Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact review

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We call it battery life because it is vital.

Without it, e-readers wouldn’t be so popular, electric cars wouldn’t threaten gas guzzlers, and smartphones would never have taken over as the primary computing device in people’s lives. Battery life is the story of Sony’s new Xperia phones. They have the usual panoply of specs and features that no Android device would dare leave a factory without, but the main reason you’ll want to buy one will be their extraordinary endurance. Sony expects both…

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This video makes the best case yet for why we should all use Snapchat

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“The question is, when do I not use Snapchat?” “It’s breakfast, it’s lunch…”

Snapchat is notoriously hard to pin down. First it was for sexting, then it made the word “ephemeral” a Thing again, then it was probably for sexting again. Somewhere it became worth north of $10 billion, an app that could turn down $3 billion from Facebook and not look silly for doing so. But the question remains: what is Snapchat for? I’ve never really known.

Casey Neistat, a filmmaker and something of a Snapchat savant, has an answer. In his latest video, he makes the case for Snapchat being the future of social media, but in a fundamentally different way. It’s not like Facebook or MySpace, his argument goes, though it may be their natural evolutionary…

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Antec EDGE 550W Power Supply Review

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Today we are looking at Antec’s latest PSU series, the EDGE, which the company markets as "the pinnacle of power supplies". Bold statements aside, only medium capacity units are available and silence seekers are their main target. We’re reviewing the lowest capacity model of the series, with a maximum output of just 550 Watts, which means this is a PSU that could be used by a larger number of users. Let’s see how it performs.

This published hack could be the beginning of the end for USB

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In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they’d found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn’t seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick was opening themselves up to the attack, and because the bad code was residing in USB firmware, it was hard to protect against it without completely redesigning the system. The only good news was that Nohl and Lell didn’t publish the code, so the industry had some time to prepare for a world without USB.

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Soylent 1.1 hopes to make you fart less

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Foodstuffs have version numbers now. That’s the world we live in.

Or at least one consumable has a version number: Soylent, which has just been revved to 1.1. The latest formulation of the crowdfunding-born meal replacement promises less sweetness — they’ve taken out some of the sucralose, so users can more easily “customize” the flavor to their liking. Perhaps more importantly, it adds an “enzyme blend” that promises to reduce “digestive issues” experienced by some users of the original (myself included).

The company behind Soylent still hasn’t caught up to demand; many buyers still have orders that have been outstanding for months, but it would appear that some of that delay is chalked up to work on the new formulation. There’s also…

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Tesla Motors Just Invited Press To Come Look At Its New D

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teslacar_topic - NOT FOR FEATURED IMAGE Tesla Motors just sent out invites to a press event on October 9th in Los Angeles, presumably to unveil the new ‘D’ car that founder Elon Musk tweeted about yesterday evening. Now, we officially have an event, to be held at Hawthorne Airport. The D is rumored to be a new vehicle in Tesla’s lineup, with the Jalopnik folks speculating on a (D)ual motor all wheel drive version… Read More

Finally, there’s an iOS keyboard that sounds like Jack Nicholson

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Watching the slow and steady trickle of third-party keyboards arrive on the App Store is like seeing a desert get rain for the first time. And like that dry, cracked earth, my own thirst for new ways to poke out emails and texts is insatiable. That is maybe the only way to explain why I purposefully downloaded and installed a keyboard designed to sound like Jack Nicholson.

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Leonardo DiCaprio won’t play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

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Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer in talks to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This movie has been in the works for a while now, and this is the second big change that it’s gone through this year: originally, David Fincher was in talks to direct it with Christian Bale as the star, but in April, the studio instead decided to put it in the hands of Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, with DiCaprio as its lead.

The Reporter now says that Bale is back on the list of potential names to play Jobs. Alongside him is said to be Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Bradley Cooper — though the Reporter suggests that Affleck is an unlikely choice due to scheduling conflicts. There’s…

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The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET

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Hello! Do you like watching people talk about Ebola and/or Windows 10?1 Then you, friend, are in luck. We’ll be broadcasting the Vergecast live at 4:30PM ET with special guest Elizabeth Lopatto, whose science reporting you’ll find on this very site and whose hilarious tweets you’ll find on …Twitter. Plus maybe, just maybe, we’ll find out what the heck happened to Windows 9. Tune in!

1. No connection between the Ebola Virus and Windows intended, imputed, or implied.

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Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

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Toy soldiers in front of a toy tank. Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how low can they go and if it’s a war anyone can win. The end game is obviously zero,… Read More

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