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Sony patent lets you wirelessly charge your phone from a friend's

Sony has filed a patent for a technology that would allow you to wirelessly charge your smartphone from a friend's if you're running low on power. The technology is based on NFC and allows two devices to negotiate an exchange of power.

Review: EC Twins magnificent on new electronic track 'Always' Special

Electronic duo EC Twins released their new track, "Always," on Sony Music on March 10, and it is gorgeous from start to finish.

Here's a first look into how well virtual reality is selling

For all of the hype surrounding virtual reality, we still don't know if the technology is a breakout hit or fading fad.

Curved TVs just went the same way as 3D

Curved TVs may have reached the end, only a few years after they first appeared. After battling low consumer uptake and critical reviews, LG and Sony have announced they will not launch any new models this year. It follows the end of 3D TV production.

PS4 update lets you install games to an external hard drive

Sony has announced that an upcoming update for the PlayStation 4 will allow you to install games to an external hard drive. The long-requested feature will make it much easier to expand the console's storage, without replacing the internal HDD.

3D TV is finally officially dead

3D television has reached the grave as Sony and LG, the last remaining manufacturers of 3D TVs, have confirmed they are to cease production. The concept is regarded as one of the biggest tech failures this decade after failing to win over consumers.

Interview with Steve Aoki at the Ultra Rooftop Party Special

New York - On Sept. 21, world renowned DJ and producer Steve Aoki performed at the rooftop of the new Sony Music building in New York City, for a special evening of music.

Microsoft and Sony are battling over what '4K' actually means

Both Microsoft and Sony are building new gaming consoles with next-generation features. The Xbox One "Scorpio" and PlayStation 4 Pro will each support 4K gaming, although their respective manufacturers have gone for different approaches.

Frustrated fans of 'No Man's Sky' finally get a response

Following the release of the highly anticipated space-exploration game "No Man's Sky," there was a bit of a backlash amongst its most excited customers.

Your PlayStation 4 is getting an overhaul today

Sony has released a major system software update for the PlayStation 4, bringing the version number up to 4.00. Announced a month ago, the release includes a substantial refresh of the console's UI, new organisational features and HDR support.

Sony launches PlayStation Now and over 400 games on Windows PCs

Sony has announced it is bringing its PlayStation Now online gaming service to Windows PCs, alongside an official wireless adapter for its DualShock controllers. The move is a response to the increased role of Xbox on Microsoft's Windows 10.

Sony to launch two new PlayStation 4 consoles next month

Sony is planning to launch two new PlayStation 4 consoles at a September event, according to a report. While the company has already confirmed it is building a new high-end console, it is said to be planning an upgraded standard model to accompany it.

PlayStation 4 getting a UI refresh and folders with new update

Sony has announced a substantial software update for the PlayStation 4 that includes a refresh of the console's visual feel and improved library management features. Codenamed Shingen, the update carries the version number 4.00 and is in preview now.

Sony eyes return to robot-making business

Tokyo - The adorable Japanese Aibo dogs could soon make a comeback a decade after they were being put to "sleep" as electronics giant Sony Corp. is planning to return to robot-making business.

Sony agrees to pay compensation to people who ran Linux on a PS3

Sony has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by paying compensation to PlayStation 3 owners who installed the Linux operating system on their console. Sony later removed the built-in feature without warning, leaving many customers unhappy.

Sony's upgraded PlayStation 4 is real, will play 4K games

Ahead of the E3 gaming conference, Sony has announced it is developing an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 capable of running 4K games with enhanced graphics. The news confirms months of rumours and will give the PS4 a substantial mid-life refresh.

Sony announces 40m PlayStation 4 sales amid rumours of successor

Sony has announced it has sold a total of 40 million current-generation PlayStation 4 games consoles since its 2013 launch. The figure reveals the company has sold 10 million PS4s in the past six months as it hit 30 million units in November.

Microsoft says there is no 'Xbox neXt' to rival PlayStation '4.5'

Rumours of Microsoft planning an upgraded "Xbox One and a half" have recently stepped up amid widespread reports of Sony intending to launch a high-performance "PlayStation 4K" later in the year. Microsoft's Xbox chief has denied the rumours though.

Review: Playstation Virtual Reality — Good, fast and fun

Sydney - VR has been around for a long time, and has been one of the most expensive, as well as the most frustrating, areas of gaming tech for years. In a sort of poetic justice, the ubiquitous SONY Playstation new VR is getting rave reviews.

Sony to bring PlayStation games to smartphones for the first time

Sony has announced it is going to bring several of its major PlayStation game franchises to iOS and Android smartphones. The company has formed a new business unit to perform the work, following in the footsteps of Nintendo's recent smartphone launch.

Sony building an updated 'PlayStation 4.5' with 4K games support

Sony is working on a significant mid-life refresh for its PlayStation 4 games console, according to a report that claims to have knowledge of the company's plans. Currently dubbed the 'PlayStation 4.5,' the updated model will support 4K games.

Taylor Swift gives $250K to Kesha after court ruling

Taylor Swift is providing fellow pop star Kesha with a financial shoulder to lean on, having donated $250,000 as a "show of support" in her legal battle with Dr. Luke, whom the singer alleged sexually assaulted her.

Sony Xperia X series brings serious performance to the mid-range

Sony has announced a new series of Xperia smartphones at MWC 2016, unveiling a trio of affordable but feature-filled handsets that expand its Xperia line-up. The phones have a new design for Sony and competent specifications.

Sony profit boosted by PlayStation 4, sales may be double Xbox's

Sony Corp. posted a 33.5 percent jump in profit over the last quarter this week despite struggling to succeed in its smartphone and consumer electronics businesses. The PlayStation 4 led the sales as the console continues to prove popular.

Sony confirms it is bringing its smartphones back to the U.S.

Sony has confirmed it will be launching its Xperia Z5 flagship, with its Z5 Compact sibling, in the U.S. in February. Sony has been absent from the market for over a year as it opted to stop selling phones to the U.S. after the Xperia Z3.

Sony's Xperia Z6 may be five different phones, ready from January

Sony is famed in the smartphone world for its regular release cadences, sometimes launching a new flagship barely six months after the previous version. A new report out of China suggests it is now gearing up for 2016, creating a device in five sizes.

PS4 processor changes let future games get a performance boost

Sony has quietly rolled out an update to its PlayStation 4 software development kit that will give game creators access to more of the processor's power, should it be required. It opens the door to more graphically intense games next year.

Lizard Squad claims responsibility for Black Friday PSN outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a major service outage on Sony's PlayStation Network for hours on Black Friday. Gamers found they couldn't login or play online, adding another attack to the list of Lizard Squad's claimed actions.

Sony to rival Microsoft with PS4 game streaming to Windows, Mac

The president of Sony's studios division said today the company is working on building an app for Windows and Mac that will let gamers stream titles from the PlayStation 4. The feature will directly rival Microsoft's Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming.

Sony has sold 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide

Sony has announced it has sold over 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide since launch. It puts the company on a strong footing going into the all-important holiday season. Sony claims the figure shows PS4 is the "best place to play."
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The evolution of Walkman players: The metal-cased blue-and-silver Walkman TPS-L2, the world's first low-cost portable stereo, went on sale in the U.S. in June 1980 under the name of "Soundabout”. Leaning against the cassette player is Sony’s Hi-Res Walkman NWZ-A17 and Sony MDR-1A Hi-Res headphones.
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Images of Sony PS4 System Software 4.00 update
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Sony’s Alpha NEX series are extremely tiny interchangeable-lens cameras that have huge, S.L.R. sized sensors inside. Photo shows Alpha NEX-6 digital camera
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Sony's new FDR-AX100 4K Camcorder introduced at CES 2014,
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Sony’s NEX5 offers more detail and colour, which photographers call dynamic range.
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