Attention Playstation Users

If you were registered on Playstation, PSN, Qriocity or Sony Online Entertainment from January 1st to May 15th, 2011 and have signed onto the PSN-POE Settlement, you may receive an email entitling you to a free game or other form of compensation. Keep an eye on your email.

Bad News For Betamax Fans

It looks like Betamax is officially dead, according to a Sony press release that was released today.

Yes, the video format was not killed off during the format Betamax/VHS war and actually lived on in the video production and broadcasting industries until digital video. But Sony has now decided to stop making their blank beta format videocassettes.

Unfortunately that means that some of you hardcore beta fans will no longer have easy access to blank videocassettes for your classic videotape cameras, including those micro MV video cassettes that you’ve used in the 90’s and early 2000’s. And although I don’t have an official Sony betamax videocamera it appears that i’ve used the format several times to film some of my older Youtube videos and have a few of the discontinued Sony micro MV videocassettes in storage.

My format of choice is now of course those digital SDHD cards but hard drive and solid state hard drive camcorders are getting more and more affordable as time goes by.

EMI Music Publishing Sale Finalized

The regulators in the States and Europe have given the thumbs up for the sale of EMI Music Publishing to Sony. But Universal is still waiting for European regulators to rule on their takeover of EMI’s recorded music operations, which is due in August according to Billboard.

Standardized 3D Glasses

Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and XPAND 3D have partnered to adopt a standard when it comes to 3D glasses.

In a joint statement, these companies stated that they “Will Seek Development of Joint Licensing on ‘BLUETOOTH® ENABLED RF’ and ‘IR’ Consumer 3D Active Glasses“.

A standardized version of these glassed are to be released next month whilst the full version, “with the new IR/RF protocols will be made available in 2012, and are targeted to be backward compatible with 2011 3D active TVs.”

Sony Offers Additional Security

American Playstation Network and Sony Online Entertainment users are now being offered additional security from Debix.

This service, which will protect users from identity theft, is offered free for twelve months. But no news in regards to a Canadian service has been issued yet.

Sony Ericsson Hacked

Sony Ericsson‘s Canadian site has been hacked and information from 2000 of this company’s customers have been posted online.

Though the information doesn’t include credit card information, names, email addresses and passwords have been exposed.