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Sony’s flagship Xperias go head to head with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Sony added the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact to its smartphone lineup at IFA last week, and they’re the best devices the Japanese company has built so far. But are they good enough to take on Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Can a water-resistant form factor and PS4 Remote Play beat Touch ID and Cupertino’s speedy A8 processor?

Find out how the latest flagships from Apple and Sony stack up against each other below.

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Can Apple’s new iPhones best Samsung’s smartest Galaxies?

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Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new iPhones are a big improvement over their predecessors in almost every way. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus pack the larger, sharper displays loyal users have been begging for, as well as a faster A8 processor, twice as much RAM, and improved iSight cameras.

But how does the iPhone 6 stack up against the latest devices from Samsung? Check out our comparison below to see if Apple’s new baby has what it takes to beat the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 in a specifications smackdown.

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Get wakeup calls from random strangers with Wakie

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Would you find it easier to get out of bed in the morning if you had to have a chat with a random stranger? Then you need Wakie, a new smartphone app that provides wakeup calls from people you’ve never met.

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Apple and Google appeal rejection of $325m settlement in wage-fixing suit

Judge Lucy Koh suggests the settlement should be considerably higher than the one offered by Apple and Google. They disagree.

Judge Lucy Koh suggests the settlement should be considerably higher than the one offered by Apple and Google. They disagree.

Four tech giants, including Apple and Google, have attacked the decision of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for rejecting a proposed $324.5 million settlement over Silicon Valley hiring practices.

In a court filing made later on Thursday, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overrule Koh’s verdict.

Koh had rejected the proposed settlement, claiming the amount was too low.

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Huawei’s Ascend G7 is a midrange iPhone lookalike made out of metal

Photo: Huawei

Photo: Huawei

The smartphone unveilings continue at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week with Huawei’s new Ascend G7, an iPhone lookalike with an all-metal form factor. It’s a midrange device that has some nice specifications, including a snappy 64-bit processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a Huawei’s new Emotion 3.0 user interface.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S ad calls iPad fat and heavy

Sometimes you wonder whether Samsung churns out so many products simply to take more swipes at Apple.

Sometimes you wonder whether Samsung churns out so many products simply to take more swipes at Apple.

Samsung can’t go for long without feeling the need to lash out at Apple with a new ad. This time it’s the recently-launched Galaxy Tab S tablet, which is the center of a “Hands-On” commercial, showing a Samsung spokesman going around New York City, letting “random” members of the public pick between the new Galaxy Tab S and iPad Air.

And — wouldn’t you know it (this being a Samsung commercial and all) — the comments come down heavily in favor of Samsung!

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Samsung might bet its future on exec who brokered Apple deal

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Friends forever? Samsung’s next chairman helped broker various deals between Samsung and Apple.

The man tipped to take over Samsung as chairman was the only Samsung executive invited to attend Jobs’ 2011 memorial service.

46-year-old Lee Jae Yong is the son of current Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, who suffered a major heart attack in May this year.

While relatively little is known about Lee Jae Yong he is considered to be the executive responsible for helping build the relationship with Apple that sees Samsung supply components for Apple devices, dating back to the iPod.

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Porn more popular on Android than any other mobile platform

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Photo: DieCutStickers.

While iOS may boast better usage stats than rival mobile platforms, Android is top when it comes to viewing adult videos on the web. Pornhub’s latest figures reveal that Google’s operating system accounts for almost half of all views from smartphones, but Windows Phone users enjoy more content.

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Dropbox increases Pro plan cloud storage to 1TB at no extra cost

Dropbox Pro users now get 1TB of storage as standard. Image courtesy Dropbox.

Dropbox Pro users now get 1TB of storage as standard. Image courtesy Dropbox

Dropbox today increased its maximum storage option to 1TB for Dropbox Pro subscribers and introduced a bunch of new features while maintaining its monthly subscription charge at just $9.99. It’s part of the company’s effort to better compete with rival cloud-based storage services like Google Drive.

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Flappy Bird dev accused of ripping off idea for Swing Copters

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Swing Copters is already a massive success on Android and iOS.

Swing Copters, the latest title from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen, is in the limelight yet again this week following claims it plagiarizes another mobile game.

Development studio Open Name says the super-addictive title is a ripoff of Bog Racer, a game they released on Android back in July that was recently pulled from the Play Store after Google decided it was a Swing Copters clone.

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