Sony gave us the hard facts on the launch of its first tablets at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on Wednesday, naming the two models and giving details of pricing and availability.
Samsung began the most serious challenge to Apple and the iPad when it unveiled the first in its Galaxy Tab series at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin a year ago.
It looks set to raise its game further back here in Berlin this week, where the Korean company, Sony and Toshiba, among others, are showing off new tablet formats to take on the iPad at their 2011 IFA press conferences. Read more
Logitech has cut the price of its Logitech Revue set-top box by 60 per cent to $99.99 from $249.99 in another sign that Google TV has failed to catch on with consumers. There are no indications that, as is often the case, the price cut presages a new Google TV unit from Logitech, which is the only company currently offering a standalone Google TV box. The Revue was launched last October at $300. Read more
A London court granted a warrant on Friday for the extended detention of a teenager suspected of being a leader and spokesman for the hacking group Lulz Security. Read more
“From the lens to the living room” is how Sony describes its comprehensive 3D strategy internally, referring to its range from 3D professional cameras that cover sporting events and film movies for Sony Pictures to the TVs and PlayStation 3s in the living room that deliver games, films and other 3D entertainment to the viewer.
But how do consumers get their own personal 3D content from the lens of cameras such as Sony’s 3D Bloggie to TVs such as its top-of-the-range Bravia XBR-55HX929? – a feat I attempted in the latest Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. Read more
“From the lens to the living room” is how Sony describes its comprehensive 3D coverage internally, referring to the 3D professional cameras that cover sporting events and film movies for Sony Pictures and the TVs and PlayStation 3s in the living room that deliver games, films and other entertainment to the viewer. But how do consumers get their own personal 3D content from the lens of cameras such as Sony’s 3D Bloggie to TVs such as its top-of-the-range Bravia XBR-55HX929, a feat I attempted in the latest Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. Read more
After the flash of E3 comes the fizzle of May’s US video game sales, which were the lowest for nearly five years, according to figures just released by the NPD research firm. There were plenty of titles for the holiday season to get excited about at the annual trade show last week in LA, but LA Noire, set on the mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles, took the fall for poorer than expected sales in May. Read more
Sony has announced a lower than expected price for its next-generation portable console as makers of gaming devices face growing competition from smartphones and tablets.
At a news conference at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Sony revealed that the device, previously known as NGP, would be called the PS Vita. It said a basic version would cost $250 in the US, €250 ($367) in Europe and Y25,000 ($312) in Japan when it goes on sale later this year. Read more
On the eve of the E3 video game trade show, Nintendo has admitted that its network is also vulnerable to hackers playing games. Sony has yet to restore fully the PlayStation Network after it was crippled by hackers in April, but the cyber break-in at one of Nintendo’s US web servers seems much less serious. Read more
The latest LED-lit televisions offer amazing thinness and shimmering edge-to-edge pictures. But despite their outer beauty, the Smart TV interfaces inside that link to web-connected apps and services could use a little plastic surgery. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the smarts of the Samsung D7000. Read more
Sony closed a second online network for its gaming customers and said for the first time that hackers had stolen account information on thousands of payment cards. Read more
More than 70m users of Sony’s online gaming network have had their names, e-mail addresses and passwords stolen by a hacker in one of the largest privacy breaches to date. Read more
This seems to be the week of the big media guys beating up the little guys and the little guys fighting back. On Monday, the Motion Picture Association of America sued the new DVD streaming service Zediva. On Tuesday, Sony said its PlayStation Network had suffered outages as a result of attacks by the Anonymous group of hackers. On Wednesday, Google said it had removed an app for the Grooveshark music streaming service from the Android Market. Read more
The 2011 Game Developers Conference, one of the “majors” in global video game events, has just wrapped up here in San Francisco after five days of events and announcements surrounding new games, technologies and services. Nintendo gave us a first look at the Wii at GDC five years ago, Bill Gates launched the original Xbox here in 2000 and Sony pushed out its Move motion controller last year. While there was nothing of the same magnitude this year and Microsoft appears to be ignoring GDC for big announcements these days, we still had a keynote from Nintendo’s chief Satoru Iwata and a flurry of news from Sony. Read more
Time to throw out the 78s, LPs, CDs, cassettes and even your digital downloads? With so many services offering to stream your favourite songs over the internet and store playlists now, there seems no need for a permanent record collection. After exploring cloud gaming last week, the Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section this week looks at cloud music services, ahead of the inevitable entry of Google and Apple. Read more
There was one inexplicable omission in the features unveiled for Sony’s next-generation portable (NGP) device in Tokyo on Wednesday night and one bold and exciting move regarding the future of the PlayStation platform. Read more
Nintendo was showing off its 3DS handheld game console at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, begging the question of where was Sony’s 3D PlayStation Portable. Sony made a point at its news conference that it was bringing 3D to the smaller screen, with products like the Bloggie camcorder, but a gaming machine was notable in its absence. Read more