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August 12, 2014
05:23 EDTSNE, PLTPlantronics announces partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Plantronics (PLT) announced it has entered into its first-ever partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SNE) to provide advanced audio perfectly optimized for performance with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The new, officially-licensed product, the Plantronics RIG for PS4, PS3, PS Vita will be available across Europe, Middle East and Oceania for the 2014 holiday season.
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December 1, 2015
14:51 EDTSNEAugmented reality to overtake smartphones in 10 years, Citi says
Virtual reality devices and similar "augmented reality" gadgets could become the new smartphone in just one decade, Citi researcher Kota Ezawa argued Tuesday, building on a growing volume of analyst opinions on the promising new technologies. CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHIFT: Virtual reality and augmented reality devices will eventually generate "major new markets that replace the smartphone" in a process of "destructive creation," Citi analyst Kota Ezawa and his team contended in a research note. Current virtual reality gadgets involve large headset "goggles" aiming to completely immerse a user in a virtual space, while augmented reality technology seeks to overlay or superimpose images and data over objects in the real world. AR, seemingly the more portable and compact of the two approaches, allows users to move, work, and perform everyday tasks while still making use of the tech. Though VR goggles offer greater immersion, AR devices seem to be the more obvious bridge between smartphones and truly wearable computers, leading Ezawa to forecast the AR market ultimately becoming larger than VR. That said, the mobility of AR also creates greater technical hurdles, as the need to embed processors and batteries within the wireless headset while still displaying high-quality, convincing imagery means the technology has a longer development horizon than VR, which can offload much of its processing requirements to a stationary computer or game console. Early versions of AR are expected to appear in 2016-2017, according to Ezawa, though full-featured systems are unlikely to be available before 2019-2022. Both technologies have numerous applications, said the analyst, with early content being primarily games and movies before expanded offerings involving theme parks, live events, remote medicine, job tasks, and, notably, significant e-commerce and mobile commerce applications. With the VR/AR market "set to ramp up" from 2016, Ezawa sees the space reaching $674B in 2025 as the average price of headsets declines to $227 by the mid-2020s. The analyst's main recommendation in the space is Sony (SNE), whose Playstation VR headset is scheduled for a 1H16 launch. Other key names in headset development include Facebook's (FB) Oculus virtual reality subsidiary and Samsung (SSNLF). Note also Microsoft's (MSFT) Hololens and Google's (GOOG) Project Glass. Meanwhile, LG Display (LPL) and Analog Devices (ADI) are among hardware names with exposure to VR/AR, while Live Nation (LYV), Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX), Fox (FOXA), SAP (SAP) and Salesforce (CRM) are among software and service providers that may benefit. PRICE ACTION: Sony shares trading in New York have advanced roughly 1.4% to $26.29 in afternoon trading.
08:50 EDTSNECyber Monday sales up 12% to record $2.98B, according to Adobe
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November 30, 2015
06:19 EDTSNESony says plans to expand PlayStation 4 remote-play function
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November 29, 2015
17:53 EDTSNE'Hunger Games' stays ahead of competition as Pixar sees slight miss
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" held on to its box office lead despite competition from Pixar's latest animated film and a strong performance from Rocky Balboa's latest outing, "Creed." WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" took in $51.6M domestically for the weekend of November 29 while battling several new releases over the Thanksgiving holiday. The film's roughly 49% slip from its box office open last weekend was not as severe as that seen by previous entries in the series, whose dystopic science-fiction saga has now wound to a close for Lionsgate. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Disney (DIS) Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" opened at $39.2M in the U.S. against expectations for $54M, a rare miss for the studio. In an interview with Bloomberg following the release of this weekend's numbers, Walt Disney Studios' executive Dave Hollis commented, "With every release it is a little bit less about how we start and really more about how we finish. [The film's open has] set us up in a great way." Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Creed" debuted at $30.1M versus estimates for $26M. "Creed," which marks the seventh Rocky Balboa boxing film, stars Sylvester Stallone as mentor and trainer to the son of Apollo Creed, a previous antagonist in the series. Rounding out the weekend's top five were Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie," which earned a respective $12.8M and $9.7M. Fox's "Victor Frankenstein" failed to place in the top 10, grossing $2.4M against an approximate budget of $40M.
November 27, 2015
11:34 EDTSNESony reports service issues with PlayStation Network
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10:03 EDTPLTPlantronics management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 2 hosted by JPMorgan.
November 25, 2015
09:36 EDTSNESony says PS4 has sold over 30.2M units worldwide as of November 22
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November 23, 2015
13:32 EDTSNENetwork-1 reports USPTO issues reexamination certificate for patent
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November 22, 2015
16:22 EDTSNE'Hunger Games' finale opens below series average
Though showing clear dominance in the box office rankings, the final film in the "Hunger Games" saga missed analyst estimates in its domestic open. WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" debuted at $101M domestically for the weekend of November 22, missing expectations for $120M-$127M and coming in markedly below the series' $144M first-weekend average. The final entry in the dystopic science fiction tetralogy also saw a weaker open than last year's $121M launch for "Mockingjay - Part 1," though reviews have been slightly stronger. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Sony's (SNE) latest James Bond outing "Spectre" slipped to second place at the U.S. box office with $14.6M, while Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" took in $12.8M. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Sony's "The Night Before" and STX's "The Secret In Their Eyes," with the two newcomers earning a respective $10.1M and $6.6M.
November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTSNEBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
06:20 EDTSNESony mulling bringing PS2 games to PS4, WSJ says
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November 18, 2015
05:56 EDTSNESony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
10:47 EDTSNEPress Conference to unveil new brain injury technology to be held in New York
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09:02 EDTSNEAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:02 EDTPLTPlantronics, Avaya expand strategic partnership
Avaya and Plantronics announced a new co-development initiative to address the growing need for simplified communications in contact center and unified communications, or UC, environments. The first initiative under this expanded relationship is focused on ensuring compatibility and tight integration between select Plantronics headsets and Avaya's Chrome-based contact center apps, including Avaya Agent for Chrome and Customer Engagement OnAvaya -- Google Cloud Platform. With this powerful combination in play, contact center agents will enjoy seamless voice and non-voice interactions with customers, including chat, email, and SMS.

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