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The Vita has been dogged by slow sales and a crumbling market. The rebooted version might tie in with the PS4, but can it convince consumers?

Andre Villas-Boas watches Chelsea slump against Liverpool in the Carling Cup

Rory Smith: Whispers of disapproval spell danger for rookie manager

Portuguese's sudden decision to gamble on new formation and his perseverance with aging squad raises questions

Being Modern: Passwords

Halt! Who goes there? It's a refrain we all know from childhood, the stuff of fairy tales and war films (alongside a bit of "Hände hoch!"). And how did one respond? Friend – or foe. Of course, it wasn't too difficult to crack that system and lie to get behind enemy lines (at least on the playground). As far as systems go, it ranks right up there with using "1234" to unlock your phone or "password" as the password on your PC.

Asyraf Haziq: 'Mugging unlikely in Malaysia'

A Malaysian student mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots has expressed doubt as to whether the incident would have happened in his country.

Sony slashes prices of PlayStation

Sony is slashing the price of its basic PlayStation 3 gaming console by nearly a fifth, hoping to jump-start sales of a five-year old device losing ground to Microsoft's Xbox.

BBC iPlayer launches on Playstation 3

Millions of gamers will be able to access the BBC iPlayer through their televisions from today.

Facebook hires hacker who started Sony war

The 21-year old computer whiz whose legal tussle with Sony triggered one of the largest assaults by the hacker community on a single company has found himself a steady job – with Facebook.

Police admit cybercrime is 'deeply worrying' as Essex teen is charged

Ryan Cleary, 19, is allegedly a member of LulzSec, one of the newbreed of hacking groups giving police new problems

Who are the group behind this week's CIA hack?

The posting on Twitter was brief and to the point: “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz”. Barely a month seems to go by without some sort of high-profile hack attack making global headlines and June is turning out to be a cracking month for online mischief makers.

Deborah Ross: First find your exam-facing teenager...

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Top five announcements to emerge from E3 2011

E3, the biggest games industry event of the year, will always have its detractors; a sizeable crowd of people who are destined to be disappointed by whatever the ‘surprise’ announcements are for that given year.

Video: Sony launch PlayStation Vita

Sony launches the PlayStation Vita at the E3 video gaming conference in Los Angeles.

Julie Burchill: A word of advice, Lily. Don't listen to what people like me say about you

They say it takes two to tango, but you can have a Twitter war all by yourself, as I found out this week when none other than the lovely Lily Allen came over all Bottish at some throwaway remark of mine in another newspaper comparing her unfavourably to Cheryl Cole. Yes, between baking cakes, milking publicity – sorry, cows – and making television documentaries/doing interviews about how she's turned her back on fame, Miss Antoinette – sorry, Allen – found the time to Twitter that I was, "an ignorant and bitter old troll... the amateur psychiatrist in me says sees a lot of her younger self in me, and she's a bit of a 'self-loather'." She also spelt my name wrong, and I can say hand on heart that that's the only thing that hurt. After all these years, dammit!

Sony outage ends

Sony began restoring its PlayStation video-game network yesterday. The move came almost a month after a security breach prompted Sony to shut down the service. The firm, forced to apologise to customers, said it expects the service to be fully restored by the end of this month.

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