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Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

This week the folks at Sony have detailed their new midrange smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua. This device is Sony's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Android 5.0 Lollipop under the hood. This device will be released in 80 countries worldwide with more than 100 carrier partners - except the United States. No Xperia M4 Aqua for us. There are no plans at this time to bring the US, suggests Sony, as their flagship focus in the United States continues. Guess we'll have to live with the ultra-awesome Xperia Z3 or Z3v.

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Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

The Sony Xperia team have revealed the Xperia Z4 Tablet, a device with a 10.1-inch display with 2K resolution. This device will roll out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor under the hood and will hold a couple of world records for 10-inch tablets. According to Sony, the Xperia Z4 tablet will be the lightest and slimmest 10-inch tablet in the world at 389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE and just 6.1mm. It'll also be rated IP68 waterproof and dust-tight, just like each of Xperia tablets released over the past several years.

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Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Google Cardboard has a new app by the name of Titans of Space, an experience which pushes the user through our galaxy in Virtual Reality. This app is available for Oculus Rift, if you do so please, but has become available for mobile devices for the first time this week. This app is free, but also has a Narration Add-On which you can purchase inside the app once you've seen what our system is made of, planet to planet, place to place.

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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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Google’s futuristic HQ plans impossible to achieve (right now)

Google’s futuristic HQ plans impossible to achieve (right now)

In their video announcing plans for their new campus, which you can see below, Google made an interesting point: Silicon Valley is pretty boring. For all the innovative, awesome stuff that comes from one small area of California, the landscape looks exceedingly corporate and boring. After scaling so quickly, some large the companies are looking to expand. Apple has their ‘spaceship’ campus underway, and it seems Google wants to follow suit. The images below detail their plans, which by their own admission, are impossible to achieve.

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Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

The next Nexus device is being rumored this week to be taking on a decidedly more Chinese origin than hardware of the past. Suggestions from sources inside China say Huawei may be in a good spot to take on the Google-centric Android line of devices that've been central to the software-makers plan for Android total world domination. This rumor suggests that Huawei could be ready to announce a brand new Nexus phone late in the year 2015. What you're seeing here could be the near future.

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AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

Ingress players — they’re a dedicated bunch. It takes heart to traipse around town and hack imaginary portals only you can see, conversing with people that (probably) aren’t there, and being part of a collective full of folks you’ll probably never lay eyes on. Still, the augmented reality game gone physical is something special, and it just got a lot cooler. Now, you can hack portals without ever touching your phone, as Ingress makes its way to Android Wear, courtesy of Google’s Niantic Labs.

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Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Consumers are tired of shelling out relatively high figures for slow Internet speeds, and Google Fiber has long been the glimmer of light on the horizon promising better things for the digital generation. Still, its launch has been metered and to those waiting for it to come their way, every aspect of the rollout appears to be painfully slow, from selecting where it will arrive next to getting it finally up and running. A Google executive recently told cities that if they want Fiber, they're going to need to make the process easier...taking a jab at Time Warner Cable in the process.

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Rumor: Verizon to get VoLTE-ready Nexus 6 in March

Rumor: Verizon to get VoLTE-ready Nexus 6 in March

About three weeks ago, Verizon listed the Nexus 6 as ‘coming soon’ on their website. We assumed that meant we’d see big red with the big Nexus in days, but we’re still without a Nexus 6 via Verizon. A new report suggests the Nexus 6 for Verizon is still coming, but will hit the nation’s largest carrier after MWC. Purportedly launching March 12, the latecomer might usher in a new era for Android fans, and bring Android 5.1 to the world.

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HTC event live feed revealed for MWC 2015

HTC event live feed revealed for MWC 2015

Over the next week we're going to see some big releases from HTC - first of all in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2015. We'll be there live bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the event whilst on-site. You can also follow along with HTC through their live portal, if you do so dare. This event will be taking place at 10AM Eastern Time, or 4PM in Barcelona. This will be a worldwide event, and will bring heat to the mobile smartphone ecosphere - and perhaps beyond.

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