Archive for: Sony

Sony Unveils The Xperia Ray. 3.3″ qHD Display And 1 GHz Processor.

  • June 22, 2011 7:39 am


While smartphone manufacturers still are releasing sub-qHD resolution displays, Sony is taking the higher pixel count to somewhere it doesn’t often go — the small screen. The media and consumer electronics giant has announced the Xperia Ray Android phone which features among other things, a 3.3″ qHD display, 1 GHz processor, and 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R for HD video capture. Your usual assortment of wireless technologies including Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS are included as are two special cellular flavors: quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/2100 MHz) or quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (800/1900/2100 MHz).

Look for the Xperia Ray to launch globally starting in Q3 in black, gold, white and pink. Without a price to consider, do you think the phone as it is now is worth your time? Or is the lack of dual-core processor and tiny screen a turn off?

PS3 Hacker graf_chokolo Likely Headed To Prison.

  • June 22, 2011 7:06 am


It’s pretty much a given that nobody likes Sony. They’re assholes plain and simple. And while the world was transfixed on infamous iOS and PS3 hacker, George Hotz (Geohot), another talented PS3 hacker by the name of graf_chokolo was waging his own war with the media giant. But where Geohot was able to settle and move on, graf_chokolo will have to give in to financial woes and take up residency in prison instead.

In a comment posted on his website, graf_chokolo says:

Hi guys, no money left anymore. Going to jail soon probably because i cannot pay court costs.
But i’m ready to stand up for everything i said and go to jail for that too. It’s not important to win, more important is to show them that we are ready to fight, that they cannot scare me off easily. Yeah, i’m ready to go to jail for my believes and my principles.

Most of people probably think that all computer and kernel hackers are weak kids, hiding in a cellar, eating pizza whole day, writing software and looking for attention Maybe, but that’s NOT me. And i will get out eventually and continue my work. My work means very much to me.

It really is quite a shame that Sony can take people to court and ruin their lives when they’re merely trying to return a much requested feature to the community. Maybe if Sony actually cared about their users and environment as a whole they’d support the hacker community and/or hire them to better the platform. In reality, however, Sony hates you. End of story.

[Update] Claimed 19-Year Old LulzSec Mastermind Arrested In Essex, England.

  • June 21, 2011 8:39 am


Many weeks after a little known hacker group called LulzSec started hacking various companies and organizations around the web comes fresh reports from Essex, England that the alleged mastermind has been arrested. The 19-year old isn’t specifically named, though is said to be “the mastermind” behind the entire Lulz operation as detailed by numerous pieces of evidence found when searching the suspect’s Wickford, Essex house.

In an interview with Sky News, a Scotland Yard spokesperson said:

“The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.

Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material.

These forensic examinations remain ongoing.”

The suspect is being held under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act in a joint effort between the FBI and Scotland yard.

Be sure to keep checking Gadgetsteria for the latest Lulz news.

Update:

denied the alleged mastermind above is the actual leader.

“Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it’s all over now … wait … we’re all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?”

In This The Dual-Core Sony Xperia Duo?

  • June 17, 2011 8:06 am


Is this Sony’s next flagship Android device, the Xperia duo? While we’re not sure if of the legitimacy of the photo nor claim that it packs a the company’s first use of a dual-core processor, we’re keeping our fingers crossed. As much as we despise Sony for the way in which they run business, we can’t help but stare at some of their hardware. Case in point: this phone (and UI) are hot!

Whatever this phone is, we want it.

Shocker: Sony Withheld Severity Of PSN Hack.

  • June 15, 2011 3:01 pm

In a new report published today by Kyodo News, it is alleged that Sony knew the full extent of the PSN breach but delayed announcing their findings in a feeble attempt to lessen public outcry. Of course, the exact opposite happened as more details trickled out and it was suggested Sony was deliberately withholding information.

The official report claims Sony acknowledged the PSN hack and the severity of the breach on April 25th though told the public on April 26th that they “couldn’t rule out the possibility” of such an attack. Furthermore on May 1st the company claims they didn’t even know of the hack until April 26th — the same day they finally alerted the public.

Sony responded to the report and maintained that they didn’t know the full extent of the hack and didn’t want to “bewilder” customers with false alarms if it was “only” information such as PSN account names and passwords that were stolen. Unfortunately for Sony they took their sweet time releasing information to the public whom did have personal information stolen in various forms.

The question on everyone’s minds now is what will the Japanese government do with these new allegations that Sony deliberately misled the public?

Following Anonymous Arrests, Spanish Police Website Taken Offline By Attack.

  • June 13, 2011 9:54 am


It appears Anonymous has “officially” responded to recent arrests targeting three claimed “core” members of the infamous hacker group by taking the Spanish police website offline. The total time of the outage on www.policia.es wasn’t too severe — roughly one hour — though the Spanish police themselves won’t go as far as claiming it was Anonymous. But they don’t really have to. Anonops is a site routinely used as a public front page for anonymous which has seena recent update claiming responsibility for the latest attack and giving it the name #OpPolicia. At the same time, Anonymous claims that no core group members have been arrested because…they don’t have a “core” group.

Who’s next…?

3 Suspected Anonymous Hackers Tied To PSN Hacks Arrested In Spain.

  • June 10, 2011 9:37 am


If authorities in Spain are to be believed, part of the hacker group Anonymous has been cracked. Three unnamed hackers believed to be members of Anonymous and tied to recent PSN Hacks were taken into custody Friday. In their efforts, Spanish police also found a server in one of the members’ apartments in Gijon that was supposedly used to not only hack Sony’s PSN but several Spanish banks and a slew of government websites across the world.

For now, the police aren’t naming anyone publicly or sharing many details outside of the general facts above. Also absent from the list of known information is just how involved these hackers were in the Sony hacks and Anonymous overall. At any rate, it appears Anonymous is coming under increasing fire as they hack their way around the world.

Sony Pictures Releases New Update Concerning Recent Hack.

  • June 8, 2011 9:44 am


Sony Pictures has released a new update regarding the data breach that occurred several days back on June 2nd. At this time, Sony is still not divulging any details into the exact names of people responsible or if they even know, as well as what they are doing behind the scenes to track the hackers down. What they are doing, however, is notifying the ~37,000+ people whose information has been compromised.

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has provided notice to the approximately 37,500 people who may have had some personally identifiable information stolen during the recent attack on sonypictures.com. SPE did not request, and the stolen information did not include, any credit card information, social security numbers or driver license numbers from these people.

In a bit of good news, SPE has confirmed that the despite the large amount of stolen data, none of it contained any credit card information, social security numbers or driver license numbers. Nonetheless, SPE is reaching out to affected customers by allowing free fraud alert labels be slapped on their credit accounts to thwart any possible negative outcomes as well as free credit reports.

Were you affected by the hack? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a tip at tips [at] gadgetsteria [dot] com.

Sony S1 Arrives At FCC Packin’ HSPA+

  • June 7, 2011 12:17 pm


It looks like Sony’s S1 tablet just got a bit more real thanks to a freshly revealed FCC filing detailing hardware with the SGPT113JP/S and SGPT114JP/S monikers. From what we can tell now, the Android 3.x and HSPA+ (AT&T?) support mean we’re looking at another hot piece for the Android tablet scene. While we know Sony can definitely develop some good looking hardware, it remains to be seen how well their software upgrade process fares in their tablet ventures. (Spoiler: It hasn’t been great so far.)