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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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Sunday's News
Wayne Brooker at Sunday 21st September filed under Competitions
Andromedia Supersonic-P Bluetooth Vibration Speaker Review @ TweakTown
QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users Review @ Madshrimps
Enermax EMK3201 Dual-Bay 2.5-inch HDD/SSD Internal Enclosure Review @ TweakTown
Andromedia Supersonic-X Bluetooth Vibration Speaker Review @ TweakTown
MX Technology ES Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ TweakTown
QNAP NAS Memory Upgrade Guide - Quick tutorial on increasing your RAM @ TweakTown
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ TweakTown
Logitech UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth 360-degree Speaker Review @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review @ Neoseeker
NVIDIA GTX 980 Review @ OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GeForce GTX 980 Maxwell Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
GeForce GTX 980 Review @ HardwareHeaven
GeForce GTX 980 SLI vs GTX 780 SLI at 2560x1440 @ TweakTown
Maxwell is here! GTX 980 is now revealed! @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GTX 980 Review @ Vortez
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card Review @ TweakTown
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC 4 GB @ techPowerUp
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 4 GB @ techPowerUp
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI @ techPowerUp
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB @ techPowerUp
ASUS Maximus VII Formula – Top End ROG Gaming For Z97 @ Bjorn3D
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 Wireless Router Review @ TweakTown
Return of the Athlon: AMD Brings Kabini to the desktop  @ Bjorn3d
Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCC
Win a Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler @ Bigbruin
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650w PSU Review @ HardwareHeaven
BIOSTAR HI-FI Z97WE Review @ Vortez
Humble Indie Bundle 12 Review @ OCC
ASUS Z97-A (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Budget SFF Desktop PC Review @ TweakTown
Patriot EP Series Micro SD Card (32 GB) Review @ TechnologyX
Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
Cammy Camera Monitoring Software Review with the D-Link DCS-930L @ TweakTown
ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
The Samsung vs Apple War Continues (Or is that Apple vs Samsung) @ TechnologyX
SanDisk Ultra II SSD Review (240GB) - TLC Memory becomes Mainstream @ The SSD Review

Sunday's News
Wayne Brooker at Sunday 14th September filed under Competitions
Alpenfoehn Brocken ECO CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
NZXT Kraken G10 Review @ OCC
UMI C1 Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Review @ TweakTown
Overview of GIGABYTE's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards @ TweakTown
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC (Intel X99) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
TP-Link AV500 Powerline Review @ HardwareHeaven
Corsair Graphite 780T @ techPowerUp
ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers @ PureOverclock
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset @ PureOverclock
COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad Review @ OCC
BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket External SSD Review (512GB) @ The SSD Review
Overview of Supermicro's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards @ TweakTown
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket 512GB External SSD Review @ TweakTown
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD Review - SanDisk TLC NAND Flash takes shape @ TweakTown
MP4Nation Brainwavz Delta In-ears @ techPowerUp
VisionTek Radeon R9 290 Video Card - Circuit and Overclocking Guide @ TweakTown
ASRock EP2C612D16FM (Intel C612 and DDR4) Server Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
Thermaltake Urban T81 Review @ OCC

Press Releases 

Cloudio TV announces agreement with leading Smart TV manufacturer TPVision
Mythborne Launches First Open Beta Server
EKT launches HEVC Hybrid PowerPlug STB during the IBC in Amsterdam
Eurocom breaks 8 TB storage barrier in high performance Panther 5 Mobile Workstation

Monday's News
Wayne Brooker at Tuesday 9th September filed under Competitions
Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX SFF Chassis Review @ TweakTown
WD My Passport Wireless 1TB Storage Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Top SSD Picks for Fall 2014 @ The SSD Review
NZXT Kraken X31 Liquid Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard @ PureOverclock
Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Shuttle Barebone XS35V4 Review @ Madshrimps
AMD FX-8370e Review @ Vortez
HIS Radeon R7 260X iCooler 2GB Video Card Review @ TweakTown
ASUS X99 Deluxe (Intel X99) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
COUGAR 700M Review @ Vortez
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB 3000MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Firefall and Roccat - Play for Free and win peripherals @ HardwareHeaven
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review @ TweakTown
Raidon Runner GR2660 RAID Storage Enclosure Review @ TweakTown
Samsung EVO 32GB and 64GB MicroSD Memory Cards Review @ TweakTown
SPYRUS WorkSafe Pro WTG Secure Flash Drive Review @ The SSD Review
Vantec NexStar HX USB 3.0 Edition External Storage Enclosure Review @ TweakTown
OWC Envoy Pro EX 240GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
SAPPHIRE DUAL-X OC R9-285 Review @ Vortez
Samsung Pro 64GB SD and microSD Memory Cards Review @ TweakTown
PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo Review @ Neoseeker
PowerColor R9 285 Turbo Duo Review @ OCC
Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse @ PureOverclock
Help from Hell - 08 September - Hitman: Absolution: FAQ/Walkthrough @ GamersHell
PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo 2GB @ Custom PC
Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 Server Family Processor Overview @ TweakTown
LUXA2 GroovyR Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review @ Bigbruin
G.Skill TridentX PC3-12800 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review @ TweakTown

Press Releases 

Tamagotchi Classic 2nd Gen Lands on iPhone, iPad an?d iPod touch, and Android devices
Get Focused & Relax With Zen180 Meditation & Brain Enhancement App
Eurocom launches line of Samsung SSD 850 Pro Workstations

Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 3rd September filed under Competitions
Monday's News
Wayne Brooker at Tuesday 2nd September filed under Competitions
Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 29th August filed under Competitions
Intel Haswell Core i7-4790K vs. i7-4770K Comparison @ techPowerUp
GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H Motherboard - Circuit and Overclocking Guide @ TweakTown
Plextor M6 Pro SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD Review @ OCC
Synology DS415play Four Bay NAS Review @ TweakTown
bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim Heatsink Review @ Hardware Asylum
Aerocool DS200 Review @ Vortez
ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
Tt eSPORTS THERON Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
Corsair RM Series 1000 W @ techPowerUp
Crucial DDR4 Memory Performance Overview Early Look vs. DDR2 & DDR3 @ TweakTown
Samsung 845DC PRO Enterprise SSD Review @ TweakTown
HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Aorus Thunder M7 Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven
Risen 2: Dark Waters 2-Years Later Review @ OCC
ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP Storage Enclosure Review @ TweakTown
MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC in CrossFire OCed Review @ TweakTown
OWC ThunderBay IV RAID 5 Edition External Storage Drive Review @ TweakTown
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate @ PureOverclock
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC in CrossFire Video Card Review @ TweakTown
MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011-3) @ techPowerUp
Corsair Graphite 380T @ techPowerUp
Corsair Graphite 380T Review @ Vortez
Intel Core i7 5960X EE (Haswell-E) CPU and X99 Chipset Review @ TweakTown
ASUS X99-Deluxe LGA2011-v3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition Review @ OCC
ASRock X99X Killer Fatal1ty (Intel X99) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
Intel i7-5960X and X99 Review @ HardwareHeaven
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E is here for the extreme enthusiasts @ Bjorn3d
ASUS X99 Deluxe - A new look and features for ASUS X99! @ Bjorn3D
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition Review @ Vortez
DDR4 Roundup featuring Corsair, Crucial and G.Skill @ HardwareHeaven
Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core Haswell-E Processor Review @ Legit Reviews

Press Releases 

3d Ventures Enters Affordable End Home Food 3d Printing Market With “candy” Printer
EVE Online expands wormhole and mission gameplay with new release
Degauss Labs Presents High-End 3-Button Headset for Android Smartphonest
Data Memory Systems’ In-House SSD Range Offers Unmatched Performance And Value
MSI launches ProBox130 Micro-ATX PC
TRENDnet® Launches Outdoor PoE Access Point
MSI releases new X99S GAMING 9 AC motherboard
MSI launches 5 new mighty X99 motherboards
Introducing the EVGA X99 Lineup

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

Press Releases 

BANDAI NAMCO Games Injects 'Ridge Racer Slipstream' with New Cars and More
Mach Xtreme Technology ES Ultra USB 3.0 SLC Flash Drives Coming September 1

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 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
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
TRENDnet® Ships WiFi Baby Cam
New Corel® Painter® 2015 Reaches New Levels of Innovation with Particle Brushes
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