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It appears as though Sony is getting ready to launch a pair of revised PlayStation 4 consoles, one of which will come with twice the amount of storage of current PS4 consoles. A filing with the Federal Communications Commission spills the beans on Sony's plans, though outside of the storage bump and some weight discrepancies, details are pretty sparse.There are two models listed in the certification documents on the FCC's website -- one is listed as CUH-1215A and the other is CUH-1215B. There's also a testing kit listed in the same document,, with model number DUH-T1200AA.The only difference we... Read more...
Through Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare taught us that a rose is still a rose no matter what you call it (he had Juliet put it a bit more elegantly than that), and so it goes with Sony's weather resistant Xperia Z4, a well equipped smartphone that's about to launch globally under a different name. Perhaps in an attempt to pay homage to its predecessor (or because the new model looks just like the old one), the global model will be known as the Xperia Z3+.The handset is slim and light at just 6.9mm thick and 144g. And like the Z3, the Plus version is both waterproof and dust-proof, so you needn't... Read more...
It doesn't happen very often, so you'll have to excuse Microsoft if it savors the moment after its Xbox One console outsold rival Sony and its PlayStation 4 system last month, according to data collected by NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best selling game console in the U.S. in April, a month in which overall hardware sales decreased by 4 percent. Microsoft needed a win. Since launch, the PS4 has been pretty consistent in outselling the Xbox One, which no doubt played a role in Microsoft's decision to sell the standalone console without a second generation Kinect motion control sensor. Microsoft... Read more...
Chocolate and peanut butter, football and cheerleaders...light bulbs and wireless stereo speakers?  Sony today is announcing the May 23 release in Japan of its LSPX-100E26J, a LED light bulb through which audio can be played. The company's press release pegs the new product as being a part of their "Life Space UX" product group, showcasing devices that "take advantage of space itself to create a new experience, aiming to do so by fusion of light and sound" (roughly translated from the Japanese).   "How many _______ does it take to screw in a music-spewing light bulb?" In... Read more...
Yes folks, the sad truth is that selfie sticks are a thing. And they're a thing because we're collectively in love with ourselves, hence why you can't walk two feet in a semi-crowded area without spying at least one person posing in front of their smartphone, arm stretched out, making a goofy face -- thank you, Snapchat. Why fight it? Sony isn't. Just the opposite, Sony is embracing the selfie movement with the launch of its Xperia C4 smartphone. Sony calls the Xperia C4 its next generation "PROselfie" handset, a claim it backs with a "best in class 5MP front camera." When you snap a photo of yourself... Read more...
One key reason for all of the buzz surrounding Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is the terrific results that users (myself included) are getting from the onboard 16 megapixel rear camera. Lightning-fast boot up and response, sharp images loaded with vibrant color, remarkable low-light performance...the GS6 camera has taken its rightful spot at the top level of cameras fitted to a mobile phone device up until now. Clouding that rosy picture, though, is the revelation that not all Samsung S6 rear-facing cameras are the same.  Not the same? I'll explain.... Read more...
Sony is all about pushing as many PlayStation 4 consoles into homes as it can, but at the same time, it hasn't forgotten about owners of the previous generation PlayStation 3 system. Beginning May 12 (next Tuesday), Sony's cloud-based PlayStation Now service will be available on the older console with a free 7-day trial for new subscribers. PlayStation Now gives gamers access to a growing library of more than 100 PS3 games, which was previously made available to PS4 owners, along with select Sony-brand Blu-ray players and TVs. The service lets you rent most games -- prices vary by title, starting... Read more...
Considering the long gaps that sit in between console upgrade cycles, it's a bit early to declare any winners or losers among the latest generation of gaming systems. However, we can make predictions based on early trends, and if you ask Ed Fries, the man who was in charge of the team that created the original Xbox, he'll tell you that Sony's PlayStation 4 is likely to keep its lead over Microsoft's Xbox One. It won't be a landslide victory, though Fries sees the PS4 winning "by a nose" if things continue the way they have been. After jumping out to an early sales lead, the PS4 at last count had... Read more...
In what likely turned out to be an intense bidding war, Hulu has secured the rights to stream all 180 episodes of Seinfeld, the highly successful NBC comedy that spanned nine seasons from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It's said that Hulu agreed to fork over just shy of $1 million per episode, or around $180 million for the entire series.It was reported last month that several parties were interested in the sitcom's streaming rights, including Amazon and Yahoo. Netflix would have been interested had it not already paid a king's ransom for Friends, another popular sitcom of days gone by, and a comparative... Read more...
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. We won’t blame you if you have a serious case of deja vu when you first lay your eyes upon the new Sony Xperia Z4, because it’s a dead ringer for its Xperia Z3 predecessor. If you think that HTC caught a lot of flak for its lazy (design wise) upgrade from the One M7 to One M8 to One M9, Sony won’t have it any easier this time around. At first glance the Xperia Z4 looks like a dead ringer for its Xperia Z3 predecessor, but Sony has actually thinned the device out by 0.4mm and it now has a metal frame. Oh, and the micro USB is exposed this time around instead... Read more...
In the past couple of years, the high-end Android smartphone market in the US has largely been dominated by Samsung, LG, and HTC. Although Sony continues to compete in the mobile market, Verizon Wireless customers haven’t seen a Sony-branded phone since the Xperia Play in 2011. As you may recall, the Xperia Play didn’t sell as well as Sony hoped which led to a significant price drop just eight weeks after its launch. Although Sony fans that are committed to Verizon Wireless have had to wait a few years, Sony is now offering the Sony Xperia Z3v. On paper, this phone looks very promising and offers... Read more...
It took a bit of time to weave through all the red tape and get the various paperwork in order, but you can finally take Sony up on its cash back or merchandise settlement offer if you purchased a PlayStation Via handheld console before June 1, 2012, and have not returned the product for a full refund. If so, it's your turn to fill out some paperwork.The settlement agreement is the same that was reached with the FTC back in November. It's in relation to the Vita's "cross-save" functionality and how it was advertised. At the time of the complaint, the cross-save feature only worked with a few PlayStation... Read more...
Good luck to those of you looking for a new Sony branded handset at T-Mobile. At present, you won't find any, nor is the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier stocking used (or new) Xperia Z3 smartphones. They've been quietly removed from T-Mobile's online store, as the wireless carrier confirmed on Twitter when asked by a user why he couldn't find it."The Z3 is no longer available. Here are our current Sony devices," T-Mobile tweeted, while adding a link that directs users to a page showing exactly two Sony branded handsets, both of which are certified pre-owned devices -- the Xperia Z and... Read more...
OnLive, the promising cloud gaming service that launched in June 2010, is going dark. In a somber message posted on its website, the streaming games pioneer explained that Sony is in the process of acquiring key parts of Onlive -- patents, in other words -- and that the service as you know it will shutter on April 30, 2015. "After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all data deleted including game save data, achievements, and credit card data will be deleted," OnLive said. "If you purchased a Steam game from... Read more...
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