The way things are going, we'd rather run a lemonade stand than try to make a buck selling RAM. The DRAM market continues to struggle, but in an attempt to turn lemons into lemonade, PNY has teamed up with Sony to offer a bonus full-length movie download with the purchase of one of PNY's new memory kits.
The new kits include 8GB and 4GB capacities in both 1333MHz desktop and 1066MHz notebook configurations. PNY says the 8GB kit is now the highest capacity memory in the company's line-up, which sells for $130 direct through PNY, and little less street.
As for the bonus flick, buyers can choose from "over 35 movie titles from a broad selection of genres... The bonus Sony movie downloads include recent blockbuster hits as well as favorite classics, such as The Da Vinci Code, Hitch, Big Daddy, As Good As It Gets, 21, and S.W.A.T."
Sony announced it has gone and shoved the Hulu Plus subscription service into its Dash Personal Internet Viewer device, giving viewers access to thousands of TV shows and movies.
"The addition of Hulu Plus serves as an ideal example of how Dash continues to evolve and improve over time," said Brennan Mullion, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' personal imaging and audio business. "With Hulu on board, the Dash platform has the ability to deliver a huge variety of online entertainment instantly to consumers' homes on top of glanceable, real-time tidbits of information."
Sony's Dash ($200) sports a 7-inch color touchscreen display with built-in stereo speakers. The Hulu Plus service runs $10/month and joins the fray of more than 1,000 compatible free apps for the Dash platform.
After launching back in January, Sony has taken a shrinking ray and aimed it at its Y Series Vaio laptop, which has now been reduced from 13.3 inches to 11.6 inches.
That's near netbook territory, but its guts are anything but. Inside the 11.6-inch Vaio you'll find an Intel Core i3 380UM processor clocked at 1.33GHz, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. Other accouterments include a 1366x768 resolution (the same as before), Bluetooth, Wireless-N, HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Look for this one to launch in Japan later this month. No word on when it will ship stateside or for how much.
You can now purchase Sony's wireless Reader Daily Edition eBook reader from select retail outlets and online at SonyStyle.com, Sony announced.
The new Reader Daily Edition comes decked out with both Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G connectivity. Other features include optical touchscreen technology, a 7-inch display, basic Web browsing functionality, content zoom, adjustable contrast and brightness controls, automatic multiple page creations, 2GB of memory (expandable to 32GB), and other odds and ends.
Sony sells the Reader Daily Edition in silver for around $300.
Sony this week unveiled its next-gen half-height internal Blu-ray rewritable drive available in both retail and OEM configurations. The new drive includes Blu-ray 3D playback and offers up to 12X writes to single BD-R media and up to 8X speeds on dual-layer BD-R discs.
Sony says the 12X recording speed works on 6X compatible BD-R media, allowing you to record a full 25GB disc in about 10 minutes. Other specs include:
4.7GB DVD+/-R = 16X
8.5GB DVD+/-R Double Layer = 8X
DVD+RW = 8X
DVD-RW = 6X
CD-R = 48X
CD-RW = 24X
DVD-RAM = 12X
No word yet on price of availability, though Sony did say if you pony up for the retail model you'll also receive CyberLink's Media Suite 8 software.
Good news for all you gamers on the go, the rumored PlayStation Phone is looking to be much more than a rumor. New pics of the Sony Ericsson device have popped up online, and according to Engadget, these pics do "in fact [show] the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for."
A slide-out gamepad gives users access to the familiar PlayStation controller that's remained largely unchanged since the PSOne. There's a 1GHz Qualcomm chip inside, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a screen measuring 3.7 to 4.1 inches.
On the software side, previous reports had the PlayStation Phone pegged with Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) with a phone-specific skin. There's also talk of a new section in the Android Market dedicated to games that will run on the PlayStation Phone.
Still no word on whether this will come out in 2010 or slip into 2011.
Depending on how much weight you want to put on Kotaku's "several sources," Sony's PSP2 console is shaping up to be a killer handheld.
Sources confirmed a previous rumor that there will be a touch panel on the back of the hardware, sort of like a giant trackpad. The PSP2 will also come with dual analog sticks, a feature that's missing on current iterations of the PSP.
Sony also decided to go with a larger screen (again, according to Kotaku's sources), which will be sharper than what's on current PSPs. Sony is said to be referring to the screen as "HD" behind closed doors.
Finally, the sources say the PSP2 will ship this Fall beating the holiday sales rush.
Fan created mockup of the PSP2, not an actual prototype.
It's officially the end of an era, folks, one that quite frankly we're surprised lasted as long as it did. In any event, Sony announced it has stopped the Japanese production of its once popular Walkman portable cassette players.
This marks the end of a 31-year run from when the Walkman first went on sale in Japan back on July 1, 1979. At the time, the design was a near-instant hit and served as the forefather to today's spate of portable music players, including Apple's uber popular iPod and Microsoft's me-too Zune.
According to Sony, more than 400 million Walkmans have been sold worldwide until March 2010, a little over half of which were cassette-based models. Going forward, the Walkman brand will live on through CD, MD, and flash memory-based models.
TPS-L2, which would later carry the Walkman branding, was the first commercially sold personal stereo cassette player.
For those of you who care, Sony has officially announced price cuts for its PSP Go handheld console, rumors of which have been floating around the Web for weeks.
In Japan, the PSP Go is dropping from around $332 to $208, while in the U.S. you can soon expect to pay $199 instead of $249. Or you can do so right now with a little bit of Google-Fu. While Sony still lists the MSRP as $249 on its Website, some vendors -- like Amazon and Target -- already have the new pricing in effect.
Anyone tempted to pick one up at this price, or are you holding out for Nintendo's 3DS console?
Most people would argue that the e-book market has nowhere to go but up, however analysts continue to be surprised by just how fast people are ditching ink for pixels. According to the Association of American Publishers e-book sales from January to August were a staggering $263 million, this compared to just $89.8 million during the same period last year. This threefold increase in sales certainly helps to validate the market, and it looks like the impact of having so many affordable e-book devices on the market is finally starting to kick in.
In January 2009 anyone wanting to read an e-book needed a device worth several hundred dollars, and had to worry about DRM protected content with no guarantee over future compatibility. Today just about anyone with a smartphone can tap into several different e-book stores, Kindles and Nooks have never been cheaper, and some little known company by the name of Apple launched the iPad.
E-book sales still only account for about 10 percent of books sold, but it still paints a clear picture for brick and mortar retailers. The trend is not your friend.