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    Motorola looks practically guaranteed to introduce its second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch at IFA next week. Leaks have been running wild in recent weeks, with a growing body of evidence pointing towards the imminent arrival of this new model, finally available in both large and small sizes. And while Motorola itself has yet to confirm that a new Moto 360 is about to drop, that's the easy inference to draw as we see the company halt sales of the first-gen Moto 360 through its website. Head to the general Motorola website, and the “wearables” tab up top no longer directs you to the Moto 360 ...

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    As one Mr. Ferris Bueller put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That's just as true for smartphones as so many other things in life, and with the rapid-fire pace at which new phones seem to always be arriving, sometimes it feels like a new phone is gone nearly just as soon as it arrived. The latest victim of rapid turnover appears to be the Lumia 640 at T-Mobile, as the carrier puts a permanent halt to online sales of the phone, barely over two months since it first welcomed the handset to its lineup. While Microsoft ...

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    Not all smartphones are created equal, and it's only understandable that you might feel a little jealous when your friend walks in with the latest and greatest model, sporting a killer camera, blazing fast processor, and beautiful screen, only for you to be stuck using last year's phone. That's just the tide of progress, though, and it's inevitable that newer models will arrive with bigger and better features. What we don't expect, on the other hand, is to see our friend walk in with the very same smartphone model we have, only for their phone to be noticeably superior to ours. Some Sony ...

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    Earlier today on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we found ourselves briefly discussing the state of virtual reality hardware, and the subject of HTC's Vive came up. The headset represents a marked departure from the sort of electronics we're used to expecting from the company, and considering the shaky financial ground HTC finds itself on, Vive could end up offering an important new way for the firm to new sources of revenue. Of course, for it to do that it needs to come out first. Unfortunately, it sounds like HTC's plans for the Vive are behind schedule, and you may be waiting longer than ...

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    We're coming up on it being half a year now since Huawei first revealed its Huawei Watch smartwatch at MWC, and so far, shoppers have yet to be able to buy the wearable. Earlier this month, though, it finally looked like Huawei was ready to get the retail phase of the Huawei Watch started, posting a new webpage promising that the smartwatch was “right round the corner,” and today we finally see some motion to that end, as pre-orders for the wearable open on Amazon. Amazon, accepting pre-orders now, and indicates that shipments of the Huawei Watch will commence on September 2. We've ...

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    Apple's press event is now on for September 9, and there's little doubt that we're about to see the company's latest iPhone models. While that much may be taken for granted, we've still got plenty of questions about just how these new options will land, and what impact they'll have on Apple's plans for sales of existing iPhone models. Those questions include the subject of storage capacity, and we've long wondered if and when Apple might drop its 16GB option for new iPhones, just as it already dropped the 8GB option, making 32GB the new minimum. Some rumors have said that 16GB was getting ...

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    Smartphones with extremely well-endowed front cameras have blown up of late, and the selfie trend might impact Microsoft’s plans for a fall charge on next-gen iPhones and high-end Androids too. The recently rendered Cityman, aka Lumia 950 XL or 940 XL, has a lot going for it, based on fairly plausible gossip. It’s big, at 5.7 inches in display diagonal, high-res, with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels in tow, a multitasking powerhouse, courtesy of 3GB RAM, and is shaping up to be the ultimate mobile photography tool, thanks to a 20MP PureView rear cam. What you probably never suspected is the ...

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    It can’t be easy for smartphone manufacturers to devise enough differentiators for two flagship models each year, let alone three. Naturally therefore, we’re very curious to see what the LG G4 Pro might bring to the table that the standard G4 and G Flex 2 are missing. Back when this was teased as a “super premium” device, tipsters hinted at a prospective aluminum construction, as well as ultra-high-end specifications like a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 27MP rear camera. But in the meantime, the SD820 silicon has become an impractical endowment, given it requires too much ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire and, while we can’t really authenticate any of the profuse Nexus-centric rumors and leaks of late, it seems certain two stock Android-running Google phones will soon break cover. How soon? Within a few weeks as far as the smaller, lower-end LG-made 5-incher is concerned, according to fresh intel collected by a Korean publication. Apparently, the Nexus 5 (2015) could actually start selling on September 29, which suggests a formal announcement may take place earlier in the month. That makes perfect sense, given Android 6.0 Marshmallow is also ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    With the IFA trade show just one week away, you probably wouldn’t expect any big-time smartphone manufacturers to hold device launches outside Germany. Then again, the Huawei Honor 7 isn’t exactly news, as it was formally unveiled in late June, and made available on Chinese shores shortly thereafter. At last, the metal-clad 5.2-inch Android has (silently) arrived in Europe, where it’s sold via an “officially licensed Huawei & Honor online store” starting at £210 or €300. That’s £210 (roughly $325) in the UK if you use the coupon code “H7BRAVE40UK” before checkout, ...

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    Apple is famous for the audio quality of its products ever since the days of the iPod, but it’s been a while since the company has launched a new pair of earphones. The company’s in-ear headphones are older than old, the EarPods exist since the iPhone 5, and it’s not like if we actually praise Beats headphones for their quality. Today we learn that Cupertino hasn’t necessarily been sitting in its laurels about this. The company has filed a new patent for wireless earphones with bone conduction noise canceling technology. In a nutshell, you can take a phone call with these wireless ...

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    The closer we get to Apple’s September 9 event, the more credible leaks get on the iPhone 6s. We’ve heard rumors teasing the iPhone 6s in a rose gold variant, and we’ve also heard rumors dismissing them. There have also been strong hints to Force Touch technology, in addition to the possibility of a sapphire display option. Sources today claim that the rose gold iPhone 6s will exist, and will be the only hint that you’re actually carrying the newer iPhone. It’ll resemble the same copper-like color tone of the rose gold Apple Watch, though obviously made of anodized aluminum. ...

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    Are you tired of the cookie-cutter smartphones being brought to you by the major manufacturers in the market? This years model of so-and-so's flagship is little more than a spruced-up version of last year's, or maybe with a design element or two copied from a competitor? It's this feeling of “there's nothing new anymore” that may be driving more and more shoppers to check out the options from new faces on the scene: companies like OnePlus. Last month we learned about an eye-catching new option, as pre-orders got underway for the security-focused Turing Phone. At the time, it wasn't ...

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    Samsung is clearly not playing games with its Samsung Pay services. The company has already launched the service in its home land, and even with a couple of hurdles, we've also received details on its U.S. launch. We're still a month away from that date, but it seems Samsung wants to start now. If you have already upgraded to a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular, you're entitled to beta test Samsung pay as of today. The service is currently only compatible with cards from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, and ...

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    For those of you that have forgotten, Apple is that company that spent 3 generations of its mobile operating system without a wallpaper for the icons. The fact that Apple decided to take a leap forward and allow dynamic wallpapers with iOS 7 was huge by Cupertino standards. We've seen an even broader approach from the company with the Apple Watch, and today it seems it won't stop there. Insider sources that claim to have already used the iPhone 6s claim that Apple will bring motion wallpapers to the new smartphone lineup, in a similar fashion to what we see in the Apple Watch. The source ...

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    Smartphones are well used to dealing with the fallout from glitchy software, and it's hardly a rarity when we see a new handset arrive, only for there to be a launch-week update already available for it. But some problems run a lot deeper than some buggy code, and issues like the one Samsung's facing with the Galaxy Note 5 and its inability to gracefully deal with unintended wrong-way-around S Pen insertion can prove far more difficult to address. We're wondering if the new OnePlus 2 may find itself in a similar situation, as we hear about a failure with the capacitive home button on the ...

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    At this point it's no secret that we're just a few days away from learning everything that Apple plans to launch with its new line of iPhones. We've heard a few rumors of iPhone 6s camera improvements, but some of these were even a topic of worry. Today we get more information on what to expect, and it seems to be major. Sources are helping bring additional credibility to some crazy rumors we hear months ago, like for example a selfie camera with a flash. We haven't really seen any changes in the leaked display panels, but this source claims that it will happen, and it leaves us to wonder ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you an interesting, if not just a little bit confusing story about what was going on between manufacturers of unlocked smartphones and T-Mobile, where phones that should be fully capable of using the carrier's band 12 LTE were finding manufacturers disabling that support – phones sold unlocked and seemingly independent of T-Mobile. It appeared that an issue with VoLTE support and E911 routing was being put forward as the explanation for such actions, at least by Motorola as it killed-off band 12 access for the GSM edition of the new Moto E, but the full picture ...

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    Sony's got some smartphone news to share with us at IFA next week, and rumors sure have been insistent that we can expect the manufacturer to unveil its latest Xperia Z5 family of flagships. The most recent has suggested that could include not one, not two, but three handsets, including a 4K-resolution Z5 “Premium” edition. While we wait to see if that kind of pie-in-the-sky hardware actually shows up, some new support has arrived for one of the slightly more conservative Z5 spec rumors, with the publication of a few images that appear to be official press shots of the Xperia Z5, ...

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    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Instagram should consider itself overwhelmed with adulation, as the photo-sharing service has spawned a seemingly endless parade of competitors. And while many of them have attempted to offer their own twist on Instagram's formula, the company’s offerings have remained remarkable consistent; sure we see the launch of new filters, and video support arrived a while back, but Instagram's bread-and-butter has remained its square 640 x 640 photos. Last month we shared news with you of a long overdue resolution bump, raising the cap to 1080 x ...

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    It's been about three weeks now since the usual nebulous rumors of a late-summer Apple launch event started taking form, zeroing in on one date: September 9. And while that initial report sounded a wee bit unsure of itself, subsequent rumors have circled back around on, if not that precise date, at least a narrow timeframe bordering it. But even with this feeling like a sure thing, all the speculation in the world can't replace some good old fashioned confirmation. That's just what we have this afternoon, as Apple goes official with its plans for a September 9 announcement. Obviously, ...

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    Amazon never really set out to be a company that designed and sold its own mobile hardware, but a heck of a lot has changed since its early days as an online bookstore. From the initial success of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon's expanded its hardware offerings ranging from the affordable Fire tablets, to its Fire TV set-top box, to the unusual Echo. And while Amazon's had a few hits in there, it's also seen its share of misses, maybe most notably with last year's Fire Phone. It's failures like that one that may be responsible for some big changes happening at Amazon's Lab126 hardware ...

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    Rumors about a new Motorola smartwatch have been heating up for about a month or so now, suggesting that the company's nearly ready to announce it second-gen Moto 360. We've seen evidence from official sources, heard that Motorola could be planning an IFA 2015 launch, and even had the opportunity to look at some in-the-wild pics that seemed to reveal the wearable undergoing some last-minute testing. Today we add to that collection of images of actual hardware with a new shot comparing this year's Moto 360 to last year's model, and appearing to confirm the existence of a new, smaller size ...

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    Samsung caught the world by surprise when it stayed mum regarding Galaxy Note 5 European availability during the S Pen phablet’s launch event, and completely broke the hearts of its old continent fans upon announcing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be all the flagship they’ll be getting this fall. But just because the Note 5 isn’t headed to Europe anytime soon, it doesn’t mean it’ll altogether snub the region. If you’re patient enough, an SM-N920F model may go on sale, likely at a lower price than the rest of the Galaxy Note 5 configurations, as it seems to pack only 3GB RAM. Did ...

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