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Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

tr63cThe PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday. For every memorable blockbuster, there’s an infamous flub: The late embrace of MP3, losing its hold on the digital imaging market and of course, failing to attract adoption to Betamax, UMD, MemoryStick, and endless other formats and systems. The Sony of today is a bloated industrial machine barely holding together. It’s worn out and slowed to a crawl. The once innovative company now follows instead of leads. It’s playing catch-up instead of breaking new ground. But things are changing. The Sony of tomorrow is looking leaner than ever. It doesn’t look like the Sony of old with total market dominance, but for the first time in ages, Sony is becoming a competitor. Sony’s harsh reaction to bloat is not the exception throughout the electronics world. HP is being crushed under its own weight. Samsung makes everything from semiconductors to home appliances to 50 ton war machines. Dell is shedding employees as it streamlines the only thing you get from a brand name PC these days – service. During the 1980s, after the launch of the Walkman and Trinitron, the market crashed. Sony was in crisis. But it weathered the storm, and as most companies that survive global recessions, emerged stronger than ever. Co-founder Akio Morita took the reins in 1989 and set about to diversify Sony’s business, likely as a shelter against future crashes. It was under Morita that Sony’s brand took a hit. New SKUs flooded the market as Sony grew. His venture into producing movies stumbled for a few years. The Sony name no longer held the same cachet it once did. Sony grew during these years, but not in a way that set it up for future dominance. Sir Howard Stringer took over the company in 2005. He was the first foreigner to take over the Japanese company. Attempting to tighten the belt of the bulging company, he cut 9,000 jobs under his tenure. When Kazuo Hirai succeeded Stringer in 2012, Sony’s brand was in tatters. Once holding over 20 percent of the digital imaging market, it had slipped to around 5%. Mobile was the future and at that time Sony was not correctly positioned in the market. Their events

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Game Frame Puts Pixel Art On Display In The Coolest Possible Way

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

gameframeDisplaying pixel art at larger sizes in your house can be as simple as making a large print, but that means you’re stuck with a single image. San Francisco’s Jeremy Williams wants to make something a little more dynamic, so he has created the Game Frame, a square box with 256 LED lights that’s designed to make it easy to show off pixel art and OG video game art. The Game Frame calls to mind a simpler time, when we used graph paper to create most digital art, and if you could assemble colored squares, you could help build a AAA video game title. It’s also a modern interpretation, however, and a way to display either your own original creations or those that live in your fondest memories. Pre-installed on the Game Frame are 40 new animations from pixelart legend eBoy, but you can easily move your own over via SD storage using BMP files with a maximum resolution of 256 pixels (or 16×16, though larger images are supported via panning). The SD card can potentially store thousands of images, according to Williams, and the frame itself is Arduino-based and works with all existing Adafruit libraries, plus it’s fully modable, and has a playable Breakout clone pre-loaded, so it’s not just for showing off pretty art. Backers can pre-order a unit at $210 fully assembled, or less if you want to supply some of your own parts plus some elbow grease. They’re going to ship in June, according to the project page, in batches of 300 per month. Ideally, someone buys a bulk order and opens a gallery using these things, because they’re pretty awesome.

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Google Search App For Android Adds New Voice Commands, “Time To Leave,” And Olympics Google Now Cards

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

sochi_cardGoogle is rolling out an update to its Google Search for Android app today, and with this, it is introducing a number of new features for Google Now as well.

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HTC Will Pay Nokia Licensing Fees As Part Of Patent Dispute Settlement

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

HTC_One_Google-FEATUREDSmartphone maker HTC will have to pay up to Nokia to continue peddling its wares (via Android Central), as part of a patent license agreement set out by the two companies today. The settlement means that all pending litigation between the two companies is dismissed as of today, and the extent of the payments made by the Taiwanese company isn’t being made public. Nokia has been racking up wins with regards to HTC’s use of what it views as its intellectual property. First, HTC was found to be in violation of a key microphone tech patent held by Nokia, and then the HTC One Mini was banned from sale in the UK over the use of certain chipsets (which was stayed), and finally the HTC One faced an injunction in Germany, too. The deal will see HTC also share rights to its own LTE patent portfolio, meaning Nokia probably just generally won overall. It also sounds like future considerations are included in the deal, as evidenced by the suggestion that the two companies will “explore future technology collaboration opportunities.” HTC is no stranger to paying up to use key mobile patents related to Android smartphones: It also signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft back in 2010 to avoid similar infringement claims. This new arrangement with Nokia seems like it’s probably a sort of 11th hour concession of defeat, coming as it does on the heels of a loss to the Finnish company by the District Court of Mannheim published earlier this week which would’ve seen HTC forced to rethink its device design. HTC had indicated at the time that it would seek to appeal the decision, but now, with all ongoing cases resolved in the deal, that’s off the table. HTC can’t seem to catch a break, but with a rumored new flagship launch on the horizon, it’s probably best that the company take its licks and move forward rather than continue to be distracted by ongoing legal battles.

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sony Vaio, Samsung Galaxy S5, And Wearables?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Gadgets, Google+ | 0 comments

gadgets140207Sony’s Vaio PC business is no more, with the company confirming reports that it will sell the PC division.

But a forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will soon arrive and comfort you during this very difficult time. After all, it’s smartphone season with MWC right around the corner.

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GoPro Files For IPO As The Action Camera Maker Prepares To Go Public

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

GoPro HD Hero2 with helmet mountAction camera company GoPro has filed the initial documents for its initial public offering, according to a press release from the company this morning and confirmed by GoPro to TechCrunch. The announcement is brief, revealing only that the San Mateo company intends to go public as soon as the Securities and Exchange Commission completes its review process of the IPO submission draft filed today, February 7. GoPro only just appointed a new Chief Financial Officer February 4, bringing former Qualcomm Atheros SVP Jack Lazar on board to occupy the spot. Lazar has occupied high-ranking financial roles at a number of companies both public and private over the years, and began his career as an auditor at Price Waterhouse. At Atheros, he helped the company IPO back in 2004, a year into his tenure. In hindsight, it seems likely Lazar was brought on to help prepare for this transition. The camera maker was originally planning an IPO back in 2012 before its $200 million private investment round, but CEO Nicholas Woodman confirmed to TechCrunch back in September that one was still in the works. When the company raised its $200 million round from strategic partner Foxconn, it was valued at around $2.25 billion. In an interview at Disrupt SF 2013, Woodman discussed the challenges of fundraising for a hardware startup, and the benefits of bootstrapping even at a time when crowdfunding platforms are prevalent. The founder talked about how he started with $64K of his own startup capital, followed shortly from $100K put in by his father, and how that afforded him the ability to start with a clear and singular vision. GoPro has seen its sales numbers for its action camera products and accessories double ever year, according to the company. It made over $500 million in gross revenue on the strength of 2.3 million cameras sold in 2012, and racked up over $100 million in sales last January, and Woodman hinted that the company might exceed $1 billion in revenue for all of 2013 in a Bloomberg TV interview last October. .@GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman hints at $1b in revenue this yr & shows me the new Hero 3+ bloom.bg/GzLTvh— Emily Chang (@emilychangtv) October 01, 2013

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