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Sony’s First Ultrabook Is a Flop Before It’s Even on Sale [Computers]

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

While Sony has a track record for making beautifully slim laptops, so far it’s ignored Intel’s prescribed ultrabook gimmickry. That stops now, with the newly announced Vaio T—but sadly, it’s a laptop that’s doomed before it even hits the shelf. More »


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Leaked Verizon document details Android updates

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Verizon Android update schedule leaked

A Reddit user by the name of DroidTosser claims to have the inside scoop on Verizon’s Android update schedule, and has posted the images to back their story up. According the photos, the HTC Rezound is slated receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on May 9th, followed by the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX on May 21st. Verizon’s first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola XOOM is currently awaiting “technical approval” and will be updated directly by Google. The DROID Bionic, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Sony Xperia Play are all in testing, however the updates aren’t labeled as Ice Cream Sandwich builds and may just refer to bug fixes. Additional images can be found after the break. 


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Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Android smartphones are not typically updated very frequently, leaving many owners to either try and update their own device, or wait for months or even years to get the latest operating system. The technical lead developer on the Android Open Source Project believes the slow update rate many Android users have had to endure is “very reasonable.” Sometimes, Jean-Baptiste Queru revealed his opinion on his Google+ page in a congratulatory post towards Sony, who recently updated its Tablet S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The developer said the Japanese company was the biggest contributor to Android, leaving all other manufacturers playing catch-up. Due to its contributions, Sony is able to ensure timely updates for its own devices, while helping the community as a whole. Queru said the complexity of moving from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0 is the reason it took Sony five-months to updates its tablet.

“This is actually a very reasonable time, since under the hood Ice Cream Sandwich is quite different from Honeycomb (and upgrades from Gingerbread are likely to take longer as those differences are huge),” he said.

The employee did express disappointment that some of Google’s own flagship devices had not been updated, and he places the blame on “operator approvals.” Queru went out to praise Google’s latest effort to continue selling smartphones directly to consumers through its online store. “I’m very glad that Google is back in the business of selling phones directly without any middlemen to interfere, and I’ll be even happier when I see that program expanded to more countries.” 

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Sharp posts $1.4 billion extraordinary loss, refocuses on mobile displays

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Sharp posts $1.4 billion extraordinary loss for 2011 - 2012, sees writing on wall in high definitionSharp has reported an extraordinary loss of 117.1 billion yen ($1.4 billion) for the financial year ending March 2012. The company has cited restructuring costs and inventory losses as the causes for the write-down, but also projected that its TV business would lose a further 18.7 percent of its projected sales in the current year. The company has decided to convert some of its big-screen LCD production lines into mobile LCDs as it tries to reassert its dwindling display business. It’s yet more bad news after the company sold part of its LCD manufacturing business to Hon Hai, Sony withdrew from a joint venture and refused to deal with Sharp in the future, plus an 86 percent collapse in profits.

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Sharp posts $1.4 billion extraordinary loss, refocuses on mobile displays originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nyko’s PlayStation Vita speaker stand goes on sale for $30, Power Grip still MIA

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Nyko's PlayStation Vita speaker stand goes on sale for $30, Power Grip still MIA

The PlayStation Vita may not have the electric longevity to replace your portable music player, but Nyko figures there’s no good reason it can’t take up the role of rocking your bedroom. The accessory outfit’s stereo speaker charging dock for the Sony’s fledgling handheld hasn’t changed much since we saw it at CES, save for the fact that it’s available now. $30 turns your Vita into the most overpowered alarm clock (assuming you download the upcoming app from the PSN store) your nightstand has ever seen. What of the PS Vita Power Grip? A Nyko representative tell us it’s on the way, but doesn’t have anything to announce at this time. Read on for the charging dock’s official press release.

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Nyko’s PlayStation Vita speaker stand goes on sale for $30, Power Grip still MIA originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Switched On: When the smartphone giveth, Part 2

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

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In case you missed it, Part I of this article can be found here

Last week’s Switched On discussed the Slacker Portable, Sony eMarker and TrafficGauge, three dedicated devices that didn’t make it but saw their functionality ultimately realized via smartphones. But there have been other idea for which the idea ultimately proved popular as smartphone bits rather than separately packaged atoms.

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Switched On: When the smartphone giveth, Part 2 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Regal Entertainment Group teams up with Sony to bring subtitle glasses to US theaters

Friday, April 20th, 2012

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We’ve been hearing about glasses that only display subtitles to those who need them for years (most recently with a trial run in the UK), but it looks like they’re now finally about to enter the US market in a fairly big way. Regal Entertainment Group announced today that it’s partnered with Sony Entertainment to bring the company’s Access Glasses to “practically all” of its digital theaters in the US (that includes the vast majority of its 500+ theaters and more than 4,700 screens in all). Those glasses work with both 2D and 3D movies (the latter courtesy of a clip-on filter), and can provide closed-captioned text in up to six different languages for the hearing impaired, as well as descriptive audio for the visually impaired when they’re paired with headphones. According to Regal, the glasses are already rolling out to some theaters this month, and it says they should be everywhere by the first quarter of 2013.

Regal Entertainment Group teams up with Sony to bring subtitle glasses to US theaters originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wal Mart Selling Decade-Old Sony Digital Camera for $300 [Cameras]

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Sony and Sharp joint venture hits a rocky patch, Sony cuts off capital

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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When Sharp sold off some of its LCD manufacturing business to Hon Hai Precision we knew the company had fallen on tough times, we just didn’t realize how bad things truly were. That joint venture it formed with Sony, well, it’s all but over at this point. The two companies have amended their deal with each other and Sony has decided not to inject any more capital into the project. That’s not entirely surprising since the relationship was already starting to show signs of strain, but the partnership could crumble at any moment. A study period has been designated, through the end of September, to decide what the future holds for the two regarding the production and purchase of large panel LCDs, but at any time Sony can simply demand that Sharp buy back its shares and leave the venture. For Sharp’s sake, we certainly hope Hon Hai is in this for the long haul. Check out the legalese stuffed PR after the break.

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Sony and Sharp joint venture hits a rocky patch, Sony cuts off capital originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp and Foxconn enter into manufacturing partnership

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Sharp on Tuesday announced that is has entered into an manufacturing partnership with Foxconn that will see the manufacturing giant take a 10% stake in the Japanese electronics company. Hon Hai has invested nearly 67 billion yen ($809 million) in Sharp in exchange for roughly 121.65 million new shares, which will be spread out between four Foxconn companies. Sharp CEO Takashi Okuda said, “Until now we have handled all of our R&D and manufacturing, but going forward we will need to include partnerships in our approach,” pledging to leverage both companies’ strengths to get products to market efficiently. Each company will hold a 46.5% stake in Sharp’s Sakai plant in western Japan, with the remaining 7% owned by Sony.

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Sony Japan announces ICS for Tablet S and Tablet P

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Sony Japan on Thursday confirmed that an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is soon headed to the Tablet S and Tablet P. Sony Tablet owners will receive an Android 4.0.3 update next month, however it is unclear if this is only for the Japanese market. Along with Google’s latest operating system, the update will also expand the tablet’s photo capabilities, allowing the photo app to be launched from the lock screen and enabling users to take panoramic pictures. A new “Recopla” app will also be included in the update for viewing TV programs that have been recorded on Sony Blu-ray players, along with a “Small Apps” feature that lets users multitask more efficiently. Lastly, Sony also announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Tablet P that will launch on April 21st.

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The Official DVD for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Looks Like a Pirated Disc [Movies]

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Nielsen: 56% of U.S. households own a current video game console

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Over the last year, the total time spent playing video games increased 7% and purchases of digital content and subscriptions rose 8% according to a study from Nielsen. Over half of all households, 56%, owned at least one current-generation gaming console as of January 2012, an increase from 50% in 2011. Mobile, handheld and tablet gaming continues to grow as well, with 66% of households with kids between 6 and 12 years old owning a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP, while also owning an iOS device. More adults ages 25 through 34 play games on Android devices than on iOS devices, but iOS gaming is evenly distributed across the various age groups covered by the study. As for next-generation game consoles, four out of five gamers who own current-generation systems are interested in a future console.

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Sony Tablet P gets rooted, does it effortlessly

Friday, March 9th, 2012

For anyone that’s dabbled long enough with Sony’s dual-screen tablet as-is, we’ve got good news. The device can now be rooted and — better still — it’s not all that difficult. Pocketables forum member RayIczr goes over the method, which requires an ADB installer and a Sony Tablet Root program. Add in some allowances for the USB debug mode and unknown program sources and you’ll soon arrive at an unrooted Tablet P. More details and due praise can be found at the source below.

[Thanks Jenn]

Sony Tablet P gets rooted, does it effortlessly originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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