sony

Mon
26
May
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Renowned 'LulzSec' Hacker Could Walk Free

The United States government has recommended the court trying world-renowned hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur -- better known as " Sabu " -- show leniency. It's a controversial recommendation that could see the hacker walk out of court a free man later ... this week. Monsegur has been in custody since 2011. He was once was a part of international hacking group LulzSec , which carried out a series of cyber crimes against major corporations, such as Sony. The group has also waged hacking campaigns against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. Senate, and Infragard, a security ... (view more)

Thu
28
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Sony Working On High-Tech 'Smart Wig'

Sony has applied for a patent on a new, high-tech wig. It's the latest "wearable technology" device to emerge. Sony says the wig will allow the user to wirelessly access various gadgets, like a smartphone or a global positioning system (GPS) device. ... Sony suggests that, when hooked up to a navigation or mapping app on a phone (or using a built-in GPS chip), the wig could buzz on the left or right side of the head to give you directions when walking. (Sony says the head is much more sensitive to touch than many other areas of the body.) That would eliminate the need to keep pulling out your ... (view more)

Fri
20
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Sony Stick' Streams Internet Video to Your TV

Sony is launching its own version of the Google Chromecast plug-in stick for televisions. But Sony's 'Smart Stick' will be substantially more expensive than Google's device and may only work with some TVs. Google's Chromecast launched this past ... July. It plugs into an HDMI port on a TV set and lets users play virtually any online videos using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The Chromecast uses WiFi to connect to the Internet and stream the video. Ironically, Sony's device actually uses Google technology -- in this case, features taken from Google TV, a range of set-top boxes that aimed to ... (view more)

Fri
17
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Anonymous Claims it Hacked 10M Sony Accounts

The international hacking group Anonymous claims it has bypassed Sony security and accessed the account details of ten million PlayStation Network (PSN) users. Sony, which actually did have millions of accounts compromised back in 2011, says this ... current claim is false. Anonymous used its own Twitter account to report the massive hack. "@Sony Hacked, @PlayStation Network Pwned," the tweet read. It has since been removed from Twitter. Another tweet posted later in the day elaborated on this original note, claiming that Anonymous had infiltrated approximately ten million PSN accounts. That ... (view more)

Mon
17
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Sony Again Targeted by Hackers

Less than a year after Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) was nailed by a widespread security breach, it appears the online video game service has yet again been exposed by another attack by hackers. According to reports, the Japanese firm was ... recently forced to lock nearly 100,000 users accounts to prevent the breach from spreading. Back in the spring, Sony faced a massive security breach that paralyzed PSN for about a month. Hundreds of thousands of user accounts were exposed in that attack, forcing Sony to make apology after apology and even issue online credits for free games. PCWorld ... (view more)

Tue
20
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

PlayStation Network Users Asked to Give Up Lawsuit Rights

Sony is attempting to get gamers to give up their rights to file lawsuits against the company over the breach of its PlayStation Network (PSN) which took place earlier this year. A new update to the PSN terms and conditions says that a user agrees ... that any dispute with Sony must be taken to a neutral arbitrator rather than going to the courts. This includes not only disputes about the terms and conditions themselves, but also any alleged breaches of the law. (Source: pcworld.com ) It's likely many users will simply click to agree the new rules without reading them. Those that do agree are ... (view more)

Tue
13
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Hardware Hacker Creates PS3, Xbox 360 Hybrid

A video game hardware modifier ("modder") has successfully blended a Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) with a Microsoft Xbox 360, this gaming generation's most powerful consoles. For gamers, it's a momentous event that was also a long time coming. In the ... realm of sports, there are some very notable rivalries: Celtics and Bulls, Yankees and Red Sox, Canadiens and Bruins. In the gaming world, the most hateful of all rivalries is between fans (or "fanboys," as they're called) of Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. Both will point to exclusive titles (like Uncharted for PS3 or Gears ... (view more)

Thu
08
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Sony Hires Homeland Security Official to Prevent Attacks

This past spring, Sony was hit by one of the most crushing hacker invasions in tech history. The hack, which penetrated Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN), acquired personal information associated with tens of millions of accounts, including stolen ... data included credit card information, addresses, and names. In all, it's estimated that the online attack cost Sony $171 million dollars. (Source: pcmag.com ) So, can hiring an official formerly tasked with preventing terrorism on U.S. soil help prevent devastating online attacks in the future? Sony, which just hired a former U.S. Department of ... (view more)

Mon
22
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Sony Slashes Price of its PlayStation 3 Console

Facing declining sales of its powerful PlayStation 3 video game console, Sony has announced it will drastically cut the price of the device. Cuts have already been made at retailers, and in some cases represent overall price reductions of 17 per ... cent. Pressure's been on Sony to decrease the cost of its flagship console since the holiday season, when Microsoft released the Kinect hands-free peripheral to major fanfare . Sony's rival device, the Move, hasn't sold nearly as well, and that's hurt sales of the PlayStation 3 (PS3). All Major Markets See Price Reductions Given the rising competition ... (view more)

Wed
20
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Sony PlayStation 4 Rumored To Ship In 2012

A new report suggests that Sony is getting ready to start manufacturing the PlayStation 4 (PS4), and that the new console could be ready for store shelves sometime next year -- perhaps just in time for holiday season, 2012. According to reports, the ... Japanese company is planning to have its Taiwan-based manufacturing partners start building its PlayStation 4 console later this year. It's also suggested that the new console will take full advantage of "body movement-based control," something very similar to Microsoft's very popular Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. (Source: tgdaily.com ) ... (view more)

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