Applying thermal paste to a CPU before dropping a heat sink on it isn't too much of a pain in the butt, but you have to do it carefully; as pretty much everybody reading this site probably knows, air bubbles and uneven application can affect cooling performance. What if you didn't have to worry about applying thermal paste? Crazy talk, I know, but during last week's Techno-Frontier convention in Tokyo, Sony Chemical & Information Device Corp was showing off a thermal sheet that it said has the same thermal conductivity of traditional paste.
The next high definition television you buy might feature an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panel. Sure, OLED displays are comparatively pricey and in short order compared to LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs, but rivals Sony and Panasonic have put aside their competitive differences to jointly develop the next wave of OLED panels and modules for HDTVs and other large-size displays.
In a repeat of last year’s back-to-school promotion, Microsoft last month began offering a free Xbox 360 to U.S. and Canadian students buying a new Windows PC. But what about those students whose allegiances lie elsewhere in the HD video game console wars? They need not worry, for there’s a deal for them too.
Is your television smart? If not, chances are your next one will be. According to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Smart TV Shipment and Forecast Report, which tracks connected and smart tv shipments by brand, region, display technology, and screen size, smart TV shipments are surging around the globe, particularly in Japan, where more than a third of all TVs shipped have smart capabilities.
Mobile gaming apparently lends itself to strange bedfellows, like HTC reportedly signing on to promote Sony's PlayStation Certified program. And in doing so, HTC finds itself as the only non-Sony entity to secure certification, which it will use to its advantage in the mobile handset market, or at least attempt to. It's not as though companies are beating down Sony's door for a PlayStation Certified stamp of approval.
Showing up fashionably late to the Ultrabook party is Sony, which is just now unveiling its first Vaio model in Intel's high-performance, ultraportable category of laptops. The Vaio T, as it's called, is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook with a flat brushed aluminum design and magnesium chassis. Sony also unveiled a number of other Vaio notebook models, but let's take a closer look at the Vaio T before moving on.
The next time you go shopping for a high definition television, don't be surprised to find that TVs from Sony and Samsung consistently cost more than the competition. The reason, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, is that both are forcing new policies on retailers forbidding them from advertising or selling TV sets for less than predetermined price points by each respective manufacturer. The policies apply to both online and brick-and-mortar sales.
It’s raining Ivy Bridge laptops these days. Not a day goes by without a PC vendor announcing the launch of a bunch of laptops featuring 3rd generation Intel Core i processors. The latest to do so is Sony, which has announced updates to both its VAIO S and Z laptop families.
Sony suffered through its worst year ever in 2011, and not just because of the high-profile hacker attacks that compromised millions of user accounts and resulted in extended downtime to the PlayStation Network. The real reason Sony can lament 2011 is because of the fact that it posted a net loss of $5.7 billion, the company's largest loss ever in its 66-year history, and the fourth straight year of sitting in the red.
Sony's taking its sweet time punching a ticket on the Ultrabook bandwagon, but come early June 2012, it will hop aboard with the Vaio T13. The Vaio T13 is Sony's first Ultrabook model and show up to the party wearing a "tough magnesium and aluminum" shell with a brushed aesthetic. Vaio T13 models rocking a solid state drive (SSD) will boast up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge, and up to 90 days in Sleep Mode.