Tech News Today 277

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Episode 277

Tech News Today 277: Ride That Sony Pony

Japan finds Rare Earth bonanza! Sony launching a PlayStation 4? Next iPhone sounds really boring, and more.


Top Stories

  • Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in 2012, say moles
  • Sony finally brings PlayStation Network fully online in Japan
  • Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp
    • Big Day for Sony - Sony has finally brought its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), and its associated services online in Japan — the last region where the network was still partially offline after being taken down in the wake of a hacker attack.
    • The Register reports that Sony is working on a big UI revamp of PSN ditching the blue color and making the interface less text heavy
    • But while we're at it DigiTimes reporting that Sony will suprise launch the PS4 in 2012
    • Foxconn and Pegatron will build it and it will include Kinect-like motion control
    • The leak contradicts recent comments from Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), who said Sony wouldn't begin discussing a next-generation PlayStation for "quite some time". That standpoint was reiterated last week by Sony Computer Entertainment International's CEO-to-be Andrew House.
    • Could it be a revamped PS3 with a Kinect accessory?

Discussion Stories

  • Tabloid accused of hacking slain teen’s phone
  • Britain Shocked by Hacking Into Slain Girl's Phone
    • Nearly all of Britain’s papers reported Tuesday — citing unnamed sources — that a private investigator hacked into the cellphone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler in 2002 after she was reported missing. The investigator reportedly worked for News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling Sunday tabloid.
    • The accusation is the latest installment in a long-running saga here over News of the World intercepting the voicemails of public figures, including celebrities and politicians. In April, the tabloid apologized for the scandal and set up a compensation fund. Several alleged victims are pursuing cases through the courts.
    • Rebekah Brooks, then editor of News of the World and now chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International “I hope that you all realise it is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations.”
    • Reportedly the investigator accessed voicemails and deleted some to make room for possible new ones. Police were not informed and may have taken the deleting of voicemails as false evidence.
  • Japan finds rare earths in Pacific seabed
  • Rare Earths Discovery Won't Solve U.S.-China Tensions
  • Japan discovers 'rare earth' minerals used for iPads
    • Japanese geologists estimate that there are about a 100bn tons of the rare elements in the mud of the Pacific Ocean floor in International Waters
    • At present, China produces 97% of the world's rare earth metals.
    • 5-7 years to start a typical Rare Earth mine, underwater could take longer.
    • a team of scientists led by Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Tokyo, found the minerals in sea mud at 78 locations.
    • Just one square kilometer (0.4 square mile) of deposits will be able to provide one-fifth of the current global annual consumption.
    • the sea mud was especially rich in heavier rare earths such as gadolinium (used for green phosphors), lutetium (lens material in high refractive index immersion lithography.), terbium (Dopant in calcium fluoride, calcium tungstate and strontium molybdate, materials that are used in solid-state devices as well as an alloy for some sensors) and dysprosium (used for making lasers).
  • Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push
  • Google shuts down Realtime search feature for now
  • See You Later, Realtime: Google Ends Twitter Search Deal, For Now
    • Goodbye to the names of Blogger and Picasa, and the reality of real-time search.
    • Mashable reports Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products within the next 6 weeks
    • according to two sources familiar with the matter, Google intends to rename Picasa “Google Photos” and Blogger will become “Google Blogs.”
    • YouTube will not be rebranded
    • Picasa was acquired in 2004 and Blogger (co-founded by Evan Williams of Twitter) was acquired in 2003 and is one of the top 10 most visited websites in the world.
    • An agreement between Twitter and Google has expired without renewal and Google has shut down its real-time search. "We've temporarily disabled We're exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned." Yahoo, Bing, NTT Docomo and others still have access to the Twitter firehose.

News Fuse





"Hey TNT Crew,

Just finished watching TNT #275 and saw the bit towards the end where it was suggested that Achievements could print out certificates or 3D print physical trophies. I actually did something like this last year for an NHL 11 tournament that my friends had on the Xbox.

The winner received this mini-Stanley Cup that was printed on my MakerBot:

(and if you're interested, you can see some more things I've printed at

-- Derek Quenneville"



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