Yesterday at the Midem music industry conference in Cannes, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris confirmed that Apple would announce its streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference. "It’s happening tomorrow," Morris said, according to a report from VentureBeat.
Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Manhattan today, FBI director James Comey went into more detail about how the FBI determined North Korea was behind the recent digital attacks on Sony Pictures, which culminated in the partially canceled release ofThe Interview. According to Comey, the Guardians of Peace "got sloppy" when masking their IP addresses, allowing FBI researchers to determine that emails and other messages to Sony employees were originating from internet connections used exclusively by North Korea. This evidence had been hinted at in a previous Wall Street Journal article, but has never been publicly attributed.
Live at CES 2015, CEO Kaz Hirai just announced that the company's new smart TVs will run on Google's new platform for television, Android TV. The remote control for the TV is essentially a giant trackpad, so that you can navigate the Android TV interface more easily. The remote also comes with a microphone, to make searching easier. Because they run Android, they'll also all support Google Cast, so it will be easier to fling content from your phone to the TV.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony Pictures has completed deals that will bringThe Interview to cable and satellite packages in the US, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and DirectTV. The company says the movie, which sees James Franco and Seth Rogen visit North Korea to blow up Kim Jong Un's head, will be available to rent or buy on major pay-TV services over the next few days.
After a massive cyber attack took down the PlayStation network over the holidays, Sony is trying to make good with gamers: the company announced in a blog post that it will extend subscriptions for premium users and offer discounts on purchases for everyone affected.