A major Sony warehouse responsible for distributing optical discs, such as Blu-rays, DVDs, games, music and films has been destroyed by rioters in London.The warehouse was based in Enfield, one of the flash points of the London riots, was set alight in the late hours of Monday night, Sony confirmed.
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Most photos shot at parties often come out looking poorly, especially if you attempt them without flash. It can also be cumbersome to try to take pictures and hold a drink or food in your hand at the same time Well, Sony wants to help the amateur party-photographer crowd with two new pocket digital cameras, the Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1.
Following in the footsteps of the hard-drive based Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V released earlier this year, the newly announced Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V are updated and flash-memory based versions that capture full 1920x1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel still photos, and include the ability to geotag video and photos using built-in GPS receivers.
Sony today unveiled a new high-definition camcorder, the HDR-TG5V Handycam, that captures 1920x1080 HD video and four-megapixel photos.The model includes 16GB of flash memory (a portion of which is used for data management), embedded GPS and a new user interface for the touch-panel LCD.
In a well timed move today Adobe announced the Open Screen Project and lifted restrictions on the use of Flash related specifications. The initiative is supported by several industry leaders including ARM, Intel, LG, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and Verizon.
Somebody over at Sony must have a thing about rootkits because once again the company is caught trying to cloak files on systems using what security company F-Secure describe as "rootkit-like behavior." This time the product afflicted is Sony's MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software that is supplied with fingerprint-protected USB flash drives.
Sony confirmed on Wednesday that it is working to add native MP3 support to its portable music players--a major strategy reversal that could help it compete more effectively with rivals such as Apple Computer.The shift from reliance on its proprietary format will begin with flash memory-based players, the electronics giant said, but plans are still being finalized on how and when products will add MP3 support.
Sony has announced a new range of removable flash memory cards designed to read data four times faster than current memory media, the company said in a release today. The new range also sports the MagicGate security technology which provides secure data transfer and playback of commercial and digital content requiring copyright protection.
The electronics giant announces four new USB storage products, including one with a fingerprint ID system to replace passwords for Web site access.
Sony Electronics announces an accessory for personal digital assistants that can store TV shows to flash memory cards, making it easier to play video content on its Clie handhelds.
The company releases a smaller, faster version of its Memory Stick removable flash memory card, targeting digital camcorders and cell phones in a bid to keep up with a changing market.
A new version of the removable flash memory card format developed by Sony will offer higher storage capacities, but it won't be compatible with older devices.
Sony is looking to take a bigger piece of the removable flash memory market with its 16MB Memory Stick Duo card, a smaller version of its Memory Stick.
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications announced Monday that its upcoming P800 cell phone will use the Memory Stick Duo removable flash memory technology. Memory Stick Duo is a smaller version of a Memory Stick and is targeted at mobile phones and digital audio players. The P800 is a phone with a built-in digital camera and a color screen that will be available in the third quarter of this year. The P800 will come with a 16MB Memory Stick Duo card. The card will allow P800 owners to store and transfer images and back up files on the phone. The P800 will come with 12MB of internal memory. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
U.S. retail stores began selling Samsung's DVD-P721M player Wednesday. The $199.99 player uses Planetweb's software to display digital photos. The player can also read files stored on Memory Stick removable flash-memory cards developed by Sony. Samsung signed on as a Memory Stick licensee in August of last year. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
The company and its partners increase their efforts to make the flash-memory card format known as Memory Stick a de facto standard.
Sony Online Entertainment says the next version of the popular computer game will feature a new 3D engine and will be able to host hundreds of thousands of simultaneous users from throughout the world, thanks to real-time translation.
New Internet Computer Co. CEO Gina Smith is leaving the Larry Ellison-backed Web-surfing gadget company she helped launch. Ellison's NIC Co. is one of the last players in the once promising market for low-cost alternatives to the PC. The category attracted large names such as Sony, 3Com and Gateway, as well as start-ups such as Netpliance, all of which have stopped selling the devices in the past two years. Smith, a former technology reporter for ABC News and CNET, was chosen by Ellison in February 2000 to head the company, of which he is chairman and majority owner. The company's namesake product is a $199 Linux-based Web-surfing device that lacks a hard drive, storing the operating system and other software on a CD and in flash memory. Company spokesman Michael Salort declined to say why Smith left or whether NIC Co. has chosen a successor. Salort did say there will be a smooth transition in which Smith will be involved. Smith was not immediately available for comment. --Ian Fried, Special to ZDNet News
Consumer electronics maker Sony has cut the price of its Memory Stick flash memory cards. The 16MB card dropped from $35 to $25; the 32MB from $50 to $35; the 64MB from $80 to $50; and the 128MB from $150 to $90. After a somewhat lukewarm response from the market initially, Memory Stick has been picking up speed recently and taking share away from CompactFlash and SmartMedia. Sony's price cuts are the latest in a series from manufacturers of competing flash memory card formats, including Secure Digital, SmartMedia and CompactFlash. Flash memory card makers made aggressive price drops last year in response to an industrywide inventory glut.
Handspring has cut the price of its Visor Pro handheld from $299 to $249, the device maker said Monday. The Visor Pro comes with a monochrome screen, 16MB of memory and a rechargeable battery. The cut is the latest in a series of price moves between rivals Palm, Handspring and Sony. In related news, Handspring announced Monday that it will work with wireless software and services developer ViAir to market and sell products to wireless carriers throughout North America, Europe and Asia. ViAir's applications allow carriers to provide subscribers with secure wireless access to e-mail, contacts and appointments. Since the fall announcement of Handspring's Treo handheld/cell phone combo device, the company has been entering partnerships with wireless applications developers to better address the corporate market. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
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