Sony just unveiled a gigantic remote control with a full-sized built-in speaker

Sony Hybrid Remote Control Speaker

Sony this past week took the wraps off a crazy and new TV remote control with a full-sized built-in speaker. Needless to say, this is likely the biggest and most ridiculous TV remote you're ever going to see. While we can certainly appreciate the idea behind this contraption, it certainly won't win any awards for industrial design anytime soon.

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Sony just unveiled an amazing drone that can fly 106 MPH

Sony Drone

Sony this past year partnered up with a Japanese robotics company called ZMP to establish a new drone company called Aerosense. While the joint partnership understandably raised a few eyebrows at first, Sony believes that it can leverage its expertise in camera and communications technologies to make an impact in the burgeoning drone market.

On Monday, Sony released video footage of a drone prototype borne out of its relationship with ZMP. Suffice it to say, this isn't your everyday $150 Quadcopter. And trust us when we say that that's a good thing.

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Every free PS4, PS3 and PS Vita game you can download in September

PS4 PS3 PS Vita Free Games

For the first time in the history of the Instant Game Collection, PS4 owners were able to pick one of the two games they're getting for free in September. Between Grow Home, Armello and Zombie Vikings, Grow Home unsurprisingly won out (which makes sense since it's already been well-received by PC gamers).

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Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

It’s that time again. We’re building up to IFA in Berlin. Sony, like many other tech companies, are wanting to get on the “hype train”. They have been doing that very well with rumours of the Z5 range, however today I bring you news of an actual thing that you can actually buy.

Yes.

Today I bring you the Sony SmartBand 2.

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

I’ve used the older Smartband extensively and, although it was OK, it was a bit … “meh”. So much so that it’s now been replaced by my Pebble Time (review coming soon). There were some things that the Smartband did very well but I just never really trusted the accuracy levels as it was essentially just an accelerator that measured the movement of your wrist.

This where the SmartBand 2 comes to it own. Firstly it has got a redesigned buckle, therefore the blasted thing won’t come off your wrist as easily as its predecessor (I lost one this way).

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

Secondly and perhaps more importantly, it has a heart rate sensor built into the “core”. This works in a similar way to those used on the Microsoft Band that I reviewed. This time around the sensor is closed off so that it will maintain its ruggedness. It receives an IP 68 rating, meaning that it can be used in the pool and worn in the shower etc. It also means that if you use it while on a sweaty run in the beautiful British weather (read, rain) you don’t have to worry about it getting wet. Sony take the ruggedness of their wearables very seriously. This has been showcased up and down the country this summer by their sponsorship of Tough Mudder.

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

Thirdly, Sony have decided to make their SmartBand 2 available on iOS from version 8.2 and above.

I look forward to getting a chance to test this version of the SmartBand as I think it will make things a bit more accurate due to the heart rate being monitored. I just hope that it doesn’t display the bugs that the Microsoft Band had, and that it is more comfortable than it as well.
I will be getting some hands on time with this at the upcoming IFA 2015 event in a few short weeks, so check back to see what we think.

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

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  • Sony’s ‘Metal Gear Solid V’ devices flaunt your stealth action fandom

    Sony's 'Metal Gear Solid V' edition Walkman players

    Are you a Metal Gear Solid fan? So much so that you bought an MGS edition PS4, and have no trouble making sense of the series' frequently intricate plots? You'll want to hit up your favorite Japanese exporter, then. Sony has unveiled a legion of limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain devices, all of which come with game-themed cases, engravings, sounds and wallpaper. Some are more extravagant than others, though. The Xperia J1 Compact phone, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z4 Tablet we can understand, but there are also Phantom Pain versions of the Walkman A16 and audiophile-oriented Walkman ZX2. Yes, you too can demonstrate your fondness for stealth action by buying a soon-to-be-obsolete MP3 player -- something tells us that these models won't be wildly popular.

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    At 50% off, you’d be crazy not to check out the Sony MDRV6 headphones on Amazon

    sony headphones

    Amazon doesn't just have one deal of the day, it also has a bonus deal each day... and today's bonus deal is most certainly a good one. You can grab a truly solid pair of headphones for a great price in the bonus deal. We are talking about the Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones, and they are up for grabs at 50% off the full retail price with free Prime shipping.

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    Sony to announce new devices at IFA

    IFA is nearly upon us, and rumours on what to expect from the event are starting to reach us.

    Sony to announce new devices at IFA

    The latest news (from a reliable source) involves several devices which Sony are expected to announce at the event. These are the Z5, Z5 Compact and the Z5 Ultra. Screen sizes are said to be 5.2″ and 4.7″ and 5.5″ respectively..

    Each device will feature  a finger print reader on this side where the current lower button is, an improved camera (the same camera featured on the m5) and Android 5.1.1. The devices won’t however feature a Micro USB 3 connector.
    Sony to announce new devices at IFA

    We are also expecting a new Smartband featuring an additional heart rate monitor which will use the same technology as the Microsoft Band. This will also drop with a new app to take advantage of the new features.
    Sony to announce new devices at IFA

    Sony to announce new devices at IFA

    Will Sony have any surprises up their sleeve? Watch this space! We’ll be LIVE from IFA with all the latest.

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  • You can choose one of the next free PS4 games

    PS4 Vote to Play

    Every month for the past several years, Sony has released a selection of free PS3 games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. PS Vita and PS4 games were added to the list after the launch of those consoles, and now Sony is mixing it up once again by allowing PS4 owners to vote for one of the games they'll receive for free beginning next month.

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    Is PlayStation Now the future of mobile gaming?

    PlayStation Now is Sony’s Game Streaming Service aimed at providing a library of PlayStation games to internet connected devices.

    PlayStation Now works by performing all the processing on a centrally hosted server and streaming the images to your device, whilst collecting your input and sending it back to the server. It turns the PlayStation into a device independent platform rather than a hardware based system.

    Is PlayStation Now the future of mobile gaming?

    Uncharted 2 on the Vita via PlayStation Now

    This month Sony expanded the range of compatible devices to include the PS Vita, a mobile device. It’s surely only a matter of time before a mobile phone version of PlayStation Now is released, so I was keen to see how it worked in practice.

    Grabbing my normally redundant Vita I went and rented Uncharted 2, and after I recovered from the price I started playing through this classic.

    Testing PlayStation Now on the PS Vita shows off the potential that the service brings, as PS3 quality graphics and audio are delivered to the small screen without apparent lag. To achieve this a good quality WiFi connection is required, and the service won’t run unless an appropriate quality connection is available. Although adding to the mobile potential, it’s possible to get a very good experience using a strong 4G signal as an internet source.

    You will occasionally notice that a few tricks are being deployed in order to maintain a consistent frame rate. Backgrounds sometimes become hazy as the focus stays on foreground activity, and some colour compression takes place but it’s subtle and doesn’t impact on the overall experience.

    The built-in hardware controls and touchscreen on the PS Vita are used to replicate a PS3 control pad. On other supported devices you can connect a Sony Joypad for that genuine feeling.

    Is PlayStation Now the future of mobile gaming?

    The controls work really well

    It all sounds great so far, but there is currently a big problem with the service and that’s the business model.
    Bearing in mind that you can buy a physical copy of a number of the titles on offer for just a couple of quid, the service feels very expensive.
    To rent Uncharted 2 it costs £7.99 for 30 days, and there’s no access to any previous digital purchases – which is pretty crazy, but as the service is still in beta hopefully this will change.

    Overall PlayStation Now is a very good gaming experience and has certainly made my PS Vita relevant again, it’s clear to me that if Sony expanded the service to include iOS & Android devices and get the pricing model right, then PlayStation Now could change the face of mobile gaming.

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  • Sony’s new mid-range phones take 13-megapixel selfies

    Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    These are dark days for Sony's smartphone business. The division saw sales drop 16.3 percent over the past year, and is losing money faster than PlayStation is making it. The answer to this problem, according to Sony, is to release two new mid range smartphones to this month, the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. Both focus heavily on imaging, with the C5 Ultra offering two 13-megapixel Exmor RS cameras (one on the front, one on the back) that will hopefully capture some impressive shots. The front-facing camera has a 22m wide-angle lens for all your #welfie needs, and even a front-facing flash. Cameras aside, the C5 Ultra (pictured above) has a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, a 6-inch 1080p display, and a 2,930mAh battery that Sony claims is good for two days use.

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