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WikiLeaks reveals the true story behind Sony, North Korea and The Interview

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

WikiLeaks placed thousands of emails and documents from last year’s devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) into a searchable online archive.

The database contains more than 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures and a subsidiary, plus more than 30,000 other documents. The archives also throw light on how North Korea hacks Sony and steals lots of innocent people’s communications, and how WikiLeaks is determined to go ahead and make them searchable.

However, after the crippling cyber attack against SPE, the White House asserted in November 2014 that North Korea’s intelligence services had obtained and distributed a version of the archive in revenge for SPE’s pending release of The Interview, a movie centered on the assassination of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

The whistleblower organization stated in its press release published on April 16th, 2015, that the Sony archives offer a rare insight into the inner workings of a large, secretive multinational corporation in fully searchable format on WikiLeaks. The Archives illustrate that Sony is an influential corporation, which has ties with the White House, and also has ability to impact laws and policies. The archives also show that Sony has connections to the US military-industrial complex.

The published emails give details on Sony being a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the emails also assert that Sony is a strong lobbyist on issues around internet policy, piracy, trade agreements and copyright issues. The emails also explain the back and forth on lobbying and political efforts, not just with the MPAA but with politicians directly.

“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there,” said Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

On the other hand, Sony strongly condemned WikiLeaks’ release of the searchable archive. “The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks,” the company said in a statement. It also stated that they “vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security and privacy of our company.”

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Sony Sells 110 Million PlayStation 4 Units Since Launch

110 million Sony PlayStation 4 units have been sold to date

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The PlayStation 4 is now the fourth best-selling console ever. Pixabay

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has sold over 110 million units of PlayStation 4 since the launch of the fourth-generation gaming console. This includes all available models, including the PS4 Pro.

The company also revealed that sales of PlayStation 4 from January to March 31 this year stood at 1.5 million units.

The PlayStation 4 is now the fourth best-selling console ever, behind the Game Boy/Game Boy Color, which sold 118.69 million units.

It remains to be seen if the PlayStation 4 will overtake Nintendo’s handheld gaming device — Nintendo DS (154.02 million) and PlayStation 2 (155 million).

With the PlayStation 5 around the corner, it is now unlikely that the current 4 will break any records.

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The sales of PlayStation 4 from January to March 31 this year stood at 1.5 million units. Pixabay

Sony is expected to launch its PlayStation 5 soon and unveiled the new wireless game controller for the same, calling it ‘DualSense’ to reflect its new capabilities.

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The controller features all new colour theme and has some added functionalities, both inside and outside.

There is also an integrated microphone, a first for Sony’s controllers, along with a USB-C port and an overhauled design.

Sony says the new button will operate in the same way but will have more functions that it will reveal in the future. (IANS)

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Sony Launches New Wireless Gaming Console For “PlayStation 5”

Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are slated to be launched in November, though things could change in the light of the coronavirus global pandemic

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Sony says the new button will operate in the same way but will have more functions that it will reveal in the future. Wikimedia Commons

The Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has unveiled the new wireless game controller for PlayStation 5, calling it ‘DualSense’ to better reflect its new capabilities.

The controller features all new colour theme and also has some added functionality both inside and outside. There is also an integrated microphone, a first for Sony’s controllers, along with a USB-C port and an overhauled design.

“The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future,” Jim Ryan, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment said in a statement.

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The DualShock 4’s share button, which allowed PlayStation 4 owners to quickly post screenshots and videos of their games, has been retained, but is now called the create button.

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The Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has unveiled the new wireless game controller for PlayStation 5, calling it ‘DualSense’ to better reflect its new capabilities. Wikimedia Commons

Sony says the new button will operate in the same way but will have more functions that it will reveal in the future. Design-wise, the ‘DualSense’ has seen some notable changes. The two handles are less rectangular in shape and have a slight curve along the outer edge.

The touchpad is also no longer rectangular, and appears to be a bit bigger overall.

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Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are slated to be launched in November, though things could change in the light of the coronavirus global pandemic. (IANS)

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Sony Unveils Specifications and Hardware Details of PlayStation 5

PS5 will also allow games to offer a much deeper sense of immersion through 3D audio

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The PS5 will feature a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz and a custom GPU based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture hardware that promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz. Wikimedia Commons

Sony has finally revealed the specifications and hardware details of its next-generation home console, the PlayStation 5.

The PS5 will feature a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz and a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture hardware that promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz.

Additional GPU power will allow for higher resolution in games, but a major new feature that benefits the visuals of games even further is ray tracing. Ray tracing simulates the way light moves in real life, and how it bounces off various surfaces.

It will also have 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD.

Where it took a PS4 around 20 seconds to load a single gigabyte of data, the goal with the PS5’s SSD is to enable loading five gigabytes of data in a single second, PlayStation hardware lead Mark Cerny detailed at the announcement.

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Sony has finally revealed the specifications and hardware details of its next-generation home console, the PlayStation 5. Wikimedia Commons

It will also feature 4K Blu-ray drive and will still support discs, but those games will still require installation to the internal SSD.

The custom SSD inside uses a standard NVMe SSD, allowing for future upgrades, but one sill need an SSD that can meet Sony’s high-spec standards here — at least 5.5GB/s.

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PS5 will also allow games to offer a much deeper sense of immersion through 3D audio. (IANS)