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February 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Daniel Miller
Sony Corp., a struggling electronics maker trying to regain its once stalwart status, is undertaking a major restructuring that includes the sale of its PC division, a spinoff of its TV business and layoffs of thousands of employees. The Japanese tech giant said Thursday that it had decided to shed its Vaio personal computer brand after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " It is in talks to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund.
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April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Sony is issuing a warning to users of its Vaio Fit 11A, telling them to stop using the laptops because the batteries could overheat and catch fire. According to the Wall Street Journal, the batteries made by Panasonic are found in nearly 26,000 Vaio computers. Sony has received three reports of batteries overheating, which caused partial burns to Vaio computers. VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV "The first incident was in Japan on March 19, followed by similar incidents on March 30 in Hong Kong and April 8 in China," the Journal reported , noting that Sony stopped selling the laptop at the beginning of this month.
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BUSINESS
March 11, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Sony Corp. on Thursday announced the promotion of Kazuo Hirai, the head of its PlayStation and Vaio business, to assume control of its vast consumer electronics division. The move appeared to give Hirai, 50, a leg up in the four-way race to succeed Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer, 69, who is expected to retire within two years. The other three candidates are said to be Hiroshi Yoshioka, Yoshihisa Ishida and Kunimasa Suzuki. Stringer had dubbed his lieutenants "The Four Musketeers.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Sony Corp. is exiting the PC market, announcing Thursday that it was selling its Vaio personal computer division. The Japanese company said the move came after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " Sony said it had tentatively agreed to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund. The sale of Vaio is intended to help Sony better grow its mobile electronics business, which going forward would focus more on smartphones and tablets, the company said.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Sony Corp. is exiting the PC market, announcing Thursday that it was selling its Vaio personal computer division. The Japanese company said the move came after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " Sony said it had tentatively agreed to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund. The sale of Vaio is intended to help Sony better grow its mobile electronics business, which going forward would focus more on smartphones and tablets, the company said.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | Alex Pham
Sony Corp. unveiled a top-level organizational shake-up that signals key shifts in the Japanese company's priorities in consumer electronics as incoming Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai works to turn around massive losses. Hirai, promoted a month ago to replace Howard Stringer as the company's top officer effective Sunday, has restructured the electronics business around three "pillars": mobile, games and digital imaging. As of Sunday, the new mobile group will include both Vaio laptops and the Sony Ericsson cellphone business, while the games segment will include all PlayStation products.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2002 | JIM HEID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This is a tale of two hand-helds: Sony Corp.'s Clie T615C and Palm Inc.'s i705. It's also a story about how hand-held computers have diversified--both devices run the Palm operating system, but Sony and Palm are taking different paths to your pocket. In one hand, there is Sony's Clie model. (That name is pronounced clee-AY, and it sits alongside the Vaio model in the "What Were They Thinking?" wing of the Name Recognition Hall of Fame.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sony Corp. is recalling 440,000 Vaio laptop computers worldwide because of a wiring flaw that could cause overheating. Sony said the recall involved 19 models in the Vaio TZ series manufactured between May 2007 and July 2008. Sony has received 209 reports of overheating, including seven cases in which people received minor burns.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Sony Corp. said it was developing the world's smallest personal computer that would run on Microsoft Corp.'s latest software, combining the convenience of a notebook computer with the flexibility of a hand-held PC. Vaio U has a button on the upper end of a keyboard that enables users to operate the computer with the thumbs. The prototype has a hard-disk drive but no slots for compact discs or DVDs.
NEWS
February 8, 2001
Unlike her flamboyant TV persona Mimi Bobeck, Kathy Kinney uses her computer as more than a shelf for troll dolls. Kathy Kinney, who plays the irrepressible and overly made-up secretary Mimi on "The Drew Carey Show," got her start in show business as an actual secretary for WCBS-TV in New York in the 1980s. Her breakthrough role was as an artist in the independent film "Parting Glances," and then she landed a recurring role on "Newhart" playing the town librarian.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Daniel Miller
Sony Corp., a struggling electronics maker trying to regain its once stalwart status, is undertaking a major restructuring that includes the sale of its PC division, a spinoff of its TV business and layoffs of thousands of employees. The Japanese tech giant said Thursday that it had decided to shed its Vaio personal computer brand after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " It is in talks to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | Alex Pham
Sony Corp. unveiled a top-level organizational shake-up that signals key shifts in the Japanese company's priorities in consumer electronics as incoming Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai works to turn around massive losses. Hirai, promoted a month ago to replace Howard Stringer as the company's top officer effective Sunday, has restructured the electronics business around three "pillars": mobile, games and digital imaging. As of Sunday, the new mobile group will include both Vaio laptops and the Sony Ericsson cellphone business, while the games segment will include all PlayStation products.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Sony Corp. on Thursday announced the promotion of Kazuo Hirai, the head of its PlayStation and Vaio business, to assume control of its vast consumer electronics division. The move appeared to give Hirai, 50, a leg up in the four-way race to succeed Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer, 69, who is expected to retire within two years. The other three candidates are said to be Hiroshi Yoshioka, Yoshihisa Ishida and Kunimasa Suzuki. Stringer had dubbed his lieutenants "The Four Musketeers.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sony Corp. is recalling 440,000 Vaio laptop computers worldwide because of a wiring flaw that could cause overheating. Sony said the recall involved 19 models in the Vaio TZ series manufactured between May 2007 and July 2008. Sony has received 209 reports of overheating, including seven cases in which people received minor burns.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Sony Corp. said it was developing the world's smallest personal computer that would run on Microsoft Corp.'s latest software, combining the convenience of a notebook computer with the flexibility of a hand-held PC. Vaio U has a button on the upper end of a keyboard that enables users to operate the computer with the thumbs. The prototype has a hard-disk drive but no slots for compact discs or DVDs.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2002 | JIM HEID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This is a tale of two hand-helds: Sony Corp.'s Clie T615C and Palm Inc.'s i705. It's also a story about how hand-held computers have diversified--both devices run the Palm operating system, but Sony and Palm are taking different paths to your pocket. In one hand, there is Sony's Clie model. (That name is pronounced clee-AY, and it sits alongside the Vaio model in the "What Were They Thinking?" wing of the Name Recognition Hall of Fame.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Sony is issuing a warning to users of its Vaio Fit 11A, telling them to stop using the laptops because the batteries could overheat and catch fire. According to the Wall Street Journal, the batteries made by Panasonic are found in nearly 26,000 Vaio computers. Sony has received three reports of batteries overheating, which caused partial burns to Vaio computers. VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV "The first incident was in Japan on March 19, followed by similar incidents on March 30 in Hong Kong and April 8 in China," the Journal reported , noting that Sony stopped selling the laptop at the beginning of this month.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators are looking into whether a shooting in Clinton is related to the Washington-area sniper, a police spokesman said. A man was shot six times at close range Sept. 5 after closing his restaurant, which is near the home of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad's ex-wife, Mildred. A Sony Vaio laptop computer was stolen with more than $3,000 in receipts. A Sony laptop computer was found in Muhammad's car when he was arrested Oct. 24, officials said. Paul LaRuffa, 55, survived the shooting.
NEWS
February 8, 2001
Unlike her flamboyant TV persona Mimi Bobeck, Kathy Kinney uses her computer as more than a shelf for troll dolls. Kathy Kinney, who plays the irrepressible and overly made-up secretary Mimi on "The Drew Carey Show," got her start in show business as an actual secretary for WCBS-TV in New York in the 1980s. Her breakthrough role was as an artist in the independent film "Parting Glances," and then she landed a recurring role on "Newhart" playing the town librarian.
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