Japan Won’t Allow Sony To On Their Playstation Network – They Want To Make Sure It’s Safe

Sadly, we have some interesting news that Japanese PSN fans will find hard to read, Sony has been prevented from turning it’s PlayStation Network services back on in Japan by the Japanese government. Engadget suggests that Dow Jones reporters are saying that the Japanese government won’t “allow Sony to flick the switch until they’ve received assurances regarding the new security measures” that were put into place to prevent a repeat of last month’s PSN hacking – and subsequent theft of personal data. Sony has thrown new security systems up during the PSN downtime; but apparently that isn’t quite enough for the

PlayStation Network Back Online In North America – Restoration Continues

Shortly after midnight (Pacific Time), Sony announced that PlayStation Network service had been restored in all 50 U.S. states including Puerto Rico and Canada. The PSN was down for a whopping 22 days following the massive cyberattack on April 19. And as of now, Sony is continuing efforts to restore the PSN in Europe and in other regions. Upon logging back in, PSN account holders are required to download the latest firmware (3.61 – to prevent further hacking/exploiting) and change their account passwords.

Leaked iPhone 5 Front & Rear Facing Camera Parts

Right after the blogosphere buzz flying around the movement of the LED flash on the iPhone 5(or 4S) to the top right of the phone (instead of being attached to the camera piece), next-gen iPhone camera parts have appeared online. The above image shows the iPhone 5′s front facing camera sensor in addition to the rear camera sensor.

Halo Developers To Work With Apple – Their Brainchild? Crimson

After a decade of avoiding Apple, developer Bungie Studios (the company behind the smash-hit Halo series) is believed to be gearing up for a big comeback! Word on the blogosphere has it that the studio is developing a brand new mobile game called Crimson –  and we can only infer that it’s going to be for the hottest mobile platform out there, Apple’s iOS. If true, it’ll probably break record high downloads as one of the most important iOS game releases ever! TouchArcade discovered that Bungie Aerospace, a Delaware-incorporated Bungie property, filed a trademark for “Crimson”, and they described it as a “computer game

iPhone 4S?

  Business Insider points to an analyst note that we’ve been expecting for a while now. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek says the fifth generation iPhone is called the iPhone 4S, as we told you weeks ago, sports the A5 dual-core processor from the iPad 2, and works on HSPA + networks – which we have also been hearing some chatter about lately.

Samsung Building Tablet Display With More Pixels Than 27-inch iMac (Retina Display For iPad 3?)

Samsung will next week demo a new LCD display technology that will put future tablets in the Retina Display realm. Developed by Samsung’s subsidiary Nouvoyance, the new WQXGA 10.1-inch display stuns with a whopping 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution. Take a deep breath – that’s more pixels than on your 27-inch iMac and double the pixel count on full HD displays. It uses PenTile RGBW technology that consumes 40 percent less power, a statement claims. Samsung will show off this tech at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium next week. The company expects to have commercial availability of this technology for

Evidence Suggests That The iPod Nano 7th Gen Will Have A Camera & Screensavers

Today, Patently Apple has leaked details about a patent in which Apple lists some nuances of their current iPod Nano. For the most part, it’s the same except for a few features like a camera and some screensavers. We’ve seen plenty of additional evidence of iPad nanos with cameras – however, due to the lack of validity, I decided not to repot on it in the past; and this seems like some pretty solid evidence. But, as we all know, it doesn’t go official until Apple says so – likely in September of this year.

Apple TV Firmware Update 4.3

Today Apple released firmware 4.3 build number 8F305 for 2nd generation Apple TV users. The update is likely bug fix related and we’ll update with more details when they are available.

How To Get Google Music Beta On Your iDevice

With today’s release of Google Music Beta, iOS users were once again left out in the cold when the search engine giant said the service would be Android only. Thankfully though, as with all things things in the mobile device war, some tricky people on the internet quickly discovered a way to get the Music Beta on their iOS device.

Apple Is The World’s Most Valuable Brand

Apple is the world’s most valuable brand in the post-recession world, says the latest 2011 Top 100 ranking of global brands by BrandZ, a Millward Brown subsidiary of advertising company WPP. The iPhone maker, which last year ranked third, knocked Google, the world’s most valuable brand in 2010. Apple emerged ahead other top brands from a variety of industries such as computers, automotive, telcos, banks and clothing, to name just a few. The organization estimated Apple’s brand value at north of $153 billion, which shouldn’t be confused with Apple’s market capitalization that currently stands at a cool $324 billion. Google’s brand value