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November 14, 2013
It’s cheaper to buy a roundtrip plane ticket from Rio de Janeiro to Miami or New York City, plus the PlayStation 4, rather than purchase the console new in Brazil.
Why does the PlayStation 4 cost $1,850 in Brazil?
17:27 // 5 months ago
October 22, 2013

When realistic-looking video games get creepy: Ellen Page edition

  • uncanny In a new video game, Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen “Juno” Page did significant amounts of motion-capture work in an effort to make the 3D-generated animations in “Beyond: Two Souls" seem super-real—helping the game move beyond the "uncanny valley" that separates realistic 3D images of humans from almost-realistic ones. Page is apparently such a good video game motion-capture muse that another recent game seems to have ripped off her likeness nearly wholesale.
  • uncannier Apparently the developers were able to take her motion capture work in an unanticipated direction, because there’s a beta version floating around somewhere which allows users to see a virtual Page naked in a shower. Sony, the publisher, recently sent out legal notices to sites hosting the NSFW images of Page’s PS3 doppelgänger, leading to speculation that Page threatened to sue. Obviously, stuff like this happens all the time.
0:48 // 5 months ago
September 9, 2013
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Sony announces PS Vita TV, a tiny console to take on Apple TV
A $99 set-top box backed by one of the biggest names in gaming

This might be the smartest thing Sony’s done in years. It also has the potential to undercut Microsoft’s set-top box long game, big-time.

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Sony announces PS Vita TV, a tiny console to take on Apple TV

A $99 set-top box backed by one of the biggest names in gaming

This might be the smartest thing Sony’s done in years. It also has the potential to undercut Microsoft’s set-top box long game, big-time.

9:28 // 7 months ago
January 8, 2013
8:36 // 1 year ago
December 28, 2012

YouTube strips Sony and UMG of billions of video views

  • 2B YouTube views were stripped from channels/videos belonging to Sony, Universal Music Group, and more on Friday. According to YouTube, the affected companies were guilty of artificially increasing their viewcounts via methods that are explicitly banned by the video hosting service. source
15:20 // 1 year ago
July 8, 2012

A swing in the right direction for Spider-Man franchise?

  • $140 million the amount “The Amazing Spider-Man” made in domestic ticket sales figure since opening six days ago
  • $114 million the amount 2002’s “Spider-Man” earned over just three days on its opening weekend source

» Positive reviews despite slow sales start: The new movie, starring Andrew Garfield, earned $341 million from its worldwide release thus far — and despite a slower start than any of the films in the previous iteration of the comic-book franchise, it certainly didn’t flop. “Skeptics in Hollywood wondered if it was too soon to remake the franchise, but Sony’s gamble paid off with big ticket sales and an upbeat reception from critics. Seventy-three percent of reviews compiled on website Rotten Tomatoes recommended the movie,” said a report from Reuters.

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14:43 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2012
J.K Rowling teaming up with Sony to create a “Book of Spells”
Fans of Harry Potter have something new to look forward to, thanks to a new interactive book/game combination being developed by Sony and author J.K. Rowling’s new Pottermore division. Utilizing augmented reality, the Playstation Move camera accessory, and a new WonderBook accessory fans of the ultra-popular Harry Potter book series will get a new look at all of the spells taught to students at Hogwarts. (Photo via LA Times) source
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Fans of Harry Potter have something new to look forward to, thanks to a new interactive book/game combination being developed by Sony and author J.K. Rowling’s new Pottermore division. Utilizing augmented reality, the Playstation Move camera accessory, and a new WonderBook accessory fans of the ultra-popular Harry Potter book series will get a new look at all of the spells taught to students at Hogwarts. (Photo via LA Times) source

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15:17 // 1 year ago
April 12, 2012

New weekly unemployment numbers nearly match 2012’s highest

  • 380,000 new weekly jobless filings source

» Last week’s number was the highest since late January, and comes on the heels of electronics-giant Sony announcing 10,000 new layoffs as part of their “One Sony” initiative to turn around the company. (Yahoo also announced mass layoffs recently.) The new numbers follow a so-so monthly jobs report, released last Friday, which showed the economy had only added 120,000 jobs during March. That number was down from approximately 200,000 new jobs a month from December to February. It’s important to note that, prior to last week, this number — which changes weekly — was consistently hitting lows that hadn’t been touched since before the financial crisis in late 2008.

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13:52 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012

How do smart phones work? Sony’s attempt to kickstart its mobile phone line begins anew with the help of the Wes Anderson-directed clip above. Creation of the 62-second ad required 9 unique sets, 37 custom-made models, and over 10,000 man hours of labor. While charming, we have to wonder, was the ad really worth it? Did the combined imaginations of an eight-year old and Wes Anderson make you an Xperia convert? source

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14:06 // 2 years ago
March 5, 2012

Michael Jackson’s musical output reportedly stolen by British hackers

  • 50,000 of MJ’s song files reported stolen source

» Two British dudes are facing trial over the alleged heist: You have to be a dedicated MJ fan to steal tens of thousands of Michael Jackson songs — including unreleased songs that Sony planned to milk by releasing over 10 albums in the next seven years. James Marks and James McCormick, the suspects in the musical heist, deny having done so, but that may not be enough to sway prosecutors. Sony, by the way, is basically a broken record when it comes to hacking, so this latest incident comes as no surprise.

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20:57 // 2 years ago