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Sony, IMAX & Discovery bringing 24/7 3D home first in 2011

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Since it was one of the first to launch 24/7 HD broadcasting with Discovery HD Theater, it only makes sense Discovery is blazing the 3D path, helped along by Sony and IMAX. The bad news? This three way venture won’t be coming home until 2011, well after ESPN kicks off part time broadcasting and, in our opinion, leaving a wide window if a certain Dallas-based billionare wants to launch his own channel — we’re thinking “3DNet” could be a good name. C’mon Mark, you know you want to. Check the PR after the break for details, although there’s no word on which documentaries we’ll be seeing looped day after day (and, if our experience with HD Theater is any indication, will still be amazed by even the 50th time.)

Since it was one of the first to launch 24/7 HD broadcasting with Discovery HD Theater, it only makes sense Discovery is blazing the 3D path, helped along by Sony and IMAX. The bad news? This three way venture won’t be coming home until 2011, well after ESPN kicks off part time broadcasting and, in our opinion, leaving a wide window if a certain Dallas-based billionare wants to launch his own channel — we’re thinking “3DNet” could be a good name. C’mon Mark, you know you want to. Check the PR after the break for details, although there’s no word on which documentaries we’ll be seeing looped day after day (and, if our experience with HD Theater is any indication, will still be amazed by even the 50th time.)

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Sony NWZ-S745 on sale in Canada, US given cold shoulder

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We don’t know about you, but every time we hear of a Walkman, we think of the old school cassette players, and are left strangely disappointed by the slinky modern variants and their tons of storage. The 16GB S745, which has absolutely nothing to do with Mickey Mouse we assure you, has entered North American retail channels, only it seems to have skipped the US for its more peace-loving neighbor up north. Eagle-eyed Canadian shoppers have spotted the more advanced version of the S740 on sale in Sony Style stores (for 200 CAD or 188 in real American currency), replete with a 2-inch screen, noise-canceling earphones, and an unhealthily thin case. Still, suspicions abound that Sony is merely waiting for CES to roll around to make its big US unveiling, but if you really can’t wait it’s not like driving up to Canadia would be that terrible anyway.

Sony considered SSD, network storage for PS3 Slim

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Could the PS3 Slim have been even slimmer? It could have, according to Sony’s Masayuki Chatani, but it would’ve cost you. That word comes from a wide-ranging interview Chatani gave to Tech-On!, in which he revealed (seemingly for the first time) that Sony had considered using SSD drives or even network storage to further reduce the size of the console. SSD drives were ultimately rejected, as you might have guessed, due to cost reasons, and Chatani says that network storage ultimately proved to still be simply too impractical for a game console. He also said that the PS3 could have been made slimmer if Sony had just left the power supply on the outside, but that would have “imposed restrictions on transport and use, making it harder to use freely.” Not a whole lot in the way of big revelations otherwise, but you can check out the complete interview at the link below.

Sony says PS3 motion controller was codenamed ‘Gem,’ might or might not actually be called Gem

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We never heard much more of the rumored Sphere codename for Sony’s PlayStation 3 motion controller since it cropped up a few months ago, but it looks like we now finally have another name for it besides “PlayStation Motion Controller.” That word initially came from EA’s John Riccitiello, who let slip the name “Gem” during his talk at the UBS 37th Annual Global Media Conference when speaking about Sony’s and Microsoft’s new motion controllers. Just odd enough to work? Well, not so fast, as Sony would only go so far as to confirm to Kotaku that Gem was “an early code name for the product,” adding that they “haven’t announced final name at this point.” Not exactly a full-on non-denial denial, to be sure, but it would seem that the door for Gem is at least open a tiny crack.

Sony’s FVA-U1 reads veins, coming to Japan this month

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Sony has finally delivered on its Mofiria promise with what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest finger vein reader. That assertion may be challenged by Hitachi, whose 3mm-thick scanner promises to be even smaller, but the critical difference here is that the FVA-U1 is about to go on sale in Japan come December 18, whereas Hitachi’s hardware is nowhere to be found. The Sony scanner weighs a measly 33 grams, hooks up via USB, and adds an extra layer of biometric protection for your most precious data. Whether carrying around an extra dongle just to protect some Excel spreadsheets and your Outlook account is worth it, we leave up to you.

Sony joins 1,000-hour recording club with IDC-UX300

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You really don’t know how many voice recorders there are out there until you actually look. Sony’s UX line of dictation takers / mp3 players has just undergone a gentle revamp with a freshened up control scheme and a bump in integrated storage. The new base model, UX200, will come with 2GB of flash memory, while the 4GB UX300 and 300F (both capable of more than 1,000 hours of recording) are differentiated only by the FM radio availalble in the latter. All models record in stereo mp3 format with added noise cancellation built in, while playback can be done at 21 different speed steps, allowing you to keep track of all the Scatman John wannabes out there. Battery life is rated at up to 15 hours for continuous recording, or north of 80 for continuous playback. Expect to see these showing up, in all their classy color options, in Europe early next month.

Sony streaming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs free to new customers, expensively to existing ones

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It wasn’t long ago that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was packing theaters, but given how quickly things hit DVD and Blu-ray these days we’re surprised to learn this one won’t be flinging vermicelli to disc until just after the holidays. Fear not carb-lovers: similar to the Hancock deal last year, new purchasers of internet-capable Sony TVs and Blu-ray players will be receiving one free stream of the film starting on December 8; that’s nearly a full month ahead of the retail release. The stream will be in 720p and will allow full control during 24 hours. What if you’ve already purchased your Sony setup? The company is happy to extend the streaming offer to you as well — so long as you don’t mind paying a mere $24.95. Yes, a one-time 720p rental that costs as much as a Blu-ray. That’s value.

Sony’s Limited Edition Vaio Nebula FW Laptop

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Sony’s updated range of “Signature Collection” laptops includes this flashy space-themed Vaio FW. The 16.4-incher starts at $810, which gets you Windows 7, a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB storage, and 512MB ATI 4650 graphics. (more…)

How would you change Sony’s PlayStation 3 Slim?

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For the most part, we’d say that Sony addressed the concerns of many when it introduced the PlayStation 3 Slim. The console was smaller, cheaper and easier on the eyes, and of course the 120GB hard drive didn’t hurt matters either. That said, we know that the redesign didn’t please everyone, and we’ve heard more than a few PS3 diehards complain about the new design. If it were you designing a newer, less expensive PlayStation 3, what would you have done differently? Kept PS2 backwards compatibility? Colored it white? Added HD DVD support? Don’t be scared to get a little crazy — besides, they call that “innovation” in the corporate world.

Sony recalls 69,000 AC adapters due to shock hazard

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Oh, Sony. You’ve been doing so well with not making things blow up lately. Even a seemingly minor fizzle turned out to be a false alarm. While it’s not laptop batteries this time, it seems that Sony has run into a bit of trouble with some of the AC adapters used for its VAIO all-in-one desktops and docking stations. Specifically, the insulation used in adapters for the company’s VGC-LT and VGC-JS2 series desktops and VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1 docking stations can apparently fail over time and pose an electrical shock hazard for users, although there have been no reports of injuries to date (and only four reports of any short circuiting). Still, it’s probably a good idea to take Sony up on its offer for a free replacement. Hit up the link below for all the necessary details.

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