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hughperkins (705005) writes "To rise off the ground wearing a jet pack is to feel the force of dreams. Very, very noisy dreams.
Glenn Martin, a New Zealander, has spent 27 of his 48 years developing what he calls the world's first practical jet pack. In advance of its formal unveiling Tuesday at EAA AirVenture, the gigantic annual air show here, he said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 each.
"The company reported a loss of ¥67.6 billion, or $562 million, in the three months that ended on March 31 as a weak performance for the PlayStation 3 offset a turnaround in other divisions like consumer electronics and movies.
"Sony is in the second year of a turnaround effort led by its first foreign chief executive, Howard Stringer, a Welsh-born American, who has closed factories, cut jobs and canceled unprofitable products like Aibo, the robot dog.
"The new game console showcases some of Sony's newest and most expensive technologies, including its high-speed Cell microprocessor and Blu-ray next-generation DVD. Stringer has been counting on PlayStation 3 to become a global hit to help restore the company's reputation as an innovator and keep ahead of cheaper Chinese rivals.
"But since its introduction in November in the United States and Japan, PlayStation 3 has quickly fallen behind its two rivals, the Wii, by Nintendo, and the Xbox 360, by Microsoft. According to NPD Group, a market research company based in New York, Sony sold 501,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in the United States from January to March, compared with 1.03 million for the Wii and 721,000 for the Xbox 360.
"This performance is a big setback for Sony, whose previous game console, the PlayStation 2, held a 70 percent of the global market. PlayStation 3 has suffered from repeated production delays and is more expensive than Wii or Xbox 360. Last month, Ken Kutaragi, the father of the PlayStation series and once a rising star at Sony, announced that he would step down in June as chief executive of the game division."" top
hughperkins writes "Sony PSP DRM cracked for all firmwares
Fanjita: "You remember that the only thing holding us back from a downgrader for v3.03 was the lack of a user-mode exploit?
"Well, we don't like to be held back from anything, so we went back to basics and looked over some of the old exploits. And what do you know? We found one!
"We did a little digging into the old GTA exploit, and discovered that it hadn't been properly patched after all. We'll leave it as an exercise for the interested reader to figure out exactly how we got past the patch (and to give Sony a little while longer before the head-slapping "Doh!" moment Tongue out).
"But the short version is that we can now run code again via Grand Theft Auto : Liberty City Stories. You want some proof? Check out the Goofy Hello World"" top