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Sony Ericsson CS8 coming to a T-Mobile store near you

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 14:03
Posted in category Cell Phones, Sony, T-Mobile

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Mobile photographers and T-Mobile customers will now have something to let their inner artist shine forth.  The Sony Ericsson CS8 has just mades its way through the FCC’s oh so secretive halls bringing to T-Mo some pretty serious digital goods underneath the hood.  What kind of goods?

  • 8.1 Megapixel
  • GPS
  • WiFi (No UMA?)???
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • Your typical T-MO USA spectrum coverage plus 1700/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA

You’ll notice the “No UMA” after WiFi.  For whatever reason, UMA is not supported by this model.  Why, again, I don’t know.  It seems like a pretty solid option and is pretty stupid whatever the reason is to leave out of one of T-Mobile’s higher end cellphones.  Oh well, hopefully the rest of the feature set makes up for it.  Aside from the list above there isn’t anything too earth shattering do get all drooly over.  Disappointed?

Source: Boy Genius

Silver Dual Shock 3 controller finally headed to America

Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:43
Posted in category Gaming, Sony

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If you are a Playstation user who is sick and tired of hour after hour having to stare down at that old, ugly, and unoriginal black Dual Shock 3 controller, you may want to take a seat and put on your helmet.  A listing on GameStop’s website shows a silver Dual Shock 3 controller now available ending the streak of black only for Sony’s dual shock controllers (for PS3 anyway).  Finally us North American users can enjoy the lighter side of gaming just as our Japanese friends have been doing for quite some time now.  If you’re looking to get your silver colored Dual Shock 3 gaming on, come June 24th, hit up GameStop and turn over $54.99 of your cold hard cash for the privillage.

 

Source: Slippery Brick, Joy Stiq

Sony wants to be in last place…price drop comes to *drum roll* PS2

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:00

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I can understand bottom line sales tactics and keeping your company afloat, but if you can’t drop the price on product that is already a couple of years old, you need to get rid of some of or all of your management because someone isn’t doing their job.  The latest disappointment comes to you by way of Sony and their still expensive with no price drop in sight PS3.  Instead, Sony is choosing to drop the price on their able yet drossly outdated PS2 down to a pocket change price of $99.  The PS2 was a gaming beast in its day.  That day has come and gone…many days ago.  Today Microsoft’s Xbos 360 and Nintendo’s Wii are wiping the floor with Sony and their PS3.  Sony jas repeatedly claimed a more “quality over quantity” type of stance in regards to their lower sales numbers compared to the other two game console manufacturers.  Sadly the next gen gamers who were waiting for a little love from Sony before plunkering down more of their cash will have to wait a while longer.  How long?  Who knows.  Why don’t you fire up the ‘ol Atari and reminisce about the simpler times in life…when a rectangle and a square could keep you busy for hours.

Source: Alley Insider

PhysX technology coming to PS3

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 14:37
Posted in category Gaming, Nvidia, Sony

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Gaming geeks and so forth have something to keep their spirits up as Nvidia has made known their licensing agreement with Sony that will enable their PhysX technology to make its way to the PS3.  What does PhysX tech do?  Well, it is claimed to make games more realistic.  Does it?  I’ll let you decide.  Just know that it’s coming.  Registered PS3 developers can get in on the action by downloading the SDK via the SCEI Developer Network.

 

Source: Engadget, Nvidia

PSP2 dropping UMD drive…becoming a slider?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 16:50
Posted in category Gaming, Sony

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“I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2.  And thank goodness, they’ve removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive. I’m excited!”

The very words uttered by David Perry, a developer for the gaming company Acclaim, were posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts today.  So has Sony given up on the useless UMD format?  Hopefully!  However this is all purely speculation for now as it is one little voice.  Also up on the rumor soap box is the PSP 2 becoming a slider type device while retaining the same internals as current PSP’s.  *Couldn’t they update the guts just a tad…it’s only been several years without any real updates*.  Regardless.  If the PSP 2 looks anything like the render above…Wow is all I can muster up right now.  However with consistent rumors popping up from IGN and VG247 just to name a couple.  The news is certainly a shot of excitement for PSP users as Sony until recently hasn’t really done much at all with the platform.  However, according to Perry, we wont have to wait too long as the PSP 2 could be let loose as soon as this year!  Keep your fingers crossed.

 

*For the full interview between Kotaku and David Perry himself spilling the dirty details point your mouse right here.*

 

Source: Slippery Brick, Kotaku

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Sony’s Xperia X1 getting 4 new panels

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 16:15
Posted in category Cell Phones, Sony

And we’re not talking flanel panels either.  These are high quality all digital panels.  Woo hoo!  Complete and utter ridiculous non-sense aside, the 4 new panels will consist of: CNN, Skype, Mytopia, and “On-the-road”.  Of course with the CNN panel you will be getting the latest in news coverage including everything form sports to weather.  The popular “civillian journalism tool” i-Report will also be included so little ‘ol you can be the big journalist you’ve always wanted to be.  The Skype panel will make identifying which of your Skype friends are online as well as access to them only one click away.  The Mytopia panel will allow the gamers of the crowd who need to kill some time or just simply like to play games the option of doing so.  Bingo and Poker were two of the options mentioned although there are many more to choose from.   And last but certainly not least is the oddly named “On-the-road” panel.  This panel is responsible for brining HUGE icons to your screen which in turn will allow you to control such tasks as music playback, UI navigation, and call handling.  Beyond these 4 panels mentioned above, Sony has many more available at Sony Fun.  Stop by and see if they have they have that special app to make you go ga ga for the X1!

 

Source: Slashphone

Sony announces the W995 and North American bound W955a

Sunday, February 15, 2009 21:45
Posted in category Cell Phones, MWC, Sony

Sony has long been known for their music phones.  With the W995, that tradition continues.  The W995 is a feature packed quad-band EDGE/Tri-band 3G (North American model…European model will have dual-band 3G only). phone.  As well as music, Sony phones have long held photo capturing ability as another feature near and dear to them.  The W955 comes to the table featuring an 8.1 megapixel camera with a flash LED and video recording capability.  For a more complete breakdown of features come on inside…

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Sony’s “Idou” 12.1 megapixel behemoth starts the MWC party a little early.

Sunday, February 15, 2009 16:13
Posted in category Cell Phones, MWC, Sony

Mobile photographers have a new love to lust after starting…now!  It seems as if with every passing week, the crown of “highest megapixel toting camera phone” constantly gets shuffled around.  With MWC just around the corner, that crown shuffling is sure to go into over drive.  In the measly sea full of lesser desirable phones, phones with such “low quality” CMOS chips that max out at a laughable 4,5, and even 6 megapixels are getting quickly beaten down with a 12.1 megapixel monster.  This monster is Sony’s new Idou camera phone that was released this afternoon in Barcelona.  The Idou phone is the latest and greatest in the Sony Ericsson lineup that is aimed at claiming that highly coveted megapixel crown and is being released under Sony’s new “Ultimate Entertainment” development.  For a few features of the 12.1 monster as well as information on Sony’s new development in progress, “Ultimate Entertainment”, hop on through!

 

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Early PS4 info? (One single, tiny grain of salt falls from the sky)

Thursday, January 29, 2009 20:02
Posted in category Rumors, Sony

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As the title says, take this with a single grain of salt as the reality of it as of now looks highly unlikely.  Apparently Gaming Front has received a few early bits of information about the PS3’s successor…the PS4.  Alley Insider contacted Sony about the matter and of course they denied it.  But, given Sony’s history of denying products till their blue only to release them the next day has the credibility equally low.  What is “known” about the PS4?   Read More… »

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Sony PS3 finally getting a price cut?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:19
Posted in category Sony

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Sony isn’t always the most giving to their customers.  Take for example the PS3.  It didn’t sell very well over the holiday season, (though that didn’t stop Sony’s CEO from declaring the PS3 the most successful console of the year).  Sony has stubbornly refused to drop the price of the PS3 stating that they feel the price is more than generous.  Ok, guys.  More than generous has come and been long gone.  If you want to start making money in this economy you’re going to have to take a small hit early on in dropping the price in order to get more people to let go of their bennies.  Got it.  Good.   Between the $60 off deal Dell had a couple weeks ago coupled with the $50 gift card add-on with any PS3 purchase at Walmart and now a $50 discount on Amazon all point to a Sony led price cut.  Nothing official has yet been announced but the evidence sure is piling up.  Could we pretty please get a few dollars off Sony?  Would that be too much to ask?

 

Source: Alley Insider

Blue-ray slowly but surely gaining market share. Digital downloads coming on fast!

Monday, January 26, 2009 20:59
Posted in category Sony

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The road to HD discs hasn’t exactly been smooth.  The whole dual between HD-DVD and Blue-ray left one camp sent home with their tail between their legs and the other with a tail in a much better upright position.  However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Sony since winning the HD format war.  Uptake of HD media hasn’t exactly been quick.  According to Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings, “Blue-ray adoption is starting to pick up nicely”.  How nicely?  Try 700,000 Netflix subscribers, or 30% a growth!  Not bad at all.  I personally don’t think Blue-ray will be like DVD was in its early years.  HD downloads will soon take over and surpass physical media as the need to carry around physical media is being lessened with every passing day as the internet creeps into every device we touch.  For example, Netflix’s digital delivery service is passing up Blue-ray like it’s standing still.  Netflix users numbering in the “millions” used the digital method last month proving that digital, physical media free is the way of the future.  In reality, Blue-ray and digital downloads are fighting for the same market more or less.  Sure, not everyone has internet access and therefore Blue-ray will attract those users more, however, the bigger picture is moving digital.

 

Source: Alley Insider

Multi-colored PSP’s coming soon

Monday, January 26, 2009 14:16
Posted in category Sony

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So that PSP you’ve had your eye on the last couple years hasn’t won you over quite yet.  The last sticking point is that the PSP is too…well…too black.  Well, if you don’t mind ordering electronics online that have no U.S. version and are feeling adventurous can soon take advantage of the Sony provided color induced explosion!  Sadly, these new colors don’t currently have a U.S. release date, so, you’re on your own if you buy one!

 

Source: Akihabarnews, Ubergizmo

Get your sweety some pink tech this Valentines Day.

Monday, January 26, 2009 13:39
Posted in category Cell Phones, Sony

If your significant other is of the tech loving group, or, if they just like all things pink, Sony and Samsung have you covered. The previously released Sony Ericsson W350 is now available in a light pink tone that is sure to appeal to the ladies. It is a lower end handset so as not to confuse or overburden non-smartphone users. If you want to give something a little more sophisticated/feature packed, Sprint has a pink version of the Instinct now floating around as well. So which phone are you. The music centric low techie, or the high tech “gotta have it now” crowd?

Source: Mobile Whack

Sony laying off up to 16,000 by March of 2010!

Thursday, January 22, 2009 14:17
Posted in category Sony

And you though Microsoft was having a bad year.  Sony, who will post a massive net loss of $2.9 billion will be letting 16,000 employees go between now March of 2010.  Interesting side note: Sony hasn’t had an operating loss in 14 years.  The change that is coming to Sony won’t be the most fun, or fair.  The changes include everything from the bleeding of employees, to shutting several plants, cutting back at others, paycuts, early retirement options, as well as restructured management.  Hopefully the economy starts going uphill and soon.

 

Source: Boy Genius, Daily Tech

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Live replay’s coming to Sony’s PSP

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 16:33
Posted in category Sony

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There is nothing like being at a live sporting event.  The sights, sounds, and smells (good and bad) completely envelope you and suck you into your surroundings making whatever even your at much more real.  There is one drawback to live events.  The lack of instant replays is always a pain.  You paid x amount of dollars to be there in person and yet the guy sitting on the couch 500 miles away gets to see the latest play in slow mo from 20 different angles while your stuck wondering why the players are just standing around, (that is if you’re sitting way up in the nosebleed section).  Technology is finally breaking though though as Arsenal, an English soccer club is experimenting with an instant replay system based around Sony’s PSP giving live users the best of both worlds.  The service is scheduled to start rolling out in the next 18 months.  Start counting the days down…now.

Source: Engadget