Sony Creates Smart Eyewear Device to Compete with Google Glass

Sony has unveiled its own eyewear device in an attempt to take on Google Glass and other augmented reality alternatives. The big difference between the two eyewear devices is Sony has made it available for all types of glasses, while Google Glass only works with its own design or that of official third parties. Currently, the name for the eyewear device is SmartEyeglass Attach! Sony has not revealed price or launch dates.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/28478/20141217/sony-creates-smart-eyewear-device-compete-google-glass.htm

Sony might release upcoming Xperia Z4 in phablet and compact versions

Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin.  The Xperia Z4 Ultra is said to be an impressive 6.44in phablet with a QHD display (2560×1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16MP camera and 3GB of RAM. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this high-end smartphone is also said to come with a stylus.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/12/18/Sony-might-release-upcoming-Xperia-Z4-in-phablet-and-compact-versions/

Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai’s ‘One Sony’ vision

[TOKYO] Leaked emails reveal a cultural gulf between Japan’s Sony Corp and Hollywood subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment, highlighting the challenge of CEO Kazuo Hirai to turn around the money-losing company under the slogan One Sony. The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its ability to hold on to businesses ranging from making television sets to movies.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/sony-hacking-highlights-challenge-to-ceo-hirais-one-sony-vision

Sony uses hacker techniques to fight back over stolen data

Sony Pictures is employing hacking techniques in an attempt to prevent computer users from downloading its stolen data from file-sharing websites, according to reports. Technology site Recode claims the movie studio is using Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing platform that underpins Netflix, Amazon’s store and other streaming and retail brands. The AWS platform provides access to hundreds of computers located in Asia, which Sony is allegedly using to bombard sites where its stolen data is being made available.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/11/sony-uses-hacker-techniques-to-fight-back-over-stolen-data

Sony ready to launch Android smartwatch

TAIPEI–Sony Mobile said Tuesday that its new SmartWatch 3 will be available on the local market soon, as the Japanese company is set to introduce for the first time in Taiwan a wearable device that runs on Google Inc.’s Android Wear operating system. The SmartWatch 3 is expected to hit local stores in mid December, carrying a price tag of NT$8,990 (US$290).

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2014/12/08/423527/Sony-ready.htm

Sony attack was ‘unparalleled’ and ‘well-organised’

Forensics experts hired by Sony to investigate the massive attack on its systems at its Hollywood studio said the breach was unprecedented, well-planned and carried out by an “organised group”. Kevin Mandia, the top executive at FireEye’s Mandiant forensics unit, made the comments in an email to Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398570,sony-attack-was-unparalleled-and-well-organised.aspx

North Korean diplomat denies Pyongyang role in Sony hack

A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is about to release a comic movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The New York-based diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Voice of America broadcast network on Wednesday that linking North Korea to the hacking of Sony Pictures’ computers was “another fabrication targeting the country”.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398504,north-korean-diplomat-denies-pyongyang-role-in-sony-hack.aspx

Digitimes Research: PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14 million, 11 million respectively in 2015, from TW

There will be 14 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles shipped globally in 2015 to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5 million units and 11 million Xbox One consoles to reach 23.7 million units, according to Digitimes Research. Wii U shipments in 2015 will be two million units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29 million falling behind those of PS4 and Xbox One.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141202PD210.html

Sony hires Mandiant to clean up after cyber attack

Sony Pictures has hired FireEye’s Mandiant forensics unit to clean up a massive cyber attack that knocked out the studio’s computer network nearly a week ago. Internal systems at the Sony division went down last Monday after displaying a red skull and the phrase “Hacked By #GOP”. Technicians are making headway in repairing damage caused by the attack and expect to have the email systems back online today, a source close to the matter said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398351,sony-hires-mandiant-to-clean-up-after-cyber-attack.aspx

Sony Xperia Z4 Release Date: Expected Features of New Device Leaked; Launch at CES 2015 Likely

Sony hasn’t officially announced the release date of its upcoming devices – Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra – but several reports have claimed that they would be unveiled at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES 2015) to be held on 5 January at Las Vegas. The Japanese electronics could also unveil the Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra at the Mobile World Conference 2015 (MWC 2015) to be held a month later but the company has scheduled a conference at CES 2015,

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/sony-xperia-z4-release-date-expected-features-new-device-leaked-launch-ces-2015-likely-615527

PlayStation 4: Issues Faced by Users after Update 2.0, Possible Fixes; Sales Hit 3.3 Million

Sony recently released update 2.0 to PlayStation 4, rolling it out on 28 October 2014. However, latest reports have shown that there has been some issues with the PS4’s ‘rest mode’ after the update. Users are facing issues after installing update 2.0, which is also known as Masamune 2.0. The issue is that the new rest mode is crashing on many consoles. The rest mode was introduced to take the place of PlayStation 4’s original standby mode. The rest mode allows users to download data or updates, without the console being fully on, Attack of the Fanboy reported.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/playstation-4-issues-faced-by-users-after-update-2-0-possible-fixes-sales-hit-3-3-million-612831

Sony Mobile to amend strategy for releasing flagship models

Sony Mobile Communications will amend its policy for the launch of flagship models by releasing only one new model a year, instead of two models currently, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. A slowdown in hardware competition for smartphones and the maturing high-end smartphone segment have prompted Sony Mobile to modify its roadmap for flagship models, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141022PD211.html

Sony Confirms Launch Of PS4 In China At End Of 2014

Sony has submitted an application to the Chinese government stating that the company plans to launch the Chinese official version of PS4 at the end of 2014 with expected annual shipments of 200,000 units. However, the detailed launch time, place, or shipment mode was not disclosed. Microsoft has already launched Xbox One in China. As its major competitor in the gaming console sector, Sony does not want to fall behind and the company plans to tap the Chinese market with its latest PS4 in December 2014.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/19/21048-sony-confirms-launch-of-ps4-in-china-at-end-of-2014

Sony India to double revenue from smartphone market

NEW DELHI: Sony India is unfazed by the turmoil in its global smartphone business, and expects to add people and double its revenue from the segment, though rapidly increasing competition could provide stiff challenge to meeting its outlook, its top official said. “We have a 10% share of the smartphone market in India in value terms, and are among the top players. We have had no impact of the global troubles. There are zero job cuts here, in fact, we will add people,” MD Kenichiro Hibi told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/sony-india-to-double-revenue-from-smartphone-market/articleshow/43466407.cms

Sony Mobile to focus on high-end smartphones, will decrease ODM orders, say Taiwan makers

Sony Mobile Communications, in view of its unsatisfactory smartphone sales performance, has cut its smartphone business personnel by 15% and adjusted operational strategies by focusing on high-end models to seek profitability instead of global market share, and the adjustment is likely to result in gradually decreased orders released to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140922PD211.html

Sony predicts US$2 bil. loss as smartphones lag

TOKYO — Sony expects its annual loss to swell to US$2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business. Citing intense competition, especially from Chinese rivals, Sony said Wednesday it anticipates a net loss of 230 billion yen (US$2.15 billion) for the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2015. Its previous forecast was for a 50 billion yen (US$466 million) net loss.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/18/417467/Sony-predicts.htm

Sony thrashes military defence contractor in court

A federal judge has ruled in favour of Sony Corp in a long-running case, overturning a jury verdict for L-3 Communications Corp and invalidating several parts of an image sensor patent held by the defence contractor. Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court in Delaware said the jury in 2013 was wrong to find L-3’s patent claims were not “obvious,” a key criteria to ensure an invention is sufficiently unique to be patented.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/15/Sony-prevails-in-patent-suit-battle-with-defense-contractor-L3/

Xiaomi Mi4 vs. Sony Xperia Z3: Specs, Features and Price Showdown

The Xiaomi Mi4 was released in August while the Sony Xperia Z3 was launched at the IFA 2014 and will be released in September. Those who are choosing between the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Sony Xperia Z3 may want to check out the comparison on specs, features and price below. Both the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Sony Xperia Z3 are powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 processor at 2.5 GHz with 3 GB of RAM.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/10174/20140912/xiaomi-mi4-vs-sony-xperia-z3-specs-features-and-price-showdown.htm

Sony Reveals Full Game Lineup for Tokyo Game Show 2014

Sony has just announced its full lineup of games set to make an appearance at this year’s highly anticipated Tokyo Game Show. Organized by Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) along with Nikkei BP, this year’s show will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The show opens on September 18 but will be open to the public on September 20.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/9257/20140909/sony-reveals-full-game-lineup-for-tokyo-game-show-2014.htm

Sony mobiles to support PlayStation 4 games

The latest line of top-tier mobiles from Sony, the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact, will be able to stream console games directly from a PlayStation 4 on the same WiFi network. Announced at the annual consumer electronics show IFA Berlin, the Z3 line will also be accompanied by a Game Control Mount accessory that lets the devices clip on to a PlayStation 4 controller.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/06/Sony-mobiles-to-support-PlayStation-4-games/