Explained – Why Sony Renamed ‘Walkman’ App to ‘Music’

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Nearly two months ago, we reported on Sony renaming the Walkman app on their mobile fleet to Music. As expected, while some fans shrugged and only hoped that improvements would come to the app alongside the name change, others were more up in arms about it as Walkman has a certain nostalgic factor among Sony fans. Since that time, Sony has had an aggressive rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop and even launched two new devices, the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua, both shipping with the new Music app.

Now, Sony has finally explained the reasoning behind the shift in their app naming.

Sony Xperia Z4 vs. Xperia Z3 (In Pics)

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Exactly a week ago, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z4, their next flagship Android smartphone. Announced only for Japan, the Xperia Z4 takes what’s good about the Z3 and improves upon it instead of reinventing the wheel. That means a slimmer design, more powerful processor, and a much-improved front-facing camera.

So how do the two phones stack up against each other? Luckily for us, somebody had the same question in mind and decided to literally stack the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z4 to find out. After the jump, a series of pictures that compare the two phones await you.

PlayStation Now Comes to 2015 Sony Blu-ray Players

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Just yesterday, we put together a list of devices that support PlayStation Now. With support for the streaming gaming service, you’re able to enjoy PlayStation 3 games without the need to own the console. All you need is a half decent internet connection (5Mbs or faster) and you’re off to the races. Now, Sony Blu-ray player owners can take advantage of the streaming service as well. More details after the jump.

Android Wear Update to Bring Wi-Fi Support & More to Sony SmartWatch 3

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Sony, like many other tech companies, is getting heavily into the wearable market. Just this year alone, Sony has introduced three such products, the SmartWatch 3, SmartBand, and SmartBand Talk. Unlike Android on smartphones which is designed by Google and tweaked by hardware manufacturers, Android Wear is nearly 90% Google. This means that manufacturers are open to designing the hardware as they see fit with no direct oversight from Google. Software, however, is handled entirely by Google with manufacturers like Sony only given freedom over the watch faces that ship with them.

Now Google has announced an update to Android Wear that will bring along with it Wi-Fi support and a few other notable additions. After the jump, those details.

PlayStation Now Device Compatibility List

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It’s no secret that Sony rightfully sees the future of gaming in the cloud. While in the past 20 years of PlayStation, we’ve seen hardware iterations that continue to improve, there will be a time that all you’ll need to get the latest PlayStation experience is a web connection and a compatible device.

Sony is already doing this by bringing PlayStation Now, their gaming streaming service which allows you to rent individual titles or subscribe for a flat fee (a la Netflix), to devices outside of the PlayStation family. This includes Sony televisions, Blu-ray players, and most recently, their 4K fleet.

After the jump, we’ve put together the most recent list of devices that support PlayStation Now.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Specs

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Last week, Sony announced their latest compact cameras, the Cyber-shot HX90V and the WX500. We’ve already brought to you the HX90V specs which you’ll find nearly identical between the two cameras. That means you can expect the same phenomenal 30x optical zoom (60x digital zoom), built-in GPS, NFC, and 180-degree tilt LCD for your selfies. The only difference is a lack of pop-up viewfinder though you’ll have your choice of colors: red, white, or black. After the jump, the Sony Cyber-shot WX500 specs await you.

Sony Xperia Z3 – 4K Night Footage

For nearly a month, we had a chance to set out the Sony Xperia Z3. Just last week, we showed off the 4K capabilities of the  Xperia Z3 during daytime. With the Sony Xperia Z4 having been announced for Japan and utilizing the same 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera (though it has an all new 5-megapixel front-facing camera) with 4K recording, we thought it be an appropriate time to show off the Z3′s 4K night time footage which can be seen above. The footage was captured in Santa Monica, CA.

Ultra-thin Sony 4K TVs (X900C, X910C) Arrive in Summer

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Starting in May, most of the 2015 Sony 4K TVs will be available for purchase with a starting price of $1,299 (43X830C), which is insane when you consider what prices were two years ago. Alongside entry level models, you can even purchase the flagship X930C and X940C which feature HDR and are up to 75-inches in size.

The only model absent from the Spring release is the insanely thin X900C and X910C. Some more details after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (04-21-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for April 21st, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users now can continue jump into  the newest offering Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and the quirky L.A. Cops.

PlayStation 3 users can now play the highly anticipated Shovel Knight (3 way cross buy). This also marks the final week of the annual Spring Fever sale which is featuring discounts on Shovel Knight and the Call of Duty franchise.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and then are given discounts on extra content the rest of the month. The PlayStation Plus games for March include Never Alone (PS4), Dishonored (PS3), and Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita).

Sony Xperia Z4′s Front-Facing Camera Has Some Neat Tricks

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Sony’s next flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4, was revealed yesterday, putting to rest the fun ‘how many leaks will there be before we know everything about this device‘ game. Though not a dramatic departure from the Xperia Z3, the new and even thinner phone with a 5.2-inch display offers quite a few refinements over its predecessor. One such improvement is the front-facing camera that’s now been upgraded to 5-megapixels for even better ‘selfies.’ Let’s be honest, hipster or not, a better camera is always appreciated, especially when there’s nobody around to help you capture that moment.

Fortunately for Xperia fans, Sony did more than just up the megapixel count. Those details after the jump.