PlayStation 4 Gets Huge Update on March 26

PlayStation 4 players everywhere (including me) have been eagerly anticipating Sony’s “Yukimara” update because of the magical feature it’s bringing: The ability to suspend game play and pick up where you left off after putting the console into Rest Mode and waking it up again. The new Suspend/Resume feature means you won’t have to save to stop the action.

Another highly anticipated feature Yukimara (PS4 software version 2.50 if you want to get technical) is bringing is the ability to back up and restore console HDD content to an external USB drive. That means PS4 users will have the ability to back up everything on the system – downloads, data, games, patches, screenshots, and settings.

Previously, you could back up data to USB flash drives and everything else had to be re-downloaded from PlayStation’s servers is you had to perform a factory reset or set up a new console. Spoiler: This is/was never fun. Ever.

The thought of being able to quickly upload your entire system from a mobile SSD is magical.

Other features – not as highly anticipated but just as cool important appreciated – include the ability to find friends on PSN by searching through their linked Facebook account, fewer steps involved with joining a game friends already have in progress, and the option to share your Trophy info via social media from the Share button menu.

Sony has also added customization options for DualShock 4 button layout, graphics display options, and text-to-speech.

The following features are also new, direct from Sony:

  • Remote Play and Share Play — For games that support 60 fps, users will be able to automatically enjoy those games with 60 fps for both Remote Play and Share Play** on supported devices.
  • Automatic Installation for System Software Updates — Enable automatic installation for future system software updates.
  • Sub-Account Upgrade — Enable users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts to upgrade to a master account directly on PS4, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users to add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.
  • Verified Accounts — Select game developers, producers, designers and community managers will be verified with a badge.
  • Dailymotion — Upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the SHARE button.

If you want more information about the update you can check out the latest post from Sony’s Blog here.


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Microsoft is Making Waves

I’ve been a little behind thanks to physical therapy and the new job I just landed (no complaining) but it came to my attention this week that Microsoft is making waves in the tech industry and no matter how sleep deprived I was am, I had to blog about it.

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be released this summer and even better, the upgrade will be free to all current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. But, what’s really interesting about this early/free upgrade is that the company will even include pirates in the sweet deal. I, for one, never saw that coming.

The company has been in the midst of transforming itself though so I guess (hope) they’re just going to be full of surprises in the coming months. You can read more about the release of Microsoft 10 on by clicking here.

In addition to bringing my attention to Microsoft’s Windows 10 release shocker also published an article earlier this week stating that Microsoft seems to be cooking up a way to turn your Android phone into a Windows 10 device.

Microsoft may simply be making a push to get OEMs (in this case Xiaomi) to reconsider loading Windows on their phones. They convinced HTC to give it a try with the M8: the Windows version launched in August, about five months after the Android original. The pitch is logical enough: why not offer a Windows model and give people the choice, especially when there’s minimal effort involved in doing it?

Read more here.

It’s an interesting idea but I wouldn’t get uber excited about it just yet. I would recommend that you click the above link and read the rest of the article though to see what it’s all about.  The idea of Microsoft wanting to dip their toes in Android waters is pretty interesting to say the least.

Panda Antivirus Self-Destructs

International cloud-based antivirus outfit Panda Antivirus tried to self-destruct on Thursday when their app started frying legit files and rendering machines totally worthless. An update to the company’s various tools was the culprit of this frustrating crime as it caused the software to think parts of its own technology were malicious.

According to users on Reddit, Panda also put Chrome, Firefox, Office, and Windows updates on the hit-list as well. The end result wreacked havoc on peoples computers and left a great number of the effected machines as useless bricks.

The thing that contributed to most of the migraines from Panda users yesterday was that the one fix most people know to try when their computers are acting up – restarting – just made everything worse.

The company does deserve some credit for acting as quickly as they did. As soon as the phone lines at the help desk started lighting up, Panda immediately patched the corrupt file. The bad news is that the damage had already been done and there’s no going back.

If an affected machine stayed online long enough to receive the patch, everything seemed to go back to normal. If your computer has been effected but you haven’t restarted it yet Panda is advising that you do not restart your machine and try to wait it out.

But, if you’re still having trouble you can download a magical tool on the company’s website that will help Humpty Dumpty put himself back together again. You can find a tool for two scenarios A)Computer boots normally and B)Computer can’t log-in to Windows by clicking here.

Self-destructing is basically the polar opposite of what you want your antivirus program to do. [Un]Fortunately for Panda, they’re not alone in the world of antivirus programs that tried to commit suicide. If you flashback to 2010, you may recall McAfee having a similar problem when they brought down countless Windows XP machines following a corrupt update.

Panda is still working diligently to come up with solutions for everyone impacted by the corrupt update. You can stay updated on all the latest info from Panda Security by watching their Twitter account: @Panda_Security