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Sony Personal Content Station Backs Up Your Mobile Media, Puts It On A Big Screen

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    Sony Personal Content Station backs up your mobile media, puts it on a big screen - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "Sony's Personal Content Station is a box with a 1 terabyte hard drive, a bunch of ports, wireless capabilities, and the ability to backup and store all the media from your phone or tablet. You can also use it to display that content on a TV or upload photos or videos to social networks.

    The Personal Content Station is expected to go on sale this summer in Europe, and could come to the US for about $299 after that. It passed through the FCC recently, which suggests that Sony's gearing up for a US launch."


    Personal Content Station "LLS-201":
     
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    Sony Personal Content Station (PCS) LLS-201 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint (click for full article)

    26 February 2013 16:28 GMT / By Mike Lowe


    "Personal storage is often back-breakingly boring, but Sony's managed to hot-up the solution with one-touch NFC connectivity from its 1TB wireless server.


    Okay, so it's not totally hotted-up as the "Personal Content Station LLS-201" - which we'll refer to as PCS - namesake quickly attests. But this white-finish device does look rather cool - it's reminiscent of a miniature London Olympic velodrome, or some strange alien mothership.


    Only you won't find alien cyclists spinning around on the inside. Nope, instead it'll be full of your content spinning on its 1TB drive, which can be delivered in several ways: one touch NFC, Bluetooth, DLNA across a local Wi-Fi network, via the USB port or by using the SD/MemoryStick card slot. There's even Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) support. All you need to do is download a free app - called PWS Manager - on your device in order to communicate the transfers.


    But this app doesn't have to be installed on a Sony-specific or, indeed, Android phone - which are supported of course - as iOS will be supported too (except, obviously, NFC won't be). However there's no plan at the moment to expand this to Windows Phone, according to a representative on the Sony stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


    We saw a demo of photo sharing via the Sony Xperia Z's NFC (near field communication) facility. One quick press of phone to PCS and it was possible to transfer shots. The app avoids duplicating files in the PCS's library too, while the application can also control the other forms of input - click "card", for example, and it's possible to select and channel data directly from an SD card inserted into the PCS device.


    Content can be stored just as on a hard drive, but the PCS does more than that: it's able to transcode video into MP4 for playback so that it's ready to roll out across other devices. Think about it, if you have a Sony DSLR camera that shoots AVCHD (ie, in the MTS format) then it's not really readable at source by almost any program. The PCS can convert this to an MP4 file at 1080p60 as it imports for quick playback on other devices. Cool stuff.


    Output is possible too: the rear HDMI port supports Dolby Digital so those high-quality movie files can be pinged direct to a TV or smart device via your network. If you don't want to use the hard wire then files can also be picked up and streamed over the network.


    The PCS plugs in directly via an Ethernet cable - it's not visible in our sample shots, however, as this prototype version had one hanging out of the bottom for the time being - which we're assured will be repositioned to a consumer-friendly point in the final device. There's also a WEP button for security control.


    We're not entirely sure why the PCS is the size it is, however. We're sure it could be smaller in order to be that bit more discreet, yet the very idea of this device is to have it on display for the NFC appeal. It's not that it looks bad - we rather like the swooping curves - it just ought to be a smidgen more shrunken.


    The 1TB Sony Personal Content Station will be available in the UK from the summer, but Sony was unable to deliver comment on the anticipated price point."
     
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    Is the Sony "Content Station" device something that could possible cut into the Sony NSZ-GS7 (GTV) box sales? Too bad Sony could not make 1 super-duper GTV box with all of these features.
     
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    Sony also announced the following portable wireless server device:

    Sony Portable Wireless Server offers external storage, battery for phones, tablets - Liliputing (click for full article)


    "If there are two things that smartphones can be short on, it's storage space and battery life. Sony's got a single answer for both problems: The WG-C10 Portable Wireless Server.

    It's a portable device that acts as a wireless storage drive for Android or iOS phones or tablets. But you can also use it as an external battery pack for recharging the battery in your mobile device when you're not near a wall outlet.


    The Portable Wireless Server isn't an external hard drive. Instead, it's a pocket-sized box that weighs less than 5 ounces and which features USB ports and a memory card slot.


    Insert a flash drive, SD card, or Sony Memory Stick Duo and you can stream audio, video, or other content from that card to your mobile device running Android 2.3 or later or iOS 5.0 or later.


    In other words, in addition to using it as a way to add extra storage to your phone or tablet, you can use it as a sort of card reader for your mobile device. For instance, you can snap a photo with your camera, pop it into the wireless server and copy it to your Android or iOS device.


    If you're streaming audio to your mobile device over the 802.11n WiFi connection Sony says you should get up to 10 hours of battery life.


    On the other hand, if you just want to use the built-in battery to recharge your phone's battery, you can do that too.


    Sony says the WG-C10 Portable Wireless Server will be available in Europe this summer."


    Portable Wireless Server "WG-C10":
     
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    As a big fan of Google TV I am always disappointed to see the companies supporting Google TV introduce products that will either confuse the potential market or replace Google TV for some percentage of the market. Unfortunately it is probably going to be more common since Google TV still has no traction and companies must focus on introducing products that will succeed quickly before the competition dominates the market. These products are different than Google TV if one understands the capabilities of the various products but from a general view by somebody not fully understanding, the PCS and Google TV are both digital media players that interact with smart phones and tablets.
     

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