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Dark_Alex and M33: one in the same?

Remember when Dark_Alex said he was going to quit the homebrew scene forever? And then immediately afterwards, Russian hacking group M33 appeared mysteriously out of the blue? Well, could it be that the two are actually one in the same? Could this post also have something other than a question as a sentence? Hmm ...

With the release of 3.71 M33, the team continues to provide homebrew users with all the features of Sony's recently released official firmwares. According to the Dark_Alex website, though, the main coder for the project is none other than the supposedly "retired" hacker.

Regardless of the drama surrounding the team, it appears that they've been consistently able to provide releases that match Sony's quite rapid schedule.

[Thanks to everyone that sent this in!]

Firmware version 3.71 available now

The latest PSP firmware, v3.71, is available right now via the network update command from your XMB. So far internet reports tell us that the update does ... well, not a lot really. Despite Sony's talk of "new, user-requested features", there doesn't seem to be any evidence of any additional functionality at all. Perhaps something will pop up later.

We suspect v3.70 might have held a security loophole and Sony, for once, caught it before the homebrewers did. So while the update doesn't yet do anything visible, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your PSP is safe from homebrew ninjas. Probably.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

PSP firmware version 3.71 and downloadable themes on their way

Sony have updated the PlayStation.Blog to tell us that two new firmware updates will be available - one for PS3 and one for PSP. PSP version 3.71 will further improve the functionality given with update 3.70 which hit yesterday. 3.71 will add "many features" that the commenters on the PlayStation.Blog have requested. There's no word what exactly those will be, but they name the main new feature as being the ability to apply themes to your XMB. Wait, wasn't that added in 3.70?

Regardless, Sony have also said that new themes will be available for download at some point on, the official PSP Site and the PlayStation Store. The PlayStation Store? That sounds great, but why stop there. We'd love to have demos, wallpapers and videos made available that way, too.

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