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    Five months. Back at the CES in early January, ASUS announced its latest hardware, including smartphones, tablets, and even a new model for its hybrid phone/tablet PadFone lineup, the PadFone X. The manufacturer shared a few hardware details and announced that the PadFone X would be an AT&T exclusive in the States... and then silence. For months we waited for further news about the model, and eventually AT&T started releasing teasers of its own. Several times over the last couple months, we've seen the carrier publish a new PadFone X video, but all of those arrived without a peep ...

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    The copper gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been recently leaked, and, if you think the above phone(s) are just a rehash, the signal and carrier indicators should clear it all up (alongside the headline and the title of today's leak). We're looking at the gold Galaxy S5 for both AT&T and Sprint, as leaked by @evleaks. It's not necessarily about the differences (as there are really none -- inside or outside), but a confirmation of the copper gold Galaxy S5 coming to two more US carriers. When? There are no availability nor pricing details, so we'll have to wait for another leak ...

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    There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to how news of pre-release smartphones arrive. Sometimes it's a months-long process, wherein new information arrives little by little, and the whole time we're unsure what's trustworthy and what's not. Sometimes we're left guessing all the way up until the very end. And then there those times when the normal progression all goes awry, and we're seeing leaks all out of order. Such is the case with Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active, as we check out the first render of the phone to leak, as it gets ready for launch on AT&T. While rumors of the GS5 ...

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    They say karma is all about cosmic balance, and when it comes to smartphone sales, that may be right on the money. Take colorful phone options: back when the Moto X launched, shoppers in the US had exclusive access to all those pretty Moto Maker configurations, and even after the phone spread abroad, those custom options didn't make the journey with it. On the flip side, the Galaxy S5 debuted internationally with four color choices, and this time it was the US stuck with only the drab black and white options. A couple weeks back we heard that may soon change, with Verizon rumored to pick ...

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    Last week, AT&T shared news of its efforts to vastly improve voice call quality on smartphones, moving forward with its introduction of HD Voice, the carrier's Voice over LTE solution. We knew to expect HD Voice to go live this coming Friday in a number of Midwestern markets, and knew that the first AT&T phone to support the service would be the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Today we see AT&T's plans start coming together, as it begins sales of the GS4 mini. Wait a minute; AT&T didn't already have the GS4 mini? Yeah, we were a little confused as well, especially as we remember ...

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    For all the advancements smartphones have made with high-speed data, audio fidelity, and advanced noise-cancellation, voice calls have been seriously stuck in the past. While our phones blast cellular data out at multiple megabits per second, voice has been constrained by its reliance on older standards – your $700 smartphone handles voice traffic in much the same way as a free-on-contract dumbphone. Progress has been slow to revamp voice, but the promise of voice over LTE – or VoLTE for short – has been looking like one of the most interesting options. This month, AT&T makes big ...

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    Three weeks back we learned about a problem that was affecting new owners of the HTC One M8, but only those picking up the phone for AT&T. You see, HTC had promoted the One M8 as coming with a number of perks, including access to 50GB of free Google Drive storage for the next two years. We certainly wouldn't buy the One M8 solely because of this promotion, but it was a nice touch, so why not take advantage of it? Problem was, the deal didn't seem to be working, and HTC confirmed that a “minor technical error” was getting in the way of redemption. HTC promised a fix in mid-May, and ...

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    Owners of AT&T-branded Galaxy S5 devices should be receiving an update this evening with no real new features, but plenty of bloat to keep them company. Although, if you've been facing some bugs on the current build of KitKat 4.4.2, you may find yourself a fix in this release. Firmware version G900AUCU2AND3 brings four new apps from AT&T -- Yellow Pages, Lookout, Find My Mobile, and Reactivation Lock. In terms of bug-fixes, the recent apps button has been fixed in some cases, according to the XDA Senior Member who received the OTA. If you end up grabbing the update on accident, ...

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    Mother's Day, at least here in the US, falls on May 11 this year. However, that didn't stop Motorola from throwing its one-day Moto X sale (theoretically in response to the holiday) over a week early, taking place back on May 1. Today we learn about another manufacturer offering its own Mother's Day deal, again with a limited-time one-day promotion, and again occurring quite a few days in advance of Mother's Day itself, as HTC announces plans for a sale tomorrow. Unlike that Moto X deal, which targeted off-contract sales, HTC is only putting forth this offer for on-contract purchases; ...

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    Is AT&T messing with us? AT&T might be messing with us. Why are we feeling so paranoid? Well there's this ASUS PadFone X we saw debut back at the CES in January, intended to be an AT&T exclusive. Like many PadFones before it, the X marries an Android smartphone with a tablet dock, allowing users to transition between device sizes in the blink of an eye. So far, so good, right? But then we waited for sales of the PadFone X to begin... and waited, and waited, and waited. Every once in a while AT&T acknowledges that this combo's still coming, trying to keep interest alive. The ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    Since last fall, the rumors surrounding Amazon's first smartphone have largely concentrated on details about the handset's hardware: stuff like that elaborate array of cameras to support in-air gesture control. But a little bit further back, in the waning days of summer 2013, the Amazon phone story was all about how it might be sold, with rumors about exclusive deals for Amazon Prime users, maybe even making the phone available for free. Well, Amazon denied that “free” business, but could Prime still factor in somehow? That's back on our mind today, with a new rumor that something ...

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    What's worse, a device that you hear rumored for months and months but never seems ready to go official, or one that sees a formal announcement, but then never manages to actually go up for sale? It's been over one hundred days since ASUS announced the PadFone X at CES, to be an AT&T exclusive in the US. We were told that pricing, specs, and availability info would be forthcoming, and while we have gotten an update on those hardware details, there's been no news concerning a start of sales. Instead, AT&T's been talking about the PadFone X every few weeks, reminding us that it still ...

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    There are a whole lot of reasons to like HTC's One M8 – we don't go around handing out a 9.1 score in a review to just any phone. Beyond all the handset's features and all the design considerations to keep in mind when making your purchasing decision, it's also worth paying attention to some the bonus stuff: what's being offered alongside the phone. Just like Samsung's throwing in a bunch of “Galaxy Gifts” with a GS5 purchase, HTC has tacked a few special offers on to One M8 ownership, including a free 50GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Unfortunately, that deal has hit a ...

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    A "kill switch" is often referred to as an "emergency stop switch", and is typically a safety mechanism used to shut something off in case of an emergency. When talking about machinery or even fuel pumps at your local gas station, a "kill switch" is a singular button or lever that will shut down everything. It doesn't matter which pump is spewing out gasoline or which machine your co-worker may be stuck in, this one button will shut everything down -- letting you sort out the specifics later. It's a great idea, the kill switch, when used properly. It brings with it significant and ...

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