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Lost in the news at CES about another Sony product (Blu-ray) was the announcement of a deal between Sony and DivX which will allow onlnie retailers to serve up DivX files (legally) and also for those files to be played on DivX-Certified devices. The timing, of course, couldn't be better as PS3 Firmware 2.10 was just released with DivX support.... Read more...
In a major coup, Amazon.com announced Thursday that by the end of January you'll be able to download MP3 versions of Sony BMG music from their DRM-free Amazon MP3 store. Thus officially dies DRM."We are excited to offer Amazon MP3 customers DRM-free MP3s from SONY BMG, which represents many of the most popular musicians from the past and present.... Read more...
Not sure how viable this idea is, but it's another check box for the PS3: plug in a Blu-ray movie and play it on your PSP via wi-fi.Here's a hypothetical situation for you: you own a Full HD, 60in Pioneer Kuro PSP-LX608D, a kick-arse set of Ferguson Hill speakers, a PlayStation 3 and a PSP and you fancy watching a film, do you a) use your... Read more...
Sony has confirmed what was rumored last week: DRM-free downloads are coming.  The silly part is you have to go to a retail brick-and-mortar store first.The No. 2 record company after Universal Music will sell plastic cards, called Platinum MusicPass, for individual albums for a suggested price of $12.99. Buyers enter a code from the... Read more...
In a move that will no doubt send double-door armoire makers into a death spiral, Sony announced today that they would stop manufacturing rear-projection televisions next year.  Sony said it would focus its resources on liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to address the flat-TV market, which... Read more...
With a major brain drain still in effect at Sony Online Entertainment, Sony's gaming division, it seems that SOE might be up for sale.  Who would they sell to?Activision is probably not in the market after their recent merger announcement.  Who else could there be?“India's Economic Times, citing anonymous sources and an unnamed Zapak... Read more...
Sony has announced they're pulling out of the joint research project with Toshiba and IBM to produce microchips scaled at 32 nanometers or less. There are a lot of up-front costs to developing  the technology, and Sony has already moved away from chip production based on existing technology.The Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment... Read more...
Japan's Sony Corporation crawled up out of the puddle of reddish ink it was dog-paddling in last year and posted a substantial profit for the last quarter. The quarterly profit news allowed Sony to raise its forecast for the year by six times last year's number. The number is based mainly on strength in LCD TVs, computers, and digital cameras;... Read more...
The Minnesota file-sharing case that we've been reporting on is now over, and the RIAA has won.  Perhaps that's not the end of the story, however, as the odd & contradictory statements from the defendant were perhaps topped by some made by a music industry rep.One of the experts called to testify in the trial was none other than Sony... Read more...
It would appear that Sony is shopping around for companies willing to buy their cell architecture, and Toshiba may be the next owner of the technology and/or the production facilities.The rumored price for the deal: A whopping $870 million.“The speculation comes amid intensifying competition among the world's computer chip makers, including... Read more...
You won't have to say "cheese" any longer with this new Sony camera feature.  Using face detection technology, the camera won't snap a high-definition picture until a selected subject smiles."Using the smile recognition shutter function selected by the touch panel, you can pick which of up to eight people is the key smile," said Akira Tokuse... Read more...
A mistranslation or misinterpretation of a statement by Sony's vice president for consumer electronics, Katsumi Ihara, led many U.S. media outlets to believe that Sony was dropping all support for DVD.  But in reality, that's not the case.The Japanese Agencies press service translated Ihara's statement as follows: "We plan to make all our... Read more...
Sony announced four new models of Blu-ray disc recorder/players today. The new models have big capacity -- up to 16 hours of hi-def programming on 50 GB discs. The most expensive model has a 500GB hard drive, to boot, but you'll pay for it -- $1752. Note to Sony: the room I watch movies in didn't cost that much to build.  "With... Read more...
The Wikipedia entry for Microsoft's upcoming Halo 3 has been edited by none other than somebody in the Liverpool offices of Sony Computer Entertainment Studios Europe.Without further ado, here is the edit: “The original entry stated: 'Halo 3, the third game in the best-selling Xbox game franchise Halo, is a highly anticipated first-person... Read more...
Sony has a two tier model and pricing structure for their Playstation3 consoles. They sell their old model with the 60 gigabyte hardrive for US $499, and a modestly more powerful 80 gigabtye model for $599. According to Sony Games President David Kararaker, Sony has shipped all the 60 gigabyte consoles they are ever going to make, and once... Read more...
Electronics giant Sony  announced a new version of its Walkman today. But instead of Pet Shop Boys and Flock of Seagulls cassette mix tapes, this one plays digital media, including video. And Sony was sure to point out that the devices aren't tied to any particular media format, unlike *cough* Apple *cough* players. And to sort of drive the... Read more...
It's been nearly two years since since Sony got into the rootkit business. Not intentionally, but the DRM installed by Sony BMG CDs when you tried to play them on your PC had rootkit qualities. Not only that, but in a real-life example of the vulnerability, hackers used it to hack World of Warcraft.Unfortunately, it seems Sony did not learn... Read more...
It's amazing that there are still Sony batteries in the world left that have not been recalled.  Or at least, it seems that way.  Today Toshiba annunced its second recall of Sony batteries in a month. This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with... Read more...
Sony’s PlayStation 3 has experienced a huge problem with sales ever since its release in late 2006. Just when things were starting to look up with the price cut on the PS3 and the widespread backing of Blu-ray technology, the PS3 has managed to get itself in a bind again. U.S. company Parallel Processing has filed a lawsuit against Sony on... Read more...
While Gordon Gekko (from the movie Wall Street) might have argued that greed is good, excessive amounts of it aren’t always conducive to effective business relationships.Enter Steve Jobs and Sony CEO Howard Stringer.  Both of them are running corporations that sell music, and it appears that friction has developed as a result.  Jobs called... Read more...
Sony has lowered the price of their Playstation gaming console by $100.  Or they'll sell you  a new model with an improved 80 GB drive at the old $ 599 price point. While Microsoft is busy going through the couch cushions looking for a billion dollars to fix all the Xbox 360s with the "Red Ring Of Death," this move will probably jumpstart... Read more...
The sweet spot is the point in the room, in between the speakers, in which the stereo effect is the richest. Many enthusiasts have gone to great efforts to find the perfect sweet spot, but most sound systems have very small sweet spots, which means that moving even a few centimeters away from it can drastically alter one’s experience. Sony... Read more...
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