By Lisa Johnston
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Tokyo — Dozens of Sony executives, including CEO Kazuo Hirai, are foregoing bonuses this year to atone for the electronics units slumping sales and profit performance, according to reports from Japan Wednesday.
Hirai and approximately 40 top managers will forgo bonuses estimated to amount to several million dollars. Nikkei and AFP reports quoted a Sony spokesman in Japan attributing the action to "to severe business circumstances, including stagnant performance in the electronics sector.”
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San Diego — Availability of Sony’s 10.1-inch water-resistant Xperia Tablet Z is inching closer.
Sony Mobile Communications has begun taking preorders for the $499 16GB version and the $599 32GB version through its web store at Sony.com/Tablet. The estimated ship date for preorders is May 24.
The company didn’t say when the tablets would be available through retailers.
Los Angeles — Sony Electronics unveiled a gamut of home audio products today, including light-pulsing boomboxes and a pair of audio/video receivers (AVRs) with built-in Wi-Fi and AirPlay.
The 7.2-channel STR-DN1040 AVR features 1,155 total watts (165 watts per channel) and eight HDMI inputs. Sound Optimizer technology aims “maintain the nuances of the complete soundfield,” while the company’s High Definition Digital Cinema Sound technology reportedly adds “auditory depth for dramatic cinematic sound.”
San Diego — Sony introduced Wednesday the Cyber-shot HX50 compact point-and-shoot camera featuring a 30x optical zoom range and advanced 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor.
Amherst, N.Y. – Sony Electronics business displays unit said Tuesday that Stampede Presentation Products was recently chosen to serve as a United States distributor of Sony LCD business projectors, professional flat panels, and digital signage product lines.
Sony Electronics marketing director Mark Bonifacio cited Stampede’s “comprehensive understanding of the rapidly growing and diversifying digital signage industry,” in making the selection.
San Diego — Sony Electronics is adding two new retail formats to its chain of 38 company stores.
The prototypes include a freestanding Sony Gallery pop-up shop, which features a highly curated selection of merchandise, and a new boutique concept that will carry the company’s top-of-the-line TVs, cameras, computers and audio products, along with support services.
Las Vegas — Sony Electronics used the NAB show here Sunday to formally issue pricing on its latest Bravia 4K Ultra HD sets, offering smaller screen sizes than its current 85-inch behemoth.
The sets, which were initially unveiled at International CES in January, include the 55-inch XBR-55X900A (carrying a $5,000 suggested retail) and 65-inch XBR-65X900A ($7,000).
Both will be available for order online and at select retail locations beginning April 21, Sony said.
Atlanta – Sony Mobile Communications is launching a 5-inch Android smartphone that offers many of the same features as the flagship Xperia Z unveiled at International CES.
But the new Xperia ZL is slightly thicker, lacks the Z’s water- and dust-resistance, and boasts a higher screen-size to front-panel ratio.
Waban, Mass. – Apple and Hewlett-Packard earned the top slots in a recent poll for producing the most functional, accessible and emotional computer products among U.S. consumers.
The study by Temkin Group Research, a customer experience and research firm, looked at 10 PC brands: Acer, Apple, Compaq, Dell, eMachines, HP, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba.