PC sale leads Sony to $1.25B loss

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - May 15th, 2014

Sony’s move to abandon PCs has contributed to a massive net loss of $1.25 billion for the year to 31st March, and it has forecast a loss of $491 billion for the coming 12 months.

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet tipped for MWC: Thinner design and Android 4.4 KitKat

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - February 18th, 2014

We’re now a week away from the smartphone and tablet focused mobile world congress (MWC) and devices continue to be leaked. The latest of which is a new tablet from Sony.

Smartphones at MWC: What will Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Nokia launch?

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - January 20th, 2014

We’re still recovering from the monster that is CES but that means Mobile World Congress (MWC) is fast approaching so here’s what smartphones to expect at the 2014 show held in Barcelona.

Sony launches Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 7th, 2014

Sony Mobile has launched its waterproof Xperi Z1 Compact smartphone at CES.

Sony unveils multi-purpose PC in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 18th, 2013

Sony today launced the new VAIO Fit PC in the UAE, which features a multi-flip hinge that transforms the PC to tablet or viewer modes while offering the functionality of a traditional clamshell laptop.

Sony signs 3G broadcast contract with Al Jazeera Media Network

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 17th, 2013

Sony Professional Solutions MEA has announced the signing of a US $143 million project with Al Jazeera Media Network.

Sony announces MEA launch of Xperia C smartphone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - October 27th, 2013

Sony today announced the Middle East and Africa launch of its Xperia C, a dual SIM Android smartphone.

Sony’s flagship Z1 smartphone boasts high-spec camera

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - September 5th, 2013

Sony is hoping the world’s smartphone users place a premium on photography and perhaps have a problem keeping their phones dry. The Xperia Z1, unveiled on Wednesday at the IFA electronics show in […]

Hands on with Sony’s QX10 lens camera

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - September 5th, 2013

One of the most intriguing products to appear at this year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin is Sony’s QX-series of “lens cameras.” At first glance both the QX10 and QX100 look like […]

Review: Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Sony SmartWatch 2

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - September 5th, 2013

There are few consumer electronics products as hyped at present as so-called smartwatches. While much of the hype is due to the anticipated unveiling of some sort of wearable device by Apple next […]

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 5th, 2013

When smartphone leader Samsung Electronics introduced the original Galaxy Note, it didn’t have much competition, but since then interest for smartphones with 5.5-inch screens – and larger – has grown.

Review: Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - August 27th, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is like a big, dumb dog – it’s great to play around with, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to live with it every day.

Sony brings Portable Wireless Server to the UAE

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - August 15th, 2013

Sony on Thursday launched its new Portable Wireless Server (PWS) in the UAE. The device is designed to help users view, share, and store content from their smartphones, the vendor said.  The device […]

Sony stays in profit, revenue grows from strong smartphone sales

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - August 1st, 2013

Sony reported a modest profit in its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, continuing a turnaround that started in the last fiscal year. The company has also raised its revenue forecast for its […]

Video: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 27th, 2013

Sony‘s Xperia Tablet Z will go on sale globally in the second quarter, priced from $499 in the U.S. The 10-inch tablet will be just 6.9 millimetres thick, with an 1,920 by 1,200 […]

Sony launches world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - February 25th, 2013

Sony today launched the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Xperia Tablet Z will launch globally in the second quarter or 2013, Sony revealed. According to the company, […]

Sony unveils Xperia Tablet Z

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - January 22nd, 2013

Sony on Monday expanded its portfolio of Android-based products with the Tablet Z, which is thinner and lighter than competing products from Apple and Google. This year, tablet shipments are expected to total […]

Sony re-brands MEA headquarters

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - August 27th, 2012

Sony today announced the renaming of its regional headquarters Sony Gulf to ‘Sony Middle East and Africa FZE’. The name change, which will take place with immediate effect, will “reflect the company’s growing […]

Sony announces half-size image chip

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 21st, 2012

Sony has said it will begin sales of a new image chip that is nearly half the size of current models. The Tokyo-based electronics giant said its new CMOS sensors will begin shipping […]

Apple looked to Sony for iPhone inspiration: court documents

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 26th, 2012

Apple looked in part to Sony for inspiration in designing its first iPhone, even having an internal designer produce “Sony-like” mock-ups of cell phones that carried the name of the Japanese electronics company, […]

Sony, Panasonic to team up to mass-produce OLED TV panels

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 25th, 2012

Sony and Panasonic said Monday they will team up to create mass production technology for super-high resolution TVs based on OLED technology, in a concerted effort to drive mainstream adoption and revive their […]

Sony to invest $1bn in image sensor production

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 22nd, 2012

Sony said Friday it will invest US$1 billion to increase its production capacity for the image sensors used in digital cameras, eyeing the booming market for smartphones, tablets and other camera-equipped gadgets. The […]

E3 2012: Sony animates Wonder Book with augmented reality

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 6th, 2012

E3 2012: Sony animates Wonder Book with augmented reality Developed with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the game uses the PlayStation Eye, PlayStation Move and a physical book, that when viewed on the TV, appears as if it is animated.

Sony says it lost $6.4 billion last fiscal year

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 10th, 2012

Sony expects its net loss for the fiscal year ending March 31 will be more than double what it forecast two months ago. The company now expects to report a net loss of […]

Sony to cut 10,000 jobs: report

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2012

Sony will cut 10,000 jobs globally, or about 6% of its workforce, this year as part of a restructuring plan under its new president, Japan’s largest business paper reported Monday. The Nikkei, without […]

Sony’s new head of consumer products to lead unit formed from Sony Ericsson

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 5th, 2012

Sony said today that the newly installed head of its consumer electronics business will also lead the mobile unit formed when it acquired Sony Ericsson, marking the first time its smartphone, tablet, and […]

A year after killer tsunami, Sony factory faces tough reality

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 11th, 2012

The story of this Sony factory, which took the full brunt of a powerful tsunami that washed through a year ago, reflects that of much of Japan’s northeastern coast – abrupt tragedy, battled […]

Sony division moves services from AWS to OpenStack

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 11th, 2012

The division of Sony that suffered a cyber attack last year, which led to a major PlayStation network outage and sensitive customer data being compromised, has dropped Amazon Web Services for at least […]

Hackers steal Michael Jackson catalogue from Sony

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 6th, 2012

Sony’s PlayStation Network major outage last year was not the only damage done by hackers. Michael Jackson’s entire back catalogue of more than 50,000 music files, worth some $250 million, was stolen as well, it […]

Sony completes buy of Sony Ericsson mobile joint venture

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 18th, 2012

Sony has completed its purchase of the Sony Ericsson mobile phone joint venture and turned the company into a subsidiary, which it will soon rename Sony Mobile Communications, it announced on Thursday. The […]

Sony Tablet S

Contributor by Contributor - January 15th, 2012

The electronics giant Sony has finally decided to join the tablet club. A little late maybe but it made us hopeful that Sony would bring us a tablet with little more edge to […]

Samsung to buy Sony’s share of LCD panel joint company for $934 million

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 27th, 2011

Sony said yesterday that it would sell off its entire stake in an LCD (liquid crystal display) manufacturing joint venture to Samsung Electronics for $934 million. The two companies signed a contract under […]

Sony’s woes continue with latest class action suit

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 22nd, 2011

Along with the mixed news coming out from Japan regarding the PlayStation Vita launch, it appears Sony has another lawsuit to deal with. You may remember that Sony updated the PS3 Terms of […]

Japan mobile carriers to expand beyond Sony NFC standard

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 22nd, 2011

Japan’s three biggest mobile phone companies said that they would adopt international standards for touch payment systems, expanding beyond the current implementation by Sony. NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank said they will work […]

Sony to acquire Ericsson’s share of Sony Ericsson

Sathya Mithra Ashok by Sathya Mithra Ashok - November 3rd, 2011

Ericsson and Sony Corporation announced that Sony will acquire Ericsson’s 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”), making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. The transaction gives […]

Sony buys medical device maker, eyes new business line

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - September 28th, 2011

Sony said Wednesday it had acquired a small medical researcher in the U.S. and plans to enter the market for portable medical testing. The consumer electronics giant purchased Micronics, based in Redmond, Washington, […]

Sony Grappling with 55 U.S. Lawsuits After PSN Hack

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 24th, 2011

It looks like Sony may be going to court, and we’re not talking once, or thrice, but 55 times over. The company’s facing a whopping 55 lawsuits in the U.S. alone, reports Reuters, […]

Sony to complete resumption of PSN

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 5th, 2011

Sony will fully restore PlayStation Network service to users in Japan this week, ending a two-and-a-half month suspension of service, and bringing to a close an embarrassing incident that began with the largest […]

Sony launches Qriocity for Android smartphones

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 20th, 2011

Sony has just announced the launch of a dedicated Qriocity app for Android smartphones. Officially titled “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity”, the app allows subscribers to Sony’s cloud-based streaming music service full access […]

Sony Pictures hacked

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 5th, 2011

LulzSec, a hacking group that recently made news for hacking into PBS, claimed today that it has broken into several Sony Pictures websites and accessed unencrypted personal information on over 1 million people. […]

Sony offers free identity theft protection

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 26th, 2011

Sony began letting its U.S. PlayStation Network (PSN) and Qriocity customers sign up yesterday for free identity theft protection services following cyber-attacks that may have exposed the personal data of its 77 million […]

Sony hacked again, customer records posted online

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 25th, 2011

The problems keep coming for Sony. Yesterday, the company confirmed that someone had hacked into its website and stolen about 2,000 customer names and e-mail addresses. Close to 1,000 of the records have […]

PlayStation Network hack will cost Sony $170m

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 24th, 2011

Sony expects the hack of the PlayStation Network and will cost it ¥14 billion (US$170 million) this financial year, it said Monday. Unknown hackers hit the network gaming service for PlayStation 3 consoles […]

Sony takes down PlayStation Network after URL error

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 19th, 2011

Nothing comes easy to Sony these days. The company was forced to take part of its Sony PlayStation Network offline briefly on Wednesday as it fixed a Web glitch that gave hackers a […]

Sony details PlayStation attack, apologises for breach

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 2nd, 2011

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services will begin a phased resumption this week, after the company took them offline in response to a “very sophisticated” intrusion, the company said recently. Online gaming […]

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