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Biggest U-turn yet? Microsoft axes DRM restrictions after web outcry

In one of the most striking examples of internet protest power yet seen, Microsoft has reversed its controversial decision to impose restrictions on pre-owned games on its upcoming Xbox One console.

20/06/2013  |  Full story...

PS4 ‘winning console PR war’ over Xbox?

This year’s E3 electronics show in LA was the backdrop for the latest round in the upcoming next-gen console wars, with Sony’s PS4 getting the best critical reception for placing less restrictions (and a cheaper price tag) on its device than its Xbox rival.

Watch this E3 highlight video from Rev3 Games showing the key moments of the PS4 event:

Watch this E3 highlight video from TechRadar showing the key moments of the Xbox One event:

12/06/2013  |  Full story...

Samsung debuts ‘waterproof’ Galaxy S4 Active to rival Sony Xperia Z

Samsung is to launch a waterproof and dustproof version of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, featuring an ‘Aqua’ mode for underwater photos.

06/06/2013  |  Full story...

Microsoft Xbox One revealed with online entertainment focus

Microsoft has unveiled its next generation console Xbox One, designed to become “the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system” that competes with only with its traditional rival, Sony’s PlayStation, but with the likes of Sky and Virgin Media, in the TV arena.

Watch this video from the Daily Telegraph showing highlights from the launch event:

22/05/2013  |  Full story...

Twitter fail: Microsoft director leaves after Xbox 'deal with it' outburst

Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth has resigned after posting flippant remarks on Twitter over the Xbox 720’s controversial 'always-online' rumours, telling frustrated customers to ‘deal with it”.

12/04/2013  |  Full story...

Xbox 720 leaks hint at online only system

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 720 is rumoured to be always online, meaning players will not be able to play games from a disc, but will instead force you to install each game first.

21/03/2013  |  Full story...

Gaming as content (and some brands that got the hang of it)

Gaming has evolved from a ‘nerdy’ pastime into mainstream culture, from apps and consoles to Foursquare and augmented reality. In turn, brands are wising up to the deep engagement gaming can bring over video, display or text-based ads. This white paper from Say Media looks at the opportunities of ‘gamification’ and looks at 3 brands that have got it right…

28/02/2013  |  Full story...

Sony PS4 specs: Social share button, streaming games and a Christmas launch

Sony has announced the first official details of its upcoming Playstation 4 console, featuring a social sharing button, touch screen features, mobile compatibility and the ability to stream games via the web.

Watch this BBC report on the PS4 below:

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21/02/2013  |  Full story...

PS4 to stream games via cloud - report

Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 console could play games streamed over the Internet using Gaikai technology, as well as traditional optical disc-based games, according to a news report.

20/02/2013  |  Full story...

Xbox 720 to be online only?

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 720 console could require an internet connection to fully function, according to a news report. Edge magazine reports that Microsoft's new console will require an internet connection with activation codes for games on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs.

08/02/2013  |  Full story...

Mystery Sony event sparks PS4 console rumours

Sony is to host its first PlayStation event in 2 years, sparking rumours that the Japanese consumer electronics giant is preparing to unveil the successor to its PS3 games console.

04/02/2013  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence January 2013

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence January 2013

The beginning of 2013 saw more evidence of the death of the high street as consumers increasingly flocked to the web for their shopping needs. In particular the shift from buying entertainment in solid-state form to digital form was put into sharp focus as the closure of the HMV and Blockbuster were announced alongside the record numbers of digital downloads.

The power of social media to instigate and amplify bad press was brought into sharp relief yet again with the tale of two retailers - and Tesco - who both suffered at the hands of online consumers.

Facebook launched their 'Graph Search' as their first major step into social search as well as continuing its evolution into a mobile service.

Sony launched their latest Xperia to compete in the smartphone marketplace. While Apple's share price fell sharply on disappointing iPhone sales.

And the annual CES show in Vegas was abuzz with automatic cars, new TV formats and gaming innovations.

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Sony rivals iPhone and Samsung with waterproof 5-inch smartphone

Sony has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Xperia Z, as the technology giant looks to rival Apple and Samsung in the smartphone wars. The device, unveiled at technology trade show CES 2013, has a large 5-inch screen and is powered by Android. Key features include a full HD Reality Display with the same technology as Sony's television line; a 13-megapixel camera; a dust- and water-resistant chassis; an antiscratch coating; and a quad-core processor.

Watch the Sony ad here:

11/01/2013  |  Full story...

Sony launches Playstation Mobile Store

Sony has launched its Playstation Mobile Store today, an online gaming marketplace available for smartphones and tablets. The idea behind this new venture for the company is to offer consumers a cross platform mobile gaming service, which allows users to purchase a title once via the PlayStation Store, and then play the game on certain Android hardware as well as the PlayStation Vita.

08/10/2012  |  Full story...

Subscriptions ‘to drive 15% global growth in digital music’

The global digital music market is expected to grow at 15 percent annually, reaching nearly USD$22.5 billion by 2017, according to global analyst firm, Ovum. Revenue is being boosted by subscription services, predicted to show a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46 percent, much of it on the back of bundling partnerships with service providers.

30/08/2012  |  Full story...

Sony cuts 1,000 jobs in mobile division

Sony Corporation is cutting 1,000 jobs from its mobile phone division, as the Japanese electronics giant struggles to compete with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market.

24/08/2012  |  Full story...

Google TV to launch in UK next month

Google has partnered with Sony to take its web TV service outside of the US for the first time. The set-top box allows users to browse the internet through their television, as well as access a range of specially designed applications. The device, which will cost around £200 when it is released in July, will compete with Apple's own TV box.

Watch a video showing how the service works below;

26/06/2012  |  Full story...

Sony drops ‘download-only’ plans for PS4 console

Sony has decided to keep an optical drive for Blu-Rays in its next console, following reports that it was considering a download-only option that would rely heavily on the web. The decision to stick with the legacy component was due to internet connection speeds varying so much around the world, the Wall Street Journal reported.

01/06/2012  |  Full story...

Sony Playmemories offers 5GB free cloud storage… but not for documents

Just one day after Google launched it's take on the cloud storage space, another key player has entered the arena. Sony’s PlayMemories cloud storage service has launched in the UK, but unlike its rivals DropBox and Google Drive, the service only works for media files. The service is available online or via a downloadable mobile app for free on both the Android and iOS platforms.

View a video outlining the service below:

26/04/2012  |  Full story...

Video viral of the Week: Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man trailer creates Twitter mystery

Sony’s has unveiled a news report teaser video for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ as part of a new viral campaign for this summer’s blockbuster movie. See below to see why it's our video viral of the week...

22/03/2012  |  Full story...

Nintendo gets serious about online gaming and downloads

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Network, an online service that will span the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, providing personal user accounts and the ability to purchase downloadable content. Nintendo knows it must take a “bold attempt” in establishing a robust online ecosystem for Wii U, and simplifying DLC shopping is key to that plan, the company’s president has said.

01/02/2012  |  Full story...

Sony and IPC amongst brands first to sign to Collective’s premium video ad exchange

Collective has launched a private marketplace to offer media buying agencies and advertisers real-time bidding (RTB) access to its premium video platform. Combining’s RTB technology with Collective’s audience data, Collective’s private exchange will offer pre-roll video advertising space across targeted audiences and premium publishers in real-time auctions. Publishers include IPC, WWE, The Independent, Sony Music and iVillage.

19/01/2012  |  Full story...

Games consoles becoming ‘entertainment hubs’

US consumers are using their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii devices to stream movies and TV shows in growing numbers, according to a new survey. The poll of 3000 people in the US, conducted by Nielsen, found that streaming video accounted for 14% of the average time spent using Microsoft 's Xbox 360 in October, up from 10% a year earlier. For Sony's PS3, the share of streaming video was 15% this year, up from 9% last year. The shift was even more dramatic for Nintendo's Wii, which jumped to 33% from 20%.

04/01/2012  |  Full story...

Google Music goes live in US with Android store

Google Music has gone live in the US, featuring a free music storage cloud service, app, Web player, free social music sharing on Google+ and store on the Android marketplace. Initially launcing as a beta in the US earlier this year, the new version launches today and will roll out to Android devices in the US over the next few days. The firm did not discuss any plans to offer Google Music outside the US. Users will be able to share songs with their Google+ Circles contacts who can listen to the full length of the tracks one time without making a purchase.


17/11/2011  |  Full story...

Blackberry debuts £4.99-a-month cloud music service

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched its cloud-based music service, BBM Music, has officially gone live, charging £4.99 per month. The service, which was first launched in a closed beta trial in August this year, allows users to build a personal music profile of 50 songs that can be listened to on or offline on their BlackBerry handset. Users can also share their profile with friends by inviting them to subscribe to their list, which they can also listen to in full both on and offline.


16/11/2011  |  Full story...

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