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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; and of course there were no flaming laptop battery recalls this year to eat away at the bottom line. But Sony is still unable to make any money selling its flagship Playstation 3 gaming console and Blu-ray player.  ...its PlayStation 3 (PS3) videogame console continued to lag Nintendo Co Ltd's hot-selling Wii, and the game division fell deep into the... Read more...
Radiohead recently broke away from not only their record label, but from the entire recording label paradigm and decided to release their new album, In Rainbows, over the Internet for the very fair price of whatever you wanted to pay, including nothing at all.With a price like 'free', you'd figure that piracy would be virtually eliminated.  Think again:“But for hard-core music pirates, even free hasn’t been enough of a draw. According to music industry analysts, hundreds of thousands of Web users who frequent copyright-infringing file-sharing sites, including The Pirate Bay and TorrentSpy, have chosen to download In Rainbows illegally, distributing their contraband around the Internet just... Read more...
Only a few days after Valve's Gabe Newell dished on why Valve, makers of the Half-Life series, doesn't develop for OS X, it seems that Apple decided that they needed to make their position known as well.Bear in mind that Newell's general explanation revolved around Apple changing their support team rather frequently, and not seeming to have any continuity between the outgoing teams and the incomming teams.  The net result, Newell claims, is that every time Apple approaches Valve about gaming, they do it with a completely new (small) group of internal engineers/developers that seem to have no idea that a similar group met with Valve about year ago.  Those people from approximately a... Read more...
Who would have thought of a cell phone that could double as health monitor and inspirational trainer?  Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc., that's who.So what all does a cell phone/fitness trainer do for you?It's probably a shorter list of things it won't do for you:“The sensor can tell whether you're walking, running, climbing stairs, or resting, and counts the calories accordingly to tally daily totals, Tobita said."It's with you wherever you go, like a portable personal trainer," he said.Like Nike Inc.'s +Nike technology, the handset also keeps track of jogs, letting users set targets and keeping track of time, distance, and calories burnt — all while listening to music through headphones.Hold the... 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 BMG's Jennifer Pariser, who had a rather unique and perhaps company serving view of what constitutes music theft:Pariser has a very broad definition of "stealing." When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading... Read more...
Viewsonic has added three new monitors to its lineup. All the new screens are priced at under $349. New offerings include 19" and 22" in widescreen format, and a non-widescreen 19". With a Dynamic Contrast ratio of up to 4000:1 (typ), the VX1940w and VX2240w provide many benefits such as enhanced light and dark images and reduced "light leakage" that improve performance up to four times greater than traditional contrast ratios. This combined with ClearMotiv® fast response time up to 2 ms and 300 nits of brightness (typ) creates ideal conditions for gamers, movie enthusiasts and graphic designers. Both models feature a 1680x1050 high resolution, which makes the VX1940w the first... Read more...
As the launch of Apple and Starbucks' partnership nears (October 2nd) Starbucks has announced a promotion running from October 2nd to November 7th, in which customers at participating locations can download the "Song of the Day" (selected by Starbucks, naturally), free from iTunes.From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7, baristas in the company's more than 10,000 U.S. stores will hand out about 1.5 million "Song of the Day" cards each day. The cards can be redeemed at Apple Inc.'s online iTunes Store.Thirty-seven artists with featured songs include Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell — the first two to sign on with Starbucks' Hear Music label — along with Joss Stone, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Annie Lennox and Band... 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 South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. and Intel Corp. of the U.S.Prices have been dropping not only on lower-end chips but all gadgets, making it harder for manufacturers to maintain profits.Sony shares fell 2.2 percent amid market expectations that the company will have to shoulder losses for the chips sale to Toshiba. Toshiba shares dipped 0.6 percent.Sony... 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 who works in Sony product development. "In a parents-and-baby shot, you could select the baby." The "Say Cheese" technology has three setting levels, from a slight grin to a belly laugh. I can see this making child photography easier - just set the camera and concentrate on getting the child to smile -... 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 recorders in the domestic market Blu-ray compatible in future, allowing consumers to record high-definition programs over a longer period." Asian news sources interpreted the statement to mean that after November, Sony's recordable consoles will no longer be DVD-R only.A reinterpretation of Ihara's statement appeared on Yahoo News this afternoon, which used... 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 high-definition TVs spreading rapidly and more digital cameras and camcorders are becoming HD-ready, time is ripe for household recorders to move onto a next generation," Sony Executive Deputy President Katsumi Ihara told a news conference. "We intend to make all our recorders in the domestic market Blu-ray compatible," he said.... 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 shooter video game under development by Bungie Studios for the Xbox 360 and is expected to "set a new high water mark" for next-generation games.'However, a sentence had been added which reads: 'Although it won't look any better than Halo 2.'Although the edit is time-stamped at 25 April 2007 15:12, just 39 minutes after the original entry was made, it has... 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 they are gone from store shelves, that's it. Sony has alluded to a price drop after the 60 gigabyte model has sold out, but nothing official has been announced yet. "We won't be making any further announcements regarding our PS3 model hardware strategy in North America until the 60GB model is exhausted and market conditions are evaluated," said... 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 point home, Sony also announced they were ending their proprietary ATRAC audio format in North America and Europe. Why, it's like open platform heaven over there at Sony these days.  The Japanese company, one of the world's biggest electronics makers, said its NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series of Walkman digital music players would be available in... Read more...
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