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Sony adds Xperia P and Xperia U to NXT lineup – still no ICS until Q2 2012

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Sony Mobile has announced two new phones that will join the Xperia S announced back in CES last January. Called the Xperia P and the Xperia U, the two phones – which look like the Xperia S, but with different size screens – will be available in the second quarter of this year. Both the Xperia P and Xperia U boast the Mobile BRAVIA engine. The Xperia P, however, has […]

Howard Stringer to leave Sony CEO role, promotes Kazuo Hirai

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Sony has announced that Sir Howard Stringer will leave his role as President and CEO; and that Kazuo Hirai – the current head of Sony’s Electronics division – will succeed him. The move is effective from April 1. “Three years ago, I started to work with the Board on succession plans, and in February, 2009 we named a new generation of leaders to be my management team. Among them was […]

Kaz Hirai: No PlayStation 4 at E3 2012

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With the rumourmill in full swing, many are eager to hear about the rumoured PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720. While previous rumours had E3 2012 penciled in for the announcement for both, Kaz Hirai,  Executive Deputy President of Sony, has told the Wall Street Journal that “we are not making any announcements at E3. I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away […]

Sony Walkman Z: an iPod touch competitor and a worthy Walkman?

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The iPod touch may finally have a competitor in the multimedia space, with Sony today announcing the Walkman Z at their CES 2012 keynote. The Sony Walkman Z has a 4.3 inch touch screen with a 800 x 480 resolution, but sadly runs Android 2.3, meaning it’s already out of date before it’s even made available. It’s expected to arrive in mid-2012, in the US, but an Australian date and price […]

Hacker finds encryption flaw in PS Vita

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And you would have thought Sony would have learnt from their security problems of the year – such as the PSN network and the constant attacks on Sony’s affiliates. Turns out, maybe not. A hacker has found a flaw in the PS Vita in how it encrypt data. SKFU – known for his attempts in trying to crack the PS Vita to allow users to play homebrew apps – found […]

PlayStation Vita sales drop considerably during first week in Japan

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The PlayStation Vita, which came out on December 17 in Japan, has already seen a considerable drop in sales numbers just days after release. While the 3DS also had a difficult time gaining traction, the Vita lost a much larger amount of sales in the first week. After selling 321 000 units in its first two days of availability, the rest of the week from December 21 to Christmas Day saw only 72 […]

Songl free trials extended to January 2012, major label missing and official launch still coming

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Songl, Sony and Universal’s new browser-based and iOS and Android compatible streaming service, has today sent out an email to all members letting them know that their 30 day free trial, which would’ve expired soon, if not already, has been extended to the 31st of January, 2012 as a holiday gesture, or more likely because the site is yet to officially launch and could easily be described as beta. As […]

‘The Last Of Us’, a new PS3 exclusive, to be revealed at the Spike TV VGAs

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A new PlayStation 3 exclusive has been revealed, in a very non-description nature, with a single screenshot, barely related video and a date where more details will hopefully come. The Last Of Us, as it’s called, will be shown at the Spike TV Video Game Awards on the 8th of December and until then all we have is a screenshot of a lush rainforest which looks very nice, apart from […]

Sony partners with Vodafone for PlayStation Vita’s 3G version

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While its been known for some time now that AT&T would supply 3G coverage in the US and that NTT DoCoMo would provide it in Japan, Sony has been quiet on details for Europe and Australia. But today Sony has announced that the PlayStation Vita 3G version will ship with a Vodafone SIM and provide 3G connectivity via the Vodafone 3G network. Vodafone has also announced that it will be […]

Sony to acquire Ericsson’s 50% share in Sony Ericsson for US$1.47bn

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After rumours hinting at the deal, Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson is pulling out of the Sony Ericsson joint venture formed ten years ago with Sony. Sony is to acquire its 50% stake in the company in a deal worth EUR1.05 billion (US$1.47 billion/AU$1.40 billion). The deal is expected to close in January 2012, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval. According to Ericsson’s press release, the deal will give Sony “an […]

PlayStation Vita finally gets Australian release date and price

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Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has finally announced an Australian price and release date for the PlayStation Vita, their new portable gaming system. The PlayStation Vita will be available from February 23, 2012 and will come in two varities. A WiFi PSV will be for AUD$349.95 for Australia, NZD$449.95 for our New Zealand readers and €249.99 for Europe. Meanwhile the 3G and WiFi version will be AUD$449.95, NZD$549.95 or €299.99. The […]

Gamescom 2011: Budget PSP coming for $139.95, sans Wi-Fi

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Just in case the first four PSP SKU’s didn’t meet your needs, Sony has announced a new, budget PSP model that is exclusive to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The PSP E1000 is fully compatible with every PSP game and will be coming for a tasty $139.95. But the budget price comes with it’s disadvantages. The biggest change with this SKU is the lack of a Wi-Fi connection. This means […]

Gamescom 2011: PS3 price-drop coming August 22

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Image: Reinis Traidas/Flickr (Creative Commons) During Sony’s conference at the annual Gamecom conference in Germany, a PlayStation 3 price-drop has been announced. From August 22 the 160GB PS3 will be available for $349.95 and the 320GB SKU will be available for a lovely $449.95. The price-cut isn’t as big as some may have hoped, but it is definately a welcome bonus for anyone thinking of buying or upgrading their PS3.

Report: PlayStation 4 coming in 2012

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Digitimes is reporting that a Taiwanese manufacturer has told them that the PlayStation 4 will be released in 2012. The source is also saying that the next Sony console will have “body movement-based control like Kinect”. The report says that manufacturing will be done by Pegatron Technology, the company behind the PlayStation 3’s manufacturing, as well as Foxconn, famous for their poor working conditions. A minimum of 20 million units […]

Lawsuit: Sony laid off security staff before data breach

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Credits: Timothy Tsui/Flickr (CC) According to a class action lawsuit, Sony fired off its network security staff just weeks before the massive PlayStation Network security breach that crippled its network and ignored previous hacks that demonstrated holes in its security. The lawsuit accuses Sony of negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and violating the the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by not having adequate security for protecting its customer […]