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Sony’s Xperia XZ1 gets most everything right

I’m excited about a Sony phone, but that shouldn’t surprise you. There are so many phones launching this quarter, it’s difficult to keep up. In the U.S., Sony’s phones generally get announced and go on sale with little fanfare, largely because they lack carrier backing. This is true of the Xperia XZ1, which is available on Amazon right now for $650, and its smaller Xperia XZ1 Compact counterpart. Here in Canada, things are a little different: for the XZ1, Sony has the support of the country’s second-largest carrier, Bell as…

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Android 

Google Wallpapers gets three new categories and Pixel 2 backdrop

Three new categories and a new Cityscapes wallpaper are now available on Google Wallpapers, but most are limited to the Pixel and Pixel XL. Initially launched last year with the first Pixel, Google’s Wallpapers app has quickly grown to be my favorite tool for customizing the look of my home and lock screen. Google recently added a few new selections to the app, and although many of them appear to be limited to the Pixel and Pixel XL, there’s still a lot to like here. The biggest additions are three…

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Technology 

Java microservices profile gets fault-tolerance capabilities

The Eclipse Foundation’s MicroProfile project to add microservices to enterprise Java has released MicroProfile 1.2, which adds capabilities for fault tolerance and security. New features in MicroProfile 1.2 A fault-tolerance API in MicroProfile 1.2 provides a way for applications to deal with the unavailability of a microservice, said IBM Distinguished Engineer Ian Robinson, who has worked on MicroProfile. When old-style monolithic applications fail, they bring down the entire application. But applications composed of microservices continue to operate if a specific microservcie fails, leading to “more interesting failure scenarios,” he said….

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