We’re back! AsiaD‘s concluding today, but we’ve got a couple of big hitters left on the schedule. Kicking things off this morning — yeah, it’s morning, we’re in the future — is Sony’s Executive Deputy President, Kazuo Hirai, and we’re guessing he’ll be shooting it straight regarding the PS Vita, those nasty “outages” and whatever else he feels like keeping us abreast on. Join us after the break for the blow-by-blow!
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Sony’s Kazuo Hirai: liveblog from AsiaD! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s hard being the Jan to Japan’s Marsha, always sitting quietly on the sidelines and watching as the “prettier” sister gets lavished with the latest goods. Well, envy doth strike again as Sony’s partnered with NTT DoCoMo to add a dash of cellular connectivity to its line of slates. While the country’s already seen the launch of the Tablet S earlier this September, that particular model was WiFi-only. Now, the privileged, electronic-consuming hordes over to our East can make the most of their Honeycomb 3.2, PlayStation Certified tabs at speeds of up to 14Mbps down / 5.7Mbps up. There’ll be two flat-rate data plans on offer when the devices go on sale this October 28th, with the promo “FOMA Tablet Start Campaign” running until the end of next April. Feel like turning Japanese or at least moving overseas? In this case, we really think so.
Sony’s Tablet S and P get 3G in Japan, NTT DoCoMo preps for October 28th release originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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A vast number of Bravia LCD TVs dating from 2007 and 2008 will be recalled after components in some Japanese sets went into meltdown and started smoking. So far only eleven incidents have been reported and it looks like no one has been hurt or experienced any wider damage, but Sony says it wants to take back 1.6 million TVs that were sold in the US, Europe, Japan and elsewhere. No word on exactly which models are affected, but we’re expecting further details from Sony imminently.
Sony to recall 1.6 million Bravia TVs due to melting components originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Sony’s timing could have been better with the Reader WiFi PRS-T1. The device, which was unveiled back at IFA in late August, is set to launch within a fortnight. In the intervening time, Amazon, the clear leader in the space, unveiled two new readers — the fourth-generation Kindle and the Kindle Touch. Sony’s got a ways to go if it’s going to become a dominant force in the e-reader market outside of its native Japan, alongside the Kindle and the Nook. The PRS-T1 certainly takes some steps in that direction, both in terms of pricing and features — but is it enough to get consumers to stand up and take notice? Find out in our review after the break.
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Sony Reader WiFi review originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s been a long time coming, but the patience has paid off with Sony’s A77 finally getting its first pro review. Sure, the $1,400 cost of entry (body only) will weigh heavily on even the most enthusiastic cameraman conscious. But, what’s a few hundred dollars when it comes to a camera that Popular Photography says has “radically changed the world of DSLRs”? It seems only the rival Canon 7D holds a candle to this would-be king, besting Sony’s latest when it comes to noise and performance at higher ISOs. However, the A77 wins on its all-around charm, with a 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS-C sensor, articulated LCD screen, world-first OLED EVF and impressive video-shooting chops. Video-wise, that top dollar gets you a high-end performance of 60fps at 1920 x 1080 with the fast phase-detection auto-focus we’ve also seen on its predecessors, the Sony A55 and A33.
Popular Photography does add a single caveat to the largely very positive conclusion: video enthusiasts should probably hold tight to see what Canon and Nikon counter with. Especially if you’re in possession of multiple lenses. Aside from that, what’s stopping you? Dig in to all the nitty-gritty details below, and we’d advise cutting down on those impulse eBay purchases — this magnesium-alloyed beauty will certainly make a financial dent when it lands, if not a physical one.
Sony A77 reviewed: A 24.3 megapixel game-changer? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.
It’s been a hectic week, what with Amazon trotting out a little something
you may have been expecting (along with a few things
you weren’t). We won’t lie: some
of us now know what we’re getting our friends and family for the holidays, but gadgets we may or may not be purchasing doesn’t cut the mustard for IRL, now does it? Until we pull the trigger, we’ll keep on talking up and dressing down the stuff we’re already using. This week, Jose from Engadget Spanish takes his newly minted NEX-C3 on vacation, Dana outgrows her Forerunner 110 and Darren shows you just how your hands-on video sausages get made.
Continue reading IRL: Sony NEX-C3, Garmin Forerunner 110 and the Elgato Turbo.264 HD
IRL: Sony NEX-C3, Garmin Forerunner 110 and the Elgato Turbo.264 HD originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If you thought hitting up the local library was far too Web 1.0 for your avant-garde lifestyle, you may want to check out the Eau Claire public library in Wisconsin — it’s not only lending books, but also, iPads. Each one of the 44 available tablets will be stuffed to the digital gills with 1,000 books, ten audiobooks and various apps for your reading (or, not reading) pleasure. Although other houses of learning have launched similar programs, this is the first of note to go with Apple slates for its e-reading experiment. If you’re the proud owner of a library card and have less than $10 in fines, you too can get in line for one of the loaners. We wonder, does the old saying “you break it, you buy it” apply here?
Wisconsin library loans iPads for at home e-reading originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Over on Netflix’s official blog, company head Reed Hastings has announced in a surprisingly humble blog post and video (embedded after the break) that it’s splitting the DVD-by-mail business away into a new venture dubbed Qwikster. While the recent price changes already split the cost for each service, when this takes effect in a few weeks it will result in two different websites, two different sets of movie ratings and queues, and two different charges on customer’s bills. He admits two separate sites may make it more difficult to manage a presence on both, but says dropping the need for compatibility between the two will enable new features to balance that out. Another change?
Netflix Qwikster (is there anything good about that name?) is getting into video game rentals, available for an extra charge similar to the existing Blu-ray disc option.
While the blog post blames a lack of communication for much of the backlash (and obviously cancellations), it’s about to become very clear that Netflix is “primarily a streaming company.” Also mentioned is “substantial” additional streaming content coming in the next few months. Whatever the company calls itself, charges, or changes on its website, if Netflix wants to talk its way back into subscriber’s good graces, starting with something new to watch is the way to do it.
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Netflix spins DVD-by-mail service off into Qwikster, says it’s ‘done’ with price changes (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The successor to Sony’s underappreciated Netbox was introduced at IFA recently, and now the company has revealed pricing for the SMP-N200 in the United States. It’ll be on sale for $99 in October, and updates the old box with support for 3D, live streaming content and other unspecified new features. The original featured then-impressive support for local media playback and streaming, but does the Blu-ray-less wonder does it have what it takes in 2011? If it has a UI refresh and access to comparable sources thanks to Sony’s now streamlined Video Unlimited / Music Unlimited media approach then this could play well as a one-two punch with a connected PC, phone or tablet. We’ll find out next month, check out the details after the break or our hands on pics from CEDIA here.
Continue reading Sony’s SMP-N200 player set to take on Roku, Apple TV for $99 next month
Sony’s SMP-N200 player set to take on Roku, Apple TV for $99 next month originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Anyone who commutes to a big city knows how loud and distracting things can get — whether it’s the whine of a bus engine, a subway car’s ca-clank or just that screaming baby seated behind you. Some folks may find cranking jams through their headphones helpful for blocking out the world, while others would prefer a bit more relative silence. Thankfully, in this modern age there exist headphones with noise-cancelling goodness to help you zone out.
Sony hasn’t been a stranger to such cans, and recently introduced its $200 MDR-NC200D noise-cancelling headphones; a mid-range option for folks wanting similar benefits of its over-ear NC500D in an on-ear package. The claim is that these pups will reduce “98.2 percent of ambient noise” for up to 22 hours on a single AAA, so we sported the MDRs for the past few weeks as our primary set of headphones to hear for ourselves. You’ll find all of the rock blockin’ deets just after the break.
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Sony MDR-NC200D noise-cancelling headphones review originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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