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Sony Discontinues The Walkman Cassette Player

By Chris Scott Barr

Since I write for a tech news site, I usually try to keep my finger on the pulse of technology news. Naturally, things do slip by me. Case in point: Apparently Sony has continued to produce the Walkman for the last 30 years. Yes, I do mean the actual Walkman, as in the portable cassette tape player. It seems there has still been a demand for them even after all of these years.

The company has continued to produce and sell the devices in Japan, racking up 200 million unit sales over the years. So why is this making headlines now? Well it seems that the company has finally decided to shut down production of the Walkman cassette player line. I guess someone told them about those newfangled MP3 players that are all the rage these days. (Yes, I did just use the phrase “all the rage.”)

Back in July the company produced the final batch of the Walkman cassette players. They are currently being sold throughout Japan, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Sony MDR-EX59Z Earphones Feature A Clever Zipper Cord To Reduce Tangles

Sony MDR-EX59Z Earphones (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not quite as novel a design as the YI Zipper earphone concept we brought you last year, but Sony’s own zipper cord innovation, which is available with their MDR-EX59Z earphones, could go a long way to reducing cord tangles. One side of the cable above where the earphones split features a hollow tube design which the other side can slip into when you slide the small plastic ‘zipper’. The headphones themselves feature a 9mm driver and a 5-23,000Hz frequency response and will be available in white, red, blue, pink and black. Unfortunately they appear to be exclusive to Sony Japan, but Audiocubes currently has them available for $49.99 each.

[ Audiocubes - Sony MDR-EX59Z Earphones ]

Sony NEX-5 & NEX-3 Now Available For Pre-Order

Sony NEX-5 Pricing (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well that didn’t take long! Yesterday we brought you a hands-on look at Sony’s new NEX-5 and NEX-3 interchangeable lens cameras, but the most important piece of information, their pricing, was a bit vague at the time. But here we are a day later and there’s already a pre-order page on the Sony Style website. The NEX-5, which is the ‘higher-end’ model, comes in at $699.99 with the 18-55mm E-mount lens or $649.99 if you go with the 16mm prime instead.

Sony NEX-3 Pricing (Image courtesy Sony)

And those who don’t need full 1080P video recording, a magnesium alloy body, an IR remote and can settle for a slightly larger form factor can save about $100 by opting for the NEX-3 instead which is $599.99 with the 18-55mm lens or $549.99 with the 16mm. A bit pricey in my opinion, when you can get a prosumer-level Nikon or Canon DSLR with their massive selection of lenses for roughly the same amount of money, but still, a very nice compact alternative if you’re willing to spend that much dough.

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Hands-On With The Sony NEX-3 & NEX-5

Sony NEX-5 & NEX-3 (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s no surprise to see Sony wanting to grab a chunk of the burgeoning micro four thirds interchangeable-lens P&S camera market, but it is a surprise to see that their first two entries, the NEX-3 and the NEX-5, actually use an APS-C format sensor which is also used in a wide range of prosumer DSLRs.

Both of the 14.2MP NEX-5 and NEX-3 look amazing and are incredibly compact, an advantage they take from their P&S roots, while at the same time providing a photography experience and results akin to what you’d get from a full-sized DSLR. I had a chance to play with both of the cameras at their official launch this morning, so please take a few moments to check out my hands-on look after the jump. (Don’t let me dragging myself out of bed at 6:30am be in vain!)

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Sony Japan Announces Colorful New Mice – Misses An Easy Marketing Tie-In

Sony VGP-BMS20 (Image courtesy Sony Japan)
By Andrew Liszewski

With a little more planning and foresight, Sony Japan could have released these 5 new Bluetooth mice in colors that matched the updated VAIO P’s palette, making them the perfect accessory for anyone picking up one of their just announced notebooks. But, with a color assortment that only seems to randomly match 3 of the 5 new VAIOs, they end up being nothing more than your run-of-the-mill, 3-button wireless Bluetooth mice with a $55 price tag that doesn’t make them that interesting in an already crowded marketplace.

[ Sony VAIO VGP-BMS20 ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Sony Updates The VAIO P With Touchpads, GPS, An Accelerometer And Colors

Sony VAIO P (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

It was first officially introduced to the world at CES 2009, but today Sony has announced a rather impressive upgrade to their VAIO P Lifestyle PC. (Remember, it’s not a netbook!) When it comes to tech specs the new VAIO P sports an Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 64GB SSD flash drive, an 8-inch 1600×768 display and runs Windows 7.

And that’s all well and good, but what will really convince consumers to splurge on the VAIO P, instead of a traditional netbook, are its latest additions which include GPS with a digital compass, a set of touchpads on either side of the display that can be used in lieu of the nub in the middle of the keyboard and a built-in accelerometer that can automatically detect when the screen has been turned or used to ‘flick’ through photos or pages in a document. Available sometime in June, the base version of the new VAIO P starts at $799, but that’s with an older Z530 processor instead of the Z540, so expect to pay a bit more for all of the latest and greatest features.

[ Sony - Sony delivers a smarter on-the-move computing experience: Ultra-portable, easy to carry new VAIO P Series ]

Sony Announces The End Of Floppy Disk Production – Wait, They Still Make Floppy Disks?

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By Chris Scott Barr

How long has it been since you’ve purchased a floppy disk? I think I recall getting a 10-pack of them on clearance five or six years ago. The last thing I can recall using one for was to install a RAID driver which for some reason could only be installed via floppy. I’m guessing that most of you haven’t used such storage solutions in a very long time either. Needless to say, it will come as no surprise to hear that Sony has announced their discontinuation of the disks.

Starting March 2011, Sony will no longer manufacture floppy disks. Strangely enough, they stopped making the drives last year. If you’re feeling nostalgic, you still have almost an entire year to get your hands on these relics. Of course, I’m not sure why you’d want to remember one of the most unreliable storage mediums of the last 30 years. Farewell floppy disks, you will not be missed.

[ Sony ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

GDC: Sony PlayStation Move Motion Control System

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By Evan Ackerman

One of the biggest announcements at this year’s Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco is the Move, Sony’s new motion control system for the PlayStation. It’s generally similar to the Nintendo Wii, in that you hold a thingy, and something attached to the game console watches that thingy (in this case, it’s the PS Eye camera), and can tell where the thingy is being moved and translate that motion into in-game actions. Here’s the thingy in question:

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Tomy’s Toy Car Is Powered By Juice

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By Evan Ackerman

Have you ever tried to taste electricity? You can, you know… Go find a 9v battery and stick the contacts on your tongue.* Not pleasant, right? Sony has this problem (and it’s a serious, serious problem) totally licked with an RC car that runs on juice. The tasty kind of juice. You know, from fruits and stuff.

The Tomy Ene pocket RC car has, inside of it, a “bio battery” that can generate electricity from sugar in things like juice or soda. As of two years ago, each cell could output 50 mW of power. For this little car, its speed and endurance depend entirely on what you decide to feed it, and while Sony is promoting Coke products, grape juice apparently works the best.

From what I can tell, Sony’s liquid battery technology uses enzymes to digest glucose, which may mean that they last far longer (and are rechargeable more times) than those incredibly strange Nopopo urine powered batteries, which use magnesium and carbon and only last for about 4 charges. However, when you consider which kind of fluid you’d rather donate to your batteries, Nopopo might come out ahead.

Tomy’s car, with Sony’s battery inside it, is currently in the functional (yay!) prototype stage, you can see a video of it motoring around here.

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*OhGizmo takes no responsibility for whatever you crazy people might actually do at our suggestion. Try this one at your own risk.