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Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN

Sony has begun advertising the PlayStation Vita in French magazines by comparing the device to a woman with four breasts. "Deux faces tactiles, deux fois plus de sensations,” breathes the Gallic ad - photographed and posted on Twitter - to promote of the handheld's front touchscreen and rear touchpad. Translation: two touchable …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Sony Xperia ZR

Which petite model likes a fondle and GETTING WET? Sony's Xperia ZR

Sony has come up with a new waterproof smartphone: the Xperia ZR, which is essentially an Xperia Z with a slightly smaller screen. The gadget giant's other hydrophilic phone, the Z, is, our reviewer thought, “a bit of a slab”. Thankfully, the Japanese manufacturer has launched a slightly more compact model. The Xperia ZR's …
Tony Smith, 13 May 2013
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Sony Xperia tablet snaps spied on web

Fresh pics have surfaced showing Sony's upcoming Xperia-branded Android tablet refresh following the machine's unofficial outing last month. The Xperia is said to contain an Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, pack in a 6000mAh battery, and sport front- and rear-facing cameras of one and eight million pixels, respectively. The body is cast in …
Tony Smith, 10 Aug 2012
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

For the last 18 or so months, if you'd wanted a high-end Android smartphone you’ve had to make do with something a bit on the large size. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G Flex, Nokia 925, Sony Xperia Z1 all have one thing in common: they are big old Hectors compared to Apple’s iPhone 5S. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Sony Xperia …
Alun Taylor, 28 Mar 2014

Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

What do you want in a smartphone? A premium build quality? A high-resolution display that looks the business whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book? Maybe it’s a decent camera so you can ditch your compact snapper. As phones become better at doing all these things, manufacturers struggle to make their products stand …
David Phelan, 23 Apr 2014
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Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet

Sony has conceded that its Xperia smartphone range lacks a clear iPhone 5 beater. But it promises a contender will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2013. "We will create in the near future a flagship Sony model that can compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S III," said Dennis Van Schie, …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012
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Sony's board debates breaking up with Spider-Man

Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele. Chief exec Kazuo Hirai told reporters from the Financial Times, …
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Sony chairman Howard Stringer set to retire, explore 'new world'

Sony chair and former CEO Howard Stringer is set to retire from the firm completely this June. The Welsh-born businessman already left his CEO seat last year after seven years on the job and will now leave the board entirely. Stringer spent 15 years at Sony after a three-decades-long stint at US broadcaster CBS and rose to …
Sony HMZ-T3W head mounted display

Hands on, er, heads on: We take a gander at Sony's gaming goggles

Is it pride or some futuristic obsession? Just what is it that keeps Sony revamping its HMZ series head-mounted display? It’s certainly not to compete with Google Glass, as this experience blots out everything else – you have no idea who’s going to sneak up and take an Olloclip pic and make you look weird when you’ve got it on …
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013

Shut the CANUCK up! Sony offers $1m to hacked gamers

Canadian gamers affected by the hacking of Sony's Playstation Network have been offered compensation worth $1m by the entertainment giant. An email titled “PSN-SOE-Canada Settlement” went out this week to gamers in Canada offering small sops to anyone affected by the outage in 2011. Any Canadian who started an account on the …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Apr 2013
Sony Tablet S

Sony suspends slate sales

Sony has put the brakes on shipments of its Android-based Xperia tablets, the company admitted today, after the Android slab sprung a leak. The Xperia Tablet S, launched early in September at the IFA consumer electronics show, was said by Sony to be water resistant. However, a manufacturing flaw ensured that gaps between the …
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012
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Sony: Walkman, meet Android

Sony has launched an Android-based Walkman, the F800, with which it hopes to topple the supremacy Apple's iPod Touch holds in the PMP market. Good luck. The Sony Walkman F800 boasts a 3.5in display and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, providing access to Google Play and its wide array of apps and games. It'll come in 8GB, …
Caleb Cox, 18 Jul 2012
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Sony to do what Apple can't: Remove its batteries - sources

Sony is considering selling off its battery business, Sony Energy Devices, and at least three investment banks have offered to help. Getting the biz on the market would help the stumbling entertainment giant to cut costs and give it some cash to put towards its restructuring, sources muttered in the general direction of Reuters …
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Ex-LulzSec bloke to spend a YEAR in the cooler for Sony hack

A former LulzSec hacker has been jailed for a year for ransacking Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems. Cody Kretsinger, 25, from Decatur, Illinois - better known to his fellow LulzSec cohorts as "Recursion" - was also ordered to carry out 1,000 hours of community service, and a year of home detention, following his …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2013
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK

Sony has launched an indie-focused portal for developers that includes access to the now-out-of-beta PlayStation Mobile software development kit. The PlayStation Mobile SDK has been available in beta form for quite some time, but Sony has now officially given it the green light and slapped on a $99 (£62) annual usage fee. …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
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Sony hack boss Schaaff quits

The changes continue at ailing Japanese electronics giant Sony, as Tim Schaaff, president of the firm’s online entertainment business during the massive data breach of 2011, announced his decision to quit at the end of the year. Schaaff, a protégé of former CEO Howard Stringer, was hired from Apple in 2005 to become president of …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Nov 2012
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Sony opens cover on latest e-Reader

Sony has updated its Reader e-book gadget, a revised version of last year's model with added 'advertise for publishers for free' social networking functionality to encourage Facebook chums to buy books. Sony PRS-T2 Reader The PRS-T2, follow-up to last year's PRS-T1, continues to sport a 6in, 700 x 800 E Ink display with a …
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2012
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Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

Sony has used the Gamescom 2013 conference in Germany to announce the launch details of its PlayStation 4 console, price changes, and revamps for older hardware, and to take a few now-customary digs at rival Microsoft. "Our goals for PS4 are clear, ambitious and unwavering. We set out to build the most powerful gaming platform …
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2013
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Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films

Fancy a 4K x 2K TV - aka '4K Ultra HD' - but you’re worried you won’t have any native content to watch on the living room filler? Look to Sony. Today, the consumer electronics giant announced a server box stuffed with ten 3840 x 2160 movie transfers ready to play. The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall (2012), The Karate Kid (2010 …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2012
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Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)

Tablets, tablets, tablets. There’s one out there for everyone these days or so it seems. On show at IFA there are, er, certainly more tablets than you could shake a stick at – or should that be a stylus? Sony was looking pleased with itself after it was confirmed that its Vaio Tap 11 is officially the thinnest PC tablet around ( …
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013
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Sony cloud-based sync'n'store service goes live

Sony launched its cloud-storage service PlayMemories Online today, with registered Sony Entertainment Network users handed 5GB of space free. PlayMemories Online PlayMemories lets punters upload image and movie content to the cloud, accessing it again from their PC, PlayStation 3, TV or mobile device. A free app is available …
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012

Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

Sony has called on hacks and analysts to come to New York next month for an event focused on the PlayStation - an invite that's left pundits and fans predicting the unveiling of the long-awaited PlayStation 4. Naturally, Sony isn’t saying, confirming only that the electronics giant will be discussing its PlayStation business. …
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2013
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Cash-ravenous Sony will flog Manhattan HQ for $1.1 BEELLION

Sony is ready to flog its sky-scraping US HQ in Manhattan for $1.1bn to get hold of some much-needed cash. After debts on the building have been settled up, the entertainment giant expects to walk away with $770m - that's $685m more than it paid for it in 2002. However, by way of comparison, the firm recorded a $5.7bn net loss …
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Sony slides expose saucy Xperia slate

Sony looks set to launch a Tablet S successor after internal slides escaped its HQ and revealed a lighter, thinner, brawnier device, known only as the Xperia Sony Tablet. The forthcoming Sony slate will join the party with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor; Android 4.0 or later; 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage; and a whopping …
Caleb Cox, 31 Jul 2012
Sony Vaio Hybrid Concept

Sony shows slider tablet

CES 2012 Week Sony showed off its take on the Asus Eee Pad Slider: a 10in tablet that incorporates a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. Sony Vaio Hybrid Concept Source: Sony Dubbed the Vaio Hybrid Concept, the tablet's branding - it's part of Sony's laptop and all-in-one desktop family - hints that the machine, should it ever be …
Hard Reg, 13 Jan 2012
Sony Vaio Z

Sony outs 1080p skinny laptops

More updated Vaio laptops from Sony, this time the Z series - the latter the original Ultrabook, introduced before the MacBook Air and long before Intel coined the term. Sony Vaio Z Of course, World+Dog is making slimline notebooks now, so the new Z's 17mm thickness and 1.2kg weight are not the leading edge laptop specs they …
Tony Smith, 16 May 2012
Sony MicroVault Mach USB 3.0 Flash drive

Sony goes SuperSpeed with MicroVault Mach

Sony has upgraded its MicroVault line of USB Flash drives to USB 3.0. The aluminium-cased MicroVault Mach family runs from 8GB to 64GB, and Sony promised read speeds of up to 120MBps on all the drives by the 8GB model, which runs to 60MBps. Sony MicroVault Mach USB 3.0 Flash drive Write speeds on the faster drives reach …
Hard Reg, 17 Jan 2012
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Spotify and Pandora to FACE THE MUSIC as iRadio inks Sony deal

Apple has now struck deals with all three major record labels for use of their music on its new online "radio" service, set to launch next week. The fruity firm has reportedly inked an agreement with Sony, sparking furious speculation that a free iRadio service will be unveiled at next week's WWDC. Apple had already signed up …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony slams Nintendo Wii U functionality

Sony has stuck the knife into the Nintendo Wii U, claiming that a PlayStation Vita combined with a PS3 is a superior setup able to do "special things" that the Nintendo kit will struggle to match. Sony Worldwide Studios VP Scott Rhode highlighted the fact that Nintendo's tablet controller is without its own games processor, so …
Caleb Cox, 19 Jun 2012
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Second LulzSec member pleads guilty to Sony hack

A second suspect has admitted involvement in high profile attack last year against Sony Pictures website by notorious hacking crew LulzSec. Passwords and personal information leaked as a result of the breach in May 2011. The site was breached using an SQL injection attack, a common hacking technique, to extract personal …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2012
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Sony blames record $5.7bn loss on everything but Sony

Disasters both natural and manmade have led to tech megacorp Sony reporting a record loss for the fiscal year ending in March. Sony blamed its performance on the 2011 earthquake that wrecked east Japan and Thailand's devastating floods, both of which disrupted factories and suppliers, as well as poor consumer appetite for shiny …
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Sony's iOS Reader app hits iTunes - TWO YEARS LATE

In January 2011, Apple rejected Sony’s Reader app for iDevices. Sony today revealed the software is back on the cards. A “media alert” from Sony US was issued at lunchtime today headed, “Sony Reader Store Introduces Reader for iOS.” Unfortunately, the alert links to an empty HTML page, as does the headline that appears on Sony’ …
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2012
Sony Tablet S

Sony to serve Ice Cream Sandwich to tablets

Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Sony's Tablet S and Tablet P fondleslabs - review links below, folks - the Japanese giant has revealed. The confirmation only covers Japan, but it's a fair bet that ICS will be released to tablets globally, even if it's not posted outside of Japan immediately. Sony Tablet P There, the …
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012
Sony Reader Store

Sony: UK ebook shop open for business

Sony UK has rolled out an e-book shop it hopes will tempt buyers away from Amazon and Apple's iTunes, the company said today. The Reader Store UK - to give it its official moniker - offers the usual array books and bookshop features, plus a couple of daily papers: the Mail and the Guardian. Sony Reader Store It's already …
Hard Reg, 16 Apr 2012
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Sony diagnoses Xperia S screen jaundice

Sony admitted that tis flagship smartphone, the Xperia S, has display issues after reports surfaced that the screen goes yellow when the device gets too warm. "Sony Mobile Communications has identified that the display on a limited number of Xperia S smartphones may show a slight yellow tint if exposed to temperatures above 40° …
Caleb Cox, 03 Apr 2012
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Sony wants cash to get out of tellies, into mobile, CMOS and games

Sony has announced it will issue five-year convertible bonds, which will change into stock in 2017, to raise ¥150bn (£1.18bn, $1.89bn) for acquisitions and investments. A third of the cash will go into snapping up that stake in Olympus, announced in September, and another ¥10bn (£79m, $125m) will go towards the acquisition of US …
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Don't touch Sony, Panasonic's junk, says credit agency

Panasonic has a better chance than Sony of surviving the global disinterest in new consumer electronics, credit rating agency Fitch said today. Fitch downgraded the two debt-saddled firms to junk status: Panasonic's credit rating was pushed down two ranks to double-B, and Sony was nudged down three to double-B-minus. Panasonic …

Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

Google has struck back at a patent-wielding consortium composed of industry heavy-hitters with a lawsuit seeking a judgment that neither Google nor any of its Android partners infringes on the group's patents. The move is the latest chapter in a saga that dates back to 2011, when Apple, BlackBerry, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, and …
Neil McAllister, 26 Dec 2013
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Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

Sony's head of mobile has said today that the company is aiming to be the third most loved smartphone maker over rivals like Huawei, ZTE and Motorola. The Japanese firm has no illusions of being able to knock Apple or Samsung out of the top two spots, but it's hoping to at least get onto the podium for a bronze medal, Kunimasa …
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Sony posts, pulls PlayStation Store update

Sony pulled its new-look PlayStation Store from the UK yesterday after a barrage of complaints from users. The firm has now postponed the refresh in several countries and reverted the Store to its old design until it fixes "teething problems". Those who installed the update say it was buggy, full of random crashes and had …
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2012
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Sony updates iPod docks with Bluetooth playback

Sony has unveiled two new iPod docks, one with wireless Bluetooth capabilities and the other with a USB port for MP3 playback. The CMT-V75BTiP and the CMT-V50iP both sport docks compatible with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as a subtly hidden CD player for those still attached to their physical music collection. Sony CMT- …
Caleb Cox, 23 Apr 2012
Sony DualShock 4 for PS4

Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Sony PlayStation 4 - or, as we say in the trade, a PC. Yes, the PS4 will indeed be based on an octo-core x86-compatible processor, incorporate 8GB of GDDR 5 and will be equipped with a PC-centric GPU. It’ll have a hard drive too, plus the inevitable Blu-ray drive. It will incorporate 802. …
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2013
Sony Vaio E 11

Sony deploys 11in Vaio to battle Apple Air

Sony has turned to AMD for processors to power its 11in sub-notebook, the Vaio E 11. The 11.6in, 1366 x 768 machine incorporates an AMD dual-core 1.7GHz E2-1800 CPU plus Radeon HD 7340 graphics. Sony Vaio E 11 Pack in a 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive, 4GB of 1333MHz DDR 3, three USB ports - one of them USB 3.0 - HDMI, Gigabit …
Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2012
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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

Next week Sony will unveil its latest attempt to build a smartwatch market at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 in Shanghai, according to hints as subtle as an enraged rhinoceros on the company's Twitter feed. Sony SmartWatch slide Are you Sony's one in three? "One in three smartphone users want smart wrist wear," reads one message …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2013
Sony HDR-GW55VE Handycam

Sony dusts off waterproof Handycam

It's the new black: gadgets that are waterproof. The latest: Sony's HDR-GW55VE Handycam. With a sensor dense enough to shoot 20.4Mp stills, the camcorder can shoot 1080p HD video at 50f/s. The GW55VE's lens can zoom to 10x, but the gadget can zoom to 120x digitally. Sony HDR-GW55VE Handycam Framing shots is aided by a flip- …
Hard Reg, 02 Mar 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony evolves PlayStation Suite, makes Vita a PS3 controller

Sony has detailed plans for the evolution of PlayStation Suite, as well as announcing a Vita update that'll see the handheld become a PS3 controller. The PlayStation Suite, which has been renamed PlayStation Mobile is heading towards various Sony-certified handsets, among them Acer tablets, the forthcoming WikiPad and, of course …
Caleb Cox, 15 Aug 2012
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Sony waves hello to Vaio lappy with gesture control

Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Sony has unveiled its latest notebook refresh, the Vaio E series 14, a lightweight laptop with gesture control. The Vaio E series packs an Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 1GB AMD Radeon HD graphics chip. There's also 500GB of hard drive storage, a DVD drive, a pair of …
Caleb Cox, 10 Apr 2012
LG.Philips' colour 14.1in e-paper display

Mystery Sony big-screen ereader to sport E Ink bender

E Ink reckons its "Mobius" flexible epaper screen will be the first of its kind to go into mass production, an event the company claims will take place some time later this year. The Mobius will make its debut as a 13.3-inch panel built into a unnamed “digital paper product” made by Sony, which co-developed the panel with E Ink …
Tony Smith, 14 May 2013
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Sony Mobile moves out of Swedish lovenest after break-up

Sony Mobile is moving its headquarters from Sweden to Tokyo, where parent group Sony Corporation is headquartered, and laying off 1,000 people as it reshapes the company it took total control of back in February. Most of the layoffs will be in Lund, Sweden, where 650 staff will lose their jobs thanks to the closure of the old …
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2012

Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Microsoft may not have been listening to the rumbling of discontent over some of the new "features" coming with Xbox One, but Sony certainly has. Sony's new PlayStation 4 'It's the games, stupid' Sony unveiled the new PS4 console at this week's E3 gamers conference in Los Angeles, and it undercuts Redmond Xbox One by $100, …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jun 2013