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Sony’s new smartphone CMOS image sensor has its own DRAM

Sony’s new smartphone CMOS image sensor has its own DRAM

Engineering and manufacturing today has gotten so good that it has become possible to cram as many things in such a small space. Take, for example, our smartphones that have enough processing power to handle many of the things that low-end laptops are able to do in such a small space. That combination of small size and big power is what made smartphones such a huge threat to digital cameras, especially the point-and-click variety. Now Sony is taking that game to the next level by revealing a 3-layer BSI CMOS sensor for smartphones that, thanks to modern technology, packs its own DRAM inside.

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PS4 Pro’s new ‘Boost Mode’ will improve performance of older games

PS4 Pro’s new ‘Boost Mode’ will improve performance of older games

Sony just revealed some of the new features to be included with the upcoming 4.50 software update for the PlayStation 4, and it looks like there will be something special just for the PS4 Pro, the more powerful version of the console released last year. Called "Boost Mode," the new setting will allow some older PS4 games to run faster and smoother, even if they haven't been patched by developers to take advantage of the PS4 Pro's enhancements.

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PlayStation Plus February 2017 games: LittleBigPlanet 3 and more

PlayStation Plus February 2017 games: LittleBigPlanet 3 and more

A new month is upon us and that means there’s a new lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus members inbound. Sony has released the list of games its customers can expect to get access to starting on February 7, the most notable among them being ‘LittleBigPlanet 3’ for the PlayStation 4. As always, the lineup also includes some games for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita, two for each of them.

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PlayStation had its best quarter ever thanks to the PS4

PlayStation had its best quarter ever thanks to the PS4

Things are looking up for Sony, which recently released its financial report for its third fiscal quarter in 2016. During that time frame, which ended on December 31, 2016, Sony shipped more PlayStation units than during any single previous quarter dating back to when the first PlayStation launched. The company says it shipped 9.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles around the globe in Q316, a year-on-year increase of 15.5-percent.

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Sony G3121 shown off in leaked video, could be Xperia XA2

Sony G3121 shown off in leaked video, could be Xperia XA2

Sony might have as many as five new smartphones to show off at MWC 2017 in less than a month, which will probably make for a rather confusing parade. But before things do get confusing, we could be seeing some last-minute leaks about some of these models, like this particular G3121 making its way through a video hands-on. Still formally unnamed, this mid-range smartphone could very well be the successor of last year’s Xperia XA.

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Sony to reveal not one but five Xperia models at MWC 2017

Sony to reveal not one but five Xperia models at MWC 2017

We’ll let that title sink in for a while. Sony, who has been struggling in the smartphone market for years, doesn’t just have one, not even just two smartphones ready for next month. According to this latest leak coming from Japan, the OEM will actually announce five, yes five, Android smartphones at MWC 2017 in Barcelona next month. Of course, it doesn’t say when those would be made available or what name they’ll take, but it’s still a rather big drop for a smartphone maker whose devices aren’t exactly selling like pancakes.

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Numskull launches official PlayStation VR storage stand

Numskull launches official PlayStation VR storage stand

If you count yourself among PlayStation VR's early adopters, you may want to have a look at this new stand Numskull. VR headsets can be tough to store, since the fact that they're made to sit on your head gives them a somewhat bulky and awkward design. Stands like these have been one of the better solutions, but this has the distinction of being officially licensed by Sony.

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New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

One of the most iconic series of miniature car toys will be bringing their first proper video games in YEARS to consoles and PC. This game is part of the official Micro Machines video game series, previously released by such publishing companies as Camerica, Ocean Software, Midway, THQ, Infogrames, and Chillingo. Previous developers include such elder groups as Big Red Software, Merit Studios, Mindscape, Supersonic Software, and Infogrames Sheffield House. Now it's time for a modern release.

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LG, Sony tease MWC 2017 reveals

LG, Sony tease MWC 2017 reveals

With CES now just a recent memory, the mobile industry starts counting the days to the next big event: MWC 2017 in Barcelona. If you didn't get your fill of smartphones, tablets, and everything in between back in Las Vegas, then companies are promising a more fulfilling February. Well, at least some of them. LG and Sony have both made known the dates they have reserved to give their spiel about the future of mobile technology, but LG is a bit more enthusiastic about what it has in store.

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Android Nougat update underway for Xperia Z5 line, Xperia Z3 Plus

Android Nougat update underway for Xperia Z5 line, Xperia Z3 Plus

Slowly but surely, Sony has been knocking out its Android Nougat updates. What began with the Xperia XZ and X Performance has now moved on to the Z5 family and the Xperia Z3 Plus. Sony has started the Nougat roll out to those phones, so if you don't see an OTA notification yet, you may want to manually check for updates.

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Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position, it has been announced, and he will be moving on to focus on his role as chairman for Snapchat-owner Snap, Inc. Lynton has served as head of the entertainment division for the last 13 years, and was among the executives affected by the studio's huge security breach in 2014 that saw emails, films, and personal data leaked to the internet.

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PS4 games work the same in Glacier White, but I want one anyway

PS4 games work the same in Glacier White, but I want one anyway

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for alternate colors in electronics hardware. As a tech journalist and as a consumer, I always look forward to new versions of devices - even when a new version is only marked by its new external trappings. Sony's approach with the PlayStation has always been one of total disregard for early adopters when it comes to colorways in consoles, making the only way for a person who has a PS4 to get a new look for their PS4 to buy a new one - like this Glacier White version.

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