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    Going back quite a while now, well into last year, we've been hearing about the idea of Google expanding its subscription music services beyond Play Music All Access to bring a subscription component to YouTube. It looked like it might arrive as YouTube Music Pass, and Google's even played on our awareness of that name to mess with the community a little, but we still had plenty of questions about just how it might work. Now the picture of this service might finally be coming together, as new leaks arrive arm-in-arm with a new name: YouTube Music Key. Remember those signs pointing to ...

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    Need a midrange smartphone that's also waterproof? You're in luck, as Sony has just gone official with the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, "the waterproof smartphone for everyone." The M2 Aqua brings Sony's signature OmniBalance glass design to the midrange phone sector, offering the highest waterproofing rating in a smartphone as well (IP65/68). The M2 Aqua is meant to build upon the success of the original M2, so no matter what the conditions are like outside, you can use your phone and enjoy. Let's now talk specs. There's a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and 4G ...

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    HTC is at it again today, having just unveiled the newest member of its Butterfly line of Android phones. The HTC Butterfly 2 / J butterfly HTL23 has just gone official for Asian markets as a flagship-class smartphone in a plastic body. The Butterfly 2 offers the HTC Sense 6 software skin along with the company's now-iconic Duo Camera and Motion Launch gestures -- all found on the One M8 flagship phone. Let's talk camera right away, with the Duo Camera re-emerging for another go, but in a different configuration this time. You still have two camera sensors on the rear of the phone, but ...

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    The HTC One M8 on Verizon still hasn't pushed past Android 4.4.2, but if tweets from HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie and Product Management VP Mo Versi are to be believed, that Verizon HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update may be happening very soon. As Mackenzie describes it, the update will be pushed out "by mid-Sept," which doesn't exactly leave us happy at all, considering that Android 4.4.4 is already out (and we're expecting Android L in just a few short months), but hey, it's something. Versi adds to Mackenzie's information by stating that the release is on track for a release in ...

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    You never know when your pocket will burst into flames, it seems -- we're learning today of an incident that occurred on a Prague-bound flight where a passenger's burning iPhone 5 caused the entire airplane to be evacuated. According to a report from TN CZ, about 150 passengers were preparing for a departure from Tel Aviv when smoke started coming from a woman's handbag. After flames popped up, the jet's crew decided to evacuate all of the passengers back into the main terminal building in the Tel Aviv airport (what a relief the plane hadn't departed just yet). After all the passengers ...

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    One of the features of the LG G3 that we really enjoyed was the software skin, considering that it provided smoothness (for the most part) and also a modern-looking interface, while not sacrificing customization ability. That's why we're happy this evening in knowing that the LG G3 user interface will be mostly standardized across LG's mid to entry level smartphones released in the second half of 2014. LG has been working to provide a consistent experience across all of its Android products, it seems, so it comes to us as no surprise that the proprietary software features developed ...

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    Waze has gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years for its crowd sourced navigation. Surely it's not a perfect service, but it has become popular enough to get Google to buy the service, but which also leads to a major problem. We know how divorced Google and Microsoft are lately, and it seems the problem only extends as new services get acquired. Waze has just confirmed on Twitter that it has no plans to provide any updates for its service on Windows Phone. It does clarify that things could change in the future, which definitely leaves us with hope, but that doesn't mean ...

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    What happens when a Japanese carrier buys a US carrier? Well, at the moment, nothing has really happened, but wouldn't it be cool if this would mean that some hot Japanese phones will make it to the US earlier on that carrier than any other? We have nothing official to claim that there will be any of this collaboration between SoftBank and Sprint, but a little puzzle could point to that possibility. Sprint's event tomorrow teased the phrase "take the edge off," and showed a lot of crystals all around the invite. If you match that with the recent announcement of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and ...

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    Sony has done an amazing job at regaining its popularity for cutting-edge smartphones, though we wish we could say the same about its tablets. We can't deny that we loved the Xperia Tablet Z at the time of our review, but neither this tablet, nor its successor gained a decent level of popularity. We do know that Sony is working on an Xperia Tablet Z3 for a possible launch at IFA, but it seems there's probably more to look forward to, or less if you look deeper. Some documentation of the Sony BSC10 Bluetooth speaker has emerged, and within the listing of compatible products, we see that ...

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    Palm's webOS – at least the webOS we knew and loved - is dead. Sure, LG's picked up the platform for use in its smart TVs, and aspects the OS have lived on as they inspired devs working on current mobile platforms, but we're never going to see another Pre, Veer, or Pixi. But while webOS itself may be fading into the background, the minds behind it continue to contribute to this industry, and we just got word of a couple big webOS names finding a new home with a smartwatch manufacturer, with Pebble hiring both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir. Vonshak and Damir both moved to LG after HP ...

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    Tomorrow is August 19, which means that HTC's next press event is nearly upon us. While the company hasn't out and confirmed what it will be announcing, nor does the event invitation itself hint at the product to expect, a number of signs have been pointing to the company revealing a Windows Phone-running version of its Android One M8. The latest bit of circumstantial evidence turns up at this late hour, with the release of an image showing off some in-store Verizon promotional material for a WP8 One M8. We spot a couple things of interest here. First is that name, and there's no HTC One ...

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    One of the features that received the most publicity with the launch of the iPhone 5s is Apple's A7 64-bit chip. We're still scratching our heads over why this matters if the phone barely has 1GB of RAM, but some claim there are improvements here and there. We all thought the iPhone 6 would be the first device to make use of this extra horsepower in the processor, but new rumors claim otherwise. Leaked schematics show that the iPhone 6 will be shipped with just 1GB of RAM one more time. The source has done a decent job with iPhone leaks in the past, and in the documents we find that the ...

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    In its not-subtle-at-all press event invite from last week, Motorola all but confirmed that a new Moto G is on the way. Sure, based on the rumors and evidence that had been piling up, that sounded pretty likely anyway, but finally this was starting to feel official. But even even if the Moto G2 does take the stage on September 4 to introduce itself to the world, what will it look like? One of the more prominent rumors to attach itself to the Moto G2's story has been that of a larger display, moving up to five inches, and today we get a look at what just might be that screen itself, with a ...

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    LG introduced the world to its Android Wear-powered G Watch back in March, right around the same time the platform itself and Motorola's Moto 360 debuted. In the months that have followed, the G Watch has gone up for sale (joined by Samsung and its Gear Live), while we anxiously await for the 360 to join it. But now that Motorola's offering seems to nearly be ready for release, LG could already be thinking about a second-gen Android Wear model, as rumors suggest that the company could introduce a G Watch 2 at IFA next month. The idea of a little over five months between G Watch launches ...

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    Last week came and went without a new opportunity to win anything as part of our ongoing Pocketnow summer of giveaways. After the weeks of handing out phones, invite codes, and accessories, we needed a brief reprieve to catch our breath. And we know, it's not fall yet, so we aim to keep this party going for just a little while longer. Today we've got a very special contest to announce, as we partner with GSM Nation and Fight for the Future to award one lucky reader a privacy-centric Blackphone. Has all this recent talk about the Blackphone and smartphone privacy in general had you feeling ...

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