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Sony Issues US Recall of VAIO Flip Laptops Due to 'Fire and Burn Hazards'

Just as it completed the same of its VAIO division Sony announced the recall of hundreds of VAIO Flip laptops which were sold in the US between February and April (2014). The issue is with the VAIO Flip units bearing the model number SVF11N13CXS as these have Panasonic-manufactured lithium-ion batteries that can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Seems there were no problems reported (yet) in the US but Sony is aware of four incidents in Asia where the overheating batteries led to 'units smoking, catching on fire and melting'. Thankfully nobody was injured.

Sony Adds Two Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speakers to Its Line-Up

Sony Canada announced the SRS-X3 and SRS-X2 portable Bluetooth wireless speakers, giving music lovers more options to listen to the tunes they love anytime and anywhere. Both models offer powerful sound and easy connectivity in a sleek design. The compact SRS-X3 provides rich bass with an output power of 20 watts in a sleek "Definitive Outline" design. The geometric "Definitive Outline" design is characterized by sleek lines and smooth surfaces, allowing the wireless speakers to beautifully blend into any indoor or outdoor space while delivering high quality sound.

The SRS-X3 consists of two full range speakers and two passive radiators, allowing for rich bass in a compact size. The two passive radiators are located at the front and backside. ClearAudio+, a unique Sony digital signal processing technology, provides higher quality sound while Sound Mode delivers a wider sound stage. Users can wirelessly stream audio with Bluetooth, and connect to mobile devices seamlessly with easy One-Touch listening via Near Field Communications (NFC). With a built-in mic, the speaker can be used as a speakerphone for hands-free calling when paired with a mobile device. The built-in rechargeable battery offers up to seven hours of playback. The SRS-X3 portable wireless speaker comes in black, white and red.

Pioneer Develops 256 GB Blu-ray Disc

Pioneer is developing a new media based on the Blu-ray standard, which offers 256 GB of unformatted capacity. The capacity is achieved by recording data in a staggering eight layers, double that of Blu-ray XL, which relies on four layers to achieve 100 GB of capacity. Pioneer claims it has even made strides towards an even newer Blu-ray media that could, in the near future, offer 512 GB of unformatted capacity. The 256 GB Blu-ray disc could prove useful for making large data backups, or even imaging your SSD. Pioneer isn't the only player in the high-capacity optical disc game. Sony and Panasonic collaborated to announce ArchivalDisc, an optical disc that offers 300 GB of capacity, except that it doesn't stick to the Blu-ray standard, and you'll need specially made disc-drives to use them. Since Pioneer's disc builds on the existing Blu-ray standard, it will be cheaper for optical drive makers to adopt it.


Source: Pioneer

Sony Expands Portable Storage Line with New 2 TB Hard Disk Drive

Sony's new 2 TB (terabyte) portable storage hard disk drive takes the worry out of back-up in the field, and gives professionals reliable, bus-powered high-speed storage.

The new 2 TB hard disk drive (PSZ-HA2T) expands Sony's line of portable storage drives, and joins three current models including a 500 GB and 1 TB (PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T) hard disk model and a 256 GB solid state drive (PSZ-SA25).

Sony Introduces the World's First 9.1ch Digital Surround Wireless Headphones

Get a cinematic sound experience all to yourself in the comfort of your home with the new MDR-HW700DS digital surround wireless headphones system from Sony. Explosive surround sound is delivered via the world's first 9.1ch digital surround headphones. Adding more depth to the headphones system is a choice of sound effect modes that allow you to optimise the listening quality for movies, gaming or news- and talk shows.

The new "Cinema" mode, produced with the expertise of Sony Pictures Entertainments' very own Academy Award winning Supervising Sound Editor Tom McCarthy, recreates a feeling of being at the cinema. You can enjoy premium detailed uncompressed multi-channel surround sound via the digital wireless transmission that eliminates noise and interference from other devices in the home.

Sony MDR-ZX750BN Wireless Headphones Released in the US

Sony Electronics today announced the MDR-ZX750BN over-the-head headphones, offering music lovers wireless freedom, precision noise cancelling, superior comfort and unmistakable sound. The MDR-ZX750BN headphones are available now for about $199.99.

The MDR-ZX750BN headphones offer the flexibility of wirelessly connecting to your tablet or smartphone using Bluetooth with Near Field Communication (NFC) while also reducing 98% ambient noise. Audiophiles will also enjoy strong bass response thanks to large 40mm drivers with Beat Response Control.


Sony SRS-X Series Speakers Now Available

Sony announced three new wireless speakers are available today, each giving audiophiles easy access to rich, powerful sound in a sleek "Definitive Outline" design. The SRS-X9 High-Resolution wireless speaker system, and the SRS-X7 and SRS-X5 wireless speaker systems, developed in collaboration with Sony Music, bring clear vocals and bass-rich thumping tunes to any living space or on the go. The SRS-X9 will retail for $699.99, the SRS-X7 for $299.99 and the SRS-X5 for $199.99.

Sony's new wireless speakers, with clean lines of metal and glass, feature a geometric "Definitive Outline" design consisting of 12 outlines around the square form to create the most suitable sound wave. All three models also offer a multitude of connectivity and streaming options, at home and on the go. The speakers easily connect wirelessly to nearly any Bluetooth-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets and computers, and can connect to NFC-enabled devices with a simple tap. All three models also support on-board WiFi for direct access to online music and internet radio services such as Music Unlimited, Spotify, and TuneIn Radio when consumers download the SongPal app to their mobile device, as well as Apple Airplay and DLNA.

Sony Unveils New MDR-ZX and MDR-EX Headphones

Do you want to enjoy the music, and nothing but the music? Sony's Spring headphones line-up features eleven brand-new MDR-ZX and MDR-EX models - all crafted for a comfortable fit over long periods of your favourite music while offering dynamic, powerful and accurate sound. Several models also feature an in-line microphone/remote, letting you enjoy the extra freedom of hands-free conversations on your smartphone.

MDR-ZX series headband headphones
The luxurious headband-style MDR-ZX750BN Bluetooth wireless headphones combine outstanding sound isolation, noise cancelling function and handy connectivity options with the convenience of wireless listening.

Sony and Panasonic Develop New Optical Storage Standard - Archival Disc

Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Panasonic Corporation ("Panasonic") today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.

Sony to Sell VAIO Brand, PC Division

Sony is reportedly disposing of the iconic VAIO brand, and with it, its PC division. The brand and its assets will be sold off to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), much in the same way as IBM disposed its PC business and Thinkpad brands over to Lenovo (which was a major supplier to IBM at the time). We won't see the last of VAIO notebooks, Ultrabooks, tablets, and convertibles, only that they won't be sold by Sony. The deal is part of Sony's larger efforts to shed underperforming businesses.

JIP could establish a new PC company from the assets it buys off Sony. In all likelihood, the VAIO brand could be retained, although the company's name itself hasn't been finalized. The new company will see Sony transfer 300 of its employees, to jump-start operations. The MoU signed between Sony and JIP seems to suggest that the company will prioritize Japan over global markets, in what is a similar strategy to Lenovo's. The Chinese company, after acquiring IBM's PC assets, focused its efforts on capturing the Chinese domestic markets with not just PCs, but also smartphones and tablets.


Source: Sony

Sony Expands VAIO | Flip PC Line

Sony today announced a new addition to its VAIO | Flip PC lineup: the VAIO Fit 11A | Flip PC pre-installed with Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.

In addition, the VAIO | Flip PC 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch, VAIO Tap 11, VAIO Tap 21 and VAIO Duo 13 and VAIO Fit 14E and 15E models are updated with Windows 8.1 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Spring. The VAIO Pro 11 and 13, VAIO Tap 11 and VAIO Tap 21 models will include 802.11ac next generation wireless connectivity technology for Spring.

Sony Debuts the MicroVault MACH QX USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Sony Europe has this week announced the release of a speedy new flash drive, the MicroVault MACH QX. Measuring 69 x 20 x 10 mm, this drive features a scratch resistant metal housing, USB 3.0 connectivity, and uses 'dual channel access and high-performance flash memory' so as to deliver transfer speeds of up to 226 MB/s.

The MicroVault MACH QX is backed by a five-year warranty and comes in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities.

Sony Introduces a Flash Drive with Micro USB and USB Connectors

Sony's newest USB flash drive is a "2-in-1" device, with dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connectors for fast and easy back-up, sharing and storing of personal content. The new drive fits most Android smartphones and tablets so mobile consumers can transfer and view photos and videos without using cables or Wi-Fi access.

According to industry research, photo-taking is the third most common use for a smartphone, with viewing and sharing not far behind. Tablets are also finding similar use, increasing the need for multi-function devices.

Sony Launches New SD Memory Cards with Backup Capabilities

Sony's newest SD memory cards can do more than just temporarily store and transfer content from digital cameras. The new Backup SD Card adds automatic back-up capabilities, eliminating the need for plugging in external drives each time users want to safeguard their data.

The new cards - available in 16-, 32- and 64 GB capacities - are the first to offer a dedicated real-time backup feature, so consumers can use removable memory as more than just "bridge media."

AVerMedia Unveils ExtremeCap U3 for Uncompressed 1080p 60fps Video Capture

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., the preeminent name in digital multimedia technology, today announces the ExtremeCap U3, an USB 3.0 capture box for HD video producers to capture, record and stream 1080p 60fps video via HDMI or component inputs. This capture card works perfectly with popular video software and comes with plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Sony Vegas, which allows users to edit uncompressed video with the software they are used to. What's better, the USB 3.0 Diagnosis Tool is bundled to ensure the compatibility and performance of the USB 3.0 connection.

AMD to Unveil Next-Generation APUs on November 11

As a follow-up to our older article on how December-January will play out for AMD's next-generation APU lineup, we have news that the company will unveil, or at least tease its next-generation desktop APU, codename "Kaveri," on November 11, 2013. It's when the company will host its APU'13 event, modeled along the lines of GPU'13, held in Hawaii this September, where it unveiled its Radeon R9 200 and R7 200 GPU families. On its backdrop, the company will also hold its 2013 AMD Developer Summit, which brings together developers making software that take advantage of both CPU and OpenCL-accelerated GPUs. APU'13 will be held in San Jose, USA, and like GPU'13, will be live-streamed to the web. In addition to new APUs, the company is expected to make some big announcements with its HSA (heterogeneous system architecture) initiative that brought some big names in the industry on board.

The agenda for APU'13 follows.

Sony Announces US Availability for the VAIO | Flip PCs and Tap PCs

Sony today announced pricing and availability for the VAIO | Flip PC, a brand new form factor that instantly goes from laptop, to tablet to viewer mode with a simple flip. Sony also revealed pricing for the VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC, the world's thinnest (0.39") Windows 8 tablet with 4th generation Intel Core Processors, and its next evolution of the portable all-in-one PC, VAIO Tap 21. Expected to be available just in time for the holiday shopping season, the fall VAIO line-up offers powerful PC performance designed to support both entertainment and productivity.

The VAIO | Flip PC, Tap 11 Tablet PC and Tap 21 all-in-one PC are now available for pre-order from Sony and Best Buy for about $1099 (VAIO Fit 13A | Flip PC), $799 (VAIO Fit 15A | Flip PC), $749 (VAIO Fit 14A | Flip PC), $799 (Tap 11 PC) and $999 (Tap 21 PC). Both VAIO | Flip and Tap 11 PCs will be exclusively sold through Sony and Best Buy and is expected at retail locations nationwide beginning late October. The VAIO Tap 21 model is also expected to be available late October at Sony retail stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony WG-C20, 9mm Thick Portable Wireless Server To Hit Retail In November

Measuring just 14.4x7cm and 9mm thin, the pocket-sized server is evolved from the WG-C10, now adding even more possibilities to manage all your content while you're on the move or at home. Styled to match the latest Xperia smartphone, it's also a great companion for other phone and tablet users. Slip in an SD memory card and use the WG-C20 to view and share all those photos, videos and MP3 music? even office documents and other PC files. For even more storage capacity, hook up USB devices like a flash memory, digital camera or portable hard drive1.

It's the first Portable Wireless Server from Sony that supports NFC for fuss-free wireless connection. Just touch your Xperia or other NFC-equipped mobile device briefly against the WG-C20: the app wakes up and automatically makes a direct Wi-Fi connection with no fiddly set-up codes. Then enjoy wireless streaming of photos and movie clips from the server onto your smartphone. With support for DLNA, the WG-C20 is just like a mini home media server. Stream stored video, photos and music to your TV, hi-fi, PCs, tablets and other networked DLNA client devices around the house - with no cables needed. You can also hook up an external hard drive via USB cable and share the contents.

Sony Unveils Next Generation Premium MDR-10 Headphones

Today Sony introduced the next evolution of premium headband-type MDR-10 headphones. Available in digital noise canceling, Bluetooth wireless with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and standard versions, the new MDR-10 headphones deliver music lovers a premium audio experience in a more lightweight and portable design that is distinctly Sony.

"Fusing Sony Electronics' expertise in superior sound quality, comfort, and design with Sony Music Entertainment's immersion in current music trends, the new MDR-10 headphones deliver a premium listening experience," said Andrew Sivori, vice president of the Sound Division at Sony Electronics.

Sony Announces Fall Lineup of VAIO PCs

Sony today introduced a bold new line for fall including a new form factor PC, VAIO | Flip PC, featuring the flexibility of a convertible with the computing power of a traditional clamshell PC, the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet with Intel Core Processor family, the VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC*, and the next evolution of the mobile all-in-one PC, VAIO Tap 21, encompassing portability, power and beautiful design.

"Consumers want the portability and convenience of a tablet but don't want to sacrifice PC power, said Pedro LaFarga, SVP, Sony VAIO & Networked Products Division. "With Sony's new VAIO | Flip PC and VAIO Tap 11 form factors, they don't have to. Sony will continue to lead the fast changing PC industry, offering new experiences in both productivity and play while always incorporating the best technologies from our display, imaging and audio groups."

Sony Unveils the VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC

Sometimes you need the performance of a PC, sometimes the convenience of a tablet. Now you can have them both with new VAIO Tap 11 from Sony, your everyday companion from the lecture hall to the living room.

Slipping effortlessly into a student bag, super-light VAIO Tap 11 is a power-packed Windows 8 tablet PC that's ready for anything. Thanks to the latest Intel processors and speedy SSD storage, you'll breeze through daily tasks with the fluid, intuitive responses of Windows 8.

Sony Introduces the Luxurious VAIO | Red Edition

Sony is raising the status of its VAIO Duo, Pro and Fit models by releasing a limited number in a lustrous, rich, glossy red. The VAIO | red edition is distinctly Sony featuring exquisite details, extreme portability and speedy performance. The signature red finish is achieved by a variety of painting techniques on different materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum. Multiple paint layers are individually applied and hand-polished, building layer upon layer of rich, lustrous color. To give it that extra glossy finish, a durable protective UV coating creates an extra vibrant sheen with gorgeous depth and richness.

In addition to premium luxury design, the new VAIO | red edition is fused with the power of Sony's display technologies, exceptional camera quality and audio technology. "Sony has a tradition of designing products built on passion and innovation," said Pedro LaFarga, SVP, Sony VAIO & Networked Products Division. "The new VAIO | red edition is the ultimate in superior PC technology and ensures VAIO users truly experience a level of quality that exceeds expectations. Nothing matches the inspiring look and sheer presence of Sony VAIO Red."

Sony and Panasonic to Develop Next-Generation Optical Discs

Sony Corporation ('Sony') and Panasonic Corporation ('Panasonic') today announced that they have signed a basic agreement with the objective of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs, with the objective of expanding their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Both companies aim to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies held by each respective company, and will target the development of an optical disc with recording capacity of at least 300 GB by the end of 2015. Going forward, Sony and Panasonic will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other items relating to the development of this new standard.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content. Both companies have previously developed products based on the Blu-ray format, leveraging the strengths of optical discs. However, both Sony and Panasonic recognized that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage in years to come given the expected future growth in the archive market, and responded by formulating this agreement.

Sony Introduces New VAIO Fit Laptop, Updates Current AIO and Ultrabook Lines

Sony today introduced the brand new VAIO Fit laptop built with Sony's innovative digital imaging, sound and display technologies. Alongside the new Fit laptops are enhancements to VAIO's All-in-One Tap 20 and L Series PCs and Sony's top-selling VAIO T Series 15 Ultrabook incorporating all around excellence in productivity and entertainment with rich touch experiences powered by Windows 8.

"We built the brand new VAIO Fit line from many of the same features as our amazingly thin and powerful ultra-premium models but at an entry-level price point," said Pedro LaFargo , SVP, Sony VAIO & Networked Products Division. "Our entire new Fit lineup is optimized for Windows 8 and incorporates the best technology that only Sony can provide from our innovative digital imaging, sound and TV divisions. The new Fit family is providing students and professionals' on-the-go with advanced performance and design."

AMD to Create Tailored Products Integrating Customer-Specific IP

AMD announced today a strategic focus on developing one-of-a-kind solutions through its Semi-Custom Business Unit based on the extensive set of intellectual property (IP) amassed across AMD processors, graphics and multimedia. Providing to customers a level of flexibility and differentiation that goes beyond standard AMD products, the business unit takes AMD to a new level of customer-centric design by integrating these building blocks with customer-specific IP to create tailor-made solutions using a flexible System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design methodology.

AMD's high-performance SoC processor design methodology provides a modular approach, leveraging best practices to readily re-use silicon IP and design building blocks. With the Semi-Custom Business Unit, AMD collaborates with customers to create customized chip solutions that help enable customers to push the boundaries in product development. The business unit features a strong team of engineers who are well-versed in graphics and compute processing, and is led by Corporate Vice President and General Manager Saeid Moshkelani. Moshkelani joined AMD last year from Trident Microsystems and reports to AMD Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Units Lisa Su.
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