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With HD DVD and Blu-ray fighting much like VHS and Betamax in the 1980's, Sony is trying to win a previously lost war by releasing Blu-ray titles starting today with the release of Click, the highly popular Adam Sandler movie in released theaters earlier this year. "Sony has announced that Click, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Black Hawk Down will be the first Sony films released on 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray disc. Although Blu-ray discs have been available on the market for several months now, these are 50GB dual-layer discs as opposed to the current discs being only 25GB. Pricing for the Sony films has not been publicly released." With all this fuss over which standard will... Read more...
And the hits just keep on coming for Sony.  Hitachi has announced that they will be recalling 16,000 Sony made lithium-ion batteries.  Hitachi has joined an increasing list of computer manufactures over the past two months who have recalled batteries.  Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo have all participated in recalls of batteries that total well into the millions Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.... Read more...
Another day another Sony battery recall, this time by Fujitsu in the amount of 280,000 batteries. Fujitsu joins the ranks of other manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and Toshiba in issuing massive battery recalls and replacements. Surprisingly enough Sony has yet to recall these batteries from their own laptops, however a report today does indicate they will do so soon.  HP on the other hand is holding out on any recalls for the time being citing proper circuitry in their laptops which would prevent such an episode from occurring and the lack of evidence of said incidents on their laptops.  If you own a laptop by any of the above manufacturers and have a Sony battery,... Read more...
Hardware Zone has Sony's ultra light VAIO VGN-TX37GP on hand in their latest review, which is a notebook you should consider if you're in the market for something light weight and portable. With portability top priority for the notebook, it's not the kind of machine to look at if your interested in processing power, though one of the benefits of a less powerful machine is longer battery life. "However, despite having the dubious backing of Microsoft (Tablet PC anyone?), UMPCs are as yet relatively unproven in the marketplace. So for the frequent business traveler who needs a portable computer, thin and light notebooks are still the... Read more...
Infoworld reports that Sony and Samsung will team up to build the world's most advanced liquid crystal display panel factory. The two companies will invest $1.9 billion (USD) on machinery and equipment for the new LCD panel factory and Samsung will spend an additional 940 million to construct the building. The new factory will be located next to an existing plant in Tangjeong, South Korea. Both plants will be operated by Sony and Samsung's LCD manufacturing joint venture, S-LCD Corp. Sony and Samsung will divide the output of the plant equally and use the panels in their own products. The plant is currently slated to open in late 2007. "Strong worldwide demand... Read more...
If you are in the market for a new Core Duo powered notebook, you'll want to check out this article. We take a look at Sony's slick VAIO VGN-SZ150P/C. This notebook features a 13.3" XBrite screen and a hybrid graphics sub-system that can be powered by a GeForce Go 7400 or an Intel IGP. All in less than 4lbs of mobility.... Read more...
In terms of sheer numbers, Sony is not considered one of the major notebook players in North America. Though, they do remain a staple of what most people consider quality built notebooks worldwide, despite their competitively lower sale figures. Most VAIO machines through the years have been built surprisingly well and more to the point, have had a trademark flair for being slim, lightweight, sleek and versatile.  The Sony VAIO VGN-SZ150 is what some folks might consider a truly mobile compromise between performance and portability.  We'll take a closer look at the SZ150, all four pounds of it, in the pages that follow. Sony VAIO VGN-SZ150P/C Specifications Processor ._Designed... Read more...
Recently scheduled to appear this August, Sony's first Blu-Ray player has received another delay, this time slipping until October. This puts the player's release date close to Sony's projected Playstation 3 release date, and a bit further away from Samsung's June 25th release. "It had been assumed that Sony and its partners would want to launch Blu-Ray players and content into the market well ahead of the arrival of PS3, in order to ensure that the standard was understood by consumers by the time the expensive next-gen console appeared." With the products being released so close together, it's going to be interesting to see if consumers will choose the $1,000 Blu-Ray player,... Read more...
Here's something that's bound to get some of you excited. Digital Trends has just posted a review of Sony's UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC), the UX50. It's not quite as small as a PDA, but it's much smaller than a laptop.  Not matter how small it is though, it's definitely cool...I want one... "The entire 4.5" diagonal widescreen display of the UX50 slides up to reveal a full 69-key keyboard, complete with blue backlighting. Keep in mind that imported versions of the UX series use a Japanese keyboard layout, which is the same as the standard US layout with the addition of a few extra buttons and different mapping of the symbols... Read more...
We're getting closer and closer to finding out if Sony's decision to incorporate Blu-Ray into the Playstation 3 was either a really good idea, or a really bad one. Either way, the folks on team XBox don't like Sony's idea of "forcing" the format onto consumers. "The war of words between bitter rivals Microsoft and Sony has intensified, with top Xbox Europe execs launching an astonishing attack on the Japanese firm's decision to include its next-generation DVD technology in PlayStation 3 as standard."  ... Read more...
SONY DELIVERS WORLD'S FIRST FULL-FUNCTION POCKET-SIZED PC SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2006 - Sony Electronics today introduced the VAIO(R) UX Micro PC, placing full-size computer performance in a pocket-sized package. Weighing just over a pound, the new PC has a Microsoft(R) XP Professional operating system and an Intel(R) CoreTM Solo Ultra Low Voltage CPU for fast processing and long battery life. The UX model also features a 4.5-inch wide SVGA screen with XBRITETM technology for viewing that slides up to expose an integrated keyboard. This allows you to access familiar applications easily in the same way you would on a full-sized computer. The pocket-sized PC also comes equipped with a stylus and Sony's... Read more...
"You'd do better in a volcano with a nitroglycerine towel." That's a quote from our E3 shuttle bus driver sans non-family friendly commentary. Welcome To E3 Here I am back for my 10th E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) - unfortunately, I missed out on the very first one in 1995. Hopefully, never again. E3 is many things to many people, but at the end of the day, it's about the games that are coming to market in the upcoming year(s). Some folks think E3 is just one monstrous arcade and to some degree it is. After all, attendees can see and usually play the majority of games launching across PC, console and handheld platforms in the coming year (and often beyond).  But... Read more...
More information concerning Sony has found it's way into our news box. In reaction to the poor response to Sony's PS3 controller design, they've unveiled their latest design which looks, well, like a Playstation controller. That's not all though, as they've appeared to have taken an idea from their rival, Nintendo.  "Well done Sony. You have managed to show you have no creativity what-so-ever and, when it comes to gaming, all you know is hardware. Today Sony revealed it's "new" final version of the PS3 controller. Looks exactly like the PS2 controller doesn't it? Instead of redesigning the controller, they simply went... Read more...
Ah yes, the buzz surrounding E3 2006 is growing, and we couldn't be more excited! As the news comes our way, we'll be sure to post the most interesting bits from the show, so make sure to check back regularly. Tonight, RewiredMind.com brings us some information on what Sony will have to offer, even offering a supposed release date for the Playstation 3. "Loading times were discussed next, with Yamauchi noting that the title was optimised for the HDD that is included in the PS3, and that compared to GT4's average load time of 14 seconds, players will be able to move from menu to race within 2-3 seconds. After another track, a quick view... Read more...
The Inquirer reports this morning that their sources are indicating the yields for Sony's upcoming CELL processor are "horrible". Serving as the foundation for the highly anticipated Playstation 3 gaming console, these rumors of poor yields are disconcerting to say the least. With an estimated arrival of November and tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gamers waiting in line to purchase it, the Playstation 3 could be in serious trouble. Then again, this could just be an ugly rumor meant to strike fear in the hearts of Sony fans worldwide. Per usual, time will tell. The problem is that IBM and Sony designed the chip for some... Read more...
Sony Lowers Price of PlayStation 2 to $129.99 FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 20 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced that it has made its PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system more affordable than ever throughout North America. Effective immediately, consumers can purchase the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.99/$139.99 CND. The company expects this latest price move to fuel consumer demand even further. PlayStation 2 is the most popular gaming platform in North America, Europe/PAL territories and Japan/Asia, the only gaming platform to enjoy such widespread global success. To date, more than 101 million PlayStation... Read more...
We recently decided to procure a new Sony VAIO VGN-SZ150P/C Notebook for testing and evaluation here.  During the first couple of weeks of testing, it never occurred to us frankly that our unit perhaps wasn't representative of the material as described in its specifications and at the online reseller we bought it from.  Here are a couple of shots of our unit that may or may not add to the confusion, depending on how keen your eye is.   As you can see, clearly on the box label, which has a matching serial number to the unit itself incidentally, this system was tagged with "SZ150P/C", the "/C" designating a Premium Carbon Fiber constructed system.... Read more...
According to this article on the Reuters UK site, disappointing sales of movies and other media on Sony's proprietary UMD (Universal Media Disc) spells doom for the format.  And how about that dig by the Universal Studio's rep?  It seems Universal isn't too pleased with Blu-Ray's potential either. "No one's watching movies on PSP," said the president of one of the six major studios' home entertainment divisions. "It's a game player, period." Observers speculate the studios released too many movies, too fast. Within five months of the PSP's March 2005 launch, 239 movie and TV titles already were either in the market or in the pipeline... Read more...
NVIDIA has just released a press release today that claims the company has just received another large design contract from Sony. Supposedly a larger deal than the GPU contract for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, both vendors are being curiously vague on what the actual project in question truly is. Given some of the comments made by Sony regarding Cell we expect the new CPU architecture to show up in a variety of consumer electronics. Now which of those will require GPU assistance which would warrant bringing NVIDIA back to the design table is a question we're eager to have answered."We had anticipated that (contract revenue) would drop off, but that's not going to happen," Burkett told... Read more...
Sony Corp.'s top video game studio executive said on Wednesday that a new online service debuting with its PlayStation 3 console in early November will open up a world of new content for gamers as well as new revenue opportunities for the company. The service, which lets users buy games and communicate and compete with other players via the Web, again puts the company in head-to-head competition with Microsoft Corp. Sony, one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and entertainment companies, aims to retain dominance over the roughly $30 billion global video game market with the PS3.... Read more...
Sony's much anticipated Playstation 3 has been pushed back to November 2006, which can be both good and bad news, depending on if you're a gamer or Bill Gates. The folks over at BFR, like many of us, aren't thrilled at the idea, and have to wonder if this is just the first in a series of delays. "Early this morning while most of us still lay asleep, on the other side of the globe industry shaking news was finally revealed about the ever elusive PS3. It has been nearly a year since 2005's E3 PS3 conference and with little to no further knowledge being disclosed to anyone about anything, we've been feeding off of "Target" Videos and Tech Demo's... Read more...
Looking for a new phone in 06? Sony Ericson has some cool looking models coming out in the 2nd quarter of this year. CNet has the scoop, providing a list and some details of what you can expect to see later on this year... assuming carriers decide to use them. "2005 was arguably the year of the Walkman phone for Sony Ericsson, thanks to its release of six different flavors for all segments of the consumer market. Here in the United States, we saw the W600i and the W800i, and now, the company has rolled out the W300i, which is designed for the mass market. Inside the sexy flip design are all the usual elements you'd expect in a Walkman phone,... Read more...
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