Archive for: Sony

Repeat: Sony Attacked Again. (But This Time Credit Card Info Is Safe.)

  • October 12, 2011 6:26 am

Sony, Sony, Sony. New reports are circulating around the web this morning that many a PSN user will surely not want to hear: Sony has been hacked attacked. Again. But before you get all bent out of shape and launch your PS3 through a window we must stress that it’s far less severe than back in April. Much less in fact.

According Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment Network are affected. Moreover, a total of roughly 93,000 (at least 35,000 in the U.S. and 20,000 in Europe) PSN accounts have been “halted”, with owners of said accounts being sent emails to verify account information and reset passwords. At this time Sony has stressed that absolutely no credit card/personal information has been compromised. The list of accounts/passwords allegedly comes from several 3rd party sites and sources (credit: HackerNews).

For now, this appears to be nothing more than a small, unsuccessful (for the hackers) hiccup that hopefully doesn’t turn into another Spring-to-Summer PSN downtime. If you recall, Japanese PS3/PSN users felt the worst of the hacking effects with governments stepping in and preventing any PSN re-launch until security measures were up to their standards — a move that didn’t come until late July.

Sony To Launch Super Bright “WhiteMagic” Displays Later This Year.

  • August 15, 2011 10:03 pm

Tired of having your phone’s display get washed out in the sunlight? Or, conversely, would you rather your phone’s display be 2x as efficient in order to offset the hungry hungry data beast that you are? You’re in luck as Sony has a slick new screen technology dubbed “WhiteMagic” set to hit the markets later this year.

The *magic* happens thanks to a fourth white pixel that according to Sony can work in one of two ways:

  1. The white pixel can be activated at 100% effectively making the display 2x as bright as your typical display available today.
  2. The other and far more mobile-friendly option is to turn the white pixel on, but at ~half power to make the display as bright as current displays on the market but require half the electricity.

Look for “WhiteMagic” Sony displays to start hitting the market this October.

PS Vita Release Date Being Announced In September At Tokyo Game Show.

  • August 5, 2011 11:44 am

If you happen to love yourself a fine Sony product you might just want to tune into the Tokyo Game Show this September. It is at that point that Sony will announce the official (Japan) launch date of the PS Vita, the PSP’s successor. The announcement (not translated) comes by way of SCEJ President, Hiroshi Kawano.

For U.S./European users, the news is bittersweet. It’s already been confirmed via Sony that the PS Vita won’t be launching anywhere outside of Japan in 2011, so September’s announcement won’t benefit us in the least. But if you’re the type who wows their friends with Japanese-only gadgets, September might turn out quite well for you after all.

Sony S1 And S2 Tablet Support Documents Leak!

  • August 5, 2011 12:25 am

It pays to be a nosey tech reporter. Hat tip to CarryPad’s “Ben” for uncovering eight pages straight out of the Sony S1 and S2 tablet support documents compliments of Sony’s amazingly secure website.

The most interesting stuff to take away for now is the integrated “WiFi checker” app, app launcher and Chumby app. Oh yeah, it also looks like it’ll be running Android 3.2. Not so great, however, is the proprietary connector. Apparently Sony hasn’t learned from the numerous examples over the last decade that proprietary connectors are a bad, bad deal for everyone involved.

But enough talk. It’s late. And as much as we’d like to believe we’re part cyborg, we’re not. We fall face first over our feet when deprived of sleep just like you. Hit up CarryPad for hte slides…

Sony Falters: PS Vita Japan-Only Until 2012.

  • August 4, 2011 7:53 am

Too bad Sony won’t make the holiday shopping season in the U.S. and Europe — two markets that generated 40+% of their revenue last fiscal year — as we’re sure a fair amount of mobile gamers would bite.

The bad news comes by way of Sony’s own Kazuo Hirai, top lieutenant of king pin Howard Stringer, who claims the PS Vita will launch in Japan late this year first, and hit U.S. and European markets sometime early next year. Originally, the company mentioned a vague “late 2011″ staggered release for the device.

As disappointing as delays are — and believe us, they’re heart wrenching — we simply weren’t all that impressed by the Vita. Apparently our expectations our too high.

Now that your Christmas wish list was just chopped at the knees, what are you going to replace it with?

Get The New Xperia Ray’s Home Launcher Now!

  • August 1, 2011 10:04 am

Fancy the new yet subtly different launcher on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray? New features include a new widget overview mode, a “themes” function (not yet working) and a quick uninstall button within the app drawer. Minor, yes. Welcome, you bet!

The leaked .apk is now ready and waiting for public consumption. So far, the Xperia X10, Arc and Play have taken the new launcher in stride. If you manage to get it up and running on a different device, be sure to let us know how it goes.

Sony Exec: “PSN Hack Was Enlightening/Great Experience.”

  • July 14, 2011 9:38 am

Oh snap. You’d think that Sony would be perfectly content with only winning 2011′s “Worst Network Security Award”, but Sony’s very own Tim Schaaff (President of Entertainment) thinks the title of “Largest Foot Shoved In Mouth” is yet attainable.

When speaking with VentureBeat about the PSN hack among other things, Schaaf says that the overall PSN hack was “enlightening” and an overall “great experience”. Despite Schaff’s claim, we just can’t manage to shake the thought Sony’s PSN customers think differently.

“I think for people running network businesses, it’s not just about improving your security, because I’ve never talked to a security expert who said, ‘As long you do the following three things you’ll be fine, because hackers won’t get you… the question is how do you build your life so you’re able to cope with those things. It’s been a great experience.”

We know what Schaaf is trying to say. What it comes out sounding like, however, is a PR disaster. Speaking of which — Sony PR: Ready your fingers and keyboards!

AT&T Unveils Sony Xperia Play. Coming “Later This Year With 4G”.

  • July 12, 2011 7:34 pm

Verizon’s exclusivity with Sony’s Xperia Play (aka: “PlayStation Phone) will be coming to an end before 2012. At a press event today in NYC, Ma Bell took the wraps off their GSM-flavored Xperia Play which when released will come in the standard black and accompanying dark blue colors. Externally, the phone looks identical. Ditto for software too. AT&T withheld any and all specifics to launch date and pricing, though did boast that the phone would have “4G’. With that said, they were equally secretive about whether or not the Xperia Play will feature “real 4G” (read: LTE) or AT&T’s slower-than-EDGE-at-times 3G/HSPA+ nertwork. Stay tuned as we dig for an answer.

Xbox 360 Auto Disc Changer Ruins Any Chance Of Exercise I Might Get.

  • July 12, 2011 1:47 am

Do you remember CDs? I doubt it, but if you do, you’ll probably even remember a device that would hold all your CDs and let you listen to them as you please - without ever having to swap out the round archaic things. Ben Heck decided that instead of recycling that piece of equipment, he’d put it to some good use. Heck has created an Xbox 360 disc changer. Yes, you heard it right. The gift that will be atop every mans Holiday wishlist! While taking your every day run of the mill 360 DVD drive, Heck was able to plop it inside an extremely transformed (Autobots or Decepticons?) Sony CD changer.

Please, someone purchase this and send it to me for review, or just send it to me. I want and need this. I don’t trust me kids to swap out my CoD: Black Ops disc with my Halo:Reach DVD. I barely trust them getting me beers while I play. If I had this in my house, I would never have to leave the couch, well, except when I have to clean the windows and the inside of the microwave at the Gadgetsteria headquarters :(

A Radical video awaits you after the break…