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    You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone maker is having a blast with the launch of devices like the Galaxy S5, but that's actually far from the truth. Samsung's quarter results are in, and instead of making its investors happy, it turns out that the company is actually doing as bad as it had forecasted. Samsung warned its investors that the "weak demand" for smartphones and its increase in marketing expenses could hit the company hard, and so it did. Samsung announced profits of $6.1 billion (6.25 trillion won) compared to its $6.96 billion (7.7 trillion won) of last year, and ...

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    When it comes to wireless charging on smartphones, tablets, and (soon) smartwatches, there's only one standard we really care about: Qi from the Wireless Power Consortium. Sure, there are those companies who would really like us to use the PMA standard, but the support just isn't where it needs to be: in the hardware of the majority of phones with wireless charging, coming from our favorite manufacturers. For you fellow fans of Qi, the group behind it has some great news for you today, as it announces a new version of its standard that's going to start increasing the distance over which ...

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    Some of us are still trying to understand Apple's purpose for acquiring Beats music a couple of weeks ago. Some speculate that Apple is in search of better music accessories, others feel that the company wants a better edge to compete with music streaming, and others even feel this is a cultural thing. Speculation won't end until we see the some finalized products as a result of this acquisition, but for now, there's only bad news for the Beats team. 40% of the Beats workforce will lose their jobs in the next coming days, as Apple is eliminating the redundant positions between both ...

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    This may be pushing the limits of what counts as smartphone news, but bear with us for a moment: Samsung and Oculus VR have been partnering up for work on what's promising to be a real virtual reality renaissance. We know Oculus itself has been thinking about Android compatibility since its early days, and more recently the company has been helping Samsung develop the technology it's using for its own Gear VR headset accessory. But now as a new version of the Oculus Rift dev kit arrives, and hardware fans tear it down to see what makes it tick, we're starting to realize just how deep this ...

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    Kyocera's Brigadier first leaked back in the spring, and at the time, there wasn't much reason to be excited about it. The phone seemed like it would just be the latest in a long series of ruggedized Androids that may offer exceptional durability, but with little in the way of real stand-out features, nor high-end specs. And so we largely forgot about the phone until it popped back on our radar earlier this week, as a source leaked some Verizon documentation to us that identified the Brigadier as the first Kyocera model to use the company's Sapphire Shield – its branding for a highly ...

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    What's next for OnePlus, following the launch of its One handset? Another smartphone is probably a safe bet, but what about other form factors? There was that rumor earlier this month about a OnePlus Tab tablet, but that one quickly turned out to be a fake. Today we're checking out another leak – and hopefully one that will stand up to a little more scrutiny – as a OnePlus smartwatch is seemingly revealed. According to these design sketches, this “OneWatch” would offer some of the hottest features from the most anticipated smartwatches at the moment; those include things like the ...

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    There was no shortage of leaks regarding the LG G Vista, and, while some of them were a miss, others were spot on regarding its availability date and upcoming specifications. As predicted, the phone is available today, July 31, online, from Verizon Wireless, and it goes for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $19.99/month on Verizon Edge, or $399 outright). The Verizon LG G Vista specs, as expected, include a 5.7–inch qHD display (that's 940x560, unfortunately not Quad HD, like the G3), a resolution that is rather small for such a large display form factor. Also in is a 1.2 GHz ...

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    Samsung mid-ranger news may be dominated at the moment by the Galaxy Alpha – at least, if this really does end up being a model comparable to the Galaxy S5 mini – but as we wait to see if that guy's really going to debut next Monday, there's another new mid-range Galaxy handset popping out of the woodwork, as T-Mobile announces the Galaxy Avant. We first heard about this guy last week, when it was rumored to be the phone that would debut a new T-Mobile carrier unlocking app. Word was that we could look forward to a launch around the end of the month, and that's just we got. The Avant ...

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    The great thing about today's approach to mobile voice assistants is that the service lies in the cloud, and as such, can be updated periodically with more features. We've seen both Google and Apple be quite aggressive with the updates they've provided to Google Voice Search and Siri respectively, and now Microsoft takes an extra step. The company has just launched new updates to Cortana, and if you haven't noticed, here are a few new tricks. You can now ask Cortana how old Bill Gates is, and the service will respond verbally, something that has made Google's Voice Search famous for years. ...

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    The past month or so's been a relatively busy time for Sony and its mobile lineup, as we've tackled rumors looking not just at new phones, like the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, but also at accessories for those handsets, like a new lens-style camera add-on. While formal announcements could come at any time, the odds are good that the company's gearing up for a big event at this year's IFA expo in Berlin. Today we learn just when that will occur, as the company reveals plans for a September 3 press conference. This time last year Sony had already teased its IFA event, but it would still be a ...

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    Even with all the buzz surrounding Samsung's smartwatch offerings, the bottom line hasn't proven to be as buzz worthy for this or any other company building wearables lately. Some customers seem to still be waiting for Apple to make its move later this year, and others simply feel that a smartwatch should look like the Moto 360. If you're on the list that believes Samsung could do better with its designs, it turns out that the company does too, and new patents reveal this. The USPTO has just granted Samsung a couple of patents that the company had originally filed since March of 2013. ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers continue to push engineering limits towards the elimination of side bezels for their handsets' screens. Some of them gave it the old college try, only to run up against seemingly unavoidable physical limitations, like LG with its flagship G3. Some of them might just conquer bezels entirely, like we've heard Samsung could be aiming for with its curved display tech. Today we're looking at a leak attributed to the anticipated Meizu MX4, which may offer some of the narrowest bezels we've ever seen for a traditional smartphone display. Granted, this is just the front ...

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    Those of you that thought that the rest of Nokia was doomed after Microsoft's acquisition of the mobile division, that's actually far form true. Nokia has always been much bigger than just a company that builds phones, and after the departure of the smartphone division, we now see the company dare new odds with its Z Launcher. We praised its first beta for its simplicity, and it seems that Nokia was just getting started. The company has just pushed a new update to the Z Launcher, and the enhancements include the ability to drag and drop favorites, remove or uninstall items with a long ...

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    When we start talking about an upcoming Motorola device, what do you think of? The Moto 360, already fully official, but taking its sweet time in coming to market? Or what about the Moto X+1, the flagship expected to debut alongside the arrival of 360 sales? And now there's all this new talk about a possible Motorola Nexus phablet – any one of these a likely candidate for rumors of new Motorola hardware. But today we find ourselves looking at something else, as a Motorola trademark filing might reveal the name the company's going with for a new phone: the Moto Maxx. Right away, that ...

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    Whether it's in Apple's online stores or in its brick and mortar stores, one of the biggest challenges that customers face is that price hump we all get with the sales tax. At times when most states don't force you to pay taxes in order to buy the same things at Amazon, it's obvious that if you were given a choice, you'd rather keep those extra bucks in your pocket. Still, some states are about to launch a couple of tax-free days, and Apple didn't miss the opportunity to remind you. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina and Tennessee will ...

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