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  • 5 features we’d love to see on the Sony Xperia Z5

    “Yes Sony, we know that the Sony Xperia Z4 isn’t coming to South Africa, or any other country outside of Japan for that matter. That’s okay, because frankly, it’s not much of an upgrade anyway.” That was my initial impression when perusing the Sony Xperia Z4’s spec sheet. After the dense rug of secrecy was finally lifted this winter, I was particularly annoyed at the mild upgrade the company has given the Z3. There are rumours that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be exclusive to Japan though, and won’t be sailing to other parts of the world. Outside sources suggest that...

  • Is the Sony Xperia Z4 an upgrade of the Xperia Z3? Barely [update]

    Plot twist: While the Sony Xperia Z4 is the Z3 upgrade, it will only be available in Japan. Sony is allegedly readying an international flagship, and no, it’s not the Sony Xperia Z4. It’s something completely different, notes PhoneArena quoting a Russian source. While this is just a rumour, the lack of a proper worldwide debut does makes sense now. What we can expect now is anyone’s guess, but there’s a definite chance we’ll see even beefier specs when compared to the Z4. Additionally, what will it be called? It’s massively intriguing stuff. So, Sony has finally announced its Sony Xperia Z4...

  • ‘Bloodborne’ free with PS4 for a ‘limited time’, boasts Ster Kinekor

    Fancy a go at Bloodborne but don’t want to spend exorbitant amounts of cash on a console? Don’t worry, all gamers are facing the same wallet-ruining predicament but Ster Kinekor, South Africa’s Sony PlayStation distributor and importer, is looking to ease the damage. As of now, the company is offering the PlayStation 4 with the first real good exclusive of the year, Bloodborne, for R5999. Read more: ‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died The bundle includes a Dual Shock 4 controller and the game, which, considering the console’s current benchmark R5799 pricetag, isn’t a bad deal at all. “This deal is available at all...

  • ‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died

    “Run away, man!” I shouted at the controller as it was callously ignoring my panicked button mashing. Finding the first monster after a mere two minutes of game play is unnerving, and something that you just don’t see in mass-appeal AAA games often. Begin easy, frolic with the gamer hand-in-hand until another deus ex machina joins the party for intermittent words of wisdom — that’s the usual formula. Gaming has really become a bit of a nanny sport, but From Software‘s Bloodborne tells this unwanted tradition to sod off quite emphatically. You’ll be thrown in the deep end immediately, and that’s...

  • PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements

    Remember that PS4 update we all wanted prior to The Order: 1886? Well, it’s nearly here, and Sony is really splurging on this one just in time for Bloodborne too. Update 2.5, codenamed Yukimura, brings with it a host of “highly anticipated and requested features” to the PlayStation 4 console. The update is due for launch on 26 March 2015. For your viewing pleasure, we round up each one of these in a bite-sized listicle. Suspend/Resume the console directly in-game This wasn’t possible before, but Yukimura allows users to suspend the console while you’re directly in a game to continue playing said game...

  • Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: easy to lose, easy to forget

    The fitness craze — it’s a thing that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the selfie movement and the LOLcats phenomenon before it, it has gripped the world by the scruff of the neck, or well, the arm with authoritative clamour. It’s here to stay, and while that might be a fortunate thing for those wishing to get their resting heart rate down to zero, for us tech reviewers, it means a lot of things clasping to our arms begging for affection. The latest device is this category, and in our offices, is the Sony SmartBand SWR10. Now I...

  • Sony PS4, Vita handheld arriving in China 20 April

    The Sony PlayStation 4 will officially go on sale in China 20 April, nearly three months later than the scheduled 11 January penciling and nearly seven months after the Xbox One arrived in the country. Following the move of Microsoft and its Xbox One console into the southeast Asian market, the Japanese manufacturer has priced the consoles at around US$460, and the handheld Vita console, just under US210. A controller, for those interested, will ship at around US$65 a pop. This is quite a big deal for Sony, considering that the company has already moved over 20.2-million PS4 consoles since its...

  • MWC 2015 live blog: this year’s conference comes to a close

    It’s pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona’s mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they’ll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. If you missed our build up to MWC 2015 and all the rumours, punts...

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC?

    We have an interesting update regarding Sony’s mobile future, especially in South Africa, so keep an eye out for our conversation with Mark Fenzel, Sony’s country manager for Sony Mobile coming next week. While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media’s attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn’t exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn’t because of the leak either, and...

  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It’s Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone’s lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you’ve been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should’ve, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...

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