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  • 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...

  • 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...

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