What with the fact that Sony is finally to producing players that aren't handicapped by a severely lacking software relationship, I suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened...but I never thought I'd actually be around to witness it: a Sony MP3 player has won an Editors' Choice award. That's right, people--the Walkman has finally regained its spot in the sun. OK, so maybe the NWZ-A810 is not even within spitting range of knocking the iPod of its throne, but this Walkman is one capable competitor. Let me break it down for you:… Read more
Ever wondered if the phone you're using is the real thang? No one wants to be a victim of an exploding counterfeit charger. Here's what some manufacturers advise for consumers purchasing a new handset.
SamsungAlways purchase devices or accessories from authorized Samsung dealers. All Samsung devices and accessories come in a sealed, high-quality box with a holographic Samsung sticker on the front. There should also be Samsung branding and a model number on the headset and a product certification sticker on the charger. Customers should always insist on a receipt and proof of purchase at the point … Read more
First bouncy balls, then geysers, then bunnies, and now Egypt's pyramids--Sony's rainbow-colored Bravia television ads are just about as Craveable as they get. Now here's a new one, created for the company's Egyptian market, featuring colorful spools of thread unwinding their way down Pharaoh-commissioned ruins.
It's inherently not quite as cool as the San Francisco bouncy balls because the shots of zillions of spools of thread cascading down a side of the Great Pyramid were clearly computer-generated, but it's still pretty. And that's what counts, right?
$10 says Sony does a Bravia … Read more
In an posting on Crave yesterday, Sony's SVP of Marketing Randy Waynick feels that, as an industry, high definition TV gets a barely passing grade in terms of how it communicates about its products to consumers.
Let's be blunt: HDTV and the next generation home theater it anchors is a trainwreck. What should have been the next great in-home entertainment experience has been marred by an alphabet soup of confusing standards and protocols and dubiously compatible products that consumers should never have been exposed to.
Anyone that has shopped for a TV recently knows how true this is. … Read more
Investors put in $16 million more into E-Ink in the latest effort to get the e-book ball rolling.
That brings the total that the small company has raised to $150 million, according to VentureWire. The market, however, has yet to take flight. Everyone loves the idea. E-books don't consume trees and you can carry several books at once. Some believe that college textbooks will go this way.
Still, no one seems to be buying them yet. The most prominent product to use the company's technology is the Sony Reader, an electronic book from the Japanese giant. Sony has … Read more
IGN News is reporting that Wii developers are becoming 'nervous' about the console's prospects and believe the device may be nothing more than a fad.
Nikkei Business Daily is reporting that anonymous developers are concerned that the Wii is only benefiting Nintendo and third-party developers are forced to play catch up in the hope their games will become a success. So far, some are claiming their games have been nothing more than expensive flops.
In fact, one developer explained that, "The Wii is like the 'Billy's Boot Camp' weight-loss program on DVD. People bought it out of curiosity, and it's likely a lot of them haven't used it."
So which is it? Is the Wii really a flop in the waiting? Or is it the video game savior we've all been waiting for? It's neither.… Read more
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.--To borrow from the real estate cliche, selling the "HD experience" is about education, education, education, according to the top-tier TV manufacturers.
Mainstream consumers, apparently, still don't quite get it, and the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of TV manufacturers, according to Randy Waynick, senior vice president of marketing for Sony's home products division.
"In the past year, if we were to grade ourselves, we were barely passing as an industry," he told an audience at the DisplaySearch HDTV conference here. Citing a study by Best Buy, 40 percent of … Read more
As I'm sure many of you are aware, there are a number of factions in the technology world that seem to share extreme love for one company and severe distaste for another. Some side with Bill Gates and his buddies in Redmond. Of course, that group is met by a fierce resistance that genuflects at the altar of Steve Jobs. On the other hand, there is a cadre of individuals that believe Sony is the greatest company in the world, and still others that put Shigeru Miyamoto and his gang of creations on a pedestal. And yet, no matter what you say, every group will believe you're a member of the competing zealot faction. After a while, it actually becomes quite comical.
Take for example, this article I wrote just yesterday about Sony's desperation. You'll notice that in the comments, I was called all kinds of names. And while you get used to this as a writer, some really blow your socks off. For example, one commenter went so far as to say that I and the rest of the CNET writers are "typical." Why you ask? Because the commenter needed to ask us if "Gate's butt smells fresh today." In essence, I was a Microsoft fanboy for a day -- at least in the words of the cadre of Sony fanboys.
Unfortunately, my love for Microsoft must have been fleeting. For if you read the comments from readers on this day, I am nothing more than an Apple zealot that hates Microsoft. Even better, we even got some extra "typical CNET" comments which, for some reason, didn't reference the same smelling analogy. Can I be both? Can I be all five? Can everyone be all five?
No. And this is the issue we're left with today -- why can't everyone stop being zealots and realize that we all want the same thing -- the very best performance out of every tech company. We shouldn't be apologists -- we should be asking for a company's level best.… Read more
Talk about feeling old. We can scarcely believe it's been 10 years since we bought a Sony T505 laptop, one of the smallest in its class at the time. (Actually two of them, to be exact, after dropping the first one and cracking the screen.)
So it is with both fond and very painful memories that we herald the "10th Anniversary Limited Edition" of the laptop, which was key to Sony's success in the computer industry when many doubted its ability to make the transition from consumer electronics.
The special edition, which will be limited to … Read more
Update--Vizio stunned the consumer electronics world when it became the No. 1 seller of flat-panel TVs in North America.
But it may be only a temporary victory.
During the second quarter, Costco and Sam's Club, the two primary retailers of Vizio TVs, asked the company for more TVs than normal to increase their own inventories, according to a Vizio spokesman. The store chains typically had been carrying one to two weeks of inventory. They requested that the inventory be increased to three to four weeks. (Costco, by the way, declined to comment.)
As a result, Vizio experienced a sudden … Read more