• Sony Added Boost Mode to the PS4 Pro to Improve Performance in Old Games

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 Henry | 80 comments

    Sony is currently pushing a new firmware update to its PlayStation 4 console. It’s a beta preview of the update, version 4.50. And it added a new feature to the PS4 Pro console which the early owners of the console would find pretty useful. Many old PS4 titles run better on the new hardware which requires no further optimization by developers. Once you’ve install the update, there would be a “Boost Mode” option added to the settings menu. And only the more powerful Pro models will have this new option, the regular PS4 won’t.

    A company spokesperson told The Verge that when the Boost Mode is activated, it “lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed in order to improve gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro,” He also claimed “Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too.”


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    Sony is in no way saying that it would work well for all titles, but Boost Mode still shows Sony’s sincere attempt to improve the user experience of the already powerful console. Other than 4K and HDR, now Sony also throws in this feature which helps you improve the experience when playing your old games. Sony also advices that Boost Mode might cause unexpected behavior in some cases with the PS4 Pro running at full speed. Turning off the option should resolve the problem.

    In addition to the Boost Mode, Sony will also add the support for external hard drives to all PS4 models and some redesigned menus. And the new update also lets users to watch 3D Blu-rays in PSVR.

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  • Sony Launches FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 Action Cameras on Sept. 12

    Posted on September 12th, 2016 Echo Brown | 509 comments

    In order to expand its product portfolio, Sony today announced two new live action cameras: FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300, which both offer advanced image stabilisation. They are priced starting at $400 and $300.

    The big difference between the two cameras is that the Sony FDR-X3000 supports 4K UHD video, while the Sony HDR-AS300 only supports full-HD recording. Sony highlights the big talking point of the new action cameras to be the image stabilisation feature called Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS). The camera and the lens are fused in a way that they move together for a more smooth result. Sony claims that footage shot on the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 will be smooth irrespective of handheld shooting, even while you are running or cycling.

    The company is also launching a new live remote unit that becomes the viewfinder while capturing footage. As compared to previous generations, the live view remote is 30 percent smaller making it more compact and portable. Sony is also bundling a watch strap to enable wearing it on the wrist.

    Both the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 include a Sony Exmore R CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor. The 4K Sony FDR-X3000 captures video at 100Mbps, and can shoot 120fps video in 1080p. Users can takle and watch 4K videos without any limits. The Sony HDR-AS300 captures video in 1080p at 50Mbps, and shoots 120fps video in 720p. There’s an additional underwater housing bundled with the cameras that makes them splash proof and waterproof for up to 60 metres.

    As for the price, the Sony FDR-X3000 will be sold at $400, and the live view remote variant called the FDR-X3000R will be sold separately at $550. The Sony HDR-AS300 is priced at $300, and the live view remote variant called Sony HDR-AS300R will be priced at $450. Sony will first sell the two action cameras in North America starting late September.

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  • Annually Summary for 2012: Top 10 Technology Gadgets of 2012

    Posted on December 20th, 2012 David Brooks | 175 comments

    Very fast, it is the end of this year. Commonly, there will be various kinds of annual reviews and summaries on various kinds of gadgets aroused in this year. As to technology circle, 2012 brings nothing special, but still many technology gadgets are worth of remembering. Aside from the large screen smartphones, tablets with higher and higher configurations and Apple Company continuously refreshing their records, there’re still many wonderful gadgets in this year. The below 10 gadgets are elected to be the Top 10 Gadgets of 2012 for their outstanding performance. Let’s take a look.

    Top 10 Gadgets of 2012

    Samsung Galaxy S 3: Google only spends four years to make Android smartphones spread all over the world. You can see people using Android smartphones in any corner of the world. Among all these wonderful Android smartphones, the Galaxy S III is no doubt a vital one to help Android expand its market share. With a large 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels screen resolution, quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, and more important the update of Android 4.2 on Galaxy S 3, no matter you want to watch HD movies on Galaxy S 3 or play games on it, this smartphone would produce excellent response and smooth experience for you.

    Samsung Galaxy S 3

    Lytro: Being the first “optical field” camera in the world, Lytro allows users to take photos first and then focus the pictures. This undoubtedly changed the traditional shooting procedure. After users shoot pictures, the camera saves the picture in a special still format. And then users could focus or create 3D image on optional positions of the image through the built-in software. Without doubt, Lytro would be a long concern to users.

    Lytro

    Sony 4K TV: The actual fact of TV is that 3D is not the biggest trending in the coming years, but the ultro-HD 4K resolution TV. Though the HD TV with up to 4K resolution would be a lot more expensive, Sony has started the 4K TV sale already. What’s pleasant is that there have been many manufacturers starting to develop much cheaper 4K TVs.

    Sony 4K TV

    15″ screen display MacBook: With ultra-high configuration and at the same time high priced, Apples’s 15″ Retina display MacBook is currently unparalleled. Ultra-slim body, flash memory hard disk and Retina display screen with ultra-high screen resolution, this brand-new MBP nearly defines the ultimate model of computer.

    MacBook

    Nike Fuelband: For average users, there’s no other option for calculating the amount of exercise and consumed calories than passometer. Now, Nike introduced a new one, much more handsome and powerful, the Nike Fuelband. The flashing red LED lights would remind you whether you have reached the standard or not during sporting.

    Nike Fuelband

    Sony RX100: Still remember Sony cameras? If you have ignored it before, you shouldn’t in 2012. This new black Sony RX100 has surpassed Cannon cameras and become the brightest star in 2012. It produces even better effect than that of entry-level digital single lens reflex.

    Sony RX100

    Google Nexus 7: Though priced at only $200, Nexus 7 has done everything it could do. Being a 7″ tablet, the price is really very low. If you are an Android tablet fan, the Nexus 7 shouldn’t be missed.

    Google Nexus 7

    Nikon D800: Nikon D800 shows us what the almighty high-end digital SLRS and the full picture sensor should be. It is equipped with new image sensor, bringing people unprecedented shooting experience. With the support of full HD video shooting, users could experience fully HD movie shooting with this new gadget.

    Nikon D800

    Nintendo Wii-U: For 6 years, Wii-U is the second product since the release of Wii. The controller is designed in a closed host. It also equipped with a touch-screen operator. Although Wii U sales is not satisfactory after the release, Wii U really gets some admirable elements for players and game lovers. For instance, in the course of the game, if you have to leave for a while, you can simple pause the game through the controller.

    Wii-U

    Microsoft Surface: No need to say much about Surface. Microsoft has made great effort in promoting this new tablet. The built-in Windows 8 RT and external keyboard cover of Surface have brought great surprise to people. But the high price positions the Surface to an embarrassing situation.

    Surface

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  • Top 10 most anticipated upcoming tech products details and pictures

    Posted on July 20th, 2011 David Brooks | 405 comments

    Along with the fast development of technology in mobile phones and telecommunication devices, people have longed more for the future tech products and various high tech telecommunication companies become to upgrade their tech products faster, which enables worldwide users to experience totally different devices upon different tech products. And thanks to ZDNet Author, who has listed out some top 10 most anticipated upcoming tech products for us to make a brief understanding about these advanced tech devices. The following lists the 10 most anticipated upcoming tech products, originally released on zdnet.com.

    New MacBook Airs

    New MacBook Airs

    The new MacBook Airs with updated Intel Sandy Bridge processors Core i series processor are due to hit any day along with OS X Lion. The new Airs are rumored to to feature a high-speed Thunderbolt port and perhaps a lighted keyboard while retaining the same form factor.

    Vizio XVT3D6SP series

    XVizio XVT3D6SP series

    Back in January, the Vizio XVT3D6SP series was our Best of CES winner in the TV category. On top of offering passive 3D and a full-array LED backlight with local dimming, the XVT3D6SP series is loaded with features. Here’s what editor David Katzamier had to say about it:

    “The Vizio XVT3D6SP series is billed as a complement to the company’s new Android phone and tablet. It boasts a custom Google TV interface and a beefed-up version of VIA (Vizio Internet Apps), our favorite Internet TV suite of last year. It also has a spiffy new remote that replaces a trendy touch screen with a much more useful touch pad, a la your favorite laptop PC. Finally it boasts passive 3D (see below) and all of the full-array local-dimming LED goodness we liked so much on the XVT3SV series. Oh yeah: it’s also the first TV announced with embedded OnLive gaming (video).”

    Samsung Nexus Prime

    Samsung Nexus Prime

    Rumor has it that the Samsung Nexus Prime, due out late this year, will be the first smartphone to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Here’s what Scott Webster had to say about it on a post on CNET:

    “Keeping with other Pure Google experience smartphones, the Nexus Prime is expected to be devoid of any carrier customization or pre-loaded applications. Rumors also have been swirling that the first Ice Cream Sandwich handset would also be notable for another absence, physical buttons. And given that the next iteration of Android blends parts of Honeycomb and Gingerbread, it’s very possible that any 4.0+ devices could operate without hard keys.

    “The “monster-sized” screen will be branded as a “Super AMOLED HD” display, matching up with previous reports of a 720p resolution. For the sake of comparison, today’s top Android smart phones feature qHD screens that operate at 960×540 resolution, whereas mid-range devices now typically run with 800×480 resolution.”

    Rumor has it that the Nexus Prime (or whatever name the device ends up with) will also have a next-generation dual-core processor running ion the 1.2-1.5 GHZ range.

    Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color

    Nook Color

    While the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color isn’t a full-fledged Android tablet (with Android Market) unless you root it and install custom firmware, it is the best-selling Android-based tablet out there right now, priced at a modest $249.

    Before the holiday buying season we expect that Barnes & Noble will upgrade it, perhaps as soon as late October. We doubt the design will change dramatically (if at all), but we do think it will get a faster processor and some other small but significant improvements.

    Motorola Droid Bionic

    Motorola Droid Bionic

    The Motorola Droid Bionic is due to hit very soon and will be among the few Verizon phones to work on the carrier’s new 4G LTE network. Overall, it has impressive specs, which CNET editor Nicole Lee summarized back at CES in January (watch her first-look video):

    “Aside from 4G and the dual-core processors, the Droid Bionic also has 512MB DDR2 RAM; HDMI mirroring (so you can view video on both the phone and the TV when they’re connected); 1080p video playback; 8-megapixel camera on the rear plus a front-facing VGA camera for video calls; Wi-Fi, of course; mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five devices (subject to carrier fees); and since it ships with Android 2.2, the WebKit browser also plays in-browser Flash video.

    Amazon touch-screen Kindle

    Amazon Touch-screen Kindle

    Will Amazon put out a touch-screen Kindle? Or will it release an even more affordable non-touch model to follow up on the success of the Kindle 3? Speculation is heating up as we head into August, which is when Amazon revealed the Kindle 3 last year.

    iPod touch

    iPod Touch

    It doesn’t seem like there’s much more that Apple can do with the iPod Touch, but there’s talk of an added 3G option (you’ll have to pay for service) and the possibility of a jumbo Touch that might also qualify as an iPad Mini.

    Sony PlayStation Vita

    Sony PlayStantion Vita

    Sony’s next portable gaming console, the PlayStation Vita, ups the ante in terms of graphics and features. But it remains to be seen whether the $249 Vita (or $299 with 3G) will be a hit after Sony experienced such a tepid reception for the PlayStation Go.

    Due to hit this fall, the Vita has built-in WiFi, dual joysticks, multitouch 5-inch OLED screen, front and rear touchpads, and front and rear cameras.

    Amazon Android tablet

    Amazon Android Tablets

    Rumor has it that Amazon will be releasing two new Android tablets by year’s end. The smaller model may have a 7-inch screen and be something along the lines of the Nook Color but feature a more powerful processor (and be aggressively priced). A larger 10-inch model will allegedly be designed to compete with the iPad.

    Apple iPhone 5

    Apple iPhone 5

    Will the iPhone 5 have an all new design or simply retain the iPhone 4′s chassis and offer such upgrades as a faster A5 processor and improved camera? And will it be a true 4G phone? At this point, no one knows for sure but all signs point to a Fall release date for the next-generation iPhone, whatever it’s called.

    Sources from:

    http://www.zdnet.com/photos/most-anticipated-upcoming-tech-products-photos/6259483?tag=content;photo-frame#photo-frame

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  • Apple has contracted with Sony Corp., EMI Group, and Warner Music Group for iTunes iCloud Music Service

    Posted on May 20th, 2011 David Brooks | 14 comments

    It is reported that Apple has reached licensing accords with Sony Corp., EMI Group, and Warner Music Group to allow users to access song collections from mobile devices via the Internet. This report also indicates that a contract between Apple and these three recording companies upon the Apple iCloud music service has been created. Another insider shows the Apple iCloud service contract between Apple and Universal Music Group, the largest recording company in the world, will be created soon. Apple is on the way to sign more contracts with music publishers for their copyrights of diversified music.

    Apple iCloud

    There has no comment from Apple’s spokesman Natalie Kerris, so do the recording companies above.


    Not confirmed to be charged or not

    There is no confirmed news on whether Apple would charge for iCloud music service. The new Apple iTunes music service is said to be combined with new MobileMe, which enables users to log in via computer, iPhone, iPad and other devices to enjoy music without the need to download music after purchasing. Once the contract confirmed, Apple would push out its own iCloud music service in the inauguration of WWDC on June 6th.

    iPhone iCloud music

    People familiar with the matter said Apple’s rumored cloud music service won’t require users to upload online collections, giving the company a significant advantage over rivals Google and Amazon. Amazon launched its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services in March, and Google launched a Music Beta cloud service last week.


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  • Sony CEO Howard Stringer Leaks Freudian Slip: iPhone 5 Might Adopt Sony’s 8MP Camera Sensor

    Posted on April 2nd, 2011 David Brooks | 141 comments

    It is reported in an interview of The Wall Street Journal that the Sony CEO, Howard Stringer, made a slip ofSony Camera tongue about their cooperation with Apple on the next iPhone 5. Howard Stringer unintentionally leaked that the factory, which is producing the 8MP camera sensor located in Sendai, Japan, had been hit by the earthquake, and so delayed the production of 8MP camera sensor for Apple. And before that, all Apple camera sensors are made by OmniVision, that would meant that Sony is going to produce camera sensors for Apple’s new products. Obviously, this new product is mostly to be iPhone 5.

    On Tuesday, there existed news that Sony had been taking in charge of the 8MP camera sensor production for Apple, instead of OmniVision. But due to some problems in chip production, the shipment was delayed. Sony’s 8MP camera sensor is said to be very suitable mobile phones like Xperia Neo, and their CMOS camera sensor is suitable to be used in circumstances of little dim and noise. These advantages quite meet the requirements of Apple, who often declares only for comprehensive and high quality camera sensors.

    iPhone 5

    And the delay of Sony camera sensor could also explain the reason why iPhone 5 would not take an appearance in WWDC. Though the delay of iOS 5 may have caused great complaint from users, it has saved time for Sony to produce more and better camera sensors to meet more needs. According to this, Apple still keeps its tradition and says nothing on the camera sensors for the next iPhone 5. In the near future, maybe more detailed information could be seen online.

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