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Caught in the Mobius Duct

Posted in Sony,Speakers by Chetz on September 4th, 2007

mobiusduct_speakersAs Morpheus said in “The Matrix”, “No one can tell you what the Matrix is. You have to experience it for yourself.” That sounds like what we will have to do when Sony brings out its SRS-ZX1 speakers on October 20 in the Japanese market.

Looking a little bit like a spy cam, these speakers utilize a new proprietary technology that Sony calls “Mobius Duct” that supposedly makes for a more forceful low frequency wave. The speakers measure 3.1 x 6.6 x 7.4-inches, have two channels of 20W output, a built-in amp, a remote control and two analog inputs.

Sony Rolly Video Has Strange, Music Loving Gadget

Posted in music,Rumors,Sony by Darrin Olson on September 1st, 2007

Sony Rolly video shows off strange looking rolling, dancing device that responds to musicThe Sony Rolly is something that’s got a lot of people talking about Sony, which may be the whole point of the device, whether its real or not. This Miuro look-a-like (which interestingly we reported on exactly one year ago), appears to respond to music by rolling and “dancing” around on the floor. From the video it looks football shaped and can move forward or back, turn, spin, has some “wings” that open on the sides like little arms when it dances along with some glowing lights that change color as it moves.

There really isn’t any information about the Rolly available aside from this strange video, which again might be intentional by Sony. Engadget was able to contact at least one Sony representative about the product who neither confirmed nor denied any information about it. They did however say that it had nothing to do with any recent product releases from Sony. Take a look at the video after the jump and see what you think:

Sony Drops a Lighter Fare Walkman

Posted in Media Players,MP3,Sony,Walkman by Chetz on August 31st, 2007

Sony Walkman NWZ-B100 series media playerAlong with yesterday’s release of the new video Walkman’s from Sony, they also released a smaller, non-video line of Walkmans which were somewhat overshadowed in the announcement. Although the new NWZ-B100 series do not have video, they do have a 3-line color LCD display to show functions and tracks playing.

The small Walkman supports playing MP3 and WMA audio files and is compatible with Microsoft’s PlayForSure music service. It also has a FM tuner with the ability to set as many as 30 preset stations, and it can record the radio broadcast directly to the player as MP3′s. It also has a microphone built-in should you want to record your own, personally sung songs to the player for future easy-listening.

Sony Strolls Video Walkmans to the U.S.

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Media Players,Sony,Walkman by Darrin Olson on August 30th, 2007

Sony NWZ-S610 and NWZ-S610 Series Walkmans brings video Walkmans to the US for the first timeToday’s the day Sony decided to unveil video Walkmans to the US for the first time with the NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series Walkman media players. Both players support an open platform for downloading and saving music and video content to coincide with Sony phasing out its CONNECT music service.

The players come in capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB and in colors of black, pink, red and silver. The higher end NWZ-A810 model has a 2-inch QVGA (320 by 240) LCD, comes packaged with some high-end noise isolation earbuds and has a battery life that supports video playback of up to 8 continuous hours. The NWZ-A810 is targeting a little bit younger crowd with a 1.8-inch LCD and features an FM tuner and a little more battery life for continuous video of 9.5 hours. Both models promise to provide an impressive 33 hours of continuous music playback.

The PS2 Gets Dressed in White

Posted in PS2,Sony by Chetz on August 30th, 2007

White PS2 to be released by Sony bundled with SingStar PopSony is still thinking that there’s life left in the old PlayStation 2 and it’s probably right considering how poorly the PS3 has faired in the next gen console war. To attract any remaining consumers out there still holding out on picking up a PS2, or simply to whet the interest of the collectors market, the company has revealed that it will sell a limited edition Ceramic White PlayStation 2 bundled with “SingStar Pop” and two of its high-quality USB microphones. The new white PS2 bundle will hit stores in November and retail for $149.99, just in time for Christmas gift giving.

“SingStar Pop” is a karaoke game where you and your friends/family/American Idol wannabe friends can croon the tunes sung by old and new pop stars including hits originally sung by Alicia Keys, U2, Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson, …

Sony GV-HD700 does portable HDV tape playback

Posted in Camcorders,Media Players,Sony by Nino Marchetti on August 28th, 2007

Sony GV-HD700 Video WalkmanSony is set to unveil next month a portable video player which works with HDV or standard mini-DV video tapes. The Sony GV-HD700 Video Walkman will be available in September for around $1,300.

The GV-HD700 features a seven-inch widescreen display designed to ensure all of the recorded frame area is displayed. It is capable of recording HDV and DV signals from an external source for backup purposes and can also transfer digital still images from tapes to Memory Sticks.

Sony VAIO LT does Blu-ray Disc

Posted in Blu-ray,Desktop PCs,Sony by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2007

Sony VAIO LT includes support for Blu-ray discsSony announced today a nice looking all in one PC/television with Blu-ray Disc support. The Sony VAIO LT starts at around $1,900, with the Blu-ray model pricing at around $2,900, and should be available come October.

The Sony VAIO LT, besides offering Blu-ray Disc support, also comes with a 22-inch widescreen WSXGA+ display with mounting capability so it can be hung via a VESA-compliant mount in a variety of places. It has all the usual bells and whistles for a more pricey home computer, including an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, expandable hard drive storage and a 1.3-megapixel camera.

Sony Go!Explore GPS for PSP

Posted in GPS,PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on August 27th, 2007

Sony Go!Explore GPS nav for Sony PSPSony has announced that they’re going to start offering Go!Explore, a new GPS navigation system add-on for their handheld PSP game console starting this holiday season. This is great news for those living in UK/Ireland, Iberia, France, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, and Scandinavia where they will initially have maps available, but the rest of the world is going to have to wait a little longer.

The system includes a some GPS receiver hardware that will mount on the top of the PSP and UMD based software for the maps. The navigation software is provided by NavNGo and the maps will be from TeleAtlas providing navigation along with 3D city and landmark rendering on the PSP.

Go!Explore will come in languages of English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and will support updating the POI via WiFi.

via TrendyGadget

Sony PlayTV brings TV, DVR to your PS3

Posted in PlayTV,PS3,Sony by Chris Weber on August 22nd, 2007

Sony PlayTV lets the PS3 record and playback television shows and stream them to the PSPToday at the Leipzig Game Convention in Europe Sony announced that they will be launching PlayTV sometime in early 2008. PlayTV brings not one but two high definition (1080p) TV tuners to the Playstation 3 game console along with DVR capabilities allowing you to record one show and save another, both in high def.

This is pretty cool in itself (especially if you’re in Europe since this uses European Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial only), but there’s more. You can also transfer these videos from your PS3 and watch them on your PSP while on the go and even use the Remote Play feature on your PSP to watch what’s on your PS3 and to program in your recordings. Just how well and fast this will actually work remains to be seen but …

Sony PSP 2000 Available for Pre-Order

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on August 17th, 2007

Sony PSP 2000 available for pre-orderIf you’ve been holding out on buying a PSP because you’re waiting on the new slimmer PSP 2000, it’s now finally available for pre-order through Amazon.com. In case you missed it, Sony officially announced in July that they would be coming out with a new slimmer and lighter PSP adding on some new features including a new video out port, the ability to charge through USB and faster loading of games.

The PSP 2000 is going for $169.99 on Amazon and will ship on September 10.

Sony unveils DRX-S70U DVD burner and more

Posted in DVD,Sony by Nino Marchetti on August 7th, 2007

Sony DRX-S70USony unveiled today three next-generation dual format DVD/CD recordable drives for computer users. The most interesting looking of these three drives is the slim, external DRX-S70U.

The Sony DRX-S70U ($130, September) is geared towards those who want a more stylish DVD burner sitting alongside their notebook PC. This burner supports both dual and double layer formats, offering 8X DVD+/-R, 4X DVD+/-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 5X DVD-RAM, and 24X CD-R/RW recording speeds. It comes bundled with a full version of Nero 7 and sports a USB 2.0 interface.

Sony officially announces 80GB Playstation 3

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Chris Weber on August 6th, 2007

Sony officially announces 80GB PS3Sony made it official today with an announcement today of the larger capacity 80GB Playstation 3 game console for sale now both online and in stores in the US and Canada. The new system comes bundled with the off-road racing game MotorStorm for $599 USD or $659 CND.

The larger capacity allows users to download and store more games and media through the game console as the number of games and multimedia content from Sony continues to grow. The 60GB PS3 is still available along side this new high-end version retailing for $499 with an recent increase in sales after the recent $100 price drop, according to Sony. There was no mention in the press release about the 20GB models, but they are likely to be going at some reduced rates while they last.

The MotorStorm racing game included with the 80GB PS3 is …

Sony recalling 350,000 Cyber-shot cameras

Posted in Digital Cameras,News,Sony by Darrin Olson on August 5th, 2007

Sony is recalling over 350,000 of its cyber-shot digital cameras for metal coatings peeling and warping causing cutsSony has announced that it is recalling around 350,000 of its DSC-T5 Cyber-shot digital cameras due to peeling and warping of the coating on the bottom of the camera. The peeling metal coating could potentially scratch or cut the user and Sony has offered to replace the bottom portion of the camera at no charge. Sony says that all the injuries reported as a result of the defective coating so far have been minor.

According to the Associated Press, most of the DSC-T5 cameras were sold in the US, Europe and China with 66,000 of them sold in Japan. If you’re wondering if your Cyber-shot is one of the one being recalled, you can identify it by the serial number on the sticker on the bottom (if it hasn’t peeled or …

Sony Unveils Pocket Bit Mini USB Drives

Posted in Flash Memory,Sony,USB by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2007

Sony Pocket Bit Mini USB Flash drives USM-HX with Vista ReadyBoostSony has announced a new series of flash drives called the Pocket Bit Mini (USM-HX series). The USB flash drives come in capacities of 1GB and 2GB are Vista ReadyBoost compatible with virtual expander, encoding and secret file lock built into the drive.

They come in colors of black or white and has a two-way carrying case to make them convenient for different USB port locations. The little drives are 14.5mm long and weigh just 1.5 grams. They will retail for $34 and $52 for the 1GB and 2GB, respectively. Expect to see these guys showing up September 2.

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Sony Partners with Sky For PSP Video-On-Demand

Posted in Digital Video,News,PSP,Sony by Chris Weber on July 27th, 2007

Sony and Sky partner up to bring movies on demand to the Playstation PortableIt looks like PSP owners in Europe will be getting a new video-on-demand service through a new joing venture announced today between Sony and Sky. The new company will be Europe’s first official PSP video downloading service and is expected to be put in place by early next year, initially in Europe and Ireland.

There aren’t many details yet regarding the service offerings but reports say that there will be a wide variety of entertainment videos available to download to the PSP, with everything from movies to sitcoms to sporting events.

No news of this service going outside of Europe but such talks are underway. Sky is also looking at making a similar deal with Nintendo to bring videos to the DS handheld game console.

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