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  • by | April 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    Should we even be surprised at this point? Time and time again, smartphones roll off the assembly line with all these cool features baked-in, and then carriers go and get uppity about them for one reason or another, and leverage the largely undeserved power they hold over OEMs to force the deactivation of specific abilities. It's a struggle we've been following for years, seeing casualties like NFC payments or unlockable bootloaders get hit along the way. The latest incidents to come to our attention have affected Samsung's Galaxy S5, and earlier this week we talked about how multiple US ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    Making a smartphone with the intent of having it sell for a budget-conscious price is a tricky balancing act. Sure, you can build a stupid cheap handset just by giving it ancient hardware, but there's a law of diminishing returns there – at some point, you're not saving any more money by going with lower-end tech. At the same time, even if you go with conservative but still decent hardware, if you're not pricing the phone low enough, it's still not going to sell. Some manufacturers have been very successful at finding this balance; companies like Motorola and Nokia certainly come to ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    Swing by your favorite your favorite carrier or electronics retailer today, and you'll likely find the Galaxy S5 up for sale; today marks the start of broad availability for Samsung's flagship Android, so shoppers shouldn't run into any problems trying to get their hands on one. At least, that's the case for the regular-old Galaxy S5 models, but what if you want something a little more flexible? We haven't seen any sign of a Google Play edition GS5 just yet, but a developer model may be the next best thing, and today sees Samsung begin preparations for the release of just such a GS5. Right ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Smartphones with beyond-1080p 2K displays are by now very much a reality, but we've yet to see much in the way of examples from manufacturers popular in the West. That's left us anticipating when our favorite OEMs are finally going to come out with 2K phones of their own; will Samsung make the move with the Galaxy Note 4? Or what about LG with its G3? The latter there is probably the strongest contender at the moment, and we've already seen evidence from multiple sources that appeared to suggest the G3 would indeed end up with a 2560 x 1440 panel. Today the latest support for that theory ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 1:02 PM

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that today marks the day when Samsung's Galaxy S5 makes it presence felt at smartphone retailers around the globe. The brand new flagship becomes available today at stores in 150-some countries, giving smartphone fans everywhere a chance to get their hands on this hardware. Given Samsung's might, the prominence of the Galaxy S brand, and the fact that the GS5 didn't make any major missteps, and we're expecting the handset's retail reception to go over quite swimmingly. It will be some time before we have some hard sales number to ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 10:54 AM

    The day is here: Samsung's Galaxy S5 has just hit the shelves at retailers around the globe. As HTC simultaneously makes the One M8 available in additional places, as well, we are geared up for a serious showdown of the Android heavyweights. While no one's really sweating Samsung's outlook here, HTC very much could stand to use a win, as the company's been struggling to turn a profit lately. In the aims of driving as many sales towards the One M8 as possible, the manufacturer has apparently been distributing training material to retail employees which highlights the M8's benefits over the ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:54 AM

    Windows Phone 8.1 might not be available for your phone just yet -- but it will hopefully arrive soon -- but Microsoft seems to be preparing everything for when the refresh hits your device. And, if you own a Windows Phone, chances are you're using a PC; however, if you're the exception, and your computer of choice is a Mac, you might want to update your Windows Phone app client. The new version is available to download and Windows Phone 8.1 support is just one of the changes Microsoft added to the app. You will now also be able to drag and drop .DNG files to Browse Device UI, and there ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:57 PM

    How many different ways are there to build a tablet? Sure, you can add stuff like a kickstand, or go with a lopsided design like Sony's experimented with, but when we're constraining things to a traditional rectangular, flat form factor, our options seem pretty limited. That's one of the reasons we're so intrigued by a new Samsung design patent to surface, revealing a tablet with a finger-sized hole in one corner. As this is a design patent, Samsung doesn't need to explain what the hole is there for, and it doesn't. Instead, we get four pages of imagery, devoid of explanation. How do we ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Last year, rumors were flying around hot that Microsoft was putting together a pint-sized version of its Surface tablet, the presumed Surface Mini. From the sound of things, we'd be getting a device with a display in the seven-to-eight-inch range, and that the aspect ratio might change to an iPad-style 4:3. But then by the time 2014 started looming over the horizon, these Surface Mini rumors began drying up, and we haven't heard anything noteworthy in several months now. All of a sudden, though, the Surface Mini is back in the spotlight with new rumors discussing the tablet's hardware, ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some depressingly lame news about the US release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, learning that the handset as being sold for operation on AT&T had one of its more interesting features disabled, the “download booster” that enabled the phone to retrieve a large file over WiFi and LTE connections simultaneously, pushing speeds higher than any one connectivity option could hope to provide alone. It's not the sort of thing we'd see ourselves using every day, but it would be a nice option to have when running up against a massive download, and if Samsung already went ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:09 PM

    Ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build last week, we've been anxiously awaiting the release of the WP8.1 Developer Preview – OK, so it's been on our mind since even before Build, but now it's so close we can almost taste it. We've heard a few specific dates mentioned for its availability, and the first-such – April 10 – has finally come with no corresponding release. Earlier this week we heard Joe Belfiore talk about the software coming out during the “first part of April,” and today he gets much more specific, tweeting that fans should “check in early next ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 3:29 PM

    Google Glass has been available to participants in Google's Glass Explorer program for over a year by now. Participants willing to be Google's real world Guinea pigs and fork over $1500 for the headset have been able to get an early start on enjoying this next big wave of wearable technology, but the path to getting your hands on Glass hasn't been entirely straightforward. With broad commercial sales not yet open, buying Glass first meant being chosen specifically by Google, though later we saw availability open up a little. While we're still waiting for that day when Glass might be ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:30 PM

    Back at the tail end of February we heard about an improvement Google was working on to the way Android helps protect users against malicious software, building off the existing Verify Apps framework that evaluated apps at the time of installation to introduce a system that continually monitored apps to check for ne'er-do-wells, even after the software was already loaded on your phone. Today Google confirms that report and announces the introduction of this newly enhanced scanning service. While this is largely a better-safe-than-sorry measure, and most users who get their apps from ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:27 PM

    Apple is expected to not only redesign the iPhone this year, but rumors point to the company working on more than one device in order to satisfy the demand of those that want a bigger phone. Since some people value one-handed usability and others don't, reports have that Apple will bring a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch iPhone to the table this year. There are conflicting rumors on the launch date for these phones, but new predictions point to what we should expect from hardware. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo predicts that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will sport a 1334x750 Retina display at 326 ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 12:47 PM

    For the past couple weeks, if you wanted a new HTC One M8 in the US, your options were going with Verizon as your carrier, or placing on online order with another carrier, and waiting for your phone to ship. With a phone as hot as this one, though, who wants to wait any longer than they have to? We've been looking forward to the day when Verizon's short-lived period of in-store exclusivity would end, and we could really start seeing One M8 sales begin in earnest. That day is today, with Sprint and AT&T adding the phone to their retail store inventories. Both carriers will hook you up ...

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