Sony Ericsson Xperia Play revisited

Posted on August 5, 2011

So now Sony Ericson’s Xperia Play or more popularly called the “PlayStation Phone” has finally arrived, but despite the rumors and fanfare around it, it seems that it never really got off.

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Earlier this month Sony has reported that the company has sold over sold 1.8 million Playstation 3‘s, 1.8 million Playstation Portables and another 1.4 million Playstation 2’s worldwide during the first quarter (Q1) between the month of April 1 and June 30 , though the numbers have slipped, dropping from around 600,000 units from Q1 of last year (2010), Sony still predicts an imporvement in sales for the year 2011: as Sony has sold 15 million PS3s as compared to 14.3 million the year before.

PS3, PS2 and PSP sales for Q1

According to the numbers, so far the real success this year for Sony is from PSP sales, which has sold over 1.8 million units during the first quarter. Compared to the 700,000 units sold during the same time against Nintendo’s 3DS and the 1.2 million Playstation Portables sold during Q1 of 2010.

However, on the software side, Sony has done a little better with its 26.1 million sold PS3 games against 24.8 million sold PS3 games during last year’s first three months. While Software sales for the PSP are 6.6 million and 1.5 millions games sold for the PS2 respectively.

So judging from the numbers, Sony would have only sold 1,799,999 PS3 units and 26,099,985 PS3 games if it wasnt from Tech4idiots… lol

PS3 owners rejoice! Here we get a sneak peek at one of the most anticipated Playstation 3 game (probably just next to Gran Turismo 5), Final Fantasy Versus XIII. While sifting around Final Fantasy Versus XIII gameplay trailers on Youtube, a lot of them were pretty much crap and just copied or low quality videos that doesn’t do justice to the beauty that is Final Fantasy. And eventually, I stumbled into this: Final Fantasy Versus XIII: Official Gameplay Trailer from IGN. Check out below to see the Official Gameplay Trailer of Final Fantasy Versus XIII

I almost had tears in my eyes while watching this video, this has got to be one of the most beautiful games I have ever seen.

The city atmosphere kinda reminds me of Midgar, as if it were to exist today. =)

How to fix Skype after global crash

Posted on May 27, 2011

A lot of Skype users worldwide reported their Skype crashed and could not get Skype back up.


The problem affected thousands of users worldwide, but according to updates from Twitter, Skype claims that the problem only affected a “small number” of its more than 660 million users. Defining a small number in relation to a number like 660 million is hard to specify how small really, 200 million is still a small number when compared to 660 million you know, it does not take an online accounting degree to realize that. So Tech4idiots searched around the net to find a fix to this problem, and here is one that worked so far:

PS. The Skype folder is hidden – make sure to check Show hidden files to be able to access it.

For Windows 7 users

Step 1: Make sure that Skype is already closed. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and go to task manager then on the processes tab make sure that Skype is not present, and if so, just right click on it then click “End Process”.

Step 2: Copy this and place it on your address bar and change the “*****” with your username.


Step 3: Locate the file with the name “shared” it is an XML file (it is easy to locate since its icon is different from the other files)

Step 4: Delete the file! (“shared.xml”)

Congrats! You can now use Skype!


If the problem still exist, try the method below from the Skype Blog


1. If the Skype icon is displayed in the system tray at the bottom right of the screen, right-click it and select Quit.
2. Click Start, type “run” and press Enter. (On Windows XP: Click Start and then Run.)
3. Type “%appdata%skype” and click OK.
4. Locate and delete the file shared.xml. The file may be displayed as shared if file extensions are not displayed by default on your computer.
5. If you cannot find this file:
* Click Start, type “run” and press Enter. (On Windows XP: Click Start and then Run.)
* Type “control folders” and click OK.
* In the View tab, ensure that Show hidden files and folders is enabled.
* Repeat the instructions from the beginning.
6. Restart Skype.


1. Open Finder and locate the following folder:

~/Library/Application Support/Skype
2. Delete the file shared.xml.
3. Restart Skype.

The ~ sign means your home folder. You can find your home folder by opening Finder and selecting Go > Home from the menu bar or pressing Command (Apple), Shift and H keys at the same time.

1. Go to the following folder:

2. Delete the file shared.xml.
3. Restart Skype.

And there you have it, feel free to leave a comment below.. =)

Manage Startup Programs on your PC

Posted on May 14, 2011

A lot of startup programs slowing down your PC’s booting time? Here’s a simple trick to speed up your PC’s startup.

Windows has a built in special tool called the “Microsoft System Configuration Utility” or simply “MSCONFIG.” It helps you manage the programs that loads up whenever you turn on your computer, giving you the option to turn off programs that are set to automatically load up whenever you start up your computer. You can turn off some of that programs at startup to help speed up your computer.


Its actually very simple, just go to Run -> type msconfig -> Enter -> then click on the “startup” tab.

From there you can uncheck the programs you do not want to automatically load up whenever you startup your computer. You should be careful not to uncheck any essential programs that windows need to be running to avoid crashing. Make sure you know what programs you will be disabling at startup.

So you have been around the inter-webs, you know how to utilize the awesome power of search engines, you know how to find every website, any file, any song lyric, any mp3 file or any movie clip as long as it exists in the internet somewhere. You know how to find it.

But did you know that the popular search engines also has tools built in to their search engines to help you narrow down your search results to help you find what you are looking for?

Here’s a list of the more popular and more widely used search operators.

Google Search Operators:

Google search operators

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Still no idea on whats going one with the recent PSN outage? Sony has been slow on releasing information to its subscribers about what has really happened to the psn network and why it has already been a week since the psn outage.

PSN/Qriocity Network Outage FAQs

Here we get a more detailed Q&A post released by Sony that tries to clarify some things about the recent PlayStation Network Qriocity outage:

PSN/Qriocity Network Outage FAQs

1. When did the PSN/Qriocity become unavailable?
PSN/Qriocity services have not been available since April 20 (US time) in all regions.

2. Why did the PSN/Qriocity become unavailable?
An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.

3. Why was Sony not prepared for a compromise of its network?
We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the situation. Since this is an overall security related issue, we cannot comment further at this time.

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Qriocity music streaming for PSP

Posted on April 27, 2011

You can now access Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity while on your PSP anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi signal. Your PSP can now access Qriocity’s streaming music service which claims to offer “more than seven million songs” to its paying users, and it also offers two tiers of playlist customization, whatever that means.

Sony has announced that the PSP app for Qriocity is now available in the US and UK, notable countries also include Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. And if you wanna try Qriocity, Sony is currently offering a 30-day trial to PSN members here.

Via [Playstation Blog EU]

Ragnarok Online SRPG for PSP announced

Posted on April 24, 2011

Ragnarok Online is one of the longest running anime-inspired MMORPG in the world, has announced that it is once again coming to the handhelds. GungHo Online Entertainemnt has announced that it will be making a PSP version of the game following the DS-exclusive Ragnarok Online DS. The Ragnarok Online DS was designed to be a single-player version of the original Ragnarok Online MMORPG.

The game is reported to be titled Ragnarok: Hikari no Yami to Koujo, will be an entirely original version with only small ties to the original storyline from the original MMORPG. Although Hikari no Yami to Koujo does not have a release date yet, and an English version also has yet to be confirmed.

Ragnarok: Hikari no Yami to Koujo is currently being developed by Apollosoft and Chime. SRPG means Strategy Role Playing Game.

Just a quick heads up, after SCEJ’s confirmation of its termination of the PSP Go’s production in JAPAN. SCEA reports that the production of the PSP Go will continue in America.

News from indicates that even though the PSP Go maybe finished in Japan and in Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) reports that it’s not yet done with the UMD-less handheld console. And as for more clarification about the recent events, the guys from Joystiq were reportedly told by Sony that: “We are continuing production of PSP Go for North America.”

Maybe the PSP Go is still going strong in the US. Ending the production of the PSP Go in Japan maybe is just a sign that Sony is now going to start focusing on the NGP which is expected to be released this year.

Earlier, Amazon has updated its the product page of the PSP Go noting that the device was “discontinued by manufacturer.”

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