Stories by Martyn Williams

Web leak blows Sony camera launch

Details of Sonys new line-up of digital still cameras apparently leaked from Europe and the information about the cameras is surprisingly thorough. First reports provided basic specifications of the cameras but some later reports carried photographs of pages from what appear to be a catalog Sony used to promote the cameras to dealers in the U.K. The catalog shots are complete with "confidential until February 27" warnings across the top of the listings.

Sharp's cheaper Blu-ray Disc recorder in March

Sharp has developed a Blu-ray Disc recorder that cuts costs by doing away with the tuner. Instead, the BD-HP1 will use the tuner present in a television set to record TV programmes, the company said on Wednesday.

PlayStation 3 pulls down Sony profits

Sony's core electronics business more than doubled profits in the last quarter of 2006, but failed to offset price cuts to its PlayStation 3 console, leading to an overall profit decline of just over five percent, the company said on Tuesday.

January's coolest gadgets

With the new year comes a lot of buzz from the phone industry. Regular cell phones are improving by getting smaller, smarter and lighter and a host of new network services, like higher-speed data transmission, are making them more useful. There's also a new breed of handset packing digital TV reception. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we're sure to see more advanced phones with features like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony too.