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Sony Store Opens at Walt Whitman Shops

After months of construction and hard work, the Sony® Store at the Walt Whitman Shops® in Huntington Station, NY is open for business. This store is one of our new concept stores like Century City in Los Angeles, Houston Galleria in Houston, and several others across the country. The store has been designed to allow you — our guests — to have hands-on experiences with our products and find what you’re looking for with ease.

Come in and see your brand new, fully stocked Sony Store.


Join us at our grand re-opening event today on November 16th, 1-3pm.


Join in the conversation with #SonyStore and for all the latest Sony Store news, make sure to follow @SonyStore on Twitter.

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Orbotix taps Google Apps to bring robots to life

Editor's note: Colorado has enticed all sorts of pioneers since its Wild West beginnings. We’re excited to highlight a handful of these trailblazers - the intrepid entrepreneurs, aspiring micro-brewers and ambitious thought leaders - who have helped create the adventurous and innovative culture the Centennial State is known for. Today, we hear from Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, co-founders of Boulder-based Orbotix, a robotics toy company.

Can you tell us about Orbotix and how the company got started?
Orbotix is a new kind of robotics toy company: we’re creating a game platform that combines physical objects, smartphones and a software marketplace. We launched in 2010 with our first product, the Sphero ball, a robotic ball you can control with a tilt, touch or swing from your smartphone. You can drive the Sphero ball through a virtual obstacle course or let your dog chase it across your actual yard (under your control, of course) — it lets you both engage in the virtual world and play in the real one. We just released Sphero 2.0, and with a team of 35, we’re just getting started.

Why did you choose Google Apps? How are you using it day-to-day?
We use Google products like Gmail, Drive and Docs in our personal lives, so it was natural to use Google Apps for Business when we started Orbotix. We rely on Drive to securely store, centralize and share our executive documents — everything from legal forms to non-disclosure agreements. We use Docs to brainstorm, create and collaborate on new ideas, or to upload and store product specs that multiple people need to access on a regular basis. The fact that we can create and edit a single document at the same time has dramatically increased our efficiency and reduced the amount of time it takes to finalize a project. We’re a very collaborative team, and Google helps us keep a very team-oriented work environment. Docs is especially vital when we’re on the road, attending events or working remotely. The fact that we can pull up important docs on our mobile devices is crucial to keeping our business running 24/7.

How do you stay connected with your employees outside of the Boulder office?
Hangouts are integral to keeping the company connected, especially as we’ve expanded beyond Boulder — and into China. Our team there has the Hangouts app on their smartphones so they’re connected and available for a quick chat or for a virtual tour around a factory on the other side of the globe. It makes a world of difference to see each other face-to-face rather than just hear a bunch of voices on a conference call, and the experience is such an organic, seamless part of our daily routine. We saw it ourselves just a few weeks ago, when we were in China to check in with the team and do a global press tour: we found ourselves relying entirely on Hangouts to keep in touch with the Boulder office. Ian would be in one room on a Hangout with our CEO, I'd be in another room on a Hangout with our engineers. It was like we hadn't left Colorado.

Has Google Apps helped in your recruiting efforts?
We're always looking to add tech-savvy programmers and talent to our team, and the kinds of people we're looking for expect us to use cool and cutting edge-technology like Google Apps. I know that if I was looking to join a new company it would be a red flag if they were using anything different. We all use Google in our personal lives, so it’s natural that we want to extend that experience to our professional lives.

Do you use Google Apps to partner and collaborate with groups outside of your company?
Absolutely. We recently launched Sphero Rangers, which teaches kids of all ages how to program using Sphero robots. We go to local classrooms and host meetups in the Boulder area, but because we can’t travel to every city where there’s interest, we made a universal Rangers training deck using Google Presentations. That way, there’s a single master document we can share with our partners just by sending along a URL, and we know they always have the most up-to-date version. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, for example, have hosted a handful of programming classes for kids, thanks to our handy shared Google Presentation.
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How to Boot and Install Linux on a UEFI PC With Secure Boot


New Windows PCs come with UEFI firmware and Secure Boot enabled. Secure Boot prevents operating systems from booting unless they’re signed by a key loaded into UEFI — out of the box, only Microsoft-signed software can boot.

Microsoft mandates that PC vendors allow users to disable Secure Boot, so you can disable Secure Boot or add your own custom key to get around this limitation. Secure Boot can’t be disabled on ARM devices running Windows RT.

How Secure Boot Works

PCs that come with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 include UEFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS. By default, the machine’s UEFI firmware will only boot boot loaders signed by a key embedded in the UEFI firmware. This feature is known as “Secure Boot” or “Trusted Boot.” On traditional PCs without this security feature, a rootkit could install itself and become the boot loader. The computer’s BIOS would then load the rootkit at boot time, which would boot and load Windows, hiding itself from the operating system and embedding itself at a deep level.

Secure Boot blocks this — the computer will only boot trusted software, so malicious boot loaders won’t be able to infect the system.

On an Intel x86 PC (not ARM PCs), you have control over Secure Boot. You can choose to disable it or even add your own signing key. Organizations could use their own keys to ensure only approved Linux operating systems could boot, for example.


Options for Installing Linux

You have several options for installing Linux on a PC with Secure Boot:

  • Choose a Linux Distribution That Supports Secure Boot: Modern versions of Ubuntu — starting with Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS and 12.10 — will boot and install normally on most PCs with Secure Boot enabled. This is because Ubuntu’s first-stage EFI boot loader is signed by Microsoft. However, a Ubuntu developer notes that Ubuntu’s boot loader isn’t signed with a key that’s required by Microsoft’s certification process, but simply a key Microsoft says is “recommended.” This means that Ubuntu may not boot on all UEFI PCs. Users may have to disable Secure Boot to to use Ubuntu on some PCs.
  • Disable Secure Boot: Secure Boot can be disabled, which will exchange its security benefits for the ability to have your PC boot anything, just as older PCs with the traditional BIOS do. This is also necessary if you want to install an older version of Windows that wasn’t developed with Secure Boot in mind, such as Windows 7.
  • Add a Signing Key to the UEFI Firmware: Some Linux distributions may sign their boot loaders with their own key, which you can add to your UEFI firmware. This doesn’t seem to be a common at the moment.

You should check to see which process your Linux distribution of choice recommends. If you need to boot an older Linux distribution that doesn’t provide any information about this, you’ll just need to disable Secure Boot.

You should be able to install current versions of Ubuntu — either the LTS release or the latest release — without any trouble on most new PCs. See the last section for instructions on booting from a removable device.

How to Disable Secure Boot

You can control Secure Boot from your UEFI Firmware Settings screen. To access this screen, you’ll need to access the boot options menu in Windows 8. To do this, open the Settings charm — press Windows Key + I to open it — click the Power button, then press and hold the Shift key as you click Restart.


Your computer will restart into the advanced boot options screen. Select the Troubleshoot option, select Advanced options, and then select UEFI Settings. (You may not see the UEFI Settings option on a few Windows 8 PCs, even if they come with UEFI — consult your manufacturer’s documentation for information on getting to its UEFI settings screen in this case.)


You’ll be taken to the UEFI Settings screen, where you can choose to disable Secure Boot or add your own key.


Boot From Removable Media

You can boot from removable media by accessing the boot options menu in the same way — hold Shift while you click the Restart option. Insert your boot device of choice, select Use a device, and select the device you want to boot from.

After booting from the removable device, you can install Linux as you normally would or just use the live environment from the removable device without installing it.


Bear in mind that Secure Boot is a useful security feature. You should leave it enabled unless you need to run operating systems that won’t boot with Secure Boot enabled.


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Oppo N1 hands-on

Back in September at the Oppo N1 launch event we managed to get some quality time with the smartphone, but now we are finally able to welcome it to our office. As tradition dictates we’ve prepared a hands-on video to whet your appetite before the review comes.

The Oppo N1 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. There are two versions in terms of storage, 16GB and 32GB, but there’s no microSD card.

The Oppo N1 is a phablet rocking a 5.9″ screen with 1080p resolution resulting in a pixel density of 373ppi. It’s a fairly large device, measuring 170.7 x 82.6 x 9mm and weighing 213g. For comparison a Galaxy Mega 6.3 measures 167.7 x 88 x 8mm and weighs 199g and that’s with a bigger 6.3″ screen. On the up side, the N1 packs a generous 3,610mAh battery.

The Oppo N1′s camera packs a twist – it’s can be rotated 206 degrees so you don’t have to use a secondary lower-quality camera for self-portraits. Inside it there’s a 13MP CMOS sensor with 6-element lens on top and a custom imaging chip that Oppo and Fujitsu co-developed. The rotatable mechanism is quite complex – there are as many as 67 parts in it and Oppo has calculated the gaps so that it can rotate 206° and feel perfectly solid in every position.

Oppo N1 at ours

The back of the N1 holds another interesting feature called O-Touch. It’s 40 x 30mm touch-sensitive patch on the back of the phone which is used to control the UI and apps. We demonstrate how it works in the video below and it really helps with one-handed use.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is at the driver’s seat and has been heavily modified by Oppo’s Color OS user interface. It adds a lot of cool customizations and alterations to the stock Android experience.

Check out the hands-on video below.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear update brings full support for notifications

The Samsung Galaxy Gear got treated to a major update which addressed one of its biggest shortcomings – its lack of proper support for notifications. The latest firmware for the gadget allows users to receive all types of notifications on their device.

Once applied, the update for the Samsung Galaxy Gear allows users to select the apps which send notifications to the smartwatch. Preview of emails and messages is also available, thus massively improving the functionality of the device.

Before the firmware update, an unofficial app solved the Galaxy Gear’s notification woes. It was far from perfect though, so Samsung’s solution to the problem is certainly a welcome sight.

You can check out our Samsung Galaxy Gear review over here.


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The wait is over. Greatness is here!

Last night the PlayStation® 4 system made its debut. In order to get this stunning piece of machinery into the world, 30 of our Sony® Stores held midnight release events.



Some of our Sony Store team members couldn’t contain their excitement for the launch!


Lines started much earlier in the day…even earlier in the week. But we were stocked and ready and honestly jazzed about the number of folks who came last night to pick up a PS4 system. Some of you were in line at the crack of dawn! Now that’s dedication.


Didn’t get your hands on a PS4 system yet? Follow @SonyStore on Twitter for the latest updates on restocks and availability. While you wait, stop by a Sony Store and get your game on. All Sony Stores have the PS4 system hooked up and ready to go.

For all the latest news on PlayStation in general, check out their official blog.

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Sony Xperia Z1S leaks again posing next to its bigger brother

The upcoming Sony Xperia Z1S made yet another appearance this week. This time around the smartphone got caught on camera next to its bigger brother, the 5” display toting Sony Xperia Z1.

A juicy bit regarding the specs of the Sony Xperia Z1S came alongside the photo you seen above. Allegedly, the pocket-friendly Android powerhouse will feature an IPS display panel. Should the report pan out to be the real deal, the Z1S display is certain to be a massive improvement over the far from perfect TFT displays Sony currently uses.

The Sony Xperia Z1S is expected to bring the powerful internals and camera of the Xperia Z1 in a smaller form factor. It will swap the 5” display of the flagship for a 4.3” unit.

Previous reports have pointed that the Xperia Z1S might launch in late November.

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