By Lisa Johnston
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Tokyo — Sony and Panasonic revealed the specifications for a new disc-based long-term Archival Disc format that will store between 300GB and 1TB of data per disc.
The system is said to be more resistant to dust, shock, extreme temperatures and moisture than typical hard disk drives, and will offer “inter-generational compatibility” between different formats and the format evolves.
According to a product roadmap issued by both companies, the first 300GB Archival Discs are due to arrive by summer 2015, with increasing storage upgrades scheduled to follow.
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Tokyo – Jack Tretton, president/CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA), will leave the company as of March 31, the result of a mutual agreement between the executive and the company not to renew their contractual relationship.
Shawn Layden, currently executive VP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will replace Tretton as of April 1, the company said.
Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995. As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America.
Tokyo – Sony, which is in the midst of major global corporate restructuring, is now reportedly trying to sell its former headquarters and surrounding buildings in central Tokyo.
According to a Nikkei report Friday, the sale by the struggling electronics giant continues the offloading of real estate holdings from a year ago, when the company sold its U.S. headquarters building at 550 Madison Ave. in New York City for $1.1 billion.
San Diego — Sony Electronics is restructuring “to maintain its competitiveness in an evolving consumer electronics market” in the U.S., and as part of the effort it will shut 20 of its stores.
Sony Electronics confirmed in a statement a total staff reduction of one-third by the end of the calendar year, affecting approximately 1,000 employees across all sites. “In addition, in an effort to further streamline costs and continue focus on existing partner relations, Sony announced the closure of 20 U.S. Sony Stores,” the company said.
Barcelona, Spain — Sony went to the Mobile World Congress to launch its first smartphone and first tablet with 4K video capture.
The company also unveiled a slim midrange Android phone and revealed more details of its first smart band, initially unveiled at International CES.
The company also talked up a new integrated global marketing campaign to support its mobile devices.
The smartphones and tablets run Android and feature 4G LTE. The smart band and 4K smartphone and tablet are also promoted as waterproof.
Northlandz is a model-train mecca in suburban Flemington, N.J., that has delighted my two young sons for years. Now almost 10 and 8 years old, they have finally outgrown their train obsession stage, but over the years we logged many hours exploring the 52,000 square feet of scaled-down towns and cities and the more than 80 model trains that weave in and out of the various landscapes.
New York – Sales in the United States of Sony’s PlayStation4 entertainment console topped Microsoft’s Xbox One in the month of January, a new report from the NPD Group revealed.
Exact numbers were not revealed, but reports said the PS4 results more than doubled its closest rival in the month.
San Diego – Sony introduced Monday its spring camera offerings, including a pair of super-zoom bridge models, a 20x Cyber-shot point-and-shoot, a new “super-entry-level” Cyber-shot model and the latest Alpha mirrorless compact system camera.
Sony announced today that it is shutting down its worldwide PC business and selling it off to a Japanese investment firm that will maintain the business in that country. Of course, the trends in the traditional PC business have been difficult for the last few years, but in general we believe Sony’s problems (to the extent there really were problems) are more self-made than a function of the industry troubles.
San Diego – Sony is getting out of the e-book business in North America after announcing last October that it would not offer its e-reader anymore to U.S. consumers.
The company said Kobo will provide users of Sony’s Reader, Xperia tablets and Xperia smartphones in the U.S. and Canada with its catalog of more than 4 million e-books, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels and kids content. Sony’s current Reader Store customers in the U.S. and Canada will get access to the Kobo eBookstore starting in late March, when Sony will close its Reader Store.