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    Samsung's latest tablets are out now, marrying high-res quad HD displays with the bold colors and deep blacks afforded by the use of OLED panels: the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5. And though these tablets may be currently available for purchase, they could use a little push to help get sales going; the delayed availability of the LTE models, and corresponding lack of carrier promotion, certainly can't be helping. So Samsung is turning to other companies to help bring the Tab S into the spotlight, and today announced an unorthodox promo campaign, using the Galaxy Tab S to introduce the next ...

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    Samsung and Google have a complicated relationship that's seemed more than a little strained over the past year or so. Back in January things really came to a head, as Samsung debuted the Magazine UX for its latest tablets. Google was concerned with the extent to which Samsung seemed to be reinventing Android, pushing its own look and own services to the forefront, at the expense of Google's efforts. But the companies quickly came to an understanding, and the signing of a long-term licensing agreement appeared to indicate that peace had been brokered. But would that last? A new report ...

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    It feels like complaints about in-app purchases have been rolling in ever since the feature arrived, as users found themselves (or family members with access to their devices) inadvertently racking up excessive bills. And over the years, we've seen the companies behind these app stores implement additional restrictions, protections, and notifications to try and mitigate user concerns. Still, regulatory agencies have been quite critical of what they see as inadequate steps to address the problem, and continue to go after app stores that they feel aren't doing their best to rein in unwanted ...

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    The companies behind smartphones aren't always on the best terms with devs. Sure, they want to see new apps come out that help really show off their hardware and software, but some can also be a little resistant to devs interested in more elaborate hacks, like the kind we see from the custom ROM community. That's why it's reassuring when OEMs make a point to publicly support developer efforts, and that's what we're seeing from Oppo tonight, as the company announces its involvement as an Elite Sponsor for this year's XDA:DevCon gathering. Oppo joins manufacturers like Sony and OnePlus in ...

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    A month and a half ago, Samsung announced its first commercial Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z. The hardware seemed pretty capable, with a 4.8-inch 720p display and even the heart rate monitor from the Galaxy S5, but it didn't take long before we started developing some concerns about the phone's arrival, especially as Samsung withdrew the phone's announcement from a planned event at a Russian Tizen dev conference, citing a need to beef-up its app portfolio. The manufacturer said the phone would be appearing “later,” and we were still in the promised Q3 availability window, but after ...

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    It's only been a few weeks since we reported that Microsoft had acknowledged that the Surface Pro 3 was giving customers issues with Wi-Fi connectivity. If you remember, users were complaining about the Wi-Fi drivers completely disappearing after the Surface Pro 3 returned from sleep. Surely you could fix the issue by resetting your Surface, but that doesn't change the fact that it was an annoying procedure, and one that Microsoft hopes to fix today. The company has just released the System Firmware Update 7/16/2014 for the Surface Pro 3. In addition to some other bug fixes and system ...

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    What new Android hardware will NVIDIA deliver this year? So far we've been talking about two devices this summer, a new Shield handheld console – basically an Android phone (sans cellular radio) with integrated gaming controller – as well as a Shield tablet. As time goes on, though, a lack of new Shield 2 evidence has us wondering if that FCC listing from last month really was just a wireless controller (rather than a full-fledged gaming system), and if the Shield tablet alone might be the direction the company's taking for its 2014 hardware. Today we get our first look at how the ...

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    Amazon's Instant Video service has a fair level of advantages and disadvantages. If you're a Prime customer, you have an incredible amount of titles that are free for you to watch, and you can always pay for the ones that aren't. The biggest disadvantage is that Amazon had locked this service for Smart TVs, Kindle Tablets and iOS. You could get this service working on Android, but the walk around was too frustrating to not prefer a free month of Netflix. Luckily it seems that Amazon has smelled the coffee, and this problem should be fixed soon. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris ...

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    What company springs to mind when we're talking about smartphones with extremely scratch resistant sapphire crystal displays? Apple, with its big investment in sapphire and the multitude of rumors pointing to such a screen coming to its next-gen iPhones? Or maybe even last year's failed effort from Ubuntu, and its plans to deliver the sapphire-screened Edge? We've got one more name you should add to that list, as Kyocera drops a teaser for what sure sounds like a sapphire-screened phone of its own. We've already covered ruggedized Androids from Kyocera in the past, so it's not the biggest ...

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    Google hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm with its Android Wear offerings. Some people claim to still be waiting for the Moto 360, and others have found that being an early adopter is not such a good idea. If you read Michael Fisher's reviews on the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, you'll learn that even though these two products are cool, their biggest shortcomings are found within their software. Basic issues like not allowing developers to create custom watch faces is one of them, and Google has decided to end the complaints with a statement. Wayne Piekarski, a senior ...

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    As popular as the iPhone is today, there is a big crowd of people that stay away from buying one because of its spec sheet. The iPhone doesn't need a big engine to run, and yet the fact that 20 megapixel cameras are now the mainstream, and the fact that battery life is slowly becoming less and less of an issue, and it's hard to buy an iPhone just because it can perform well with what it has. Apple has taken all these factors into consideration, and in additional to some significant changes in design, rumors point to what Apple will change in the spec sheet as well. Chinese sources are ...

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    Cellular networks the world over are constantly improving, delivering higher speeds and better coverage, but for all the strides they're making, it's still all too easy to find yourself in an area with no coverage. Maybe you're out hiking off the beaten path, or boating around offshore; once you're out of range of the nearest cellular tower, your smartphone suddenly becomes a lot less useful. Or maybe the tower is just operating at capacity, or suffering other technical issues. A new accessory called GoTenna intends to help do something about all that, allowing users a backup communication ...

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    For those of you that were left wondering why Apple is landing a partnership with IBM after thirty years of rivalry, the explanation is quite interesting. One of the most shocking statements we've ever heard from Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, is that he's able to get 80% of his work done on an iPad in ways we've never been able to replicate even in our line of work. Even more interesting is that Tim Cook feels that you can do the same, and the collaboration with IBM is specifically to help you do that. In recent interviews with Tim Cook and IBM Chief Executive Virginia Rometty, both company ...

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    Over the past few months, we've slowly been putting together the picture of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's hardware. Will it feature a quad HD display? Will it have some sort of wrap-around screen? One detail that arrived about a month back was that the phablet might include a UV light sensor on its face, but the rumor wasn't accompanied by any insight into just how that sensor might be used. Now a new leak helps spell out just what Samsung's up to, describing a warning system to protect users against skin damage. Reportedly, the Samsung S Health app will use that UV ...

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    Heat is a fact of life with many mobile devices: when we crank up the brightness on our screens full-blast, or run software that pushes all a processor's cores into overdrive, we expect a handset to heat up in the process. Running warm may be one thing, but it's easy to take things too far, and on the upper end of the spectrum we're looking at glitchy operation, spontaneous power-downs, or even outright damage to hardware. New reports suggest that the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 may be suffering from some serious overheating issues, going so far as to warp the tablet's ...

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