Sony SmartWatch 4: what we want to see

Sony SmartWatch 4

Update: Sony has revealed that while it’s still looking at the smartwatch space it has no plans to launch a new one until it can bring something genuinely compelling to the market, so don’t expect to see a SmartWatch 4 any time soon.

Years after launch, the Sony SmartWatch 3 remains a competent Android Wear smartwatch.

That’s because it’s stuffed with useful, future-proof features that, even today, are only just starting to become commonplace, like built-in GPS, waterproofing, NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities.

But, as the world of wearables keeps advancing and, in doing so, producing some truly innovative and gorgeous timepieces, there’s never been a better time for the Sony SmartWatch 4 to share the same stage.

That said, it looks like Sony has put its wearable ambitions on hold, telling us that: “there’s still not a sufficient solution for the end user from a technological point of view. With the watch you have to charge it every day, which is unnatural for a watch.

“Until we find a good, technological solution – or a form factor solution – to make these things feel natural to wear, we’ll keep looking at [the wearables sector].”

So it sounds like a SmartWatch 4 may come one day, but not until Sony can make something really worthwhile. With that in mind, we’ve set our sights on the future and come up with a wishlist of what we hope to see in Sony’s next smartwatch.

Cut to the chase
What is it? The next Android Wear smartwatch from SonyWhen is it out? Possibly neverWhat will it cost? Upwards of $299/£210/AU$420 – if it ever launches

A gym and office-friendly design

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is a slick looking wearable, but most would agree that it was crafted more with the sporty type in mind. The rubbery strap that comes …read more

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The 10 best full-frame DSLRs in 2017

Most entry-level and mid-price DSLRs sport an APS-C sized sensor, with the physical dimensions of the chip measuring 23.6 x 15.7mm (22.2 x 14.8mm on Canon DSLRs).

A full-frame sensor on the other hand has larger dimensions of 36 x 24mm – the same size as a frame of 35mm film, hence the name ‘full-frame’, and offering a surface area 2.5x larger than an APS-C sized sensor.

This allows for larger photosites (pixels to you and I) on the sensor, delivering better light gathering capabilities, which in turn means better image quality – especially at higher sensitivities.

Full-frame DSLRs used to be the preserve of professional photographers, but as the costs have dropped and lower-cost models have started to appear, many serious amateurs and enthusiasts can now enjoy the benefits of full-frame photography.

We should also mention full-frame mirrorless cameras. These aren’t DSLRs strictly, but the Sony A7 series cameras like the brilliant Alpha A7R II and now the Leica SL are muscling in on the full-frame DSLR market, and are particularly interesting for those who also need to shoot video.

To find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences. Or to get an idea of what kind of DSLR you can get at different price points, try this: Best DSLR.

In the meantime, here are the best full-frame DSLRs you can buy right now:

Canon’s EOS 5D series of cameras has a rich heritage – the original EOS 5D bought full-frame photography to the masses, while the Mark II unleashed Full HD video capture for the first time on a DSLR, starting a whole new genre of DSLR movie-making. That’s not forgetting the Mark III, which while not as groundbreaking perhaps as the two models before it, became a firm favourite amongst photographers. The …read more

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Netflix to borrow additional $1 billion to produce more original movies and shows

YouTube, Netflix

Netflix’s ambitious plans to come out with more original movies and TV shows are well-known, but we now have a clearer picture of the price. Netflix announced it would raise an additional €1 billion, or about $1.08 billion, from “non-US persons” to fund new original programming efforts.

While the company stated the money would be used for “general corporate purposes,” Netflix has been open about the fact that most of its funding going forward would be used for content acquisitions and production.

At the end of last year, Netflix announced it would up its amount of original programming to 1,000 hours in 2017, including 20 new original series and 30 movies. The first season of the competition show Ultimate Beastmaster already launched with its first, 10-episode season, as has the sci-fi movie The Discovery starring Rooney Mara and Robert Redford, and the movie War Machine starring Brad Pitt is due out next month.

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Source:: Ars Technica