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Top 10 most read: Sony Xperia Z gets dunked, Windows 8 price hikes and GE's internet of things drive

28 Jan 2013

V3 readers were most excited last week to watch the upcoming Sony Xperia Z in action. First unveiled at CES earlier in January, the Xperia Z is a 5in quad-core smartphone running Android Jelly Bean.

We popped along to the Sony offices last week to put the ‘waterproof’ claims to the test by dunking the handset in a jar of water, and you can see the results in our video test below.

Also popular was the news that Microsoft is due to whack up the pricing for its latest Windows 8 OS from next month. Current US upgrades cost $40, but this is set to jump to $200 from February. Although Microsoft has yet to confirm UK pricing, if it stays in line with the US, the cost here will leap from £25 to £125.

We also met up with General Electric’s software research vice president, who revealed that the firm is set to recruit hundreds of UK software engineers and data scientists in the coming months, as part of its "internet of things" strategy drive.

CES Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z video demo
V3 shares its first impressions of Sony's debut Jelly Bean smartphone





Sony Xperia Z offers extreme water protection

Sony Xperia Z waterproof claims put to the test
V3 checks if Sony's forthcoming Xperia Z smartphone really is waterproof




Graphic showing rise in moneyMicrosoft confirms Windows 8 price hike imminent
Upgrade to cost five times as much once discount scheme ends





HP ElitePad 900 side

HP ElitePad 900 hands on review
V3 takes a hands-on look at HP's enterprise minded Windows 8 Pro tablet





data science man

General Electric embarks on internet of things UK recruitment drive
Firm looking for data scientists and system builders





Dell XPS 12Dell XPS 12 review
With its flip-over screen, this Windows 8 device can be used as an ultrabook or a slate-mode tablet





google logo search engine seo

Google returns to Pwn2Own browser hacking contest with piles of cash
Will prize money be enough to tempt hackers to share their secrets?




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Cisco issues wireless LAN security warning on DoS attack
Admins urged to install patch for WLC wireless controllers




Security firm warns Twitter flaw could give apps unauthorised access to personal messages
Users advised to check permissions settings





Android Jelly Bean GoogleAndroid threats to top one million by year's end
Number of malware samples targeting Google OS to triple

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Madeline Bennett

Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN. 

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