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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

This morning we’ve had our first look at the Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia X3v. This is the USA-based carrier version of the Sony Xperia Z3 - besides the T-Mobile version, of course. This "Sony Xperia Z3v" model - however similar to the Z3 - will be on Verizon’s lines only. This device will be released around the same time as the Sony Xperia Z3 with T-Mobile, both of them heading to the USA with 4G LTE capabilities under the hood, a high-powered camera around the back, and a fully metal and glass build.

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HTC Desire EYE hands-on: The 13MP “Selfie phone”

HTC Desire EYE hands-on: The 13MP “Selfie phone”

Blame Instagram, blame Facebook, blame Tinder: whatever the cause, the selfie is big business and HTC's latest smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, is aiming to capitalize on that. Flagship of the Desire series - the mainstream range below the One series - the Desire EYE doesn't just boast a 13-megapixel camera on the back, but another one of identical resolution on the front for your vanity shots. Announced today at HTC's NYC event, I've been playing with the Desire EYE for the past few days: read on for some first impressions.

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HTC RE hands-on: WiFi action camera or pointless oddity?

HTC RE hands-on: WiFi action camera or pointless oddity?

Of all the things you'd think could save HTC's fortunes, an action camera which looks like a tiny submarine periscope probably isn't the first thing to jump to mind, but the company's hopes are high for the HTC RE. The stubby WiFi-enabled camera borrows ideas both from smartphone photography and more specialist shooters like GoPro, with a 16-megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording, and automatic clip curation using HTC Zoe. Most curious of all, it's not just for HTC's own phones: the RE will work with Android devices and iPhones in general. Read on for some first impressions.

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Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with Moto X

Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with Moto X

There’s really no good reason why you should wait for a 6-inch smartphone. Apple’s created a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there are more than enough Samsung Galaxy Note devices in the world. What more could you possibly want? I tell you what I want - Motorola’s expertise in creating a smartphone that delivers well and above expectations. I want a Moto X with a wooden backside.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity First-Impressions

Assassin’s Creed: Unity First-Impressions

We're just a little over one month away from the full release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, and we've had our first opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of the game in all its glory. Our demonstration was done on an Xbox One and we've seen single-player, 2-player co-op, and 4-player co-op. In this game Ubisoft presents Assassin's Creed rebuilt, enhancing the bits we liked about previous generations and cutting out the fluff.

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2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

The stakes are high when you're redesigning the best-selling vehicle in America, and you could've perhaps forgiven Ford for taking a low-key approach to the 2015 F-150. Instead, however, the new truck aims for a trio of improvements (and companion challenges): an all-new aluminum body and box that needs to convince traditionalists that steel isn't the only metal; a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine that has to compete with the de facto V8; and lashings of tech at odds with the "simple workhorse" many expect. Ambitious, then: read on to find out whether Ford's new star succeeds.

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Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Pebble is breaking into the health and fitness space, opening up its smartwatches to enable full activity and sleep tracking, with partners like Jawbone and Misfit already onboard. Meanwhile, there's a price cut for the original Pebble and Pebble Steal, including bringing things under all-important $100 barrier. I spoke to Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky about the evolving smartwatch, and why he believes Pebble still has the edge in an age of Android Wear and Apple Watch.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE Review

Welcome back to what I consider the world’s most versatile tablet. When I reviewed the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet just a few weeks ago in its Wi-Fi edition, it became immediately clear what NVIDIA was aiming for - a tablet that’s made for gamers, but rolls with the punches for anyone else that might want to take a stab at it. With the LTE version of this slate, I honestly can’t think of a tablet better suited to be my one companion for travel, at-home entertainment, and gaming.

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