Sony has been in litigation for six years. Now, after six years of litigation, Sony has agreed to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3. As many as 10 million Playstation 3 owners can receive $55.00 if they used Linus on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be vetted by a judge next month, also provides $9 to each console owner that bought a PS3 based on Sony’s claims about “Other OS” functionality.
The deal also provides up to $2.25 million in attorneys’ fees for the lawyers who brought suit. Under the plan, gamers eligible for a cash payment are “all persons in the United States who purchased a Fat PS3 model in the United States between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010.” The accord did not say how much it would cost Sony, but the entertainment company is expected to pay out millions.
To get the $55, a customer “must attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality.” To get the $9, PS3 owners must submit a claim that, at the time they bought their console, they “knew about the Other OS, relied upon the Other OS functionality, and intended to use the Other OS functionality.”
Alternatively, according to the deal, to get $9, a gamer “may attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010.”
Sony has announced a series of ‘smart personal assistants’ including a bluetooth earpiece similar to the AI version worn in the hit film Her. The Xperia Ear Wireless earpiece can update you with any missed calls or messages as soon as you slot it into your ear.
It reads users information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news to keep you up-to-date on the go
The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 costs almost $1,120.00 and delivers a hi-res audio for hard-core music lovers with trained ears. Meaning, people who love listening to music in high definition will benefit from it. The pricing sums up to quality. The device has a better bass and “improved sense of stereo” due to better audio components, such as an improved power supply and the use of a large capacity Li-ion battery. It also supports “any kind of format that you can throw at it.” The New Walkman unlike the old-school cassette player type supports NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It has a standard storage space of 128 GB. The device is expected out this spring
According to an FBI memo, The Guardians Of Peace plans to target a major media outlet. It is unclear as to who will be targeted.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release for the comedy “The Interview”, on Christmas day that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. For Sony, the decision was the culmination of a gradual about-face: After initially saying it had no plans to release the movie, the company began softening its position after it was broadly criticized. The film stands to open in as many as a few hundred theaters on Thursday, the day it was originally set for wide release. President Barack Obama — hailed Sony’s reversal. President Obama made clear,” we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.”
The FBI has said North Korea was behind the hacking attacks. North Korea’s Internet was shut down in an apparent attack Monday, and continued to be roiled by intermittent outages Tuesday. That followed President Barack Obama’s vow of a response to what he called North Korea’s “cyber vandalism” of Sony. The White House and State Department have declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for North Korea’s outages.
After hackers last Wednesday threatened terrorist attacks against theaters showing the film, the nation’s major multiplex chains dropped “The Interview.” Sony soon thereafter canceled the film’s release altogether and removed mention of it from its websites.
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Visitors to the site are greeted with a message that says “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault”.
A group called “Lizard Squad” has taken credit for the outage, posting “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad” as their Twitter status.
There have been a series of attacks on tech giant Sony. Lizard Squad also claimed it was behind the attack on Microsoft Xbox network, which was down for at least a day last week.