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[New App] Sony's Live On YouTube Lets You Broadcast To YouTube From The Xperia Z2 [Update: It's Back]

Update 3: Live on YouTube is back, more than two weeks after it debuted and almost immediately vanished. The description still says it's only for the Xperia Z2, but we have no way of confirming that, so your mileage may vary.

Update 2: ...aaaaaaand it's gone.

Update: Commenters who own the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z2, as well as the previous-generation Z1, have said that their phones are listed as incompatible. Perhaps Sony has published the app before it was ready, or simply made an error with the compatibility assignments. Thanks for letting us know, folks.

We've looked high and low, and even a little bit laterally, and we couldn't find an Android app that lets you broadcast a live video stream directly to YouTube.

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Sony Improves Low-Light Functionality Of The CMOS Sensor By Bending It

Sony announced at the Symposium on VLSI Technology that it is trying to improve the functionality and light capture of CMOS sensors by bending them, using - get ready - a proprietary "bending machine." So far, their efforts sound successful. The manufacturer has created a pair of curved CMOS sensors, one sized for cameras (43mm) and one for mobile devices (11mm), that they say have improved sensitivity 1.4x at the center of the sensor, and 2x at the edges.

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[New App] Action Camera Extension Lets Sony Smartwatches And The SWR10 Smartband Control Sony Wi-Fi Cameras

One of the biggest barriers to smartwatch adoption is the fact that, well, they don't do a whole lot, at least compared with mobile devices of comparable price. Sony has just bolted on a little extra functionality for their smartwatch line: the ability to remotely control shutters on various Sony cameras. The new Action Camera Extension app is free, and compatible with the original Sony Smartwatch, the Smartwatch 2, and the brand new SWR10 Smartband.

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Install the app on your smartphone, and make sure you've already got your watch set up with Sony's proprietary Smart Connect app. If all goes well, the functionality should be automatically added to your watch: you can begin using the shutter button by using the Smart Connect app or activating it in your phone's notification shade.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Receives Official CyanogenMod Support, First Nightly Now Ready For Download

The Sony Xperia Z2 is a great device out of the box, but let's not kid around, a certain number of people are going to want to root and flash it if for no reason other than spite. The task requires a good custom ROM to turn to in place of whatever unbearable software the phone shipped with, and fortunately the latest version of CyanogenMod, complete with Android 4.4, is now one such option available to Xperia Z2 owners who just can't bear to let things be. It's offered as a nightly under the name "sirius," a codename for the Z2 that frankly gives the word "Xperia" a run for its money.

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T-Mobile's Sony Xperia Z Gets An Update To Build 10.4.C.0.808 With A Handful Of Interface And App Tweaks [Update: It's Android 4.3 After All]

Update: Xperia Blog has confirmed this update is, in fact, Android 4.3. I can confirm that T-Mobile does, in fact, suck at changelogs. The version has also been tweaked to 10.4.C.0.814.

It might not be the latest and greatest anymore, but the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile is still getting some update love today. That mysterious Android 4.3 update that was pulled a few months back still isn't back, apparently. Instead, you get some small tweaks.

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Team Win Brings Official TWRP Support To The Sony Xperia Z2

There comes a time in many Android enthusiasts' lives when the urge to flash a custom ROM becomes too great, but that desire alone isn't worth jack squat without a custom recovery. The Team Win Recovery Project (yup, that's what TWRP stands for) is one of the more popular and reliable options out there, which makes it good news to for tinkerers with a Sony Xperia Z2 that support has landed for their device.

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TWRP will let you flash ROMs and ZIP files, but before that, it will also give you the means to back up your device. Let's not forget how important that step is, as things can, and usually do, go wrong at some point or another.

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Leaked Image Shows Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Coming To Verizon Sometime This Year

We've seen a leaked shot of the Xperia Z2 bearing Verizon's markings, and now it's the Xperia Z2 Tablet's turn. @evleaks has shared an image depicting the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet with the carrier's branding centrally located square on its back. You know it's Verizon's because its logo is larger than the manufacturer's.

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At 6.4mm, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is very thin, and at 425 grams, it's very light. The device comes with a 10-inch 1920 by 1080 display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of RAM. This all makes it quite the high-end slate for Big Red customers to keep their eye on once it appears in a more official capacity.

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The Smartband SWR10 Goes On Sale In Sony's US Online Store For $99.99

You couldn't swing a dead cat at Mobile World Congress back in February without hitting a smartwatch or a fitness band. (Not that you would want to. Barcelona probably has some kind of municipal ordinance against dead feline hurling.) After teasing us with the companion app, Sony has finally released the Smartband SWR10 in the US. This screenless Bluetooth activity tracker will cost you a C-note on Sony's online store, and it should be showing up at other retailers soon. It was previously sold by just one random Amazon vendor.

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The SWR10 is a more passive take on the wearable device, closer to a Fitbit than the Galaxy Gear or Sony's own Smartwatch.

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Sony Debuts The Xperia T3, A 5.3" Phone With A Svelte 7mm Frame And Decidedly Mid-Range Specs

The mid-range market continues to expand into larger and larger handsets, and Sony doesn't want to be left behind. To that end, they've announced the Xperia T3, a 5.3-inch Android phone with an awesome industrial design, but internals that will leave hardware buffs wanting more. The star of the show is an all-steel body that's admirably thin at just 7mm. It will be available globally in late July.

Move past the admittedly pretty body (available in white, black, or purple), and you'll see hardware that's shooting for the bottom of the mid-range. First, the large "Triluminous" LCD screen is only 720p, meaning it will be noticeably less sharp (227 PPI) than most of the other phones at that size.

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Sony Mobile Hires FreeXperia Developer To Improve Open Source Work And Community Outreach

The FreeXperia team of contributors help maintain CyanogenMod support for Xperia devices, and they've done such a great job that Sony has decided to hire one of the group's developers. Alin Jerpelea was one of FreeXperia's founders in 2010, and he is now the newest member of Sony's Developer Program. Having already built up a reputation for his work bringing the freshest CyanogenMod ROMs to Sony devices, he will now help the company with its open source initiatives.

“I am very happy that Alin is joining us, as this is a great way for us to increase our activity on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and other open source initiatives.

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