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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review

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Xperia Z3v

Sony's latest high-ender finally hits the states, but in a different form on Verizon

Most of us here in the U.S. have had to look at our European neighbors in envy when it comes to high-end Sony devices. For whatever reason, the Japanese company just hasn't seemed to break in to the U.S. market. That ends today, with the availability of the Xperia Z3 on Verizon.

Actually, it's the Z3v were talking about here today. We've already reviewed the proper Z3 and Z3 Compact, and it turns out that little difference in the name denotes quite a big difference in look and feel. We're only a half-year beyond the Xperia Z2, and the Z3v strangely sort of finds itself stuck between the last generation and this newer update.

So is the phone in No Man's Land? Or is it worth your time and money? Let's take a look in this, our Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review.

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1 day ago

Hit the ice with NHL 2K for Android

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2K has refreshed their hockey game for the upcoming season, and it's looking solid. NHL 2K for mobile offers a My Career mode, where you focus on one player and shape their performance over multiple seasons.

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1 day ago

Chromebooks becoming more popular, shipments rise by 67 percent in Q2

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Chromebooks are on the up, according to latest data from ABI Research. Shipments of laptops running Google's OS increased by 67 percent in Q2, and it's being projected that total shipments in 2014 will double that of 2013.

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1 day ago

LG G Watch R to go on sale in the UK from tomorrow

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If you've been eyeing LG's circular G Watch R, your wait is about to come to an end, at least in the UK. Clove and Unlocked Mobiles are set to commence sales of the smartwatch in the country, with initial stock expected tomorrow and first orders shipping from October 27.

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1 day ago

HTC One M8 Eye limited to China and India, won't be making its way to Europe

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Last week, HTC launched a special edition of the One M8 with a 13 MP camera at the back called One M8 Eye in China and India, and if you were waiting for the device to make its way to Europe sometime later, we've got bad news. A HTC product manager has revealed in an interview with Fudzilla that the device was designed for specific markets, and that a European release was not on the cards.

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1 day ago

Carphone Warehouse now offering the HTC One Mini 2 in pink

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If the gold and grey color variants of the One Mini 2 are just not your style, how about a dash of pink? After announcing that it will exclusively stock the pink color variant of the device in the UK, Carphone Warehouse is now stating that the handset is available to buy.

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1 day ago

Amazon Fire TV goes on sale in the UK for £79

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Amazon has commenced selling the Fire TV in the UK. The streaming box will set purchasers back by £79, granting access to not only Prime Instant Video, but also iPlayer, Netflix and content from other broadcasters. All that's required is a stable internet connection and you're good to go.

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1 day ago

Galaxy Note 4 developer edition headed to Verizon

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Samsung has consistently offered developer editions of its handsets on Verizon, and is continuing the tradition by announcing the Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition. Samsung did not list a launch date yet, but the list price of the handset at $662.53 is more affordable than the $699 asking price for Verizon's carrier variant.

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1 day ago

Xiaomi may manufacture phones in India

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After achieving a considerable amount of success in the Indian market since making its debut earlier this year, Xiaomi is now looking into opening a manufacturing facility in the country. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, India head Manu Jain stated that Xiaomi's legal team were investigating the regulatory hurdles involved in setting up a manufacturing plant in the country.

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1 day ago

Leaked blurry Droid Turbo photos confirm flagship specs

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The latest batch of blurry photos of the unannounced Motorola Droid Turbo that's said to be headed to Verizon's 4G LTE network confirms the specs that we think we may already know from prior leaks. The Android smartphone would join the Moto X 2014 and Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 on Verizon's network. Unlike the Nexus 6, however, the Droid Turbo in the leaked photo is shown running Android 4.4.4 rather than Google's latest sweet flavor of Lollipop. Other specs include a QHD 2560 X 1440-pixel display, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of built-in storage.

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2 days ago

Google's AppCompat v21 brings Material Design to pre-Lollipop devices

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This is great news for developers. Google has updated the popular AppCompat library to version 21, and introduced a new Toolbar widget that will allow for a more Material Design look and feel in apps built for devices running older firmware. This update is exactly what we're all seeing in recent updates for Google Apps like the Play Store or Play Newsstand, and is how we can have the new design language on the majority of Androids, even if they aren't running Lollipop.

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2 days ago

A few quick thoughts on Google Inbox

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Can Google's new Inbox change the way we fail at email? Quite possibly, but it's early yet.

Google today announced Inbox, a sort of Gmail with training wheels. That is, it tries to make your email experience easier by automatically grouping emails together into categories. It's not unlike what Gmail already does with its tabbed inbox — primary, social, promotions, updates and forums sections — but Inbox makes it look good, far less clinical than Gmail proper.

Inbox is invite-only for now. (No, we don't have any to give out yet. But thank you for asking.) And while it's available on Android and iOS, it's currently only available in web form on the Chrome browser. (Which really means it's not yet available in web form, but we digress.)

This is the sort of thing that takes a little time — and email — to really get a sense of, but I've got a few random thoughts.

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2 days ago

AT&T boasts strong growth but misses earnings estimate

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AT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours trading following the earnings report.

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2 days ago

Google Now rolls out Police Alert cards

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Google Now is getting more and more useful by the day. The latest addition to the assistant in your pocket is the inclusion of police alerts. Thanks to a tipster, we've gotten a look at an example of these new cards which allow users to track criminal activity in their area.

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2 days ago

Google to give Project Ara its own marketplace to sell modular phone components

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Google will create a store, complete with reviews and recommendations, to sell various modules and components for its modular phone project known as Project Ara. In an interview at Purdue University, Google's Paul Eremenko said that Google would be following the software model of the Play Store in creating a hardware store to sell modules for the Project Ara phone.

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