TOKYO: Once at the leading edge of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. is now more lumbering giant than trend-setter after falling behind competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. Sony watchers are urging the down-on-its-luck company to rediscover its pioneering ethos. Founded in 1946, Sony symbolized Japan's rebirth after its World War II defeat, rising from humble beginnings. It had little else besides the smarts of founders Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, to come up with hit after hit: the transistor radio, home tape recorders, the Walkman portable recorder-and-player.
You know that part of Google maps that can show you the front door of your neighbor's house (or your own)? It's called Street View. Google deploys armies of vehicles equipped with special cameras that take 360 panoramic shots for Street View. They looked like this:
The bombings in Boston and the subsequent investigation of the suspects will likely revive the debate about pervasive security camera surveillance in the U.S. Stationary security cameras near the bombing location evidently gave police a key lead in identifying the suspects, as the past day of breaking news reports has revealed.
By Matt Burns
Sony makes a lot of really nice things, but it has never taken smartphones seriously. That’s to change if Sony (SNE) Mobile’s sales chief, Dennis van Schie, is to be believed.
Ryan Parillo is regarded as a prodigy when it comes to his work behind the camera lens. The 15-year-old (yep, born in 1998) first picked up a camera at age 7, taking photos of random things around his house. He didn't have any technical skill, of course, but by trial and error he would figure out what worked and what didn't based on the outcome of his snapping.
While some smartphone makers such as Samsung, Nokia, and Sony are busy cramming megapixels into their smartphone cameras, Apple is expected to continue its strategy of improving the iPhone's camera in different ways.