Filed Under (news, piracy, Sony) by Abbas on 17-02-2011
Sony finally changed its stance on tackling piracy and has decided that taking every single pirate to court wasn’t such a good idea and hence started banning consoles and accounts relating to hacking consoles instead. This is a rather welcomed move as it keeps hackers off bay from going online on PSN, as well allowing owners to do whatever they want to do with their PS3s offline.
The whole argument by hackers is the fact that when they paid for their PS3, they got complete ownership and sony has no right to dictate what the users can and cannot run on their machines. Now Sony can monitor and administer access to PSN whereas hackers will be able to run homebrew on their machines freely.
Over the last few hours, users have received two types of emails. One email is just a warning where sony detected homebrew and piracy applications on the PS3s that didn’t try to access PSN in the last 15 days, whereas the second email is sent to offenders who got on PSN with hacks and different circumvention methods, in which case the PS3 is banned from PSN.
PTCL broadband on the go
Most of our Pakistani readers might know that PTCL had announced a launch date of Dec 1st 2008 for their EVDO wireless broadband internet service. Looking at PTCL’s past track record, we expected PTCL to miss the launch date of this “Broadband on the go” service and they did!. Anyway word on the interwebz is PTCL has launched its EVDO internet service in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore regions.
From what can be understood from the rumors is that currently only 3.1Mbps data rates is provided for a fixed 2500 Rs/month if you dont pay for the CPE. You’ll end up paying 2000 Rs/month after a year of that. On the other hand, you can lower the monthly fee to 2000 Rs/month if you pay a one time fee of 4000 Rs for the CPE.
The speeds are said to hover around 160 kBytes/sec for now. PTCL is still mum on details and their official webpage for “Broadband on the go” is still unchanged since last 2 months. Better take this with a grain of salt, or two.
Filed Under (games, news) by Abbas on 25-08-2008
That’s right, Rockstar released the official details and screenshots of the PC version of their highly anticipated GTA IV game. There are alot of new features being added to the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV and it will be superior in many ways compared to its Xbox360 and PS3 versions.
Rockstar’s Steve Hahnel showed off the some teaser info like more details and screens at Leipzig Games Convention today. So here’s whats new GTA IV’s PC version:
- Much improved visuals (more polished compared to the Xbox360, PS3 versions)
- Increased number of multiplayer count, so you can easily play gang-war sort of multiplayer games in GTA IV (hopefully).
- If you’ve got the rig, Rockstar’s got the games to use it to full potential. GTA IV’s PC port will be support a max resolution of 2560×600. That alot of detail.
- You can control camera view in replays, and can upload your replays to Rockstar’s social club for others to watch.
- Multiplayer games can be defined more explicitely now. E.g. you can limit your death matches to a certain weapon only (no sniper cheatin, eh?)
- Xbox360′s controller is being supported. I like using the analog stick for controlling vehicles, much smoother that way.
Following are the relesed screenshots by Rockstar today GTA 4 will be released for PC on November 18th, by the way. Hit the Read More link for more screenshots.
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Filed Under (news, storage) by Abbas on 19-08-2008
While I understand that the 5Gbps USB3.0 speed makes this 6Gbps transfer speed of “SATA 6Gb/s” a little less impressive. But still this speed boost announcement by SATA I-O is good news for all you game lovin’, vista using netizens caz a two-fold increase in transfer speeds (2x, that is).
The announced specifcations allows products designers to beging work on SATA 6Gb/s products. Although the specifications aren’t finalized yet and SATA I-0 will continue to thrive for improved data streaming and better power management. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed Under (money, news) by Abbas on 15-08-2008
Apple’s value of stock shares summed up to $157 billion today, hence exceeded the $156 billion stock shares value of Google, says Slashdot. Thats quite an achievement surpassing a giant like Google, but its mostly because of the the superb marketing tactics Apple uses to sell its products. Apple has also left alot of big players like Intel, HP & Dell way behind now, infact Apple’s worth 3 times the value of Dell now.
What do you think about Apple’s current position in the Market? Is Apple gonna keep conquering the market at pace or is it just a temporary jump because of the current Iphone & MacBook Air hype? Share your thoughts by commenting.