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Sony to Announce Restructuring Details This Week

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300w ago - The Financial Times reports that Sony is set to announce details of its restructuring plan this week.

Despite up to six plants closing and the cutting of 16,000 jobs, analysts have warned that this not enough and Sony many need more drastic measures.

To quote: Sony Corp will announce details of its restructuring plan this week amid internal company resistance to job cuts in Japan, the Financial Times said on Wednesday.

The maker of Bravia LCD TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras and PlayStation game consoles outlined plans last month that called for curbing investment, closing five to six plants and cutting 16,000 jobs to save $1.1 billion a year in costs.

But analysts and other industry watchers have said Sony will likely need more drastic measures to fight a crippling appreciation in the yen and a sharp slowdown in demand for electronics as the global recession spreads.

"Sony's not in a position to halt all domestic production but it has to do something that drastic," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment Management.
 

More PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.60 Details Emerge

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300w ago - There are some more details emerging about PS3 Firmware Update 2.60 as follows:

According to our source, on top of the already [Register or Login to view links] Photo Gallery feature, and Divx 3.11 support, here are some more of the expected feaures of FW 2.60:

• Safe Mode
• Blu-ray Disc Theme Support
• HDD Data can be accessed and deleted in-game
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• Improved System Stabilty

We are not exactly sure what these features offer, especially the Blu-ray Disc Theme Support, and the Safe Mode, but we are looking forward to finding out.
 

Upcoming PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.60 Update Details!

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300w ago - PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel shared the following details on PS3 Firmware 2.60 today:

Hi, everyone, we have a system software updates for PS3 coming soon, and I wanted to provide you with a sneak peak at the details.

The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system's media capabilities. The key feature is a new Photo Gallery application, which delivers a suite of tools for sorting through and displaying your digital photo collection.

Digital pictures can be organized in groups according to various criteria, including the camera used to take the photos, the event date and time, colors in the photos, as well as the number, ages, or facial expressions of the people pictured.

Here's a video walk-through of firmware 2.60 that shows off some of what the Photo Gallery can do.





You can also create slideshows set to music and build photo playlists with an easy-to-use interface. The Photo Gallery application will need to be installed separately from the XMB after you update your PS3's firmware.

To install the Photo Gallery application, go to the Photo section on the XMB, select Photo Gallery and press the X button.

The 2.60 update also includes:
 

PixelJunk Eden PS3 Patch Details: Tending to Our Lovely Gardens

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301w ago - Q-Games Ltd. President and Executive Producer Dylan Cuthbert unveiled patch details for PixelJunk Eden today, which will be released on Thursday, January 15 in North America.

For those of you from the EU, it will be out shortly thereafter, so stay tuned. To quote:

In this patch we've listened to your comments. We've gone ahead and fixed and added a few things to try and get as many people to play Eden as possible, as it really is a remarkable game... if I do say so myself. I simply want as many people as possible to experience it in full (if only we could release it for free and still make a living like some Star Trek-like future).

As you move through the gardens, you'll encounter more and more interesting ideas and concepts. In order to help people having trouble right at the beginning, we've changed the large crystals so they replenish a whole half of your oscillator (time) meter.

Even if you run out of time, we allow you to continue from the last Spectra you collected. To preserve the pride of those who gained trophies without continues though, the 'garden complete' trophy is only available if you don't use the continue system.

You don't need trophies to move forward into the game and explore new gardens, so dive in and try out some of...
 

PS3 BiOS CXR713120-202GB Chip System Controller Details

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301w ago - Here is a translation of an ongoing project from Spanish developer DemonHades (linked above) courtesy of idone, detailing the PS3 BiOS chip being pulled and starting to be traced as follows:

For some time, we have been talking about the PlayStation 3 BiOS, and up to date there is no public info about the IC which does this job and the way it stores the information.

Here is a quick briefing of what we have done so far (pictures in sequence with the below text, spread across the three images below):

Pic #1: The reference of this IC is CXR713120-202GB.

Pics #2 & #3: Thanks to KnightSolidus we have these photos with the ways of this IC and some notes of connections references with colors.

Pic #4: The PLAYSTATION 3 BIOS is also known as SYSTEM CONTROLLER (SysCon)

Pic #5: As we can see in the image, SYSTEM CONTROLLER uses an SPI interface to communicate with the CELL eeprom, on which possibly it will know how to behave. We think it *might* be something interesting to work with.

Pic #6: Using this SPI interface, we can try to cause a livelock that would get us the checkstop.

Pic #7: Here we can see the CXR SYSTEM CONTROLLER, internal diagram. We believe that the UART port...
 
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