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Life with PlayStation launched

New free service to provide weather forecasts, news alerts and satellite images to PS3 owners

Sony has launched Life with PlayStation for PlayStation 3, which is now available to download onto consoles.

In a post on the US PlayStation blog, senior development manager at SCEA R&D, Noam Rimon, detailed the service and revealed that it would work in tandem with the console's medical research project Folding@home.

"If you've ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PlayStation 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so," Rimon's post said. "This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news and information like weather updates from over 60 cities around the world."

"Life with PlayStation provides a stunning interactive globe, a 3D world map that you can twirl around to see live cloud movement... combined with up-to-date weather information from the Weather Channel, top news headlines provided by Google news, and live web cam images via the Earth Television Network - all localized to the select city."

He added: "We're also really excited to share that this new lifestyle service is running in parallel with our Folding@home project. Essentially, this means that while you're taking a stroll on Life with PlayStation, you're automatically helping Stanford University to work towards curing diseases such as Alzheimer's and various types of cancers."

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