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Top 6 Sony Xperia Z3 Cases and Accessories

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Sony has continued its bi-annual release cycle strategy, with every iteration further refining and adding to what was already great about its predecessor. In the case of the Sony Xperia Z3, subtle changes to the design language add another layer of sophistication to the device, and while there are some questions about whether it’s a worthwhile upgrade from its previous iteration, it is a fantastic choice for anyone look to enter the Xperia family.

To help you get the most out of your device, be it for protection, convenience, or just luxury, here is a roundup of the some of the best protective cases and accessories for the Sony Xperia Z3.

Please keep in mind these cases are not compatible with the Sony Xperia Z3v. Xperia Z3v cases are coming soon.

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case


The Bugdroid Circuit Case by Cruzerlite is made with stylish circuit line of high-grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with custom designed Bugdroid Circuit print on the back of the case. It features a shock absorbent and scratch resistant thermoplastic polyurethane. The slim profile provides great protection from sudden impacts, bumps and spills, while not drawing away from the design language of the device. The front lip of the case is raised to protect the screen when you lay it face down. This case is available in numerous color options to suit your style.

Buy from Amazon $9.90

Terrapin Slim Fit TPU Gel Case


The Terrapin Slim Fit case is made from TPU, and is shock absorbent, as well as tear and scratch-resistant. The case adds minimal bulk to the device, and the soft finish provides more grip. Raised edges around the screen protect it when the device is placed face down, and while the buttons are covered, they are easy to press. Multiple color options include black, blue, clear, purple, pink, and red.

Buy from Amazon $5.95

Terrapin Premium Wallet Case


This Leather case by Terrapin is made with a faux leather outer cover, for a professional look and feel. It has an integrated folding stand functionality and offers a landscape mode orientation to easily watch media. The housing is a rubberized plastic enclosure that protects and hold your phone securely. It also features a wallet style storage slot for credit cards. Available color options include grey, purple, and white.

Buy from Amazon $9.95

Nillkin Super Frosted Shield


This case is made from a premium polycarbonate material and uses the latest UV dustless painting technology to keep the surface clean and elegant, and free from fingerprints and smudges. The slim and form-fitting case adds practically no bulk to the device, while offering protection from accidental bumps and scratches. Raised lips around the corners help keep the display scratch-free when the device is placed faced down. Precise cutouts give easy access to the power button, volume rocker, camera, and microUSB charging port, as well as the magnetic charging port. Available color options include  white, black, brown, gold, and rose red.

Buy from Amazon $11.80

Poetic Flipbook Case


The Poetic Flipbook case features a stylish toothpick-grain synthetic leather front cover that offers grip and comfort, and comes with a polycarbonate shell that helps absorb shock, provides easy snap-on installation, and reliable drop protection by holding the phone firmly in place. A soft microfiber interior lining keeps the display scratch free when the flip cover is closed. Precise cutouts give easy access to all ports, all buttons including the dedicated camera shutter button, and features. Available color options include black and white.

Buy from Amazon $7.95

Sony DK48 Magnetic Charging Dock


The Sony Magnetic Power Charging Dock features an innovative magnetic connector that lets you to place your phone snugly in the dock using one hand, with the magnet steering the phone charging port to the dock charging connector to make the connection. Interchangeable inserts in the kit make it possible to use this dock with your device with or without a protective case. While your phone is charging, it stands at a comfortable viewing angle.

Buy from Amazon $34.50

Screen Protectors:

Coming soon:

So there you have it – a roundup of some of the accessories available for the Sony Xperia Z3! Keep in mind that the Xperia Z3 has just made its way to consumers, and as third-party accessories continue to be released, we will be updating this list accordingly.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 24, 2014

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


How to beam files and photos from one phone to another with the new Android Beam in Android Lollipop


Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4


Get in the fall spirit with Google Calendar’s new seasonal wallpapers

Google Inbox users can now invite three friends to use the service

Amazon launches App Store in main Android app


MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet


Inbox by Gmail shows up in Chrome Web Store


Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products


LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

Home Automation

Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products


LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

New OPPO teaser hints at second device

Samsung confirms the Galaxy A7 will ship with a Full HD display and 64-bit processor

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 now available in India

Galaxy Note 4 destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone yet

Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4

Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December


MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

Sony reportedly launching 12-inch tablet in 2015


Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December


Deezer acquires Stitcher to broaden streaming content

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Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Sundar Pichai is no longer the face of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. He is now the face of every Google product there is. The company has reorganized its staff and CEO Larry Page gave Pichai expanded leadership over just about everything offered by Google. According to a staff memo released internally on Friday, executives will begin reporting to Pichai rather than Page.

The reassignment of Pichai to oversee all of Google’s products is to push innovation. Having someone new at the helm of everything can inject new life into the company. Pichai is not just some random pick, though. He has been a part of the merging of Android and Chrome, bringing together mobile and web experiences.

One product that Page will not hand over to Pichai is YouTube. The video streaming service will continue to run on its own and CEO Susan Wojcicki, a longtime Google employee, will report back to Google when necessary.

Even though Page is handing over some power, he is not going anywhere. The co-founder of Google will according to Re/code, “continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy (a new unit run by Craig Barratt), Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales).” Page will also continue to monitor the grand scheme of things for Google.

For now, Sundar Pichai’s role on paper will not change; however, that is expected considering the new wave of responsibility he is taking.

Source: Re/code

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Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement Due Tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Every once in a while, Google updates the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement.  This agreement must be accepted by every developer within one month after changes are published, otherwise certain services may be suspended. The last change was published Septempber 25, 2014, which means tomorrow is the deadline.

Here’s a copy of the reminder email, which was sent out today to each Google Play Developer.

Hello Google Play Developer,

Our records have indicated that you have not yet accepted the updated Developer Distribution Agreement (“DDA”). This is a friendly reminder that the acceptance due date is October 25th. In order to avoid any disruption in service, please sign in to the Developer Console to accept the agreement. For details, please see this Help Center article.

If our email arrived after you’ve already accepted the Developer Distribution agreement, please accept our thanks and disregard this email.

Google Play Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

You can learn more by visiting the Google Play Developer Console and verifying that you’ve agreed to the new GP Developer Distribution Agreement.

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This Week in the Life of DROID: 10/24/2014

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Another week comes to a close at DL, but don’t worry, we will be back soon enough. There was a ton of exciting news this week, mostly involving Google’s announcement of Inbox, as well as us digging through the latest build of Lollipop made available to developers. Lots of goodies to be seen in there.

We also posted up reviews for the Galaxy Alpha and Xperia Z3 Compact, so be sure to check those out.

Here are the highlights in case you missed anything! 

Have a great weekend, folks!

This Week in the Life of DROID: 10/24/2014 is a post from: Droid Life

Deezer acquires Stitcher to broaden streaming content

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Today, Deezer announced its acquisition of radio streaming service Stitcher. The deal allows Deezer to label itself as a global on-demand audio provider. Prior to this, Deezer was primarily involved in music streaming rather than mainly carrying radio shows and podcasts like Stitcher. There will be no changes made to Stitcher on behalf of its customers. The service will continue to operate as it currently does.

The amount Deezer paid for Stitcher was not disclosed.

Hit the break for the full press release.

Deezer Acquires Stitcher, the Leading Talk & Entertainment Radio App

Deezer to integrate talk and entertainment into streaming experience, leveraging Stitcher¹s 35,000+ shows and prominent auto presence

OCTOBER 24, 2014 ­ SAN FRANCISCO ­ Deezer, the premier global digital music streaming service, today announced it is acquiring Stitcher, the leading provider of personalized Internet talk radio and award winning mobile products.

The acquisition allows Deezer to become a truly global on-demand audio provider, offering consumers over 35 million music tracks and 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher currently carries eight out of the top ten terrestrial radio shows and features content from over 12,000 content providers, including NPR, BBC, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, This American Life, Marc Maron, CBS Radio News and others.

Streaming talk content continues to grow in the US, with approximately 39 million Americans having listened to an audio podcast in the past month and 30 percent of Americans having listened to a podcast according to Edison Research.

“Almost every music listener listens to some form of talk radio, whether it is news, entertainment or sports,” said Daniel Marhely, Founder of Deezer. “We see the ability to deliver better talk streaming solutions in the same way that we are doing in music to super serve the needs of our global audience of 16 million users and growing. The acquisition of Stitcher helps us realize this opportunity.”

Deezer will further expand its distribution into the automotive entertainment market where Stitcher is already enabled in more than 50 models, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar and Mazda vehicles and was an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto launch partner. “Deezer has become a market leader by meeting the different and unmet needs of music consumers around the world,” said Noah Shanok, Chief Executive Officer of Stitcher.  “We look forward to continue to evolve our leading offerings and deliver the most complete and best digital audio experience for listeners everywhere.” Deezer will continue to support Stitcher’s award winning mobile products, where Stitcher has the number one rated podcast app on Android and the second most popular app on iOS behind iTunes.

About Deezer

Deezer is the first truly worldwide digital music streaming service in over 180 countries, with 16 million monthly active users and 5 million paid subscribers worldwide. Deezer is at the forefront of a music revolution, allowing fans instant access to the largest music catalogue in the world, with more than 35 million songs and 30,000+ radio channels on any device. Combining the best of man and machine, Deezer¹s global editorial team searches for the best music around the world and its algorithmic recommendations help fans discover music they will truly love.

Deezer is available on your favorite device, including smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, home sound system, connected car, smart TV or Xbox.  Launched in 2007, Deezer is a privately-held company, headquartered in Paris with offices in San Francisco and around the world.  Deezer is currently available as a free download for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices or on the web at globally outside the US.

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Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Nest privacy

It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget

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Page expands Sundar Pichai’s responsibility to nearly all core Google products

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If a new report from Re/Code proves correct, Google is making a pretty significant leadership change by placing Sundar Pichai as the head of nearly all of Google’s core products. The news of this change comes from “sources close to the situation” and cites a new staff memo that says Larry Page will be stepping of the way to focus on the “bigger picture”, as he feels that it’s too hard to do so with all the “many reports and a myriad of duties related to each product unit.”

With this change Sundar Pichai will be taking on considerably more responsibility by not only continuing to lead the efforts for Android, Chrome and Google Apps but also adding search, maps, research, G+, commerce and infrastructure to the plate. The executives in charge of the above mentioned areas previously reported directly to Page but will now instead report to Pichai. While Re/Code’s sources say the move doesn’t necessarily make him “heir apparent” to page, it’s obvious that Sundar is a star on the rise, and this latest move shows just how much faith the company puts in him.

Of course the re-positioning doesn’t take all the burden away from Page, who will still be responsible for business and operations, access and energy, Nest, Calico,corporate development, legal, finance and business, and even Google X. Youtube will also remain under the control of CEO Susan Wojcicki, who will still report to Page.

What do you think of the change, have you been happy with Android and Chrome’s direction since he assumed leadership in both positions? When the day comes for Larry Page to retire, do you think Pichai would make a good candidate for replacement?

MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Alcatel onetouch

If you’re a MetroPCS customer and in the market for a new, cheap tablet, there’s a pretty good deal available available for you right now.

The prepaid carrier (through T-Mobile) is offering the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax) on a pretty inexpensive data plan. For $10/month, you can get unlimited data, which siphons off 1GB  of data to the Pop 7 tablet. If you add the device to an existing plan, you’ll get a $5 monthly discount off your bill. Here are the rates for current subscribers, straight from MetroPCS/T-Mobile’s press release..

  • $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds

The tablet itself isn’t much in itself — a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch display, 8.9 mm thin, Wi-Fi/4G/Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — but it still isn’t a bad deal for prepaid customers looking to expand their tech arsenal.

Hit the break for the link to the press release.

Source: MetroPCS/T-Mobile

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Sony reportedly launching 12-inch tablet in 2015

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Sony_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014According to sources to DigiTimes, Sony will be launching a 12-inch tablet in quarter 1 of next year. Several other vendors are also developing large-size tablets for launch in the first or second quarters, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The sources say that Sony’s tablet will be high-end and come with a stylus. 

Large-screen tablets are all the rage these days, with Samsung releasing its 10.1-inch Pro series earlier this year, and Microsoft releasing its Surface Pro 3.

Source: DigiTimes

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