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Sony Mobile Drags, FY 2014 Net Loss Forecast Widens to $2.1 Billion

Kaz_Hirai_Xperia_Z1Poor Sony. I mean this from a emotional standpoint for a company that continues to endure loss year after year, which surely takes a toll on employees and moral. With an expected $2.1 billion net loss for FY 2014, I of course mean this in a financial aspect as well. Despite Sony announcing a surprise $261 million Q1 2014 profit, the company is expecting to lose $2.1 billion for the year, up from $500 million. So how does a company lose an additional $1.7 billion in one year? In short, smartphones. Despite what appeared to be a transitional period for Sony and a gained momentum in mobile, the division Sony has been most bullish about will drag down the company considerably as they struggle to move units, especially in the mid-range market.

Disney, Fox, and Viacom Board Sony’s Internet TV?

Sony_Internet_TV_MockupLast we heard about Sony’s internet TV plans were in 2012 where Sony Network Entertainment VP Michael Aragon has confirmed that the company has flirted with the idea of offering TV over the internet. At the time, Aragon believed that lack of bandwidth and proper business model was hindering Sony’s ability to full invest in the vision. Now, reports are popping up once again that not only has Sony not forgotten about their internet TV ambitions, but that Disney, Fox, and Viacom might be onboard. If true, between the 4 mega studios (with Sony Pictures automatically being on board), the service could offer a compelling platform for those looking to cut ties with their cable provider.

In the case of content, Viacom from a TV standpoint would be a big gain for the yet to be announced platform with 22 of their channels coming on board. Those include stations like Comedy Central, TV, VH1, BET, CMT, and Nickelodeon. Now lets talk about the service itself.

Sony Announces a Monster 7.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver (STR-ZA3000ES)

Sony_ZA3000ES_1Announced at CEDIA, Sony is looking to take the world of 4K by storm with the STR-ZA3000ES. Leading the company’s high-end ES receivers, the ZA3000ES offers 4K input and output, 7.2 channel (110W), and an 8-port Giga Ethernet Hub to ensure all your home theater needs are met. Yes, there is still even good-ol component in for those looking to rock older devices. In addition to high-end specs, Sony also wanted to make the ZA3000E3 both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing. Beyond great specs, Sony has incorporated a clever front magnetic faceplate that covers the otherwise endless array of buttons which are needed to initially set up a device of this caliber.

After the jump you can find some more details on the Sony STR-ZA3000ES, including additional pictures from the front/rear showing off all the buttons and inputs.

Sony Completely Revamps ‘Music Unlimited’ on iOS

Sony_iOS_Music_Unlimited_2.0Music Unlimited, the streaming music service from Sony, has received a major makeover that reimagines how the app should look and function. Via the changelog, with Music Unlimited 2.0 on iOS (iPhone & iPod Touch), you can now expect:

• Fresh visual design
• Super fast queue view and load
• View discography, top songs, related artists + more
• Sort your library by newly added songs and recently modified playlists
• Edit song order in playlists
• New grape flavor

More details after the jump.

Curved Sony 4K S90B-65 and S90B-75 TVs Announced for Europe

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Announced at IFA, Sony will be bringing a new curved 4K model, exclusively to Europe. The S90B series will come in 65-inch and 75-inch variants with Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology that offers the same technology found in Sony’s X900B series of 4K televisions. The S90B also utilizes Sony’s 4.2 channel Multi-angle Live Speaker system uses separate drive units that accurately direct Left and Right front and surround channels into the room, removing the need for a sound bar. Sony has also incorporate a camera and microphone with built in Skype to make connecting with friends easier.

More after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z3 Specs Leak Prior to IFA, Include 4K Video Recording

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Copper_3In less than 12 hours, Sony will kick off its IFA keynote where they are expected to announced the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact alongside other devices like the QX30, an attachable smartphone lens with 30x optical zoom. At this point, there isn’t a whole lot that hasn’t been leaked from the products we expect Sony to announce. Even the Xperia Z3, the company’s next flagship Android smartphone has been leaked numerous times, but the following may be the most telling yet.

While we’ve seen Xperia Z3 specs appear from time to time, the following photo (found after the jump) if true, will be the most revealing yet. Though we cannot independently confirm the validity of the photo, with the Xperia Z3 announcement right around the corner and many of the specs lining up with previous rumors, the picture is looking more and more like the real thing.

After the jump, the leaked Sony Xperia Z3 specs, including battery size, camera resolution/ISO, and audio formats, await you.

Should You Buy ‘Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair’ for the PlayStation Vita?

PS_Vita_ Danganronpa_2_Goodbye_DespairThe original Danganronpa was published by NIS America and originally released here in North America on February 11, 2014. It is easily one of my favorite games of the year (Check out my review here). Shortly after its release, it was announced that its sequel would be coming out a short seven months later.

Just like the original game, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a visual novel with a murder mystery twist. Unlike the first game where the characters are trapped in a high school, this time all of the characters (again a set of students from Hope’s Peak Academy) are trapped on the tropical Jabberwock Island.  Does Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair live up to the high quality of the original? Keep reading to find out!

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam Camcorder Specs

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Earlier this week, we revealed a new price point for the Sony AX100 4K Handycam that makes the powerful consumer camcorder more affordable than ever. With that post, we received a lot of feedback from the community, specifically on what helps power the AX100 and technical specs questions like the specific resolutions it’s capable of recording. Best part of it all is that according to Sony, a machine running with Windows XP SP3 is capable of interacting with the AX100 though I have a hard time believing a Windows XP machine can handle 1080p 60fps footage, let alone 4K. With that, after the jump, you can find the full Sony AX100 specs.

Sony Lowers Price On Their Already Well-Priced AX100 4K Camcorder

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One of the big reveals at CES 2014 was the Sony FDR-AX100 Handycam that empowered consumers to record in 4K. Sony famously dubbed it ’4K for 2K,’ referring to its surprisingly low price tag of $2,000. As a recap, some specs for the AX100 include:

  • 4K : 3840×2160/30P, 24P; XAVC-S HD : 1920×1080/60P, 30P, 24P
  • 1″ Exmor R CMOS senso
  • 14-Megapixel resolution video and 20-Megapixel still image capture
  • Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S2, AVCHD and MP4 codecs
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar * lens w/ 12x optical zoom
  • Multi-interface Accessory Shoe for system accessories
  • BIONZ X Processor enables high Speed rec 120fps
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization w/ Active Mode
  • Large 3.5″ XtraFine LCD (921K) and High contrast OLED EVF
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
  • 2ch LPCM for XAVC-S2 & 5.1ch AC3 for AVCHD

In short, for 4K enthusiasts, the camera offers a lot of bang for the buck. Now Sony is dropping the price of the camera and making it even more affordable.

6 Sony Products Win ‘Best’ at EISA 2014 Awards

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The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is the largest editorial multimedia organization in Europe, and this year they 6 Sony products were top of the class in their categories to win outright.

Last year Sony won 5 ‘best’ awards, including for the best tablet of the year award. This year the Xperia Z2 Tablet collected the same award, proving in a young category of product innovation, tablets, that Sony has got all the ideas right.

 So slim, so classy, so slick – the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is undoubtedly an EISA winner. 

Sony has given a secret to why their products succeed, read on to know what it is (and the other winners!)

Leaked Sony IFA Invite Hints At Products to Be Announced

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We’ve already learned that on September 3rd, Sony will be kicking off their IFA keynote from 16:15 to 17:00 CEST (7:15 PDT). For those not familiar, the IFA which takes place in Berlin is much like CES with a heavy focus on mobile. As the leaked press invite pictured above suggests, Sony is looking to introduce some new products. We’ve already reported about one of the pictured products from above, the Sony QX30 smartphone lens which was accidentally revealed by the Korean RRA (National Radio Research Agency). Though the picture above is likely from the current QX10, it’s not a stretch to assume that Sony will in fact be announcing a new model. So what else can we expect?

PlayStation App to Get a Complete Redesign

PS4_PlayStation_App_iOSThe fact that the PS4 launched with a PlayStation on iOS and Android was a brilliant move by Sony that added a much needed functionality to the PS4. Simply put, typing on PS4 got a whole lot easier and the consoles experience extended beyond the need to be using it in person. You could now chat with friends, shop for games on PSN, and have all be ready by the time you got on your PS4 again. Still, there is no denying that the app itself is extremely basic in design and functionality. Seeing how fluid apps can be today, the PlayStation App mostly reminds me of how PSN was on PS3 when it first launched. Functional, but dated in its design language.

To drive that point home, the app launched on iOS device without support for Retina displays or the iPad which are fairly standard affairs. Sony would eventually update the app for iPad though Retina support is still lacking. Luckily for us, it seems that a redesign is on the way.

Should You Buy ‘Kung Fu Rabbit’ for the PlayStation 3?

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Kung Fu Rabbit is a platformer that first premiered on iOS and Android devices in 2012. Since then it has released on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and most recently on the PlayStation Vita.  Next week it will come to the PlayStation 3 as a digital title.  This title from Neko Entertainment was highly acclaimed and received several awards as a mobile title. Does Kung Fu Rabbit maintain this quality as it jumps to the PlayStation 3? Keep reading to find out!

2014 Sony 4K TV Awarded Best 4K Ultra HD TV

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The 2014 Sony 65X9005B has just been awarded the ‘Best 4K Ultra HD TV’ by EISA, the European Image and Sound Association. According to them, the X900B is an “all in one amazing package” that offers “high-end home entertainment thrills” with “natural and realistic colours.” The award goes as far as claiming that “no other TV sounds as good,”  thanks to the Magnetic Fluid speakers. After the jump, their full thoughts.

Look – VAIO is Back

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Look – VAIO is back – without Sony, that is. Remember back in February Sony announced plans to sell it’s VAIO brand of PC computers? Well that new owner has just relaunched itself and VAIOs are back on sale – in Japan only for now. No more Sony logos of course, Japan Industrial Partners will have to make its own mark on consumers hearts to succeed.

The past few years has been a rough one for the PC industry, as it has been particularly challenged by the popularity of smartphones and tablets which have reduced reliance on the traditional home computer. In the PC industry, the changing times has seen few winners, if any, and Sony certainly wasn’t one of them. As VAIO sales were not performing well, Sony released the brand to Japan Industrial Partners.

So what’s happening with the new VAIOs? Read on to find out.

Sony IFA 2014 Keynote Date & Time Revealed

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Come September 3rd, Sony will be kicking off their IFA keynote from 16:15 to 17:00 CEST (7:15 PDT). Like CES, IFA is about the latest technology with a heavy emphases on mobile. In the past, Sony has used IFA that’s held in Berlin, Germany to launch their QX10 and QX100 smartphone lenses, Xperia smartphones, and speakers. This year is no different as we’re expected the company to update their QX line and reveal the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. With less than a month to go, IFA couldn’t come fast enough for Sony who despite a surprise Q1 2014 profit, is in need of some good news and products that capture consumer attention.

PlayStation App 1.70.50 Update Goes Live for iOS Devices

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Get your favorite iOS device, folks (unless you have auto-updates turned on), because Sony has updated the PlayStation App. The PlayStation App 1.70.50 is set to improve

 Stability during use of some features 

Coming in at 9.2 MB, the update itself is quite fast with no other apparent changes. Previously, Sony made big changes via PlayStation App 1.70.13 which brought with it native iPad compatibility.