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SoundCloud and Sony Music strike licensing deal

SoundCloud and Sony Music strike licensing deal

SoundCloud has announced a new partnership with Sony Music that furthers its proper licensing deals and gives it official access to more than 110 million audio tracks. The company says it will soon be adding a bunch of music from artists represented by Sony Music Entertainment, though there’s no timeframe provided for when that’ll happen. On the user end of things, it simply means the number of available tracks will increase soon.

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Report: ‘PlayStation 4.5’ console in pipeline with 4K, more power

Report: ‘PlayStation 4.5’ console in pipeline with 4K, more power

Sony is quietly working on a PS4 hardware update called the “Playstation 4.5,” according to sources. This updated console will still be a PlayStation 4 in spirit, but will get some hardware upgrades that enable it to play 4K-resolution video games and better handle PlayStation VR, among other things. The PS4.5, as it's being called, will be more competitive with PC hardware when it comes to running VR headsets, as well.

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PlayStation VR pre-order bundle includes everything you need

PlayStation VR pre-order bundle includes everything you need

By now you've probably heard all the big news about the GDC-unveiling of Sony's PlayStation VR headset — and if you haven't, be sure to check out our hand-on write-up. However, what some PlayStation 4 gamers might have noticed is that the initial $399 price tag doesn't include a few necessary accessories that they may not already own, something I pointed out might increase the entry price for Sony's VR experience. Fortunately, the company has just announced a bundle that includes everything at a great value.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Review Part 1: The Camera

Sony Xperia Z5 Review Part 1: The Camera

Some people couldn’t care less about the camera on their smartphone; if you’re interested in Sony’s new Xperia Z5, there’s a good chance you’re not one of them. The handset sports an image sensor the same size as ones you’ll find in many ordinary budget-tier compact digital cameras, trumping the sensors found in some competing handsets. As well, it greatly outpaces many phones' resolutions at 23-megapixels, making it all the more attractive. At the end of the day, though, it's the quality that matters. How does it hold up? Find out in the first part of our Xperia Z5 review!

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PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

By now you've heard the big news about PlayStation VR, Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: it's being released this October, there's going to be plenty of games available, and it will cost $399. While that last bit certainly isn't a lie, it is a bit misleading, unfortunately. Part of the reason the pricing is such a big deal is because the PlayStation VR drastically undercuts the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive, but there's a few accessories required that Sony has neglected to put in the box.

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PlayStation VR first impressions

PlayStation VR first impressions

Yesterday, Sony finally took the wraps off of their highly-anticipated PlayStation VR headset. With an entry price of just $399, it's significantly less expensive than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. After the announcement I had a chance to test out the headset and see how it stacked up against the competition.

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PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

Today the final consumer edition of the PlayStation VR headset has been revealed. They'll be releasing this device with a set of specifications that is both impressive and limited - prepared to meet the demands of the PlayStation 4 itself, including its hardware and software limitations therein. This device works with a single 5.7-inch display, rolling with 1920 x 1080 resolution - that's 960 x 1080 pixels per eye. Refresh rate is at 120 Hz, 90 Hz, and sensors include 9 LEDs/360-degree tracking.

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Sony demos projector that makes any table interactive

Sony demos projector that makes any table interactive

Although primarily aimed at film, music, and interactive media, SxSW has also become a prime opportunity for some companies to show off products and ideas that lie at the intersection of technology and the arts. Sony has already pre-announced that it would indeed be at the event, showing off some rad prototypes like the "N" from its newly announced Future Lab. Apparently, it wasn't the only head turner from the company, which might have been this "smart projector" that turns any flat surface into an interactive table.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow lands for Xperia Z5, Z4 tablet, and Z3+

Android 6.0 Marshmallow lands for Xperia Z5, Z4 tablet, and Z3+

Sony has announced something that fans of the Xperia line of smartphones and tablets will be glad to hear. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for several of the devices that wear the Xperia name including the Z5, Z4 tablet, and Z3+. The update to Android 6.0 is offered for the global versions of all three devices and when they first launched Lollipop was the OS right out of the box.

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Sony unveils KOOV robotics kit for education

Sony unveils KOOV robotics kit for education

Never before has robotics taken a more mainstream role in the world, from Amazon's busy workers to drones to self-driving cars. Thanks to advancements not only in technology but also in the science of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the promise, and to some the threat, of robots are near fulfillment. Suffice it to say, robotics will be a one of the main topics in science and technology education in the years to come. Which is why Sony is announcing KOOV, an educational kit for robotics and programming for primary schools.

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Crash Bandicoot PS2 mod is complete with Aku Aku mask

Crash Bandicoot PS2 mod is complete with Aku Aku mask

There are a few titles that really stand out when I think about the original PlayStation. Final Fantasy VII, Spyro the Dragon, and of course, Crash Bandicoot. Sadly, only two of these series are still alive and well (okay, I wouldn't say that Skylanders is doing Spyro any real justice) with poor Crash being left out in the cold. However, his fans haven't forgotten him.

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Sony announces an even smaller 30x zoom camera, the HX80

Sony announces an even smaller 30x zoom camera, the HX80

Everyone carries around a camera in their pocket these days. The latest smartphones all have pretty good cameras in them, but they're not great for every situation. Sometimes you want a camera that takes a bit higher quality shots, or maybe you want some serious zoom that a fixed lens just won't give you. Well, today Sony just announced a new point-and-shoot that should satisfy your need for extra zoom, without taking up too much space in your pocket.

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