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  • Sony Xperia Z2 Review: A Waterproof Android Smartphone That Goes Beyond Gimmicks

    Sony Xperia Z2 Review: A Waterproof Android Smartphone That Goes Beyond Gimmicks

    Sony hasn’t had a great time of it in the U.S. smartphone market over the past few years, and it recently announced that its new flagship, the Xperia Z2, would only be made available to U.S. customers unlocked via its website. But the Z2 is still a solid device, and a contender on more or less even footing with flagships from other Android OEMs, so fans of Google’s mobile… Read More

  • The Sony Xperia Z2 Will Launch In The U.S. This Summer

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Will Launch In The U.S. This Summer

    Sony has confirmed to TechCrunch that the Xperia Z2 will be released in the U.S. but not for several months. The release is scheduled for “summer.” A U.S. launch of the Xperia Compact Z1 is currently not on the books at all, we also learned. Read More

  • Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Goes On Sale In The U.S.

    Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Goes On Sale In The U.S.

    Sony’s latest Android tablet is now on sale in the U.S. Available for pre-order on Sony.com and available in Sony Stores on May 4th, the Z2 is Sony’s latest effort to shore up its crumbling brand. And an impressive one at that. The Z2 is the thinner, faster, and waterproof successor to the Z1 that hit in 2013. Darrell was impressed with the device when he spent some time with it… Read More

  • The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    Titanfall was supposed to change it all, but it didn’t work. So far, Microsoft announced that it has shipped 5 million Xbox One units to retailers. In comparison, Sony has sold 7 million PS4 units to customers. It doesn’t look good for Microsoft as the company doesn’t even say how many people actually bought an Xbox One. Microsoft’s announcement fits well with… Read More

  • Hands On With The Xperia Z2 Smartphone And Z2 Tablet, Sony’s Waterproof Wonders

    Hands On With The Xperia Z2 Smartphone And Z2 Tablet, Sony’s Waterproof Wonders

    Both Samsung and HTC have new flagship Android phones out in the U.S., but Sony isn’t just sitting back and doing nothing. The company has its new 5.2-inch Z2 smartphone launching soon in select markets, including in Canada in May. The waterproof glass-encased handset has a lot in common with last year’s Z1, but goes the extra mile with new imaging options, noise cancellation… Read More

  • With Infamous: Second Son, Sony Has A Console Selling Exclusive

    With Infamous: Second Son, Sony Has A Console Selling Exclusive

    The console wars are in full swing, and Microsoft gave gamers a lot to get excited about with the launch of Titanfall last month. Sony fired back with its own high-profile console exclusive launch last week, and it’s a fan favorite that’s sure to get PlayStation gamers excited. Infamous: Second Son is a spin-off for what is arguably the best original superhero story ever released as… Read More

  • The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

    The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

    Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue and $57 billion in profits. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps and cloud services. Read More

  • Sony Won’t Use Android Wear Yet, Will Instead Focus On Its Own Android-Based Smartwatch Platform

    Sony Won’t Use Android Wear Yet, Will Instead Focus On Its Own Android-Based Smartwatch Platform

    Sony isn’t going to be one of Android Wear’s OEM partners, at least not in the foreseeable future. The company’s head of U.S. mobile operations Ravi Nookala told CNET in an interview that it will forge ahead with the Android-based OS that powers its SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2 wearables for the time being, rather than jumping ship to Android Wear, Google’s new… Read More

  • PlayStation 4 Supply Issues Will Be Fixed This Summer

    PlayStation 4 Supply Issues Will Be Fixed This Summer

    Sony is selling its PS4 as fast as it can. But the company has experienced supply constraints ever since its launch in November 2013. And don’t expect to find a PS4 on your store shelf anytime soon — Sony told the WSJ that it doesn’t expect to meet demand before this summer. Yet, the console only recently launched in Japan, its home country. While Sony managed to sell… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Virtual Reality Headsets, And Popcorn Time

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Virtual Reality Headsets, And Popcorn Time

    It’s been an exciting week in the land of gadgets. Google revealed a version of Android built for smart watches, and LG and Motorola subsequently revealed their hardware to go along with it. A slew of virtual reality gaming headsets hit the scene, including one from Sony called Project Morpheus. And if that weren’t enough, we discovered the magic of Popcorn Time, for those of you… Read More

  • The Head Of Sony Computer Entertainment Steps Down

    The Head Of Sony Computer Entertainment Steps Down

    Jack Tretton has left the game. The longtime Sony executive is stepping down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America where he was essentially in charge of the state-side PlayStation division. The news comes from a late-day press release that doesn’t reveal any details about the departure. It simply states that “this is a result of a mutual… Read More

  • HBO Go Lands On PlayStation 3, With PS4 On Deck

    HBO Go Lands On PlayStation 3, With PS4 On Deck

    Sony has today announced that HBO Go will land on the PS3 later today, with PS4 integration in the pipeline. This will allow PlayStation 3 owners to access all of HBO’s content, including TV series, movies, etc. as long as they already have an HBO subscription with their cable providers. Or a friend with an HBO subscription. Read More

  • Sony To Sell Former Tokyo Headquarters

    Sony To Sell Former Tokyo Headquarters

    The sell-off continues. The WSJ is reporting today that Sony is looking to sell its former headquarters in central Tokyo. This comes just weeks after the struggling consumer electronic maker sold its PC division and watched its credit rating cut to junk status by bond credit rating agency Moody’s. This is the birthplace of the Trinitron TV and Sony Walkman. Clearly nothing is safe from… Read More

  • Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

    Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

    Just this week Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5. It’s water-resistant. Sony also announced the Xperia Z2, the waterproof successor to the also waterproof Z1. So where’s my waterproof iPhone? The technology and demand are here. Water-resistant or waterproof, Samsung and Sony’s latest flagships are waterproof enough that a drop in the toilet will not destroy the device. Read More

  • Sony To Close Two-Thirds Of Its US Retail Stores

    Sony To Close Two-Thirds Of Its US Retail Stores

    Sony announced today that it is shuttering 20 of its 31 retail stores located throughout the States. The 11 remaining stores are located near major markets. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. As the company’s press release states, this move is designed to place Sony in a more competitive stance. The Sony of today is in flux. It’s offloading unprofitable divisions… Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Xbox One Price In The UK

    Microsoft Cuts The Xbox One Price In The UK

    The Xbox One will soon be a bit cheaper ‘cross the pond. Starting this Friday, the Xbox One will be £399.99 in the UK. That’s a drop of £30 from its launch price. While the cut will certainly make the console a bit more attractive, the PS4 is still less expensive and raking up impressive sales numbers. It’s unclear if the Xbox One will see similar price cuts in other markets. Read More

  • Sony Taps Its Display, Gaming, And Photography Might For Latest Mobile Flagships

    Sony Taps Its Display, Gaming, And Photography Might For Latest Mobile Flagships

    Meet Sony’s Xperia Z2 line. With the Z2 Tablet and Z2 smartphone, Sony clearly hopes impressive specs and waterproof technology will help the company gain marketshare in 2014. The tablet and phone are refreshingly similar. Qualcomm’s 2.3GHz 801 Snapdragon powers both devices. They both have class-leading cameras and displays. And following in Sony’s recent tradition… Read More

  • Sony’s Waterproof Wearable To Be Available Worldwide In March

    Sony’s Waterproof Wearable To Be Available Worldwide In March

    Sony introduced the SmartBand SWR10 at CES 2014. The diminutive wearable is part of Sony’s push into an ever-connected experience centered around its Xperia products. Sony was mum about the release schedule back at CES, but today, at Mobile World Congress, the company announced that the device will be available in 60 markets next month. The SmartBand sports the standard affair of… Read More

  • Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

    Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

    The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday. For every memorable blockbuster, there’s an infamous flub: The late embrace of MP3, losing its hold on the digital imaging market and of course, failing to attract… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sony Vaio, Samsung Galaxy S5, And Wearables?

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sony Vaio, Samsung Galaxy S5, And Wearables?

    Sony’s Vaio PC business is no more, with the company confirming reports that it will sell the PC division. But a forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will soon arrive and comfort you during this very difficult time. After all, it’s smartphone season with MWC right around the corner. Read More