By Lisa Johnston
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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.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
San Diego — Sony’s official corporate blog revealed pricing on two series of 2013 Bravia HDTV models that start shipping this week through May.
The new core lineup, which was officially unveiled at 2013 International CES, includes two new LED LCD TV series and a number of new features in select models, including OneTouch screen mirroring that instantly shows content from phones and other nearfield communication (NFC)-enabled devices.
London — Sony Mobile Communications unveiled a pair of Android smartphones positioned below its recently unveiled Xperia Z flagship.
New York — Online movies service Popcornflix has been added to the Sony Entertainment Network, enabling users of Sony Bravia devices — including Bravia Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray Disc players — free access to the service’s movie library.
The companies said Sony customers can now watch more than 650 feature-length films at no charge with no subscription necessary.
New York – Sony Electronics U.S. president Phil Molyneux said the company is finalizing shop-front 4K Ultra HD sales executions for 2013, which will leverage a fourth-quarter native 4K download service coming this summer.
Molyneux, speaking at a press meeting in New York’s American Museum of Natural History, said that thus far Sony has been “very selective about who we have been partnering with” because “the story needs to be told very carefully to the consumer.”
New York -- Sony today began taking preorders for the latest addition to its flagship X headphones line.
The X05 on-ear model features 40mm drivers and neodymium magnets to produce a frequency response of 4 to 24 kHz.
Pressure-relieving urethane foam earpads and a tightly sealed acoustic design offe passive noise cancellation and improved extended bass, the company said.
Barcelona, Spain – Sony Mobile Communications plans a second-quarter global launch of what it called the industry’s slimmest, lightest 10.1-inch tablet, the water-resistant Xperia Tablet Z.
Although Wi-Fi and 4G LTE versions of the tablet are planned, the company said the U.S. market would get the Wi-Fi version, which will be available in black and priced at $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB version.
San Diego – Sony introduced in the U.S. Monday three Cyber-shot point-and-shoot cameras using advanced image-sensor technology, and new additions to the Alpha DSLR and NEX mirrorless compact system camera family.
New York — After much speculation, Sony Computer Entertainment launched the PlayStation 4 next-generation gaming console at a gala event in the Hammerstein Ballroom, here, Wednesday night.
Despite the live globally linked event, Sony was surprisingly sketchy on the details for the new system, saying it wasn’t just another console but rather a device that will bring game play out of the living room to wherever the player happens to be.
Tokyo – Sony Electronics reported higher net sales, an operating profit and lower net loss in its fiscal third quarter, but TV and video game sales were still down.
Sales were 1,948 billion yen ($22.4 billion) in its quarter, ended Dec. 31, 2012, an increase of 6.9 percent year on year, but sales decreased significantly primarily in the home entertainment and sound segment, resulting from a decrease in LCD television unit sales, and in the game segment.