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    The days when most everything online was a .net, .com, or .org site are long over, and today's internet is awash in new TLDs – top-level domains. You've probably seen sites ending in .biz or .info, and the list of valid TLDs only continues to grow. As the organization behind the domain name system approves new TLDs for future use, companies are finding themselves engaged in bidding wars over just who gets to control them. This week, the ICANN has revealed the results of its latest TLD auction, with Google shelling out a metric boatload of money for responsibility over .app sites. While ...

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    Believe it or not, there's more happening this week in mobile than just the arrival of rumors and leaks about upcoming MWC hardware. Granted, there's been a lot of that kind of stuff, but the stray non-MWC news still manages to sneak through the cracks, like it did earlier this week when Google launched the new YouTube Kids app. As it happens, it's not just YouTube's youngest users who have something to look forward to this week, and now we learn about a useful new tool coming to the regular YouTube Android app. Already this year we've seen signs of Google working to give YouTube better ...

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    MWC is coming up on us fast, and in just another day or two, we'll already be checking out the latest announcements from some of our favorite mobile brands. While that will mean lots of high-end smartphones, it's been unclear the degree to which new wearables will be sharing in that spotlight. At least, we've already heard rumors that Samsung's round-screened Orbis may not join the Galaxy S6 at the company's Unpacked event. But even if Samsung's next watch sits this one out, we're starting to see confirmation of wearables that will indeed be resent, like this Huawei Watch spotted in an ...

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    Sony put a new MWC 2015 teaser out this morning, and unlike the one we got to check out yesterday, this one doesn't do much to show us actual hardware- it's just way too close up. But between those tiny bubbles and the “get ready to make a splash” text Sony accompanies this image with, it sure does seem to have something to do with waterproofing. Now, waterproofing on Sony hardware is hardly something to write home about – Sony's been delivering such devices for years. And even with waterproof models like the Xperia M4 Aqua tipped to be on the company's MWC docket (the Xperia Z4 ...

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    Samsung's MWC 2015 Unpacked event is coming up this Sunday, and we're obviously expecting to see the company introduce the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. But will that be it? To hear the latest rumor, pretty much, with the suggestion that this Unpacked event will be about the new GS6 flagships, and them alone. Last year Samsung had a whole bunch of hardware ready for MWC. In addition to the GS5, it introduced new wearables like the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo. We also saw it introduce the latest chips in its Exynos family, and talk about upcoming camera sensors. This year, we'd been ...

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    Sony has already shared its Xperia E4g mid-ranger, but it's been looking like the company has still been holding onto a number of new devices for introduction at MWC itself. We've seen signs of an Xperia Z4 Tablet a couple times over the past few days, and today we get what may be our best look at the tablet to date, as well as check out a phone that sources claim is the upcoming Xperia M4 Aqua. That's the supposed Z4 Tablet above, the one Sony seems to have inadvertently teased as having a 2K display, up form the Z2 Tablet's 1080p panel. Sony appears to be introducing a new quick-launch ...

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    This week has seen a ton of information leak about Samsung's next flagship smartphones, and we've been checking out new pics and renders of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge over and over. While most of that action has centered on the handsets themselves, we've also seen a little bit about accessories for the phones, like that apparent GS6 wireless charger that swung by the FCC the other day. This morning we're looking at another possible GS6 accessory, as purported images of the phone's bundled earbuds leak – and they're not doing anything to quell accusations of Samsung copying Apple's ...

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    What you are looking at is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Just one week ago, the leaks were fairly scarce, and we were looking toward Samsung's March 1 event to let the cat out of the bag – but with leaked pic after leaked pic, and now an official Samsung Galaxy S6 picture (as well as S6 Edge) from Sprint, there's no point claiming that these won't be the new phones announced in Barcelona at this point. The same "Six Appeal" slogan used in marketing drumming up excitement for the launch is the one used in this image, which further legitimizes it, and the renders of the two ...

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    Look at the companies that have created Nexus-series smartphones to date: HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Motorola. All big names on the international market, and all familiar brands to smartphone shoppers in the West – particularly the US, on Google's home turf. But now a new rumor suggests that Google could be thinking about going in a different direction for the manufacturer it partners with to build this year's Nexus phone (which, since we clearly can't call it the Nexus 7, has its name still up in the air), working with a Chinese OEM. The source doesn't say just who that might be, but it ...

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    A couple days back, Sony couldn't contain its excitement about its upcoming products, and an as-of-now-still-unannounced Xperia Z4 Tablet popped up on the company's Xperia Lounge app. The presence of a date from next week sure seemed to imply that Sony could be readying to introduce the tablet at MWC, meaning that even in the absence of an Xperia Z4, we'd still have some new high-end hardware to look forward to. Now the company's got a new MWC teaser out, and it sure does look like it supports the idea of a tablet launch. While we don't see much of the hardware thanks to the angle and ...

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    Even if you're not carrying a Motorola smartphone yourself, it's hard to deny how much fun it can be to play around with the company's Moto Maker web tool, giving you the opportunity to custom-configure a handset of your own design. While the Moto X is the model basking in the Moto Maker's spotlight, it's far from the company's only hardware that's eminently configurable, and over on the smartwatch side you have your pick of plenty of Moto 360 design options, from case color, to size, to alternate straps. Right now, though, it's not quite as graceful a shopping experience as the Moto X ...

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    Back at the start of the month, the FCC readied itself for a showdown: it was time to address net neutrality in a way unlike the agency had approached it in the past, considering whether or not internet service should be reclassified as a utility and regulated as such. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a plan that would use modernized Title II regulations to prohibit paid prioritization of content, as well as well as preventing ISPs from blocking delivery of otherwise legal content. Today the FCC passed those rules with a 3-2 vote. The new reclassification applies to mobile internet service as ...

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    One of the very cool things about big expos like MWC is how they expose us to so many different kinds of devices all at once. Sure, the bulk of them are likely to be running Android, but we're sure to see products based on any number of mobile platforms, from Ubuntu, to Firefox OS, and more. For all the OS diversity the show will bring, there will always be a few hold-outs, and top on that list of doesn't-play-well-with-others is Apple, perfectly content to go its own way for its announcements. Luckily, we won't have long to wait after MWC before Apple is ready with some news of its own, ...

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    Google may head up a major smartphone platform, develop self-driving cars, and even have a fleet internet-connected high-altitude balloons, but at its core this is still a company that sells ads. Whether those are on its search engine, or popping-up while we watch YouTube, ads are the company's bread and butter. Today we learn of the next logical step Google's taking with its ad presence, as it announces the forthcoming arrival of promoted apps within the Play Store itself. You'll already see ads for relevant apps when running searches through Google's website, so it's no big leap to see ...

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    While Samsung and HTC wait for Sunday to showcase their next new mobile hardware, LG is having none of this “waiting” business. We've already seen the company introduce the Watch Urbane Android Wear smartwatch, as well as a new lineup of mid-range phones. As it turns out, LG wasn't done with its wearable news just yet, and today follows all those pre-MWC launches with yet another one, unveiling the Watch Urbane LTE. As that name should immediately clue you in, we're looking at a smartwatch with its own cellular connectivity, no longer dependent on a tethered smartphone for mobile data. ...

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    Yesterday brought us the best images we've seen to date of Samsung's Galaxy S6, as a number of pics captured the design of the upcoming flagship. But this coming Sunday in Barcelona we're expecting Samsung to unveil not one, but two GS6 models, pairing the flat-screened handset depicted yesterday with a curved-screen Edge model. We've already had a few hints at how this phone might differ from the Note Edge, and beyond having a curve that extends onto two sides, teasers had suggested that the extent of the curve could be much less pronounced than on last year's model. That's all looking ...

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    Do you BYOD? And no, we don't mean buying an unsubsidized phone from a third-party retailer and separately activating it on a carrier – we're talking about using your own phone for work, rather than carrying an employer-issued device. Companies have been warming to the practice in recent years as manufacturers bake-in support for new enterprise management and security tools, making it more and more likely that you may find yourself in this BYOD boat. Last year at Google I/O we learned of new work-friendly tools that Google was preparing for Lollipop, and today the full extent of that ...

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    We've been talking a lot lately about Google's interests in mobile payments, from rumors of an unusual Bluetooth-based system, to the boost Wallet is getting thanks to that new Softcard deal, to word of a general focus at I/O this year on Google Wallet. But more than just making an effort to get additional Android users shopping with Wallet, today we hear rumors of a plan to build payment support into new apps, with word of a new Android Pay API that could debut at I/O. Android Pay would offer developers an easy framework for both supporting in-app transactions, as well as delivering ...

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    With last year's launch of the iPad Air 2, Apple made a significant step forward with its mobile device hardware, introducing the first model with a solid 2GB of RAM. But while Apple's tablet family was now able to enjoy the comparative luxury of such a deep memory pool, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus found themselves stuck with a single gigabyte. Sure, Apple's mobile OS manages to do a lot with so little memory, and it would be unfair to directly compare iOS phones to Android models which have already pushed upwards to 4GB, but at some point an iPhone RAM increase is going to start feeling ...

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    Over the past several weeks, there's been no shortage of renders attempting to reveal Samsung's Galaxy S6, from designs put together by case-makers, to works from independent artists. But what we haven't seen a lot of are actual photographs of flesh-and-blood (or metal-and-glass) hardware. Sure, there's been the odd component shot, but we've been hurting for anything approaching a believable pic of the actual GS6. As we start counting the time until Samsung's launch even in terms of hours, some new images have surfaced that sure appear to reveal Galaxy S6 hardware. From the markings on ...

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    Earlier this week we got word of a big step forward for Google Wallet, as Google inked a deal with previous mobile payment competitor Softcard that would see Google Wallet land pre-installed on phones from major US carriers. That sounded great for Google, but what about Softcard users? Well, those on Android clearly had the option to switch over to Google Wallet, but that's only part of the Softcard, as the company also provided mobile payment solutions for Windows Phone. And while users abroad have other options for NFC payments on the platform, Softcard had been the only one available in ...

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    Samsung is super-excited about wireless charging at the moment. While it's offered wireless charging accessories for its handsets going back years by now, you'd be forgiven for considering these efforts to be afterthoughts: with the need to purchase and install optional charging backs, the company's solutions didn't feel much better than hacky third-party solutions. But the tide may be turning for the Galaxy S6, and beyond theories that the phone could feature integrated wireless charging right out of the box, we've seen Samsung very publicly drawing attention to wireless charging tech in ...

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    We knew Motorola had some pre-MWC news for us today, and while we didn't have any direct clues about what it might be, our best guess was that it might announce a new Moto E. After all, leaks of the second-generation handset had been piling up over the last few weeks, and it felt like it was just a matter of time before Motorola would be ready to make the affordable smartphone official. Today it does just that, announcing a new LTE-equipped Moto E. Compared to the first-gen mode, there are several big changes here. The phone's screen grows to 4.5 inches, while keeping its quarter HD ...

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    Last week we saw the emergence of a troubling report, one claiming that the GCHQ and NSA compromised the security of SIM-card-maker Gemalto, accessing encryption keys that would in theory allow the spy agencies to passively monitor cellular communications as they moved from our phones to cellular towers. It was quite the alarming claim, but one that was difficult to immediately quantify in terms of its impact on end users: just what could such a hack conceivably mean for the security of your data? Today Gemalto has released a follow-up statement looking into the scope of the attack on its ...

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    Ever since it went official at CES 2015, the LG G Flex 2 has garnered a good bit of attention being what's probably the best smartphone to be announced in 2015 so far. With the latest HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S6 set to be announced within just a few days, that enthusiasm is slowly dwindling, but that doesn't mean the phone will fade from our memory before it starts rolling out to other countries. Today, the official LG G Flex 2 global rollout plans have been announced, and they answer the questions we've had about the rollout in various heavy-hitting countries. LG tells us that the ...

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