Xbox 360 integrated Microsoft mobile devices by allowing you to view achievements unlocked on your mobile device, on the Xbox 360 itself. PlayStation 3 uses a similar feature to welcome the PlayStation Vita with a new firmware update. Now while using your PS3, you will be able to see your trophies earned on the Vita. The new update which will bring the version to 4.30 will come out tomorrow.
Another change to note is the termination of the “Life with PlayStation” app which will cease by the end of the month. The app absorbed Folding@home, the distributed computing project by Stanford University. Folding@home had gotten more than 15 million volunteers to help research mechanisms of protein and yielded much success. It has amassed 100 million usage hours since its launch 5 years ago.
Vijay Pande reported the progress of the research on the EU PlayStation blog:
The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.
We have had numerous successes in recent years. Specifically, in a paper just published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, we report on tests of predictions from earlier Folding@home simulations, and how these predictions have led to a new strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
“The next steps, now underway at Stanford, are to take this lead compound and help push it towards a viable drug. It’s too early to report on our preliminary results there, but I’m very excited that the directions set out in this paper do appear to be bearing fruit in terms of a viable drug (not just a drug candidate).