They say things have to get worse before they can get better. For Sony, that's apparently a threat – not a promise. First PSN went poof, then Sony announced that some hacker got their keyboard-calloused mitts on everyone's personal info, and now, well, you can probably see where this is headed. Yep: straight to court.
Sony has simply blamed the ongoing PSN outage on an “external intrusion” without going into the exact cause and nature of this unrelenting crisis - equal parts technical disaster and public relations fiasco. According to a Redditor named chesh420, who only identified himself as a PSX-Scene.com moderator, the current PSN outage could be the result of a new custom firmware (CFW) named Rebug that “essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev's only have access to).”
Connected TVs made up 20 percent of all television shipments in 2010, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. But the best is yet to come as it expects their shipments to grow at a 30 percent compound annual rate through 2014 to reach 123 million units.
Norio Ohga, the former president and chairman of Sony Corporation who spearheaded development of the compact disc, died on Saturday in Tokyo at the age of 81. The cause of death was multiple organ failure, Sony said in a statement. Up until his death, Ohga remained tied to Sony, serving as a Senior Advisor and continuing to add to his legacy that spans over 50 years with the company.
It’s been a relatively busy week in terms of service disruptions with Amazon’s elastic cloud malfunction taking down dozens of the web’s most popular websites, and now an ongoing Playstation Network outage is stretching into its fourth day, with no end in sight. According to a blog post by Patrick Seybold, Sr Director of Corporate Communications, Sony will continue to work on resolving the issue around the clock, but couldn’t commit to an exact time when service would be restored.
Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) went down early Thursday morning. Usually, when a large scale service like this goes dark, it's quickly restored. This time, we're coming up on two days of outage without a resolution in sight. Perhaps more concerning, Sony has been silent on the issue since midday yesterday.
The PSPgo entered the world as an ugly duckling. It simply didn't fit in, representing an awkward transition period between physical media and all-digital formats. Also, the whole “stupidly expensive” part probably didn't help. And so we stand before you today bearing somber news that the little-device-that-couldn't wasn't able to find a happy ending. World's three entire PSPgo owners, we're so sorry for your loss.
Sony says that worldwide sales of its PlayStation 3 consoles reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011. In addition, sales of Sony's PlayStation Move surpassed 8 million units worldwide as of April 3, 2011, the console maker announced. Both are impressive numbers, though it's worth noting that even though Sony calls them "sales," these are really shipment numbers to retailers, not necessarily to end-consumers.
If you were expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight between Sony and PS3 jailbreaker George "Geohot" Hotz, you'll have to settle for an anticlimactic ending instead. As our own Nathan Grayson reported yesterday, Hotz agreed to never again spread any technology that "circumvents any of the TPMs in any Sony product" and is forever banned from assisting in such activities. That's not exactly the end result Hotz's supporters were hoping for, and now the former PS3 hacker is taking heat for running from the fire.
After a series of verbal jabs that ranged from heated and on-point to “he's clearly fled to South America,” Sony and notorious PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohot” Hotz have finally patched things up. Or at least, that's what the court document says. The parties involved, however, tell a slightly different story.