft’s XBox gaming consoles have been notorious for their ‘red ring of death‘ problem in the past. It is estimated that over 30% of the consoles have faced this issue in the past though Microsoft has virtually eliminated this bug with its recent releases. However, according to a report on Guardian, plugging a Kinect to the XBox is reported to be causing the red ring of death bug on the XBox once again.

However, this report needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Microsoft has responded to these claims – and their response makes sense. A company spokesman has noted,

“There is no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and Kinect. Any new instances of the three flashing red lights error are merely coincidental.”

Guardian explains that the issue could have been majorly experienced on older XBox consoles that faced the bug earlier as well. The users experiencing the issue with Kinect could just be coincidence.

Run Jailbroken PlayStation 3 With Custom Firmware And HomeBrew – GeoHot Video

George Hotz, the popular PS3 and iOS hacker who is responsible for a number of hacks on the two platforms in the past is out with a video that demoes a Sony PlayStation 3 that has been jailbroken to run a custom version of firmware 3.55. But before you get excited, we must point out that this is merely a demo video at this stage and an actual jailbreak software is yet to be released. GeoHot has refused to offer an estimated time for release at this stage.

You can watch the video demo here.

For those looking for a background to this story, German hackers fail0verflow had recently released an exploit that they claimed could let users decipher the digital signature that Sony encrypts on its Playstation devices. This signature is used by the device to authenticate applications before they are run. GeoHot had earlier this week used this exploit to make the security keys of Sony PS 3 public. Now that a demo video is out, you must expect a jailbreak application shortly.