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  • Sony demos tiny fuel cell with 14-hour charge

    I hate batteries, but I love fuel cells. At some point in the near future the technology will do as promised, giving us hours of clean energy for our portable gear. Sadly, they’re still too big to be practical, but Sony’s working on the problem, and has this nifty palm-sized fuel cell to show for it. It’s a methanol-based unit, and can provide up to 14 hours of charge for… Read More

  • Epic fail? Blu-ray sales not doing so well

    My brother told me that HD DVD died a few months ago because I hadn’t heard or read anything about the format war, but Blu-ray still ain’t doing so hot. And by “doing so hot,” I mean selling any better than it did when it was still entrenched in the utterly pointless war. From January to February, Blu-ray sales plummeted some 40 percent, only to get a slight bump… Read More

  • Sony DAV-F200: Small footprint home theater

    STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION. That’s one way to describe Sony’s new Bravia home theater setup, the DAV-F200. Another, less boisterous way to describe it is by calling it what it is: a virtual surround sound, um, home theater setup. While “virtual” surround setups have gotten better over the years (so says one of the guys who calls into Leo Laporte’s radio show… Read More

  • Want to shower with your PSP? Good for you, man

    I’m not going to harp on anybody for having a “problem” just because they can’t put down their PSP for five minutes once a week to clean themselves. More power to those of you who think a waterproof sack for your portable gaming device is a good idea. All you’ll need is roughly $12 and a strong to quite-strong command of the Japanese language so you can order one… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Go!View on-demand video store for the PSP ready by summer

    No need to overanalyze, but Sony has teamed up with Sky in the UK to create an on-demand video store for the PSP. Go!View, as the marketing folks have named it, will lets users download and watch all sorts of entertainment, from hilariously dry comedy to infamously drab sporting contests—yesterday’s dire Manchester United-Barça game comes to mind. The service doesn’t appear… Read More

  • Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M

    Sony has agreed to acquire Gracenote for about $260M. Gracenote provides a range of music-related solutions including MusicID, which detects which song is currently being played by an application and loads track information for the user (such as artist and album names). MusicID leverages a database of over 6M CDs and 80M tracks. Its technology has been in development since 1995 (previously… Read More

  • Sony delays Playstation Home, again


    Sorry, PS3 fanboys, but Sony is bending you over, again. This morning Sony announced that they will be extending the closed beta testing for Playstation Home through the summer with open beta testing to commence in the fall. If you recall, Sony was supposed to launch Home this spring. “We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but we have come… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 to see online video service soon

    According to the LA Times, Sony “is preparing to launch an online video service through its game console PlayStation 3 as early as this summer” and “the service would include movies and television shows flowing from the Internet…” The service is thought to be similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Live or Apple TV, although it’d be somewhat more open in the… Read More

  • HDTV's cost 60% more in South Korea, but not for long

    You’d think in South Korea, with their 4G networks WiBRO, ExTCY, and other next-gen technologies that they’d have affordable HDTVs. They don’t. The problem is SK is a fairly small market when compared to the US. The TVs are essentially the same as the ones we have here, but they have to be Korean-ized, meaning new software, labels, and other things just for the Korean… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: (Call) Sony's PLAYSTATION Network's future so bright (Response) How bright is it?

    One of the marketing higher-ups at Sony just posted a manifesto of sorts on the company’s official blog. He stresses what more than a few people have theorized, that 2008 will be the breakout year for the PS3. The other way to look at that is that it was a total bust beforehand, but whatever. The highlights: — Lots of halfway decent, exclusive games this year, including MGS 4… Read More

  • Apple and Sony jointly pay out ¥1.3M to burned Japanese gentleman


    Remember when Sony’s batteries were catching on fire and there were many recalls? Well some of those poor souls who got burned by Sony’s flaming batteries (in Apple’s laptops) sued for damages and are actually squeezing a little money out of the two companies. A Japanese couple is being awarded ¥1.3 million for their troubles (and burns). It sounds like a lot, but yens… Read More

  • PS3 firmware gets updated to 2.30 [Update]


    Reader Mark sends us word that the latest firmware, 2.30, is now live for the PS3. Like the subject says, just turned on my PS3 and updated to 2.30 with the
    new Playstation Store. Which is WAY better than the old one. Kind of take a
    while to load some icons…but if you highlight over the blank boxes it
    displays what it is so it’s cool… Anyway, yeah, new update. Mark continues… Read More

  • Sony goes crazy for foam in Miami

    Somehow this got lost in the shuffle yesterday and I failed to post it. I don’t know what’s going on here, but all I can think about are those foam parties I went to in Rosarito that one spring break way back when. Good times. Read More

  • Upcoming Sony LCD HDTVs specs' leaked: LED backlighting in the works

    Springtime doesn’t just bring flowers, short shorts and silly Red Sox pranks. No ma’am, it also brings new information on HDTVs that will be released throughout the year. Someone at BGR got a hold of Sony’s HDTV roadmap for its LCD lineup and it looks like the XBR6, XBR7 and XBR8 will getting a little more than a new coat of paint, the XBR8 especially. Let’s start… Read More

  • MGS 4 edition PS3 here on June 12

    To celebrate the upcoming launch of Metal Gear Solid 4, Sony will release a special edition 80GB PlayStation 3 SKU based on the game. Come June 12, you’ll be able to grab a MGS-themed PS3 complete with a pack-in “very, very” limited edition of the game. Oh, and it’ll include the DualShock 3, too. Yowzers! There’s also going to be a plain ol’ limited edition… Read More

  • Sony doesn't have manufacturing capacity to meet Blu-ray demand

    Despite Blu-ray‘s utterly devastating victory earlier this year, Sony may be in a spot of trouble. Seems the company has a bit of a problem manufacturing the discs (I swear I’ve heard that before), and since it’s the the biggest producer of The Blu (that’s how cool kids say Blu-ray), it could be the biggest obstacle to the format’s success. Not that that… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: PSP firmware 3.95

    PS3 and PSP Owners, Do you like to play remotely from your PSP? If you do then you should know that the latest firmware, 3.95, will do the following: While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom]. You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on… Read More

  • Sony claims world's first digital noise cancelling headphones

    Writing up a world’s first for anyone other than Samsung seems rather strange, but Sony seems keen on their digital noise cancelling headphones that block out 99 percent of ambient noise. That’s quite a bit of ambient noise if you ask me. The MDR-NC500D are the first headphones to use digital technology with AI to give users the best possible audio quality. Like previous noise… Read More

  • Sony to launch HDTV with BD recording


    At a press conference in Taipei last week Sony president and Electronics CEO Ryoji Chubachi announced that Sony would integrate BD recording drives into LCD HDTVs. DVD and BD currently account for about 80% and 20%, respectively, of global demand for movie discs, Chubachi indicated. The new BD devices to be offered by Sony include models integrating an HD LCD TV with BD recording… Read More

  • Review: Sony ICD-UX70 voice recorder (1GB)

    I tip my hat to the excitement that is Monday morning with a hard-hitting review of a digital voice recorder. It’s the Sony ICD-UX70 with built-in USB connection and one-gigabyte of storage space. Hold on to your hat, it’s about to get crazy up in here. Read More