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  • Dec 18, 2014
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Sony Corporation originated with an electronics shop set up in 1946 in Tokyo, and was officially christened Sony in 1958. Sony gained a reputation for innovation with the launch of the Betamax videocassette recording format and the introduction of the Walkman in 1979. Although its market share has been eroded by products from Samsung Electronics and Apple. 

Sony CEO ordered Seth Rogen to tone down Kim Jong-un exploding head death scene

Sony chief Kazuo Hirai (left) personally demanded a key scene be changed in The Interview, in which journalists Seth Rogen (right) and James Franco are hired by the CIA to kill the North Korean leader. Photos: AFP

Hollywood funnyman Seth Rogen was ordered to tone down a movie showing the assassination of Kim Jong-un after it was denounced by Pyongyang, leaked emails reveal.

Friday, 12 December, 2014, 8:02pm 3 comments

Hackers use email to threaten Sony Pictures staff and their families

Hackers use email to threaten Sony Pictures staff and their families

Sony Pictures staff received a threatening email claiming to be from the hackers who breached the entertainment giant's computer network, reportedly with warnings that they and their families were "in danger".

7 Dec 2014 - 6:14am

Sony investigating whether N Korea behind cyberattack on firm's film and TV studio

Scene from The Interview. Photo: The Washington Post

Sony is investigating the possibility that a hacking attack on its film and TV studio may have involved North Korea, which has previously reacted with outrage to an upcoming Sony comedy about a CIA plot to kill leader Kim Jong-un, a source said.

3 Dec 2014 - 2:06am 1 comment

Sony Pictures Entertainment looks to North Korea for cyber attack source

Sony Pictures' computer system went down on Monday.

Sony is looking into whether hackers working on behalf of North Korea might be responsible for a cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network last week, the technology news site Re/code reported.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:36am

Sony's salvation may be following Samsung's lead

Samsung responded quickly to a 49 per cent profit slide.

Fierce rivals, Samsung Electronics and Sony Corp also face many of the same problems: overstretched businesses, a dearth of game-changing products, hierarchical corporate structures and proud places in their national psyches.

29 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

Japan's Sony targets 70pc jump in electronic devices revenue

Japanese electronics firm Sony is planning to cut its smartphone product portfolio and revise its sales and marketing strategy. Photo: AFP

Japan's loss-making Sony Corp is targeting a near 70 per cent jump in revenue for its electronic devices division over the next three years, even as it warned further restructuring was in store for its television and smartphone units.

26 Nov 2014 - 5:09am

Sony looks to new movie hits to lift revenues

Sony is banking on new movies like Spider-Man to lift revenues. Photo: EPA

Sony says it is aiming to lift its movie and television revenue by more than a third in the next three years as it cuts costs and invests in potential hit films, including a new Spider-Man movie.

19 Nov 2014 - 4:05am

Investors told to buy Sony bonds after ratings downgrade

Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai says the company would post a net loss of 230 billion yen (HK$16.4 billion) this financial year. Photo: AP

Sony Corp may reward investors if they wait to buy its bonds after an expected ratings downgrade, BNP Paribas said. The Japanese consumer electronics maker widened its net loss forecast on Wednesday.

20 Sep 2014 - 5:10am

Sony expects US$2 billion loss, says it won't pay dividends this year

Sony vows to position itself for future growth in smartphones and mobile technology after reporting a 128.4 billion yen loss in the financial year to March. Photo: AFP

Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate Sony Corp expects its annual loss to swell to US$2 billion and has cancelled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.

18 Sep 2014 - 5:57am

Sony chief Kazuo Hirai's apology flags another year of losses

Kazuo Hirai apologised to investors.

Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai apologised to investors yesterday after the maker of PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones projected a sixth loss in seven years.

23 Jun 2014 - 9:39pm

Restructuring costs force Sony to forecast loss for year

Sony would cut 5,000 more jobs as chief executive Kazuo Hirai widened his restructuring plan.

Sony unexpectedly forecast a 110 billion yen (HK$8.4 billion) loss for the fiscal year ending March yesterday, scrapping its previously revised projection of a 30 billion yen profit.

7 Feb 2014 - 6:09am

Sony in talks to sell Japanese PC business

Sony's global PC market share stood at 1.9 per cent at the end of September, down from a peak of 2.5 per cent in 2010. Photo: Reuters

Sony is in talks to sell its Japanese personal-computer business to buyout firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), a source said. A memorandum of understanding for a sale, which will include the Vaio brand, may be release. Sony is considering what to do with its PC operations in the rest of the world, which may include closing Vaio or selling more assets to JIP, the source said.

6 Feb 2014 - 4:14am

Sony seeks US patent for hi-tech 'SmartWig' hairpieces

Sony's new wearable device, SmartWig, which may include a camera and for which it is seeking a patent in the US. Photo: SCMP

Sony, which popularised portable music players with the Walkman, is seeking a US patent for "SmartWig" hairpieces that could help navigate roads, check blood pressure or flip through slides in a presentation.

28 Nov 2013 - 4:21pm 1 comment

Sony sells 1 million PlayStation 4 gaming consoles in 24 hours

Sony is pinning its hopes for its money-losing consumer electronics business on the PS4. Photo: AFP

Sony said on Sunday it had sold one million units of its new PlayStation 4 gaming console in the first 24 hours that it was available in the United States and Canada.

The console, which Sony is counting on to kick-start a revival of its consumer electronics business, went on sale on Friday.

18 Nov 2013 - 3:15pm

Sony eyes No 3 global ranking in smartphones

The Xperia Z1, Sony's new hope.

Sony is betting its Xperia Z1 handset will propel it to the No3 spot in the global smartphone market, leaping from seventh place by vaulting past competitors such as LG Electronics and Lenovo.

6 Sep 2013 - 3:51am