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    We're days away from the official reveal of the LG G4 at this point, which means that this is just about the time that leaks start flooding in. A leak out of Iran looks to confirm additional LG G4 details we did not know even after the massive microsite leak that revealed what we thought was everything about the phone. Specifically, a dual-SIM model looks to be confirmed. Additionally, LG has revealed officially some more UX 4.0 details – UX 4.0 is the skin the G4 will feature atop Android Lollipop. On the Iran leak point, a series of photographs has arrived thanks to Zoomit.ir (linked ...

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    ASUS introduced the ZenFone 2 on January 5, at the very beginning of the Las Vegas CES. Of course we went hands-on and said it might be a good buy. Thing is that there are two ZenFone 2 models: one that packs 2GB of RAM, and one that has double the amount, which should make its appearance in Europe soon. While initially ASUS has predicted sales of about 25 million units from the ZenFone 2 phones, the company has now revised its forecast, according to a report based on information from "sources from the upstream supply chain." The new, forecasted, ASUS ZenFone 2 sales are now at 30 million, ...

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    You can't quite buy the Microsoft Lumia 640 in the United States right now – availability through Microsoft's stores hasn't quite reached the market officially – but those of you who can't quite wait for official availability to begin, this start of US Lumia 640 sales through third-party retailer Expansys should be music to your ears. Expansys is selling the dual-SIM variant for $219, and it includes LTE connectivity. That price is for the black model; cyan and orange will run you a more pricey $244. For a quick recap on the Lumia 640, we urge you to check out the post we wrote up when ...

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    The OPPO R5 from last year was a neat little phone (also one of the thinnest on the market), but the sequel, the OPPO R7 is expected to be even thinner. That's what all the leaks suggest, as well as a bezel-less aspect (to clarify: a leak sheds light on this, as there are bezels, but OPPO is doing a neat hocus pocus trick to conceal them). May 20 is the date on which the OPPO R7 event could take place, according to a report that claims information from China. While we expect the OPPO R7 to pack a 4.7-inch Full HD screen, an octa-core MediaTek 64-bit MT6795 chipset, and a 20.7MP camera, ...

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    LG's upcoming G4, and its respective event, are all we are used to talking about recently when it comes to the South Korean phone manufacturer, but, the company also has a rather beautiful smartwatch up its sleeve, one we took a close look at while in Barcelona for the 2015 MWC. The LG Watch Urbane rollout begins this week, according to the official wording from the manufacturer. It will start in South Korea, followed by key markets in North America, Europe and Asia in the weeks to come. Those who have access to a Google Store (namely customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong ...

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    Nokia's been finding itself in the news a surprising amount this month, thanks not only to word of its Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, but also rumors of the company's return to smartphones next year. But what got this Nokia train started was a report claiming that the company was looking to offload HERE Maps. At the time, we only heard a few general guesses about who might be interested in purchasing it, but this evening some new sources speak up about several companies Nokia is supposedly pursuing in the hopes of finding a buyer. That group includes big names like Apple, Amazon, and ...

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    If you're currently testing Windows 10 in the Insider program and thought you were rocking the latest build, fact of the matter is you're not. The Insider program is currently testing version 10052, and today we land a leaked video from a trusted source on version 12544, which is definitely a significant jump in version number. The changes are significant, and the video is quite technical, so here's what changes: Background transparency: Microsoft will be providing users with a slider to control for the background image transparency, something that's definitely handy for images that are ...

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    A little under a month ago, back at the tail end of March, Sony offered some very important news about its Lollipop update plans. While earlier it had only affirmed its intent to make Lollipop available for the various phones and tablets making up the flagship Z-series of Xperia models, the situation was far less clear for other Xperia devices. At one point Sony was saying outright “no” to such updates, but it quickly backed away from that hard-line stance. And as we learned at the end of March, at least two non-Z models were very much in line for Lollipop: the Xperia T2 Ultra and ...

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    Lawsuits between Chinese OEMs may either not be common, or just not as public as other OEMs in our shores make it seem. Huawei spent a great deal of time showing us all the camera innovations that it launched with the Huawei P8 a few days ago, some hardware related like with the RGBW sensor, and others software related. ZTE feels that some of these innovations on the Huawei P8 and the MediaPad X2 infringe in Nubia patents, and a lawsuit has been filed. The first infringement applies to "Slow Shutter and Capture technology," which we assume relates to the light painting option in the P8's ...

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    LG's G4 is set to launch in just a matter of days, and when sales of the phone finally begin, shoppers will be able to take one home in a number of attractive leather finishes. Don't worry, those of you who aren't the biggest fans of the leather-backed imagery that's dominated much of what we've seen from the G4 to date – even though the leather covers will be G4 options, they won't be the only ones, and we've already seen some more traditional plastic backs. But if leather is your thing, you're going to want to check out LG's latest G4 teaser video, which is all about -you guessed it- ...

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    Even though the race for the thinnest smartphone continues at a rate we don't even find logical, that's not the only frontier that OEMs are trying to win lately. Oppo's R lineup has always been about pushing the limits of design, with the Oppo R5 succeeding at being the thinnest phone in the world for a short lived time. Some recent leaks show us that the Oppo R7 will shift its design focus a little into another area of interest, and we get more leaked photos today. These new leaked photos prove that the Oppo R7 is a gorgeous device in every way. Most of us find devices like the Moto 360 ...

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    The Apple Watch sport has proven to be one of the best selling Apple wearables so far, and it makes sense given the price difference with the stainless steel Apple Watch. That said, there is a level of compromise as aluminum is not a common material for Watches, or at least not as common as stainless steel, and neither is the Ion-X glass used on the Apple Watch Sport when compared to sapphire. We already know that sapphire is second only to diamonds when it comes to durability, but it seems Ion-X didn't do so well. A recent video from Unbox Therapy has emerged on YouTube testing the Apple ...

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    We've heard a ton of rumors surrounding a possible 4-inch iPhone mini launch later this year. Surely the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proven to be very successful over the last few months, but there is still a significant market interested in better one-handed usability. For that matter, Apple still sells the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and that might not be good for an iPhone mini project. KGI Securities has a very positive track record when it comes to Apple predictions, and today Ming-Chi Kuo claims that we might not see a brand new 4-inch iPhone until 2016. The reasons have a lot to do ...

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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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    Apple's smartphones just are not having a lot of luck when it comes to SSL this week. Yesterday we told you about a problem affecting several hundred iOS apps, whereby it was theoretically possible that an attacker could intercept app data traffic. Well easy fix, right – just don't use any of those problem apps until they're updated? Fine for that issue, maybe, but today we learn of a new vulnerability for which there isn't yet any obvious fix, as researchers reveal a denial of service attack that can crash apps or even iOS itself over a WiFi connection. The attack relies on a special ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z4 just went official, and now we're already turning our gaze outwards to what's next. Yesterday we took a look at some model numbers for unreleased Sony handsets, and while we weren't able to positively identify any, some inferences based on past Xperia device numbering suggested they could include a new Z Ultra-style phablet, maybe the international version of the Z4 itself, and we've even heard the suggestion that a Z4 Compact could be represented there. We're thinking more about that latter model this morning, as an apparent carrier leak seems to confirm Sony's plans for ...

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    There was a time in not too distant history when LG's flagship smartphone had flat screens, and those with curved displays were reserved for the G Flex series. But with the G4 on the horizon, rumors started arriving that even this flagship model could be going the way of the G Flex, and picking up a curved screen of its own. In the time since, we've seen a number of officially sourced G4 images, and sure enough, it does appear to have a slight curve to it – really, really slight. Now we're getting some hard figures about the full extent of that curve, and there's a good reason it doesn't ...

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    Samsung is expected to break all sales records with this year's flagship devices, the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge. The company's been historically outperforming itself year after year, and, this year too, Samsung expects record Galaxy S6 sales. Aside from the fact that the two S6 phones are the best Samsung has ever built (and arguably, the best smartphones of the year so far), the company is also doing its best to push them on the market with its campaigns and decisions. Despite all that, Galaxy S6 sales underperform in South Korea, according to the Yonhap News Agency, which ...

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    Not much has changed over time when it comes to Sony's flagships, and their outer aspects. The Xperia Z3 looks a lot like the Xperia Z2 which looks a lot like the Xperia Z1, and the latest addition, the Japan-only Xperia Z4 is not much different either. If you were wondering how the two stack up, what the similarities and differences are (in terms of looks, cause we all know about the internals: better processor, better front-facer), check out these Sony Xperia Z4 vs Xperia Z3 pictures, coming from Japan. You can check out the details yourselves in the images below (and more at the source ...

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    Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications are already available for tablet users, but sadly, there were some owners that couldn't take advantage of the tools made by the Redmond-based company. First, those who had tablets running the latest versions of Android Lollipop (5.0 and above) couldn't use the apps, as they were incompatible; then, those rocking devices powered by Intel x86-based chips were in a similar situation, as these devices were not supported (only ARM-based systems). According to a Microsoft announcement on the Office Preview for Android Tablets Yammer network, ...

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    Earlier this week, we learned about an upcoming Android Wear update that would bring loads of features (just on time for the launch of Apple's competitor product, the Watch). Among the features list was Android Wear WiFi cloud sync, which made it so that WiFi-compatible Wear watches wouldn't have to be connected to a companion smartphone if both were independently connected to a data-supporting network. While we were expecting that to arrive as part of the major operating system update landing next month, it looks like an Android Wear app update today has already enabled the feature. ...

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    Samsung Pay debuted on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and it's the company's take on mobile payments, just like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. However, Samsung took it to the next level (thanks mostly to the acquisition of LoopPay earlier this year), making its own service compatible also with the MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) standard, meaning that you can use your device to pay at terminals which otherwise required you to swipe your magnetic credit or debit card. Samsung Pay will debut in the US and South Korea sometime this summer (partners include MasterCard, VISA, American ...

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    LG has made it a point with its recent phones to show that it welcomes smartphone users with all needs. Its already-diverse portfolio is getting even larger today, with the introduction of the budget-friendly LG G Stylo. The device (as the name implies) carries a stylus as one of its headlining features, though the meaning is twofold – LG says it also refers to the phone being "stylish". Let's first talk about that stylus. It's throwing in a Q Memo Plus widget with the G Stylo, which can be used to take notes using the new-and-improved writing utensil. LG notes that the display of the ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    Even though Apple's App Store certification process is a developer's worse nightmare, it has done a great job in keeping iOS free from many of the emerging malware trends of the last few years. Sadly that particular topic changes every day, so there's no guarantee that your device is completely safe from any sort of hack, and today we learn of another one. An HTTPS vulnerability bug was discovered back in February that affects version 2.5.1 of AFNetwork, a popular networking library used for iOS and OS X apps. This bug allows attackers to access sensitive and private information through ...

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