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  • Lizard Squad fells PlayStation Network in latest festive attack

    The festive season might be fast approaching, but the mood around the PlayStation Network camp can’t be too jolly. Lizard Squad, the group of online rebels that brought down Xbox Live last week, has (according to its Twitter account, at least) struck again. But it’s not one of Microsoft‘s platforms that’s suffering. PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 8, 2014 Those trying to access the PlayStation Store at the moment are greeted with an error message stating: “It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” It’s not just the Store either. It would appear that PlayStation Network is down for console...

  • PS4 update 2.03 brings stability improvements, new themes

    If your console was plugged in and connected to the internet last night, you probably would’ve noticed an update had been installed. Version 2.03 for the PS4 system was issued by Sony to address software stability. This update didn’t bring any eye-popping goodies unfortunately, but a more stable and reliable system is an equally good way to a gamer’s heart. A few new themes are also included. Earlier this year, update 2.00 “Masamune” introduced major feature improvements and additions including Share Play, YouTube sharing, a USB music player (finally), custom theme options and a host of other improvements. This 217MB update however,...

  • Sony PlayStation turns 20 today, celebrates with PS4 Anniversary Edition

    It’s been a long road for the current-gen consoles of today. Before many got their hands on a Sony PlayStation controller, gamers were fighting between Sega, Nintendo and Atari consoles. And then, in 1994, the world got its first glimpse of the PlayStation — the console to rule all consoles at the time. Today it’s a little more complicated than that. To be fair, Sony’s console has gone through a more affable development curve, and has catered to what its fans’ have asked for. And what would make PlayStation fans more happy than anything else in the world right now? A...

  • Sony Xperia C3 review: more than just a selfie phone

    Sony’s been making some great hardware recently. Its devices’ build quality is always exemplary and never seems to disappoint, at least not in the mobile phone department. There’s a good reason why the Xperia range is a household name nowadays, and we have the latest phone from the Xperia stable on our testing table — the Sony Xperia C3, or the, ahem, PROselfie phone. Yep. Even Sony is pandering to the Instagram generation all too ready to sport those ridiculous duckbills without thought of how peculiar they look. Sure, we’re living in the age of the selfie, but should a...

  • Sony debuts PlayStation Vue: PS4 and PS3 cloud-based, cable-like service

    We thought the Xbox One was meant to this current generation’s all-powerful home media box and games console, but it turns out that Sony wants a piece of the non-gaming living room pie too. It today launched its own cloud-based internet streaming service dubbed Vue, which will be taking over TV screens in early 2015. Rumoured for a good while, Sony was always considering bringing more than just gaming content to its consoles, especially since internet-driven content is becoming something of the norm in the States. Will it be available in South Africa however? Sony hasn’t said a thing thus far but...

  • PS4 2.0 Masamune update coming, includes SharePlay and USB Music Player

    It might not involve mythical swords and uncomfortable iron thrones, but Sony and Microsoft‘s current-gen consoles are engaging in a little private game of updates. After Xbox’s Major Nelson gave the world a comprehensive (and exciting) rundown of the updates coming to the Xbox One console next month, the PlayStation 4’s upcoming update is in less than a week. Although Sony doesn’t update the console’s firmware as frequently as Microsoft’s Xbox monthly release cycle — which gives Redmond a tight timeframe to heed the public’s annoyances and act accordingly — the last memorable PS4 update was pushed nearly three months...

  • Sony Xperia M2 review: mid-range phone with high-end reliability

    When Sony bailed on the television and laptop world to focus solely on mobile phones, it seemed a strange choice. Considering what a massive success those two spheres of its business used to be, Sony had become the Japanese Microsoft, cutting infected limbs from its damaged torso before it ground to a sepsis-ridden halt. But you know what? Dedicating itself to producing great mobile phones was an absolutely brilliant idea. How so? Just have a look at the new gaggle of quality Xperia devices, ranging from the Z-range to the waterproof tablets. And one needn’t even seek too far up...

  • Sony launches sleek smartphone & tablet Z3 series: fat cameras, waterproof, beefy batteries

    Just confirming rumours of old, Sony just launched a fresh duo of sleek smartphones — the 5.2” flagship Xperia Z3 and the 4.6” Compact. Both phones scream premium with their aluminium frames and snazzy tempered glass panels. There’s also the Z3 Tablet Compact which is a slim 8-incher. As presented in the press video (see below), the Z3 series focuses on a couple of key features: the devices are waterproof, have fat cameras, and strong battery life. Before we discuss the specs and features, just look at that design: Unlike most of Sony’s earlier devices which were usually water and dust...

  • Sony Xperia family grows by four, adds Z3 waterproof tablet to IFA 2014 lineup

    IFA is Germany’s and probably Europe’s biggest trade show, and it’s just a week away, with launches and announcements coming from Samsung, LG, Motorola and ASUS (among others). Some of the most eagerly anticipated gaggle of devices will come from Sony. There are four mobile devices coming from the Japanese giant, including a waterproof tablet. Thanks to the wonderful world of leaked specifications and 9to5Google, the world gets a glimpse of the coming devices before IFA (which isn’t that much of a wait anyway). But what can we expect? A very confusing naming system, it seems. Sony doesn’t quite understand the definition of “budget”, but...

  • Sony Xperia Z3 may have quad-core CPU, 20.7MP camera and 5.15″ display

    Sony has the Z2, possible one of the best smartphones the Xperia range has ever pushed out. But what would technology companies be without creating an upgrade to their flagship phones once per year? So now we have these leaked shots and specifications of the Z3, care of that mostly-reliable twitter tipster, evleaks. First up, evleaks has a purported side shot of the Z3. Sony XPERIA Z3, another pic here: – http://t.co/XS2Jq7MYam pic.twitter.com/oVV6e0aL4x — @evleaks (@evleaks) July 24, 2014 Followed by the back, which looks suspiciously like the rear of the Z2 Ultra, Sony’s enormous phablet. Finally, we have the specifications, which...

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