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    Back in February, a document released as part of the latest wave of lawsuits between various mobile companies gave us a look into the relationship between Google and licensed manufacturer partners. These are the OEMs who ship their phones with Google's services and apps installed out of the box – so, pretty much all the major players (Amazon notwithstanding). The company's Mobile Application Distribution Agreement delineated all the particular ways Google's software had to be presented, including not just a list default apps, but specific ways they needed to be placed. Now a new report's ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Oppo's got a new smartphone coming up, and for the past several weeks now we've been watching it slowly tease the arrival of the N3. Even with the formal launch not expected until the end of October, the company's got no qualms about promoting the handset a little early, and has been playfully dropping hints about what we can look forward to. Earlier this week we saw one talking about super-light elements, and shared with you the theory that the company could be giving the N3 a body made of an advanced aluminum-lithium alloy. Today, Oppo appears to confirm that interpretation, while also ...

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    Well, that was fast. This week has seen Apple making swift moves with the updates it's been preparing for iOS 8, and in just a matter of hours we went from looking at an iOS 8.0.1 changelog leak, to seeing the update itself arrive, to hearing users complain that it was killing the cellular connection on their phones, to Apple halting distribution and releasing an 8.0.0 downgrade. At least we'd come full circle, and our phones were usable again, but what of all those bugfixes 8.0.1 was supposed to deliver in the first place? Apple told us to sit tight, as it was hard at work on an 8.0.2 ...

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    Unlike last year's Moto X, which ultimately saw support from all the major carriers here in the US, the new 2014 Moto X won't be quite so ubiquitous. Sprint's out of the running this year, leaving the other players to pick up the slack. We saw pre-orders for the smartphone open a while back, and early ones – at least on AT&T – should have already shipped out to customers. Tomorrow begins a new chapter in the Moto X's availability, as Verizon gets ready to welcome the handset to its stable. Obviously, if you're looking to do the Moto Maker thing with a Verizon Moto X, that's going ...

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    About a month back, Instagram delivered one of its coolest updates since it started supporting video in the first place, giving users the ability to create very smooth time lapse videos with a technology it called Hyperlapse. The results were quite impressive, but there was at least one little hitch limiting Hyperlapse's use: it only worked with your phone's rear camera. Today Instagram's got a new update incoming that does something about that, finally letting you shoot Hyperlapse vids with your front-facer. Operation is as straightforward as it was when creating regular Hyperlapse clips, ...

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    It's that time of the year again. Nexus season is upon us, and in full force too – after reports that the Nexus program would be coming to an end in favor of Android Silver, and then reports confusing us further by calling the other reports false, we're finally seeing somewhat-concrete evidence affirming the existence of a new Nexus. We saw a rather large leak from 9to5Google last night detailing Shamu allegedly, and now we have a follow-up report at hand: a Motorola Shamu image, in which the alleged Nexus is positioned next to the LG G3. Pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone, ...

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    September came and has (almost) gone without the release of new iPads, so we're looking squarely at October for the release of new entries to Apple's tablet lineup – which means it's about time that the rumor train start rolling. Today, a report from Taiwanese site Technews.tw looks to start detailing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, allegedly one of the upcoming Apple slates. The source states that the Pro will have an upgraded version of the Apple A8 processor found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the A8X. This naming convention is believable, as the fourth-gen iPad had an Apple A6X processor (and ...

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    How close were we to getting the Surface Mini this past May? To hear the reports, Microsoft's decision not to introduce us to its pint-sized tablet at the event that ultimately delivered the Surface Pro 3 was very much a last-minute one. In the time that's followed, we saw evidence for the tablet's existence in the form of inadvertent mentions in the Pro 3 manual, as well as references to Microsoft's decision not to launch the tablet in an earnings report. But even all this time later, we haven't seen this guy in the flesh, nor found ourselves convinced of its ultimate fate: postponed or ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z2 may have steered clear of US carriers, but now that the new Xperia Z3 is official, it looks like they'll be taking another look at the company's offerings, and at least some will add the Z3 to their lineups. T-Mobile has already confirmed as much, but what about other networks? And what about other new Sony models, like the Z3 Compact or lower-end E3? We may be getting the full story in just a couple weeks, as Sony schedules a New York City press event for October 9. That's the invitation you see up top, and it doesn't give us much to work with. At least, we're not picking ...

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    Yesterday afternoon Apple started with distribution of its iOS 8.0.1 update. Having just looked at a leaked list of bugfixes and improvements, we were happy to see the update already going live, but those good feelings didn't last for long, as users were quick to take to social media to report major new issues being introduced with 8.0.1, especially a near-phone-killing bug that broke cellular radio connectivity. Apple subsequently pulled the plug on the update, but what happens now? In a new statement, the company confirms plans to deliver 8.0.2 in the days to come, as well as provides ...

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    Last week we were talking about the possibility of seeing new color options arrive for Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch, after the company appeared to accidentally tease a golden Moto 360 watch body. While it wouldn't confirm plans to release such a model, the manufacturer did say that we'd be seeing “a selection of styles in the future.” Now it seems that the first new look for the Moto 360 is already arriving, as the gray leather strap option is replaced by one in a new color called “stone.” Originally, you could buy the 360 with a dark metal case and black leather band, or with a ...

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    Smartphones have been bent before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Smartphones will be bent after these models are long forgotten. But for the moment, with so many Apple users moving up to larger-screened handsets for what may be the first time ever, the sheer number of reports of bend-damaged hardware is hard to ignore. The good news is that Apple doesn't appear to be leaving its customers hanging, and that even this clearly user-caused damage may be covered under the phone's warranty. The only problem is that there's no hard-and-fast rule for what level of damage Apple will accept and ...

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    Last night we saw HTC deliver the first teaser video for one of the products it's planning to launch at its October 8 “double exposure” event. Apparently dubbed the RE Camera, we seem to be looking at a small handled or mountable tube-shaped rugged camera, intended for uses ranging from extreme sport helmet-cam action to just snapping a more convenient selfie with friends. Yesterday's video may have showed us what the RE Camera is capable of doing, but it really didn't give us much of a look at the hardware itself. But now some new pics have been uncovered that sure appear to reveal ...

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    One of the more surprising device launches of last year was of Nvidia's Shield handheld, an Android-powered mini console with a host of nifty Nvidia utilities. We, along with many others, felt the device grow on us with the passage of time, so we're glad to see support for the device is still top-notch, as evidenced by today's Nvidia Shield update bringing with it some bugfixes. The update comes in at a beefy 480MB, quite large for an update of this caliber, but all of these fixes are very much welcome – those screen rotation issues and the disappearing Twitch icon certainly sound like ...

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