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  • New Sony SmartBand 2 features heart rate monitor, improved sleep tracking

    The first Sony SmartBand -- the company's fitness wearable -- was a bundle of contradictions. It did some things flawlessly, including step and distance tracking, but failed at practical matters, like remaining on one's arm and tracking sleep. Sony has announced that it will be remedying those issues in the newest generation of the company's wearable technology. It's called the Sony SmartBand 2 (so not much change there then), but it does feature a trove of improvements, that will undoubtedly make the first generation device even worse. For starters, the company has set out quite a mission statement: "We set out to...

  • You can now test beta PlayStation 4 firmware for Sony

    Microsoft has allowed what it calls Insiders to test Windows 10 for a good while before it was released earlier this month, and now it seems that Sony is following in its stead. The company will be allowing itchy-fingered gamers to test beta versions of its PlayStation 4 firmware, much like what Microsoft does to those in its Dashboard Preview Program. Read more: Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post It's a simple affair signing up too. You fill out this application, purchase a PlayStation 4 if you don't have one, and wait for those beta...

  • Sony Xperia M5 is a waterproof, pocket camera powerhouse

    There goes Sony again, launching a new device just a few months after its previous round of releases and a few hours prior to a slew of leaks. This time, it's the mid-range M-category that gets a makeover, but it's a rather impressive one at that. The Sony Xperia M5 is the Xperia M4 successor, a device which hasn't seen a stellar global uptake thanks to a few rather odd quirks. The Xperia M5 seems like a more streamlined device, with Sony taking to heart the M-category's real selling points: imaging and affordability. With that in mind, Sony has spent a...

  • Sony announces limited edition Xperia ‘Rose’ M4 Aqua for Women’s Month

    Sony has announced that it will be offering its upper mid-range, waterproof handset, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, in a limited edition rose finish for August and September in its celebration of Women's Month. The deal will be available at "any Edgars store and you will also receive a R200 Red Square voucher," the press release notes. To redeem the voucher, users can use the Xperia Lounge app which also plays a part in the company's reinvigorated MashLab project. Read more: Sony Mobile, 5FM relaunch Xperia Mashlab project The device itself boasts a rose-coloured finish, which gives the phone a unique and...

  • ‘God of War’, ‘Lara Croft’ part of the August PlayStation Plus games lineup

    August's PlayStation Plus titles have been announced and contain some great entries for those subscribed to the service. Following on from yesterday's exciting Xbox Game with Gold announcement, Sony has announced several interesting titles for PlayStation Plus subscribers. PlayStation 4 users will be treated to the ever-popular Limbo and couch co-op title, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Gearburn contributor Wiehahn Diederichs reviewed the Lara Croft outing in January citing its enjoyable and addictive nature. PlayStation 3 users will be treated to the first tale in Kratos's epic sage, God of War: Ascension, which currently holds an 80 on Metacritic.com. While it's the...

  • Sony reveals 1TB ‘Ultimate Player’ PlayStation 4 console

    Responding to threats posed by Microsoft, Sony has announced that it will be offering a PlayStation 4 console with a 1TB storage drive dubbed the Ultimate Player Edition. The console will be available "worldwide" from 15 July and will offer double the storage first offered by the company's launch console. But that's not the real kicker. The newer consoles (Sony will be offering a revised 500GB option as well), will now feature entirely grainy plastic finishes rather than that fingerprint and scratch magnet glossy drive cover previously used. Additionally, the console will be slightly lighter in terms of weight and power draw,...

  • PlayStation 4 to focus on future, won’t be getting backward compatibility

    It was big news at E3 2015, when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will receive backward compatibility technology, allowing fans of legacy content to play a range of Xbox 360 titles on a new console. It definitely makes sense for the company too, who has been battered by Sony's PlayStation 4 in terms of sales in their initial few months. But Sony won't be following suit, at least if head of Sony PlayStation's games studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is to be believed. "The backward compatibility news was interesting. The technology involved must be very challenging," noted Yoshida, speaking to Polygon, but...

  • Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v boasts upgraded Quad HD screen

    Sony's smartphone naming convention is getting a little confusing now, especially when looking at the flagship Xperia Z range. The previous king was the Z3 -- simple enough, right? Now, there's a Z3+, and Z4 and a Z4v, and it's the latter in this melee of abbreviations that we're focused on. The Sony Xperia Z4v is the company's first quad HD smartphone, which betters the previously used 1920x1080 screen used in the Z3 range. As far as the Z4v goes, there's a 2560x1440 in the usual 5.2-inch form factor, which means more pixels shoved into the same screen. Overall, that...

  • Two new PlayStation 4 models are coming, according to FCC report

    Okay, so Sony won't be revamping the PlayStation 4 anytime soon, nor will we see a PS5. It'll be the same old console, but Sony, at least according to the FCC, will be bringing two new variants to the international market. The report comes courtesy of DualShockers, who happened to get hold of the full FCC leaflet, suggests that there will be two variants of the world's best selling console emerging sometime soon. One seems to feature a 1TB drive and the other a traditional 500GB, but the interesting part is this. DualShockers reports: The fact that only the second digit has been...

  • Japan’s Sony Xperia Z4 to relaunch as ‘Sony Xperia Z3+’ internationally

    When the Sony Xperia Z4 was announced a few weeks ago, we were particularly harsh on Sony. The company didn't do much to the Z3 to warrant a numerical jump in its naming scheme, and while the device wasn't supposed to reach international shores, the company has come up with a cunning plan. It's not so much as an Xperia Z4 than it is an upgrade of the Z3, and thus Sony has decided that it will relaunch the Sony Xperia Z3+ to markets beyond Japanese borders. Read more: 5 features we’d love to see on the Sony Xperia Z5 The new...