The movie North Korea supposedly didn't want you to see
Despite the efforts of hackers who were apparently ticked off with Sony Pictures Entertainment over The Interview, a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists the help of TV personalities played by Seth Rogan and James Francos to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, millions of Americans watched the movie since its Christmas Eve debut. More precisely, The Interview grossed $15 million in total consumer spending after just four days of being released online, Sony said in a release.
It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet
Hacker group Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.
North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, North Korea also contends that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.
Evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a cyber attack on U.S. soil
After investigating a major cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the theft and subsequent leak of various data, it appears there's enough evidence to suggest that North Korea is the culprit, as was previously suspected. However, U.S. authorities have been debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea of the attack, fearing that doing so would play into the country's hands of seeking a confrontation. According to reports, the decision's been made.
Compact accessory turns your existing eyewear into a set of smart glasses
The wearables category is shaping up to be a big one, or at least manufacturers will give the segment the ol' college try. We expect to see a bunch of wearable devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, especially since we're already seeing a handful of products hit the web ahead of the convention. Take Sony for instance -- Sony is developing a compact and lightweight single-lens display module that it says can turn various eyewear into smart devices.
Hacker group claims to be in possession of Sony's "secrets"
What secrets might Sony Pictures be hiding? We don't know the answer to that, but apparently a hacker group does, or at least is claiming that to be the case. Sony Pictures suffered a security breach by a hacker group called #GOP, which forced employees to shut down their systems and stay off the movie studio's network. The hackers say they're in possession of internal data, including the company's "secrets."
Sony today announced the commercialization of its new Exmor RS IMX230, the industry's first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to boast an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function for superior focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. It's rated at 21 megapixels (effective) and sports a High Dynamic Range (HDR) function to capture backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly, even in high-contrast scenes, Sony says.
Sony can be considered a pioneer in the portable music player business, and if you lived through the cassette tape era, then there's a good chance you owned a Walkman. Believe it or not, Sony continued to manufacture cassette-based Walkmans in several different markets all the way up through near the end of 2010. While nowhere near as popular as they were in the 1980s an 1990s, Sony's Walkman brand is seeing a bit of a resurgence courtesy of its NWZ-ZX1, a high-resolution audio player for consumers with deep pockets.
Just a few months after selling off its Vaio PC division, Sony will further reduce costs by shutting down its Reader Store. It will close for good on June 16, 2014, up to which time you can continue to shop and make purchases at the Reader Store. That may seem like a silly thing to do with a closure just more than a month away, however Sony says you'll receive an email from Kobo with a personalized link that will allow you to transfer your library over.