Sharing: It's one of the first things we're taught as children. One of the most basic social graces, sharing allows us to create new friendships, divvy up precious resources and expand our horizons. Too bad the board of directors of so many high-tech companies never figured this out. Companies like Sony, Apple and Iomega have been saddling us with proprietary memory solutions for years now. Here's our pick of 15 of the worst examples.
The electronic surgeons at iFixIt point out that they don't break gadgets, they tear them apart. We love when they do, because then we can spy the innards of expensive tech gear laid bare without ruining our own equipment, allowing us to live vicariously through their teardowns. This week iFixIt took apart Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld console, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to service.
When you flip on your Sony PlayStation 3 console today (assuming you own one and plan on using it), you'll be prompted to download a new software update, version 4.10, which happens to be the first one of 2012 for the PS3. You'll also be asked to accept a change to Sony's Terms of Service, which primarily deals with rebranding your "PSN Account" to a "Sony Entertainment Network Account" (SEN).
Say what you want about the Titanic, at least it only went down once. Sony's PlayStation Network? At times it feels like that ship sinks more than it swims. That isn't actually the case, of course, but frequent maintenance following the high-profile hack job last year means more periods of downtime than gamers would like, including today. If all goes to schedule, PSN will turn back on at midnight PST.
Sony's newly annointed CEO and President Kazuo Hirai has a monumental task in front of him. He inherited a company that's coping with weak TV sales, disruptions in the electronics market due to the severe flooding in Thailand, and a strong yen, all of which came together to wreak havoc on Sony's bottom line. The struggling electronics company posted a net loss of 159 billion yen, or about $2.1 billion, for the October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 quarter.
Sony on Sunday announced the addition of three new digital camera models to its Cyber-shot family, including the DSC-TX200V from the ultra-thin Cyber-Shot T series, and the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 models from the traditionally designed W series. Each of three new cameras feature a high resolution "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and improved BIONZ image processor that work together to produce better shots in low-light scenarios and enhance auto-focus speeds, Sony says.
George Hotz, or GeoHot if we're to use one of his more familiar aliases, made a name for himself in the hacking world by creating jailbreak software for Apple's iPhone. But when spotted by BusinessInsider at Backplane, a startup funded by Lady Gaga, he introduced himself as the hacker who was sued by Sony, a distinction he earned after cracking the PlayStation 3's security key. He did not introduce himself as a Facebook employee.
Humans are a fickle species: Easily distracted by anything shiny and new, the majority of us are always on the lookout for the next big thing, especially where technology is concerned. Fortunately, as we saw at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, there's a whole universe of new-fangled gadgety goodness being cooked up by the high-tech powers that be--especially in the area of smartphones. There's a lot of anticipation surrounding a number of the handsets due for release this year, and with good reason: As more and more companies vie for a cut of the coin consumers are dumping into the smartphone market, hardware manufacturers are being forced to up their game, bringing innovative products to market in the hope of squashing their competition like a bug. We've assembled 10 of the most anticipated handsets due to drop in 2012, and as you'll see, they're all lust-worthy.
Sony today announced a bit of a Spring refresh for its Vaio Z laptop line, which is really more like a post-CES refresh here in the States where Spring doesn't officially kick off for about another two months. Timing and verbiage aside, Sony's tweaked Vaio Z laptops represent a minor refresh that begins with a new color option -- Carbon Fiber Silver -- and continues with an optional 4G LTE mobile broadband upgrade.
With native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 chipsets on the horizon and a whole host of USB 3.0-capable motherboards already on the market thanks to NEC, Marvell, and other third-party chip makers, there's no reason to saddle yourself with a USB 2.0 storage device, not unless it comes down to cost. Dollars and cents aside, Sony's new Micro Vault MACH USB 3.0 flash drive is a looker and a scorcher.