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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Review

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Review

Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android range may have started promisingly, but software headaches undermined solid hardware and left many early-adopters with a low opinion of the company. 2011 is something of a relaunch for Sony Ericsson, then, with the XPERIA Play doing its level best to deliver the mobile PlayStation platform we've been expecting for years, and now the XPERIA Arc hoping to bring some of Sony's living room expertise to your pocket. Is the Arc the best Sony Ericsson handset to-date, and if so is it good enough to overshadow the competition? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Smartphone Screens: How Big is Too Big?

Smartphone Screens: How Big is Too Big?

I head up the Consumer Devices group at Current Analysis, where we have two complementary products: data - we track product pricing, availability, and specs - and analysis - our assessment on how competitive various products and initiatives are. I recently had a client ask a question that crossed both: how many smartphones today have super-sized screens, and how big is too big? (I warned them that the answer would make a great SlashGear column.)

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Sony Ericsson blame XPERIA Arc 2.4 leaks on “misconfiguration”

Sony Ericsson blame XPERIA Arc 2.4 leaks on “misconfiguration”

Sony Ericsson has described screenshots showing the XPERIA Arc apparently running Android 2.4 as "a misconfiguration in some samples", as well as confirming that the 4.2-inch smartphone runs Qualcomm's 1GHz MSM8255 processor paired with Adreno 205 graphics. According to the company's official blog, the higher version numbers - which some suggested was indication Sony Ericsson would launch the Arc with a version of Android higher than Gingerbread on the Nexus S - are "nothing to get too excited about."

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, Cedar & Yendo with Walkman get official; Android 2.1 for XPERIA in Q3

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, Cedar & Yendo with Walkman get official; Android 2.1 for XPERIA in Q3

Sony Ericsson has officially announced its new XPERIA X8 smartphone, a 3-inch Android handset slotting in-between the current X10 and X10 mini models, together with the Sony Ericsson Yendo with Walkman handset, using the same XPERIA UI, and a new "Greenheart" phone, the Sony Ericsson Cedar, which the company reckons is more earth-friendly than other devices.  Of interest to existing XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro owners is the news that Sony Ericsson plan to offer an Android 2.1 upgrade "from Q3 onwards in selected markets" and that the X10 will get additional features in Q4 too.

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Hands on with Sony’s new VAIO range

Hands on with Sony’s new VAIO range

Sony invited us down to the Hilton in midtown Manhattan earlier on today to spend some hands-on time with their new 2008 VAIO lineup.  While the company could never be accused of pushing out exactly unstylish notebooks, the latest Z, FW, SR and BZ machines are particularly successful when it comes to a cohesive and stylish design language.  After the cut you can see hands-on photos and video of all four of the new models, including our personal favourite, the super-slick multimedia ultraportable VAIO Z.

 

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Sony E-Book Reader gets price and pre-order

Sony E-Book Reader gets price and pre-order

In the world of the future, we'll all ride on the backs of giant robot weasels, eat food that was grown on Mars and freeze-dried into the shape of Peter Falk's head, and read our books from the flicker-free screens of electronic books.  "Electronic books?!" I hear your scoff, "are you a mad person with the brains of a no-brained idiot?"  No, sir, I'm not - and Sony are here to back me up.

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SlashGear 101: Apple CarPlay

SlashGear 101: Apple CarPlay

The closest you'll get to an iCar, and what Apple claims is the future for the dashboard, CarPlay represents Apple's play in the next big battle around mobility. Dubbed "the best iPhone experience on four wheels" and already gaining the support of some big names in automotive, Apple CarPlay bridges the iOS experience with the center console and promises both greater functionality and greater safety than the native infotainment systems you'd usually find while behind the wheel. Read on past the cut for the full low-down.

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EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

Later today, Sony Online Entertainment does something the developer of titles like EverQuest, PlanetSide, and DC Universe Online has never done before: it invites gamers into alpha code that's far, far from being shipping-ready. EverQuest Next Landmark is the first step of a two-punch release that will launch SOE's next-gen MMO, fifteen years after EverQuest hit shelves, and a decade after EverQuest 2.

Unlike all previous versions, however, Landmark will be seen by public eyes well before its signed-off as market ready. "This is not a bug-hunt" Dave Georgeson, director of development laughs, "it's a 20,000 person dev team." We joined the developers to get some early hands-on time with the alpha and to find out exactly what players can expect from this new universe.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial implies a love interest with every smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial implies a love interest with every smartwatch

Buckle your boots. You're in for the rad-est, snowboarding-est, most gratuitously romantical tech gear commercial you've ever seen. Samsung just released a commercial for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch that will make your heartstrings shudder. It's in fine keeping with the recent tech gear marketing trend of stopping just one nanometer short of directly shouting to the male segment, "This gadget will get you the girl!"

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