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    Will the next tablet war not be fought over thinness, screen resolution, or even budget pricing, but dominance in the space of the bigger-than-big form factor? Few manufacturers have already pushed things much further past ten inches – Samsung and its NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 models being a notable exception – but rumors of similar models like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Apple suggest that other OEMs may finally be ready to really start competing in this area. Now a new rumor brings Sony into the mix, claiming that the company is working on a jumbo-sized tablet of its own. According to ...

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    One of the many cool things about the iPad Air 2 (as well as the iPad mini 3) is the inclusion of an Apple-branded SIM card. Rather than having to choose a carrier first, then go and seek out a matching SIM, the Apple SIM gives users the ability to decide on a network and plan at their leisure, with the hardware ready to support T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint. And if you're not willing to commit to a long-term agreement, you could always switch things up and try shorter-term plans from various carriers as the mood struck you. At least, that's how it was supposed to work, but as users are ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    With the release of iOS 8.1, Apple Pay is now live in the US, and if you've got an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, that means that everything's ready to go for you to start making some contactless mobile payments at retailer terminals. At least, that's the situation on the new iPhones (above), but it's a different story for Apple's latest tablets: right up until launch we were unsure if the Air 2 and mini 3 would have NFC payment capabilities of their own, or if their larger sizes would preclude them from participation in this project. While we've since learned that neither model is NFC-capable, ...

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    Where the heck are those new Galaxy A-series phones from Samsung? Following the launch of the Galaxy Alpha we've been tracking rumors of a trio of additional models, the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Last we heard, an October launch might be in the cards, with the intention of getting sales started sometime next month – but now with just a week to go in October, we're beginning to wonder if that source was a bit misinformed. As we wait for these metal-rimmed handsets to go official, new details are arriving for one of the models, with the Galaxy A7's User Agent Profile spilling the beans about ...

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    Back near the start of the month, before Google launched its latest Nexus models and confirmed the name Lollipop for its Android 5.0 release, we took a look at an early video previewing Samsung's work towards bringing what was then known only as Android L to its Galaxy S5. It was great to get an advance glimpse of how TouchWiz would make the transition to Android 5.0, but previews are one thing – when can we expect a public release? We don't yet have a specific date, but new rumors seek to narrow-down the timeframe in which the update might be likely to arrive. Last month, SamMobile had ...

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    Next Wednesday, October 29, Oppo is gearing up to launch its flagship N3 – that much, at least, is all but certain. After all, the company's been teasing the hell out of this phone going back over a month by this point, getting bolder and bolder with the details it's willing to share. While that means that much of the N3's story is out there by now, it may not be the only handset featured at this announcement, as Oppo's latest teaser appears to reveal a second handset getting ready to join the N3 on stage. The manufacturer shared the image above on its social accounts, showing what sure ...

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    It's been long rumored that the Nokia name wouldn't be lasting much longer, and today that has been confirmed with word straight from the horse's mouth. Officially, the name of the Windows Phone we've all come to know and love has been changed from the Nokia Lumia branding to a fresher Microsoft Lumia branding, reflecting the new ownership of the company. The websites and social media accounts associated with Microsoft Lumia will be overhauled and changed to reflect the new naming over the next few days, and the change across all web properties is expected to be swift. As far as when we ...

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    LG tonight has come out of almost nowhere with the release of a brand new processor dubbed NUCLUN, the company's first mobile processor with both an eight-core processor and LTE Cat. 6 support, supposedly maximizing performance and minimizing the energy toll. The processor will see its first placement in a smartphone with the launch of the LG G3 Screen. The NUCLUN processor (as LG tells us, it's pronounced "NOO-klun") has ARM's big.LITTLE technology, allowing for greater overall efficiency. There are four ARM Cortex A15 1.5 GHz cores, and four ARM Cortex A7 1.2GHz cores, and the number of ...

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    Xbox Video continues to be Microsoft's way to provide Windows Phone users video and movie offerings. Surely there are other competitors like Netflix already running on Windows Phone, but Microsoft's offering balances the difference between owning and streaming in a smarter way. Microsoft has pushed update version 2.6.370.0 to Windows Phone users, and there are some decent things to look out for. Microsoft hasn't been specific as to what this update brings, but according to some users, the new update brings new playback controls for the service, even though the previous ones weren't bad at ...

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    HTC has been on a launch streak lately, and even though we don't know how well that has played for the company in specifics, we do know that it is making some profit. We've seen the company trying hard to re-invent the mid-tier smartphone sector with compelling specs and design at a more affordable price tag, and we've also seen it enter the portable camera market. If you're wondering what's next for HTC, the answer is to improve what already exists. A new leak shows us how HTC silently published and pulled the information of a new HTC Design 820 Mini in the works. The Desire 820 is ...

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    One of the most interesting dramas of the year is Apple's intention to bring sapphire technology to its next iOS and Apple Watch lineup. We heard an insane amount of rumors regarding Apple's plans with sapphire at the beginning of this year, but these all began to fade as we heard of more and more production delays on the side of GT Advanced. We thought that the recent filing for bankruptcy wouldn't affect Apple's plans, but in the end, it seems they did. Apple and GT Advanced Technologies have just made the rupture of their agreement official. This drops the exclusivity deal between Apple ...

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    We just got done looking at Microsoft's latest earnings statement, and while the mobile side of things didn't reveal any game-changing success stories, we did see some quite solid growth. Not everyone's faring quite so well, and earlier today Amazon reported a quarterly loss of $437 million. Now some new details about just where it lost money are coming in, and to the surprise of essentially no one, the Fire Phone is a big part of what's dragging the company's finances down. Amazon reports taking a $170 million write-down on the smartphone; as opposed to a write-off, where something is ...

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    It's that season again, when companies everywhere are sharing their latest financial reports. Will investors be facing record returns? Who's bringing in big profits, and who continues to struggle? We saw Apple weigh-in with its own data a couple days back, and now it's Microsoft's turn to follow along, as it delivers a report that looks pretty positive on the mobile front. Let's start with the good news: phone hardware sales are up, with Microsoft selling some 9.3 million Lumia handsets in the last quarter alone. Even compared to last year (well, for Nokia), that's an improvement, up from ...

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    Facebook hasn't really succeed in many of the side projects it's launched over the last couple of years. If it wasn't for the existing success of its acquisitions like WhatsApp or Instagram, services like Facebook Paper, or even the defunct HTC First would give you the impression that Facebook can't launch anything aside from its own service. The company is trying something new today, and we'll admit this does drive some extra skepticism. Facebook "Rooms" is a new service that's made by Facebook, but doesn't really require you to be part of it. You don't need a Facebook account to be part ...

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