PlayStation Now beta open to all PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada

By Chris Smith

Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming initiative is moving closer to launch, as the company is ready to allow any PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada to try it starting today. The company on Wednesday announced on its PlayStation blog that while the open beta is available only to PS4 buyers for now, a beta option will be coming to PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV and select 2014 Sony TVs.

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Via: Genius Report

Category: Gaming, PlayStation Now, PS4, sony

Almost 200,000 people may have been affected by US visa system crash

By Martyn Williams

Computer problems with the U.S. State Department’s system for issuing passports and visas may have affected up to 200,000 people, it emerged Thursday, as the scale of the problem became clear for the first time.

The problems began July 20 when engineers from Oracle and Microsoft applied a software patch to the State Department’s Consular Consolidated Database, which handles millions of passport and visa applications in the U.S. and at its embassies and consulates around the globe.

The patch was intended to solve several months of instability but instead crashed the system, which did not come back online until July 23.

“From the start of the operational issues on July 20th through the 28th, we issued more than 180,000 non-immigrant visas globally,” said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, at a televised briefing Thursday. “Based on our average production figures, we would have anticipated issuing closer to 370,000 in that same time period.”

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Via: PCWorld

Category: Security, USB

Here’s how you can stream a bunch of Hulu shows without paying a dime

By Jacob Siegal

Earlier this year, Hulu announced that it would be bringing free streaming to mobile devices at some point this summer, but a precise release date wasn’t revealed. This week, Hulu finally launched the update for Android phones and tablets which will allow mobile users to access select content from from Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies and Latino. Network shows from NBC, Fox, Comedy Central and others will be available as well.

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Via: Genius Report

Category: TV, Android, Hulu

Watch this idiot steal Google Glass and then go to a rave without realizing he’s being recorded the whole time

By Brad Reed

If there’s one thing we love writing about, it’s moronic criminals. The latest brain-dead felon comes to us courtesy of Business Insider, which brings us the story of a tourist named Mike Geller (no relation to our own Boy Genius) who decided to bring Google Glass with him during his trip to New York, only to have it stolen by a man who asked to try it on and then ran off with it the minute he got it in his hands.

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Via: Genius Report

Category: Wearables, Google Glass

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Via: PCWorld

Category: Internet, emoji