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Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony has introduced its new SmartBand 2 wearable. This wristband is designed to track fitness and activity metrics while also feeding the most pertinent data from the paired smartphone. The newest SmartBand is able to offer up email and social notifications from a paired smartphone, call info, “visual feedback” delivered via colored LEDs, and more. Says Sony, the SmartBand 2 also features an “advanced heart rate sensor”, and offers up insights on things like the wearer’s stress level and sleep patterns.

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Sony looks to the crowd to beta test next PS4 system update

Sony looks to the crowd to beta test next PS4 system update

There was a time when software development was such a closely guarded process that almost everything happened behind extremely closed doors. Even beta tests were handed off only to accredited QA companies under heavy NDAs. Things have change these past years, with some of the responsibility of testing software falling on the shoulders of volunteers, most of them just end users themselves, but very passionate ones at that. Sony seems to have wisdom, not to mention practicality, of that setup and is now looking for more PS4 beta testers to join its army.

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Sony debuts MGS5-themed Xperia, Walkman devices for Japan

Sony debuts MGS5-themed Xperia, Walkman devices for Japan

The September release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is rapidly approaching, but if the limited edition MGS5 PlayStation 4 console isn't enough for you, Sony's just announced more game-related hardware goodies for the Japanese market. The lineup of Sony devices includes the Xperia J1 Compact smartphone, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Walkman A16, and the Walkman ZX2, all designed with Phantom Pain logos engraved on the hardware, and custom wallpapers and sound effects pre-installed.

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First non-Sony VAIO to arrive in US this October

First non-Sony VAIO to arrive in US this October

It was over a year ago that Sony spun off its VAIO PC brand, selling it to Japan Industrial Partners, who chose to limit their products to the Japanese market. But now, the reborn VAIO computers are ready to go international, and the company says it will begin selling them in the US starting in October. The first model will be the VAIO Canvas Z, a "monster tablet" with a detachable keyboard, and it will be available on VAIO's US website and at Microsoft's retail stores starting October 5th.

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Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

Most manufacturers are eager to jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon but one former PC maker doesn't seem to be in a rush. Although it has already sold off its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, Sony is still required to support its existing models in the market. As part of that, it will, of course, need to roll out Windows 10 eventually. "Eventually" here being sometime in Fall apparently. Sony is warning users to stay away from Windows 10 at least for the time being.

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Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Perhaps omens and portents of things to come, Sony has just announced that its online store in the US will be practically closing on the 28th of August. In its stead, Sony will be putting up a website that will still have products on display but will also just redirect to authorized resellers for the actual purchase. Without much explanation as to the why, the move will most likely be seen as a tightening of Sony's belt, offloading the responsibility, and expenses, of sales to dealers.

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Sony Xperia M5, C5 Ultra puts the focus on photos

Sony Xperia M5, C5 Ultra puts the focus on photos

True enough, Sony did have something in store today, but sadly, it's not a better Xperia flagship. Then again, for some people, these two smartphones might very well be, especially since the OEM doesn't seem to budge away from 1080p screens anyway. But what really makes the Xperia C5 Ultra phablet and the somewhat higher end Xperia M5 special is their cameras. Or, as you might have guessed it, their front cameras, with both smartphones sporting 13 megapixel front facing shooters for the ultimate selfie.

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Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony revealed its Q1 financials today, announcing that it reaped its highest first quarter profit since 2007. The company largely has PlayStation 4 software and camera sensors to thank, the latter of which it recently targeted with capital raising and planned production increases. In the quarter running from April to June, Sony saw its operating profit increase 39-percent over the same quarter last year, hitting 96.9 billion yen and beating out analyst estimates. The company foresees camera sensor demands proving fruitful in its future.

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Sony’s pico project can fight for room in your pocket

Sony’s pico project can fight for room in your pocket

Portable and tiny projectors, a.k.a. pico projectors, are nothing new, but very few will be able to boast of a slim physique while still promising unmatched quality and clarity. And yet that is exactly what Sony's MPCL1 promises to bring. Almost as big as the biggest smartphone, this pico projector offers the high resolution, portability, and brightness that very few of its kind can. And its all thanks to a well known technology called "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation". In other words, lasers.

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Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Qualcomm might have found a staunch and loyal friend in Sony. If it hasn't yet, it should. Despite all the flak it received precisely because of the Snapdragon 810 processor, it seems that Sony isn't about to jump ship. At least not for some upcoming smartphones. User Agent profiles of two device lines, particularly a certain E6603 and E5803, believed to be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact respectively, show evidence that those two will run on the almost ill-fated chip, which is bound not to sit well with those hoping for better Sony flagship before the year ends.

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