After years of reverse-engineering electronics gadgets and looking for infringing products, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry has filed a battery of lawsuits against Google and Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Huawei and others. The action opens another, major front in the patent-infringement war that has engulfed virtually all of the world's major mobile players.
The past 24 months have seen an explosion of innovation in the area of smart wearable technology, and 2014 looks poised to be the "year of wearables," according to a new report from CCS Insight. However, challenges remain to ensure that the whole market does not get off to a false start.
Sony and Walmart's VUDU introduced a way for VUDU viewers to access some of the special features typically packed onto DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
Netflix has made its next bet on exclusive programming. The company said it ordered 13 episodes of a new TV series from Sony Pictures Television and the team that created the show "Damages." The move is Netflix's latest in commissioning exclusive, first-run TV programming and follows a string of recent successes with "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black."
Sony swung back to a profit in the second quarter and its Sony Mobile Communications unit reported a 30 percent jump in smartphone shipments in the period, which was good news for the company. However, that momentum may not continue, as Sony has signaled it has no major plans to get more aggressive in China and the United States, the world's two largest smartphone markets.
Australia and New Zealand-based hospitals, hotels, schools and stadiums will be the targets of a partnership formed between Sony Australia and Tripleplay Services that aims to deliver IPTV, video-on-demand and digital signage to non-residential facilities.
Sony may be able to make it easier for viewers to access content from Netflix, Amazon and its own over-the-top video offerings on connected TVs with the BRAVIA Smart Stick that it unveiled Wednesday.
If the TV set makers get their way, we will soon own "Ultra HD" or "4K" displays. These new TV sets, which have four times the resolution of today's top-of-the-line 1080p sets, are supposedly so breathtakingly amazing, we'll all want one on our walls.
Belying some beliefs that set-top boxes are going away and adding a bit of intrigue to the whole home entertainment center, consumer electronics giant Sony is on the verge of releasing a set-top PlayStation combo called Vita TV that would offer Web browsing and video streaming from all the usual content sources along with gaming capabilities from Sony's line of PlayStation products.
FierceWireless has done a deep dive on the smart watch market, and has asked the following key questions: Which companies will play in the market? Will early smart watches have LTE/cellular connectivity? Will carriers sell smart watches in their stores? What is the actual demand for smart watches? For answers to these questions and more, check out this special report.