Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Over the past week we've had a look at the third in a line of Sony's "Z" devices in so many years, this one called the "Z3" when it's not carried by Verizon. This version of the Xperia Z3 goes by the name "Z3v", appropriately, as it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The only differences between this "v" model and the standard "Z3" is the added thickness (negligible) and the reason for the difference in size: the addition of wireless charging capabilities. This device is massive, sleek, and quite clearly meant to compete with the finest smartphones ever released.

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Xbox One to get screenshot capability in 2015

Xbox One to get screenshot capability in 2015

If you are an Xbox One owner who is counting the days until your Xbox One gets the ability to take screen shots, you have a while to wait. Xbox head Phil Spencer recently confirmed that the ability to take a screen shot won't land for the Xbox One until 2015. Many Xbox One gamers were expecting that feature to land along with the update coming in December. Spencer blames the omission on the glut of new consoles expected to be purchased in December.

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Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi is growing out of its shell. It has already started making some of its devices, unfortunately not always the latest ones, available in other countries, hoping to replicate the same wild success it enjoys in China. But in order to scale better to an international audience, especially as far as its services are concerned, the company is now also relocating some of its data away from Beijing and into other territories, some of them in the US. But is that really the only reason for this move?

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BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

It's not uncommon today for automakers to test cars on a racetrack that are likely to never actually see racetrack use. BMW did just this recently when what is thought to be the X4 M40i was spied testing on the Nurburgring in Germany. Automakers love to say that the heralding of their cars were tuned on the Nurburgring. The hunchbacked M40i is a sub-M brand performance car and while it may not have the same levels of performance as something like the M3 or M4, it should be an impressive ride.

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Glow in the dark highway lines finally complete

Glow in the dark highway lines finally complete

The Netherlands has one more thing to be proud of, being one of the very few, if not the very first, to boast of something called a "Smart Highway". No, this has nothing to do with mobile devices or wireless technology. It's about being smart about road safety and being smart about energy consumption, especially at night. How? By designing highways, or to be more precise, paint, that will soak in solar energy during the day and then paint the night, or the road, green at night.

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Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

If you've ever used an induction stove or cooktop, you know they mostly only have good things to offer: it's less likely you'll burn your dinner because heat is more evenly distributed, and you don't have to worry about someone touching a hot surface and being burned. Their biggest downside is the same one that comes with any technology that is both silent and invisible, however: it is hard to tell anything about what is going on due to the lack of visual cues. Samsung has used a method to get around this that is definitely in the realm of "futuristic".

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DROID Turbo blurry shots confirm topnotch specs

DROID Turbo blurry shots confirm topnotch specs

In less than a week, we will finally be able to see for ourselves what the Verizon and Motorola have been busy with, though at this point there is almost no stone left unturned for the DROID Turbo to hide in. That said, a couple of real, non-render, but quite blurry photos of what is allegedly the actual device definitely doesn't hurt. Especially if said photos give a confirmation of most of the leaks and rumors that we've gathered so far.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is still making its way to some markets, an unexpected variant of the Samsung flagship has appeared almost out of nowhere. The Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, compatible with Verizon's network, has shown up in the manufacturer's online store. But as much as this developer-friendly smartphone is a welcome surprise, its existence does bring up some of the more pressing questions regarding Samsung's frontliners, especially when it comes to the latest Android Lollipop version.

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Star Wars classics immortalized in massive gallery

Star Wars classics immortalized in massive gallery

A new generation is set to be introduced to Star Wars in a big way, and that is a big deal. Still, long running fans have a special nostalgic place in their fandom-riddled hearts for the classic movies, and that special nostalgic place can never be fully satiated. That's what makes a newly compiled massive gallery of images from Industrial Light & Magic so enjoyable -- we get a close up look of props we've seen dozens (or hundreds, we won't judge) of times before, each of them in various states of assembly.

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Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Home automation, or to be more exact, smart appliances, are growing in number, but each one of those are virtual islands of their own, unless said islands happen to be owned by a single company. Logitech's Harmony system tries to make these disparate voices sing well together but it can definitely use a bit of smarts as well. And what better way to add some smart thinking into anything than by tying it up with IFTTT to automate even the simplest of things, like turning down the volume of your TV or entertainment system when you get a call.

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