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FBI gives Sony hack theories audience but no credence

FBI gives Sony hack theories audience but no credence

The FBI may be convinced that the Sony hack was the handiwork of North Korea, but not everyone is convinced, with private investigators briefing US security agencies on alternative explanations for the breach. Security firm Norse has joined a growing chorus of those who doubt the official account, describing the speedy assignment of blame on the secretive foreign state as a warning signal that a conclusion might have been rushed. While the FBI still insists Sony was the victim of a North Korea-led attack, it's nonetheless been open to hearing other viewpoints, Norse says.

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Sony gets teasing: new Xperia Z4, tablet, or something else?

Sony gets teasing: new Xperia Z4, tablet, or something else?

When it comes to CES, you can either take LG and Samsung's approach and gush announcements ahead of the show, or you can go with Sony's strategy and get teasing. The company has taken a mystery approach, believed to be for its upcoming Xperia smartphone, with a video titled "Welcome to the New World" that drops a few hints ahead of Sony's CES 2015 press conference on January 5th. While there's no outright shots of the phone, you can get a glimpse of it at various points, including one rather artful reflection in a user's eye.

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VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

For years, Sony marketed laptops under the Vaio name with some success. Last summer Sony decided to spinoff the laptop branch of the company into a standalone brand simply called VAIO. Word has surfaced that VAIO is now getting ready to toss smartphones onto the market in a move that will see VAIO directly competing against Sony, its former parent company.

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Sony WiFi sound bar passed through FCC, likely headed to CES

Sony WiFi sound bar passed through FCC, likely headed to CES

HiFi and wireless didn’t really mix until Sonos came along to keep your various rooms uncluttered but still sounding great. There have been others who are jumping into the WiFi game, but none have the cache Sony does. In what seems to be a natural progression, Sony’s latest sound bar has passed through the FCC, and details it’s wireless prowess. It also pinches from Sonos’ design, bringing the long bar with a mix of speaker material and plastic to your living room.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Research firm Flurry, the Yahoo-owned entity that tracks mobile analytics for over 600,000 cross-platform apps, has revealed some surprising statistics from the Christmas break. From December 19 through December 25, Flurry tracked new device activations and app downloads, and found that Apple ruled this holiday season. Over half of new device activations were Apple-branded devices, over twice as many as their nearest competitor, Samsung. Flurry VP of Analytics Jarah Euston said “It’s clear that Santa is no longer into cookies — he prefers Apples.”

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PSN back online but some PS4 gamers still can’t connect

PSN back online but some PS4 gamers still can’t connect

Sony may have brought the PlayStation Network back to life after its three days of downtime, but that hasn't stopped some PS4 and PS3 owners from still experiencing problems getting online. The resurrection of the gaming network after it came under attack on Christmas Day cost Sony no small amount of lost reputation, but even with the fix that was finalized yesterday in place, not everyone is happy. Ongoing reports of an inability to connect mean the headache isn't over for some gamers simply wanting to get their online gaming going.

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“The Interview” now streaming on iTunes

“The Interview” now streaming on iTunes

The latest movie from Seth Rogen and James Franco called "The Interview" has been surprisingly controversial. The controversy came when North Korea's leader became angry that the movie was going to air since it is about his death. Sony caved to pressure and at first decided not to show the film after screenings were cancelled on December 17. Eventually Sony relented and put the movie out so people could rent and purchase it digitally.

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PSN back online as Sony rights Christmas attack

PSN back online as Sony rights Christmas attack

After three days of downtime, millions of frustrated PlayStation owners, and quite probably a fair few tantrums on Christmas morning, Sony's PlayStation Network has finally been restored. The online gaming service had been offline since December 25th, the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), as servers were hammered by web traffic and legitimate gamers were unable to connect for multiplayer titles and more. However, while Microsoft moved relatively quickly to bring Xbox Live back to life, restoring the majority of its services by the following day, Sony's fix was nowhere in sight.

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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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