Cassettes, like LPs are enjoying something of a "comeback," but I can't say I was ever a big fan of the format. Sure, with a great Nakamichi or high-end Pioneer cassette deck the sound of recordings made from LPs could be pretty decent, but the prerecorded cassettes put out by record companies were always iffy. The main advantages cassette had over LPs and CDs was they were a little cheaper, and considerably more portable. They were the MP3s of the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s, and were as fragile as LPs. I mostly used the format to … Read more
The category of interchangeable-lens cameras subsumes a variety of capabilities and designs. You have the familiar dSLRs, large-bodied models that use a reflex mirror to enable the use of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. Then there are Sony's SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) models, which incorporate the same phase-detection autofocus system as dSLRs, but with a fixed mirror that requires the use of an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical one. And then there are the mirrorless models, which generally use contrast-detection autofocus and, if they have a viewfinder, it's an EVF. Though they're sometimes referred to as "compact system cameras," they're not all compact; in fact, only a handful could really be classified as such.… Read more
Sony might be working on a new Google TV device.
A Federal Communications Commission tag that surfaced recently on the agency's site describes an unnamed "Internet Player" affixed with the model number NSZ-GU1. The filing, which was discovered on Tuesday, is listed with June 20 as the date available and is credited to Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron.
The tag on the FCC listing shows "Sony Corp." branding, and other documents in the filing list "Sony" as the brand. Although the FCC's listing doesn't say what the device is, previously launched Sony products … Read more
You don't have to be a hard-core rock climber or surfer to reap the benefits of water- and dust-resistant smartphones. In fact, our most precious handheld computers could all benefit from designs that protect their delicate electronic innards from the wet and grime.
These recent smartphones all have waterproofing characteristics in common -- to a limit. You shouldn't have to worry about them falling into a puddle, but neither should you plan on taking them into the hot tub for a nice, long soak.
Owners of Sony's PS Vita will find at least one cool new feature in the console's latest update.
Released on Tuesday, the Vita software update version 2.60 lets you play games and other content from a PS3 console or a computer without having to copy those items to the Vita. To access this feature, simply select the connected device from a list of categories and then choose the content you wish to play. Grabbing media from a PC or Mac requires you to first download and install Sony's Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation software.
You should … Read more
Sony has put its foot down after being pressured to split itself up by spinning off its entertainment division.
In a letter to Third Point hedge fund founder Daniel Loeb on Monday, Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai said the company's board of directors had unanimously decided to reject Loeb's spin off plan. Instead, Hirai told Loeb that Sony intends to continue owning "100 percent of our entertainment business."
Sony had a somewhat strong fiscal first quarter in the period ended June 30, but it's clear more work needs to be done.
The company on Thursday posted its earnings for the quarter, revealing that it generated $17.3 billion in revenue, a jump of 13 percent compared to the same period last year. It also recorded a $35 million profit, compared with a small net loss for the same period last year.
Sony's slight profit comes as the majority of its businesses suffered a disappointing quarter. Everything from Sony's Pictures business to its gaming operation saw … Read more
I'm always on the lookout for great cheap headphones, so when CNET's Matthew Moskovciak suggested I try Sony's MDR-ZX100 I jumped at the chance. We were both knocked out by Sony's MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 headphones, so I bought a pair of MDR-ZX100s on Amazon for $15. I had no expectations it would threaten those two amazing Sonys, but at less than 20 percent of those headphones' current prices I was curious to see how much of the magic trickled down to the MDR-ZX100. The MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 were both designed more than twenty years ago, when … Read more
Sony and Panasonic aim to provide a big boost to the amount of data that can be housed on a single disc.
The two companies will work together to create a new standard for an optical disc capable of recording at least 300GB of information, Panasonic announced Monday. The goal is to unveil the actual technology before the end of 2015. The new disc format will be targeted toward professional users, specifically businesses that need to archive huge amounts of data for long-term storage.
Pointing to one potential customer, Sony cited the video production industry, including motion picture houses and … Read more