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  • Sony Japan releases limited edition Digital SLR camera α350

    If you are a camera fan with a penchant for exclusivity, here is your chance: Sony announced the release of a special version of its α350 digital SLR camera and DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens. Priced at $960, the kit is on sale in the Japanese Sony Style online store. The new camera is technically identical to the α350 in black which is available in Japan for two months now. This means you get… Read More

  • Sony achieves a (small) step forward in the development of large-size OLED TVs

    No one can deny OLED displays are superior in quality to LCD or Plasma screens. One problem which has been constraining the commercialization of large-size OLED TVs, however, is the high level of power consumption. On Monday however, Sony and Japanese chemical company Idemitsu announced they succeeded in increasing the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) in deep-blue fluorescent OLED devices… Read More

  • Rejoice! Rolly now available at U.S. Sony stores

    Sony’s game-changing robotic dancing turd. This is actually kind of funny. I did a search for Rolly on SonyStyle.com and up popped the movie Suicide Club. Could this be a sign that the Rolly is a dunder-headed little dancing robot that is one step above those dancing plants or Big Mouth Billy the Singing Bass could soon jump in front of a train and leave us all forever? That said, Rolly… Read More

  • Turn your PS3 into a Linux PC, the Popular Mechanics way


    If you read the paper version of Popular Mechanics, you may have already seen this. But on the internet, if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you — as we are constantly reminded by recycled pictures of women in tubs. And this is more worth a look than that. Pop Mech has published a pretty straightforward how-to on getting Ubuntu to run on your big scary PS3. I don’t… Read More

  • Sony releases the VGC-LJ25L laptop AKA the WTF-2008

    I’m looking at this thing and looking at it and wondering what the heck it’s supposed to be? Is it a folding all-in-one desktop? Is it a laptop with half the screen exposed? Has Sony decided to take meth and rave all night and then spend the night in some rich guy’s house in Manhattan where everything is reflective and then decided to go and do its final design project at… Read More

  • Sony announces two new Xplod in-dash CD receivers


    If I owned a car anymore I’d probably take one of Sony’s two new Xplod decks for a ride in my whip. Both the GT920U and GT620U feature support for USB flash media and pump out 52Wx4 output. The 920 has a fold-out face plate, rear USB input and it can be customized in three different colors depending on your preference. Unless you’re Matt Hickey, of course, because he… Read More

  • Sony's Home for PS3 should be here by fall

    We’re still not able to experience Home on our PS3s, but Sony Computer Entertainment’s David Reeves says it will definitely be out by Autumn. He goes on to say that SCEE may have been too ambitious in its plans for the application, which is a Sims-like social networking tool, much like Second Life. To make it more attractive, SCEE will be adding games to the application… Read More

  • Photos of Sony Ericsson 'Paris'

    Some photos of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming “Paris” smartphone (that’s its codename, at least) have been floating around lately. The device looks pretty nice, I guess, with a comfortable-looking keyboard and big screen. Is it too big, though? I guess we’ll see. Read More

  • Kaz Hirai, SCE Pres: PS3 is "viable platform," also really good

    In this bit of fluff from BBC, Sony Computer Entertainment President Kaz Hirai says that the Playstation is a good platform, that is good, and that it is a very good platform. He also believes that is a good platform and that it is really good. He doesn’t note that the Wii is eating his lunch, the 360 is more popular in the U.S., and that the games on the PS3 are pretty sparse. He… Read More

  • Research study shows Sony's OLED TV won't last as long as Sony says it will


    Sony’s extremely expensive 11-inch OLED TV that landed stateside earlier this year claims a lifespan of 30,000 hours or 10 years, but DisplaySearch says otherwise. The research firm tested two XEL-1 TVs for 1,000 hours and estimates that the organic light-emitting diode set would fizzle out after 17,000 hours. “The results demonstrate that the Sony display is significantly inferior… Read More

  • External HDD coming for PS3 from Sony?


    Sony seems to be uncomfortable with the current HDD configuration of the PS3 or so it seems according to David Reeves, the SCEE head honcho. They did reduce the price of the PS3 by switching to a smaller capacity hard drive, but I don’t see anyone wanting to buy varying options from Sony if it were an option. I’ll gladly use one of my existing portables or buy a cheap 2.5-inch SATA… Read More

  • Rockstar releasing GTA IV patch for PS3 sometime today


    Soon after GTA IV launched it was rather apparent that all the bugs weren’t squashed for the PS3 and the only solution Rockstar could muster up was to re-install. Sometime today, if it hasn’t already happened, Sony and Rockstar will release a patch to help alleviate the stress being put on the servers. “reducing the loads on the servers at GameSpy and hopefully the… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 available for pre-order, rumors hint at mid-September launch

    If you’ve got almost a thousand bucks burning a hole in your pocket and you want to get a head start on ordering up that Xperia X1 by Sony Ericsson, why not head over to CellHut.com and pre-order one? Rumors are also beginning to swirl about a mid-September launch. What a great way to make friends at your new school! It’s going for $999 with an initial $100 off and the phone is… Read More

  • Microsoft denies Blu-ray rumors, again


    Last week the ED was reporting that Pegatron had sealed a deal with Microsoft to build Xbox 360 units with Blu-ray drives and today Microsoft, once again, denied the rumors that they would introduce a BD-R Xbox 360. Will this ever end? “As we have stated, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for Xbox 360,” said a Microsoft official in an email to GamePro on Monday. Read More

  • 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