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Sony's WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth ANC headphones are $276 ($74 off) on Rakuten with code

Sony's 1000XM3 headphones are arguably the best product at its price point right now. Discounts were sparse in the months following its initial release, but they're starting to go on sale more often now. ProElectronics via Rakuten is currently offering these for $276.21 a pop, around $74 off, with a coupon code.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Android 9 Pie rollout resumes after initially bricking devices

Sony's Xperia XA2 family of devices got its first taste of Android 9 Pie in February, but it didn't go as planned. The update bricked some units. The phones would reboot to a screen showing black and white lines, becoming inoperable. The rollout was quickly halted. Sony has evidently worked out the kinks, though, as Pie is once again landing on XA2 phones.

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[Update: Sony support page] Google is experimenting with sponsored channels on Android TV home screens, and users are pissed

Much to the chagrin of users, some Android TV boxes and television sets have been surfacing home screen channels with a whole row of sponsored content. A similar feature that shows featured Play Store apps is switched on by default, but it's easy enough to disable it. The new sponsored channels are proving a little harder to get rid of.

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Midweek deals: Discounts on Galaxy S10 Moment case pre-orders, Bluetooth speakers, smart plugs, and more

Happy Wednesday afternoon! It looks like you'll make it through the week after all. That's reason to celebrate, so why not treat yourself to some cut-rate tech gear? Here you'll find discounts on Moment's Galaxy S10 cases, Bluetooth speakers, and other cool stuff.

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[Update: Mass job cuts expected] Sony to merge all consumer electronics divisions after mobile loses nearly a billion dollars in a year

Two days ago, Sony revealed a drastic change in its business organization going forward. Sony's Mobile Communications division — responsible for the Xperia line of phones — will be merged with the Imaging Products & Solutions and Home Entertainment & Sound divisions. This "realignment" unifies all of Sony's consumer electronics branches under a single internal division, while conveniently hiding the mobile division's future losses behind a merged balance sheet. That's good for Sony, because according to today's exchange rate, the company has lost over $910 million in the last year making phones.

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Sony camera app renamed Imaging Edge Mobile, new Transfer & Tagging utility launched

For photographers with a WiFi-equipped Sony camera, the Play Memories Mobile app was a useful tool that would enable remote shooting and easy image transfers to your smartphone. With the version 7.0/7.1 update, Sony is rebranding it Imaging Edge Mobile and launching an add-on app that allows for FTP background transfers and high-speed voice tagging.

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Sony adds Xperia 10 and 10 Plus to Open Devices program

The new Xperia 10 and 10 Plus might not be the most interesting phones out there, but Sony has made them a bit more appealing for certain buyers today. These phones are the latest additions to Sony's Open Devices program. So, you can unlock and flash software on your Xperia 10 and 10 Plus without any arduous workarounds.

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The Sony Xperia 10 is really long and really boring

After a period of what seemed like smartphone stagnation, we're finally seeing some weird devices again. With edge-to-edge screens, hole-punch cameras, and displays that fold in half being high-end oddities, Sony saw fit to shake up the budget formula, too, and plopped ultra-tall 21:9 displays in its Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. And while I applaud its efforts, being long doesn't save the Xperia 10 line from being terminally boring.

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[Update x2: Fix rolling out] Sony appears to be blocking Kodi on its recent Android TVs

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has attracted an undeservedly bad rap outside media streaming circles, garnering a piracy-associated reputation that isn't quite merited — at least, in my opinion. Whatever you might believe, it looks like Sony might be taking a critical view of the project, too, as reports indicate that at least some of the company's recent Android TVs are actively blocking the app.

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Sony's Xperia 1 is up for pre-order in the US for the low, low price of $1000

Sony turned some heads at MWC last month with the announcement of phones with 21:9 displays. The king of the bunch, the Xperia 1, is now available for pre-order in the U.S. for a mere $1,000 — yep, another expensive phone.

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