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PlayStation Store Update (07-22-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for July 22, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now pre-order all 4 of the titles available in the PLAY 2014 program (see more details here) as well as purchase Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty which the new take on the classic Abe’s Oddysee.

PlayStation 3 users can now purchase Entwined (also available now for the PS Vita) and PlayStation Vita owners can now purchase Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (also available for PS3). Beyond the PLAY 2014 program, there is also a Super Hero Sale going on with deep discounts on titles in the inFamous and Batman series.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week there will be new sales. This week PlayStation Plus users can take advantage of deeper discounts on the Super Hero Sale along with sales on several RPGs including the Persona series.

Sony Splits Contacts App on Android; Updates to 16.1.B.3.2

Sony Android Contacts 16.1.B.3.2

If you’ve been rocking Android 4.4.4 on your Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact which the US is finally getting, or the Z1 Ultra then this news is for you. In a trend that current affects the mentioned phones which will likely expand to all current Xperia smartphones, Sony is separating the Contacts app from all firmware updates and instead is planning on treating as a standalone app. Sony already does this with their media apps like Walkman which was just updated to build 8.4.A.1.4. With that move, the Contacts update 16.1.B.3.2 went live as well.

After the jump, we discuss why this is an important step for Sony and what Contacts 16.1.B.3.2 brings with it.

Sony Walkman 8.4.A.1.4 App Update Now Live

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If you’ve been enjoying the Sony Walkman app on your Android phone then listen up. Sony is rolling out the Walkman 8.4.A.1.4 update which brings with it some good UI tweaks and the inevitable “bug fixes” that tend to come with all software and firmware updates. Those looking to get their hands on the latest Walkman app update need Android 4.2 or higher on their smartphone and can download the small in size Walkman 8.4.A.1.4 update over the air (OTA).

After the jump, let’s talk details and device compatibility for the new Walkman app.

Official: New Sony Xperia C3 is Made for Selfies (Update)

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Are you a selfie fan? Do you like to get the best snaps you can with friends but are frustrated by the lower quality of the front camera? Well get ready for the Xperia C3, Sony’s answer to this problem. The Xperia C3 has been officially revealed and it sports a front-facing flash to help you achieve the best lighting no matter the time of day or weather.

Official specs:

  • Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5.5″ HD (1280×720)
  • 5 MP Front-facing camera (720p)
  • Soft flash for front camera
  • 8 MP camera with auto focus
  • 4G LTE
  • 7.6mm thin
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 2500 mAh

Read on to find out more.

Sony Pictures Television Acquires CSC Media Group in UK TV Market

Sony Pictures TelevisionSony Pictures Television has recently announced plans to expand further into the UK market with its acquisition of CSC Media Group, adding a further 16 television channels to it’s UK portfolio.

Currently Sony owns TV channels in the UK including Sony Movie Channel, Movies 4 Men, and Movie Mix. These channels are ad-supported and are will now be complemented with the addition of popular channels including True Entertainment, Pop and Chart ShowTV.

 The acquisition of CSC further demonstrates our commitment to the UK market and our intent to continue to grow our tremendously successful global portfolio of networks, 

Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television

Read on for more details.

‘Breaking Bad’ Now Available on Netflix 4K

Breaking_Bad_Pixel_4KWhile there is no shortage of Breaking Bad fans out there, the number shrinks down when the news applies to Breaking Bad fans who also own a 4K television. If you do fall into that elite group then this news should excite you though in general, this is good news for 4K fans as well. As of now, you can watch Breaking Bad in drool-worthy 4K. All you need now is smell-o-vision to have the most authentic meth lab experience without actually going to jail. The news was brought to light by Netflix’s Joris Evers:

Unfortunately, there are some caveats that go along with the news.

FIFA Bans Players Using Beats Headphones at World Cup; Sony Remains Official Sponsor

Amazonia Stadium Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 front

Football may celebrated as the ‘international sport of the world’, bringing people together from every corner of the world in a way that few cultural events truly do, but it’s easy to forget that behind the glamour and fun, it’s big business too. For example, this is estimated to be the most expensive World Cup ever, costing Brazil more than the previous two Cups combined at roughly $14-16bn. It also represents the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, with more than 1 billion unique viewers expected to watch online, by smartphone, TV and in public places. Just imagine what those figures mean to companies in communications, PR, marketing, also for merchandise producers and a whole lot more. Like Sony, for example.

FIFA has just announced that it’s banning players from wearing Beats branded headphones from all stadia involved in the World Cup.

Read on to find out why.

Sony Partners with Hydro-Québec for Energy R&D Venture

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Sony Corp. has just teamed up with Hydro-Québec to create a joint venture called Esstalion Technologies, Inc. that is designed to utilise Sony’s expertise in battery technology as well as Hydro-Québec’s knowledge of electric power systems to further research in large-scale energy storage solutions. This covers including integrating renewable energy into power grids, by addressing natual imabalances created by irregular natural energy supply. Disaster recovery is also expected to benefit from further exploration of this area and other areas.

 …the subject of the joint venture company’s research and development (of) energy storage systems for power grids that use lithium-ion battery technologies… 

This piece of news is a rare look into what’s going on in Sony’s Devices segment. It can be about as mysterious as Wayne Enterprises’ R&D department at the best of times.

Read on to find out more about Esstalion and the Devices segment.

New Horizons with Sony Real Estate Corp

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In yet another effort by Sony to diversify its income, the 68-year old Japanese corporation has announced plans to move into property sales and consulting services starting this August. Sony Real Estate Corp is being created with a capital of ¥250m ($2.4m / €1.7m) and will involve brokering property sales and providing consulting services in real estate asset management to companies. This comes at a time when Sony has just leveraged the value of its Japanese and US headquarters in the past year, selling them off. Active asset management is now a more prominent part of their activies in-house too. Sony real estate envisages ¥50bn ($491m / €362m) annual sales in five years and list its shares for trading within 3 years. This latest move is the result of in-house inspiration, coming from CEO Kaz Hirai’s plan to source new investment opportunities from within the corporation.

Read on for more details.

E3: Exclusive PlayStation Content for Diablo III Revealed

diablo 3As we reported on Monday, Sony announced that there would be new and exclusive PlayStation content for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls-Ultimate Evil Edition when it launches on August 19th for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. This content is inspired by two popular titles from the PlayStation universe: The Last of Us and Shadow of the Colossus. Keep reading to get more details and see this new content in action.

E3 2014: PlayStation Press Conference Recap

E3LSSony just finished their E3 2014 Press Conference and just as expected there was a ton of exciting news and announcements. From the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 3 which we exclusively reported on here to the reveal of a trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, it was a very exciting presentation. Keep reading to see a full recap of everything featured at PlayStation’s Press Conference.

Sony Lifelog App Preview (Video)

Sony_Lifelog_SocialAre you still confused by what Lifelog, the companion app to the Sony SmartBand can do? Luckily, Sony has put together a video that explains exactly how what the company calls a “life tracker” is able to store more than your fitness info and incorporate your social life as well. As a refresher, beyond being able to see how long you’ve slept, where you’ve been, and how the weather was during those times, Lifelog is also able to tie into your social life and tell you the number of photos you’ve taken, how much video/music you’ve consumed, and other social metrics. After the jump, the video that better explains it awaits you.

Meet the Sony Xperia T3 – The “World’s Slimmest 5.3-inch Smartphone”

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Sony just unleashed the Xperia T3, a 7mm, 5.3-inch HD device with 8MP main camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage all wrapped in a stainless steel frame. Sony tells us that it is intended for global release from the end of July. The specs suggest an upper mid-range placement. So what’s different with this one? They teamed up with German photographer Benjamin Kaufmann for the design of this smartphone, taking inspiration from “landscapes and art.” So we can add this to the OmniBalance design langauge that they’ve been using. Xperia just took a new direction.

 The unique stainless steel ‘mirror’ that frames the device is represented in the reflective waves of the sea, while the device’s white, black and purple variations are also characterised in the landscapes breath-taking palette. 

Come check out the specs and gallery.