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1 week ago

What Samsung's earnings weakness means to Google

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On Tuesday this week Samsung dropped a bit of a bomb on Wall Street. Instead of profiting to the tune of $5.2 billion for the quarter, which is what analysts were expecting, Samsung said it would only pull in $3.8 billion.

While it's easy to throw out the sarcastic "Poor Samsung" comments, this is a huge miss. Earnings will come in 60 percent lower than the year-ago quarter. Analysts were not expecting this, so from a financial markets standpoint it's major news.

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1 week ago

Our hands-on video with the Sony Xperia Z3v

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We've already reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3, but Sony and Verizon have just announced its variant for U.S. customers. The Xperia Z3v brings many of the latest innovations and standout features to Verizon customers, such as the 5.2-inch 1080P display, IP68 waterproof rating, Hi-Res Audio support, and the 20.7MP camera. What's different is that they've added Qi wireless charging and increased the battery capacity to 3200 mAh. We met with Sony earlier today to give us a brief tour of the device. Take a look at the video.

If you're a big gamer, the Xperia Z3v is one of the first smartphones in the market with PS4 Remote Play. It lets you connect the phone to your PS4 to play its games when the living room TV is in use. You can connect the Xperia Z3v to the PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller with the Game Control Mount.

Verizon customers can buy the Xperia Z3v from Verizon online and at participating stores nationwide starting October 23rd, 2014. It'll be available for $199.99 with a new two-year activation.

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1 week ago

Motorola Camera update adds remote shutter support for Android Wear

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Motorola camera update

You can now use your Moto 360 to take a picture using the Motorola Camera app on your Motorola Moto X. An update to Motorola's camera app today allows you to go full Moto inception, using your Android Wear smartwatch as a remote shutter on your Motorola phone. (Or you could use the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch, too. But that's not nearly as much fun to write).

All you have to do is update your camera app in Google Play — again, you'll need a Motorola phone for this, for everyone else head to the Google camera app — then open the camera app. You'll then find a notification on your Android Wear Watch, asking if you want to use it as the remote shutter. Tap the watch, and then you have a shutter button.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3v and Z3 Compact specs

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Sony's late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, sports a refreshed design and some impressive internal specs. It's the combination of the two that make a phone great, so here's the full listing of all internal specs on the Xperia Z3. For completeness, this page also lists the specs for the Xperia Z3v, the Verizon-exclusive version, and Z3 Compact, the smaller variety of the flagship.

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1 week ago

V for Verizon: Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3v

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Sony's latest flagship comes to the states on Oct. 23

Verizon and Sony today in New York City unveiled the Xperia Z3v, the first version of the latest flagship from Sony (you'll recall we're really not all that far removed from its last one) to hit the United States. (Don't worry, T-Mobile fans, your time's still coming. Eventually.)

Anyhoo. For the most part we're looking at the same device here. It's got a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOS display at 1080p, and it looks mighty nice. It's got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside. You have 32GB of on-board storage, plus a micro SD card. (And Verizon is tossing in 25GB of its own cloud storage.)

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1 week ago

Todoist adds some Karma in latest update for Android

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The Todoist app for Android is getting a new update that literally adds some Karma. In this case, Karma is the name of a new feature for the mobile version of the task manager app that helps to visually a user's progress in achieving their goals for the day or month.

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1 week ago

Lenovo announces Yoga Tablet 2 in 8- and 10-inch flavors

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Yoga Tablet 2

And you can now hang your tablet up, too

Lenovo has today announced a pair of new Android tablets in its Yoga lineup, the Yoga Tablet 2. Like its predecessor it also comes in both 8-, and 10-inch sizes and has a design centered around the fold out kickstand. And presumably thanks to a hole in that kickstand, the Yoga Tablet 2 now has a fourth 'mode,' known as hang.

Neither the 8- nor 10-inch models are particularly lacking on the hardware front with a bump in the internals and the display resolution since the original Yoga tablet graced us with its presence.

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1 week ago

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is 13.3-inches, QHD and has its own projector

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Lenovo's most impressive Android tablet to date isn't lacking on the hardware front

Lenovo is back with another crack at Android tablets with this, the latest and greatest in its Yoga line. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, to give it its full title, isn't any old slab, it's a 13.3-inch, QHD tablet with the same sort of adjustable kickstand seen on previous efforts.

Besides being pretty large and having an impressive sounding display, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro also houses its own integrated projector which Lenovo says is enough to create a 50-inch "home theater experience" on any flat surface.

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1 week ago

AutoDesk releases new SketchBook app for Android

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AutoDesk has released a new SketchBook app for Android, AutoDesk SketchBook. SketchBook use the entire screen of your device as a canvas and features many customization options for brushes and colors.

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1 week ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 coming to Verizon 'later this month' for $249

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Today at Sony's "Demand Great" event in NYC the electronics giant announced a partnership with Verizon to sell the Sony SmartWatch 3 in the U.S. starting this month. It comes alongside the announcement that the Xperia Z3v, a Verizon-exclusive version of the Z3, will be coming to the carrier at the end of the month as well.

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1 week ago

Sony's Xperia Z3v launching on Verizon Oct. 23 for $199 on-contract

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Sony Xperia Z3v

Today in New York City, Sony officially announced its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, for the U.S. market exclusively on Verizon under the Z3v name. The Z3v marks Sony's latest effort to break into the U.S. in a meaningful way, with availability from Verizon starting October 23rd. The Xperia Z3 boasts a 5.2-inch display and an aluminum-framed, glass-backed chassis with all of the latest internals and Sony's now-standard waterproofing. The one difference Verizon has included is Qi wireless charging.

The Xperia Z3v will naturally set you back $199 with a two-year contract from the carrier. With the launch of the Z3v, Verizon is also offering a bundle deal to pick it up with an Xperia Z2 Tablet and save $200 on the bundle. Verizon will also carry new Sony accessories with the launch of the Z3v — the Sony SmartWatch 3 ($249), the CPW5 Wireless Portable Qi Power Supply ($59), and DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller ($59) and GCM10 Game Control Mount ($39) for PS4 Remote Play.

Verizon has put up a sign-up page where you can enter your email address for more info.

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1 week ago

Glympse launches Android-only Glympse Express for quick location sharing

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Time-limited location sharing app Glympse is releasing a new Android-only app called Glympse Express that makes it even easier to share your location with friends and family. You can think of Glympse Express as a simplified and cleaned-up version of the full-featured Glympse app, making sharing your location with a set of favorite contacts or apps a two tap affair.

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1 week ago

Ingress Edition MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones due in November for $149.99

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Sennheiser has announced that the two special Ingress Editions of its MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphones will be released in late November for $149.99 as a tie in to Google's Ingress game.

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1 week ago

Build your own Radiator Springs with Cars: Fast as Lightning

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Radiator Springs will never be the same after you get through with it! Cars: Fast as Lightning is now available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices. Build your own Radiator Springs and while you take on races with over 20 unique characters from the Cars universe, using nitro boosts and other surprises to drive your way to victory.

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1 week ago

Get your friends to answer your burning questions with Google+ polls

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Google is rolling out a new polling feature on Google+, letting users create their own polls. Polls let you see what your friends are thinking about various topics, like sports, movies, and more.

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