Posted tagged ‘Sony’

$100 Flat Screen Was Really Just an Oven Door

August 13, 2009

If you thought that brand-new 37-inch Sony flat screen television you got for $100 was a great deal, well you thought right. That is until you take it out of the box and realize that it’s really just oven door.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

San Leandro police Lt. Pete Ballew called it a variation on the old “rocks in a box” scam, in which a box is presented as containing new, expensive electronics for sale but is actually full of rocks.

On Wednesday San Leandro police pulled over a man who had in his car a box containing what appeared to be an expensive 37-inch flat-screen television, but in actuality was a glass oven door cleverly disguised as a TV. The man is suspected of trying to sell the item for $100 in the parking lot of the San Lorenzo Wal-Mart, 15555 Hesperian Blvd.

“It was very ingenious,” Ballew said. “If you were a bargain hunter, you might think, ‘Wow, this is the deal of the day.'”

Police got an anonymous call Wednesday from someone who raised suspicions about a man who tried to sell him a television out of his beige 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The witness said the seller told him he had bought the TV for $60 at a flea market.

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Casey Anthony’s Connection to the Outside World: A Transistor Radio

January 6, 2009

Well, it looks like Casey Anthony gets most of her daily news the old-fashioned way: on a small transistor radio from inside her jail cell.

At least she isn’t sitting in her cell, eating Bon Bons and watching Nancy Grace all day! I wonder if it’s a high tech transistor radio with satellite radio that can reach a 24/7 Casey Anthony channel.

In all seriousness, I’ll be the first to admit that we’re all guilty of following this case on a daily basis, and some people have even gone so far as to become obsessed with the case.

Please remember that this is a real life story of a murdered 3 year old girl and is not a fictional television show such as CSI, Law & Order or Criminal Minds.

Many lives have been truly impacted and there are those out there who are trying to exploit this tragedy for their own personal gain or profit. It’s these people who need to take a good look at themselves and realize what they are doing is wrong.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

“[Anthony] has very limited access to the outside world,” jail spokesman Allen Moore said. “She’s not watching Nancy Grace.”

The question of Anthony’s connection to the outside world surfaced after an attorney for her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, said in a statement that they intend to hold a public memorial service for their granddaughter, Caylee Marie, whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded lot near her home Dec. 11.

Officials have confirmed that Anthony, who is being held without bond and charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, won’t be allowed to leave the jail to attend any service for Caylee.

No date or time for the service has been announced.

Jail officials said today they have not yet decided if Anthony will be allowed to watch the service on television.

She has no limit on her Sony SRF 39FP, a $21 radio she bought from the jail’s commissary. It’s specifically designed for inmates in U.S. corrections facilities. The transparent case is supposed to prevent inmates from using it to conceal things.

The main reason for her limited access to television news is her Level 1 protective custody status — triggered in part by her own notoriety.

That level of security is given to high-profile inmates, such as Lisa Nowak and Lou Pearlman, who generate massive amounts of media coverage because of the charges against them.

“The protective status helps avoid situations that will affect the inmate’s safety or the jail’s operation,” Moore said.

Because Anthony is kept isolated from other inmates, she spends most of her time alone in her cell without a clear view of the television set located in that part of the female-detention center.

Sony Eliminates 8,000 Jobs

December 9, 2008

Sony has announced that the company will eliminate 8,000 jobs and rein in planned investment as it reacts to the global economic slowdown.

From CRN:

Sony said Tuesday it would cut 8,000 jobs in reaction to sluggish sales, particularly of its televisions and digital cameras. That number comprises regular workers and represents 4 percent of Sony’s entire workforce. Sony also said it plans to reduce head count in its seasonal and temporary workforces. The move is aimed at slashing $1.1 billion in operational and investment costs. Sony’s investment in the electronics business will decrease by approximately 30 percent in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. That includes plans to cut investment expenditures this fiscal year by outsourcing part of the company’s proposed increase in the manufacturing of CMOS image sensors for use in mobile phones to third parties.

According to Sony, certain short-term measures have already been taken, including adjusting production, lowering inventory levels and reducing operational expenses. But the appreciation of the yen means that the Japanese manufacturer will need to adjust product pricing, downsize and realign domestic and overseas manufacturing sites, reallocate its workforce and reduce head count.

Sony’s moves will have global impact. For example, the company is postponing plans to invest in production expansion at the Nitra plant in Slovakia, which assembles LCD televisions for the European market. Further, the manufacturer plans to close two overseas manufacturing sites, including the Sony Dax Technology Center in France, which manufactures tape and other recording media. Overall, the total number of manufacturing sites will be reduced by roughly 10 percent, from the current total of 57, by March 31, 2010.

From the New York Times:

Sony, which had already announced scattered cost-savings measures, blamed the rapid deterioration in the global economic outlook and the strength of the Japanese currency for the cuts.

“These initiatives are in response to the sudden and rapid changes in the global economic environment,” Sony, which has 160,000 employees, said in a statement. Sony aims save more than 100 billion yen, or $1.1 billion, a year through the measures, which also include shutting several plants.

About 10 percent of the company’s 57 plants will be shut, including 2 overseas sites, and plans to expand a site in Slovakia where LCD televisions for the European market are assembled have been delayed. The statement did specify which plants will be closed.

Sony will also trim spending in semiconductors and will outsource a part of the production it had planned for image sensors for cellphones.

“Based on such measures, Sony is planning to reduce investment in the electronics business by approximately 30 percent” in the fiscal year ending March 2010, the company said.

The announcements highlight the extent of the pain many Asian exporters — especially in Japan — are facing as the global financial crisis deepens. Like other Japanese manufacturers, Sony has suffered from slowing consumer demand, aggravated by the yen’s rally against the dollar and the euro in recent months, which makes Japanese goods more expensive for consumers in the United States and Europe.

Circuit City Files for Bankruptcy

November 10, 2008

It had to happen eventually in this terribly struggling economy. Circuit City, the #2 electronics seller after Best Buy, has filed for bankruptcy protection this morning, hoping the move will allow it to stock its shelves in time for the crucial holiday shopping season.

From the Associated Press:

It filed under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code, which will allow it to hold off creditors and continue operations while it develops a reorganization plan.

The Richmond, Va.-based company has been struggling as nervous consumers spend less and credit has become tighter, and the retail industry overall is facing what’s expected to be the weakest holiday season in decades.

Circuit City also said it would cut 700 more jobs, after announcing a week ago that it would close 20 percent of its stores and lay off thousands of workers.

“This isn’t a surprise,” JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers said, adding that the reorganization could help the company get out of leases for certain bad store locations.

Circuit City, which has had only one profitable quarter in the past year, has faced significant declines in traffic and heightened competition from rival Best Buy Co. and others. It said it decided to file for bankruptcy protection because it was facing pressure from vendors who threatened to withhold products during the holiday season.

“At the end of the day I think it’s really about an inventory position,” Horvers said. “If they can get inventory into the stores, I can think they’ll remain competitive.”

The company’s biggest creditors are its vendors: Hewlett-Packard has a $118.8 million claim followed by Samsung ($115.9 million), Sony ($60 million), Zenith ($41.2 million), Toshiba ($17.9 million) and others. Smaller creditors include GPS navigation system maker Garmin, Nikon, Lenovo, Eastman Kodak and Mitsubishi.