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Xperia Z4 details spill: Evolution, not Revolution

Xperia Z4 details spill: Evolution, not Revolution

Sony's next smartphone may well be the first to leak its parts this season as we prepare for the whole 2015 batch. What we're seeing here is said to be the Sony Xperia Z4, the next in a line of devices that look so extremely similar, you'd be forgiven for mistaking one for any one of the others. This device is tipped to be working with a front panel here so similar to its predecessor that it's even more difficult to tell them apart than the last two.

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Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

If you're no longer satisfied with only being able to see little ellipses as your chat partner types a message, the text messaging app Beam will likely strike your fancy. It leaves no room for edits -- at least, no room for private edits. Rather, everything you type is shown in real time to the person on the receiving end, for better or for worse, meaning you'd better think carefully about what you want to say before taking to the keyboard.

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Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Good times are happening over at Google where they've not only gotten Android 5.0 Lollipop working for the LG-made Nexus 4, they've released it to the public. Just as the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were given Lollipop this week, so too will Nexus 4 users be able to load it with ease. And if you're familiar with the Android SDK, you can load it right this minute. All it takes is a USB cord and a couple of quick code entries. If you know what that's all about, of course.

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Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tapped as a turnaround point for the company. They've reached a point where their line of smartphones is popular, but not quite popular enough that they don't need to shake up the industry with a new lead - either an entirely new physical design or something late-breaking under the hood. What you'll find with the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn't another one in a line of devices that look like the design language born of the Galaxy S III. Instead you'll find Samsung bringing Project Zero forward with a new face AND mind.

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Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson.

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ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

The ASUS ZenWatch might be one of the better Android Wear devices around, and it’s finally available via the portal you might expect an Android Wear watch would be. The ZenWatch is now available on Google Play, and carries a price we’d been expecting. At $199, it contradicts a previous listing at another retailer, Best Buy, undercutting it by $30. We’d heard since ASUS announced the watch it would run in that sub-$200 price range, so it looks like Google got it right.

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Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

You're going to be told many things and given many offers this Black Friday, but we'd like to be the first to tell you not to get trapped by the following. Do not buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday. Do not fall for this trap. The math does not add up, no matter how you sling it. Show me the cheapest tablet at any given store on Black Friday and I'll show you why you shouldn't buy it - and why you shouldn't even consider it.

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VSCO update brings new features, iPad app, and a social layer

VSCO update brings new features, iPad app, and a social layer

Mobile photographers and editors, rejoice; a new VSCO Cam app update is here. In updating their existing app, VSCO is also bringing a new iPad app to the mix for iOS. The goal is to get you editing on the device you feel most comfortable with, and take advantage of iPads larger screen for detailed edits. You can also sync photos between devices, and a new Journal feature for iOS takes you all the way through the process without ever leaving the app. Snap, edit, and publish, all from within VSCO.

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Adidas accessories revealed for smartphones, tablets, laptops

Adidas accessories revealed for smartphones, tablets, laptops

This near-end of 2014 has a surprise release from the company that generally outfits your feet: Adidas. They've come out swinging this week with accessories - cases, mostly - for Apple and Samsung devices of all kinds. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are covered, as is the Samsung Galaxy s5, the iPad Air, iPad mini, both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks, and a bunch of other devices with general sleeves. And if you're all about outfitting your Motorola Razr, BlackBerry Z10, or Lumia device, Adidas has you covered too.

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Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

NVIDIA has hit the Valve once again with the first mobile release of Half-Life 2: Episode One. This game will be released exclusively (at first) for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and optimized for the table's NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. Half-Life 2 Episode 1 will be part of a "Green Box" - a reference to the original "Orange Box" from Valve. This Green Box includes Half-Life 2 and Portal as well, all coming to the 32GB/LTE version of the SHIELD tablet, free when you purchase the tablet this Autumn.

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