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Sony warns of battery fire risk in Vaio PCs launched in February

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp on Friday urged customers to stop using a model of its Vaio computers launched in February, saying there was a risk that the battery would catch fire. Sony said in a statement it had shipped 25,905 of the Vaio Fit 11A in 52 countries since its launch. Sony said three PCs had caught on fire around the battery pack, which was manufactured by Panasonic Corp. (Reporting by Reiji Murai; Writing by Edmund Klamann; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

Sony counts on 'selfies', video calls to drive image sensor growth

By Reiji Murai and Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp is counting on the boom in smartphones and the market's voracious appetite for megapixels - vital to better quality video calls and "selfies" - to sustain the double-digit revenue growth in its image sensor business.

Sony to close two-thirds of US stores as part of major restructuring

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month. It also said that 1,000 of the previously announced 5,000 job cuts would come from its Sony Electronics unit, mainly in the U.S. and Mexico. The cuts are to take place before March 2015. Sony Electronics President Mike Fasulo said in a statement the moves were "extremely tough" but were necessary to position the company for future growth.

Sony to shutter 20 retail stores in the U.S.

(Reuters) - Sony Corp's electronic unit said on Wednesday it is closing 20 retail stores in the United States and cutting 1,000 jobs, as the TV and game console maker tries to stem losses and regain market share. Sony has a total of 31 retail stores in the U.S. The job cuts are part of a previously announced reduction of 5,000 positions globally, or just over 3 percent of its staff, and fall under a much larger reorganization that includes spinning off Sony's TV operations and putting its personal computer division on the block.

Sony showcases phone with ultra-HD video recording, noise-cancellation audio

BARCELONA, Spain - Sony Corp. is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Noise cancellation works with an in-ear headset sold separately, while the Z2's built-in camera can capture video in so-called 4K resolution, an emerging standard that offers four times the details as current high-definition video.

Struggling Sony counts on new flagship game machine for global strategy as other business lags

TOKYO - PlayStation stands out among the long list of famous Sony brands as one that hasn't faded or succumbed to a nimbler competitor. Months after hitting global markets, the latest version of the video-game console went on sale Saturday in Tokyo, a big shift from times when Sony was ascendant enough to launch flagship products in Japan first.

Sony in talks to supply more camera sensors to Apple: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Sony Corp is in talks with Apple Inc to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year, the Nikkei reported. Sony supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors for the current iPhone 5S's rear-mounted main cameras. Apple could be looking to switch to Sony sensors for the secondary camera on the front, which currently uses parts from suppliers in the United States and elsewhere, the business daily said.

Sony's turnaround efforts unlikely to affect S. Korean players: analysts

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- Sony Corp., the once unchallenged electronics industry leader, announced dramatic measures to turn itself around and be counted again, making South Korean tech players listen in but not with much alarm. Market watchers on Friday pointed to the robust presence of South Korean firms in the global market across the board in businesses that Sony concentrates on.

Sony's turnaround efforts unlikely to affect S. Korean players: analysts

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- Sony Corp., the once unchallenged electronics industry leader, announced dramatic measures to turn itself around and be counted again, making South Korean tech players listen in but not with much alarm. Market watchers on Friday pointed to the robust presence of South Korean firms in the global market across the board in businesses that Sony concentrates on.

Sony to sell PC business

Tokyo, Feb 6 (EFE).- Japanese electronics giant Sony Corporation said Thursday it would cut 5,000 jobs as part of a plan to sell its money-losing personal computer unit and split off the television business. Some 1,500 workers in Japan and about 3,500 employees in other countries will be affected by the job cuts, the Tokyo-based company said.
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