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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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Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

With some of their core businesses not doing well, you'd think Sony would want to hunker down and focus its resources on getting those in tip-top shape first. Instead, the Japanese tech giant is spreading its wings, almost literally. Now it is getting into the unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV, more popularly known as drones. In fact, it is partnering with old friend ZMP to start a new company named "Aerosense, Inc.", to be incorporated in August, to develop and launch the ultimate spy drones.

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R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4 is perfect for rebels

R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4 is perfect for rebels

In October of 2014, we talked a bit about a slick device called the PlayBook 4 that turned a PS4 game console into a notebook of sorts for on the go gaming. You can’t type on the PlayBook 4 or surf the web like a normal notebook, but you can play PS4 games wherever you can find an outlet with this thing. A new version of that PlayBook has surfaced that is themed like your favorite astromech R2-D2.

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Sony grapples for relevance with Concept for Android thrust

Sony grapples for relevance with Concept for Android thrust

Despite a few rough starts, and still ongoing rough patches, Sony is committed to the mobile industry, particularly smartphones. But, based on mobile business head Hiroki Totoki's statements, its vision won't revolve primarily around the rat race that is smartphone hardware. Instead, it wants to double down on the user experience, which, in this context, practically means the Android experience. Now Sony is taking the first step towards that goal by starting what it calls its Concept for Android Initiative in Sweden to tackle exactly that problem.

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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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