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    Did you know that MWC doesn't technically get started until tomorrow, March 2? If you've been following today's news, that's going to seem like crazy talk to you, but manufacturers just can't wait until Monday to share word of all their new products with you, leading to today's flood of early announcements. We got to see a lot of hot new hardware, including some of what promises to be the biggest smartphones of the season, and we're only getting started. Let's take a look at everything Sunday's MWC launches had to offer us: HTC beat Samsung to the flagship-launch punch with the ...

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    Is Samsung's new Galaxy S6 an iPhone wannabe? Look at its super-thin design and gracefully curved edges, and it's very easy to see it as taking a huge page from Apple's design playbook. But dismissing it as a copycat would be woefully unfair, as Samsung has done a ton with the GS6 to help distinguish it not just from previous Galaxy S-series smartphones, but also the rest of the smartphone landscape out there. Need a little more convincing? At MWC 2015 today we put both Samsung's and Apple's latest flagships head-to-head. Dropping the expandable storage and replaceable battery of the ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn't the only new wearable the manufacturer is introducing at MWC this year - far from it, as it turns out. Last year at MWC 2014 Huawei introduced its TalkBand B1, and now it's following that up with the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 hybrid Bluetooth headset/fitness trackers. If the TalkBand B2 (below) is a fitness tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, the N1 stands that dual-mode operation on its head, coming off more as a Bluetooth headset with activity tracking abilities. The B2 bracelet's 0.73-inch touchscreen display pops out to become a Bluetooth earpiece, or ...

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    One of the very cool things about big expos like MWC is how they expose us to so many different kinds of devices all at once. Sure, the bulk of them are likely to be running Android, but we're sure to see products based on any number of mobile platforms, from Ubuntu, to Firefox OS, and more. For all the OS diversity the show will bring, there will always be a few hold-outs, and top on that list of doesn't-play-well-with-others is Apple, perfectly content to go its own way for its announcements. Luckily, we won't have long to wait after MWC before Apple is ready with some news of its own, ...

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    With last year's launch of the iPad Air 2, Apple made a significant step forward with its mobile device hardware, introducing the first model with a solid 2GB of RAM. But while Apple's tablet family was now able to enjoy the comparative luxury of such a deep memory pool, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus found themselves stuck with a single gigabyte. Sure, Apple's mobile OS manages to do a lot with so little memory, and it would be unfair to directly compare iOS phones to Android models which have already pushed upwards to 4GB, but at some point an iPhone RAM increase is going to start feeling ...

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    Microsoft's OneDrive is certainly not the most ubiquitous cloud storage service in the market, but it is one of the most affordable and feature packed options you can get. The folks at Redmond have focused in making it as available to other platforms as possible, since Microsoft is about more than just protecting its Windows business. Today the service gets some new enhancements that make it worthy of giving it a try if you haven't already. Microsoft has just launched its OneDrive API in a plan to give developers the liberty to take full advantage of all that OneDrive can do across ...

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    Many of us still debate the success of Apple Pay, mainly because nobody is sharing figures beyond what happened the first month of services. One of the biggest reasons for our skeptism is that we've seen legacy competitors like Google Wallet fail to surprise anyone, no matter how many attempts the folks at Mountain View have tried. Still, this wouldn't be the only service that Apple keeps alive even when not making any significant money, and the best way to get it to grow, is to expand it. Visa Europe has just announced that it will be deploying its contactless payment terminals that ...

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    Pebble's been counting down to its big news since last week, and rumors were quick to suggest that this countdown would give way to the announcement of a new color-screened model. Yesterday we checked out a render that seemed to reveal just such a smartwatch, but is this what we'd actually get? Zero-hour is upon us, and it looks like the rumors were right on the money, as Pebble unveils its first wearable with a color display, the Pebble Time. Just as we heard suggested late last week, the Pebble Time uses a low-power color e-ink display instead of the sort of LCD or OLED panel we usually ...

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    We rounded-out last week hearing about an upcoming new YouTube app, one that would custom-tailor the experienced for some of the youngest video-watchers among us. This YouTube Kids app would give parents a safe place to expose children to the service's video content, while also giving them strong controls over just what (and how much of it) kids could access. Today Google makes the app official, and while it's largely what we were expecting, we also learn about a few additional details, including broader availability. While that report from last week believed that YouTube Kids would debut ...

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    Apple's latest system software has hit developer hands today, with iOS 8.3 beta 2 on its way out now. For the moment, this is still dev-only; the rumors of public participation in iOS betas will still have to wait, and to be fair we heard those wouldn't be coming until next month, anyway. As those with access to the beta start updating their devices and taking a look at what's new, a big push forward towards adding some much-needed diversity in modern messaging is being noticed, as Apple expands its emoji support to add a veritable rainbow of new skin tones. From white to black and ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Band wearable this past fall, a cross-platform fitness tracker that packed features like GPS reception and a UV sensor which helped elevate it above the pack of lesser-equipped activity tracking competitors. And while it was capable of doing quite a bit out of the box, the great thing about smart wearables is how they continue to evolve with the arrival of new software. This week, Microsoft's bringing just such an update to the Microsoft Band, introducing new biking functionality, a web-based dashboard, better service integration, and opening an SDK for third ...

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    Pebble's countdown timer – the one we saw go live late last week – is already down to less than a day, promising big news tomorrow morning. Rumors have suggested that we could be looking forward to the next generation of Pebble hardware, one that would finally bring the smartwatch into the world of color. Specifically, we've heard that the first Pebble with a color display could be just about to debut, one that would also see the wearable's screen grow to a slightly wider aspect ratio. We'll have official word soon enough, but in the meantime it looks like the cat might be out of the ...

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    The Apple Watch is going to be one hell of a premium product when it goes up for sale in the next few weeks, with even the base model costing more than the majority of smartwatches already on the market. And as you start moving up into the fancier and fancier models, that price tag is only going to grow. But just how high will it get? Shortly after Apple made its wearable official back in September, we checked out a well-reasoned analysis that suggested we'd see the gold-bodied Apple Watch Edition sell for somewhere around $5,000. As retail availability looms, people in the know are ...

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    Have you ever wondered which is the more "stable" mobile OS, Android or iOS? This sort of question usually starts flame wars, brings out fanboys on both sides of the isle, and ultimately comes down to a matter of perception and opinion. What if there were some hard data to "prove", once and for all, which was more stable? Thanks to a report from Crittercism, we've got just that - but what the data shows isn't what the headlines make it out to be. Let's dig into the claim and see if Android is more stable than iOS. The Report First and foremost, the headlines are absolutely correct - and ...

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    Smartphone companies have been giving users unprecedented levels of access to in-development software, going back months and months now. Google released its Android L preview back in June of last year, long before the Lollipop name was even confirmed, and earlier this month we saw Microsoft draw back the curtain on the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Now Apple could be looking to get a piece of that action for itself, as reports claim that the company is just about to introduce iOS public betas. Apple already has experience with public betas on the desktop side, inviting users to ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a lot of work in building more popularity for its online services, since we know that it's Satya Nadella's main focus for the company going forward. In that challenge we've seen the company do some odd moves in sharing some of its love with iOS and Android, even before bringing the functionality to its own platforms. Bing is one of those services that also seems forgotten lately, and the company has taken some measures. Microsoft recently launched a deal that would give users a crazy 100GB of OneDrive storage for free, for two years. All you had to do was register ...

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    Since we're just a few weeks away from Apple's launch of the Apple Watch, it's only logical for the company to begin its famous advertising push. We saw how the company used the humor and talent of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake to promote the iPhone 6 in the TV ads, so we don't expect any less of a push for the company's new Apple Watch, and today we get to learn part of the company's strategy. Since the Apple Watch is a fashionable wearable that also focuses on providing users with health information, Apple has decided to choose former Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel to ...

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    Google may have won a couple of sad faces a few days ago as it pulled its recently acquired Sparrow mail client from supporting the Mac and iOS, but that doesn't mean the company had negative plans behind it. We've seen the guys at Mountain View push new initiatives like its new Inbox service for the iPhone and Android smartphones, and even though we're not really sure how successful it's been when compared to competing services like Mailbox and Outlook, the company has prepared a new update. Google has silently pushed a new update to its Inbox service on the iOS App Store to version 1.2. ...

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    When asking yourself if it would be better for you to choose the color and trim of your smartphone, or to have a designer decide that for you, you'd assume that having a choice is better. Sadly after the second year of Moto Maker's lukewarm existence, it seems that people don't want to bother with the need to choose. Apple's SVP of design, Jony Ive claimed this very thing in a recent profile by the New Yorker, and it did leave some sour competitors. Even though Ive asked not to directly mention Motorola in his recent critique, his statement made things more than obvious. Ive stated that: ...

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    Even though we've got a few players in the VR headset business like Samsung and Oculus, this is still a niche market that needs traction to take off. Microsoft's vision of what a VR headset should be has gotten a lot of us surprised as well, but as much promise as the HoloLens brings, we still have to see a final product to judge if it'll revolutionize anything. Apple is always open to pick up on slow markets and propose smarter solutions, and it seems a VR headset is the next way to go. Apple was just granted a patent for its own VR headset, but if you thought this would be a ...

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    We've continuously discussed how the state of wearables is, in an odd way, disappointing. The added value of notifications in a watch doesn't seem to be as appealing as the industry would think, and many of us have set our expectations in the Apple Watch as the device that will change that. We're just a few months away from the official launch teased by Tim Cook, but it seems that this won't be the product Apple intended. In a lengthy article, the Wall Street Journal has shared some inside information on how the Apple Watch is not what the company envisioned. Apple’s original plan was to ...

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    Apple decided to drop the name "Computer" from its name a couple of years ago, mainly when it branched out to products like the iPhone and iPad. Today we see the company expand to new categories like the Apple Watch, something we should be able to test later this year. Tim Cook has teased that we haven't seen the best of Apple's roadmap yet, and some new reports claim that the next challenge is huge. Some of the recent reports on an Apple van full of cameras sounded more like an Apple "Street View" project, but it eventually evolved into an Apple Car project. Today the Wall Street Journal ...

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    There's a famous saying in Latin America the goes a little like: "Always leave a party early, so that you're missed." That could be said about the late Steve Jobs who passed away just months after turning his bankrupt startup into the most valuable company in the world. His famous army of executives behind such an incredible success story is still there, but the question is for how long? An extensive profile on Jony Ive was recently published by The New Yorker, and if you read into the lines a bit, there are a couple of hints that point to a future without Jony Ive. First of all, the ...

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    Apple is definitely not a company that can be trusted when it comes to the leaks of its product roadmap. Just a few years ago the company assured the public that it didn't believe in 7-inch tablets, and well, the iPad mini can help us prove our point. Apple also claimed that the existence of a computer with a touch screen would not be optimal for the user when it launched the 11-inch MacBook Air, but with all the leaks of a larger 12-inch iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro, it seems the company is on the verge of contradicting itself again. New leaks show us that Chinese companies are already ...

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    For years the debate between Android and iOS has hinged on few important factors, including stability. Fans of iOS have been quick to call out the shortcomings in Android's offerings in the past, while Android lovers haven't shied away from doing the same for iOS. But we've never really reached a definitive answer – in perspective, which really is the more stable platform? If a report today from Crittercism is accurate, it looks like Android finally takes the cake, with Android Lollipop stability edging out iOS 8 to claim victory. With the release of so many new features for both ...

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