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    As of right now, Microsoft offers its Windows Phone voice assistant Cortana to users in Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Despite that limited language compatibility, there's long been evidence pointing to Cortana seeing broad international support, and we've been wondering just when we might see the service expand its reach to some new nations. While we don't have firm ETAs just yet, the latest evidence suggests a whole lot of new WP users may have access to Cortana soon, possibly before the year's out. On Twitter this morning, a Microsoft France ...

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    Apple's release of iOS 8 earlier this month may not have been off to the fastest start in the world, but in the days since we last brought you an update about how quickly users are upgrading, numbers are already on the upswing, no doubt as more users find the time to clear off space on their phones in preparation for the update's sizable storage requirements. But even as more and more Apple users make the plunge, we've got a new release waiting in the wings, and now a new leak attempts to reveal some of the changes to expect in the upcoming release of iOS 8.0.1. It's only a partial list of ...

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    Last week we learned that South Korean carriers were anxious to get their sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 started a bit ahead of schedule, apparently in an effort to get ahead of the curve of expected iPhone 6 demand. Instead of waiting until October, we heard that they would open pre-orders last week, with aims of making the phablet available later this week. It looks like that plan is shaping up to be a success, as the three big South Korean carriers all report selling out of their pre-order stock. Granted, we're dealing with limited supplies to begin with (as each carrier was only ...

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    Do you take your phone out of your pants pocket when you sit down? For those of you already used to dealing with large-screened handsets, ranging from five inches up into phablet territory, you probably have some strong feelings on the subject, maybe after one or two close calls yourself. But now this month we've got an influx of Apple users, many moving up to 4.7 and 5.5-inch phones for the first time ever. Will they appreciate the need for caution when dealing with a large, thin slate, or has the tiny, durable iPhone of years past lulled them into a false sense of security? To hear some ...

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    After re-activating a few weeks back, Verizon's DroidLanding Twitter account – expected to lead us towards the launch of a new Droid smartphone – has been almost suspiciously silent; is this device still happening? Rumors have insisted as much, most recently claiming that an October launch is in the works. As we wait to see if Verizon and Motorola have any press event planned, we're getting our first look at the anticipated hardware, as pics leak of this apparent Droid Turbo. Motorola Droid phones on Verizon certainly have a distinct look to them, and it doesn't appear that the Turbo ...

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    The rise of smartwatches may be opening an exciting new chapter in the lives of mobile gadget enthusiasts like us, but like with any new technology, its arrival isn't without some stumbling blocks. One of the big ones is power, and for the moment, these wearables just don't have the energy capacity to get them through much more than a day of use. That makes the idea of periodically topping-off their batteries throughout the day pretty appealing, and users have the option of carrying around portable USB battery packs to help with that extra juice. Recently, we've also seen the arrival of ...

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    Does Apple really need to do a lot of convincing to get people excited about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Probably not, at least based on the record sales numbers Apple's reporting. But it surely can't hurt to get the word out there, and to help it accomplish this task, the company has tapped the voice talents of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. After starring in an early set of clips two weeks back on launch day, the duo is back with two more, talking-up the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus's size and camera prowess. To Apple fans who watched the launch event and have been following subsequent ...

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    Apple and Samsung have become fierce competitors in the past couple of years, since the South Korean manufacturer started taking a continuously larger chunk of the smartphone market in general (Android in specific). This competition is present both in the market, as well as in courtrooms; the marketing department hasn't been left out either, even if Apple's fails to respond. As Apple has just recently announced an all time high, a new record, for the first weekend sales of the 2014 iPhone models -- with more than 10 million units --, Samsung plunges to a two-year low, according to ...

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    By most accounts, Apple is half-done with its 2014 mobile hardware launches. The other week brought us news of new iPhones and the company's first smartwatch designs, leaving us to wait for word of the next iPads at a separate event – one that some sources suggest could come as soon as next month. But just what would this iPad launch bring us? A few ideas for the new hardware have been mentioned, including a second-gen iPad Air, third-gen iPad mini, and maybe even a giant 12.9-inch model called the iPad Pro. The iPad Air 2's the easy money, but what about the other two? A new report ...

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    Ready to be jealous? The months leading up to Apple's launch of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch may have seen plenty of hardware leaks deliver early looks at the company's new smartphones, but compared to those handsets the Apple Watch was practically a stealth project. By now, the cat's out of the bag, with Apple having formally introduced the wearable, but we've still got at least three months to go before any of us will have an opportunity to pick up an Apple Watch for ourselves. If you live out west in Apple's stomping grounds, you might want to prepare yourself for several months ...

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    The public release of Android L is probably just a few weeks away, but for the moment, interested enthusiasts can check out preview builds for certain Nexus devices: the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. We've wondered in the past if older Nexus models might eventually see Android L updates of their own, and while we still don't have a definitive answer, new evidence suggests that L is at least being tested on the Nexus 4. The evidence comes to us by means of comments made by Android devs in the Chromium bug tracker, such as one mentioning “my N4 on Android L.” Now, that's far removed from ...

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    As time goes on, the mobile device landscape changes: phones are getting bigger, and once-popular form factors like QWERTY sliders are fading into obscurity. But even as your shopping options homogenize into an unremarkable sea of cookie-cutter slates, there's still the odd phone doing what it can to stand out, and today we check out one handset that's trying to keep an old design alive, as LG launches its Wine Smart flip-phone Android. Unlike some of those Android flip phones we've seen from Samsung with dual screens, inside and out, the Wine Smart has but a single 3.5-inch HVGA panel. ...

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    In-app purchases, depending on who you ask, are either a fantastic way for developers to monetize their work, or a sleazy way to ruin software purchases as we know them. Critics fall into a number of boats, from those who would simply prefer to pay for an app once and be done with it, to parents whose children have ran up obscene bills through buying unauthorized extras. Especially in the case of that latter example, with lawsuits popping up all over the place and the FTC giving app store practices a very close look, companies like Google are taking steps to reform how in-app purchases ...

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    It's no secret that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are attracting some serious interest from shoppers. Users are flocking to the new sizes as if 3.5 and 4-inch iPhones never existed, embracing this new era for Apple's hardware. Last week, we saw the company confirm a record start to its pre-orders, pulling in four million in just the first day alone. Since then, we've seen outright sales begin, including those at Apple's retail stores. Now Apple's stepping up to announce another record-setting statistic, selling north of ten million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets in the three days following ...

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    It feels like lately, when we're talking about Samsung's new metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha, that our attention is focused on all these other A-series phones Samsung appears to be preparing in the Galaxy Alpha's image, phones like the Galaxy A5 we saw in pictures last week. And while phones like that may be the future of the Alpha's lineage, we'd be remiss to let our excitement over them make us forget about their progenitor. The original Galaxy Alpha is back on our mind today as AT&T shares news of its plans to bring the smartphone to the States later this week. Starting this Friday, ...

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