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Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo

Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo

Sony has a rather strange relationship with consumer robotics lately. It's definitely no stranger to them, having had at least two in the past. Now it is taking a more educational spin to these robots, but it isn't going directly to the market. Toio, revealed last week, is on Sony's internal "First Flight" crowdfunding platform. And now the KOOV coding and robotics kit has made its way to Indiegogo as well, finally making a real public appearance a year after Sony was supposed to launch it.

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Apple eyes Netflix and Amazon TV success with poached Sony talent

Apple eyes Netflix and Amazon TV success with poached Sony talent

Apple TV may have gone from hobby to Apple's barely-better-than-hobby, but the Cupertino firm has ambitious plans for homegrown content after co-opting a pair of Hollywood execs from Sony. The move comes after rival tech firms like Amazon and Netflix, each with their own streaming TV products, have seen great success with their own, self-funded content.

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E3 2017: All major announcements from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and more

E3 2017: All major announcements from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and more

E3 2017 officially kicks off today, but from here on out, big announcements will likely be few and far between. Like every E3 in recent years, major game companies have opted to host press conferences before the event begins, which is where they make all of their big announcements. There were six big press conferences of note this year - Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Bethesda - and what follows are the biggest announcements from each of them.

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Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles

Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles

Sony might not be a name you'd immediately associate with robotic toys, but it does, or rather did, have a few under its name, from the dog-like Aibo to the the "dancing" Rolly to, more recently, the KOOV robotics kit. It isn't done yet, however, and a Toio product may be just over the horizon. Aimed at very young learners, Toio mixes papercraft, tiny rolling robot cubes, and a system that resembles a gaming console, complete with controllers and even cartridges.

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Sony E3 2017: The biggest PlayStation 4 announcements

Sony E3 2017: The biggest PlayStation 4 announcements

Unlike its closest competitor, Microsoft, Sony didn't have any new hardware to present at E3, which means that it was all about the games for the PlayStation 4. There were plenty to talk about too, with headliners like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, God of War, and Days Gone. It was an exciting show for PlayStation owners, but if you missed it, here are the biggest announcements Sony made last night.

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Xperia XZ Premium US pre-orders start: 5 reasons to skip it

Xperia XZ Premium US pre-orders start: 5 reasons to skip it

As promised, Sony has kicked off the pre-order period for its latest flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium, which will actually start shipping in a week's time. But while avid fans of Sony's smartphones might have no shortage of reasons to put down a pre-order for one, those who are in the market for a high-end smartphone this year should take a "wait and see" attitude or even stay clear of this premium Sony model. Because, in a nutshell, you won't really be getting what you pay for.

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Sony FES Watch U 2nd e-ink watch is now on sale

Sony FES Watch U 2nd e-ink watch is now on sale

One of the biggest complains about smartwatches is how quick they are to die during the course of the day. What if you had a watch that could at least last for days while still have some of the fashionable options of smartwatches? That's what Sony subsidiary Fashion Entertainments sought out to do with its e-paper wearables. Now in its second run, the new Sony FES Watch U is now available for purchase, in Japan at least, offering a smartwatch that is really more a fashion accessory than a geek toy.

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PS4’s Days of Play sale sees big discounts on major games

PS4’s Days of Play sale sees big discounts on major games

Just ahead of E3 2017, Sony has kicked off its Days of Play sale on PlayStation Network. The idea we're working with here is "quality over quantity" - there aren't a ton of games being discounted, but the ones that are on sale rank among PlayStation 4's biggest recent games. Because of that, this is the first time we're seeing significant discounts on some of these titles.

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E3 2017 Schedule: Press conferences for Nintendo, Microsoft, and more

E3 2017 Schedule: Press conferences for Nintendo, Microsoft, and more

E3 2017 is quickly approaching, and though the show doesn't get off to an official start until Tuesday, June 13, major game companies will be starting their festivities early. This usually happens every summer, but this year, companies are getting started well in advance, with the first press conference being held on Saturday. For those watching the show from afar, these press conferences are where most of the news will come from, so here's when you can expect each major press conference to go down. SlashGear will be covering all of these events, so stay tuned.

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Breaking Bad VR ‘experience’ in the pipeline with PlayStation and Sony

Breaking Bad VR ‘experience’ in the pipeline with PlayStation and Sony

Sony Pictures and PlayStation have teamed up to create a VR 'experience' based on the hit TV show Breaking Bad, it has been announced. The project appears to be very early in development and details about it are slight. The news was made public by Sony Interactive Entertainment America President Shawn Layden in a recent interview; during it, he said, 'I don't know what it's going to be. No idea what it's going to do...'

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PS4 Gold Edition is ironically cheaper than normal PS4

PS4 Gold Edition is ironically cheaper than normal PS4

There is no scarcity of special editions for any console of any generation. Save for the Nintendo Switch perhaps, though it’s still far too early to tell. Many of those editions come with custom paint jobs, exclusive colors, bundled games, and higher price tags. So when you hear that Sony will be putting out a very limited edition golden PlayStation 4, you almost expect it to be, well, like gold. Reality, however, is strange than fiction and this aurum PS4 will actually be cheaper. At least for a week.

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Sony tees off first mobile game in Japan

Sony tees off first mobile game in Japan

Console makers can no longer turn a blind eye to the growing market of mobile games. While these games do not really make a profit per unit sold, they make up for it in numbers. The slow-moving Nintendo has throw mobile gamers a bone or two and now Sony is doing likewise. As promised last year, the Japanese consumer electronics giant has started to roll out mobile games, but it is starting it with a friendly, or competitive, game of golf.

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