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  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don’t make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed “flagship” launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What’s more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • Sony Xperia E4 is coming to South Africa Q2 2015

    Sony has announced that its new Sony Xperia E4 smartphone is coming to South Africa, bringing “ease-of-use, big screen entertainment and powerful battery performance in a high-quality yet affordable design” with it, according to the presser. Boasting some high-end features, the phone is gunning for the mid-range, entertainment-crazed buyer. It’s quite a looker too, with the usual Sony design traits and cutesy curved design. Some more integral specs include a rather large IPS 5.0-inch screen with a 960×540 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. It should serve the casual phone user well, and should handle multitasking with ease...

  • Limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 sells for $130 000

    Stand by for some truly ridiculous news. We made a big noise about PlayStation‘s 20th birthday a few weeks ago, and so did Sony. The company saw a big marketing opportunity by offering a limited batch of originally dish-water coloured PS4 consoles t0 its loyal fans and hordes of opportunists. Thanks to their exclusivity, the consoles sold out in less than a day but they have since made appearances on online e-commerce sites for massively inflated prices. A Japanese man has just played the ultimate game of “I’m richer than you” by buying one of these illusive consoles for a staggering...

  • Sony’s new Walkman is meant for hardcore audiophiles, costs $1120

    Sony has just unveiled the Walkman NW-ZX2 at CES 2015. Given its hefty price tag, however, the device is clearly not meant for the mainstream music lovers. Yup, the gadget that brings back all of those fond memories of the early nineties is back. Sony doesn’t seem to give up on this bad boy anytime soon. Unlike the original mobile cassette player and the MP3 players that followed in the last few years, the new Sony Walkman is geared for hardcore audiophiles. Given its hefty US$1120 price tag, it better impress. The Walkman NW-ZX2 carries 128GB storage with a microSD card slot. Better...

  • Sony’s developing a Google Glass-like wearable to make dumb glasses smart

    Sony has today announced that it’s developing a detachable single-lens display module, or in layman’s terms, a competitor to Google Glass. Google’s Glass smart wearable has proven to be a failure for the Mountain View company but Sony seems to think it can venture into the territory, make an alternative and can make it popular with consumers. Sony describes the awkwardly named “SmartEyeglass Attach!” as a “Compact, Lightweight Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology”. The device clips onto your existing pair of glasses and “can turn eyewear of varying designs into smart devices”. The compact display tech consists of a 0.23″ High-Resolution...

  • PlayStation TV review-in-brief: should you buy it?

    There’s quite a bit of movement in the connected TV space, and console makers are zoning in on this phenomenon. Consoles are becoming the centre of the living room and as a result, home entertainment too. So those consoles that can stretch their non-gaming legs invariably trump those that don’t. I’m talking about the Xbox One here, but Sony has launched something interesting for its PlayStation range that seems to get one over on its Microsoft rival — the PlayStation TV, or PSTV for short. Judging by the name though and in light of the integrated TV abilities of the Xbox...

  • Sold-out PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition selling for up to $20k on eBay

    You know that super-rare, nostalgia-inducing PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition console that Sony just released, right? Well, it just got even more exclusive. That’s right, all 12 300 of them are sold out and those Sony fans who didn’t get one are throwing an internet fit. Annoyingly, and much to Sony’s discredit, the company decided to distribute many of the consoles at this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas. But what happened to the others? It seems that without any warning, the console went live online catching weary-eyed gamers and collectors unaware. All consoles available sold out in under two...

  • 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...

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