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Sony’s Aibo Robot Dog Learns Some New Tricks

Sony isn’t new to the world of robot dogs, but it has been awhile since they updated the Aibo with the latest technology. Robot dogs are great because it gives users the ability to have a pet without having to actually feed or take care of it. No walks, no cleaning up poop, no buying expensive food and taking it to the vet. There are lots of great reasons to want a robot pet, especially as technology makes them more authentic. We still have a way to go to make them like real dogs, but we are slowly getting there. Sony’s latest Aibo has OLED eyes along with AI technology that will allow the pooch to become more familiar with its owner than ever before. So this is getting in the realm of a true companion for your home. Interestingly, this time around, Sony’s Aibo robot dog loves...

Sony’s PS4 Outsold Both Xbox One And Nintendo Switch Last Month

It is no secret that Sony’s PS4 console has generally outsold the Xbox One ever since they both came out back in 2013. In fact the PS4 has been in the lead the whole time, even though some months have seen the Xbox One outsell the PlayStation 4 in the United States. And now, the latest figures from The NPD Group show that the PlayStation 4 has outsold not just the Xbox One, but also the relatively new Nintendo Switch in the United States last month. This is surprising since the Switch is so new still. Both Microsoft and Sony have released several versions of these consoles. Sony added the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim to their lineup, while Microsoft launched the Xbox One S and will release the Xbox One X very soon. So there are a lot of factors at work here, one of them...

Sony URXP03D Easily Connects Wired and Wireless Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you wanted to mic up a guest to an interview such as this one, you would need two wireless receivers to do it. Sony is now helping fix that with the UWP-D series wireless mics. The URXP03D is a receiver that not only can connect two wireless sources but also allows for two more inputs for many different operations. While at NAB 2016, I talked with Andy and learned about all the types of wireless they offer. The UWP-D series includes in-camera adapters and external adapters such as the URXP03D. This receiver is a 4-input, 2 output device. This means you can connect 2 wireless microphones – lavaliere or handheld – and either one or two microphones through the Mic Input (stereo connection). This will give you ability to mic the room and the speakers, then adjust for maximum performance. The...

Prototypes at Sony Future Lab

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I got to check out the Sony FutureLab and several products that connect us more into the Internet of Things (IoT). From headsets with new earbud designs to interactive tables, and even new ways to game or interact with things. In this video, we look at two items. First is the touch interactive table where you can set down items to pull information right from the page. An overhead projector and sensor recognition with a poliphany of 8 points can move items around, pull text, or simply identify the item placed on the table. Story books can come alive, card games can become more interactive, and the imagination can bring limitless ideas. Best part is any table can become an augmented reality device. Another great IoT prototype was a simple alien shooting game they displayed. The projector is...

Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows...

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Sony’s E3 2014 Game Announcements

Sony held their E3 press conference to show off some of the games that are releasing on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. Some are new games, some are new iterations of existing games and some are exclusives. Without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of all the Games that Sony announced at E3 along with release dates. Destiny -available September 9th for PlayStation 4(PS4) with an alpha available Thursday and a beta available 17th July White PlayStation 4 with Destiny on 9th September Entwined – Available right now for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita The Order 1886 – available 20th Februrary 2015 only on PS4 Bloodborne – Only for PS4 LittleBigPlanet 3 – November 2014 for PS4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – only on PS4 Ratchet and Clank – available first half of 2015 on PS4 inFAMOUS: First Light – coming to PS4 in...

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Sony HandyCam HXR-NX30u Production Camera – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI use the pro-sumer version of the Sony Handycam HXRNX30u in getting interviews for Geekazine. When I heard there was a broadcast level version, I was intrigued. Adding sound options and more made this the next camera on my list. The Sony Handcam HXR series came out in 2011. Their current version – the HXR-NX30u – brings high definition in a small footprint. Add the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology and you can be holding this in your hand and still get a pretty stable shot. This is because the camera eye moves to keep the shake from happening. Get the Sony HXR-NX30u at B&H For example, I have done some time-lapses in Las Vegas with an older camera. Whether you are in a building or on a bridge you know that after watching the footage there is some shaking or swaying that...

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WallE5 V.2 – Camera Rig for NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I go to most shows, I fly solo. CES and NAB are bigger, which means its a lot better when 2 people are there. But this year I decided to fly solo to the event. It will make things a bit tougher, especially if there is an inattentive patron that could possibly walk right into the camera rig. So I have to make a rig where people notice it as much as the cool new items around. Introducing #WallE5 v.2 Thanks to the modern tools to make cool clamps and other items, I can take a tripod and affix multiple cameras, audio, lights, and more to it. With the addition of the cross-bar and placing 2 cameras on the shoe, people stated it looked like Wall-e or Johnny 5. Therefore, Walle5 was born! I debuted Walle5 at SXSW with a...

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Sony Handycam PJ710 Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI had the opportunity to play with the Sony Handycam PJ710 over the summer. I saw these Sony cameras at CES and was really excited to add this to my video arsenal. This is a camera that is also a video projector. Great for showing off those videos you just took of the kids, the parents or whatever you recorded. The camera is part of the PJ7xx series. PJ710 and PJ790. The main difference between the two is the PJ790 comes with 96 GB internal flash memory – perfect for a few hours of recording. I also have the Sony Handycam XR260 – a previous model with internal HD that records up to 24 hours in 1080p. Advantages of Sony Handycam PJ710 The best advantage was the stabilization system. The balanced optical SteadyShot is a device that will actually stabilize the...

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Sony Wireless Camera Microphone UWPV6 for Professional Interviews

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS You are stepping up your game as a video blogger, newscaster, interviewer, or just want something that doesn’t have a wire attached to it. The answer – a wireless camera microphone that you can use in any situation. There are many out there, but in this case, going cheap may mean not having the best sound or the interview at all. If you are in a expo hall, there may be several wireless systems competing with yours. That is why I bought the Sony UWPV6 (3032) wireless microphone system. It’s a handset mic and a wireless lavaliere when you need it. Most important, it’s a microphone that adds a professional look to your interviews. I bought it from my friends over at B&H Photo. It’s a great place to go for all your audio, video, and photo gear. Located on...

Sony: OLED Viewfinder Gives Cameraman a Better View – CES 2012 0

Sony: OLED Viewfinder Gives Cameraman a Better View – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Even the camera viewfinder can become a high-tech device. Think about it – if you can spot a problem as you are recording, you can fix it. That, and energy savings makes an OLED viewfinder a great addition. Al Dean from Sony shows off the SLT A77V and A65 Cameras. Using a translucent mirror, the A65 will shoot 10 frames per second, and the A77; 12 frames per second.  When shooting video, the mirror stays in it’s place. Translucent mirror means it doesn’t lift to get out of the way for the apature, like SLR cameras do. The SLT A65 costs $1000 with lens kit. SLT A77 is priced at $1300 for the body only. [cessponsor]

Sony Wifi Bloggie Reveal – CES 2012 PreShow 0

Sony Wifi Bloggie Reveal – CES 2012 PreShow

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Hour 6 of the CES TPN Live action, we showed off the Sony Bloggie Live. This is their newest version of camera that can actually let you live stream. It also tethers to your phone if you don’t have a wifi signal nearby. Todd Cochrane, Don Baine and Jeffrey Powers on the show [cessponsor]

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Google TV Powered by Sony Bravia – #CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSony introduced a new generation of Google TV at CES 2012. Sony will bring out three products with the new GoogleTV. They include an integrated television (Series BX, EX and HX) – set top box, a Blu-Ray with GoogleTV support ( NSZ-GP9), and a stand alone set top box (NSZ-GS7). GoogleTV runs Android 3.2 with Android Market well-integrated and is full HD capable. The “QWERTY remote” for these items contains a keyboard on the flip side, so you can flip it over to type. By using Sony apps Media Remote and TrackID for Android and iOS mobile devices. you can connect via Android devices. The TV’s have a release date of Q2-2012. Check out the full Sony CES Fact Sheet Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central [cessponsor]

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Sony Bloggie Live WiFi – Unboxing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central unboxes the Sony Bloggie Live with WiFi connectivity at the Sony Event on January 9th. The Bloggie Live is available on the 10th starting at $249.

Sony Bloggie Live: Wifi Compatible with Streaming to Qik [Video] 0

Sony Bloggie Live: Wifi Compatible with Streaming to Qik [Video]

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSony came out with the Bloggie a few years ago, which was a great handheld device that can let you create live video. This year, the next itteration is the ability to forgo the computer and directly upload video via WiFi. The Bloggie Live itself is an update of last years Bloggie Touch. You do have a nice big touchpanel on it. You have a 12 MP still image capture and 1080p /30 and 720p/60i. You can also do video and stills at the same time (but not while streaming). “We keep the Bloggie very simple and easy to use,” says Amy. “The large red button remains, your power button and photo button are the other two. It is fully PC and Mac compatible.” The fun comes in after you shoot. You can live stream into Qik (which needs to be...

Day in Tech History Pre-Cap: November 28th through December 4th 0

Day in Tech History Pre-Cap: November 28th through December 4th

Pre-Cap of what you will hear on the Day in Tech History podcast, over on www.dayintechhistory.com

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Ford Session Breakout, Day 2 – #fordtrends

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDay 2 of the Ford Trends event started at an early as we started with a great breakfast. It was needed, for we were off to different sessions throughout the day. 5 sessions in all, we got to chose three. The first session was on Emerging Technology. The host was Paul Hochman and the discussion was about how technology is changing. He pulls out an iPhone and mentioned how it revolutionized the world. But now it’s going to change as all technologies implement touch. “It was more human in it’s interaction with the customer. ” Hochman says “I have a 2 1/2 year old named  Oscar. Oscar has figured out a way not only to completely scramble everything in my iPhone, but also get access to all the pictures. He knows that if he does this (swiping fingers across), the pictures...

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Forward with Ford Event, Alan Mulally, Malcolm Gladwell Keynote – #fordtrends

It was a long afternoon as I flew from Madison, WI to Chicago IL and finally Detroit, MI. However, the trip was worth it just for this first day. The best part, I am here to learn about how Ford is changing the way we drive our cars. I got to my room around 6 pm. A quick assessment of gear, a shower and I was out the door to the opening Keynote. Pretty amazing room – I am in the Oliver Wolcott house for this stay. It’s a replica of his house (from Litchfield, CT). Wolcott, of course, is one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Wolcott later became Governor of Connecticut. In the upper suite – a 2 room hotel with 2 bathrooms, I have a place to work, a place to relax and a nice bed to sleep in. The keynote was held over...

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Connecting Devices Together: DLNA

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWith Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), you can connect your devices together. You can also connect them so they work with each other. Best part is you can get an iPhone or iPad app to control everything. DLNA is an idea that over 200 companies like Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Sony and more are involved in. The idea is to make all your devices talk to each other. Therefore you can have one device to store and push content – like media – to another device. The Smart Store Fusion stream, an iPhone/iPod application, will help you control your devices and data. With the app, you can upload to one area and download to the next. If you are not technical, that is OK. DLNA is meant to be as straightforward as possible. So even the non-techies can get in on this...

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Sony Consumer 3D Camera TD10, Sony Bloggie

Sony is coming out with a Consumer 3D cameras. The TD10 is like having 2 cameras in one. The Sony Bloggie – a handheld digital – is also coming in 3D Double full HD – It has two processors and two lenses. HD 1080p 60fps. It’s in pure 3D with convergence. For those with 2D TV’s, the video will show up in 2D. Photos will also show up in 2D at 3072×1728. 10X optical zoom and it supports Dolby 5.1 surround and has noise reduction mics built in. The TD10 will cost $1500, but the Bloggie 3D is only $249. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

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Connecting Devices Together: DLNA

With Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), you can connect your devices together. You can also connect them so they work with each other. Best part is you can get an iPhone or iPad app to control everything. DLNA is an idea that over 200 companies like Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Sony and more are involved in. The idea is to make all your devices talk to each other. Therefore you can have one device to store and push content – like media – to another device. The Smart Store Fusion stream, an iPhone/iPod application, will help you control your devices and data. With the app, you can upload to one area and download to the next. If you are not technical, that is OK. DLNA is meant to be as straightforward as possible. So even the non-techies can get in on this concept. Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy...

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 2 – Elaine Bannon on History of Ford Edge 0

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 2 – Elaine Bannon on History of Ford Edge

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPart 2 of the keynote brought up Elaine Bannon. She discussed the changes between the 2010 and 2011 Ford Edge. She also went into some interesting facts about the interior sound of the vehicle. Interesting to note the strides Ford made on the Interior quietness and the full design changes, implementing Sony’s sound system into the car. Elaine brings out some great information on this new design and how new items like the improved PowerTran system are implemented. This is part of the Geekazine Special Media Feed – Feel free to subscribe to this RSS for great special events.

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Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 1 – Frank Davis

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNashville, TN – A group of reporters decended to Nashville to drive the new Ford Edge. I was one of those people. And while I cannot tell you how the car drives (we are under Embargo until Monday, Aug. 23rd), I can report about the rest of the 1 day event. I got in about 10 AM, in which I met other reporting crew. We piled into a Ford (no surprise, there) and headed to the Factory – an event Hall in Nashville. This was a floor with 5 stations so we could learn about this car’s partners: Nuance, Sony and Telenav. The main Keynote consisted of 4 Speakers: Frank Davis, Elaine Bannon, John Schneider and Amy Marentic. We split the session up into 4 parts. In this first video, you will listen to Frank Davis talk about the growing popularity...

Producing a Podcast with Sony Acid Music Studio, WordPress 0

Producing a Podcast with Sony Acid Music Studio, WordPress

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA listener asked the question: How do you produce your Day in Tech History Podcast? A very good question. Jeffrey Powers shows the process he uses to put the show together. Using Sony Acid Music Studio, he creates a template, places the daily audio and adjusts levels. Jeffrey also shows how he uses WordPress and a plugin called Duplicate post to create the template for the Day in Tech History. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to send them through geekazine at gmail dot com or call 608-205-4378 Audio Version: Produce a Podcast with Music Studio

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