The Xperia ZL is the 'little' brother to Sony's recently-unveiled Xperia Z, and to get the most pressing question out of the way immediately: what's the difference between the two? Well, the ZL isn't waterproof (and thus has a different chassis and design), has a hardware camera button, and uses a minutely larger (by 40mAh) battery. That's really it. The display, the chipset, the camera, and the software are all near as makes no difference identical to those on the Z.
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If you've not heard of Abalone, it's one of the most amazing - yet simple - board games in decades. It won "Game of the Decade" at the Cannes Games Festival 15 years ago, and has been a massive hit since its debut in 1990. The objective of Abalone is simple: push six of your opponent's marbles off of the board.
The rules of the game are very simple, and take only a few minutes to learn.
The highly popular VNC tool TeamViewer has updated its Android viewer client with a slew of new features, including one users have likely been clamoring for from day one: native touch control.
The latest version of TeamViewer for Android now supports a brand-new input method for tablets - direct touch gestures. No more moving the cursor around to get the job done, just tap and drag to your heart's content, pointer-free.
How does driving a stick-figure car through a soft jelly world in a platformer-meets-racer adventure sound? I was intrigued, as well. Disney's Jelly Car 3 is the third installment in the malleable mashup, and seems to be the most polished yet. There's a brand-new car customization system (note: the customizations don't do anything), a 'ghost racing' mode to compete against the world's best times (or just your friends), and 50 levels to squish your way through.
We're at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed new details regarding the future of the Tegra platform: the Logan and Parker chips.
Logan (which may be Tegra 5) is scheduled to ship in early 2014, and will be NVIDA's first mobile chipset to use a CUDA (NVIDIA's GPU computing platform) compatible GPU. While for normal folk like you and I that doesn't mean much, CUDA is an increasingly popular tool among scientists and big data companies for parallel processing applications.
Update 3/18/13: AllThingsD dismissed the now-deleted claim by HTC's Twitter account that the One would not be coming to Big Red as bogus and reiterated that it is, indeed, in the works. As originally reported (see below), it's scheduled to arrive months after other U.S. carriers.
According to AllThingsD, America's biggest and reddest carrier will be getting HTC's One phone - but not for a while. Yep, Verizon has signed on as a distributor of the handset, but it won't be available for "a month or two" after the three other major wireless providers in the US have it.
On last week's podcast, the question "HTC One or Galaxy S4?" came up, and was posed to each host. We all made our call, and now it's your turn. While I know many of you have no interest in either of these phones, today's question is not what your ideal phone is, but given a choice between them - which would you get? And no, 'neither' is not an option.
Each phone has its advantages and disadvantages - that's clear.
The most popular standalone chat platform on Android, WhatsApp, has been updated with a whole new look - and it's holo-y. About a month ago, WhatsApp previewed its redesigned aesthetic in a beta release, and now those changes have made their way into the release client. While the changelog is pretty sparse on details ('update user interface to the latest android look and feel'), compared to the old version of the app, the visual differences should be fairly obvious.
This may be the best price we've yet seen on a refurbished Nexus 7, and if you're in the market for one of these devices on the cheap, read on. Buydig has its refurbished model at a list price of $172.99, a halfway-decent deal to start with, but they're willing to slash another $20 off that price if you check out with V.me by Visa after entering the promo code 'VMESAVESU20'.
Verizon has just announced a software update for the QWERTY-sliding Pantech Marauder, a phone we reviewed last August. The software update includes the now-standard Verizon Remote Diagnostics support utility, and a substantial list of software changes. The stock email app now supports a combined inbox mode and conversation view, Google Chrome has been added, and the Pantech 'Simple Mode' UI has been enhanced. The phone apparently doesn't reboot after a modem crash anymore, either, which is probably good.