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Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony's tablets have quietly been getting better over the years. Prioritizing refinement over dazzling new features, the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Z3 Tablet Compact were two of 2014's best. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is the direct replacement to the Z2, and Sony has ticked off all the right checkboxes in creating it. With its slim profile, super-high res display and all the latest chips inside, it looks like a dream on paper. Does it live up to expectations?

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Snapchat announced a host of new features for its messaging app on Wednesday. The biggest change is the new "tap to view" feature that, as the name implies, allows users to simply tap the screen to play a video or story rather than continuously press and hold. Additionally, Snapchat now offers two-factor authentication, which you should enable right now. The app has also rejiggered the ways you can add friends. The new Add Nearby function will allow groups of people in close proximity to add one another to their friends list en masse while the addition of a selfie into the center of your snapcode lets people immediately know it's you.

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It's only natural for an entertainment corporation as massive as The Walt Disney Company, with IP holdings that span the likes of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, to be exploring the potential of virtual reality. It's something John Vignocchi, VP of production at Disney Interactive, the division behind toys-to-life platform Disney Infinity, confirmed when we chatted a few weeks back. But when it comes to Infinity, the future focus seems to be weighted more toward augmented reality. "We've had multiple meetings and discussions with Oculus, multiple meetings and discussions with Sony about Morpheus, multiple meetings and discussions with Microsoft about HoloLens. We're very interested in that space," Vignocchi said. "There's the socialization problem right now with VR, but augmented reality is very exciting."

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The cable box might solve the Internet of Thing's biggest problem

The issue with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home is that they're not even remotely connected. At least not seamlessly. Thanks to competing communication protocols and manufacturers building closed ecosystems, you need a new app every time you add something "connected" to your house. But developer Alticast has proposed another solution. One that uses something that's already in the home: your cable box.

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By Cat DiStasio

Technology progresses at a breakneck pace -- but why is our built environment so far behind? Fortunately, some smart folks have devoted their lives to developing futuristic technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, make them more energy-efficient, and lower maintenance costs. In just the past few years, researchers have developed self-healing structures, revolutionary heating and cooling systems and buildings that eat smog. Read on to find out about those cool building technologies and a few more.

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Facebook's last logo update came in 2005, but this year, the folks in Menlo Park felt it was time for a change. While the iconic white "f" and blue square will remain, places where the full name is used will see this new wordmark. Working with Eric Olson of Process Type Foundry, Facebook's in-house designers created custom lettering to make the logo "feel more friendly and approachable," according to creative director Josh Higgins. Olson's Klavika typeface was used in the current mark, and collaborating with him makes sense given the changes. "While we explored many directions, ultimately we decided that we only needed an update, and not a full redesign," Higgins explained. That decision seems like a good move, since the current logo is so recognizable after 10 years of use.

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Summer is in full swing now, which means that parents are trying desperately to figure out what to do with their errant teenagers. How about teaching them to code? There are lots of options out there, and I cover some of my favorites in this week's episode.

Plus, we get to hear about what technologies from Star Trek are actually possibly from my favorite space nerd Phil Plait, a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer!

We also need your photos or videos of the worst catastrophes your phones have survived through! Post them to social using the #DearVeronica hashtag, along with your questions for future episodes!

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We got a brief glimpse at Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film back in May, but today we've finally got a full trailer to watch. Scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing), the biopic stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Apple's former marketing head Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. So far, it looks far more compelling than that Ashton Kutcher Jobs film (which we'll never speak of again). The combination of Sorkin's rapid-fire dialog and Boyle's direction gives us hope that it'll be something on the level of David Fincher's The Social Network (also scripted by Sorkin). That film wasn't exactly accurate, but it managed to give Facebook's founding story near-Shakespearean weight. And given how dramatic Jobs' life was, it shouldn't be too tough to do the same for this film.

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The idea behind every all-you-can-eat-style service is that only a few people will consume more food/movies/e-books than it costs overall to keep the business going. Unfortunately people's lust for written romance is so immense that Scribd's cutting them off in order to remain a viable business. The company has sent out a letter to several publishers, including Smashwords, saying that it would be making some adjustments to its romance catalog.

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Living with the Galaxy S6 Edge: Is that curve worth the cost?

Samsung launched two Galaxy S6 models this spring, but let's face it: The spotlight was really on the curvy, attention-grabbing S6 Edge. I know I was dead-set on trying that one-of-a-kind smartphone as soon as I could. However, I couldn't help but wonder if it was really, truly worth the $100 premium to turn heads and score a couple of clever features. Moreover, would that design actually hold up in the real world? There was only one way for me to find out. I spent several weeks with the Edge to see whether its curved display would grow on me, or if I'd be desperately wishing I had made the safer choice and snagged the regular S6. As it turns out, the answer was a bit of both.

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The director of the seminal '70s horror film The Wicker Man is asking all of us to bankroll the final film in his Wicker trilogy. Robin Hardy has launched an Indiegogo campaign asking for film fans to chip in $210,000 to complete The Wrath of the Gods, finishing a series that began in 1973. The story involves a theme park that's based on Norse mythology that, perhaps unsurprisingly, begins to rapidly fall apart when supernatural forces get involved. If we were asked to guess, we'd imagine a sardonic riff on Jurassic Park that -- spoilers -- features someone getting slaughtered in some form of pagan ceremony.

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