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Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony has set its sights on the "evolution of communication", and it's not content to let Google, Amazon, and Apple hog the spotlight in AI. The company may have a patchy track-record with its Xperia range of phones and tablets over the past few years, but with the rebooting of its mobile business in 2016 and a more ambitious strategy centered on smart products with more unusual form-factors and functions, it could well be time to take Sony seriously again.

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Angry gamers petition to have Uncharted 4 review score removed from Metacritic

Angry gamers petition to have Uncharted 4 review score removed from Metacritic

The internet is an angry place and no one gets angrier than gamers when someone disagrees with the majority. One reviewer recently found out the hard way what it was like to become the target of anger from hordes of gamers after posting a negative review of the new Uncharted 4. This created a blemish on the game’s overall score on the site Metacritic. And nothing gets gamers more riled up than someone having a dissenting opinion.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra official: selfie-focused, classy giant

Sony Xperia XA Ultra official: selfie-focused, classy giant

It seems that the rumors about Sony retiring the Xperia C and M series are true. At least if you consider the unveiling of the Xperia XA Ultra, previously known as the Xperia C6 Ultra, is any indication. The official specs closely match what has been unofficially leaked and seen so far, which cements the identity of the two. But despite being basically coming from a mid-range line, the Xperia XA Ultra at least inherits the striking design of the slightly more premium Xperia XA.

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Sony Xperia X only has 20 out of 32GB free for use

Sony Xperia X only has 20 out of 32GB free for use

Our smartphones are getting more loaded in features, but sometimes they are also getting more loaded in software as well. That wouldn't be a problem if that software could be removed at the user's discretion, but such bloatware usually comes with the entire package. So when the Sony Xperia X and X Performance was revealed to have less than two-thirds of its total storage available to users, there is understandably no small amount of disappointment among Sony's remaining stalwart fans.

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PlayStation 4.5 NEO might actually launch in September

PlayStation 4.5 NEO might actually launch in September

Gamers, it's time to put your thinking hats on again. Or if you're from the Xbox One camp, you might start snickering again. The latest word to come out of the rumor mill is that Sony's "and a half" console upgrade might be coming earlier than expected. While most bets are still on an October release, a French video game distributor claims that the "PlayStation Neo 4K" will instead be released in September. An earlier release, however, could just about mess up everyone else's timetables, including and especially game developers.

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Sony retires Xperia C, M brands, only Xperia X until 2018

Sony retires Xperia C, M brands, only Xperia X until 2018

At MWC 2016, Sony revealed its new rebranding and re-envisioning efforts that would practically mean the end of the previous Xperia Z line. It seems, however, that the "Z" series isn't the only one getting the ax. Chinese media reports that Sony is focusing its smartphone thrust around the new Xperia X generation, all the way up to 2018. Noticeably missing are the Xperia C, M, and E brands that made up the rest of Sony's lineup, implying that those are similarly being retired in favor of a single name.

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Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will unlock content in U4

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will unlock content in U4

The release of the highly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on PlayStation 4 next week is only days away, but you can get started on series hero Nathan Drake's latest adventure early — and there's no need to steal an early copy of the game. Sony has just released Uncharted: Fortune Hunter on both iOS and Android, and it features over 200 levels of puzzle action and treasure hunting.

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Sony Xperia C6 Ultra phablet leaked with a 16MP front cam

Sony Xperia C6 Ultra phablet leaked with a 16MP front cam

Al most anyone and everyone is about selfies these days. Well, maybe except Leica. Most smartphone makers, however, have at least one, maybe even more, selfie-friendly model in their lineup. Sony, whose name was, and partly still is, synonymous with digital photography, is no different. It seems, however, it saved its selfie aspirations not for its new premium Xperia X flagship line but for the Xperia C6 Ultra, a mid-range tablet that boasts of a 16 megapixel front camera, one of two largest selfie cameras on a smartphone so far.

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Sony debuts new audio gear for the ultimate home theater setup

Sony debuts new audio gear for the ultimate home theater setup

Sony unveiled a number of new home audio products back in January at CES 2016, and now, as the gear is hitting store shelves, the Japanese tech giant has revealed pricing and additional spec details. All the gear is related to improving a home's audio setup, whether it be from movies and TV or various music services. The new lineup includes speakers, A/V receivers, TV sound bars, and audio & video players.

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Xperia X series pre-orders start in Europe

Xperia X series pre-orders start in Europe

Sony Mobile has begun taking pre-orders for the entire Xperia X line of smartphones in Europe. Pre-orders are underway for the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance. The latter model is only available for pre-order in select European countries with the others available across various regions in Europe. In the UK, the Xperia X will sell for £469 and in other European countries it will sell for €599.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer modes, maps will be free

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer modes, maps will be free

Details have been dropped on the multiplayer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, with the first and foremost tidbit being that future multiplayer modes and maps will be arriving in the game for free. As well, all of the gameplay and vanity items available in the in-game store will also be obtainable through ordinary (read: free) gameplay. The idea, says the game's creator, is to have a game that "won’t be fragmented by different types of DLC."

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Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

OK, this is bound to raise some red flags among privacy advocates, even more than Google Glass ever did. It is also going to make sci-fi aficionados drool and wish they would still be alive, not to mention capable of wearing this smart contact lens, when it actually becomes a product. Smart contact lenses are nothing new to our ears, but what Sony has tried to patent is incredible in both senses of the word: a contact lens that crams enough camera hardware to make it both useful and dangerous.

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