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    Even though Sony has been rather sluggish at product announcements this year, the company has managed to launch a few flagships that we've already reviewed. That said, we recently came across some documents that reveal a Sony Xperia C5 Ultra in the works, and super-slim bezels were just part of the news. If you thought it was too hard to believe for Sony to take this approach on a future smartphone, we've now got photos to prove it. There's a very interesting story in Brazil over some new leaks of the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra. It turns out that the device was in its certification process with ...

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    It's not exactly news that the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 pack two of the best smartphone cameras ever. We specifically called them out for their optical excellence in our full reviews, dubbing the G4's camera "the best available on Android today" and singling out the Galaxy S6's shooter as "one of the best low-light performers we’ve seen." Putting them up against each other in a direct comparison, the closest we could get to a conclusion was to say that they were neck-and-neck, with a slight edge going to the LG G4 thanks to its more precise manual controls and out-of-box RAW image ...

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    A Google account acts as the gatekeeper for so many of the company's services, there's a good chance you probably have one (if not more) registered: maybe you're a die-hard Gmail user, or maybe you only signed up when you got your new Android phone. If you've only used that account sparingly, and not in a long while, you may be in for a surprise the next time you go to log in, as word spreads online of Google deactivating large numbers of old accounts. Right now this is all anecdotal, but what appears to be happening is that users are getting old accounts shut down for what Google claims ...

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    It's been a while since Apple announced the availability of HomeKit, and how these products will be able to integrate with Apple's ecosystem. Sadly, we've barely had the chance to report on a handful of products, leading many to believe that this is Cupertino's next flop. It doesn't make sense for this to go down hill at a time when the connected home is becoming a thing, but it seems Apple is to blame. It seems that one of the major set backs for HomeKit products is that Apple has now decided to add a custom chip to its product requirements. It's not clear what this chip does, but it ...

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    The inability for smartphones to access free FM radio broadcasts is currently a huge oversight, one that spans across manufactures and platforms. While the majority of smartphone hardware includes components that are very much capable of tuning in to the plethora of music, news, and entertainment content being broadcast for free on the public airwaves, finding phones that chose to take advantage of this feature has been the exception, rather than the rule. Earlier this year we learned of a big push from proponents of FM reception on smartphones that hoped to convince the companies involved ...

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    Apple Pay is one of those services that Cupertino has decided to stay quiet about. We always hear Tim Cook saying how trilled he is with the service in every conference call, but so far the company hasn't provided any exact figures or statistics on performance. Obviously Apple Pay is still in its infancy, being supported by only some retailers, banks, and even countries, but analysts say numbers aren't as bad as we could speculate. The Auriemma Consulting Group has just conducted a study that involved 500 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners between May 29 and July 15. The results revealed ...

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    At some point we're going to stop talking about Windows 10 for a brief moment and share with you some news that's happening on other major platforms. But today is very much Microsoft's time to shine as Windows 10 makes its formal PC debut, and that's just got everyone's heads spinning with all manner of Windows-related material. We just spent a little time talking about plans for the ultimate release of Windows 10 Mobile, and now we're picking up some further details about both Microsoft's hardware and software intentions, thanks to a new interview with the company's Terry Myerson. ...

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    With Windows 10 now upon us, the next big hurdle for the platform to clear is mobile. Windows 10 PC availability is getting underway presently, but if you want to try out Microsoft's latest OS on your smartphone, your only option at the moment is to participate in the company's Insider testing program. Commercial availability of Windows 10 Mobile will be coming in the future, both as an update to existing hardware and as the factory-installed platform in new phones – but just when? Microsoft's been notoriously cagey about providing a specific release date, and while we still don't have a ...

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    Windows 10 for PCs may be out today, but we've still got some time to go before we see Windows 10 Mobile make its commercial debut on new smartphones. While no one likes to wait, at least we have something nice to look forward to, as Microsoft has let us know we can finally expect some new flagship-quality Lumia phones. Considering how long it's been since we've seen some top-shelf silicon on the platform, that's big news. But for a while there, especially in the early days of 2014, it sounded like a new high-end Windows Phone model could be just around the corner, and we found ourselves ...

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    Early last week we first got word of a new project Sony was getting underway, recruiting Xperia Z3 users to help it test some new smartphone software. It sure sounded like the company was interested in trying out something new for the UI of its phones, and just a few days later we saw official confirmation arrive, as Sony described the Concept for Android project that would bring its phones a near-stock Android experience while still retaining Sony apps and Sony-exclusive features. It all sounded pretty promising … except the test was only open to Z3 users in Sweden, and even then, only ...

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    Samsung smartphones are becoming better and better at taking pictures. There's no way around it, the Note 4 (and soon the Galaxy Note 5), Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge are exceptional shooters (yes, there are some GS6 and GS6 Edge models that are powered by a Sony chip). However, with phones becoming slimmer and slimmer, there's a real need to slim down components as well. Because of that, Samsung has announced the mass production of a new 16MP sensor that's smaller, with pixels that are only 1.0μm in size. The chip (S5K3P3) is using Samsung's ISOCELL technology, and, according to the ...

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    Update: Additionally, you can download Windows 10 installation ISO files here. Despite the fact that Microsoft has officially flipped the switch on the Windows 10 update, you might not be getting your free copy immediately. It might take days, or even weeks, until you can enjoy the brand new OS with its shiny new features. However, there's a way to force the Windows 10 update to your computer, and have it downloaded and installed right away. RedmondPie published a neat tutorial on how to force Windows 10 update onto your PC, and, so far it has been working flawlessly. Just follow these ...

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    Some users out there were luckier than others, as Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 update slightly earlier to them. There's no need to be jealous at all, because your free Windows 10 upgrade is already on its way. If you have a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the upgrade should be available for you as we speak. However, not all machines that are eligible will get the update instantly, but you will not be left out. After nine months of beta testing, Windows 10 is ready for mainstream. If you have registered to get the update from your taskbar, you will be notified when ...

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    It seems smartphone announcements today have gone crazy, with products from Motorola and OnePlus making headlines today. These companies weren't the only ones announcing new products today, and Cat (or Caterpillar for those who didn't know) has just announced a rugged product of its own. If you thought Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active was tough, think again. Cat has just announced the new S40 smartphone, which brings some crazy durability for drops up to 1.8 meters onto concrete, IP68 and exceeds Mil-Spec 810G - Water, Dust and Shock Proof, super bright display capable of being read in direct ...

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    This morning's Motorola event brought us three new phones and two new Bluetooth accessories... and that's it. And while that was ultimately more hardware than we were necessarily expecting, there was one other device lingering in the back of our minds that we were holding out hope might make an appearance: a new Moto 360. After all, we've been anticipating new hardware for a while now, and recent price cuts sure seemed to suggest that Motorola was clearing stock of its first-gen model. While we didn't get a new smartwatch today, some new evidence sure makes its eventual arrival seem almost ...

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    Motorola has spent the last few years trying to re-invent itself and has succeeded for the most part. In that "most part" we include the fact the company has managed to delight most of us in the tech media to adopt a Moto X as our daily driver, thanks to its user experience and uniqueness. What's not included in that "most part" is success in sales, as no matter who parents the company, Motorola hasn't succeeded at regaining its glory RAZR days. We've followed tons of rumors regarding a refresh to the Moto X and Moto G, and today we get the goods. The company has made a few major ...

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    Yes, the Moto X is out, and there are two versions of it: the Moto X Style, and the Moto X Play. You can check out their full specifications here. You'll also be glad to know that both of these Moto X variants are configurable via Motorola's own Moto Maker (and the Moto G as well), and that, aside from color options, you can choose between materials like silicone rubber, wood, and leather, available depending on what version of the phone you're opting for. If you're opting for the Moto X Style (or Pure, in the US), you will have the option of choosing a leather material. Motorola is not ...

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    LG's G Flex 2 helped get the ball rolling on 2015 smartphone flagships, launching back at CES with its Snapdragon 810 SoC and that tell-tale curved screen. And while it started off as an early favorite, actually spending some real time the handset revealed a number of troubling issues concerning performance and battery life. As was too often the case with interesting smartphones that tried to do things a little differently, its ambition exceeded its reach. Now we've got new high-end SoCs on the horizon, and word that LG's investing big in a new flexible screen plant; is there reason to ...

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    We're pretty much just a few hours away from Microsoft's official launch of Windows 10 to the public. We're talking about the desktop variant though, as the mobile version of Windows 10 is clearly still a product in development. We're sure that many of you are eagerly waiting for today to be over and get the goods, but it seems that Microsoft became impatient. Users have begun to report that Microsoft is already deploying Windows 10 to some lucky customers. It's hard to confirm what has determined that certain specific customers get the update today and not tomorrow. We assume that what ...

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    Apple has spent the last few weeks updating the beta releases for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan simultaneously. iOS 9 has seen most of feature updates on every beta release, but it seems that the reason for that is that OS X El Capitan was launched in a more complete manner since its first beta. Today we see Apple launch another beta for its desktop operating system, but this time we're taken by surprise. As opposed to previous beta updates, Apple has decided to launch beta 5 for OS X El Capitan on its own, and without the company of beta 5 for iOS 9 and watchOS 2. At the moment we ...

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    We already knew that today would be a day doubly full of Motorola goodness, expecting both a new Moto X and new Moto G, but Motorola has gone ahead and doubled that double, bringing us not one, but two new Moto X smartphones. On one hand we have the indisputably flagship-level Moto X Style, arriving in the US as the Moto X Pure Edition. Packing a phablet-sized display and some very respectable silicon, the handset establishes a new top spot for the Moto X family. But just what sort of hardware comes together to make up a phone like this? Come with us as we take a look at a full spec ...

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    Watching T-Mobile's John Legere on video with company announcements is always a treat, not really because of the deals, but because of how he just loves to bash every competitor before delivering the news. That said, the last few deals offered by the T-Mobile haven't been bad at all. Mobile without borders is one of them, giving users the ability to roam freely across North America, but it seems that this was just part of the plan. T-Mobile has just announced a few deals that are exclusive for iPhone users, and these make a lot of sense given the current popularity of the device. To ...

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    For a series of phones that leaked as heavily as they did, the new Motorola Androids still managed to deliver one decent surprise, as the new Moto X turned out to be two phones: the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. With the addition of the new Moto G, the three handsets offer shoppers a nice spectrum of performance and feature options, across a range of price points. And this year, Motorola's welcoming its new family of Moto phones with a special treat, allowing users to customize all three in the Moto Maker. It used to be that if you wanted the best customization choices for your ...

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    That "XGX" on the invitations for today's Motorola event is finally starting to make sense. We wondered if we'd be seeing the launch of two new Moto X phones in addition to the new Moto G, and Motorola's already made it clear that it's doing things a little differently this year, announcing the 5.7-inch Moto X Style. Well that's one X; what about the other? This year Motorola has two new Moto X models for us, and in addition to the Moto X Style, it's introducing the Moto X Play. Remember those rumors about a Moto X with killer battery life? The Moto X Play promises up to two days of ...

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    The day has come when we can finally put an end to rumors, leaks, reports, and our anticipation, as Motorola has finally unveiled its first phone for today, the Moto X Style (the Moto X Play is the second Moto X variant for this year). Contrary to last year, and the year before, Motorola has decided to introduce not one, but two versions of the Moto X. The Moto X Style is what we're looking at. The Moto X Style features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, just like the LG G4 flagship. This SoC is a six-core chip and is clocked at 1.8GHz. ...

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