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Today's Tech: Sony Xperia Z reviewed, Apple iWatch release date rumoured, BlackBerry apologises to enterprise customers

If price or platform support are among your concerns when picking a desktop email client, then Mozilla Thunderbird (opens in new tab) is hard to beat. At least, that's the opinion of Michael Muchmore, who just reviewed the new platform. Sure, it can't quite match all the crackerjack features of Microsoft Outlook 2013 and that application's full support for Microsoft Exchange mail servers, but Thunderbird is free - and that in and of itself will suit a lot of users in a lot of scenarios. Follow the link to find out more about how Mozilla Thunderbird will help you impress your contacts database.

What's more likely to arrive in 2013 - the heavily-hyped Apple "iWatch" (opens in new tab) or the equally anticipated Apple TV? It's a chicken and egg question and one that's captivating the tech world at the moment. Those in the know appreciate that Apple - indeed, all the major tech firms - work in multiple projects simultaneously, and the most important consideration in deciding release dates is, unsurprisingly, what people will actually buy at any given time. Based on that logic, it's the Apple iWatch that's most likely slated for 2013. It follows the pattern of markets Apple has sought to join in the past, so read on for more information about the next big thing from the Cupertino-based firm.

Formerly BlackBerry's bread-and-butter, some enterprise customers have felt let down by the company's direction in recent years. And the Waterloo, Ontario-based firm has taken notice. Speaking at a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 event in New York City, some BlackBerry executives apologised to a group of business and IT professionals (opens in new tab), promising a renewed focus on enterprise customers. "RIM...I'm using RIM intentionally here, a couple of years ago, stopped listening to its most important clients, both from an enterprise perspective and also from an end user perspective," said vice president and managing director of US sales Richard Piasentin. But the company's focus is now back on the features for what it was once lauded: security and corporate-level device management, Piasentin and other execs insisted. Follow the link for more details about how BlackBerry plans to return to the good graces of its core customers.

Sony launched its Xperia Z (opens in new tab) handset at CES earlier this year to great acclaim. The water-resistant handset is being billed as one of the top smartphones of 2013, with its stunning HD display impressing critics and customers the world over. But is it worthy of being Sony's flagship device? Our very own Sandra Vogel took it for a spin and gave it a close-to-perfect score. In addition to the fantastic 5in screen, she praised its design, and Sony's decision to include NFC functionality and HDMI output. "The Xperia Z gets so much right that my grumbles seem almost wilful. These boil down to a request for more memory and less application bloat, with even the latter tempered by the lovely Small Apps idea," she wrote. Read on for a more in-depth look at the Xperia Z's pros and cons.