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  • Weekly Round Up #26: E3 Special — bland or totes amazing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee and Graham van der Made chat brings you another podcast special, focusing on E3 2015 Throughout the podcast, they dissect what outraged, tickled and annoyed them about this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The team already live blogged the event, with announcements from Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix. The event took place from 14-18 June. Gearburn, our gadget and gaming site, followed it, analysed all the announcements and got conversations going. It has been an...

  • Sony Xperia E3 review-in-brief: unflappable but uninteresting

    The Sony Xperia E series is the budget battler of the company’s Xperia range, catering for more of a mid-range audience than its other phones in the stable. While you could say that this means it offers lower-end features, you could see it as a cheaper phone offering mid-end features.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Sony Mobile, 5FM relaunch Xperia Mashlab project

    Sony Mobile and 5FM, one of the country's top radio stations, are relaunching the Xperia Mashlab project, a mesh between South African music and technology that will be run by the fans, for the fans. The Mashlab brand began in 2013 by current 5FM DJ John Savage and aimed to provide with public with fan-driven, unique tracks from select artists. Ultimately, it's "a unique adventure allowing fans to form a part of a musical journey where they drive the production process to form a unique, proudly South African song," notes the press release. In essence, fans decide the collaborations they'd like...

  • Sony Pictures cancels ‘The Interview’ release following hacker threats

    Following threats by Guardians of Peace, the group that hacked Sony Pictures, the entertainment studio has now decided to cancel The Interview. The company has not provided a future date for release. The Interview, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and has been the central focus of a number of hacks which have exposed company data including emails, deals, and leaked Sony movies. Sony has released a statement announcing the cancellation, citing in it amongst other things that it was it was terribly disappointed by the outcome and “deeply...

  • James Bond’s ‘Spectre’ movie plot notes leaked by hacker group

    Following the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November where five unreleased movies along with sensitive documents were made public, the drafts of 007's up-coming Spectre movie have been divulged over the weekend. Several sources who claim to have gone through "some emails from those leaked Sony files," have shared these sensitive notes regarding the highly-anticipated James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista. Here’s some emails from those leaked Sony files re: the new Bond film. From October. http://t.co/3mfYfP1yRE http://t.co/jJKHNRewnd — Alex Christmas Dayly (@aedaily) December 9, 2014 The "early version" of author Ian Fleming's popular action...

  • Amazon announces 4K streaming for Instant Video service

    There is nothing worse than watching movies that appear as if they had been shot in the dark on a camcorder at the cinema or streaming movies that are good quality but are always buffering. Even Amazon agrees. Yesterday, the ecommerce giant announced the availability of 4K Ultra HD streaming on its Amazon Instant Video service starting with a limited selection of content. For now the service is only available in the US and Amazon has not released information on when will other countries get the roll out. Amazon joins Netflix as the only other major streaming service to offer...

  • Universal Pictures rescues Steve Jobs biopic

    The uncertainty around the Aaron Sorkin-headed Steve Jobs movie is surprising. How is it that a biopic on one of the most successful business man struggles to find a studio and a leading actor? But all is not lost as Universal Pictures has picked up the biopic and will produce it after Sony dropped it after two years of development. Incredibly, the picture was dropped without any explanation from the studio. A spokesperson from Universal Pictures confirmed that the studio has bought the title but has not confirmed the reports that the company paid US$30-million for it. Read more:...

  • Sony announces cloud-based TV service and PlayStation Now

    Sony announced today that it will be testing a cloud-based TV service in the US later this year. The service will combine TV shows and live programming, as well as video on demand into a single source of entertainment. The service will allow for seamless device switching -- from a PS4 to an iPad, for example. Combining cable television and on-demand services has been an illusive holy grail up to this point, one which Microsoft is attempting to crack with the Xbox One. With 70 million internet enabled Sony devices -- 4.2 million of which are PS4 units as...

  • Sony drives home its 4K commitment [CES 2014]

    Sony has just finished its press conference at this year’s CES and largely continued the overarching story, which, so far, has been all about 4K. The company harped on its “scene to screen” coverage of all things UHD, ranging from production to screening. Sony laid out its plans for this year and highlighted its TV, smartphone and camera, lineup, oh and it had something to say about wearables as well. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Smartwatches set to lose out to tablets, fitness bands this festive season [Gartner]

    If you're the kind of person who regularly gets gadgets come Christmas time, then you might be expecting Santa to drop a smartwatch in your stocking. After all, there's a ton of them out there and even the mainstream players are getting involved, with Samsung claiming to have sold over 800 000 of its Galaxy Gear devices. If technology research company Gartner is to be believed however, then you're still more likely to get a tablet or fitness tracking band than a smartwatch. The reason? Smartwatches just aren't cool enough yet. "Samsung and other well-known vendors have recently entered...

  • Press start: global games market to score $93-billion in 2013

    All the gold coins Mario has collected over the years couldn't compare to the success of the gaming industry. When 2013 is done and dusted, cumulative gaming sales will reach US$93-billion, said research firm Gartner today. Skip forward to 2015 and the gaming market could be worth US$111-billion across all console hardware and software, online, mobile and PC games. The player with the highest score? It's the mobile gaming segment, which is set to double from US$13.2-billion to US$22-billion by 2015. Brian Blau, research director at Gartner, knows his gaming. "As mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) continue to grow, the mobile game category will show...

  • Apple becomes second biggest brand in Asia, but Samsung is number 1

    Campaign Asia-Pacific and Nielsen have just published the 2012 Asia’s Top Brands report -- a list of the most popular brands in Asia based on a survey of 4 800 consumers across the continent. This year’s report has seen Apple climb to the number two spot for the first time -- although it is still behind competitor Samsung, which has taken the top spot from Sony. Sony has now dropped down to third place, followed by Nestlé in fourth and Panasonic in fifth. Apart from Nestlé, the top five spots are all held by electronics firms. This is the third...

  • Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

    It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is...

  • Details leak for PlayStation 4, codename ‘Orbis’

    Despite no official news from Sony, PlayStation 4 rumours have spread like a bad virus across the internet. Gearburn.com rounds up the various factoids regarding Sony’s PlayStation 4. Codename: Orbis The likelihood of the PS4 being dubbed “Orbis” is low. This is the working title of the PS4 according to this report and is extremely likely to change. Orbis means “circle” in Latin, so a possible “circle of life” deal, tied with the PS Vita? Sounds...

  • Sony to releases holy trinity of new CyberShots

    Sony has unveiled three new CyberShots. The TX200V, WX70, and the WX50. Price-wise, the TX200V is the dearest at US$500. The WX70 and WX50 cost US$200 and US$230 respectively. The TX200V is priced close to a high-end smartphone for a simple reason. It looks exactly like a high-end smartphone. Somehow, Sony has made the TX200V mirror the iPhone as much as legally possible. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");