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    A little over a week back, proponents of a free and open smartphone landscape got some promising news, as the latest bill with its eye on restoring consumer rights in regards to phone unlocking passed in the US Senate. While unlocking had previously been allowed under an exemption to the DMCA, the Library of Congress failed to renew that option, and now Congress was looking to force the Library to reconsider that decision. Today we get the latest news on the bill's progress, as the House of Representatives approves the legislation. With both the House and Senate behind it, all that's left ...

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    About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year's weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year's edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we've got some new evidence that might just support that idea. A new listing at the South Korean National Radio ...

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    The Internet is full of two things lately: conflicting rumors on the launch date for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and a ton of dummy units that tease what to expect. The biggest problem with these dummies is that we've learned they aren't close to the level of detail we'll find in the final design, so it's really hard to use these in order to land predictions. Hardware aside, what if you could see how a 4.7-inch iPhone would handle itself if it were a working dummy? Well, instead of calling this a dummy, let's call this a clone as a new video shows us the "Wico6" being tested. This ...

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    Instagram has proven that some of us just want a social network for sharing photos, and especially if it's a place where we won't get bothered by Candy Crush invites. Facebook saw this success early on, and did a smart move in acquiring the company and letting it be. Together with Facebook, we've seen how Instagram has managed to control the popularity of competing services like Vine (owned by Twitter) with its video offerings, and reports have it that the company is out for more. Rumors claim that a few Instagram users received an invitation to download a free application called "Bolt" ...

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    Many of the rumors that have surround the two iPhone 6 models have claimed the possibility of a delay in the launch of the 5.5-inch model due to manufacturing issues. Newer rumors even mention that Apple is having a hard time deciding on the date for the announcement because it wants to launch both devices at the same time. Now, what if these rumors were wrong and a separate iPhone launch is actually part of a strategy to compete against companies like Samsung? Digitimes is reporting that Apple wants to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 before it launches the 5.5-inch model in order to avoid ...

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    There are a ton of conflicting rumors in the market regarding the launch of the iPhone 6. The general consensus is that the event will happen in mid September, but where things are mainly mixed is in the possibility of both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch variant launching at the same time. Today we land another batch of rumors on the topic, and instead of providing some clarity; it only made things more confusing. New sources claim that even though iOS 8 is nearing its final stages to be complete, Apple hasn't decided on a final date for the announcement because the of issues with ...

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    Apple's quarter results are in, and for those of you non-Apple fans that are hoping for the Cupertino kids to file for bankruptcy any time soon, that's just not going to happen. The company has reported revenue of $37.4 billion, and earnings of $1.28 per share (after last month's seven-for-one stock split). These numbers are above Apple's own $36 billion projections, though a little shy of Wall Street's $37.99 billion forecast, where the earnings per share did exceed the $1.23 projected. Still, if you think all these numbers are positive, that's actually not the case; so prepare to not be ...

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    Who's your virtual assistant of choice? Are you a die-hard Siri user, running the app since even before Apple bought it up? Or have you been won over by Google Now and its tight integration with your phone's launcher? Maybe you're a new Cortana fan, eager to spend more time seeing what Microsoft can bring to this race. That last one's still a little too new to be included in this study, but a recent analyst report took a look at the performance of Google Now and Siri, evaluating a number of factors, and while both exhibit improvements, Google Now looks like it's just barely starting to ...

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    If you all remember, the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year caught Apple with a little surprise. Tim Cook at some point admitted that he expected there to be a balanced demand for Apple's current iPhones, and instead, people went crazy for the iPhone 5s and nearly ignored the iPhone 5c. It took Apple months to be able to meet demand for the iPhone 5s, and reports claim that the company doesn't want to face these constraints with the iPhone 6. The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is placing an order for a staggering 70 to 80 million units of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch ...

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    To say I've been excited about Google Now on a smartwatch is a bit of an understatement. I've ranted about how Google Now and wearables were a match made in heaven more than once. And the minute Android Wear was announced, I stopped what I was doing and vented about my buyer's remorse over the $250 I had just spent on Pebble Steel. Things have changed somewhat, though, and I'm now perfectly okay – even quite pleased – with Pebble Steel. Android Wear has finally hit virtual shelves and the launch hardware is, dare I say, boring and bland. And turns out, our Michael Fisher found the new ...

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    Two years ago, Apple did the nearly unthinkable, and made a big change to the iPhone's design. After years and years of releasing handsets with 3.5-inch displays, the iPhone 5 ushered-in the era of the four-inch screen. Last year Apple returned with more of the same, but if we're to believe the abundance of rumors, this year's going to mark the next major shift. Instead of another four-incher, sources would have us believe that Apple is making the push up to 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6, and we could even see that one joined by a still-larger 5.5-inch phablet. As we continue to bring you ...

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    We've ran across a couple of interesting leaks regarding the iPhone 6 over the last couple of weeks. Some of these show us an iPhone 6 with the rear Apple logo cut out in order to allow the rumored NFC antenna to not be affected, and others point to this logo lighting up like we currently see on Apple's MacBook line-up. But what if both of these rumors were actually true, and even more important, what if that logo doesn't just light up for the fun of it? Some new trusted sources have now leaked some new photos that show us the iPhone 6 back assembly ready to allow for the logo to glow. The ...

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    It feels like complaints about in-app purchases have been rolling in ever since the feature arrived, as users found themselves (or family members with access to their devices) inadvertently racking up excessive bills. And over the years, we've seen the companies behind these app stores implement additional restrictions, protections, and notifications to try and mitigate user concerns. Still, regulatory agencies have been quite critical of what they see as inadequate steps to address the problem, and continue to go after app stores that they feel aren't doing their best to rein in unwanted ...

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    As popular as the iPhone is today, there is a big crowd of people that stay away from buying one because of its spec sheet. The iPhone doesn't need a big engine to run, and yet the fact that 20 megapixel cameras are now the mainstream, and the fact that battery life is slowly becoming less and less of an issue, and it's hard to buy an iPhone just because it can perform well with what it has. Apple has taken all these factors into consideration, and in additional to some significant changes in design, rumors point to what Apple will change in the spec sheet as well. Chinese sources are ...

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    Cellular networks the world over are constantly improving, delivering higher speeds and better coverage, but for all the strides they're making, it's still all too easy to find yourself in an area with no coverage. Maybe you're out hiking off the beaten path, or boating around offshore; once you're out of range of the nearest cellular tower, your smartphone suddenly becomes a lot less useful. Or maybe the tower is just operating at capacity, or suffering other technical issues. A new accessory called GoTenna intends to help do something about all that, allowing users a backup communication ...

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