Sony plans new PC/entertainment system combo

Sony Electronics Inc., a division of Sony Corp., plans to announce Thursday a new all-in-one computing device that combines aspects of a desktop PC and a home entertainment system, according to a spokeswoman. The company declined to comment on the specifics of the device, which is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday afternoon at a press event here.

Sony suffered a setback recently in the beyond-the-PC space: Despite strong reviews from analysts, Sony's eVilla Internet appliance died less than two months after its launch [See "Obit: Sony's eVilla appliance has died," Aug. 30]. The US$499 device offered users access to e-mail, news and multimedia content. The eVilla was scrapped because it didn't live up to Sony's stability and usability expectations, a spokesman said at the time.

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