Sony

  • Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In The U.S And Canada Today

    Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In The U.S And Canada Today

    Plex is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 today. The personal media hub software originally came to Sony’s consoles back in mid-December of 2014, with a U.S. launch promised for a later date. While the release date is different, the software is the same – offering a horizontal browsing experience designed to surface content from your library that you should find… Read More

  • U.S. Hacked North Korea Before North Korea Hacked U.S.

    U.S. Hacked North Korea Before North Korea Hacked U.S.

    Ever wonder why President Obama so quickly and sure-footedly accused North Korea of hacking into Sony servers? Turns out, the United States had actually hacked into North Korean computer networks back in 2010, giving the government more confidence in their determination of the situation. The NYT reports that the NSA used Chinese networks to route themselves into North Korean computer… Read More

  • Sony-Backed Mesh Sensor Kit Looks To The Crowd

    Sony-Backed Mesh Sensor Kit Looks To The Crowd

    After crowdfunding a minimalist e-paper smartwatch last year, another Sony-backed ‘special project’ is currently passing a donations bowl around on Indiegogo — as the electronics giant continues to try to nurture new ideas via an internal seed acceleration program. And by allowing the employees working on these internal projects to seek external crowd-support for their ideas. Read More

  • Google’s Android TV Will Power Sets From Sony, Sharp, and Philips Beginning This Spring

    Google’s Android TV Will Power Sets From Sony, Sharp, and Philips Beginning This Spring

    Google’s latest attempt to get its operating system for TVs embedded on consumer electronics devices has attracted a handful of partners, which were announced at the Consumer Electronics Show. In a blog post today, the search giant said TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips would begin shipping soon. Read More

  • Sony Makes The SmartWatch 3 Slicker, Opens Its Lifelog API And Debuts A Wearable Running Coach

    Sony Makes The SmartWatch 3 Slicker, Opens Its Lifelog API And Debuts A Wearable Running Coach

    Sony’s SmartWear lineup is one of its key focal areas for mobile tech, and something that has grown in scope and ambition over the course of the past few CES events. This year it’s introducing even more in the way of wearable hardware, and looking at ways to help expand the available software and use cases far beyond what’s been available thus far. Read More

  • Sony Hackers Threaten A Media Organization And Others

    Sony Hackers Threaten A Media Organization And Others

    The hackers who compromised Sony Pictures Entertainment’s servers, releasing private files and emails to the public which detailed everything from the personal, financial and medical data of present and past employees and much more, are now threatening a “news media organization,” according to a new report. That organization may be CNN, based on information posted on… Read More

  • ‘The Interview’ Nets $15 Million In Online Sales During Opening Four Days

    ‘The Interview’ Nets $15 Million In Online Sales During Opening Four Days

    Sony has revealed that The Interview has earned $15 million in consumer spending via rentals and purchases across online platforms in its first four days of online availability. A source with knowledge of the matter confirms that the overwhelming majority of these sales occurred through Google Play and YouTube Movies, meaning Google’s ability to rally and offer up its media stores as… Read More

  • ‘The Interview’ Is Now Available On iTunes For $14.99

    ‘The Interview’ Is Now Available On iTunes For $14.99

    If you didn’t catch ‘The Interview’ when Sony began offering it for rental or purchase online earlier this week, and aren’t one of the many who have reportedly torrented it, then you may be interested to hear that the controversial flick has landed on iTunes today. Read More

  • 13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From Xbox Live being down on Christmas to the worst tech stocks of the year, here are the top stories from 12/20-12/26. 1. Gamers who received new consoles for Christmas found themselves unable to connect and play with friends. On what might be the biggest gaming day of the year, a hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking down both Xbox Live and PlayStation… Read More

  • Whose Hack Is It Anyway?

    Whose Hack Is It Anyway?

    It’s pretty clear that the Sony Pictures hack was neither an act of war or particularly belligerent. As Marc Rogers of CloudFlare and DEF CON notes, finding out who performed a hack, even one as ham-handed as this one, is difficult. Hackers with any sense use proxies and attack soft targets. But once they’ve attacked and dumped their goods, it becomes nearly impossible to follow… Read More

  • Viewers Worldwide Are Torrenting ‘The Interview’ Despite U.S.-Only Release

    Viewers Worldwide Are Torrenting ‘The Interview’ Despite U.S.-Only Release

    Yesterday, Sony made “The Interview” available online through Google Play, YouTube Movies, and Xbox Video. Unfortunately, the film was restricted to the U.S. only, so viewers in other countries either had to celebrate Christmas with a Yule Log video or run off to a torrent site. Read More

  • Hackers Take Credit For PlayStation Network And Xbox Live Outages On Christmas

    Hackers Take Credit For PlayStation Network And Xbox Live Outages On Christmas

    Gamers who received new consoles for Christmas might find themselves unable to connect and play with friends, thanks to a coordinated attack by hackers who claim to have taken down the two largest gaming networks. On what might be the biggest gaming day of the year, a hacker group called Lizard Squad is claiming responsibility for taking down both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Read More

  • Sony To Allow Screenings Of ‘The Interview’ On Christmas After All

    Sony To Allow Screenings Of ‘The Interview’ On Christmas After All

    Sony will be allowing select theatres to screen The Interview on Christmas Day after all, according to a tweet from Tim League, co-founder of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain. League says that they’ll have screening times available within the hour now that the restriction has been lifted. Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are… Read More

  • A Former Sony Pictures Exec Defends The Decision To Pull ‘The Interview’

    A Former Sony Pictures Exec Defends The Decision To Pull ‘The Interview’

    Late last week, TechCrunch had a chat with former Sony Pictures Chief Digital Strategy Officer Mitch Singer to discuss the motivations that likely went into Sony deciding to pull “The Interview” from theaters and the implications of that decision. Read More

  • 11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From the Sony hack coverage to Instagram being valued at $35 billion, here are the top stories from 12/13-12/19. 1. Sony was hacked. Sony cancels the theatrical release of The Interview after threats from hackers. The FBI blames North Korea for the hack. Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling the release of The Interview (and calls James Franco, James Flacco). Sony’s CEO responds… Read More

  • North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations. North… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hackathon

    Gillmor Gang: Hackathon

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 19, 2014. Our end-of-year show, produced as RogenGate broke and the President held a press conference. It may have occurred to some employees at Sony that they would be better off with some form of corporate SnapChat. It may have occurred to the President that there’s… Read More

  • Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton: “We Have Not Given In.”

    Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton: “We Have Not Given In.”

    Sony CEO Michael Lynton blamed theaters for the studio’s decision to pull out from the scheduled theatrical release of The Interview this Christmas. He told CNN in an exclusive interview that Sony had no other choice after a slew of theaters decided to not show the film. Read More

  • After Sony, Every Startup Should Prepare For War

    After Sony, Every Startup Should Prepare For War

    The battle between Sony and what the FBI believes are North Korean hackers may be at its end, but the war for the security of the enterprise is just getting started. Companies have been rapidly transitioning their legacy systems to modern IT technology like cloud services, hoping to save money and improve performance in an increasingly competitive world. And while security has always been one… Read More

  • The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

    The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

    The FBI has officially put the blame on the North Korean government for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack which resulted in the theft of mass amounts of personal and commercial data, as well as the shut down of Sony Pictures work computers. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” had claimed responsibility. In the FBI’s full official statement, which is now… Read More

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