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Update 1.2 adds support for video playback and photo slideshows. For those in the US, a new channel is available to you. It’s the PlayStation Network Game Trailers Channel. Which has trailers for games on the PlayStation Store and info about the game. Plus you can even purchase the games without leaving Life With PlayStation. There is a auto playback mode, which plays trailers from the PlayStation store continuously.
If you haven’t joined our Folding@home team, feel free to join up! Our Team Number is 55054
Sony added a new Channel to Life With PlayStation called World Heritage. I tried this out last night and it was kinda cool, more info is below. Wish you could zoom in on the photos or make them full screen. I want to check it out at different times of the day to see what photos come up. The photos change every 2 hours. What other Channels would you like to see added?
The World Heritage channel utilizes the power of the PLAYSTATION®3 to differentiate itself from the α CLOCK website currently available for PC’s. Each location is plotted onto the Life with PlayStation® globe. 12 photos are available for each World Heritage site; which photo is available depends on the time of day. Find your own favorites using Life with PlayStation®. In autopilot mode, images for each location will be shown automatically
This project will cover several sites picked from UNESCO’s World Heritage List from all over the globe, including: France, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, China, Japan, Thailand and others.
When Folding@home first started it seemed like a huge hit for the most part. But it seems to have died down. I haven’t “folded” on my PS3 for a while. I just use it for whatever reason then I turn it off. If I happen to leave it on remote play while I’m at work. I will leave it folding.
If you do use Life With PlayStation / Folding@home, you might as well join our team. Our team number is 55054. It’s been pretty dead lately, but we are still ranked pretty well. We currently sit at 488th place. I still use Folding@home on my work PC all the time, and my wife does at her work too.
Life With PlayStation did add some interesting things to the Folding@home application. With the Live Channel you can now cruise around the virtual globe looking at news headlines and weather from cities around world. That info is provided by Google News and The Weather Channel. For some cities there is a live web cam provided by Earth Television Network. I thought I heard that the clouds are real time, but not 100% sure about that. The United Village Channel shows school children all over the world. It’s interesting to look at. Folding@home actively runs while your using Life With PlayStation too. I wish they would add more cities or give you an option to add your own city.
So how often do you use Life With PlayStation?
Here is another website to check our stats. It’s more detailed.
It’s very simple to join our team. Once you’ve launched Life With PlayStation, hold square and select Folding@home. Press the triangle button to bring up the Options, select “Current Channel”, and then select “Identity”. Here you can change your donor name, which I suggest doing. If not it defaults to PS3. After that select “Join an exiting team” and enter PS3Blog.net’s team number 55054. And that’s it, your now part of the team. To get more points on your PS3, choose the advanced option in the settings.
Here is a nice option for people that use the remote play option of the PS3. Just start remote play and start the Folding@home app. Then you can turn off your PSP, and the folding@home app will continue. Then when you try to connect again via remote play you will get the folding@home screen. From there you can go back to XMB if you wish.
Even PC users can join the team. I have my work PC running the folding@home software as well. You can download the PC version here.
For those who are yet unfamiliar with the term, Folding@Home is a project which was started by researchers from Stanford University. The project involves the study of protein folding which has been thought to be the root of diseases such as Alzheimer s Disease, Parkinson s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, cystic fibrosis, and some types of cancer. The aim of the project is to help the researchers to build models and simulations of these proteins by lending them some CPU power and a bit of bandwidth.
My Donor name is xBerserker
The main update is a new channel called United Village. Right now there isn’t much there, but hopefully it expands quickly. They describe it like this “a project designed to provide an experience of sharing a sense of community and culture from locations around the world.”
Added support for adding and removing channels dynamically. Added a local time display in the LIVE CHANNEL. Updated Mood categories for automatic music selection. Added support to enable Folding@home[TM] Expert Mode which disables all other channels and features that may impact simulation performance. Folding@home[TM] Expert Mode can be activated by navigating to: Options Menu > [Configuration] > [Folding@home].
I still think it’s strange that there isn’t more cities listed, you should be able to at least add your own. Google news has info for every city pretty much anyway. Only thing missing would be the webcam which isn’t a big deal.
Folding@home first arrived on the XMB March 22, 2007. And since then, if you average it out, around 3,000 PS3 owners register each day since then. Now it’s over 1 million strong.
In line with this another milestone, Stanford Associate Professor of Chemistry Vijay Pande had this to say:
Since partnering with SCEI, we have seen our research capabilities increase by leaps and bounds through the continued participation of Folding@Home users.
Now we have over one million PS3 users registered for Folding@Home, allowing us to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, with the goal of finding cures to some of the world’s most life-threatening diseases.
That’s great news, keep those PS3′s folding. Maybe next year we’ll hit 2 millions users or more! We actually have our own Folding@Home team here at PS3Blog.net and we are doing very well. Currently we are ranked at 345.