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DriveClub Xperia PromoIf you recently picked up an Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile US, then we wanted to remind you to claim your free digital copy of Driveclub on the PlayStation 4. To do this you must complete this online redemption form by 19 November and upload pictures of your IMEI number from both the Xperia Z3 box and sales receipt.

Sony says that it will then email the Driveclub promo code by the end of November 2014. If you want to take part in the promotion, then you will need to have purchased an Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile by 4 November 2014.

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Xperia Z3 BurgerIf ever there was an apt time to use the phrase “please don’t try this at home“, then this would be it. What you will see in the video below is the Xperia Z3 being used as the main ingredient for a very tasty looking burger. The Xperia Z3 burger patty gets cooked on a frying pan surrounded by flames. Does it survive? Well you’ll have to watch the video to find out. Whilst the video is in Bulgarian, you can enable English subtitles in the player controls. [read more…]

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Orcs AR effect_1_resultA new AR effect theme called “Orcs” has arrived on the Google Play Store. The Orc AR effect allows you to transform your photo subjects into an Orc with a horned helmet. You can also see Orcs walking around the screen wielding their swords and interact with them by tapping on them, as well as boars. This is a premium AR effect from third-party developers Be-Rad Entertainment and costs £1.85/€2.34/$2.99 on the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia logoSony may be considering a large 12-inch tablet device according to a report from Digitimes. It says that Sony will launch a high-specced 12-inch tablet with stylus during the first quarter of 2015. If true, this new device would most likely launch with the Xperia Z4 following a formal reveal at either CES or MWC 2015.

The report goes on to say that Sony may not be convinced about the demand for such a device, therefore Sony will only place limited orders. There are no other details right now, but is this something you would be interested in? We imagine that a 12-inch tablet would only attract a niche segment. However, if you are looking forward to such a device, we’d love to hear why in the comments below.

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Audio Recorder_1_resultSony has updated its “Audio Recorder” app that was originally designed for the STM10 Stereo Microphone. The new update moves the build number from 1.00.13 to 1.00.26 and adds support for two Sony accessories – the upcoming SmartBand Talk and the Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-C31EM.

One unadvertised new feature is a binaural recording mode when using the MDR-C31EM earphones. This uses the two in-ear microphones to create a 3D stereo effect when recording. Any file that is recorded in this mode will be marked as Binaural. A nice feature for those that own the DNC headset. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3There has been recent murmurings that Sony may be moving away from its 6-month flagship cycle from 2015. Sony’s Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing, recently said that this “is not a sustainable strategy over the long term,” whilst speaking to TrustedReviews.

Now a report from Digitimes says that Sony Mobile will be amending this policy and plans to launch only one flagship Sony Xperia model each year. Its sources claim that a maturing premium segment has led the company to modify its flagship roadmap. [read more…]

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Android WearGoogle has released a new update for Android Wear that brings support for GPS sensors as well as offline music playback. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear device to include a GPS sensor. This means that if you want to track your progress whilst you go for a run or ride your bike, then you no longer need to take your phone with you. The Sony SmartWatch 3 also features 4GB of internal storage, allowing you to store some of your favourite tracks and listen to them via Bluetooth headphones. The SmartWatch 3 will be released at the end of October 2014. [read more…]

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T-Mobile Xperia Z3 Locked Bootloader_1Surprise, surprise. The Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616) for T-Mobile US has a locked bootloader. We didn’t really expect any different given that all of T-Mobile’s recent Sony Xperia devices have a locked bootloader, however we thought it was worth flagging in case anyone may have thought differently.

The inability to unlock the bootloader will mean T-Mobile Xperia Z3 owners will not be able to experiment with custom ROMs. Even the ability to root the handset may be limited and is dependent on an exploit being discovered that works on a locked bootloader. The Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile did manage to get root, but only months after its release. [read more…]

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sony-smartwatch-3-a-sonysm3Sony has confirmed that the SmartWatch 3 will launch at the end of this month. We recently saw the SmartWatch 3 listed on the Google Play Store in the US. In addition, Verizon Wireless has today commenced pre-orders for the SmartWatch 3 at $249.99. Pre-orders are also live in Europe through the Sony Mobile Store and third-party retailers such as Amazon’s UK and German sites.

The SmartWatch 3 sports some impressive specifications including 1.6-inch (320 x 320) transflective TFT LCD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core A7 processor, 512MB RAM, GPS, 4GB internal storage, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and a 420mA battery which Sony says is good for “up to 2 days normal use”.

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T-Mobile Xperia Z3_5Those that pre-ordered the Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile US have already started to receive their handsets, this is despite the phone not officially launching on the carrier until 29 October 2014. T-Mobile always said that this was likely for those that pre-order early enough. Check out some unboxing pics from the lucky few that have already got hands-on. [read more…]

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LittleBigPlanet XPERIA Theme_3_resultSony Mobile has launched a LittleBigPlanet Xperia Theme for compatible devices. For those that don’t know, LittleBigPlanet (LBP) is a hit gaming series exclusively developed for PlayStation. LBP was developed by Media Molecule and first appeared on the PlayStation 3 back in 2008.

Sackboy is the star of the show and appears in the wallpaper and other graphical assets of this latest Xperia Theme. If you’re a LittleBigPlanet fan, you can check out the dedicated Xperia Theme on the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]

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Verizon Xperia Z3v now available for $200 on contract or $600 outright

October 23, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon is now in stock through Verizon stores and online. It can be picked up for $199.99 on a two-year contract, through Verizon Edge on $24.99 per month (with 2-year contract) or off-contract for $599.99. The Xperia Z3v is available to order in both black and white colours. Additionally, for […]

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Xperia Z3 launched in Japan

October 23, 2014

Sony Mobile has today launched the Xperia Z3 in Japan on two of its largest carriers. The Xperia Z3 (SO-01G) is out on NTT DoCoMo, whilst the Xperia Z3 (SOL26) has landed on au by KDDI. Softbank is also expected to carry the Xperia Z3, but not until late November. All three models will carry […]

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Xperia E1 update (20.1.A.2.13) now rolling

October 22, 2014

Sony is currently rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia E1 (D2005) which moves the build number to 20.1.A.2.13. The firmware is now available across a number of regions across Europe, Middle East and Asia. We’re not aware of what changes this update has brought, so if you’ve downloaded it let us know what […]

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Sony collaborates with LinkedIn to scan business cards through Info-eye app

October 22, 2014

Little did we know but the latest version of Info-eye includes the ability to actually scan business cards. This feature is powered by LinkedIn, so you should be able to find pretty much any business contact. To use this functionality, simply scan a picture of a business card and the app will then search LinkedIn […]

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