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  • 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

  • Sony Leaving The E-Book Business Behind, Will Transition Accounts And Purchases To Kobo

    Sony Leaving The E-Book Business Behind, Will Transition Accounts And Purchases To Kobo

    Sony is calling it quits in the e-book platform market, the company announced today (via Engadget). The move isn’t entirely unexpected: Sony has always occupied a relatively small portion of the market compared to the big kid on the block Amazon. And in light of recent revenue figures, and the decision to cut the much more recognizable VAIO brand, absolutely no one should be shocked by… Read More

  • Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO

    Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO

    Sony will sell off its lackluster PC division and focus on spinning off its TV business into a standalone entity by June. The company’s announcement confirms a report yesterday that Japan Industrial Partners planned to purchase the VAIO brand. The amount of the deal was not disclosed, but Nikkei reported that it may be up to 50 billion yen ($490 million). The deal will be finalized by… Read More

  • Sony Reportedly Seeking To Sell Its PC Division

    Sony Reportedly Seeking To Sell Its PC Division

    Sony is apparently looking to shed the dead weight that is its PC business. According to Reuters, relaying a report by Nikkei, Sony is in talks to sell its personal computer business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners for up to 50 billion yen ($490 million). A new company would be formed to sell the computers, with Sony retaining a small stake in venture, the report states. Just… Read More