Carphone Warehouse tests the Xperia Z3’s waterproof rating by doing an underwater unboxing video

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The Sony Xperia Z3 is a device with a ton of cool features, but one of the biggest selling points is its unusually high dust and waterproof ratings, normally found in the more rugged-looking Kyocera and Casio Android devices. The Z3 is IP65/68 certified which means it can go as far as five feet deep for up to an hour with no damage to the device.

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HTC’s upcoming GoPro competitor may have a 16MP sensor and a Super Wide Angle Lens

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We’ve reported on HTC‘s upcoming GoPro competitor multiple times but all we’ve had to go by were a couple photos and a possible release date. Luckily that seems to have changed today thanks to Taiwanese site EPrice. According to them, HTC’s upcoming mini-parascope camera will have a 16MP sensor, slow-motion video recording, underwater recording capabilities and a 170-degree Super Wide Angle Lens.

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Conan takes a jab at #bendgate controversy with hilarious new sketch

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Apple’s #bendgate controversy has brought us endless laughs from other manufacturers and websites looking to have some fun at Apple’s expense. Well it looks like the #bendgate jokes have just begun with Conan O’Brien joining in the fun with a sketch on last night’s show. The sketch offers suggestions for iPhone 6 users suffering from “flaccid phone”. Hit the break for the video. Read more

Amazon drops the “Kindle” moniker from their Android-powered tablets

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With the launch of the newest models of their flagship tablets, Amazon has dropped the “Kindle” moniker from the names of their Android-powered tablets. New and future models of the tablets will simply be called the Fire HD and Fire HDX. According to Amazon, the company changed the name to separate the brands and to make sure consumers know the difference between the products. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 25, 2014

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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!!

Accessories

OnePlus introduces new $15 Silver Bullet earphones

Cameras

HTC’s GoPro style camera shows off interesting design

Carriers

Verizon selling the Motorola Moto X (2014) starting tomorrow

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Chrome

Chrome APK Packager creates Chrome-friendly packages directly from your Android device

Chromebooks

Chromebook sales rise during 2014 back-to-school period while Windows PC sales dip

Deals

Over $135 of Android apps now free on Amazon AppStore

Gaming

Finland and New Zealand are the first to get Rovio’s new Angry Birds Transformers game

Niantic Labs’ Ingress gets major update today allowing user-generated missions

NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

Google

Eric Schmidt: Samsung had iPhone 6 level products a year ago

Updated Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement enforces quicker response times

Phones

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Verizon selling the Motorola Moto X (2014) starting tomorrow

White Moto X front plates are back ordered due to unexpected demand

The Nexus 6 dwarfs the LG G3 in latest leaked image

Sony will host an Xperia event in the US on October 9th

Smartwatches

Best Buy hooks up with Motorola to launch new variant of Moto 360

Updates

HTC Elevate members getting “HTC Preview” program to soak test updates

NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Miscellaneous

LG takes a shot at Apple’s #bendgate

The iPhone 6 #Bendgate repair kit is now available

Samsung laughs at Apple with bend-related tweet

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

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Verizon is rolling out an update for the DROID DNA device built by HTC that includes a couple security related items. One of the fixes included in the update is a collection of patches addressing OpenSSL security. The other security fix addresses a “device root vulnerability.”

Besides the security issues addressed, Verizon includes improvements to their implementation of Softcard and Miracast functionality. Verizon also threw in some updates for the WiFi connection status indicator and the battery indicator.

If you have a DROID DNA, head over to www.vzw.com/droiddnasupport for more information on downloading and installing the update.

source: Verizon

HTC Elevate members getting “HTC Preview” program to soak test updates

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One of the tools manufacturers can use to get updates ready for their devices is the soak test wherein the update is distributed to a small group of end users to see if they can break it or otherwise find issues. One company that does this frequently is Motorola. HTC has announced to members of their HTC Elevate private community that they will offer a similar program called “HTC Preview.” Read more

NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

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The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.

If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.

source: NVIDIA

Sony will host an Xperia event in the US on October 9th

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Sony has sent out invites for an upcoming event to be held in New York on October 9th. The tagline for the event is #DemandGreat, so we’ll probably see something related to the Xperia Z3 availability on US carriers. T-Mobile is a guaranteed carrier, but there’s always a chance that some other carriers will pick it up. There were rumors not too long ago about Verizon carrying an Xperia phone, so maybe that deal will finally happen.

Regardless, we’re just a few weeks away from knowing for sure. What are you hoping for from this event?