Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai has promised to turn the company around after years of losses.

Speaking at Sony's most recent shareholder meeting, Hirai pledged that this will be the year that the company fixes its "money-losing structure", reports The AP.

Shareholders chose to keep Hirai and other executives despite Sony losing money for six of the past seven years.

"The best way to build our future is for Sony to remain Sony, and realise our motto to become a company that inspires and fulfils your curiosity," Hirai said.

He reportedly asked hecklers to "please keep quiet" on several occasions during the meeting.

However, nearly six million votes were cast in favour of Hirai's proposals for the firm, with less than 10% against.

Sony's television department has not been profitable for 10 years, but the PS4 has helped the company's fortunes.

"From a profitability perspective, PS4 is also already contributing profit on a hardware unit basis, establishing a very different business framework from that of previous platform businesses," Hirai said back in May.

Hirai became Sony's chief executive in 2012, having previously led Sony Computer Entertainment since 2006.

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A movie version of Dead Rising is currently in the works.

A full-length feature based on the Capcom zombie videogame franchise will stream on Sony's Crackle.

It will be the first project to arrive from Legendary Digital Media, and will be produced by Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Tim Carter will write the film, and will produce with Tomas Harlan.

Dead Rising is set during a huge zombie outbreak. After a vaccine does not stop the infection from spreading, the four main characters have to avoid being bitten while trying to find the cure.

The movie will be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV after its premiere on Crackle.

"Dead Rising has a built-in fan base, and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary's brand," said Legendary Digital chief Tom Lesinski.

"Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content, and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience."

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eBay has barred listings for a Chinese smartphone following reports that it comes preloaded with spyware.

German security firm G Data claims that the Android-powered Star N9500 comes with rogue software on board that sends users' data to a computer server in China.

The malware is said to have been disguised as a legitimate Google Play app, and cannot be removed from the device.

eBay has removed all listings for the Star N9500, while sales also appear to have ceased on fellow online retailer Amazon.

"Due to reports that some Star 9500 smartphones are loaded with spyware, eBay is not allowing the sale of these devices as a precautionary measure," an eBay spokesperson told BBC News.

Although several China-based retailers have used eBay and Amazon to sell the handset, its original manufacturer has not been tracked down.

The Star N9500 may not be a household name, but its close resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and comparatively low price tag have helped it rack up sales.


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Yo!, a messaging application that lets users send only a single-word greeting to their friends, has raised $1 million in funding over the last two months.

The app enables smartphone owners to say "Yo" to their contacts in the form of a text message with an accompanying voice note.

"People think it's just an app that says 'Yo'. But it's really not," Yo! co-founder Or Arbel told the New York Times. "We like to call it context-based messaging. You understand by the context what is being said."

The funding came from a group of investors led by Mobli chief executive Moshe Hogeg, and will be used to expand the operation.

Yo! has a number of potential applications. Users who send a 'Yo' to 'WORLDCUP' will receive a notification whenever a goal is scored, while newspapers and blogs could use the service to inform readers when a new article is published.

Yo! is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices.

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BlackBerry has announced that its BB10 smartphones will soon gain access to the Amazon App Store.

The Canadian firm's 10.3 software update will bring support for more than 240,000 Amazon store applications to devices such as the BlackBerry Z10.

BlackBerry is working with the online retailer to help developers optimise their Amazon apps for BlackBerry hardware.

The BB10 operating system has failed to gain traction in a market dominated by iOS and Android, with the platform struggling to attract developer backing.

Other features of the 10.3 update include a smart personal assistant in the vein of Apple's Siri and support for 1080p visuals.

BlackBerry will release the software update in the third quarter of 2014.



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Facebook has now resumed service after suffering a major outage this morning (June 19).

Users across the world were unable to access the social networking site at around 9am UK time.

Upon opening their pages, users were greeted with the message: "Sorry, something went wrong."

In a statement, the company said: "Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time.

"We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%.

"We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

The hashtag #facebookdown began trending on rival site Twitter, with users searching for updates on the situation.


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Animated GIFs can now be shared and viewed directly on Twitter.

The social networking service announced the new function today (June 18).

GIFs are now supported on Twitter.com and the company's iPhone and Android apps.

The images are initially static while in a user's Timeline, and will only start moving when a play icon or the tweet is clicked on.

Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF file format, tried to end debate over how to pronounce the word last year, declaring that it sounds like 'Jif'.

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Nintendo doesn't plan to sell the Wii U without the Wii U GamePad, it has been reconfirmed.

The console's touch-screen controller is the 'only innovation' of the latest generation of gaming machines, according to the firm's marketing executive Scott Moffitt.

"We think GamePad is the only innovation that's come in this new generation of consoles," Moffitt told GamesIndustry.

"So we have the only real point of difference. Certainly graphics are faster, graphics are better. This is not a real innovation for gamers."

He added: "We are fully committed to leveraging the GamePad, to keeping it bundled with the system."

The company recently revealed its stance on virtual reality technology.


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An official PlayStation 4 bundle with the PlayStation Vita is a possibility, Sony has suggested.

In a recent interview, Sony Computer Entertainment executive Shuhei Yoshida hinted at a potential bundle featuring both systems.

"Never say never," Yoshida told Polygon.

He added: "In the past, we did something like Bravia TV and PS3 bundle, so that's even bigger. So never say never."

Yoshida recently revealed that Sony has made plans to release fewer first-party titles on PS Vita.

The firm is relying heavily on indie developers to bring their games to the handheld system.


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Rare has a couple of games in development, according to Microsoft's Phil Harrison.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Harrison said that the studio has Microsoft's full backing and is working on a couple of exciting projects.

"I'm very happy to go on record to alleviate any of those concerns you might have," Harrison explained when asked about the future of the studio.

"We are very fortunate in having Rare and Lionhead in the UK as crown jewels of Microsoft Studios.

"Rare is working on a couple of things at the moment, which we will announce at the right time. But I'm really excited by the things they're doing and I believe you will be as well when you hear about them."

Describing Rare as an "incredible talent", Harrison said that they have some "very ambitious plans for the future".

The future of Rare was cast into doubt after the decision to remove Kinect as a mandatory requirement.

The Xbox One is now available without Kinect for the reduced price of £349.

Microsoft is working on a number of updates that will make the dashboard more accessible for users without the camera device.

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