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Are you seeing double? I had to look twice over on Google Play when Google Maps had two listings and both had a paw print on them. I noticed as I hit the back button and when I came back to the listing for Google apps it had gone.

Now though AdWords has a double listing, no paw though. 
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In with the old out with the new That would just be crazy so instead  Android Wear has some new faces. The Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2 and a new bunch of Moto watches to keep you in the loop with the sports scores, texts and see who's calling you before you answer. 

I like the look of the Huawei watch but I'm looking forward to see what LG have up their sleeve. In the meantime keep an eye on the Google Store for that all important buy button:

Huawei Watch - https://goo.gl/BpXCji
Moto 360 2nd Gen - https://goo.gl/fMzg1e
Moto 360 for Woman - https://goo.gl/EeuGwf

Find out more about the new Android Wear collection over on the Android blog here - http://goo.gl/cmXkUW

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The best decision on where to go with Google Maps If you're living in NYC, San Francisco or London Google Maps will now serve you up curated recommendations on the best places to eat and drink.

Be it something to eat now, at the weekend with the whole family or if you're planning something special with that someone special Google Maps will help you choose the best place to get some grub

After you have picked your category Google Maps will give you in depth reviews, tell you if it is family friendly and offer up reviews from other users. Pictures tell a thousand words so 

In selected areas Google Maps will also suggest particular places based on others who may have visited a familiar place to you. Based on time of day and location Google already points you in direction of nearby places to eat and drink but now you can also select options for nearby areas, categories and cuisines.

I'm hungry now but I'm going to settle for homemade banana cake. 
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Like the look of this It will work with both Android Wear and iOS 8. Not sure that I'll be getting one but it does look like a proper watch. 
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) is one of Huawei’s three business groups, providing a range of products including mobile phones(huawei P8, huawei P8max, huawei P8 lite,huawei mate7,huawei g7,huawei p7), tablets( MediaPad M2,MediaPad X1,MediaPad M1,MediaPad T1),mobile broadband devices(Prime,E5730,E5338)and home devices(WS880,WS151). In 2014, Huawei became the first mainland China brand to rank in Interbrand’s Annual Top 100 Best Global Brands...
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The cat is out of the bag The Z5 is official then along with colours. All we need now are the official list of specs and when it'll be available.

I do like Sony devices but after a bad experience with a cracked screen I've never had one again. To be fair the retailer that I purchased it from and dealt with the return didn't help.

A Sony Nexus device would be nice.
 
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We are now just a few hours away from Sony's IFA 2015 press conference and before we get to the official details, we can reveal that Sony's new flagship models will indeed carry the “Xperia Z5” series name. This has been revealed by a marketing poster for the Xperia Z5 family – confirming the ...
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Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks topline Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen. ...
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Google Docs for the new term search Google without leaving Docs, record ideas or even compose an entire essay without touching your keyboard and see who has made what changes to your doc when you come back to it.

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Moto 360 for Woman This is one of the newest smartwatches to  to hit the Android Wear collection. It is one of four Moto 360 watches that also include the Moto 360 Sport with built in GPS and the Moto 360 2nd Gen.

With the Moto Maker you can choose from additional bezels, colours, materials, even a new double wrap band. You lucky people in the US can pre-order yours today from Motorola.com, Google Play and BestBuy.com.  Come September you can pick it up from Nordstrom, Best Buy and Verizon with prices starting from $299 and go to $429.99.

The Moto 360 will also be available in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Hopefully for all you eager Moto fans out there UK pricing should be with us soon.  
Any watch can tell the time, but what about one that can give you time? The new Moto 360 Collection — with more styles, more features and more battery — offers countless design possibilities to suit your tastes, plus new experiences that will free you up to do more of the things you love.
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App deal of the week Not sure this app will improve my air guitar skills but Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords should help those of you with some basic knowledge of playing a real one or if you're looking for a refrsh.

It's 10p and can be found over on Google Play via this link -  https://goo.gl/j6kU4U

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Z5 and Z5 Compact official Sony have announced their new flagship for 2015 and its little sibling the Z5 and Z5 Compact.

First up the Z5 comes with a 5.2" full HD 1080 x 1920 resolution IPS display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor (4 x 2GHz - 4 x 1.5GHz) with 3GB of RAM. The 32GB on board storage can be beefed up with a memory card.

Sony devices always have good cameras and the Z5 packs a 5 megapixel camera to the front and a 23 MP camera at the back with 4K video capture. What grabbed my attention was the 0.03 second autofocus. That is pretty impressive. 

Keeping all that going is a 2,900mAH battery with all the usual Stamina mode options plus QC2.0 Quick Charge. 

Colour options will depend on retailer but the Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in Gold, Teal, Black and White. Expect exclusives from some retailers. 

The smaller Z5 Compact has a 4.6" 720p display. The battery is not that smaller at 2,700mAH and with 2GB of RAM the only real difference is size.

If you want to go with the Z5 Premium you'll get a 5.5” 4K Ultra HD resolution with a dpi of 801ppi which will be very demanding. They haven't gone crazy but on their biggest phone as for some 5.5 is big enough.

All have a fingerprint scanner on the side built in to the power button, mobile banking and buying things will be that little more secure as will getting access to your device.

The phones ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop software and will allow for memory cards up to 200GB. As with all the Z series devices they are both water and dust resistant thanks to the IP65 and 68 rating. 

Pricing will be in £439 for the Compact , £525 for the Z5 and £629 for the Premium model. Crazy money.

The only draw back to Sony devices is that glass back. Lots and lots of cracks and people having to return them. 

You should be able to get hold of one come October. 

Here's the press release from Sony:

Sony unveils next-generation smartphone camera with XperiaTM Z5 and XperiaTM Z5 Compact, and the world's first 4K1 smartphone2 XperiaTM Z5 Premium

Xperia Z5 brings the best camera in a leading smartphone3, with an elegant waterproof4 design
Xperia Z5 Compact shares the same flagship experiences in a no-compromise hand-sized body
Ultimate smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium redefines mobile entertainment with the world's first 4K UHD smartphone display5 and 4K Ultra HD upscaling technology
Next-generation smartphone camera experience designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera αTM technology, built to capture split-second moments – a brand new 23MP Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor, supporting the fastest autofocus in a leading smartphone6
Integrated fingerprint sensor power button for intuitive unlock
Berlin, IFA, 2nd September 2015 – Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") today unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and the world's first 4K smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium – each engineered to make everyday experiences better.

"Smartphones are part of people's lives" said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications. "Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go - we've set out to bring Sony's latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform."

A mobile camera experience unlike any other

Xperia Z5 features Sony's brand new large 1/2.3 Exmor RSTM for mobile 23MP sensor and F2.0 G Lens - it's Sony's first completely re-imagined smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1, designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera αTM technology for clear, vivid imagery every time.

The camera is capable of the fastest autofocus in a smartphone, a powerful blend of speed and accuracy to capture split-second moments with ease. It delivers a ground-breaking speed of just 0.037 seconds - faster than the blink of a human eye (average 0.1 - 0.4 s), so whether you're jumping for the frisbee in the park, diving into the pool or catching air on the vert ramp, you'll have the power to preserve spontaneous action in real-time.

A combination of the large 23MP Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor and advanced processing software lets you get close to subjects; whether it be a landmark, architecture or other objects of interest, with 5x clear image zoom with minimum loss of quality. And, advancements in low-light photography mean you can capture clearer photos at night or in darker surroundings with less noise and blur - perfect for capturing a sunrise or night skyline.

With the continued popularity of content capture for social media, Xperia Z5 series brings significant advancements in the evolution of Sony's SteadyShotTM with Intelligent Active Mode for video. Further improvements mean you'll be able to continuously capture action smoothly, such as riding a bike or skateboard, free from jolts or shudders. It also features better low-light performance without blur.

Designed for life, with the same flagship experiences in a choice of form factor

Designed by leading creatives at Sony's Creative Center studios in Sweden and Japan, Xperia Z5 presents a svelte continuous plate form, with a metal frame and frosted glass back. It's striking, comfortable to hold and waterproof for everyday convenience. With a 5.2" display, sleek looks and Fall 2015 fashion and interior design cues, colours range from elegant to expressive for any personal style or taste; White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green.

For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia Z5 Compact brings the same great camera technology and features in a pocket-friendly compact device. It delivers uncompromised performance in a beautifully compact design with a 4.6" display, perfect for one-handed use. And, Z5 Compact let's you express personal style with fresh, vibrant colours including Yellow and Coral, in addition to White and Graphite Black.

Both devices represent iconic Sony craftsmanship with premium materials throughout, including frosted glass finishing to the rear and a subtly etched Xperia logo side engraving, as well as capless USB for quick efficient connection and charging.

To the side, a new integrated fingerprint sensor power button means each device is personal, protected and easily unlockable with a simple pick up and press in one natural movement. It will also support the FIDO standard; authentication via fingerprint for online payment services - with news on first partners shared closer to launch.

Powerful performance that meets demands

Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring octa-core CPUs, 64 bit capabilities and ultra-fast 4G LTE speeds, letting you reach new levels of performance for video, photography and gaming. Whether you're multi-tasking over Wi-Fi or the latest 4G network, both devices deliver the speed you need. Download email with attachments in seconds and enjoy video streaming with no delays or unwanted buffering. Powerful smartphone features demand smart power management, Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are equipped with Sony's incredible up to two-day8 battery stamina and innovative power-saving technology, which gives you superior long-lasting battery performance. With Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 enabled on the new devices, you can get 5.5 hours usage with just 10 minutes of charging with a certified Quick Charge™ 2.0 charger, such as the Quick Charger UCH10 (dependant on market variants)9.

Sony's 4K leadership now in a mobile device – Xperia Z5 Premium, the world's first 4K smartphone

Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first 4K smartphone with a sharp, vivid 5.5" 4K TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile and IPS, where breathtaking detail is depicted with pinpoint accuracy for the most natural images, at four times the resolution of Full HD.

Xperia Z5 Premium will upscale your favourite content to 4K, enhancing any native or third party videos or photos so you can view Netflix, YouTube or your holiday shots in rich, vibrant 4K detail. And, Xperia Z5 Premium is built to allow you to get creative by capturing in 4K and immediately enjoying the content on Z5 Premium, with the option of preserving any moment as an 8MP quality image.

And, why not port the memory card from Sony's 4K Action Cam FDR-X1000V to Xperia Z5 Premium to enjoy your footage immediately - or simply connect to the big screen either wirelessly via DLNA or with MHL 3.0 to enjoy your content on a 4K TV.

Xperia Z5 Premium is designed from the ground up as a high-performance mobile device, also powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. A high capacity 3430 mAh battery lasting for up to two days, with quick charge capability eliminates the need for regular charging.

Xperia Z5 Premium features a large 32GB internal memory, with the capability to take a 200GB external microSD card, which offers extra room for 4K videos and movies, and images too. Xperia Z5 Premium also features Sony's innovative memory on display feature - the data transfer between processor and device is optimized so Xperia Z5's display memory technology remembers the display of images seen on your smartphone and caches the image or video so that you don't need to reload the full image each time you view it - preserving battery power in the process.

A flagship series powered by an entertainment and content ecosystem

Across the Xperia Z5 series, Sony's rich expertise in audio technologies lets you enjoy sound in incredible detail and clarity. High-Res Audio reproduces high frequency sound for a studio quality experience. DSEE HXTM upscales the audio fidelity of your existing MP3, AAC or Spotify tracks to near High-Res Audio quality. And for high quality wireless music listening, Sony's LDAC™ codec transmits data three times more efficiently than legacy codec over Bluetooth.

And now for the first time, Sony's new High-Resolution Audio Headset MDR-NC750 allows you to enjoy combined Hi-Res Audio music with Digital Noise Cancelling - your tunes as they were intended to be heard, with ambient background noise reduced by up to 98%.

Keep playing your favourite PlayStation®4 (PS4™) games wherever you are in the home with PS4 Remote Play10. Simply connect your Xperia Z5 series device to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller to ensure you never miss a minute of the action – whatever room you are in.

And to ensure you continue to enjoy the best experiences that Sony has to offer, all Xperia Z5 series users will benefit from access to Xperia Lounge Gold – delivering the world of Sony entertainment at your fingertips. Get access to exclusive competitions and offers; be among the first to try out new apps; and enjoy the latest movies, TV episodes and music included with your device.

Smart style, with new accessories

A range of stylish and protective Style Cover Window cases will be available for each Xperia Z5 series model at launch, in respective corresponding device colours - each will let you access your favourite smartphone widgets through a smart window.

Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH54 is versatile headset with a doubling handset function, designed for users who want a convenient companion device to a large screen smartphone, allowing you to take and make calls, see messages, play music and enjoy FM radio.

Availability and specifications

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch globally from October 2015, and Xperia Z5 Premium from November 2015 – Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM variants11.
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Are you sold on the idea of a smartwatch? Below is the ZenWatch 2 that'll be available from October going for £140 - £170 depending on which model you go for.

Samsung have released their new watches with both Motorola and LG set to announce their newest additions to the smartwatch line-up.

I've got one, I don't know many who have one though. What about you?

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