Sony debuts MESH for handling all the connected things

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Sony took to Maker Faire Bay Area to show off its MESH prototype. It’s based on “smart technology” and both the name and concept are derived from Make, Experience, Share. It enables people to use the platform, to create something that makes life easier, more productive or fun. This open source platform is a concept that’s designed to help create smart “things.” Creators will be able to program different functional blocks that may include LEDs, buttons, acceleration sensors or speakers wirelessly. It uses a simple GUI that will define the block’s behavior.

The kicker is that the concept is designed to make it easy for anyone — regardless of programming or developing skills, to create their own “inventions” that will seamlessly integrate into their homes and lives. MESH wants to take the proprietary tech and apps that developers and manufacturers create for their hardware and kick it up a notch.

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Sony expects to ship 50m Xperia units in 2014, ships 8.8 million in last quarter

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Sony has announced its fiscal year 2013 results, including the figures for the last quarter. During this period, Sony reports sales of $74.5 billion and operating income of $257 million, which was largely due to PlayStation 4 sales.

In the last quarter alone, Sony missed its smartphone forecast by almost a million devices. The forecast was for 9.7 million Xperia units to sell during the 4th quarter, but the final result was 8.8 million units.

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 evidence appears again

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The Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 has been pretty evasive since we first heard rumors of its existence back in March. Today however, some more evidence of the device was leaked.

The leak shows an image of the device showing off its IP58 certification. We can just make out the Verizon logo on the back of the device, suggesting that it will in fact be released to Verizon. Despite this, officially the device will not be available to any of the big 4 major carriers, and will only be available unlocked via the Sony store, but that could change.

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Via: PhoneArena

 

Sony Xperia XL2 announced in Japan

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Today Sony officially announced the Xperia XL2, which has a number of great features, especially compared to its predecessor. The Xperia ZL2 will feature a 5″ 1080p display, similar to the original ZL.

Other specs of the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will also ship with Android 4.4 with Sony’s UI over the top.

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Sony officially releases Instagram extension app for Smartwatch 2

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Sony has released an Instagram extension app for the Smartwatch 2 that allows you to check Instagram notifications and comments without touching your phone. It isn’t a complete replacement for the app on your phone, but it’s a useful extension that will help you keep up on any notifications you’re getting. You can adjust how often the app syncs, and it alerts you with a soft vibration on your wrist. Pretty quiet and not intrusive.

The app is freely available in the Play Store, if you happen to own a Smartwatch 2.

source: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE can be yours, unlocked, for $449 in the U.S.

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Alright, we get it. Not everyone is that big on a stock Android experience. Some people prefer to have a skin to give a little more personality. So rather than buying the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, that just received a price cut, there is another option to get Sony’s massive phablet.

Through Sony’s official store, you can now purchase the Xperia Z Ultra LTE for $449. That is the same price running in the Play Store, but this one keeps Sony’s UI. This device will come unlocked directly from Sony. This is for the LTE model and interestingly enough, the HSPA+ model still costs a whopping $629.

What are you waiting for? Hit the source link below to order yours.

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Sony introduces their latest open source project ‘EvolutionUI’

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One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.

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