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Unlocked Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available

Unlocked Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available

Holidays are fast approaching but not everyone has had their wares all out yet. Just in time for that favorable shopping period, Sony has made the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Xperia Z3, the latter arriving unlocked, available in the US from its own e-store. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, which launched similarly in the US just a month ago, Sony's new Xperia Z3 family is finally complete, giving fans in the country their choice of waterproof entertainment and productivity device to keep them warm this season.

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Droid Turbo officially Moto Maxx in international release

Droid Turbo officially Moto Maxx in international release

Motorola has made it official - beyond the blurred rumors - that the DROID Turbo will be released as the Moto Maxx around the world. Outside of the United States where the device is limited to Verizon's bands, the DROID Turbo, aka the Moto Maxx, will carry largely the same specifications. Without the Verizon apps, of course, but still carrying the same Motorola collection of apps for connections to devices of all kinds. We're nearly set to review the DROID Turbo here on SlashGear as well.

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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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DynaOptics may have the answer to optical zoom in phones

DynaOptics may have the answer to optical zoom in phones

Smartphone cameras are getting more sophisticated and more capable, but there are just some things that they could not reach that a dedicated diigtal camera can. Usually, this is because of design or shape constraints. After all, you wouldn't want your smartphone to look like camera, unless you actually fancy something like the Galaxy K Zoom. One of those "talents" happens to be optical zooming, but DynaOptics might have just developed a way that will give regular smartphones that same ability without bulking up the camera.

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Samsung clarifies Find My Mobile vulnerability

Samsung clarifies Find My Mobile vulnerability

Samsung has broken its silence regarding a reported security exploit that exists in its Find My Mobile service. That security hole could have potentially let hackers remotely lock, unlock, and ring a targeted device from Samsung's web service. Scary as that may sound, the OEM insists that not only would the hackers be limited to only those three actions, it would require a specific set of circumstances for the exploit to be used, which hopefully leaves majority of users unaffected and out of harm's way.

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Galaxy S6: pulling Samsung up by its own bootstraps

Galaxy S6: pulling Samsung up by its own bootstraps

It's called codename Project Zero, they say, and it'll change the way the Samsung Galaxy line has been evolving over the past several years. If the Samsung Galaxy S III was Samsung's coming of age, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be a revolution. Of design, mostly - not so much on the specifications. We're in a stagnated state of affairs in the smartphone business across the board, after all. It's the physical design of the smartphone that'll be changing, not necessarily the experience.

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Analyst: Apple brings in 86% of handset profits

Analyst: Apple brings in 86% of handset profits

There is typically a lot of chatter about device shipments and market share, but those two metrics mean relatively little when compared to actual sales, use, and profitability. On the heels of the iPhone 6 hitting the world stage alongside the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s profits were impressive. An even more impressive finding is that the Cupertino-based company also commands a lion’s share of the handset industry profit. According to one analyst, Apple has a massive 86% of the profit earned from the mobile handset market.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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Galaxy Note Edge unboxed on video

Galaxy Note Edge unboxed on video

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is one slick looking smartphone with its curved screen wrapping around one side. The idea is to allow you to see notifications and icons on the side and to use it as a ticker or status display. We already know that the device will be available in the US on November 7 and it is already available in Japan. Samsung has warned that the Note Edge will be a limited edition device so anyone wanting to pick on up should get it quickly.

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Samsung rumored to start from scratch with Project Zero

Samsung rumored to start from scratch with Project Zero

Based on recent figures, Samsung still remains the top dog in the mobile device market, especially as far as Android is concerned, but it has definitely seen better days. It's financial performance the past quarters has been taking a rather depressing downward pattern and many have suggested that it's high time for the Korean manufacturer to take stock and start anew. And Samsung seems to be listening. Word on the rumor mill is that the company is working on its next device, currently codenamed "Project Zero".

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