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Sony stops selling the Xperia Z3 Compact in the US

Sony stops selling the Xperia Z3 Compact in the US

Sony is doing it again, leaving fans and industry observers scratching their heads in bewilderment. Although T-Mobile's removal of the Xperia Z3 last April turn to out to be a false alarm, the unlocked Xperia Z3 Compact might not be so lucky. Sony has just put its last mini flagship under the discontinued section of its online store with nary an explanation nor a clue. Normally, discontinuing products heralds the arrival of a successor. But the way Sony has been acting these days, it's getting hard to tell what the Japanese OEM is really up to.

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Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Today Apple's smart home ecosystem HomeKit launches with brands like Elgato, Insteon, Lutron, Ecobee, and iHome. Just ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015), HomeKit has launched with partners bringing hardware to the market. It's been nearly one year* to the day since Apple's HomeKit system was first revealed at WWDC 2014, and here we're seeing partners launching products aplenty, some that'll be carried by Apple Stores, some that will launch independently in stores around the world. Soon you'll be able to tell Siri to turn your lights on when you enter your home - soon!

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu smartphone Euro pricing and availability announced

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu smartphone Euro pricing and availability announced

If neither Android or iOS tickle your fancy when it comes to smartphones and Windows Phone is still too mainstream for you, there are other options. In fact, Meizu has a smartphone called the MX4 that runs Ubuntu Phone OS, which will make fans of Ubuntu positively giddy. Details on the European launch of the smartphone have now surfaced and the device will land in Europe this month.

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ShenQi’s Chen Xudong is new Lenovo, Motorola mobile chief

ShenQi’s Chen Xudong is new Lenovo, Motorola mobile chief

Changes in high ranking positions aren't always good. Unexplained changes in high ranking positions are even more suspicious. Given the suddenness of the move and the circumstances revolving around it, Lenovo's announcement that mobile business head and Motorola Mobility chair Liu Jun is stepping down is sure to raise a few eyebrows. In his stead will be Chen Xudong who leads Lenovo's ShenQi, another and separate smartphone unit in China that sells devices online. All of these just after Lenovo's rather positive performance in the smartphone market.

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Meizu m2 note has an odd mBack home button, dual SIM tray

Meizu m2 note has an odd mBack home button, dual SIM tray

When you speak of Chinese smartphone OEMs, Meizu might only be at the third or fourth of the list. But that isn't stopping it it from trying to break into the market with memorable devices. The Meizu m2 note still pretty much looks like a large iPhone 5c, now with a tinge of iPhone 6, and differs very little from the m1 note announced just 6 months ago. It does, however, have a few tricks up its sleeves, or under the cover in this case, that could at least make the smartphone a tad more interesting.

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“Seacrest Out” as BlackBerry kills Typo iPhone keyboard

“Seacrest Out” as BlackBerry kills Typo iPhone keyboard

BlackBerry and Typo have settled over Ryan Seacrest's snap-on iPhone keyboard, but it's probably not what the American Idol host hoped for. The contentious accessory promised BlackBerry Classic-style text entry for Apple's smartphone, catering to those who wanted to jump to iOS but couldn't resist the tactile allure of a physical 'board. Unfortunately, BlackBerry has effectively litigated the gadget out of smartphone relevance.

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ASUS ZenFone Selfie comes with 13MP shooters

ASUS ZenFone Selfie comes with 13MP shooters

This is a selfie generation, or at least that's what device makers are trying to both justify and actually promote. From digital cameras to smartphones, you are sure to find some semblance of a selfie-friendly feature, either covertly or overtly mentioned. ASUS isn't about to break the mold here, but while its ZenFone flagship is a, more or less, "serious" smartphone, it's now announcing a more selfie-oriented version. Dubbed, what else, the ZenFone Selfie, this mid-ranger is designed with features, both hardware and software, to cater to all your self photography needs.

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Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google's virtual reality ecosystem is now prepared to handle the public, with everything from low-cost VR headsets to YouTube 360. What we've got here is a full ecosystem, with the three main components ready to roll. The first step is providing the means to capture media, in this case 360-degree cameras - while Google's own 360-rig system Google Jump isn't quite prepared for the public as yet, they've already released tools for creatives with their own 360-capable cameras to upload to YouTube. Therein lies the second step: providing a place for creative people to share the media they've created - YouTube, of course.

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Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Audio alerts are great...unless you're hearing-impaired, in which case they are near-or-totally useless. Visual alerts are the solution, but not many apps are designed to accommodate such needs. Uber has pushed out an update for its app that adds features for drivers who are deaf or have trouble hearing, and included among this are visual alerts rather than audible ones, and some changes on the rider's end to let them know that calling the driver isn't an option, as well as alternative ways to message the driver.

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