Sony's PlayStation Network is back online, while planned PSN maintenance has been postponed.

Users were unable to connect to the PlayStation Network yesterday (August 24) after a confirmed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Sony explained that while no personal data had been accessed, a group had overwhelmed the network, making it impossible to go online.

However, despite intermittent connectivity issues with the PS4, PSN is once again up and running.

"The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices," reads a Sony statement.

"The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information."

Sony has subsequently decided to postpone planned PSN maintenance, which was due to take place at 5.40pm later today (August 25).


"In light of today's issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled."

Sony's PSN service was taken offline in 2011 after it was hacked and data was compromised.

Sony recently agreed to a $15 million settlement after the last outage.

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The Legend of Korra game has been assigned a release date by Activision.

The upcoming adaptation of the critically-acclaimed animated series is set to launch October 21 on PlayStation Network and PC, and October 22 on the Xbox Marketplace - the publisher revealed today (via IGN).

Set between the events in Book Two and Book Three of the TV show, the game begins with a powerless Korra - who suddenly loses her ability to 'bend' or manipulate the elements following an encounter with a shadowy force.

Although it is classified as a third-person action title, it also features role-playing elements that allow Korra to gain new abilities as she levels up.

Developed by Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101 studio Platinum Games, The Legend of Korra was announced earlier this year for multiple platforms.


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Sony has announced that its is shutting down its PlayStation Home service in Japan early next year.

The PlayStation 3 social network will go dark in the electronics giant's home country in March, 2015, Kotaku has confirmed.

The European and US version of PlayStation Home - run by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sony Computer Entertainment America - will continue to operate.

Launched in Japan in 2008, PlayStation Home is a 3D social network for PS3. Players are able to interact with one another, take part in mini-games and customise their avatars.

Dubbed Room, a PSP equivalent was in development before being cancelled. Sony is yet to announce plans for a PS4 or Vita version.

Sony ceased developing new content for PlayStation Home in Japan last August.


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Google has removed a number of Swing Copters clones from its mobile storefront.

Dong Nguyen's successor to Flappy Bird inspired dozens of copycat titles following its launch last week, but the Android platform holder has now ejected many of them from Google Play.

Although there are still some apparent derivatives of the game on the platform, Nguyen's original has been given top billing and any remaining titles are based on seemingly different mechanics and assets, Phandroid reports.

Flappy Bird experienced similar issues, with research suggesting that clones of the game accounted for a third of iOS game launches in 24 hours.

Swing Copters is free to download, and features an optional £0.69 ($0.99) in-app purchase to remove advertising.

The vertically scrolling game requires players to tap the screen to make a character fly from side to side and avoid obstacles.


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PSN is currently experiencing connection issues, Sony has confirmed.

The service has been offline for the majority of the day (August 24), with Sony releasing a statement to confirm that "an attempt to overwhelm [its] network with artificially high traffic" had occurred.

Sony also insisted that no personal information had been accessed in the attempted attack.

The company's statement was as follows: "Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

"Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

"We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused."

Sony's PSN service was taken offline in 2011 after it was hacked and data was compromised.

Sony recently agreed to a $15 million settlement after the last outage.

The company is planning a period of maintenance during the upcoming Bank Holiday in the UK.

Sony's online gaming service will be offline from this Monday (August 25) at 5.40pm UK time until Tuesday, August 26 at 0.50am.

PlayStation users will be unable to access several services during the maintenance period, including the PlayStation Store, PSN account management and Network account registration.

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eBay could spin off its payment service PayPal next year.

According to The Information, the online retailer has been warning candidates for PayPal's CEO vacancy about the potential move.


Activist investor Carl Icahn has apparently been pushing for eBay and PayPal to split for sometime.

Conversely, eBay CEO John Donahoe believes the two businesses are integral to each other.

Icahn is said to have backed off the idea of late, claiming it's not the right time for the two to be divided.

However, other investors have reportedly warmed to a separate PayPal unit, hoping that it can attract online retailers who may be hesitant of its current closeness to eBay.

"The board will continue to assess all alternatives to create that long-term value and to enhance the growth and competitive positions of both eBay and PayPal. This position has not changed," eBay spokeswoman Amanda Miller said.

The previous CEO of PayPal David Marcus parted in June to join Facebook.


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SoundCloud has announced plans to introduce adverts for the first time.

The audio ads will be brought in as part of 'On SoundCloud', the music platform's new subscription service for content creators.

'On SoundCloud' lets musicians monetise their work by subjecting other users to "occasional" adverts.

The service will remain free for general users, but the firm told the New York Times that plans are in place to introduce another subscription option that lets users skip ads.

SoundCloud has not managed to monetise as successfully as market leader Spotify, and could soon face competition from Google's rumoured music service.

The adverts will be introduced in the US soon, with other territories to follow suit at a later date.


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Apple's iPad Air 2 will reportedly ship with 2GB of RAM on board, double that of its predecessor.

Supply chain sources in Taiwan claim that the tablet is to receive a memory upgrade, while the next iPad Mini will remain at 1GB of RAM, iPhone in Canada reports.

The full-sized iPad has remained at 1GB of RAM since its third iteration, with the iPad 2 packing 512MB and the original iPad 256MB.

The same supply chain sources are also claiming that the much-rumoured iWatch will launch with 512MB RAM and 8GB on-board storage, putting it roughly on par with rival devices the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch.

Apple's past product release schedule suggests that we could see new iPad hardware in October, while its next iPhones have been tipped for unveiling on September 9.

The iWatch is expected to be revealed alongside the iPhone 6 next month.


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Amazon will begin testing its Prime Air delivery drones in India.

The online retailer has been unable to trial the service in its native US due to legislation restricting the use of drones over populated areas.

Amazon will begin testing its Prime Air delivery drones in India.

The online retailer has been unable to trial the service in its native US due to legislation restricting the use of drones over populated areas.

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Apple's shares closed at their highest ever level yesterday (August 19) due to the hype surrounding next month's iPhone 6 launch.

The tech giant's shares ended up at $100.53, an increase of 1.4% for the day and a new record for the firm when June's 7-for-1 stock split is taken into account.

The company's previous high came ahead of the iPhone 5's debut in September 2012, when shares reached $702.10, or $100.30 adjusted for the split.

Apple's stock also neared its all-time high in regular trading of $705.07, or $100.72 when adjusted for the split, which came on September 21 that year, the day the iPhone 5 went on sale.

Its shares peaked at $100.68 in midday trading on Tuesday.

Stock value has dipped since 2012 due to fears that current CEO Tim Cook would not prove as successful as his predecessor Steve Jobs, but the promise of the iPhone 6 and a possible debut for the iWatch have helped reverse the downturn.

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