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The Vita has been dogged by slow sales and a crumbling market. The rebooted version might tie in with the PS4, but can it convince consumers?

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 28 January 2014

Strikes possible at Ford factories

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: A slimmed down Sony that doesn't skimp on specs

The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, outside New Broadcasting House

Board shake-up in the works at the BBC, to prevent another pay scandal

Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC, is planning a shake-up of the organisation’s Executive Board in an attempt to correct the Square Mile culture which led to its management pay scandal.

The 'iPod of Prison': What makes this Sony radio an instant classic behind bars?

The SRF-39FP isn't the most sophisticated piece of kit, but thanks to some unique attributes its a favourite of American prisoners

Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact takes strong design and makes it smaller

The hits of CES: From Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact to the Parrot Jumping Sumo, the show didn't disappoint

Our technology expert reflects on this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House, executive in charge of Sony Network Entertainment, introduces PlayStation Now

CES 2014: Sony's PlayStation Now promises console gaming without the console

'PlayStation Now' will send data directly to smart televisions

Tablets, smartphones, cameras and more: we pick the only gadgets you need from 2013

From Apple's latest shiny playthings to the best smartphones from Google, we pick our favourite gadgets of 2013

Best home entertainment tech of 2013: Sony and Pansonic 4K TVs, the Xbox One and PS4

Our round up of the best technology of 2013 continues with TVs and boxes to put under them...

Best digital cameras of 2013: the Sony Alpha A7, Fujifilm X20 and Canon's EOS 100D

This was the year that the Compact System Camera became mainstream. Compact System Cameras, also called mirrorless, are cameras with the high-quality build, big sensor and interchangeable lenses found on a DSLR but without the mirrors that give that category its name and save size and weight into the bargain.

Xbox One vs PS4: The console kings' battle for Christmas

Microsoft has sold 2 million of its new games console Xbox One since its launch, the computer giant announced yesterday, catching up to rival Sony's Playstation 4.

Xbox One sales surpass 2m worldwide announces Microsoft

Microsoft's console has sold at a slower rate than Sony's PS4, but is available in less than half the number of countries

Sony fans who received free PS Vita threatened with legal action

Gamers received the handheld console instead of a game, but retailer Zavvi has threatened them with 'legal remedies'

PS4 game reviews: Killzone: Shadow Fall; Knack; Resogun

Killzone: Shadow Fall

80m xboxes have been sold worldwide and 38m Xbox Ones will be sold by the end of 2017, according to analysts IHS

eBay XBox One scam: Dad pays £450 for a picture of the console

A father from Nottingham said he was "fuming" after forking out £450 online for a brand new Xbox One console, only to be sent a picture of the console in the post.

PS4 sale in San Francisco ends in murder

The console's owner was shot multiple times after meeting with the suspect in a location specified by the online ad

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