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Sony’s planning an animated movie about emoji

Sony’s planning an animated movie about emoji

If you don’t like receiving messages peppered with emojis, Sony’s next movie might make your eye twitch. It has been revealed that Sony Pictures Animation trumped other studios in an auction for an animated movie that will revolve around the ever-present emoji. The project was pitched by Anthony Leondis, who is also going to be co-writing the movie. Three studios were pitched, with Warner Bros and Paramount reportedly being the other two, but Sony is tipped to have been aggressive for the film and, as such, won.

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Sony rolls out Android 5.1.1 for Xperia Z3, Z2 devices

Sony rolls out Android 5.1.1 for Xperia Z3, Z2 devices

It has mostly been bad news lately for Sony fans, with the almost scandalous Xperia Z4 and the contentious Xperia M4 Aqua. But now there's a reason for them to cheer up, especially if they own one or a few of Sony's previous smartphones. The manufacturer has just started the distribution of an Android 5.1.1 update and it will be hitting the whole range of Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 devices, both smartphones and tablets, many of whom are still living in an Android 4.4 Kit Kat world.

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Xperia Z3+ owner resorts to kitchen foil to fight heat

Xperia Z3+ owner resorts to kitchen foil to fight heat

This DIY fix serves as a testament to the extent users will go through to desperately fix a significantly broken device. It also probably hints at how much trouble the Xperia Z3+, a.k.a. Xperia Z4 in Japan, is giving its users. And some users just can't take the heat anymore. One in particular, ingeniously applied a bit of physics and chemistry to help dissipate the heat that the smartphone is generating using nothing but common kitchen foil. And apparently, he wasn't the only one who has thought of that solution.

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PlayStation 4 officially licensed remote launching soon

PlayStation 4 officially licensed remote launching soon

PDP will soon be launching its own officially licensed media remote for the Sony PlayStation 4. The maker has not officially announced its new remote, but a preorder has gone live on Amazon and some other retailers’ websites, with an availability date starting in October. While officially licensed for the PlayStation 4, the remote can also be used with certain other devices found in an entertainment setup, such as a set top box or the TV itself, depending on its connectivity options.

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PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

After roughly a year of availability in the US and Canada, PlayStation Now, Sony's on-demand game streaming service, is finally launching in the UK this week as an open beta. The service is starting out with rentals only, but Sony says it will add full subscription options later in the summer. PlayStation Now lets gamers stream select PS3 titles to not only their PS4 and PS3 consoles, but also to a handful of Sony's internet-connected televisions and Blu-ray players.

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Behold the new Ken Masters of Street Fighter V

Behold the new Ken Masters of Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V, which many fans are still biting their nails for, has changed a few things here and there, like the new V variable system. But perhaps there is, at least so far, no change bigger than the restyled look of Ryu's classmate and sparring partner, Ken Masters. Though still sporting the same color motif of red and yellow, this SFV Ken is not childhood's Ken, described to be more aggressive and more "in your face" than ever before, the perfect embodiment of the games new feel.

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Sony Xperia phones now capable of Twitch game streaming

Sony Xperia phones now capable of Twitch game streaming

Live-streaming footage of video games has become a staple feature across the current generation of game console and PCs, thanks to the popularity of the Twitch service. However, one platform gameplay streaming and broadcasting hasn't yet become common on is mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Well, that could be changing sooner than expected, as Sony has partnered with Twitch to release a new Android app that lets users broadcast their gaming from select Xperia devices.

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PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now has been dubbed by some as the Netflix of games due to its streaming nature but up until now, that was pretty much only in name. Now, Sony's game streaming service has something to show for it as well. Taking a cue from the design of actual streaming service, the PlayStation Now interface just received a face lift which truly makes the nascent gaming trend feel more like a streaming service and less like a hard to reach corner of the PS Store.

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Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle arrives in September

Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle arrives in September

Not satisfied with your regular ol’ PlayStation 4? Sony has taken the wraps off a new limited edition Destiny console that will be arriving in September as part of a larger bundle. The bundle centers around a 500GB PlayStation 4 with a silver themed design and a matching white controller, and will include a copy of Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition. The bundle will be available for purchase starting on September 15; the price has not yet been revealed.

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Sony isn’t giving up on mobile ever, says mobile chief

Sony isn’t giving up on mobile ever, says mobile chief

"Famous last words", as some often say. Hiroki Totoki, who has been Sony Mobile's head for little over than six months, boldly claimed that the company will never sell or exit its mobile business, despite prophecies of doom early this year. That might not be a surprising claim, considering what business Totoki is leading, but it is something that needs more than just words to inspire confidence. The mobile CEO asks for a bit of patience this year and to look forward to a huge turnaround by 2016 instead.

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