A closer look at the Xperia Z3, Sony’s next flagship smartphone

Xperia Z3 Pictures Leak

Sony still hasn't found a way to effectively infiltrate the Western phone market, but that doesn't mean the Japanese powerhouse is giving up any time soon. Our friendly neighborhood leaker @evleaks has published two new photos of what he claims to be the upcoming flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone, a phone that at first glance could easily be mistaken for an Xperia Z2. Upon further inspection, the Z3 does appear to be thinner and seems to lacks the silver trim which lined the edges of the Z2.

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The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source --here are instructions to make your own, right now!

But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR. It's emblematic of Google's approach to virtual reality: use the phone that's already in your pocket. Samsung's taking the same approach later this year with Gear VR, only it's also partnering with Oculus VR on the software side.

This stands in stark contrast to the PC-dependent, ultra-high-res experience Oculus VR and Facebook are aiming to achieve. The Oculus Rift headset both literally and figuratively kickstarted the re-birth of virtual reality in modern technology. It remains the peak of technological achievement in virtual reality. And now, the medium is splintering into two distinct futures: one of entertainment, the other of immersion.

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The top 12 tablets you can buy right now

Whether you're looking to replace your laptop or just find something to keep you entertained, there's a tablet out there to suit you. But with an ever-increasing array of slates crowding the market, narrowing down the list can be a chore. So we've sorted through the pile and picked out some of our favorites for both power users and media consumers. Our complete buyer's guide is always just a few clicks away, but feel free to cruise through the gallery below for a quick rundown of the best tablets you can buy today.%Gallery-slideshow208733%

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Here’s why PS4 and PS3 fans should be VERY excited right now

PS4 PS3 PS Vita August Game Releases

Summer can be a rough time of year for gamers. The slow release schedule coupled with the beginning of a new console generation has made this summer especially difficult, but things are finally going to start picking back up in August, as evidenced by a rather strong lineup of games for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.

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Rumor: iPhone 6 to adopt Sony’s 13-megapixel Exmor IMX220 camera sensor

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Most of the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the blogosphere seem to point to Apple passing on the megapixel race. The firm instead appears to focus on advancing mobile photography using a number of hardware and software techniques to produce better-looking images.

These range from optical image stabilization to using larger pixels and enhanced filters for better low-light performance to providing a wider aperture to let more light in.

And just as the pundits have started to accept that the iPhone 6′s back camera will be eight megapixels comes a new report alleging that Apple will switch to a Sony-made 13-megapixel module in its upcoming iPhone refresh. Interestingly, the same unit is expected to appear on the Sony Xperia Z3 handset…... Read the rest of this post here


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PREVIEW: Here’s everything The Last of Us Remastered is bringing to the PS4

The Last of Us Remastered Preview

A remastered version of one of the most esteemed games of the last generation, The Last of Us, is coming to the PS4 in two weeks. I haven't done any extensive research on the matter, but I think this might be the shortest turnaround on a upscaled, triple-A rerelease in the history of console gaming, which immediately had me concerned as to the quality of the final product. After seeing the game in action on Tuesday, I'm happy to report that Naughty Dog is giving fans of the game and newcomers alike a whole lot to look forward to.

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PS4?s lead architect discusses the death of console gaming

Last Generation of Consoles

Five years ago, video game fans and analysts alike would have told you the next console generation would be the last. Many suspected the next round of consoles would fall flat, a prediction which gained some credence after the Wii U took a nosedive right out of the gate. The market was shifting to mobile and PC gaming, the generation had lasted years longer than it should have and nothing could possibly impress the skeptical enthusiasts. Then the PlayStation 4 launched.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 updated with custom wallpapers, but do we really care?

Sony keeps trying to make its SmartWatch 2 an interesting device despite all the buzz surrounding Android Wear watches such as the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

The Japanese company has invested hundreds if not thousands of developer-hours and it doesn’t want to through them away just because Google suddenly decided to turn its attention to our wrists.

So they’re out with another update to the SmartWatch 2, adding custom wallpapers and support for additional languages to the mix. Again, while that’s all cool, we can’t imagine a number of users getting over-excited about this. Chances are most folks are now looking at Android Wear and what Apple can do with its upcoming iWatch.

That said, we’re sure Sony is already working on the SmartWatch 3 which may use Android Wear instead of Sony’s own platform. Or not; we can’t be certain. What we’re hoping is that next model from the series will be much better looking than what we have today. Current SmartWatch 2 isn’t really the prettiest device we’ve seen, and we would love to see Sony striking back with, let’s say, a circular screen-equipped smart watch a la Moto 360. Now that would be something, don’t you agree? ;)

[Via: XperiaBlog]

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More Z3 pictures leak on-line

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A few days ago some pictures of the next Sony’s leaked online. The Z3 has now appeared in yet more blurrycam images, this time showing off the design and subtle changes in this new model.

Sony appears to be retaining the “OmniBalance” design language, with just some minor tweaks.

The sides of the Z3 are curvier than the Z2, probably to help improve ergonomics. Another design tweak is that the front-facing stereo speakers have been moved from the top and bottom edges of the device, respectively, to somewhere in the middle of the top and bottom bezels.

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The rear image of the phone also confirms that Sony is once again going with its 20.7MP Exmor R 2/3-inch camera sensor, which is already found inside its other high-end smartphones including the Z1, Z1 Compact and the Z2.

Their is no mention of final Spec’s but the Z3 is more likely than not going to come with a 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM — which would make the Z3 a next iteration upgrade to the Z2 rather than a totally new flagship device.

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Sony’s next flagship phone allegedly shown off with new body, same camera

The jump from Sony's Xperia Z1 to the Xperia Z2 was relatively minor, so don't be surprised if this familiar-looking leak turns out to be legit. According to a Baidu Tieba post (which has since been deleted), we're looking at a prototype of Sony's upcoming Xperia Z3 aka L55t (China Mobile variant with TD-LTE) which is, surprise surprise, running on a more powerful Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset (the Z2 uses MSM8974AB) plus Android 4.4.4. Judging by the photos, this device shares the same height as the original Galaxy Note and hence the Xperia Z2, meaning the screen size should stay at 5.2 inches. Likewise, the Z2's 20.7-megapixel camera is here to stay. What makes this prototype stand out is its new, simpler body design, which is a surprise given how the range's appearance has changed little since the Xperia Z. That is, unless, this phone turns out to be just a variant of the Z2, so only time will tell if our guess is right. %Gallery-slideshow206981%

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