sony http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/338/ en Sony Grosses $15 Million from Online Weekend Debut of 'The Interview' http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_grosses_15_million_online_weekend_debut_interview_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/the_interview_poster.jpg" alt="The Interview Poster" title="The Interview Poster" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />The movie North Korea supposedly didn't want you to see</h3> <p>Despite the efforts of hackers who were apparently ticked off with Sony Pictures Entertainment over <em>The Interview</em>, a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists the help of TV personalities played by Seth Rogan and James Francos to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, millions of Americans watched the movie since its Christmas Eve debut. More precisely, <strong><em>The Interview</em> grossed $15 million in total consumer spending after just four days of being released online</strong>, Sony said in a release.</p> <p>"Through Saturday, December 27, including all of its online distribution platforms, <em>The Interview</em> has been rented or purchased online more than 2 million times," Sony said. "In addition to the strong turnout for its limited theatrical release over the holiday weekend, after only four days, <em>The Interview</em> already ranks as Sony Pictures' No. 1 online film of all time."</p> <p>Sony released <em>The Interview</em> on Christmas Eve to rent and purchase in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video, and through www.seetheinterview.com. It costs $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy.</p> <p>Prior to the film's release, Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a massive cyberattack in which more than 10TB of data was stolen. Hackers made off with social security numbers of actors, internal emails, movie scripts, and more. After initially failing to find a link to North Korea, the FBI a short while later concluded that Kim Jong-un's regime was in fact responsible for the cyberattack.</p> <p>North Korea has denied involvement, and there are several security researchers who question the FBI's evidence. Wherever the attack originated, some have speculated that the culprits had assistance from people on the inside, given how easily the hackers were able to infiltrate Sony's network and move around.</p> <p>The hackers sent a message to Sony prior to <em>The Interview</em>'s release threatening 9/11-like violence if the movie played in theaters. This prompted several cinema chains to pull the film. Sony followed suit by initially cancelling the movie's Christmas Day debut before deciding on a limited theatrical run and online release.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_grosses_15_million_online_weekend_debut_interview_2014#comments kim jong-un movies north korea online sony streaming the interview News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:03:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 29159 at http://www.maximumpc.com At Long Last, PlayStation Network Recovers from Lizard Squad DDoS Attack http://www.maximumpc.com/long_last_playstation_network_recovers_lizard_squad_ddos_attack300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/psn.png" alt="PSN Outage" title="PSN Outage" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet</h3> <p>Hacker group <strong>Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks</strong> that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the <a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/kim-dotcom-may-have-just-saved-holiday-gaming/" target="_blank">hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts</a> in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.</p> <p>“PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days,” wrote Catherine Jensen, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s vice president&nbsp; of consumer experience, in a post on the official <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/27/playstation-network-update-3/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">PlayStation blog</a>.</p> <p>Sony’s handling of the whole episode has left a lot to be desired. As if the surprisingly protracted outage wasn’t enough, the company made matters worse for itself on Saturday when it <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2863812/sony-playstation-network-is-back-online-now-really.html" target="_blank">rather prematurely announced</a> that network services were “gradually coming back online”, only to realize a few hours later that the problem had yet to be fully fixed.</p> <p>For those still having issues signing in to PSN, Sony recommends that they reboot their machine and try again.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/long_last_playstation_network_recovers_lizard_squad_ddos_attack300#comments Attack ddos Gaming kim dotcom lizard squad outage playstation network psn sony xbl xbox live News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:39:26 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29152 at http://www.maximumpc.com North Korea is Back Online Following Suspicious Internet Outage http://www.maximumpc.com/north_korea_back_online_following_suspicious_internet_outage_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/internet_sign_0.jpg" alt="Internet Open" title="Internet Open" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form</h3> <p><strong>Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage</strong>, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/north_korea_denies_hand_sony_cyberattack244">North Korea also contends</a> that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.</p> <p>President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/us_plans_officially_pin_blame_sony_hack_north_korea_2014">publicly blamed</a> North Korea for the incident with Sony, calling it an act of "cyber-vandalism" and vowing to "respond proportionately." He didn't elaborate on what type of response would be proportionate or when it might come, other than to say it would be "in a place and time and manner that we choose."</p> <p>There are multiple scenarios that could explain why North Korea's Internet went down. It could be the result of a cyberattack, a hardware failure, or North Korea could have taken itself offline, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/23/us-northkorea-cyberattack-idUSKBN0K107920141223" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>. It should also be noted that North Korea's Internet links and traffic pass through China.</p> <p>Not that it mattered too much anyway. Relatively few of North Korea's 24 million people have access to the Internet, making it one of the least connected nations in the world.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/north_korea_back_online_following_suspicious_internet_outage_2014#comments hacking Internet kim jong-un north korea sony News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:06:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 29140 at http://www.maximumpc.com U.S. Plans to Officially Pin Blame for Sony Hack on North Korea http://www.maximumpc.com/us_plans_officially_pin_blame_sony_hack_north_korea_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_pictures.jpg" alt="Sony Pictures" title="Sony Pictures" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a cyber attack on U.S. soil</h3> <p>After investigating a major cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the theft and subsequent leak of various data, it appears there's enough evidence to suggest that North Korea is the culprit, as was previously suspected. However, <strong>U.S. authorities have been debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea of the attack</strong>, fearing that doing so would play into the country's hands of seeking a confrontation. According to reports, the decision's been made.</p> <p>Another reason why authorities were hesitant to confront Kim Jong-un and his regime is because it could negatively affect ongoing diplomacy efforts to negotiate the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped several yars ago. Nevertheless, President Barack Obama is expected to address the hacking incident and call out North Korea during an end-of-year news conference scheduled for 1:30 PM EST today, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/19/us-sony-cybersecurity-usa-idUSKBN0JX1MH20141219" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>The cyberattack on Sony ranks as the biggest ever on U.S. soil. Attackers made off with a treasure trove of data, including social security numbers of actors and actresses, movie scripts, internal emails, and more. However, the attack turned particularly ugly when hackers made threats against cinemas and movie goers planning to attend "The Interview," a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists a couple of dimwits to assassinate Kim Jong-un.</p> <p>Sony took the threat seriously, ultimately cancelling the movie's Christmas Day debut. It's unclear if the movie will release to theaters at a later date or if Sony has alternate plans for the film.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/us_plans_officially_pin_blame_sony_hack_north_korea_2014#comments hacking north korea Security sony the interview News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29122 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Preps Attachable OLED Smart Glasses for CES Debut http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_smart_glasses_accessory.jpg" alt="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" title="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />Compact accessory turns your existing eyewear into a set of smart glasses</h3> <p>The wearables category is shaping up to be a big one, or at least manufacturers will give the segment the ol' college try. We expect to see a bunch of wearable devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, especially since we're already seeing a handful of products hit the web ahead of the convention. Take Sony for instance -- <strong>Sony is developing a compact and lightweight single-lens display module that it says can turn various eyewear into smart devices</strong>.</p> <p>It's equipped with a high-resolution color OLED microdisplay and a micro-optical unit that's supposed to bring out the full potential of the display's image quality. There's also a miniaturized control board with arithmetic processing capabilities that Sony claims is on par with smartphones.</p> <p>Comparisons to Google Glass are inevitable, and though you can use Sony's device with different eyewear, the press shots show end results that are reminiscent of several Google Glass wearables. And of course both offer a way to interact with the world in a new way.</p> <p>"By simply attaching it to a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear, you can instantly gain access to visual information that adds a level of convenience to your everyday life," <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201412/14-118E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony explains</a>. "The module also has potential applications in sports or for work, among other areas, displaying helpful information that supports you in the activity you are engaged in. And this is all done in a small sub-window that does not obstruct your field of vision."</p> <p>Sony plans to provide software development kits (SDKs) to partnering organizations. It also wants to enter into mass production within the coming year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014#comments CES display oled smart glasses sony wearables News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:22:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29106 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hackers Infiltrate Sony Pictures PCs, Threatens to Release "Secrets" http://www.maximumpc.com/hackers_infilitrate_sony_pictures_pcs_threatens_release_secrets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hackedbygop.jpg" alt="Hacked By #GOP" title="Hacked By #GOP" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Hacker group claims to be in possession of Sony's "secrets"</h3> <p>What secrets might Sony Pictures be hiding? We don't know the answer to that, but apparently a hacker group does, or at least is claiming that to be the case. <strong>Sony Pictures suffered a security breach by a hacker group called #GOP</strong>, which forced employees to shut down their systems and stay off the movie studio's network. The hackers say they're in possession of internal data, including the company's "secrets."</p> <p>The hacker group is threatening to release the stolen data to the public if its demands aren't met, though it's not clear outside Sony what exactly #GOP is demanding.</p> <p>"We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met," read a message that appeared on affected computer screens.</p> <p>Sony isn't saying much on the matter. In a <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-pictures-targeted-by-widespread-751989" target="_blank">statement to </a><em><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-pictures-targeted-by-widespread-751989" target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter</a>,</em> Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson Jean Guerin said the company is experiencing a "system disruption, which we are working diligently to resolve."</p> <p>It's been a rough week for Sony. News of the attack comes just a day after another hacker group (DerpTrolling) claimed it hacked into Sony's PlayStation Network and published the email addresses and passwords of gamers. Sony denied the claim, saying no breach occurred.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hackers_infilitrate_sony_pictures_pcs_threatens_release_secrets_2014#comments hackers Security sony Sony Pictures News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:08:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28989 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony's Stacked CMOS Sensor Ups the Ante in Smartphone Photography http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_stacked_cmos_sensor_ups_ante_smartphone_photography_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/af_squirrel.jpg" alt="Sony AF" title="Sony AF" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Raising the bar for smartphone photography</h3> <p><strong>Sony today announced the commercialization of its new Exmor RS IMX230, the industry's first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to boast an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function</strong> for superior focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. It's rated at 21 megapixels (effective) and sports a High Dynamic Range (HDR) function to capture backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly, even in high-contrast scenes, Sony says.</p> <p>The Exmor RS uses a chip consisting of signal processing circuits, on top of which is stacked a pixel section consisting of back-illuminated pixels for an original stacked construction. This is supposed to allow for better image quality and high functionality in a compact size needed for mobile devices like smartphones.</p> <p>For fast moving subjects, like those you'd encounter at a sporting event, dedicated image plane phase detection AF pixels discretely incorporated into the screen of the image sensor help capture the action -- up to 192 AF points can be used, <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201411/14-112E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony says</a>.</p> <p>The new CMOS image sensor will ship in April 2015. Sony also plans to offer the same type of technology in a 16-megapixel sensor by the end of the next fiscal year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_stacked_cmos_sensor_ups_ante_smartphone_photography_2014#comments exmor rs imx230 mobile photography sony News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:17:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28945 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony's Walkman ZX1 Growing in Popularity Despite $700 Price Tag http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_walkman_zx1_growing_popularity_despite_700_price_tag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_nwz-zx1.jpg" alt="Sony Walkman" title="Sony Walkman" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />This isn't the Walkman you grew up with</h3> <p>Sony can be considered a pioneer in the portable music player business, and if you lived through the cassette tape era, then there's a good chance you owned a Walkman. Believe it or not, Sony continued to manufacture cassette-based Walkmans in several different markets all the way up through near the end of 2010. While nowhere near as popular as they were in the 1980s an 1990s, <strong>Sony's Walkman brand is seeing a bit of a resurgence courtesy of its NWZ-ZX1</strong>, a high-resolution audio player for consumers with deep pockets.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/sonys-walkman-makes-comeback-1405896826" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony's ZX1 is a premium gadget that, despite its heavy $700 price tag, is selling relatively well in Japan, which is not something that can be said about Sony's previous high-end electronics. It quickly sold out after making a debut in Japan and has since launched in Europe and other parts of Asia. No launch date has yet been set for the U.S.</p> <p>"The message for our designers and engineers was: please create a good product without worrying about the cost," said Kenji Nakada, Sony's sound product planner.</p> <p>Sony's ZX1 is a comparatively heavy device at 139 grams. It has 128GB of internal storage and plays 24-bit, 193kHz FLAC audio files. It also boasts a 4-inch touchscreen display with an 854x480 resolution, 5-band equalizer, dynamic normalizer, and more.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_walkman_zx1_growing_popularity_despite_700_price_tag#comments mobile nwz-zx1 sony Walkman News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28211 at http://www.maximumpc.com 67 Pictures That Defined E3 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/67_pictures_defined_e3_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00398.jpg" alt="E3 2014 pictures" title="E3 2014 pictures" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />E3 2014 pictures: games, cosplays, booth babes and hardware</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">E3 2014 came to a close last week and if you didn’t have the pleasure of attending, we’ve got you covered with a plethora of pictures.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Below you’ll find photos of everything from booth babes to the interesting booths they represent. In addition, there are a smattering of cosplayers, hardware news, and more.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What did you think was the coolest thing about E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/67_pictures_defined_e3_2014#comments alienware booth babes cyberpower E3 2014 ibuypower maximum pc microsoft nvidia pictures sony steam machine world of tanks News Features Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:45:26 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28005 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony to Shut Down Reader Store Next Month http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_shut_down_reader_store_next_month_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/closed_2.jpg" alt="Closed" title="Closed" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Reader Store customers will transfer to Kobo</h3> <p>Just a few months after selling off its Vaio PC division, <strong>Sony will further reduce costs by shutting down its Reader Store</strong>. It will close for good on June 16, 2014, up to which time you can continue to shop and make purchases at the Reader Store. That may seem like a silly thing to do with a closure just more than a month away, however Sony says you'll receive an email from Kobo with a personalized link that will allow you to transfer your library over.</p> <p>"In some cases, your eBooks purchased from Reader Store may not be available from Kobo. While a vast majority of your library will be available from the more than 4 million titles available at Kobo, we recommend that you download all of your eBooks to ensure that should one of your titles be unavailable, you can continue to read this eBook in the future," <a href="https://gb.readerstore.sony.com/reader-store-closure/" target="_blank">Sony said </a>in a statement on its Reader Store website.</p> <p>Be advised that some features won't carry over to Kobo, such as highlights and wish lists. Credit balances will also go the way of the dodo, so if you have any store credit or vouchers, you'll want to use them up before June 16.</p> <p>For more information, see <a href="https://gb.readerstore.sony.com/reader-store-closure-faq/" target="_blank">Sony's Reader Store Closure FAQ</a>.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/32485328@N00/7175133946" target="_blank">Flickr (Bryan Mills)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_shut_down_reader_store_next_month_2014#comments ebook kobo online reader store Software sony News Thu, 08 May 2014 16:41:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27776 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Recalls Vaio Fit 11A Laptop Due to Potential Burn Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_recalls_vaio_fit_11a_laptop_due_potential_burn_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_vaio_fit_11a.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" title="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Sony isn't taking any chances with potentially defective battery packs found in Vaio Fit 11A laptops</h3> <p>Sony is warning owners of Vaio Fit 11A laptops that the non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier could potentially present a burn hazard. <strong>In certain model Vaio Fit 11A notebooks released in February 2014, the built-in battery could malfunction and overheat</strong>, resulting in partial burns to the chassis and the PC. Since it's a non-removable battery, your only option is to stop using the PC and disconnect it from the AC adapter.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/content/cnt-hn/prd-comp/hotnews-vaio-fit11a" target="_blank">news alert</a> on Sony's U.K. portal identifies a dozen serial numbers of affected models in Europe, however this doesn't appear to limited to just one region. On a separate website, Sony today said it's stil identifying affected PCs by serial numbers and developing a program to repair or replace potentially defective units.</p> <p>"We expect to post a program announcement with details within two weeks," <a href="http://esupport.sony.com/p/news-item.pl?news_id=481&amp;template_id=1&amp;region_id=1" target="_blank">Sony said</a>. "In the meantime, as safety is our primary concern, we ask again that you please refrain from using the below-listed model until you further hear from us in the program announcement."</p> <p>The model number Sony references in its statement is SVF11N13CXS.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579494772786758600?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303603904579494772786758600.html" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony said it received three reports of batteries overheating and causing partial burns to Vaio PCs. The first happened in Japan on March 19, followed by another incident in Hong Kong on March 30 and in China on April 8.</p> <p>The recall comes just two months after <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014">Sony agreed to sell its Vaio PC business</a> to Japan Industrial Partners. Sony decided to sell its Vaio division so that it could focus on mobile devices.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_recalls_vaio_fit_11a_laptop_due_potential_burn_hazard_2014#comments battery Hardware laptop notebook OEM recall rigs sony vaio fit 11a News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27612 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony and Panasonic Jointly Develop Archival Disc Successor to Blu-ray http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_and_panasonic_jointly_develop_archival_disc_successor_blu-ray_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/archival_disc.jpg" alt="Archival Disc" title="Archival Disc" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Archival disc roadmap extends to 1TB</h3> <p>If you're wondering what comes next after Blu-ray, there's a good chance it could be the<strong> "Archival Disc," a new standard for professional use, next-generation optical discs</strong> that's been jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic. The objective is to expand the market for long-term digital data storage, and in the immediate future, that means 300GB write-once Archival Disc media, though that's just the beginning.</p> <p>Sony and Panasonic plan to launch systems with a recording capacity of 300GB per disc in the summer of 2015. Beyond that, both companies have laid out a roadmap that calls for 500GB discs and even 1TB discs, though no time frame is given for either capacity.</p> <p>What this also means is that optical media isn't on its deathbed. Though cloud storage solutions are convenient, Sony and Panasonic point out that optical discs have certain properties that protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, as well as the ability to withstand temperature and humidity changes when stored.</p> <p>"This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content," <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201403/14-0310E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony and Panasonic said</a>. "Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs."</p> <p>Initial Archival Disc media will be double-sided discs with three layers per side.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_and_panasonic_jointly_develop_archival_disc_successor_blu-ray_2014#comments archival disc panasonic sony storage News Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:51:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27418 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony to Close 20 Retail Stores in the U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_close_20_retails_stores_us_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_store.jpg" alt="Sony Store" title="Sony Store" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Big changes are in store for Sony as part of a restructuring effort</h3> <p><strong>Sony this week announced plans to close down 20 retail stores scattered throughout the United States</strong>, which will leave the company with 11 stores in California, New York, Florida, and Texas. The closures are casualties of a restructuring effort intended to help Sony remain competitive in an "evolving consumer electronics market," the company said. Thousands of job cuts are also in Sony's future.</p> <p>The electronics maker expects the closures to result in about 1,000 job cuts. In addition, Sony previously said it would reduce its headcount by about 5,000 employees globally by the end of the calendar year.</p> <p>"While these moves were extremely tough, they were absolutely necessary to position us in the best possible place for future growth," <a href="http://www.sony.com/SCA/company-news/press-releases/sony-electronics/2014/sony-us-electronics-announces-organization-restruc.shtml?icid=pr-newswire-feed" target="_blank">said Mike Fasulo</a>, President and COO of Sony Electronics. "I am entirely confident in our ability to turn the business around, in achieving our preferred future, and continue building on our flawless commitment to customer loyalty through the complete entertainment experience only Sony can offer."</p> <p>Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014">Sony announced</a> the sale of its Vaio PC division to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment firm. The company also said it would spin its TV business into a wholly-owned subsidiary, as it puts more focus on mobile products like smartphones and tablets.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_close_20_retails_stores_us_2014#comments business electronics sony stores News Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:45:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27356 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #218: Microsoft's New CEO, Windows 8.1 News, AMD Unleashes Mantle http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_episode_218_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><a title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #218" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_218_20140210.mp3" target="_self"><img src="/files/u163784/maxpc_logo.jpg" alt="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #218" title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #218" width="250" height="250" style="float: right;" /></a></h3> <h3>Big Changes at Microsoft, AMD unleashes Mantle, and more.</h3> <p>On this episode of the <a title="No BS Podcast #218" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_218_20140210.mp3" target="_self">No BS Podcast #218</a>, the staff spends a lot of time discussing Microsoft because we just can't quit them. First up we discuss <a title="Microsoft Promotes Satya Nadella to CEO, Names Bill Gates as Technology Advisor" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_promotes_satya_nadella_ceo_names_bill_gates_technology_advisor2014" target="_self">its new CEO, Satya Nadella</a> before moving on to upcoming <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_update_windows_81_may_boot_directly_desktop_default2013">changes</a> to Windows 8.1, and finally the recent news of the company asking advanced users to help their friends <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offers_tips_tear_your_family_and_friends_away_windows_xp2014">get off Windows XP</a>. Next we chat about <a title="AMD Officially Releases Mantle API" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_officially_releases_mantle_api_2014" target="_self">AMD's Mantle API</a> before closing by answering listener questions and delivering our picks of the week. 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We're not necessarily jumping to that conclusion, though it's a strong possibility since <strong>Sony just agreed to sell its Vaio PC business to Japan Industrial Partners Inc.</strong>, a Japanese investment firm. By getting rid of its Vaio division, Sony frees itself up to focus on mobile, and specifically smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>Terms and conditions of the deal are still being worked out with both sides aiming to have all the paperwork filled out next month. Once the Vaio name officially changes hands, <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201402/14-019E/" target="_blank">Sony says</a> it expects the new owners to concentrate on sales of consumer and corporate PCs in the Japanese market "while evaluating possible further geographic expansion."</p> <p>Saying goodbye to its Vaio PC business is just one part of Sony's aggressive "reform strategy," which extends across all of its electronic businesses. There will be some layoffs associated with the transfer, along with Sony's TV business being turned into a wholly owned subsidiary by July 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014#comments Hardware OEM rigs sony Vaio News Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:55:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27211 at http://www.maximumpc.com