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Don’t have a 360-degree camera? Just buy 12 Xperia Z5 Compact

Don’t have a 360-degree camera? Just buy 12 Xperia Z5 Compact

With the imminent surge of virtual reality headsets in the next few months, the need for creating VR-compatible content grows even greater. And with that the need for proper equipment to record those videos. 360-degree VR cameras, however, are still few and not mention expensive. So what's a regular Joe to do? Fear not, Sony has a solution! Why not strap 12 Xperia Z5 Compacts together in a circle and control each one simultaneously. Et voila! A DIY 360-degree camera. And you get to use 12 smartphones to boot!

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Sony debuts a 4K Handycam and a new Action Cam

Sony debuts a 4K Handycam and a new Action Cam

Despite the prevalence of DSLRs, point-and-click cameras, and even smartphones, there is still a case for the use of dedicated video cameras, also called camcorders. To make that point, Sony is introducing the FDR-AX53, its first 4K Handycam which also has a few "firsts" up its sleeves. And the moment calls for more action and more sports, Sony's new HDR-AS50 Action Cam will fill in the need for steady footage, no matter movement, whether from human or drone. All for the sake of preserving those once in a lifetime memories and reliving them with family and friends.

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Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

At its CES event today, Sony announced its Glass Sound Speaker, a vertical round glass tube with an “LED source” on the inside. The Glass Sound Speaker, as the name suggests, is a speaker first and foremost, with the light serving as a gentle accent that blends well with most decor styles. This is part of Sony’s previously announced Life Space UX product lineup.

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Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

In addition to its new Extra Bass products, Sony has added a variety of audio devices to its h.ear Series, an audio lineup including speakers and headphones. This time around, Sony has added three new models, the h.ear on Wireless NC headphones, h.ear in wireless earbuds, and the oddly named h.ear.go wireless speakers, all three of which boast bright, colorful designs. Sony will be launching the new items this upcoming Spring.

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Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony has announced an expansion to its Extra Bass audio lineup, adding news headphones, speakers, and an audio system. The lineup, as its’ name suggests, is targeted at those with heavy bass audio tastes; those who find themselves often disappointed by the bass from most consumer audio devices. Sony plans to launch all of the products in Spring, though prices haven’t been stated yet.

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Sony WS410 transforms the Walkman into a wearable

Sony WS410 transforms the Walkman into a wearable

When you hear of the name "Walkman", you will most likely think of portable media players or even, if you are older than two decades, portable cassette tape players. At CES 2016, however, Sony is once again redefining what a Walkman is. It's still a portable media player in the technical sense but instead of taking the form of a pocketable rectangular box, the Walkman 410 series takes the form of a wearable device. To be exact, in-ear wireless headphones that have been designed with rough handling and rough conditions in mind.

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Sony’s new turntable straddles fine line between vinyl and digital

Sony’s new turntable straddles fine line between vinyl and digital

With the prevalence of MP3s and now hi-res audio, you'd probably consider vinyl records to be prehistoric artifacts. There is, however, a recent renaissance of the medium among audiophiles and Sony, one of the earliest companies in the music industry, is moving to capitalize on that resurgence. The new PS-HX500 turntable is anything but a regular turntable. While it of course plays those vinyl platters with outstanding quality, it can also let your convert those into outstanding digital versions so that you can enjoy them even when on the move.

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Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Move over 4K TVs, there's a new kid on the block. Well, half a kid really. While the rest of the entertainment and consumer electronics industry is still catching up with 4K resolutions, Sony and pals are already pushing for the next step forward: 4K HDR. Combining high resolution and high dynamic range promises to deliver not just pixel perfect images but color perfect ones too. And Sony's new batch of Android TV powered BRAVIA TVs, led by the XD93, are more than ready to start that revolution.

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PSN is down, it’s not just you (again)

PSN is down, it’s not just you (again)

The PlayStation Network is down and Sony isn't sure when it'll be back up again. It's time to speak with your significant other again. It's time you found out how many children you have running around the house. It's time to speak with your tax representative. The PlayStation Network is experiencing issues in Account Management, Gaming and Social, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Music at this time. If you're checking off your checklist of PSN services, that's the whole lot.

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PlayStation Plus will add half a dozen games next Tuesday

PlayStation Plus will add half a dozen games next Tuesday

PlayStation Plus will get half a dozen games next Tuesday, Sony has announced. Among the titles is Grim Fandango Remastered, which has been updated with graphics and gameplay suitable for Sony’s latest game console. The games will all be available starting the first Tuesday of January (that is, next week).

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PlayStation 4 Christmas gift is a block of wood

PlayStation 4 Christmas gift is a block of wood

A Christmas gift from no less than Santa Clause himself was opened this past week with a less-than-fantastic bit of content. Inside the box was a block of wood instead of the console itself. Cut to a similar size and placed in the box, apparently without signs of damage to the box itself. Amazing that Santa would have such a strange mishap, yes? As it turned out, Santa purchased this particular PS4 from a local Target store, where they were more than willing to take the box back and, in addition, give the parents of the gift-getter a $100 gift card for their trouble.

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Sony Alpha A68 camera hits US in April with 24MP 4D focus

Sony Alpha A68 camera hits US in April with 24MP 4D focus

Sony's Alpha A68 camera has finally been given a release data for the US and Canada. The entry-level DSLR was first announced last month for the European market, but now beginning photography enthusiasts will have something to look forward to in April 2016. The 24-megapixel Alpha A68 features an APS-C sensor and is the latest camera to accept Sony's line of A-mount lenses. The big new feature, however, is what Sony calls 4D autofocusing, which offers fast, accurate tracking thanks to 79 AF points.

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