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    ASUS introduced its PadFone Mini nearly ten months ago, giving users who were interested in that unique PadFone trick of docking a smartphone into a larger tablet body a new, smaller option than something like the big nine-inch PadFone X: a compact seven-inch tablet paired with a four-inch phone. We saw the company bring the Mini to CES in January, and while there was talk of US pricing, no specific release plans were shared. But now we find ourselves thinking about the PadFone Mini once again, as a tipster clues us in to a possible PadFone Mini release for AT&T. At least - it's a ...

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    For the past week or two, we've been hearing more about this idea that Microsoft could be distancing itself from “Windows Phone” as we know it, and instead transitioning to more general “Windows” branding across all its platforms, including smartphones. Just the other day we checked out a render of an upcoming handset that appeared to be going this no-Phone route, and now we're turning our attention to a couple of promo videos Microsoft put together to highlight its app ecosystem, all while making scant reference to Windows Phone. The two spots below describe a bunch of Windows ...

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    The Moto 360 smartwatch being sold by Motorola right now comes in your choice of two finishes: dark metal or light metal (inspired names, right?). But is that going to be it? Truthfully, we'd be happy with just those options, but this is Motorola we're talking about, the manufacturer probably best making a name for itself through offering a variety of custom hardware – surely it could do a little better than just two colors? There very well may be a third one in the works, as Motorola has been spotted (possibly inadvertently) showing off what sure looks like a golden Moto 360. The pic in ...

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    Smartphone users are continuing to make clear that device security is a big concern, and companies are responding. Earlier this week, we saw Apple share some of its latest privacy-focused developments, including news that iOS 8 would be using strong encryption that would prevent Apple itself from being able to read data on your handset, even at the request of law enforcement. Now Google is sharing similar news of its own, as it reveals that Android L will provide full-device encryption by default. While Android had offered such protection as an option in the past, Android L will make the ...

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    Late last month, while we were still gearing up for Samsung's Unpacked IFA announcements, a rumor came in about some models other than those new Notes it had in the pipeline, suggesting that we'd be seeing a bunch of new devices arrive in the same vein as the Galaxy Alpha. A few model numbers were dropped for this supposed A-series of devices, and just the other day we got our first look at one of them, the A500. Today we add to those shots with a whole bunch of new close-ups revealing this metal-rimmed handset. Yesterday's pics may have come from an official source, earning them some ...

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    Critics can accuse Apple of following instead of leading with the arrival of NFC support in its latest hardware -set up to start facilitating mobile Apple Pay payments- all they want, but there's at least one component of that project where Apple's breaking new ground, making those NFC-based payments happen with a smartwatch. Sure, we've seen NFC-equipped smartwatches before, but not any so intimately tied to a payment system. But while the Apple Watch may be first, it won't be the last, and we get word today that Samsung is developing a payment-equipped smartwatch of its own. An ...

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    We get it: with not just one, but two new iPhone models arriving today, emotions are running high. Apple fans have been waiting years for the chance to pick up a larger-screened handset, and between that, the promise of mobile payments, and the whole slew of other features Apple's delivering, there's plenty reason to be excited, But we'd like to take this opportunity to suggest that you new iPhone owners remember to keep your enthusiasm in check, lest you end up like the kid in the video below, introducing his brand new iPhone 6 to the pavement. Australia's in a prime location for ...

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    One of the things that has become a bit of a ritual after every Apple product launch is a teardown, and it's almost always first recorded by the folks over at iFixit. The next device to go through the full treatment is the larger of the new iPhones, and this iPhone 6 Plus teardown has revealed some critical details such as the battery size. First of all, the new battery is 2,915 mAh in size. That's almost twice what can be found within the iPhone 5s, which explains why early reviews praised it so much – we'll have the 6 Plus in our labs in just a few hours, and we'll be delivering our ...

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    Android Wear and Apple Watch may be hear (or in the case of the latter, just around the corner), but that doesn't mean the folks over at Pebble aren't constantly improving their popular wearables with software updates. The latest of which, the Pebble Firmware 2.5 update released today, brings many much-appreciated changes to what's already one of the best wearable platforms out on the market. First of all, the Pebble Firmware 2.5 brings emoji support. Previously, emoji showed up as rectangular boxes on the watch's display, and now emoji will be able to accurately display – this will ...

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    Tomorrow Apple begins in-store sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Shoppers are already lined up to get their shot at buying both models, and earlier this week we checked out some leaked docs that tried to offer some insight into Apple's plans for the day. They discussed strategies for dealing with inventory, including how much hardware Apple would be reserving for inevitable returns, but one thing we didn't hear about the time was the 6/6 Plus breakdown; just many of which model would Apple have on-hand in stores? Some last-minute check-ins with Apple retail locations suggests that ...

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    With Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset division, a lot of changes are still to come. We've seen the continuous rumors of "Microsoft handset" where the Nokia branding is no longer available, and we do know that Microsoft is planning to shake its branding up a bit. Today we see the company making some additional changes that we were expecting to happen sooner or later. Nokia's Lumia update support portal was very famous for keeping customers informed on the timing for both major and small software updates. It was far better to access this portal, than to have to look back at ...

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    Apple's iOS 8 has been out for a day now. And understandably, plenty of iOS users are flocking to update their hardware to this very latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. But not everyone's quite so keen to be an early adopter, and traffic stats from a number of trackers are revealing a pattern, showing far slower iOS 8 adoption than we saw last year with the release of iOS 7. Obviously, a lot of factors are going to affect the timetable by which an Apple user upgrades to a new version of iOS – maybe they're worried about early bugs and are waiting for Apple to iron-out any ...

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    It's always at a customer's best interest for any software store to require developers to provide a point of contact. If anything goes wrong with an application or a service, or if a customer has any questions about the service, there is no one better to contact than the developer. Usually an email address or a customer service desk would suffice for something like this, but it seems Google wants to take things a step further. The Google Play Store has just updated certain policies for developers, and among them, one that starts being enforced as of September 30 is that developers must ...

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    It's pretty obvious at this point that a new Motorola Droid is coming to Verizon. The DroidLanding Twitter account went active earlier this month, and FCC docs have helped offer some evidence to back up rumors about the device we've been calling the Motorola Quark, which may launch as the Droid Turbo. But just when could we expect this puppy to go official? Based on the timing of last year's Droid launches in comparison to DroidLanding activity, we guessed that an October launch might be likely, and now that idea gets some new support. CNET claims to have heard from its sources that an ...

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    With the launch of the original Moto X, we all praised Motorola for its voice activation features, which allow the phone to respond to your voice once you said the magic phrase. The only problem with it is that if you were in a room full of Moto X owners, everybody's phone would also respond, something that Motorola has addressed on the new Moto X by detecting the location of the source voicing the command. If you thought Google was done, there's actually more to come, but these new changes are rather creepy. Google's September 4 patent named "detecting the end of a user question" ...

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