Sony teaming up with Kaspersky for Vaio

One of the leading antivirus security firms in the world has found an ally today, after they announced that they are offering its security products for home PC protection.

Kaspersky Lab announced that the company and Sony have agreed to consolidate in a joint venture that would make Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus program the stock security protection for Sony Vaio devices in America.

This exclusive agreement will give customers premium protection during the first weeks of setup. A 30 day subscription to Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 will come with the Sony Vaio packages in the United States, Latin America and Canada starting May 2012.

Kaspersky is the world’s third largest security vendor. Their products usually earn high rankings from independent security evaluations and security analysts. Kaspersky Internet Security earned a 4.5 out of 5 star rating in an evaluation done by CNET and was awarded the “Product of the Year” last year by AV-Comparatives.

Kaspersky Lab president Steve Orenberg said, “We are genuinely thrilled with the opportunity to work with the Sony Vaio team and its incredible lineup of consumer computing devices. For years, Sony has been the gold-standard of consumer electronic quality and consumer experience, and at Kaspersky Lab, we pride ourselves on delivering the same quality and experience to our own customers.”

Did Sony make the right decision by choosing Kaspersky?

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Sony recalls 69,000 adapters due to short-circuit risk

It seems that there’s no end for Sony’s power problems on their Vaio.

The Japanese consumer electronics giant announced that it is recalling 69, 000 Vaio AC adapters for risks of short-circuiting.

The adapters on the recall list include models VGP-AC19V17, VGC-LT, VGC-JS240, VGC-JS250, VGC-JS270 and VGC-JS290. Sony will also be recalling two notebook docking stations, the VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1.

According to Sony, the AC adapters may short-circuit and cause an electric shock because insulation inside the adapter can fail over time. Although the company received only four related complaints – all of which did not result to any injury in the US – Sony is not taking any chances.

Despite its seemingly huge number, this problem is somewhat tamer to what the company has had to encounter before.

In 2006, Sony had to recall 9.6 million batteries and in September 2008, the company had to recall 438, 00 Vaio laptops due to overheating concerns. The latest was in October 2008 where the company had to again, recall 100,000 batteries.

For more information on the recall, you can visit Sony’s support site here or call Sony at (877) 361-4481.

Source: http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/200944/4704/Short-circuit-risk-sees-Sony-recall-69-000-power-bricks

Sony releases world’s lightest laptop

Credt: Sony

Sony is making waves today with the release of what they touted as the world’s lightest laptops, the VAIO X Series.

The VAIO X Series measures 7.29 inches by 10.95 inches by 0.55 inches and weighs in at only 1.6 pounds. The LED-backlit screen measures 11.1 inches.

Users can choose between black and gold for the chassis which is made of light-weight carbon fiber. The palmrest and the area surrounding the keyboard are covered with an aluminum frame. The device runs on Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Other features of the VAIO X Series include 2-GHz Intel processor, 2 GB of DDR2 memory, 128GB of hard drive memory and an integrated Intel graphics chipset. It also has a built-in webcam with face-tracking technology, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a real-time GPS functionality. The X Series also comes with a built-in 3G mobile broadband but users have to get a separate Verizon Wireless subscription if they want to make use of it.

Curious as to how much this baby is gonna cost you? Techies who want to have this will have to shell out $1,300 and will be available at Sony Style stores and some retailers in November. Those who can’t wait can pre-order their units at the Sony Style website.  🙂

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2353952,00.asp

Google Chrome now on Sony Vaio

Credit: PCWorld

Yup, if you’re gonna buy a Sony VAIO today, it’ll probably come with Google Chrome pre-installed in your unit.

The FT reports that Google has announced Monday about their new alliance with Sony’s PC division to help promote their one-year-old browser.

“Awareness is shockingly low. It’s absolutely a problem that people don’t know what a browser is, or how to evaluate one,” Brian Rakowski, Google’s product manager for Chrome said.

Although backed by a very powerful company and a good browser too, if I say so myself, Chrome isn’t doing that well in terms of exposure.  Rakowski claims that the browser has already gained 30 million active users. However this number is just mere 2% of the overall internet-using population, compared to Internet Explorer’s 68% share.

And speaking of IE, for those fans of the browser, don’t worry because  Sony’s VAIO  still comes pre-installed with Internet Explorer too.

But although Chrome belongs to the bottom half of browser popularity, it has already prompted its rivals to keep up with Chrome’s faster speed and clean interface.

“It’s not so important everyone uses Google Chrome, it’s more important browser technology evolves as fast as it can,” Rakowski said.

Source: http://www.dailytech.com/Google+Chrome+Browser+Bundled+with+New+Sony+VAIO+Computers/article16139.htm