With the release of Forza Horizon 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS this week, this holiday gaming season is finally upon us. Although big releases are primed to steal the spotlight, Sony is bringing something new to the table -- a $99.99 console that will play hundreds of games from the PlayStation library.
As those of you who read my previous article will know I was planning on covering the event for the site by using the Readyaction Harness that we have used various times on the site. However due to the Royal Mail failing to deliver it to me in the allotted timescale, I was not able too use it. However I was lucky enough that the forecast for the event was extremely light wind so it was not needed in order to capture the event on film.
Before the event I had been using my Xperia Z2 to help me stay organized and I have already covered the ways in which it helped me in my previous piece. This piece of kit became essential in the week prior to the event as I was actually on Holiday at the other end of the country. So once again I was able too keep things going via the means of my mobile until my return the day before the event.
Come Sunday morning we here greeted by flat calm waters and next to zero wind, I went into panic mode as I was frantically trying to discover contingency plans (I had upwards of 40 people signed up to race and there was forecast to be no wind). Once again my trusty sidekick the Z2 came to my assistance as whilst I was out on the water setting up my course for the day I was able to call in some favours for my backup plans. I had to measure the course length to make sure that it was suitable for Guinness with regard to the record attempt (which we have smashed at this point btw) so I loaded up Runkeeper and I was given a perfect tracked and distance measured course on which we could race if the wind filled in.
Fortunately a few hours later the wind arrived as did the sailors so after a briefing and a quick change we made it onto the water Z2 in hand once again. After a reasonable start it turned out I was drifting in the correct direction and I was also drifting faster than the others. Out came the Z2 and I was able to start getting pictures and video of the boats on the water. I have got these pics and videos below for you to check out (the squeaking is my wetsuit on the deck of the boat).
Once the race was finished I returned to get down to the number crunching for the results which I did have to do on a laptop as the phone would not open a .CSV file and it was just easier on a laptop. However I had to make last minute charity donations for the sailors there so once again the phone came in handy by using the text to a short code option we are all familiar with.
I know what you are thinking. Yes this is all well and good but any phone could have coped with doing the things that I used it for. You are absolutely correct it could but I was sailing in the West Coast of Scotland not Mediterranean so I needed something that could cope with the potential condition which is why I choose to use a Z2 and will be replacing it with a Z3 when the time comes. It allowed me to get on with the tasks I needed to do without having to worry about getting it wet and it being bumped and knocked about a bit because it is a solid phone and one I very much enjoy using.
I will be out again this weekend and the Readyaction will come into play again and this time there is gong to be some wind as well so the Z2 will be tested better for its durability.
I hope this has been interesting for you guys and girls to read and has inspired you to use your phones a little differently. If you want to find out more about the event I was sailing in then go to www.bartsbash.com where there is more info and check back next week for the Readyacton footage from this weekends action.
I've always considered myself a utilitarian when it comes to my home entertainment center. I don't need the four-speaker surround sound system, the wall mount or even the nice leather chair -- just give me a couch and a television and I'm set. That's always been my stance and I thought it always would be... until I tried out Sony's new HT-ST5 sound bar.
It's a pretty interesting time to be in the market for a new mobile. Over the past month, we've seen Samsung's Galaxy Alpha and Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, not to mention Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will join that list in a few weeks. And as if you didn't have a hard enough choice already, Sony's latest handsets are now available in the UK, too. With a design that's almost identical to the company's previous flagship, the Xperia Z3 crams future-proof specs into a thinner and lighter package. The Xperia Z3 Compact is for those who prefer a smaller device, and while some specs like screen resolution have taken a hit in the shrinking process, the Z3's powerful chipset and camera have made a full transition to the miniature model. But how much are they, and where can I get 'em?! Woah, calm down with the questions there buddy -- we got you covered.
The Script, as I’m sure you’re all aware, are a brilliant Irish group consisting of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power. Formed in 2001 they’re known for songs like “The man who can’t be moved” and “Breakeven (Falling to pieces)”.
Phew. Thank goodness for Wikipedia.
If you like them, and you intended on getting a Sony Xperia X3 or Z3 Compact, maybe choose Vodafone. They have the phones available now and they will be hosting a one-off exclusive gig with the famous chart toppers. One pair of tickets is to be given away to the first 1000 Vodafone customers who redeem a ticket when they buy the Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact from Sony. Pretty good deal eh?
The band will be performing all the hits and tracks from their latest album to 2000 people at a secret location in London
Better still, if you go you’ll get entered into a draw for the chance to win a meet and greet with the band.
The Z3 and Z3 Compact are available from £43.50 and £39.50 per month respectively. Head to your local store or visit Vodafone Social for more details
Get tickets to see The Script when you get an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact from Vodafone is original content from Coolsmartphone.com
Sony is about to be very unhappy with the XDA Developers community. It seems that an XDA forum member who goes by the name of XperiaPlaystation has figured out how to port the Sony Xperia Z3's PlayStation 4 Remote Play feature over to any Android device, despite the fact that Sony has said that it wants the feature to remain an exclusive to its smartphones.
Here’s how Sony can get back to the game: Offer a free Typo-like keyboard case with its flagship phones
Once again recalibrating its bad news for the latest financial quarter, Sony has quadrupled its forecast loss for the financial year and it's down to those Xperia smartphones. The company already cut its forecast for smartphone sales in July, and this latest reassessment - to the sum of a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) "impairment" - comes following an internal review of it mobile arm in mid-summer. It found that the mobile arm was focused on "achieving significant sales growth" which apparently is no longer the game plan: the company is now aiming towards reducing risk, volatility and "more stable profits". (Some profit is likely a good place to start.) The revision will also factor new strategies depending on regions, and a focus on its premium smartphones -- and likely a reduction in its midrange devices.
Update: The Wall Street Journal reports that in an analyst meeting in Tokyo, Sony admitted that it won't be a major player in smartphones due to rising competition from Chinese brands and the inability to penetrate the US market. So much so that the company currently has plans to cut about a thousand jobs in its mobile division. Instead, Sony hopes to focus attention on higher-end phones for elite customers and other markets such as wearables.
Sony's not making PCs any more. It recently announced it wouldn't be making new e-readers, either. The company's also taking a long hard look at the TV business that it dominated for decades. In the '90s, its TVs stood up alongside the Discman, Walkman and even that new games console that could play CDs. Sony was cool; it had cachet. But a narrow focus on proprietary technology and its slowness to adapt to the dizzying speed of consumer tech in the last two decades have taken their toll. While it's created a new department solely dedicated to making the next big thing, it remains to be seen if the company can bounce back from decades of failures.