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It must have been a sobering experience for an electronics giant like Sony to have spent so much time languishing among the "also rans" while your competitors romp ahead, particularly in such a burgeoning market as the mobile phone. While other tech markets seem to have stagnated or shrunk we've seen the mobile phone become the new standard barer and, from my point of view at least, it has been fascinating to see it follow a very similar evolution to that of the PC. We've seen processors move from single to dual to quad and now octa-core (kind of). we've seen a push for divergence and miniaturization followed by a complete reverse in direction with a "bigger is better" mentality and we've seen gaming performance blossom from blocky, pixelated time killers to fully immersive, graphics rich, console quality epics.

The Xperia Z is a very important handset for Sony. It looks and feels like the first of a new breed of handset free from the shackles of former bedfellows Ericsson. It's very much the premium part and, so far, the reviews have been extremely positive. It would appear that Sony at last have themselves a contender which, despite the usual foibles that accompany every Sony mobile phone release, may at last see them play with the big boys.
One of the big features that have garnered attention from press and public alike is the ip57 dust and water resistance. The Xperia Z can be dunked in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes and suffer no ill consequences as a result. This is assuming you have properly closed the various port covers of course. And if you haven't? well, the Z's innards are reportedly coated with some hydrophobic trickery but there's every chance you'll face a similar fate to that of someone dunking a regular, non water resistant phone.

The port covers on the "Z" actually have "O" rings around the edges so as to properly seal them against water and dust ingress. Naturally an initial worry is how long these ports will continue to seal properly.

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Tuesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Tuesday 26th August filed under Competitions
Hitting the G-Spot with NVIDIA's G-SYNC on the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q @ TweakTown
Podcast - Wireless Headphones and High End Motorcycles @ Hardware Asylum
Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD @ PureOverclock
MSI Z97I AC (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Card @ techPowerUp
ioSafe 214 Fire and WaterProof NAS Video Review @ Madshrimps
Plextor M6 PRO SSD with PlexTurbo Caching Layer Technology Preview @ TweakTown
Roccat Kone Pure Military Edition Review @ HardwareHeaven
HIS R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Counterspy PS VITA Game Review @ TweakTown
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Samsung EVO 32GB SDHC UHS I Memory Card Review @ TweakTown
AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual @ techPowerUp
ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
Kingston V310 SSD Review at HardwareHeaven (960GB) @ HarwareHeaven
XFX Type-01 Bravo Review @ Vortez
Kingwin EZ-Clone USI-2535CLU3 USB 3.0 Storage Adapter Review @ TweakTown
Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis @ PureOverclock
NETGEAR EX6200 Review @ Hardwareheaven
Rosewill Powerbank RCBR-13020 11,200mAh Mobile Battery Review @ TweakTown
D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review @ Bigbruin
In Win 901 @ techPowerUp
Supermicro X9SRL-F-O (Intel C602) Server Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ Madshrimps
MicroQuill SmartHeap Overview - Improve your SPEC CPU2006 Scores @ TweakTown
Linksys RE6500 Portable AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review @ TweakTown
Kingston SSDNow V310 SSD Review (960GB) @ The SSD Review
Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC 3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router Review @ Legit Reviews
PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 280 3GB OC CrossFire Video Card Review @ TweakTown
TYLT Energi 2K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger Review @ TweakTown
Western Digital Red 6TB NAS HDD RAID Report @ TweakTown
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server Review @ Madshrimps
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Review @ Vortez
AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240 GB @ techPowerUp
TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger Review @ TweakTown
Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink Review @ Hardware Asylum
Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB @ Custom PC
AMD Radeon R7 SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
OCZ AMD Radeon R7 SSD Review (240GB) @ The SSD Review
AMD Radeon R7 240GB Gaming SSD Review @ TweakTown
Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter Review @ OCC
HIS Multi View Display Adapters @ PureOverclock

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Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 15th August filed under Competitions
Intel Broadwell Architecture Preview @ Legit Reviews
Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 SATA SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX Review @ HardwareHeaven
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review @ OCC
ASUS Z97 Pro (Intel Z97) Motherboard - Circuit and Overclocking Guide @ TweakTown
Cooler Master V750 PSU Review @ HardwareHeaven
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 144Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review @ TweakTown
AMD Eyefinity Review @ Vortez
Samsung 850 PRO 256GB @ PureOverclock
GIGABYTE Radeon R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Tesoro Lobera Supreme Review @ Vortez
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower Chassis Review @ TweakTown
AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review @ Neoseeker
D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wireless Router Review @ TweakTown
Podcast - Computex 2014 Wrap Up and MSI MOA Americas Qualifier @ Hardware Asylum
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC – MSI’s top tier gaming offering @ Bjorn3d.
OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review (240GB) @ The SSD Review
OCZ ARC 100 Series 240GB Value SSD Review @ TweakTown
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC - Extreme Overclocking for the new Haswell @ Bjorn3d
Risen 5-Years Later Review @ OCC
OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
Deepcool Steam Castle B Micro-ATX Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Phanteks Enthoo Pro @ techPowerUp
OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCIe SSD Review @ Neoseeker
Gigabyte Z97X Gaming G1 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
LUXA2 EnerG 6600mAh Portable Battery Bank Review @ TweakTown
Sapphire Tri-X R9-290X Review @ Vortez
BenQ RL2240HE 60Hz 21.5-inch LED Gaming Monitor Review @ TweakTown
Corsair HX750i PSU Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven
Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 SATA SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Shuttle Slim-PC DS81 w/ Pentium G3258 @ techPowerUp
Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
GAMDIAS HEPHAESTUS Review @ Vortez
Corsair Carbide AIR 240 Review @ Vortez
Corsair Carbide Air 240 @ techPowerUp
ASUS Z97-Deluxe & Z97-A Review @ OCC

Press Releases 

Idevices® And Jennie-o Brand Make Preparing Perfectly Cooked Turkey Easier Than Ever
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Introducing the EVGA GeForce GT 720
Istabilizer Announces The Perfect Selfie Creator – Monopod & Shutter Remote Bundle
Borderlands Pre-Sequel FREE with qualifying EVGA graphics cards
Noctua provides free mounting upgrade for upcoming Intel 'Haswell-E' platform (X99)
Dizzel's Early Access is Coming to North America and Europe August 19th
Ambient Design Launches Artrage 4.5 With 64-bit Support
Eurocom offers Linux based, fully upgradeable, high quality Laptops and Notebooks
LeKool Games Announces Exclusive Launch of Rush War

Sunday's News
Wayne Brooker at Sunday 10th August filed under Competitions
Tuesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Tuesday 5th August filed under Competitions
Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 1st August filed under Competitions
Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 30th July filed under Competitions
Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation Laptop Review @ TweakTown
GamesterGear Cruiser P3210 Gaming Headset Review @ TweakTown
Noctua industrialPPC Series Review @ Vortez
OlliOlli PC Game Review @ TweakTown
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
Synology Diskstation DS414j 4-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin
Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB Review @ Madshrimps
IN WIN S-Frame Open-Air Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Seasonic Platinum Series 1200 W @ techPowerUp
LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Charging Station Review @ TweakTown
Streacom FC8 EVO Review @ Vortez
XTracGear Carbonic, Ripper and Ripper XXL Mouse Pads Review @ TweakTown
Thecus N2310 2-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin
Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone Review @ TweakTown
Nixeus MODA Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Virident FlashMAX II 2.2TB Enterprise PCIe SSD Review @ TweakTown
Gamdias HEPHAESTUS Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset Review @ Hardware Heaven
BitFenix Neos Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Cooler Master Nepton 280L Liquid Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
NZXT Kraken X31 Review @ OCC
Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
USH-1 SD Card Roundup @ Hardware Heaven
Motorola Moto G on Republic Wireless Review @ Bigbruin
Areca ARC-8050T2 Thunderbolt 2 8-Bay RAID Tower DAS Review @ TweakTown
ADATA XPG V3 3100MHz 8GB DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm AIO CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
Euro Truck Simulator 2 v1.11.1 Patch Deployed, New Demo Available @ GamersHell
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Intel LGA1150) @ techPowerUp

Press Releases 

Data Memory Systems Boast Unique Range of Storage Accessories Not Limited to Memory
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Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 25th July filed under Competitions
Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 23rd July filed under Competitions
BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Noctua redux Series Review @ Vortez
NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Valiant Hearts: The Great War PC Game Review @ TweakTown
Intel P3700 NVMe SSD Installed In a Win 8.1 Consumer PC @ The SSD Review
SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SATA SSD @ Custom PC Review
Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review @ Madshrimps
HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
OCZ RevoDrive 350 Review @ Vortez
Western Digital Red 6TB NAS Consumer HDD Review @ TweakTown
Rosewill Capstone Modular 1000 W @ techPowerUp
Toshiba HG6 SSD Review (512GB) @ Hardware Heaven
Crucial MX100 256GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
Intel Pentium G3258 (Haswell) 20th Anniversary CPU Gaming Performance @ TweakTown
Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Intel Core i7 4790K – Haswell gets a refresh @ Bjorn3D
Asus RP-AC52 Wireless Range Extender review @ Bjorn3D
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review @ TechReviewSource
Lantronix SLB Remote Branch Office Manager Review @ TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset (KHX-H3CL/WR) Review @ HardwareHeaven
Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series 240GB Encrypted SSD Review @ TweakTown
Western Digital Red Pro 4TB NAS WD4001FFSX Consumer HDD Review @ TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 1TB Mobile Storage Device Review @ TweakTown
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review @ TweakTown
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (480GB) Review @ Hardware Heaven

Press Releases 

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Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 18th July filed under Competitions
Haswell Devils Canyon Performance @ Hardware Asylum
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe @ techPowerUp
Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6500) Review @ Hardware Heaven
Intel DC P3700 800GB NVMe vs. Intel 730 Series SATA SSD RAID Report @ TweakTown
The Best Laptops for College Students @ TechReviewSource
ADATA SP610 512GB Versus Corsair Force LX 512GB @ Legit Reviews
ALLONE Cloud Disk Drive 101 RAMDisk Review (32GB) @ The SSD Review
EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 & ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T Review @ Neoseeker
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Chassis Review @ TweakTown
BlackBerry Q10 Review – Lucky Number 10 @ TechnologyX
ThermalTake Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse @ PureOverclock
Patriot STELLAR 64GB USB/microUSB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Review @ OCC
Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
S-COPTER: Trials of Quick Fingers and Logic Joins Steam Greenlight @ GamersHell
Thermaltake NiC C5 @ techPowerUp
Seagate Desktop HDD 5TB ST5000DX000 Consumer Review @ TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 Review @ HardwareHeaven
Shuttle Barebone DS81 Review @ Madshrimps
BitFenix Fury 650G Power Supply @ PureOverclock

Press Releases 

Crusaders of Solaria Announces Launch of First Open Beta Server
International Dota 2 Championships On Espn Networks
Magic Cloud Launch an Innovative Primary Educational Tool
New Pushdo Trojan variant surfaces infecting more than 11,000 systems in 24 hours
Phones Lead Growth but Innovative Applications Expanding the Market
R2games announces it’s latest mobile game on the Android Platform
Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 16th July filed under Competitions