You can now pre-order the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for a hefty $499.99

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Sony’s latest slate, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is now available to pre-order in the United States from both the manufacturer’s online portal and from any of its nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores.

According to the listing page, the unit will be available for shipping from Sunday, November 2 and will set you back a whopping $499.99, which, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, is an awful lot to pay for a 32GB, 8-inch, mid-range device.


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How to setup Trusted Devices on Android Lollipop to automatically unlock your phone or tablet

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I can’t stress enough how important it is to use a security lock screen on your mobile devices. If you ever misplace your phone or tablet, no one will be able to get into the device. However, constantly entering a code to unlock your device is a royal pain in the you know what.

Finally, Finally, Finally Google has implemented Trusted Devices in Android. With Android Lollipop and a new feature called Smart Lock, you will be able to set any Bluetooth device, NFC tag, or even your face as a way to automatically unlock your device so you won’t have to constantly enter your PIN code or swipe a pattern over 100 times per day.


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Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

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Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza.
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Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

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Samsung has announced that they are donating 3,000 Galaxy S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations to help in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the smartphones is part of an aid package that Samsung is providing to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project. That project is the U.N.’s initiative to provide humanitarian support through utilization of mobile devices.
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TWRP custom recovery gets support for unlocked 2014 Moto X

Moto_X_2014_2nd_Gen_Slanted_Back_Motorola_Logo_Camera_Lens_01_TAIf you own a 2014 Moto X and wanted to get into flashing custom ROMs, we have good news and bad news.

The good news is that TWRP now officially supports Motorola’s latest flagship. The recovery will allow you to flash custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod, install custom kernels, and make full system backups and restores. TWRP is one of the best custom recoveries available for users that like to flash their device with new software.
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Pre-orders for Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio hit Amazon

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The release of the Nexus 9 is just around the corner, and preorders are already live on the Play Store. Also on the Play Store are pre-orders for the official “Magic Cover” and the very attractive (but over-priced) keyboard case. For those who use Amazon as their retailer of choice, both of these cases can now be pre-ordered from the popular website. Both cases are priced identically as they are on the Play Store ($39.99 for the Magic Cover and $129.99 for the keyboard). If you’ve been waiting for them to hit Amazon, hit the source links below and order today.

Buy: Magic Case | Keyboard Folio

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Plus in the Netherlands with Snapdragon 805

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A couple months ago Samsung treated Singapore to the Galaxy S5 4G+, a slightly upgraded S5 with the Snapdragon 805 processor, most recently found in the Galaxy Note 4. Today it seems that Samsung is taking orders for this device in the Netherlands, with other markets presumably on the way. The device is officially called the Galaxy S5 and features the same specs as the S5 (2GB of RAM, 16-megapixel camera, 1080p Super-AMOLED display) but with the aforemention Snapdragon 805 under the hood, clocked at 2.5GHz. 
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Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Logo of Google outside their headquarters building in Mountainview, California.With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.

Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.
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