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Consumer electronics giant Sony is demolishing its flagship building in the upmarket Ginza district in Tokyo to create a temporary park. The Guardian's Richard Smart writes from Tokyo. Here is the link - https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jun/28/tokyo-sony-flagship-building-olympics-park?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1. Read the press release from Sony announcing the park here - http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201606/16-061E/.
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Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform engine and development tools, have extended their strategic partnership to offer Unity Pro for PlayStation for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita at no additional cost to all PlayStation icensed developers. SCEI and Unity originally entered into a strategic partnership in March 2013 to provide Unity for PlayStation.
Technology licensing company Wi-LAN and Sony have entered into a multi-year television technologies license agreement. WiLAN's display and television patent portfolio includes patents covering various technologies including V-Chip parental control, display conversion and closed captioning technologies. The agreement also includes certain 3D television technology developed by Sensio.
Sony will be opening home theater retail spaces at approximately 350 Best Buy locations nationwide. The retail space will highlight a 4K Ultra HD solution for consumers, including Sony's 4K Ultra HD TVs, media players, and 4K HandyCam camcorder home theater sound solutions including sound bars, gaming solutions showcasing PlayStation 4 and more.
Activision is set to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a new single-player, third-person action-adventure video game based on Marvel’s Spider-Man, and inspired by the upcoming film of the same name from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The title was developed by Beenox.
Sony is working on a virtual reality (VR) system, dubbed Project Morpheus, that lets players immerse themselves in a simulated 3D world. Sony is also opening up the Morpheus SDK, currently under development, letting third-party developers create Morpheus content for PS4. Morpheus features a visor style head-mounted display and works with the PlayStation camera. Inertial sensors built into the head mount unit and the camera track head orientation and movement, immersing players in a simulated 3D world, using audio technology developed by Sony.
Sony and Panasonic have formulated Archival Disc, a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs. The companies aim to launch systems with a recording capacity of 300GB per disc from summer 2015 onwards. The recording capacity per disc is subsequently expected to be 500GB and 1TB.
Comcast has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to sell the studio’s titles through the Xfinity On Demand digital store. Titles include The House of Cards and American Hustle, among others. The Comcast catalog now includes content from Fox, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.
Sony is selling off its laptop business, currently operating under the Vaio brand, to an investment fund in Japan. Further, the company will be spinning off its TV business into a separate unit. The restructuring comes in the heels of dismal earnings report, and will result in roughly 5,000 job cuts (1,500 in Japan, 3,500 overseas) by the end of FY14. Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) is buying Sony's PC business, currently operated under the VAIO brand. The terms of the transaction, expected to close around July this year, are still being worked out says Sony. JIP will establish a new company based at the Nagano Technology Site, the hub of Sony's current PC operations, and hire roughly 250 to 300 people Sony employees. Here is an excerpt...
IBM inventors received 6,809 patents in 2013 says IBM. The company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders for the 21st consecutive year. IBM has 8,000 inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries. IBM's 2013 patent results represent inventions in areas such as IBM's Watson, cloud computing, Big Data and analytics, as well as cognitive systems. The Top Ten list of 2013 U.S. patent recipients include: IBM - 6,809 Samsung - 4,676 Canon - 3,825 Sony - 3,098 Microsoft - 2,660 Panasonic - 2,601 Toshiba - 2,416 Hon Hai - 2,279 Qualcomm - 2,103 LG Electronics - 1,947
Sony Electronics has unveiled an integrated brand campaign, called One Sony Be Moved. The campaign is expected to reach over 1.5 billion advertising impressions, says Sony. The campaign highlights Sony's One Sony corporate philosophy and includes elements from all sister companies, spanning Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Music and Sony Mobile. Michael Fasulo (President and COO, Sony Electronics): Technology is an extension of how we live our lives and the One Sony 'Be Moved' campaign tells individual stories of artists and engineers coming together to create experiences that make you feel more. The campaign was developed in partnership with independent advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, based in Portland, Oregon. Global media agency Universal McCann, providing the media planning and buying services.
Sony has launched PlayStation Now, a streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, at CES 2014. PlayStation now will become available in the United States starting this summer, and deliver PlayStation 3 game titles on PlayStation 4 and PS3 systems via the Internet, followed by the PlayStation Vita handheld system. Most 2014 U.S. models of Sony's Bravia TV lineup will support PS Now as well. Sony says it plans to expand the PlayStation Now streaming service beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices. A beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States will be available from the end of January.
Cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 entertainment system have reached 4.2 million as of December 28, 2013, says Sony. PS4 software sales remained strong through the holiday season, with more than 9.7 million copies sold in retail stores and as digital downloads. Top selling games included Call of Duty: Ghosts from Activision, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag from Ubisoft, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts, and Killzone Shadow Fall from Sony. Global PS Plus subscriptions have increased by more than 90% since the PS4 launch, says Sony. To date, more than 1.7 million gameplay broadcasts have been streamed from PS4 systems via video streaming platforms, Twitch and Ustream, totaling more than 55 million minutes. The PS4 system is now available in 53 countries and territories...
Google has joined Open Invention Network as a member. Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise working on innovation in open source and Linux. Open Invention Network was launched in 2005 and has industry support from IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony and SUSE.