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2 weeks ago

Quick comparison: Sony Xperia Z4 versus Xperia Z3

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Sony Xperia Z4 + Z3

How does Sony's latest premium smartphone compare to its predecessor?

Half a year after the Xperia Z3 made its debut, Sony has revealed its successor — the Xperia Z4. Announced initially for the Japanese market, the Sony Xperia Z4 brings a familiar design and feature set in a slimmed-down body, with (mostly) upgraded specs.

If you're wondering how the new Xperia Z4 compares to its predecessor on paper, we've lined both up side by side below. Based on the specs alone, it's not a quantum leap forward for Sony — but we'll have to wait and spend some time with the phone before coming to any firm conclusions.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z4 specs

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Sony's first high-end smartphone of 2015, the Xperia Z4, is official. Essentially, it's an slightly tweaked version of its late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, the main upgrades including a slimmer design, 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, new audio processing capabilities and a 5.1-megapixel selfie camera. Beyond that, the device will be very familiar to Z3 owners, and in fact one important hardware spec — the battery capacity — has actually seen a small downgrade.

Head past the break for a full rundown on the Sony Xperia Z4's hardware.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z4 official: 5.2-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM and 20.7MP camera

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Sony Xperia Z4

The Xperia Z4 features a similar OmniBalance design as previous high-end offerings in the Xperia Z series, with the device boasting upgraded hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 810 SoC.

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2 weeks ago

LG to offer free screen replacement and 64GB memory card with LG G4 in South Korea

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All customers buying the LG G4 in South Korea will receive a one-time screen replacement that is valid up to one year after the purchase of the device, along with a 64GB memory card.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Most of us are happy with what we have

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For the most part, folks who bought a new phone recently (and also answered our poll) are pretty happy with their purchase. Nothing is perfect — and these results reflect that — but when you dig through the reports of bad cameras and poor battery life (not to mention QC problems like defective units) that you find everywhere, the majority of folks aren't having any serious issues and seem to be enjoying the way they spent their money. That's good news for the people who make the darn things, and even better news for anyone contemplating a new phone purchase.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Navi Watch Face, Spring, Bitmoji and more

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apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

One Avenger is curiously absent from Samsung's top theme (Update)

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You can get any Avenger you want in Samsung's new Theme Engine, as long as that character is a dude.

Samsung's marketing deal with Disney/Marvel includes, among many other things, a special spot at the top of the Theme app for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. These Avengers themes aren't wildly different from the other themes Samsung offers, save for the giant "only in theaters" branding for the upcoming Age of Ultron in at least one of the two wallpapers that come with each theme.

But if you're looking for the complete Avengers roster — as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of the first Avengers film is concerned — you'll find one character missing.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Some spring predictions ...

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It's a dreary Sunday here on the Gulf Coast. Or a perfect time for a few unsolicited predictions.

Some of these will be a little obvious. Some less so. All, however, come without any inside knowledge. Maybe I'll be right. Maybe I won't be. I'll sleep fine either way.

So let's get to it.

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2 weeks ago

PSA: Some of the more popular Android phones don't yet work with Android Auto

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Being the first with a new tech toy often means putting up with a few hiccups. That's true, too, for Android Auto.

Some of Android's more popular phones — as in some of 2014's biggest models as well as new entries in 2015 — are not playing nicely with Android Auto. On one hand we're not all that surprised. Android Auto is a relatively new feature, and being an early adopter often means putting up with a headache or two. But on the other hand if you're looking at upgrading your car's stereo to Android Auto, you're looking at an investment that's roughly on par with purchasing a new phone, so it's important to do your homework. Nobody wants to plunk down $700 or so only to find their phone doesn't work with their new car stereo.

We've been using Android Auto for a month now, and this is what we've seen so far.

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2 weeks ago

Let's talk about the Nexus 6

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Snap into a Nexus 6

A big phone means there's a lot to love. Or hate.

It's high time we talk about the Nexus 6 some more. Major device releases have everyone talking about the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One M9 or even what's in store from LG with the G4, but we can't forget what many feel is the best Android ever. The S6 and the M9 (and probably the G4) are very nice phones all around — though nothing is perfect — but for many, they're just not a Nexus. That doesn't mean they aren't great. But this is going to be all about the Nexus 6 and the things we love about it. And the things we hate about it.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile HTC One M9 software update brings phone in line with international models

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The T-Mobile version of the HTC One M9 is getting a small OTA that brings some camera improvements to the smartphone, among other things.

The update is just 88MB and the change notes on T-Mobile's support page show that it brings some camera, Blinkfeed and user experience improvements to the HTC One M9.

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2 weeks ago

How to block app notifications from your Android Wear watch

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Always know when - and how - to block.

Smartwatches can keep us more connected than ever, bringing notifications to our wrists, but that blessing can turn into a curse.

An intrusive or overbearing app can make your Android Wear experience a pestilence, whether it means to or not, but thankfully, there is something you can do about it. It's called the Block app notification list — but we just call it the blacklist — and you can use it to screen apps from your watch and make sure that when your wrist buzzes at you, it's something important, and not just a reminder that you're regenerated all of your lives in your game of the week.

Here's how to banish an app from your watch.

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2 weeks ago

Hello Games lets Joe Danger drive and leap its way to Android

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Joe Danger, the fun arcade driving-side scrolling game from developer Hello Games, has finally made its way to Android devices for the price of $2.86.

The game was first released way back in 2010 for the PlayStation 3 and has since been released for the Xbox 360, Windows, the PlayStation Vita and iOS platforms.

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2 weeks ago

The 7th Guest is revamped with new graphics and features for its Android debut

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The 7th Guest, the classic supernatural adventure game, is making its Android debut in a "remastered" edition with lots of new features and improved graphics.

The game was first released by developer Trilobyte back in 1993 for the PC exclusively on CD-ROMs, and was a massive hit at the time. In fact, it helped to boost the use of CD-ROM drives (remember those?) overall in PCs.

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2 weeks ago

Inside themes in Sense 7 and the HTC One M9

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HTC's new theming community is a powerful and relatively easy way to customize your phone.

One of the more exciting (yet imperfect) features on the HTC One M9 and a major part of the new Sense 7 is the use of themes. Back in the day it would take some pretty serious hackery to theme a phone. Then custom ROMs started to bake in theming. And finally the manufacturers have gotten into the game.

If you've never been into theming your phone, this is a good time to take a look.

So ... let's take a look.

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