By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2015
Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures back in 2013, according to recently leaked documents. WikiLeaks on Thursday dumped another 200,000+ documents stemming from last year’s staggering Sony hack, and so far at least one Apple-related story has been uncovered.
AppleInsider points to a materials access letter from Culver Digital Distribution, an entity associated with Sony Pictures, that serves as a formal agreement for “testing and/or preparing” 4K film and television content for non-exclusive distribution. And it has Eddy Cue’s signature on it. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is a longtime supplier of best-in-class mobile cameras for iPhones and iPads. That said, it’s hardly a surprise that the company is now rumored to retain its role as a sole supplier of CMOS sensor for the next iPhone’s back-facing iSight camera, according to fresh news reports published in the Japanese media.
While the current-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature Sony’s eight-megapixel Exmor RS ISX014 sensor out the back with 1.5 Focus Pixel technology, the next iPhones are understood to incorporate a higher-resolution twelve-megapixel Sony module with RGBW subpixel technology that should improve the handsets’ photography performance in low-light conditions. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015
After years of trying to make a dent in the music space with its ill-fated services like Music Unlimited, Sony back in January threw in the towel by announcing a partnership with Spotify, the leading music-streaming service.
Monday, the Japanese company has delivered on that promise with the launch of the new PlayStation Music service with Spotify integration. Available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 console as well as on Sony’s Xperia smartphones and tablets, the service brings 30 million songs to users in 41 markets around the world. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015
Yesterday, Sony launched its long-anticipated streaming television service called PlayStation Vue in select markets like Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. The online video subscription service doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription.
It will be initially available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and is coming to Apple’s iPad “in the near future,” the Japanese giant has confirmed. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015
Sony has finally pulled the plug on its unsuccessful music-streaming service, Music Unlimited.
Destined to be shut down on March 29, 2015, it’ll be succeeded by a new Sony service called PlayStation Music and based entirely on the Spotify service and its backend.
From the get-go, the new service will have full access to over 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on Spotify.
PlayStation Music will be debuting this Spring in 41 markets and be available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, as well as on the Xperia smartphones and tablets. Support for other mobile and desktop devices will be added at a later stage. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2014
It’s official, Universal Studios has adopted Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic. In a late night scoop, The Hollywood Reporter says it has confirmed with a studio spokesman that a deal has been reached, less than a week after Sony put the film in turnaround.
Sony had been shopping the project around for more than $30 million, although it’s still unclear why it decided to back out. Several high profile names are attached to the film, and it has been widely talked about by both tech and Hollywood press. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014
Sony Pictures has dropped the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, according to Deadline. The outlet reports tonight that Sony has put the film in turnaround—meaning that another studio can purchase the movie.
It sounds like that studio is going to be Universal. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr says he is hearing that the Comcast subsidiary is nearing an agreement, and the deal could close by tomorrow, meaning the project should lose little momentum. Read More
By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014
Apple supplier Sony has announced a new 21-megapixel mobile camera sensor, dubbed the Exmor RS IMX230, that could see itself in a future iOS device after the sensor begins shipping in April 2015. The IMX230 camera uses a stacked CMOS imaging sensor design, allowing for faster auto-focusing and better image quality. It also features 4K HDR video. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2014
The tumultuous casting process of Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic continues, with Michael Fassbender now reportedly in talks to play the Apple co-founder. Variety reports today that following the departure of Christian Bale, the actor has begun “early talks” with director Danny Boyle and Sony execs.
Although not as well known as Bale, Fassbender has starred in a number of high profile movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. He also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor, for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2014
Seth Rogen has been tapped to play Steve Wozniak in Sony’s highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, reports Variety. The actor will star alongside Christian Bale, who has been confirmed for the role of Jobs, and possibly Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), who is being eyed for an ‘unspecified role.’
Rogen has written, produced and starred in a wide range of movies, from 50/50 to The Green Hornet, but is perhaps best known for such R-rated comedies as Pineapple Express This is the End. He will also be receiving direction from the real ‘Woz,’ who has signed on as a consultant for the film. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2014
Christian Bale has been officially confirmed as the leading star in Sony’s upcoming movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s bestselling 2011 biography of Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
The English actor, 40 years old, will play Steve Jobs, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made it clear during an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang for an upcoming edition of Studio 1.0.
Bale was chosen as “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin said, adding he’s ”gonna crush it” and that “there isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in”.
“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” he quipped. Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2014
Christian Bale may be playing Steve Jobs in Sony’s highly anticipated biopic of the Apple co-founder, reports Variety. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says it can confirm that the Oscar-winning actor is currently in talks for the part.
Perhaps best recognized for playing Bruce Wayne in the popular Dark Knight trilogy, Bale has taken on a variety of roles over the years. He’s well known in the industry for his ability to alter both his appearance and accent to better portray characters. Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2014
Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming movie on the Apple founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor was slated to begin work on the film after wrapping up The Revenant, but he has instead decided to take an extended hiatus.
With DiCaprio out, a number of other high profile names have come back into the mix. THR says that top talent including Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper are all on Sony’s wish list, but it adds that Affleck seems unlikely given he just signed on to a film with a similar production schedule.
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2014
After releasing on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita last month, Sony’s CounterSpy is now available on Apple’s iOS platform.
Developed by Dynamighty and published on the App Store by Sony Computer Entertainment America as a premium $4.99 download, CounterSpy is set in an alternate history Cold War era and puts you in the shoes of a budding agent for C.O.U.N.T.E.R.
Your goal in this action stealth side-scrolling game: stop a crazed superpower from unleashing a devastating nuclear missile attack unto the entire world. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014
The Japanese giant Sony is gearing up to unveil a number of new gadgets at the IFA press conference which kicks off tomorrow in Berlin. And with 24 hours until the presser, an ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera has conveniently leaked out.
The latest addition to its QX-branded smartphone and tablet camera accessory lineup, the forthcoming ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera reportedly won’t have a fixed lens and instead will let you use any of Sony’s E-Mount lenses, the oft-reliable SonyAlphaRumors blog reported Tuesday.
As if that wasn’t enough, the ILCE-QX1 is said to feature a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and a built-in flash. That being said, compatibility with the E-Mount lenses is bound to strike a chord with iPhone photography fans. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014
Music Unlimited, the PlayStation music app from Sony optimized for the iPhone, at last has received its long-overdue iOS 7 refresh bringing it in line with Apple’s design language for iOS.
Nearly two and a half years following its debut, the app now finally sits at version 2.0 with half a dozen new features and a fresh new look owing to the use of iOS 7 styling and a flattened Home screen icon.
If you have the PlayStation console and use the Music Unlimited service, you’re going to be appreciative not only of its crisp typography and user interface, but also of a lot faster and more reliable performance. Jump past the fold for a quick highlight of the most important new features. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony today released a brand new iPhone app focused on daily deals on select iTunes music purchases.
Created by Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH and dubbed ‘Album of the Day,’ the software is now available in key market globally as a free download from the App Store, following its soft-launch back in March in Germany.
The app offers daily deals on whole albums from the Sony label, with up to 70 percent off on popular artists… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014
Most of the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the blogosphere seem to point to Apple passing on the megapixel race. The firm instead appears to focus on advancing mobile photography using a number of hardware and software techniques to produce better-looking images.
These range from optical image stabilization to using larger pixels and enhanced filters for better low-light performance to providing a wider aperture to let more light in.
And just as the pundits have started to accept that the iPhone 6’s back camera will be eight megapixels comes a new report alleging that Apple will switch to a Sony-made 13-megapixel module in its upcoming iPhone refresh. Interestingly, the same unit is expected to appear on the Sony Xperia Z3 handset… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2014
During its high profile E3 keynote yesterday, Sony unveiled the PlayStation TV, a rebranded version of the PS Vita TV it showed off last fall. The device is small enough to fit in your hand and costs just $99, making it a direct competitor to the Apple TV.
Like the Apple TV, the PlayStation TV will support a variety of streaming services including Hulu, Netflix, and of course Sony’s own content. But unlike Apple’s set-top box, it’ll have a heavy focus on gaming, supporting some 1000 popular titles at launch… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2014
Aaron Sorkin took a moment yesterday to speak about his upcoming Steve Jobs movie. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter was answering questions at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for the Tribeca Film Festival last night when the subject of the Sony-backed Jobs film came up.
Sorkin of course avoided talking about the drama that surfaced yesterday surrounding the picture’s director and cast, but he did offer up a few details about his script. Some of it we’ve heard before—such as his goal to do something other than a ‘Jobs biography’—but there were a few new tidbits… Read More