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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?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

David Phelan takes a look at Samsung's new phone-camera

Sony posts surprise profit on back of Xperia smartphones

Embattled entertainment and electronics giant Sony beat analysts’ expectations with first-half profits today, thanks to a weak yen and the success of Sony’s Xperia smartphones.

A model displays a Sony Corp's new 50 gigabyte (GB) Blue-ray disk during an unveiling in Tokyo September 12, 2007. Sony said it will launch four models of new Blu-ray high-definition optical disc recorders in November in Japan, as its format battle with the HD DVD camp heats up. REUTERS/Yuriko

Sony and Panasonic create 300GB Blu-ray successor for archives and pros

Future standard will be aimed at catering to the 'archive business'

David Jacobs who is to step down from his weekly BBC Radio 2 show after a radio career stretching back almost seven decades

David Jacobs quits Radio 2 show for health reasons

Broadcasting veteran David Jacobs is to step down from his weekly BBC Radio 2 show after a radio career stretching back almost seven decades.

Future bleak for print magazines at publisher

The closure or sale of some print magazines could be on the agenda for the games and technology magazines publisher Future after it warned it would miss profits targets.

The 10 Best compact cameras - battling back against smartphones

Super-wide zoom, HD movies, Bluethooth and Wi-fi ready

Slick and striking: the Sony Xperia Tablet Z

A week with: The Sony Xperia Tablet Z

'A new experience but not an outstanding one'

Short cuts: Top of the Lake

Drama overload cues return of TV mini-series

Viewers are getting fed up with storylines that go on for years and years

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook takes the stage during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, California June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple applies to trademark term 'iWatch' in Japan

Move indicates company's intent to create a smartwatch

Sony fires the big guns at Samsung with the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra

New phablet sized handset expands the Xperia range and challenges Samsung's Note series

A screenshot of the new PS4 video. Source: SONY

PS4 latest: Possible 13 November release date, new interface video

Details continue to emerge for Sony's new console

The 'B' button on the Xbox One controller is show during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft drops controversial Xbox One DRM pre-owned game and connection policies after outcry from gamers

Removal of mandatory internet connection and restricted game sharing are a response to "candid feedback"

The 10 Best new smartphones

Photos, films, music, apps and browsing - the latest mobiles can do it all

Hedge fund big-hitter Loeb ups Sony stake as he targets entertainment arm spin-off

The billionaire investor Dan Loeb has increased pressure on Sony's board by lifting his stake in the electronics group to 7 per cent.

Good times roll at E3 videogame trade show - but for how long?

Few first-time participants at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles this week would have realised that the $66 billion videogames industry is in steep decline.

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