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June 3, 2011

LulzSec claims Sony network hack

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Friday, June 3, 2011

A group of Internet hackers, which refers to itself as Lulz Security or LulzSec, has claimed to have broken into servers for Sony entertainment websites and stolen in excess of one million items of personal details, including email addresses and passwords. Seventy-five thousand “music codes” and three-and-a-half million “music coupons” were also alleged broken into, according to a statement on their website.

In a statement, LulzSec reported that, “[f]rom a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING” [sic]. Claiming that Sony had not encrypted data which they allegedly gained access to and “were asking for it”, the group questioned: “Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?” Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson Jim Kennedy has stated that the corporation is “looking into these claims”.

This incident is reminiscent of an occasion when the data of over 77 million accounts on the PlayStation Network were unlawfully taken by hackers in April 2011. The thefts prompted Sony to close the network, as well as other features, for nearly one month. According to BBC News Online, the attack is thought to be the largest in the history of the Internet.



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January 31, 2009

Sony net profit falls by 95%

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

One of the world’s largest media conglomerates Sony has announced that its net profits have plummeted by 95% in the months of October and December quarter. Sony also stated that its revenue fell too by 25%, from $31.64 billion to $23.78 billion.

Sony’s most popular products: TV, digital cameras, mobile phones, and computers were hit by the crisis with a loss of $175.9 million as sales drop. This is a big difference to Sony’s last year profit of $2.2 billion.

The Chief Financial Officer Nobuyuki Oneda said, “From the second half of September last year, there has been a sudden deterioration in the economy, and with the effects of foreign exchange it has had severe consequences on our business.”

Analyst David Gibson stated that its TV’s sales really dragged them down this quarter.

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  • Jay alabaster “Sony’s quarterly net profit tumbles 95 percent”. Google News, Saturday, January 29, 2009
  • vash_the_stampede “Sony’s Profit Plunges 95%”. Short News, 01/30/2009


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September 4, 2008

Sony recalls 440,000 laptops due to wiring faults

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Technology company Sony has recalled 440,000 Vaio laptops due to a fault in the wiring which could result in overheating.

The recall involves some laptops in the VAIO VGN-TZ100 series, VGN-TZ200 series, VGN-TZ300 series and VGN-TZ2000. The affected laptops were sold through the SonyStyle store for between CAN$1,700 and CAN$4,000.

The recall affects 48 countries, with 373,000 of the recalled laptops being sold in countries other than Japan. 67,000 of the laptops were sold in Japan. Sony has received 209 reports of overheating worldwide, and one customer has reported receiving minor burns.

One of the countries not affected by the recall is the United Kingdom. A spokesperson for Sony UK said that there have “been no reported incidents of this potential issue in products sold in the UK to date, and a product recall is not required.”



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August 22, 2008

Sony announces PSP 3000

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Sony has revealed that a PSP redesign, called the PSP 3000, will arrive in U.S. stores on October 14 this year. In a press conference in Leipzig, Germany today, the new device features display and communication updates.

The LCD will be improved with better visibility in well-lit environments and more vivid colour. Sony is also attempting to rival other communications devices by including a built-in microphone making Skype integration easier.

U.S. and European release dates have been announced for 14 and 15 October respectively. The European retail price will be €199 (US$294), up from the previous model’s price of €169 (US$250).


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  • “PSP 3000 announced”. PALGN, August 21, 2008
  • “Sony Makes PSP-3000 Official”. Gizmodo, August 21, 2008
  • “Sony announces new PSP model”. Kotaku, August 21, 2008
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August 21, 2008

Sony announces PSP 3000

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sony has revealed that a PSP redesign, called the PSP 3000, will arrive in U.S. stores on October 14 this year. In a press conference in Leipzig, Germany today, the new device features display and communication updates.

The LCD will be improved with better visibility in well-lit environments and more vivid colour. Sony is also attempting to rival other communications devices by including a built-in microphone making Skype integration easier.

U.S. and European release dates have been announced for 14 and 15 October respectively. The European retail price will be €199 (US$294), up from the previous model’s price of €169 (US$250).


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  • “PSP 3000 announced”. PALGN, August 21, 2008
  • “Sony Makes PSP-3000 Official”. Gizmodo, August 21, 2008
  • “Sony announces new PSP model”. Kotaku, August 21, 2008
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July 31, 2008

Sony refreshes VAIO brand for business and entertainment

Sony refreshes VAIO brand for business and entertainment

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The “VAIO Experience 2008” Press Conference in Taiwan.
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From the middle of July, Sony Corporation refreshed their senior laptop brand VAIO from “Video Audio Integrated Operation” to “Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer”. According to Sony Taiwan Limited, this refreshment is an attempt to relocate the laptop consuming market for business and entertainment factors.

In the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Europe, Sony promoted their new product series for different populations including BZ for business, FW for home entertainment, Z for ultra-slim, and SR for complex applications.

Different with past series, Sony added “Clear Bright” screening technology for high-definition display, and “full-carbon production” features. BD-burning and Intel Centrino 2 processing technologies will be featured in all the new models. For security issue, Sony also embedded fingerprint system to prevent personal data to be stolen. Continued from TZ series, innovative designs including “Green Power Button”, “Situational Switch” are also added in newly-launched series.

“Due to consuming market differences, Sony only promoted BZ series in Europe and America but not included Asia. Although the TICA Show in Taipei will be different, functionality will be the greatest issue when a consumers choose a notebook [computer] before buying.” addressed by executives from Sony Taiwan Limited, during the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Taiwan.

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April 4, 2008

Sony Fair 2008 starts in Taipei, Taiwan with \”HD Entertainment Park\”

Sony Fair 2008 starts in Taipei, Taiwan with “HD Entertainment Park”

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Executives in the Opening Ceremony of Sony Fair 2008.
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The fifth annual Sony Fair, established and organized by Sony Taiwan Limited in Taipei, Taiwan since 2004, started at the North Square of Taipei 101 near the TWTC Hall 3 from April 3 to 13. With more opportunities and chances of Blu-ray and High-definition markets, the organizer named its theme slogan with “High-definition Entertainment Park”.

Opening Speech by Ryoji Chubachi.

Cquote1.svg Since the Sony Fair was established in 2004, several brand new AV-media products made their stages at this show and took good effects in it. And this time, after winning the consumer market in the optical storage battle, I’m proud to announce that “Not only Sony, all our groups are BACK“! With several varied and new technologies, the lifestyle changed rapidly with modern people. A typical example is the invention of LCD Television, that drove the high-definition becoming the mainstream in this digital AV-media era. Since I visited Taiwan 2 years ago, I saw several future miniatures from Blu-ray and high-definition AV-media products. Finally in this [digital AV-media] era, this dream became reality and several accessories like digital cameras and recorders also integrated with those new technologies above and showcased in this fair. Cquote2.svg

—Ryoji Chubachi, President of Sony.

Opening Speech by Yuzo Otsuki in Chinese language.

Cquote1.svg This year of Sony Fair with the main theme of “HD Entertainment Park”, showcased not only newly-launched Sony α , but also BRAVIA, showcased at 2007 Taipei IT Month, games and consoles of PS3 and PSP, showcased at 2008 Taipei Game Show and 2008 Softex Taipei. Because of marketing strategies [by Sony], we [Sony] brought up opportunities and achievements for high-definition markets like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chunghwa Telecom, and Public Television Service, who produced several HDTV programs with different styles. By the way, the “Audio Gallery” showcase varied ways to enjoy digital music like Walkman, integrated with Bluetooth technology recently, will be released in the middle of April 2008. Cquote2.svg

—Yuzo Otsuki, Division President of Sony Taiwan Marketing.

Not only executives supported this show, and high-definition AV-media showcases, but Sony BMG Taiwan will also invite several vocalists to hold some mini concerts in the Sony Fair 2008 to bring up the visitors during holiday nights.


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January 25, 2008

Sony Computer Entertainment announce talent project to help digital content industry in Taiwan

Sony Computer Entertainment announce talent project to help digital content industry in Taiwan

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Launch ceremony for “Taiwan Digital Content Talent R&D Project”. Pictured are, from left to right: Feng-ching Lin (Minister of State, Executive Yuan), Tetsuhiko Yasuda (President of SCE Taiwan), Steve Ruey-long Chen (Minister of Economic Affairs).
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Sony Computer Entertainment, a world-class gaming company, yesterday announced not only upcoming models from the PS2 and PSP lines, but also a special project named “Taiwan Digital Content Talent R&D Project,” strongly supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). The September launch of this project is expected to bring profits and opportunities to Taiwan’s digital content industry, especially in gaming.

According to the SCE Taiwan Limited, this project will be mainly supervised by MOEA. SCE will cooperate with academic units in Taiwan. Students and the public interested on the R&D of digital content are welcomed to join trainings from this project. Some famous Japanese gaming developers will give lectures and choose some excellent games at this project to market to the world including Japan.

SCE Taiwan, as well as the lecturers, will also provide some debug machines, on which trainees can experiment during the lectures. It is expected that some selected games will be preliminary announced at PlayStation Home and PlayStation Store in Japan.



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April 6, 2007

PlayStation 3 banned in British prisons

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PlayStation 3 banned in British prisons

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Friday, April 6, 2007

The PlayStation 3.

Sony’s PlayStation 3 Entertainment System has been banned in British prisons. One of its key features is built in Wi-Fi which has the ability to send radio signals. To prevent prisoners from sending messages about jail breaks and other possible violations, it has been banned.

“The Sony PlayStation 3 was barred from the prison estate because of the equipment’s ability to send and receive radio signals,” said British Home Secretary John Reid.

The PlayStation 3 was launched in the United Kingdom last month. A similar ban was put in for Sony’s PlayStation 2 which was alleged that inmates could use it to look at pornography.

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February 1, 2007

Sony may cut PS3 prices

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Technology giant Sony is reportedly looking into cutting prices on Playstation 3 gaming consoles.

Even though Sony loses about (U.S.) $200 for each unit sold, the company believes that selling units for less will increase sales of games and peripherals, which is apparently where the company makes the most profit. By reducing prices on Playstation 3 units, Sony’s gaming division is looking to break even by 2008.

The report is not indicative that Sony will reduce the price of the console, only that it is looking into doing so.

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