Sony Scoops Up Altair, Merges Entertainment Businesses
Sony has agreed to purchase Altair Semiconductor for $212 million in a move meant to help shore up its chip business. Sony has invested heavily in building production capacity to meet demand for mobile components, such as smartphone camera sensors. Altair, based in Israel, develops radios to connect small devices to mobile networks. Sony hasn't said what it will do with Altair's technology. It expects the deal to close in February. In other Sony news, the company today announced the launch of Sony Interactive Entertainment, a combination of its Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment business units. Sony Interactive will focus on the company's PlayStation gaming and media platform. The business will be based in San Mateo, Calif.
Kyocera Hydro Shore Washes Up On GoPhone
Jul 15, 2016
AT&T's prepaid brand, GoPhone, plans to sell the Kyocera Hydro Shore through Walmart stores beginning July 16. The Hydro Shore is water and dust proof, and the 5-inch qHD display supports wet finger tracking.
Sony Releases Messaging App for PlayStation Gamers
Dec 8, 2015
Sony recently made a stand-alone, mobile messaging app available to users of its PlayStation gaming console. The app, which requires a PlayStation Network account, lets gamers see which friends are online and available, send text or voice messages with photos and stickers, and swiftly access messaging groups and lists.
Sony's PlayStation Video App Lets Android Devices Access Movies
Mar 16, 2016
Sony recently released the PlayStation Video application for Android devices. The app is essentially a portal to Sony's video content store and lets people watch movies or TV shows they've purchased or rented from Sony.
Qualcomm's New Fingerprint Sensors Work Under Water and Through Metal
Jun 27, 2017
Qualcomm today announced its next-generation fingerprint sensors for displays, metal, and glass. Qualcomm says it created the new sensors for today's demanding mobile designs, which are moving towards bezel-less, glass-and-metal hardware.
Sony Forms Business to Make PlayStation Games for Phones
Mar 24, 2016
Sony is creating a new business unit with the express purpose of bringing PlayStation-branded games to smartphones and tablets. The company is changing its name from Sony Computer Entertainment to Sony Interactive Entertainment and at the same time forming ForwardWorks Corporation.