Expect something more… Samsung Galaxy S5 & Sony Sirius

There are a few surprises in store for the smartphone users in next two months. Some flagship devices are slated to launch soon and by soon, I mean starting as soon as February, 2014. Two of the most coveted tech giants viz. Samsung, and Sony are supposed to launch premium phones soon.

Here is just a glimpse of what we can expect from these companies based on the buzz that’s going on for quite some time now.

S5 Courtesy: androidauthority.com

Samsung is slated to launch the new and improved Galaxy S5 next month. With the predecessors of S5, S3 and S4 leading the revenue generation of Samsung along with Note 3, all eyes will be set on what S5 can deliver. And whether Samsung comes up with a phone which is more pocket friendly to users like the Nexus 5 or more of a premium device like the iPhone 5S. You might be able to think about this once you read the rumored specs of S5. According to a note by Ming-Chi Kuo, S5 might be launched in 2 different variants. One would be the Standard model and other would be the Prime. As the name goes, the Standard model would be the cheaper one compared to the Prime but what is really the difference between the two spec wise?

According to him Standard S5 might have either the quad-core Qualcomm MSM 8974AC or the eight-core Samsung Exynos 5422 with 2GB of RAM. Compared to this Prime S5 model might have eight-core Samsung Exynos 5430 processor along with 3GB RAM.  This was the about the difference but what about the rest of the phone? Both models are supposed to have 5.2” WQHD display, 16MP primary and 2MP secondary camera. The battery would possibly be 2850mAH and both the models would have 3D gesture support and fingerprint scanner.

Sony Sirius

Next in line is Sony’s new premium offering after Xperia Z1, which is codenamed Sirius. It is rumored to have one of Sony;s most substantial Timescape UI along with  SnapDragon 805 processor, 5.2” display and 3GB RAM. This phone is supposed to come with build in Android 4.4.2 firmware. Rumors are Sirius will have 4K video recording feature which is most awaited by many camera lovers in a smartphone. Apart from this it is going to have Smart Backlight Control, USB DAC support, adjustable white balance and many such design features. Moreover Sony Sirius is supposed to feature S Force audio engine which will be loved by music lovers.

What exactly is included in both these flagship devices and how well both these smartphones are received by the end users remains a mystery which will only be revealed once both the phones land in their hands.

Sony’s Micro USB pen drive now available in India

We earlier told you about the micro USB pen drive launched by Sony that helped people boost storage on their android smartphones/tablets. Now Sony has launched it in India too.

The 8, 16 and 32GB variants of the Sony micro USB pen drive are priced at Rs 746, Rs 1,399 and Rs 2,633 respectively.

It is compatible with Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Sony is working hard to get it on Kitkat.

 

Get more storage for your Android phones and tablets with Sony’s micro usb drive

We are always looking for more and more storage especially on portable devices. Unfortunately portable devices has very limited storage options.

USB drives changed the way people stored their important data and transferred data from one device to another without the use of cloud or the internet.

Sony has applied the very same logic and created a micro USB flash drive that goes into the micro usb port of your android smartphones and tablets allowing you to boost your storage on these devices.

Priced at $20 for the 8GB, $30 for the 16GB, $63 for the 32GB model its quite a steal for all those who have huge storage requirements.

What is your opinion on this?

CES 2012: Sony Bloggie

At CES 2012 sony has launched a brand new sony Bloggie. Its called the Bloggie Live. In addition to the general video shooting and still image capturing it lets you perform live streaming so while your shooting a video you can live broadcast it. Also it lets you upload videos to social networks and youtube directly from the device as the Bloggie Live has wifi. It is available at $249.99 which I assume is a good price buy over time it shall reduce to $199.99. It has a 12mp still camera and lets you shoot 1920×1080 Full HD video.

 

 

OTHER BLOGGIE’S

Bloggie Sport

The bloggie sport is shock,dirt and water proof. It is perfect for an adventurer. It has a 2.7 inch touch screen LCD and lets you capture 5MP still images.The Bloggie Sport cost $179.99 and is currently available for pre orders.

Sony Bloggie Touch

The Bloggie touch is the same old. The only benefit is that the price has been dropped from $199.99 to $129.99

Sony CEO: No PlayStation 4 till 2016

All you gamers, if you have outgrown your love for Sony”s PlayStation 3 (PS3) and were expecting to hit it on with its successor any time soon, here”s a bummer: Kaz Hirai, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said this to reporters in a roundtable at CES (responding to a question about recent comments attributed to gaming division head Andrew House): “Andy is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3.” So then when can we see the next PlayStation from Sony? Hirai said he”s “always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.” Ploop! As it stands, the PS3″s current end-of-life is around 2016. But hey, don”t you worry, if history (regarding the PS2 and PS3) is anything to go by, Sony”s PS4 announcement could be earlier than 2016. For now, just wait…

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GamePad takes your iPad gaming to a whole new level, leaves Xbox, PS3 sweating already (video)

We”re still a long time away from regarding the iPad as a gaming console, but given its portability, ease of use and the plethora of games available on the App Store, 2012 could very well be the year Apple”s magical and revolutionary device realizes its true gaming potential.

It”s obvious — when you think of a gaming console, the first two names on your mind would be Microsoft”s XBox and Sony”s PlayStation. No one would think of the iPad. But if a company called 60Beat has it its way, times are about to change.

The company has launched a new iOS accessory called GamePad which, as the name suggests, is a game pad (controller) for your iPad which will give iPad gamers something to cheer about this new year.

There’s no doubt that gaming consoles are a massive market, with 1.7 million of Microsoft’s Xbox flying off of the shelves last November. I’m actually quite surprised that Apple hasn”t come out with its own controller, but that could very well be something it’s working on for 2012, along with new iPads.

The 60Beat GamePad plugs into the headphone jack of your device, and can only be played with compatible games — which unfortunately amount to only two at present: Aftermath and Bugdom 2. The company, however, does promise plenty of new titles will be added by as soon as February.

While the XBox and PlayStation are still way ahead in terms of gaming consoles, if this idea clicks and the iPad can be transformed into a gaming console, then there”s no doubt in my mind that it”ll be a big hit. After all, if you want to easily set up some game time on the go, would you rather have a Xbox in your backpack or an iPad?

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Sony working on sensational Sci-Fi game for PS3 and PS2 based on upcoming Bollywood flick “Ra.One”

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan have teamed up to develop a Sci-Fi game based on King Khan’s upcoming and eagerly anticipated movie Ra.One.

Ra.One is SRK’s upcoming science-fiction superhero film, due to release in October this year, and the actor and Sony have decided to treat their fans with a dedicated game, playable on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 gaming consoles.

The game will be developed by a first-party team in the UK and will act as a prequel to the film to introduce key characters and the wide variety of super-powers that the main characters possess.

Here’s a part of the official press release:

SCEE designs RA.ONE PlayStation game

MUMBAI: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has tied up with the Shah Rukh

Khan film RA.ONE to create a PlayStation game on the film.

The video game version of the film named ‘RA.ONE – The Game’ has been developed exclusively on key PlayStation platforms of PS2 and PS3 (through PSN download) while the storyline has been developed by Shah Rukh Khan,

who has seen to it that that there is an intrinsic connection between the game and the film.

The game, being developed under the active supervision of the game development team of SCEE based out of London, will almost act as a prequel to the film to introduce the key film characters and the various super-powers the film has.

The game and movie both launch on the same day — 26th October, 2011 — and will be available on PS2, PS3, and as a download on PSN (PlayStation Network).

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Sony teases its S1 and S2 tablets (video)

Sony has come out with the first teaser video in a series of five of its S1 and S2 tablets, which are due for a release later this year in September. The video (below) shows the S1 and S2 in a lighter vein, without spilling out too much info, but does manage to get your vote of confidence. Watch out for Sony’s elaborate Rube Goldberg machine.

Though there isn’t much info available on the two devices yet, we do know that the S1 will be a 9.5-incher and that the S2 will sport a couple of 5.5-inch screens (yup, its a dual screen tablet). Both of the devices are expected to run on Android’s Honeycomb OS and will feature a Tegra 2 chip each. For photographers, the S1 will feature two cameras while the S2 will have only one.

Here’s another video from Sony released back in May showcasing the S1 and S2 for your viewing pleasure:

Sony hacked again; We plead for change

Yes. Sony’s been hacked again. We’ve been so used to it now that its beginning to get a bit boring and tiresome. We seriously plead for a refreshing change. Please.

NakedSecurity reports that Sony Music Japan has been hacked using SQL injection techniques, though thankfully the compromised databases do not contain any kind of sensitive information — no names, passwords, or any other personally identifiable information — that could have landed Sony in really hot waters (as if it already isn’t).

The attackers, who mocked Sony with a note stating “This isn’t a 1337 h4x0r, we just want to embarass Sony some more” warned that there are two more databases on the site that are vulnerable, though it is not known which databases are being talked about or whether they contain any sensitive information.

Lulz Security takes claim for the breach, the same hackers that targeted Fox.com earlier this month.

Quick Link: Full roundup of Sony’s data-theft debacle

The PlayStation Network (PSN) fiasco cost Sony a third of their revenue (Infographic)

We’ve previously covered the whole PlayStation Network (PSN) fiasco in depth in the past so we won’t go into minute details here again. If you’d like to read through it again, just hit the following links:

Contains links from this site (Firstain) as well as another site (Technorati)

Moving on, did you know how much this data breach — the most significant digital theft in history — has cost Sony? We’ll let this infographic from Promotional Codes answer you:

PlayStation Network (PSN) down again, ‘not’ hacked it seems

It seems that Sony’s revival party has been cut short after the company went offline again with their PlayStation Network (PSN). The only difference this time, it seems, is that the network hasn’t been hacked again, but is suffering from another major issue.

Previously, if you legitimately forgot your password and wanted to reset it, all you had to do was type in your e-mail address and date of birth, then choose a delightfully cunning new password. Sounds good? NOW, the problem is that if you were a PSN member before the hack then both your e-mail address and your date of birth (plus a lot of other frightening stuff) is known to the hackers. So, whoever has the millions of rows of data that were exposed could, in theory, re-exploit any account.

Sony was made aware of the issue and those pages are now offline again, which should make the Japanese government feel just a little big smug.

Recap

Sony’s PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services went down after an attack on them by a group of hackers, accused to be ‘Anonymous’.

The networks then suffered two more attacks, completing a hat-trick.

This prompted Sony to write a letter to its publishers and developers to explain the situation clearly (hit link to see full exclusive letter)

Shortly after that, the PSN was online again, though only for the developers (Internal link).

Then within no time, Sony began phased restoration of the PSN, slowly giving access to users all over the world.

Today, the PSN is down again, though this time it doesn’t seem it’s been hacked.

Will Sony be able to come out of this mess with flying colors? When?

Via Engadget