Sony

  • HBO Go Lands On PlayStation 3, With PS4 On Deck

    HBO Go Lands On PlayStation 3, With PS4 On Deck

    Sony has today announced that HBO Go will land on the PS3 later today, with PS4 integration in the pipeline. This will allow PlayStation 3 owners to access all of HBO’s content, including TV series, movies, etc. as long as they already have an HBO subscription with their cable providers. Or a friend with an HBO subscription. Read More

  • Sony To Sell Former Tokyo Headquarters

    Sony To Sell Former Tokyo Headquarters

    The sell-off continues. The WSJ is reporting today that Sony is looking to sell its former headquarters in central Tokyo. This comes just weeks after the struggling consumer electronic maker sold its PC division and watched its credit rating cut to junk status by bond credit rating agency Moody’s. This is the birthplace of the Trinitron TV and Sony Walkman. Clearly nothing is safe from… Read More

  • Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

    Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

    Just this week Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5. It’s water-resistant. Sony also announced the Xperia Z2, the waterproof successor to the also waterproof Z1. So where’s my waterproof iPhone? The technology and demand are here. Water-resistant or waterproof, Samsung and Sony’s latest flagships are waterproof enough that a drop in the toilet will not destroy the device. Read More

  • Sony To Close Two-Thirds Of Its US Retail Stores

    Sony To Close Two-Thirds Of Its US Retail Stores

    Sony announced today that it is shuttering 20 of its 31 retail stores located throughout the States. The 11 remaining stores are located near major markets. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. As the company’s press release states, this move is designed to place Sony in a more competitive stance. The Sony of today is in flux. It’s offloading unprofitable divisions… Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Xbox One Price In The UK

    Microsoft Cuts The Xbox One Price In The UK

    The Xbox One will soon be a bit cheaper ‘cross the pond. Starting this Friday, the Xbox One will be £399.99 in the UK. That’s a drop of £30 from its launch price. While the cut will certainly make the console a bit more attractive, the PS4 is still less expensive and raking up impressive sales numbers. It’s unclear if the Xbox One will see similar price cuts in other markets. Read More

  • Sony Taps Its Display, Gaming, And Photography Might For Latest Mobile Flagships

    Sony Taps Its Display, Gaming, And Photography Might For Latest Mobile Flagships

    Meet Sony’s Xperia Z2 line. With the Z2 Tablet and Z2 smartphone, Sony clearly hopes impressive specs and waterproof technology will help the company gain marketshare in 2014. The tablet and phone are refreshingly similar. Qualcomm’s 2.3GHz 801 Snapdragon powers both devices. They both have class-leading cameras and displays. And following in Sony’s recent tradition… Read More

  • Sony’s Waterproof Wearable To Be Available Worldwide In March

    Sony’s Waterproof Wearable To Be Available Worldwide In March

    Sony introduced the SmartBand SWR10 at CES 2014. The diminutive wearable is part of Sony’s push into an ever-connected experience centered around its Xperia products. Sony was mum about the release schedule back at CES, but today, at Mobile World Congress, the company announced that the device will be available in 60 markets next month. The SmartBand sports the standard affair of… Read More

  • Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

    Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

    The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday. For every memorable blockbuster, there’s an infamous flub: The late embrace of MP3, losing its hold on the digital imaging market and of course, failing to attract… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sony Vaio, Samsung Galaxy S5, And Wearables?

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sony Vaio, Samsung Galaxy S5, And Wearables?

    Sony’s Vaio PC business is no more, with the company confirming reports that it will sell the PC division. But a forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will soon arrive and comfort you during this very difficult time. After all, it’s smartphone season with MWC right around the corner. Read More

  • Sony Leaving The E-Book Business Behind, Will Transition Accounts And Purchases To Kobo

    Sony Leaving The E-Book Business Behind, Will Transition Accounts And Purchases To Kobo

    Sony is calling it quits in the e-book platform market, the company announced today (via Engadget). The move isn’t entirely unexpected: Sony has always occupied a relatively small portion of the market compared to the big kid on the block Amazon. And in light of recent revenue figures, and the decision to cut the much more recognizable VAIO brand, absolutely no one should be shocked by… Read More

  • Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO

    Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO

    Sony will sell off its lackluster PC division and focus on spinning off its TV business into a standalone entity by June. The company’s announcement confirms a report yesterday that Japan Industrial Partners planned to purchase the VAIO brand. The amount of the deal was not disclosed, but Nikkei reported that it may be up to 50 billion yen ($490 million). The deal will be finalized by… Read More

  • Sony Reportedly Seeking To Sell Its PC Division

    Sony Reportedly Seeking To Sell Its PC Division

    Sony is apparently looking to shed the dead weight that is its PC business. According to Reuters, relaying a report by Nikkei, Sony is in talks to sell its personal computer business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners for up to 50 billion yen ($490 million). A new company would be formed to sell the computers, with Sony retaining a small stake in venture, the report states. Just… Read More

  • Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    Bond credit rating agency Moody’s cut the credit rating of Sony from Baa3 to Ba1 with a stable outlook — Ba1 is also just below investment grade. In other words, Sony is considered a speculative investment right now and it will become harder for the company to borrow money. Today’s downgrade comes from its volatile net profit. Despite many staff cuts, some divisions, such as… Read More

  • Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” Gets A Movie Deal

    Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” Gets A Movie Deal

    In an era where movie creators simply copy books for lack of original ideas, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In has been picked up for a movie deal. According to the WSJ, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the film rights to the Ms. Sandberg’s book, which was published last year. Read More

  • Sony Adds To Its Global Mobile Lineup With The Xperia T2 Ultra And Xperia E1 Android Phones

    Sony Adds To Its Global Mobile Lineup With The Xperia T2 Ultra And Xperia E1 Android Phones

    Sony is adding two smartphones to its growing stable of devices. Meet the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia E1 — both substantial updates to Sony’s 2013 models. Best yet, both are offered in dual-sim variants. These latest phones join the Z1S and Z1 announced last week at CES. However, it seems Sony held these close to its chest last week as they’re somewhat mundane and not… Read More

  • What Games Are: Local Stream Gaming

    What Games Are: Local Stream Gaming

    Valve and Sony both made big announcements at CES, but both visions look problematic. Sony is trying to push cloud-service gaming, an idea that failed with Onlive. Meanwhile Steam Machines seem overpriced and it’s hard to know what problem they solve. Are both over-solving a much simpler problem: local streaming of games in the home? Read More

  • Xperia Z1S Water Resistance Test

    Hands On With The Xperia Z1S, And The Water Salad Test

    The Z1S is a brand new Sony Xperia smartphone the company unveiled at CES 2014. It has the same 5-inch screen as the Z1, but it’s fatter and heavier because of its 3,000 mAh extended battery. Read More

  • Sony Doubles Down On Wearable Tech With The Life-Tracking ‘Core’

    Sony Doubles Down On Wearable Tech With The Life-Tracking ‘Core’

    LG played up its push into wearable tech earlier this morning, and now it looks like Sony’s turn to do the same. Sony Mobile president and CEO Kuni Suzuki took the stage at the tail end of Sony’s CES press conference to show off what he called “the tiniest gadget Sony has ever made” — the life-tracking Sony Core. Read More

  • Sony PlayStation 4 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Sony PlayStation 4

    The console wars are in full swing, and no contender is more focused on hardcore gamers as the PS4. Sony’s next-gen PlayStation is not like the Xbox One, which is leaning more toward the media console space than ever before. Instead, the PS4 is built squarely for the gaming enthusiast. Read More

  • Sony Rumored To Be Considering A Windows Phone Handset In 2014

    Sony Rumored To Be Considering A Windows Phone Handset In 2014

    According to The Information, Sony could release a Windows Phone device, diversifying its mobile device lineup, bolstering Microsoft, and perhaps demonstrating a growing wish among hardware firms to hedge against an Android-dominated future. Sony appears to be strongly interested in the project. The Verge wrote this morning that the company has continued the project despite Microsoft’s… Read More