Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Sony Announces Slimmer PlayStation 3 and More

Sony has announced a plethora of news at its Wednesday event at the Tokyo Game Show. Most importantly, the PlayStation 3 will get revamped, with a slimmer body and a new CD tray mechanism.

Furthermore, PlayStation Vita owners will be able to enjoy the benefits of the PlayStation Plus premium subscription, including free games, discounts and automatic software updates.

Finally, the company announced two new colors for the PS Vita in Japan — “cosmic red” and “sapphire blue” — as well as a manga reader app for the Vita, together with a manga store, initially carrying 3,000 titles.

iPhone 5 Reviewers Note the Downsides of Apple Maps

Though the initial batch of reviews of the new iPhone 5 is mostly positive, one thing many reviewers find sub-par is Apple’s new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps.

The T3 review notes the app is “hit and miss in terms of finding London locations;” ATD’s Walt Mossberg calls it the iPhone 5’s “biggest drawback,” and Engadget’s Tim Stevens claims the app “isn’t nearly as comprehensive as Google’s offerings on Android.”

Check out our iPhone 5 review roundup here.

ZTE to Launch Firefox-Based Smartphone in Q3 2012

Chinese smartphone giant ZTE is working with Mozilla to launch a Firefox-based smartphone in Q3 2012, Reuters reports. “We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android,” said ZTE spokesman David Dai Shu.

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