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WHO COULD HAVE EVER SEEN THIS COMING!?
Traffic to small publishers dropped 14, and some local news apps shut down.
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Worst quarter for Sony Mobile in 3 years. Sales are way down - almost 20% year over year. Last time Sony had a Q1 this bad was 2012.
Sony Corporation reported Q1 FY15 results earlier today for the three months ended 30 June 2015. Overall, Sony reported good growth with Group Q1 operating income increasing by 39% to 97 billion yen. However, the state of the mobile division was less rosy with Sony Mobile reporting a ...
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When I can buy a Z1 or Z2 and it's basically just as good as the Z3 or Z3+ (what with that 810 and all), there's something wrong. Maybe that's why people aren't buying their stuff? Second hand Z2's are dirt cheap and still pretty capable.
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World's most expensive lotion.
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They said the "product" home with you meaning the contents. At least I'm sure that's how they would see it. 
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I want to thank +Honda for lending me this awesome 2015 CR-V Touring for the last week, which allowed me to attend the equally awesome opening of their new innovation center in Mountain View last Thursday.

Not sure if I'll write up any more in-depth thoughts about the car (I might!), but overall, I was pretty damn impressed. Considering I put almost 1500 (!) miles on this bad boy, I feel like I got a pretty good sense of what it can do on the road. It was super comfortable and the gas mileage was great for long hauls (easily 30+MPG highway).

Shot near Mono Lake off Route 395 in central California.

edit: Also, those rims. Pretty sweet.
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It is just missing the Android Auto
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I swear The Verge turned off comments because they were tired of getting yelled at for screwing up posts like this.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/22/9013455/sony-android-concept-xperia-z3-software-preview

"The goal, says Sony, is to develop new software "from the ground up," meaning no Google Play Services or superfluous apps, just the core Google communications software and Sony's stack of custom apps like Camera, Music, and Xperia Lounge."

The second half of this sentence contradicts the first. You can't have Google apps without Google Play Services—they wouldn't work. Also releasing Android without Google Play Services would be in violation of the "anti-fragmentation clause" in their MADA contract and Google would pull their Google Play license.  

They don't even link to the actual Sony blog post so people can get the correct information. (it's here: http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2015/07/22/launching-sonys-concept-for-android-initiative-in-sweden/ )

IF The Verge had comments turned on, this post would be getting ripped to shreds. Now they can misinform people in peace. 
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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.
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Wait, Samsung released the Tab S2 with a processor it announced... 9 months ago? And that is in many variants of the Note 4 (Exynos 5433)?

Looks like Samsung is pretty much giving up on fighting the iPad. This looks like one seriously phoned-in (har har) tablet. I'm guessing the product design meeting went like this:

"Sir, we need to get a successor for the Galaxy Tab S ready for this fall - any ideas?"

"Galaxy Tab S? Oh, yeah, that thing. We made that. Well, how big is the iPad Air 2?"

"9.7 inches."

"OK, make that. Just don't spend any money on actually making it better. Actually, downsize the battery - that'll save $8. And use that chip we put in the Note 4 last year, that'll save another $3. And don't bother with an all-metal body - that'd be way too expensive. Just use a metal frame and put some plastic on the back."
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S2 has been given an official unveil, and the tablet brings the company's stunning Super AMOLED ...
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It's not crazy to want a device where you can simply drag and drop media such as videos and PDFs without needing proprietary software. 
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An article in which a real live person convinces themselves that a $300-1200 ethernet cable makes an audible difference in sound quality. Transmitting digital information.

You know, it makes the ones and zeroes smoother. 

I cannot believe some of the things audiophiles will attest to having a legitimate effect on sound quality. 

(Objective, measured source that calls this complete nonsense, appropriately: http://archimago.blogspot.com/2015/02/measurements-ethernet-cables-and-audio.html )
Device Type: Ethernet CableAvailability: Online and Through Authorized DealersPrice: Vodka $339/1.5m, Diamond $1,195/1.5mWebsite: www.audioquest.com Expensive Ethernet Cables
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Here's the full list of models compatible with Android Auto from Volkswagen. The highlighted columns are infotainment systems that have App-Connect, which has Android Auto. 

Only the Touareg and Eos will not get Auto. Both of those vehicles are due for major refreshes or discontinuation, though.
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Yeah, guess I wasn't all that clear. My disgust was directed more toward their decision to allow only the eGolf access to the 8" screen. The initial bitching about the MkVII was in regards to Volkswagen America locking us out of the higher grade display. This has been SOP for them for multiple generations now, though, so I'm not surprised.
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Yeah, you maybe don't want the Moto X Play. That Snapdragon 615 chipset is a dog. I've used four S615 devices - they all share pretty similar characteristics.

They either have insanely high power usage when actually doing things (Ascend P8L, Oppo R5, Desire 820) or are throttled to be hilariously slow (Alcatel OT Idol 3) to increase battery life. The GPU is on par in terms of performance with what Qualcomm was shipping in the Snapdragon S4 Pro three years ago. Oh, it also gets pretty damn hot, too - those eight cores are not shy about their inefficiency.

I have a feeling the battery is so huge simply because the 615 is such a hungry chip, it's the only way Motorola could make the phone feel fast. And I still doubt the battery life will be that amazing.

Tl;dr, Snapdragon 615 is bar-none the worst Qualcomm product I've used in 2014/15 and I would avoid any phone with it like the plague. I'd take an Intel chipset at this price point every single day of the week over the 615. Do. Not. Want.

The 615 makes the 810 and 808 look great. Yeah.
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+Ray Scheffler but the newer chips are more than just a bunch more cores. They are newer 64-bit ARM chips. Maybe Qualcomm just did a horrible job implementing the new ISA.
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I will never understand spectating at eSports events. I grew up playing video games. I played competitively in several games. I still play video games a lot today.

Maybe it's a generational thing. Though I tend to think it's going to go the way of "professional" poker before too long. 
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I only watch cs, and only occasionally.
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Time for some Hearthstone news! 
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San Francisco.
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Heading up the California coast in a 2015 +Honda​ CR-V. Stopping for dinner and a beer in Santa Cruz right now, but I was on the central coast just a couple hours ago. Pretty breathtaking stuff. 
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Regardless of how its driven inside the city, I can squeeze an easy 27 MPG on CR-V 2007. 
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Food is extraordinarily overseasoned. Some of it is pretty good, but generally it's all just way too in-your-face with the sauces and such, even for Thai food. Decent bar when it's not crowded, but when the techno and fog machine start, count me out.
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OK bar on the weekends, bartenders pour light and are hard to alert. Food is unique to the Sacramento area, and you can get some authentic Eastern European cuisine, but it'll cost you, and the service is unbelievably slow. Live band in laderhausen, enough said.
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Food was decent, service was even slower than Little Prague. Pricing is beyond the quality of food you're getting. Will not return.
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Best bar in Davis, hands down. Live music half of the year 3-4 nights a week, friendly bar staff, and reasonable prices. Whenever I visit NorCal I will always make a trip to Sophia's. Good Thai food, too, not gourmet but it's definitely tasty.
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