Sony unveils a trio of limited edition Xperia Z3 devices

While having color options is one thing, sometimes a little bit of extra creativity for a smartphone or tablet can go a long way. Thankfully, limited edition devices tend to pop up every once in awhile to spice things up.

The latest batch comes from Sony’s German arm, which has recently revealed through its official site [translated] three new Xperia Z3 devices that feature unique works of art on the back, each depicting a major city of the world. The city of Berlin is depicted on the back of the Xperia Z3, from artist Vera Tapani Sammalisto. Tokyo, which has been printed on the back of the Xperia Z3 Compact, is from Shinpei Hasegawa. And, finally, Warsaw, from January Feliks Kallwejt, is printed on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

image Xperia Z3 Warsaw

The creations are part of the “Stadt Talente” project.

image Sony Xperia Z3 Berlin

Each device is available now, but only in Germany, and according to the official posting there are only 33 of each available to buy. The Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact are available in four different colors each, while the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be available in two different color options.

The limited availability only compounds the limited edition nature of the devices, but for those who do manage to get their hands around one or more of these, they will certainly stand out.

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Palm phones could be making a comeback, thanks to Alcatel Onetouch

Palm may not be dead yet. Photo: Anthony Goto/Flickr Some might say HP threw in the towel on Palm and its webOS software a little too prematurely, but it seems another hardware manufacturer may be willing to give it another chance. Alcatel Onetouch appears to have purchased the Palm brand from HP, but it’s currently unclear what the French company intends to do with

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Privacy policy on the Moto X

Privacy and smartphones is something of a popular — and important! — topic, especially after the last few years of spying scandals and security breaches. It's often not clear how much data from your device is being collected, not just by your apps and by Google, but by the manufacturers. It's also often unclear just how to turn that off on your phone should you wish to not have your data being shared with them.

Well, Motorola wants to respect your wishes, and so the company has made it easy not only to disable device feedback but also for Moto X users to see exactly what the privacy policy for its phone is.

It's transparency done right, and it's worth highlighting here.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro performance: benchmarks vs reality

When it comes to tablets, many expect to use them for more productivity than their phones. As such, they expect their tablet to have some extra horsepower to keep things running smoothly. Lenovo designed the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro as a device that could be used for serious productivity and media uses, aided by its large display and innovative kickstand. But does the performance match up with that goal? Read on to find out.


Benchmark Test Score
Geekbench 3792 (single-thread) 2467 (multi-thread)
AndEBench Pro7116
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited16621
SunSpider 1.0.2750ms

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro performs well in benchmarks. It can be topped by a few other devices, but for the most part, it holds up very well. Benchmarks aren’t everything, though, so let’s talk about how it performs in day-to-day activities.


In everyday performance, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro runs fairly well but occasionally stutters. These stutters and slowdowns are likely due to a mixture of software and hardware; in particular, the huge high-res display. The 13.3-inch display has a resolution of 2560×1440, and that’s a lot of pixels to push around. Lenovo stuck a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor inside and paired it with 2GB of RAM, but it’s not quite enough to keep the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro constantly running at full steam.

That being said, however, the lag was only mild and never caused any problems with usability. For the most part, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro runs very well and won’t bother you with its performance. Gaming is decent, with nearly every game running at perfectly acceptable frame rates. Looking at the big picture, Lenovo did a fine job with the performance, even if there is the potential to do better.

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GoZoneWiFi to bring free Wi-Fi to NFL cities next year


Getting free WiFi in major cities is no easy task. Even when there is a service offered, most of the time the signal comes from outside polls, which doesn’t work to well indoors. A new player, GoZoneWiFi, is looking to change that with an inside-out strategy.

They partner with bars and restaurants, referred to as “hosts,” that install the equipment for free. When users log in, ads will show up via splash pages. It’s a win-win for everyone. The advertisers can geo-target their customers, the establishments can tout free Wi-Fi, and the consumer gets good quality access to the internet. The host establishment can also send coupon codes to all users on the network.

GoZoneWiFi already has offerings in Miami, but they are targeting 25 NFL cities next year.

The dream of free Wi-Fi everywhere might be a long way off, but with new strategies such as this, we are only that much closer.

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Samsung beats Apple in smartphone satisfaction index

Samsung beat Apple and HTC in consumer satisfaction. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android While Samsung’s smartphone sales may be falling, those who are buying its devices couldn’t be happier with them. In a new satisfaction study, the South Korean electronics giant beat even Apple to the top spot of the smartphone category, while Nokia ranked higher than BlackBerry, LG, and even HTC. Samsung has received lots of criticism

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Save 49% today on these super-thin hard cases for Motorola Moto X

The SURFACE Case is perfect for those who are looking for sleek protection. This cover protects your Motorola Moto X from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk and convenient viewing with its built-in kickstand. Yours today for only $17.95!

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[Deal] Amazon has 33 apps worth $110 for Free today as part of the Free App Of The Day bundle


It’s New Year’s Eve so it’s time for an app sale, and Amazon is game. As you know, Amazon always offers a Free App Of The Day, but today they are bundling 33 apps for Free. If you were to purchase every app on any other day of the year, it would cost you $110. Now it’s unlikely that you can use all of them, but there just might be a handful that interests you, assuming you don’t mind installing the Amazon App Store on your device. Just remember, these apps will only be updated through the Amazon App Store, so you need to keep that app installed on your device. A little bit of a pain, but it won’t cost you a penny.

Full list of apps, along with the link to all of them, after the break.

  • Alarm Clock Extreme

  • Alice Trapped in Wonderland

  • Angry Birds Star Wars

  • AVG AntiVirus Android Security

  • Azkend 2: The World Beneath

  • Bills Reminder

  • BuildCalc

  • Buttons & Scissors (Pro)

  • Calculator Plus

  • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass & Ink

  • Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

  • Distant Suns: Unleash Your Inner Astronaut

  • Food Diary and Calorie Tracker PRO

  • Fruit Ninja

  • Garfield’s Escape

  • JEFIT Pro

  • Kingdom Rush Frontiers

  • LYNE

  • Might and Magic Clash of Heroes

  • Mini Piano

  • Monopoly

  • Orrery

  • Patchworkz (Full)

  • Lab PRO

  • Republique

  • Riptide GP2

  • Sparkle 2 Evo

  • Stack the States

  • Table Top Racing

  • Thomas Was Alone

  • Townsmen Premium

  • Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client

source: Amazon

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