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    One of the hardest things to do in the mobile tech world, with so much competition from so many talented companies, is to stand out. In the growing field of smartwatches, one of the surest ways to grab attention right now is to deliver a round-faced model in a landscape dominated by squares and rectangles; Motorola's doing just that, and a recent leak suggests OnePlus could be headed down that same road. Now HP hops on the bandwagon with a round offering of its own, as we learn about the joint effort from HP, designer Michael Bastian, and retailer Gilt. It's round -we know that much- and ...

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    Most of Apple's iPhone 6 rumors have focused on the company making some interesting additions to its future smartphone. Some rumors claim that we'll finally see new technologies like NFC make it to the final design, and others believe that the carved logo will also allow for Apple to bring it's famous "Mac-glowing" logo to its iPhone line-up. Sadly at this point anything can happen, and some new reports claim that this is not going to happen. New sources claim that the logo is being cut out in a similar process to what we've previously seen on the iPad, and its main purpose is allow Apple ...

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    Some of us are still trying to understand Apple's purpose for acquiring Beats music a couple of weeks ago. Some speculate that Apple is in search of better music accessories, others feel that the company wants a better edge to compete with music streaming, and others even feel this is a cultural thing. Speculation won't end until we see the some finalized products as a result of this acquisition, but for now, there's only bad news for the Beats team. 40% of the Beats workforce will lose their jobs in the next coming days, as Apple is eliminating the redundant positions between both ...

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    Whether it's in Apple's online stores or in its brick and mortar stores, one of the biggest challenges that customers face is that price hump we all get with the sales tax. At times when most states don't force you to pay taxes in order to buy the same things at Amazon, it's obvious that if you were given a choice, you'd rather keep those extra bucks in your pocket. Still, some states are about to launch a couple of tax-free days, and Apple didn't miss the opportunity to remind you. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina and Tennessee will ...

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    Apple has been famous for keeping its cool about the competition. This year alone we've seen Samsung launch 4 different smartwatch models, LG launch one, and there is a solid promise from Motorola and HTC to do the same. Even so, we have yet to see Apple launch its own iWatch, which is ironic since rumors of Apple building a wearable are older than Google's intentions of launching the already existing Android Wear. If you're wondering when we'll see Apple's contribution to the wearable market, it might be later than you think. New reports from Taiwanese sources claim that Apple's mass ...

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    Whether it's just a fad or a legitimately useful tool, there's no two ways about it: apps that offer users the ability to send messages that have a built-in expiration date are the hot thing to deliver right now. Following the success of Snapchat we've seen no shortage of copycats, including Facebook's recent launch of Slingshot. Last week, rumors about a new one emerged, with word that Instagram was preparing an ephemeral messaging service of its own, dubbed Bolt. While Bolt is still not widely available, Instagram has quietly gone ahead and publicly launched the service in select ...

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    Facebook has been notorious for doing some interesting and odd things lately in the attempt to retain social relevance in the market. The company's messenger app has been one of those particular services that has made a lot of sense. The company may not have gained any fame from its Facebook Home launcher, but the whole Chat Heads concept did prove to be famous, and now the company wants to continue pushing this forward. Facebook is now notifying both iOS and Android users that it will phase out messaging on its mobile application, and force everyone to use its messaging app. For those of ...

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    As we get closer to September, the amount of rumors regarding the future of the iPhone 6 will only get stronger. There's been a continuous debate over the possible launch of both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 that are being rumored, some assuming a simultaneous launch, and others a separate one. Today we get some additional rumors from China, some of which are credible, some of which are questionable. Two separate sources are claiming that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will not receive any sapphire display love when launched in September. According to one of these sources, ...

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    When you notice that the word "Bolt" has nothing to do with photo chatting, nor even voice chatting, you wonder what goes through the minds of the people that use this name for apps that do just that. Such is the case of Instagram and the possible Snapchat competitor that was discovered a couple of days ago, and the same goes to an already existing app for voice communications as well. Yes, you guessed right, Instagram might be facing some legal trouble. Instagram's Bolt app is rumored to be ready for a launch this week as the company silently invited beta testers through its existing ...

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    Purchasing an iPhone on any Apple Store can be as convenient as it is a burden. On any launch day it's always easier to find iPhones at an Apple Store than at carrier stores, but you're always stuck with he burden of not being able to take advantage of US Carrier Early Upgrade Programs. You were forced to go for either another 2-year contract, or cough the amount of money it costs to buy an iPhone unlocked. Sources claim that this policy is about to change as Apple is rumored to be training its Apple Store employees from August 10th to August 8th on how to apply early upgrade programs. If ...

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    Apple is notoriously famous for being a late bloomer when it comes to adding new hardware features to its iPhone lineup. Still, we must admit that in most of these cases, the late adoption of certain technology has allowed Apple to find smarter ways to use it. We've been using NFC on Android smartphones for years, and more rumors point to Apple doing the same with the iPhone 6. Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 printed circuit board (PCB) show us that it's not only growing in size, but it's also growing in the antennas it will support. The sources claim that the extra connectors found in the ...

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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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