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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z4 versus Z3+ versus Z4v: What's the difference?

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Xperia Z4v, Z3 plus, Z4

And just like that, Sony has three different flagship Xperia smartphones available.

In Japan, the Sony Xperia Z4 is what you'll find in carrier stores. Over in Europe a very similar phone goes by the name Xperia Z3+. And now in the United States, Verizon and Sony bring us the Xperia Z4v.

So what's the difference between these three, beyond the obvious geographical distinctions. We'll take a quick look after the break.

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1 week ago

Verizon snags the Snapdragon 810-powered Sony Xperia Z4v this summer

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Sony Xperia Z4v

Sony's latest is coming to Verizon this summer as the Xperia Z4v. It's another slightly confusing iteration of the Xperia line — especially if you take into consideration that 2014's Z3v was styled like a Z2. And the Z4 (so far) is still exclusive to Japan, and a bit of a head-scratcher in its own right. But the Z4v specs, at least, are pretty straightforward.

We're looking at a 5.2-inch display (2560x1440) with Sony's Triluminous display. It'll be running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. You'll get 32 gigabytes of storage standard, along with a microSD card slot for expandability.

The styling is as you'd expect from Sony, with the round power button on the side. The Z4v also will be water-resistant and hardened against dust (IP65 and IP68) — but new this time around is that there's no flap covering the microUSB port. (Sony hasn't yet said if we're looking at USB-C, but it'd be a little surprising if that were the case.)

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z4v specs

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The Sony Xperia Z4v is official, and coming to Verizon. And it mostly matches what we saw in the Japanese Xperia Z4 earlier this year — the big differences being a higher-res Quad HD screen, a slightly larger battery and wireless charging support.

Here, now, are the official specs of the Verizon Xperia Z4v:

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1 week ago

CloudPlayer by doubleTwist turns Google Drive into a free music streaming service

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CloudPlayer is the latest release by doubleTwist, offering a new way for you to stream music to your smartphone. The app turns Google Drive and OneDrive into a free streaming service.

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1 week ago

Google offers rewards of up to $8,000 in the newly launched Android security bug hunt

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Google is launching a new security program focusing on Android, offering payments of up to $8,000 to those who bring to light vulnerabilities.

This isn't the first time the company has launched a similar bug hunter program, paying out $4 million over the last handful of years. The new program is titled Android Security Rewards, enabling those with knowledge of security vulnerabilities in Android to receive a reward for forwarding details to Google.

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1 week ago

Meet the Harrier Tab, EE's new 4G-enabled tablet

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The Harrier Tab is EE's latest piece of kit expanding the company's own brand product range. Available today, the new tablet comes packing Android 5.1 Lollipop, and 4G connectivity.

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1 week ago

Google Play gift cards are now available in India

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Google India has announced on its official blog that Google Play gift cards — called prepaid vouchers in the country — are now available at retail stores.

Starting today, you can walk into select Vijay Sales and Spice Hotspot stores in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata & Jaipur to purchase the vouchers. The current denominations include ₹500 ($7.85), ₹1,000 ($15.7) and ₹1,500 ($23.54).

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1 week ago

Panasonic's Lumix CM1 cameraphone now up for pre-order in the U.S. at $999

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Panasonic Lumix CM1 features a 1-inch camera sensor with an f/2.8 Leica lens at the back, and a 4.7-inch full-HD display powered by a Snapdragon 801 CPU up front.

The device is now available for pre-order unlocked at B&H and Adorama, with a list price of $999.

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1 week ago

AT&T starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update to the Nexus 6

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AT&T has commenced rollout of the Android 5.1.1 update for the Nexus 6.

The update takes the Nexus 6 from LMY47D (Android 5.1.0) to build number LMY47Z (5.1.1). The same build was available for Nexus 6 owners on Sprint and U.S. Cellular last month.

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2 weeks ago

In pictures: Nexus 9 versus Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

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Google and Dell both want you to use their Android tablets for productivity and entertainment, but the approach is what sets them apart.

Android tablets with large screens are mostly though to be no-compromise consumption devices. These are the computers that replaced inexpensive netbooks as a buying option for a lot of folks, especially with the volume of streaming video apps and games in the Google Play Store today. Google released the Nexus 9 to act as a sort of blueprint for large format devices, showing how quality front facing speakers and a high resolution display can make all the difference in the world. You can also use the Nexus 9 as a productivity device by sliding the magnetic keyboard folio into place and typing away on the mini keyboard.

Dell has approached things a little differently. The keyboard for this tablet is the star of the show, offering a quality typing and navigation experience without needing to worry about another battery or toggling a Bluetooth connection. Should you decide to play a game or something, the keyboard detaches and you've got an entertainment device with decent front facing speakers.

Here's a quick look at these machines side by side.

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2 weeks ago

Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

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Google Maps will now tell you if your destination will be closed before you get there.

Google Maps has scored an update that is sure to please those that are constantly running behind. Now, when you set out on your next journey, Maps will let you know if your destination will be closed before your estimated arrival time. Additionally, this update adds rental car information pulled from Gmail.

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2 weeks ago

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes from EA will be a collectible card mobile game

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Yes, there's another Star Wars mobile game in the works, and this one will be a collectible card game from Electronic Arts.

Today at E3 2015, Electronic Arts announced plans to release a collectible card mobile game, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. This is just the latest mobile game based on George Lucas's sci-fi franchise. A bunch are already available, and a new one, Star Wars: Uprising was just announced earlier this month for a fall launch.

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2 weeks ago

How would you change the Galaxy S6?

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Galaxy S6

Samsung's latest flagship has been in the wild for two months now, and the honeymoon period has started wearing off for some users.

There's a lot to like with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The design and materials involved in their construction feel fantastic, the camera well and truly stands tall about just about everything else out there, and both phones are equipped with the best display in the mobile industry right now. But like all things, the Galaxy S6 is not perfect, and while we said as much in our review the time has come to check in with the forums and see what you think could have been done to push the S6 a couple steps closer to perfection.

Here are the three big things just about everyone would like to see Samsung change about the Galaxy S6.

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2 weeks ago

LastPass warns customers to change master passwords following suspicious activity

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LastPass is warning customers to change their master passwords as a result of recent suspicious activity on its network.

Though LastPass claims that the vault storing user passwords was not accessed, the company is warning users to change their master passwords. Last week the company detected some suspicious activity on the network, and was able to quickly block it.

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2 weeks ago

Adobe launches four Creative Cloud apps for Android

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Adobe brings four of its Creative Cloud photo editiing apps over from iOS to Android for the first time

In April Adobe promised to start launching more of its photo editing apps for Android devices starting this summer. It now appears that the company has launched four of those apps a bit earlier than promised in the Google Play Store.

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