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Sony updates Folding@Home to help research in cures for diseases

Who knew that your smartphone can actually someday literally save lives? A groundbreaking app from Sony is being used by scientists involved in research of diseases like breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and some infectious diseases like ebola. They use your smartphone's processing power in order to help protein folding research as there is a huge amount of power needed to " simulate the complex movements of proteins as they change shape." The latest update from the Folding@Home app helps researchers reach that goal easier than before.

‘Play!’ is a PlayStation 2 emulator project for Android

Don’t tell us that this hasn’t crossed you mind, sitting there with a robust smartphone like the OnePlus One, the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could play Final Fantasy X on my Android device?” For most hardcore gamers, this will have happened, at some point in time or another. There isn’t a stable emulator for the PlayStation 2 on Android YET, but it’s not stopping Jean-Philip Desjardins, a hobbyist programmer, from trying.

Sony Mobile CEO Totoki reiterates commitment to smartphone business

Some people have said that 2015 seems to be a low year for Sony Mobile, especially with the generic reviews the Sony Xperia Z4 has received – and this coming from a year of loss in 2014, despite the success of the Sony Xperia Z3. There were rumors that Sony was contemplating selling its mobile business, but Sony Mobile CEO Hitori Totoki has promised that Sony will “never ever” sell or move away from the smartphone arena.

Sony’s Xperia Z5 rumored to launch September, Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM inside

The reviews for the Sony Xperia Z4 were pretty underwhelming, especially with that weird “Japan only” market release. We kinda understand it now, in the wake of the overheating troubles of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. We want to believe that the stories are not true, but all evidences seem to prove otherwise. That may be the starting point of this new rumor that Sony will put out all Xperia Z5 devices in September – that is, the Sony Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 compact, and the Xperia Z5 Ultra.

Sony’s balloon photo app, now out on beta for Android

There are a lot of photo apps out there that let you edit, put captions and other designs on top of pictures you've recently taken or those that are already on your camera roll. But there are only a few out there that lets you do something as unique as Sony's Voice Balloon photo app, which lets you add thought balloons to your photos, using your smartphone's voice recognition as the basis for the dialogue you can add to your picture. Now they're releasing a new similar app in beta called balloon photo.

Sony adds 3 new wireless speakers to its premium audio lineup

To the uninitiated, a wireless speaker is just the same as any wireless speaker. But for audiophiles and those with a discerning ear, each is different, not just in terms of features, but also in watts, how many and what kind of sub speakers are included, digital amplification, etc. And for those who are into these kind of things, Sony is probably one of the better brands available in the market. They are now introducing three new speakers to add to their premium audio lineup.

Android top in the US but not Europe; Galaxy S6 sales boost Samsung

We've been wondering if the good reviews of Samsung's new flagship, the Galaxy S6 will translate to sales to help boost the previous smartphone champs. The number (at least from Kantar) are in, and it looks like they have indeed helped the OEM regain top spot in the US, becoming the third best-selling smartphone in the country, just after the iPhone 6 and Samsung's previous flagship, the Galaxy S5. Android has also continued to regain the top spot in the US when it comes to sales, but in Europe's big five, it's still a no go.

Sony Xperia Z4 gets the teardown treatment

There are a lot of things you can say about how Sony did its marketing and sales of its newest flagship – the Sony Xperia Z4, or the Xperia Z3+, or the Xperia Z4v, or however you want to call it. There wasn’t a lot of departure design-wise from its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3, but a proper teardown will probably show us what the differences are. Fortunately for us, the guys at witrigs.com had the resources to do that for everybody.
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