Posts Tagged: ‘Sony’
This year HowStuffWorks.com sent Tech Editor Holly Frey to the Electronics Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Since she doesn’t have her own blog account yet, I’ll be posting her updates this week. Judging by what I’ve read, she’s having a good time!
I read over at NPR that Sony is facing a $3.2 billion-dollar loss this year. That’s bad news for the company, which had projected to climb out of a recent series of losses to return to profitability. And there are two big reasons why Sony won’t be seeing profits this year. One is due to the tsunami that hit Japan. The other is the recent attacks on the PlayStation Network (PSN). Together, these events cost the company billions of dollars.
PlayStation owners will have to wait a while longer before regaining access to the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. According to an official blog post on the PlayStation blog, the company began internal testing of the network last week. But until Sony is satisfied that the new security measures are working properly, the company won’t restore partial network service to the public. And Bloomberg reports that Sony executives are assuring users that full service to the network will return by May 31st. A blog post from April 27th said that Sony hoped to restore service within a week. But that was before Sony was fully aware of the extent of the security breach.
by hswchris | April 26, 2011
If you’re a PlayStation Network or Qriosity customer, you’ve probably been frustrated with the recent service outage. But the news is getting worse: According to a blog post by Sony Sr. Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media Patrick Seybold, the network has been down due to a hacker attack that occurred from April 17 to 19, in which someone acquired customers’ personal information.
The news is all over the place but I heard it first on engadget: Sony has unveiled a new gaming platform for Android-based devices called PlayStation Suite. The platform is a PlayStation emulator that will allow users to play PlayStation games (from the original PlayStation) on phones and tablets. There will be touchscreen controls for devices that don’t have physical keyboards. New games designed specifically for PlayStation Suite are soon to follow.
Yesterday, CES 2011 officially began. Never mind that I had been attending press events for two days leading up to it. Thursday was when the show floors opened for the first time to all attendees. I’ve seen various estimations of how big CES is this year. A conservative guess was that the exhibits encompassed more than 1.5 million square feet. And it feels like at least three people are in every square foot — it’s packed!
It’s the end of a very long day and I’m sitting in my hotel room, unwinding after a blitz of press events that lasted from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Despite my near-constant series of complaints about the behavior of some of the journalists here, I’ve actually had a really good day. I skipped press day during CES 2009 and 2010, concentrating instead on the show floor. But you get a good overview of what a company is all about through their press conferences. There were some big press events I couldn’t make, including conferences and keynotes by Samsung, Intel and Microsoft. I’m catching up by reading blog posts and press releases. But the two events that rounded out my first full day at CES 2011 pulled out the stops. The two companies were Panasonic and Sony.
by hswchris | October 25, 2010
Many people will be shocked to learn that Sony has decided to stop manufacturing the last model of its iconic portable music player, the Walkman, in Japan. I know I was stunned, not because I think it’s time to discontinue the portable cassette player but because I’d assumed Sony had already given up on it.
In the 1980s, Sony’s Walkman was immensely popular. I always wanted one (especially the water-resistant bright-yellow Sports line), and settled for devices by other manufacturers. Nonetheless, it was a must-have gadget for kids on the go for many years. Sony later introduced players that would let people take their compact discs and MiniDiscs with them, and then went all-digital — the company currently has a Walkman-branded MP3 player.
Yesterday, Logitech scooped Sony by holding an event to announce new products with Google TV integration built into them. Sony will be holding an event on October 12th for its own line of Google TV-enabled hardware. It looks like Google TV is the popular girl at the prom and Logitech, Sony and others are the jocks fighting over who gets to dance with her and bring her a glass of punch [note: Jonathan never went to prom so his knowledge of such events is limited to movies written by John Hughes].
by Marshall Brain | September 30, 2010
If you have an Android phone, you know that it is not always convenient or appropriate to get your phone out of your pocket to look at it. But what if your phone (and its apps) could beam information to a cool little auxiliary display that you wear as a wristwatch? Sony has created such a display and demonstrates it here…
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