Until recently, takeover bids were rare in Japan, where private equity and hedge funds have been traditionally viewed as vultures.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- Sony's best selling TV, the Bravia, translates as "ferocious, savage, wild, untamed" -- the very adjectives that are probably on the minds of Sony executives as they consider the latest bid from gaijin, or outsiders, to upset the highly ordered decorum of doing business in Japan.
The MOREMay 16, 2013 7:37 AM ET
Flush with $15 million from Nvidia and Kleiner Perkins, the $99 Kickstarter success story keeps making waves -- and it's not even out yet. Julie Uhrman talks to Fortune about fast-tracking Ouya, those harsh early reviews, and a rumored mobile device.
Still, when early units began shipping to some Kickstarter backers this past March -- just nine months after raising money on the site -- several tech blogs got their hands MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 9, 2013 7:04 AM ET
Households with broadband Internet access are increasingly piping Internet video to their TV sets, through a variety of devices.
FORTUNE -- We can examine the strategies of Netflix (NFLX) and Comcast (CMCSA) all we like, but the speed at which television moves off of cable and onto the Internet will be determined largely by what people decide to do in their living rooms. Now that they have the hardware and software MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 3, 2013 6:36 AM ET
Is this the future of interactive advertising? Hopefully not.
FORTUNE -- Maybe patent illustrations shouldn't be fair game. After all they are intentionally crude, existing to be simultaneously vague and specific, laying claim to an innovation or idea without giving too much away. And yet, Sony (SNE) patent 8246454 B2 is irresistible. Filed in 2009 and published last summer, the patent describes "methods, systems, and computer programs for converting television commercials MOREMatt Vella - Apr 30, 2013 1:32 PM ET
Chipmaker AMD hasn't had it easy. Now three of tech's most powerful companies have embraced it for the long-term.
FORTUNE -- With its processors in 83% of PCs, Intel (INTC) overwhelmingly dominates traditional personal computing. But there's one area where the chip giant won't be winning any time soon: game consoles. If reports prove correct, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) could manage what its competitor hasn't: getting its chips into all three of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 11, 2013 7:14 AM ET
New graphics technology is pushing the boundaries of believability.
By Matt Vella, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Nothing says "the future" like a disembodied head. As developers and designers begin churning out the next generation of games and entertainment, the pace of technology demos showing what types of computer-generated graphics will soon be possible has picked up. And that means one thing: more creepy-yet-astonishing 3D-generated heads.
Activision (ATVI) is showing off new technology at MOREMar 28, 2013 12:17 PM ET
Korean electronics giant Samsung is nipping at Apple's heels, yes, but it is still missing one crucial element.
FORTUNE -- The technology press loves a good narrative. And among the most beloved narratives is a good horserace. Two rivals striving to better each other with new products or new features. The archetypal tech rivalry, between Microsoft and Apple not only lasted for decades, it helped make Silicon Valley what it is today.
During MOREKevin Kelleher - Mar 28, 2013 7:26 AM ET
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
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