They say you don't really know until you try. Sony, evidently, has taken that nugget of conventional wisdom to heart, as it's added a clause to its online terms of service that doesn't exactly have the firmest legal footing. In short, you can still break your lawyer out of cold storage and have a grand old time individually, but the second you bring in backup, you forfeit one very important tool: your rights.
We've never been big fans of headphones that use active noise cancellation, chiefly because they mask ambient sound by generating noise of their own. Sony's new MDR-NC200D headphones are equipped with a pair of tiny microphones that monitor ambient sound and adjust the frequency of noise they generate to cancel ambient noise. And active noise cancellation isn't the only electronic trickery that Sony uses with the MDR-NC200D.
Sony executives bowed down before the Japanese and international press earlier this year to tell everyone “we’re sorry”, but for those of us wondering if our credit card numbers were being sold off on the seedier parts of the web, somehow “we’re sorry”, just didn’t cut it. A new law being presented by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal however will finally start holding large companies responsible for cyber security, and impose pretty harsh penalties on firms that don’t take the appropriate precautions.
It's said there's more than one way to skin a cat, which is pretty gross when taken at face value. But the point remains, and it applies to Sony's approach to glasses-free 3D on notebooks. Rather than bake a parallax barrier panel into its Vaio line, the electronics maker developed a lenticular sheet that transforms standard notebooks into 3D laptops.
Out of all the recent high profile hacker attacks, Sony arguably stands out the most, both because it was targeted on more than one occasion, and due to the severity of the security breach. Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) went down for the count longer than anyone anticipated, including Sony, and everything from personally identifiable information to credit card numbers were compromised. Sony wants to make sure that never happens again.
For those who go back to school the day after Labor Day, Sony managed to make its Tablet S available via pre-order on the final day of summer break, though don't expect any back-to-school discounts. The 16GB Wi-Fi model carries the now traditional $500 price tag, and you can add another C-note if you want the 32GB model.
Even with all that money rolling in from the just-activated price hike, Netflix can’t afford to renew a deal with Starz that brings first-run Disney and Sony movies to the streaming network service. Actually, strike that: they probably can afford it, but Starz just doesn’t want Netflix’s money. Starz just announced it was walking away from the negotiation table despite the $300 million cash pile that Netflix reportedly threw down.
Sony just added a new model to its Vaio S Series laptop line, a 15.5-inch notebook with a Full HD 1080p display. It's less than an inch thick and constructed with magnesium and aluminum materials to keep the laptop light and nimble at just 4.4 pounds. Sony claims it made performance a "top priority," hence an Intel Core i7 foundation, though it doesn't come at the expense of battery life, which Sony rates at up to 12 hours (albeit with an optional sheet battery).
Manual labor is dead. You know how we know? Foxconn announced today that it would start phasing out its rampant hiring, and add over 1 million robots to its manufacturing process over the next three years. A spokesmen for the company claims the robots will help cut rising labor costs, improve efficiency, and help keep Foxconn competitive.
With LulzSec seemingly running scared and Anonymous pre-occupied with pilfering documents from NATO, Sony can breathe a sigh of relief, especially now that the PlayStation Network is back up and running with beefed up security. Now the only question that remains is who should pay for the damage? Sony's insurance agency is scoffing at the notion that it should be held responsible, likely under the assumption that Sony brought this whole mess onto itself by not taking proper security precautions in the first place.