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Sony Updates Their MP3 Walkmans

Sony Walkman NWZ-B160 (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Good news for all of you iPod haters. The Zune may have gone the way of the Dodo but Sony is continuing strong with updates to their Walkman line of MP3 players. The smallest members of that family, the NWZ-B160 series, features a USB stick type design meaning you never have to worry about losing a proprietary docking cable. You just uncap the player and jam it into an available USB port for syncing and charging.

On a full charge with with all of the battery saving features switched on (and the backlit LCD display turned off) you can expect to get up to 18 hours of playback, but if you’re pressed for time a mere 3 minute charge will provide you with 90 minutes of music enjoyment. A Bass button adds an extra bit of kick to your music by boosting the low-end, while also causing the light-up power indicator to pulse and flash in time with your music. And in true Sony fashion, the NWZ-B160 series even has a ‘scan’ mode which skips through your music playing tiny snippets until you find something you like. But since it’s a Sony ‘feature’ they refer to it as their ‘ZAPPIN song search technology’. What an innovation! Available in June in 2GB and 4GB capacities.

[ PR – Feel the bass with colourful new Walkman B Series ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Sony Announces Game Save Cloud Storage For PS3

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It seems that Sony decided to be awesome and announce that the PS3 is going to start using cloud storage for its PlayStation Plus subscribers. The cloud will allow gamers to upload all of their saved game data to the network with 150 MB of storage. Starting up today, this online safe for your information will be available for use. You’re also going to start seeing more PS3 games coming out that will be better suited to take advantage of this feature.

Again, this offer is only for PlayStation Plus subscribers, but at only $49.99 a year, I’d say not having to worry about what might happen to your hard drive is worth it. For a limited time, all of you PlayStation lovers out there will get an extra three free months if you subscribe for a year.

[ Sony ] VIA [ GamerFront ]

Deal Of The Day: $1,600 Off On Sony BRAVIA 55-Inch 3D LED HDTV w/ Wi-Fi

By David Ponce

For those of you who were (rightfully) disappointed about last Tuesday’s anorexic $10 deal on the Apple TV, today brings news about a rather pleasant $1,600 price cut on the Sony BRAVIA KDL-55NX810, leaving the set at $1,899. This is a 55-inch 3D HDTV, with 240Hz technology and WiFi. The rebate consists of a $600 in instant savings and a $1,000 coupon code applied at checkout. The offer lasts until January 3rd, in the new year. More on the TV:

The new Sony KDL55NX810 HDTV features ambient sensor & light sensor technology to auto adjust color & backlight based on room’s lighting condition; slim dynamic edge LED backlit , 4 HDMI inputs, 240Hz smooth motion, USB port for photos, Built-in Wi-Fi, music & video, and more.

[ $1,600 Off On Sony BRAVIA 55-Inch 3D LED HDTV w/ Wi-Fi ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

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.

[ Sony ] VIA [ Dvice ]

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.

[ Sony Style – NEX-5 & NEX-3 ]

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 ]