Sony Xperia Ace is what the Xperia XZ4 Compact could have been

One of the true compact phones today



Sony Xperia Ace | Image credit: Sony

When Sony unveiled its 2019 line of Xperia smartphones, fans were waiting for a new Compact model. Unfortunately, Sony has left some of their loyal fans disappointed by skipping the expected Xperia XZ4 Compact. Fret not, it’s still happening but it only found its way to Japan’s NTT Docomo telecom.

Sony is still keeping its tradition of delivering truly pocketable phones with solid hardware. The new Xperia Ace for Japan is what could have been the XZ4 Compact for the global market.

The Xperia Ace has a 5-inch LCD with a Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with familiar large Sony bezels that house stereo speakers and an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone would have been more compact if Sony cut the bezels, but the Japanese company really loves to keep them around.

Sony Xperia Ace | Image credit: Sony

The phone is running on a Snapdragon 630 chip (not exactly the most powerful) with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage.

At the back, there’s a single 12-megapixel shooter, LED flash, and a small area for tapping to use NFC. In true Sony fashion, the fingerprint sensor is embedded to the home button located on the phone’s right-hand side.

Sony Xperia Ace | Image credit: Sony

Since the phone is compact, it also has a small battery at just 2700mAh. The phone sports USB-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course, the sandwich glass phone is also dust and water resistant.

Again, the Xperia Ace is only available in Japan for now. Reservations are already accepted with official sales happening on June 1. The phone has three color options (black, white, and purple) and it’s priced at JPY 48,600 or roughly US$ 445.

Source: Sony
Via: OnLeaks

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales is getting a PC port

Coming later this fall



After the first one got a much-awaited port, it was only a matter of time before a second webslinger pops up on PC. Enjoying a much shorter lead time than the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is officially getting a PC port later this year.

Earlier this year, Sony released the official port for the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, featuring Peter Parker as the titular superhero. At the time, Insomniac and Nixxes Software (the studio behind the port) only had perfunctory plans to bring Miles Morales along for the PC ride.

In practically no time at all, Sony has announced the official coming of the second game through its own teaser trailer. Though the trailer does not end with a release date, it will launch sometime in the fall of this year.

In terms of ports, Sony has found massive success in bringing its formerly exclusive games to more markets. Now, PC players can finally get access to critically acclaimed title from consoles. In Spider-Man’s case, various modders have already created a thriving community for the first game. One such segment involves replacing Peter’s model with other characters like Stan Lee.

Will Miles Morales get the same hype and fanfare? Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales continues the story started by Peter Parker. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles sets off on his own adventure with electrifying powers.

If you can’t wait for the PC port, the game is still available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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TikTok officially launches a dislike button



Months ago, TikTok started experimenting with a dislike button for the platform’s comments. Much like other platforms, the company is creating a way to promote healthier discourse. However, the experiment never had a launch date all those months ago. Finally, after months in development, TikTok is finally ready to launch the dislike button.

Through the platform’s official Twitter account, TikTok is releasing the dislike button. This time, the platform has explained how the feature will work.

As detailed before, users will not see how many dislikes a comment has. Users will only have access to the button itself to dislike and retract dislikes. Only TikTok itself can see the number of dislikes. The platform will then use the information to filer through potential hate speech and harassment that they might have missed the first go-around.

By hiding the number of dislikes, TikTok hopes that users will not be tempted to abuse the dislike button to brigade against just simply unpopular opinions.

While moderation will help the platform with a persistent problem in social media, the company does have other issues. One current problem — that has plagued the platform for years now — is the issue of China’s potential access to data from users in other countries.

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Nothing teases new earbuds called the Ear Stick




Carl Pei’s Nothing continues to be one of the most eccentric tech brands today. Starting with a couple of enigmatic releases, the company is still riding the trend with its upcoming device. Debuting exclusively during a fashion show, Nothing has announced its next product, the Ear Stick.

While it’s a step up in creativity from “ear (1)” or “phone (1),” “Ear Stick” is certainly a unique choice for the name of a new tech product. However, if you see the product, it’s also an accurate one.

The upcoming Ear Stick refers to the cylindrical charging case which will carry the company’s next set of earbuds. Shaped like a tube of lipstick, the charging case is a unique take on what the industry considers as the default shape of similar products. That said, it makes sense to unveil it during a fashion show — specifically, Chet Lo’s SS23 runway.

True to its fashionista pedigree, the case will come in at least three different flavors: white with a red cover, blue with pink, and green with yellow.

Unfortunately, the fashion show reveal did not show what the actual earbuds look like. According to Nothing, the new device will look different to how the ear (1)’s design. As always, users will have to wait for any crumbs that the company will sporadically sprinkle all over.

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