Japanese - yes, Japanese - electronics manufacturers have gotten the memo about what customers really want. And they're finally fighting back against the iPad.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- Stung badly by soaring sales of foreign-made smartphones and tablets, Japan's electronics makers are fighting back with a bevy of hi-tech tablets they hope will turn the tables on the dominant Apple iPad.
Sony (SNE) is setting its hopes on the svelte, bantam-weight, MOREMar 13, 2013 5:00 AM ET
The two leaders tower over Lenovo, HP and Sony, but stand in the shadow of "Others"
FORTUNE -- IDC has issued a Q4 report on shipments of what they call "smart connected devices," a category that includes desktop PCs, notebook PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Total shipments last quarter came to 367.7 million units, IDC estimates, with most of the growth in tablets (up 78.4% over 2011) and smartphones (up 46.1%), while desktop and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 22, 2013 11:06 AM ET
Sony's new PlayStation 4 game console is a Hail Mary. To win, it must lure game creators.
FORTUNE -- With gaming on smartphones and tablets growing rapidly, it's not enough for traditional hardware companies like Sony (SNE) to trot out new consoles with better technical capabilities. They have to innovate. Judging from Wednesday night's spectacle of an unveiling, the Japanese electronics company did its best, playing up new social networking features that MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 21, 2013 12:52 PM ET
Sony's high-octane presentation of its next-generation PlayStation 4 gaming system mostly impressed observers.
FORTUNE -- On Wednesday night, Sony launched the latest version of the Playstation to thumping music, lasers, and a giant screen that wrapped around the audience. The company hopes the super-charged PS4 will help it retake the top spot among console makers and prove its relevance in the changing games market. The games maker touted slick graphics and MOREFeb 21, 2013 10:51 AM ET
Sony's vastly improved PlayStation 4 game system is set to launch later this year. The company hopes it can help it regain lost momentum.
By Matt Vella, deputy technology editor
FORTUNE -- Sony Corp. unveiled its PlayStation 4 video game console Wednesday, introducing a machine with dramatically improved technical abilities, crisp graphics, and a slew of social networking features. The new console is a major bid by the company to regain momentum MOREFeb 20, 2013 9:35 PM ET
This week, Sony will likely take the wraps off its new game console. Here's what it must be able to do in order to have a chance of succeeding.
FORTUNE -- Can Sony deliver a jolt to the ailing video game console market? The Japanese electronics company will certainly try this week if, as expected, it unveils its next-generation PlayStation 4.
Sales of the PlayStation 4 will be scrutinized from day one. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 20, 2013 8:58 AM ET
In Los Angeles' Century City mall
FORTUNE -- In his second entry in our continuing series of contrasting store photos, reader Howard Kaplan paid another visit Monday afternoon to the Westfield Century City mall, half-way between Beverly Hills and Westwood, California.
The photo at right and the first one below were taken at the Apple (AAPL) store at about 3 p.m.
The next two were shot at the mall's Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 24, 2012 8:59 PM ET
Sony Mobile laying off 1,000 people; why the freemium business model isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Microsoft gets a new logo [THE SEATTLE TIMES]
The new logo, which incorporates a multicolored Windows symbol in addition to the "Microsoft" name in straightforward, lighter type, is intended to "signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness," said Jeff Hansen, Microsoft's general manager of brand strategy. It's coming MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 23, 2012 1:11 PM ET
One of Facebook's earliest female employees recalls what it was like to work there; what it's really like to work at an Apple Store.
Apple Stores' army, long on loyalty, but short on pay [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
About 30,000 of the 43,000 Apple employees in this country work in Apple Stores, as members of the service economy, and many of them earn about $25,000 a year. ... Divide revenue by total number MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 25, 2012 8:52 AM ET
Companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft once stood in the shadow of much larger and more powerful Japanese electronics giants. Those days are long gone -- and, lately, it looks like they may never come back.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
"This country is in a war and some people understand it and some people are siding with the enemy."
FORTUNE -- Believe it or not, someone once wrote those paranoid words about MOREMay 25, 2012 10:40 AM ET
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