Technology

Sony’s new Google Assistant smart speaker costs £200

The Sony LF-S50G speaker has Google Assistant built-in, meaning you can control your smart home and supported devices by barking commands at the Sony speaker, whether you want to play music, set cooking timers or control your Philips Hue lights. Being Sony, the company has focused on audio quality as well as the smart stuff. On trend with rival omnidirectional speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, Bose SoundLink Revolve and the upcoming Apple HomePod, the Sony LF-S50G features a 360-degree speaker design. Inside, it has a full-range driver and…

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Sony and IBM created 330TB data tapes for a massive analog archive

Storing data on magnetic tape is back, baby. Sony has announced that thanks to a partnership with IBM Research in Zurich, the pair have developed a magnetic tape cartridge capable of storing 201 gigabytes of data per square inch for a total of 330 terabytes per cartridge. Previously, IBM’s analog storage maxed out at 123 gigabytes per square inch. The trick here is that IBM and Sony are using sputtered media made up of several layers of nano particles to extend tape length. IMB…

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SONY MDR-Z1R REVIEW

Sony turns 70 this year, and celebrates that landmark with a range of Signature products. The range consists of two portable music players, a desktop DAC and the MDR-Z1R headphones on test here. All the products carry premium four-figure price tags and are meant to showcase the company’s expertise. In the case of the MDR-Z1R, £1700 buys a pair of large, understated closed-back headphones. As is Sony’s way, there’s little exuberance in the design. If you’re expecting overtly luxurious touches…

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Black Friday 2016: Sony Teases PS4 Digital Deals With Upto 60 Percent Off

The Xbox One isn’t the only current generation console with a Black Friday sale. Sony has released a teaser for upcoming deals on the PlayStation Store — the company’s digital games storefront. According to a page on its website, Sony’s Black Friday sale will take place from November 24. There’s a teaser video as well which ends with a sign claiming that you can expect discounts upto 60 percent. At the moment it is unclear PS Plus subscribers would get…

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Sony PS4 tips and tricks: Get the best from your Playstation 4

Our guide to the Sony PS4 gives you loads of tips and tricks to get the best out of your PlayStation 4, be it the original, the Slim model or the Pro. If you didn’t splash out on a PlayStation 4 at launch, then surely the Slim model and PS4 Pro have you tempted – or you’ve already splooged the cash to get some current-gen gaming on the go. Either way, you’ll want to know what the PS4 can really do,…

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SONY CYBER-SHOT RX100 V HANDS-ON REVIEW

Not surprisingly, the Mark V looks a whole lot like its predecessors. It continues to use a 1″-type 20.1MP sensor (more on that in a minute) and 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, and sports the same pop-up viewfinder with 2.36M-dot OLED panel as the RX100 III and IV. The big improvements are all under the hood. PHASE-DETECTION AUTOFOCUS The RX100 V’s sensor is of a similar stacked design to the Mark IV’s but gains 315 phase-detection AF points covering 65% of the…

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Don’t buy PlayStation VR until Sony fixes the peripherals situation

  PlayStation VR is its own worst enemy. Sony’s new-fangled head-mounted display and the bits and pieces that make it run feel like a forced collision between the past and the present. The headset is definitively a product of the Now: it’s sleek, it’s space-age, and it’s lightweight in your hands and on your head, but not in a cheap or flimsy way. The peripherals that the headset relies on, however, are firmly rooted in the Before. The PlayStation Camera…

Smartphones

Sony is betting the Xperia XZ and X Compact on an unconvincing camera

I know it’s true of every modern phone, but it’s especially true of Sony’s new pair of Xperia handsets: the camera will be the most important factor in deciding the fortunes of the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. Introduced at IFA 2016 in Berlin today, Sony’s Xperia XZ triples down on camera technology with a new laser autofocus, RGBC-IR white balance sensor, and its traditionally strong 23-megapixel imaging sensor. The Japanese company’s new flagship even has a dedicated shutter…

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SONY PREVIEWS PROTOTYPE XPERIA GADGETS

Sony is looking at taking the Xperia brand beyond smartphones and is showing off some prototype gadgets at the IFA trade show in Berlin. It was keen to underline that not all of them might make it to manufacturing, but those on display were fully working prototypes with hardware and software stable enough that the company let a reporter test them out. Xperia Projector    Sony’s Xperia Projector on show at IFA in Berlin on September 1, 2016.This is an…

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Sony Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact Launched at IFA 2016

HIGHLIGHTS The Sony Xperia XZ will be available from October The Sony Xperia X Compact will be available starting this month The Xperia XZ is the company’s new flagship Sony has announced two new Xperia smartphones, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, at the sidelines of IFA 2016 in Berlin. The Sony Xperia XZ will be going on sale from early October while the Sony Xperia X Compact will go on sale soon in September, as per the company.…

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Sony Xperia XR and Xperia X Compact leaked specs days before the IFA Announcement

Recently leaked render first images of the smartphone Sony Xperia X Compact. They were published by the popular Twitter account @evleaks. And now the magazine Techtastic revealed alleged specifications of the Xperia X Compact and Xperia XR – two smartphones that Sony will show at the event IFA in Berlin, which will take place on the first of September. Xperia XR will offer a 5.2-inch screen, 4 GB of (RAM) memory, 23-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and laser autofocus,…

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Here is which Sony devices will receive Android 7.0 Nougat

This week, Google began to updates to Android 7.0 Nougat its own devices in the series Nexus, Pixel C tablet and Android One line. Now Sony is also published an official list of devices which will receive the latest version of the mobile operating system. A few days ago HTC announced the same information on their smartphones. Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 7 will receive Android Nougat till two, three months. The devices of Sony, who will…