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    The latest smartphones, on both Android and iOS, are configured to enable device-level encryption by default; no longer is simply having one of these handsets in your possession enough to read the data stored within, requiring user authentication before information can be accessed. As far as smartphone users are concerned, this is a great development, securing our personal info against the prying eyes of both criminals and occasionally-over-reaching law enforcement. Unsurprisingly, the US government isn't quite so pleased about this practice, and it's wasting no time in pulling out the big ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows is more than just another Windows Phone in the market. In addition to bringing the quality in design of the HTC One M8 to the Windows Phone space, it also proves that OEMs can use existing Android hardware to find success in another platform. We still don't have specific details on how the HTC One M8 for Windows has performed in T-Mobile, but as of today, we have another option to buy. After a little hurdle with the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows earlier this month, T-Mobile has just made it official that the device is available today. The spec sheet and ...

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    Samsung has spent the last couple of years improving some existing ideas, like in the case of smartphones, or defying the existing trends with others, like phablets. In both of these cases, Samsung has succeeded, but where the company has failed terribly is in its attempt to give us all a content consumption alternative. Apple currently owns the content consumption business with services like iTunes and the App Store, but Samsung hasn't seen the same success, even if there are more Galaxy smartphones in the market. As a result, we've seen Samsung brush off its Media Hub earlier this year, ...

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    Issues surrounding the state of “free” apps on our phones and tablets are some that have managed to stir up surprising amounts of controversy in recent years. Consumer groups and trade regulators have long been concerned with the degree to which in-app purchases have managed to transform outright-free apps into technically-free-but-beating-you-over-the-head-to-spend-money ones, a subject most recently lampooned by South Park earlier this month. Apple's been a regular target for such complaints, and we've already seen the company take steps to limit unfettered in-app purchases and make ...

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    Getting your hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop right now is kind of a mess. Most applicable Nexus devices have already received it, some NVIDIA Shield products have also gotten some action, and we should see it rolling to the Google Play edition devices very soon as well. We also know that OEMs like HTC have already committed to pushing Android 5.0 to existing flagship smartphones in the next few months, but if you want an early glimpse of what it'll look like, let's all thank the Internet. We have some leaked photos of what seems to be HTC Sense 6 running on top Android 5.0 Lollipop. We say ...

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    Many of us still wonder why Apple decided to acquire Beats by Dre for $3 billion earlier this year. At the moment we still haven't seen any collaboration between both companies, and aside from some better product placement of Beats products on Apple's stores, we don't see how Cupertino is finding any benefit to this deal. That said, we know Apple is famous for its secrecy (sarcasm intended), and it seems that the company plans to start some changes with Beats Music. We've heard that Apple is negotiating with record labels in order to drop the price tag of Beats Music in order to compete ...

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    We've barely spent a few weeks with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the market, and it's already time to do some talking about Apple's plans for its next-generation iPhone. Given Apple's track record, what'll most likely happen is that we'll get the exact same design as the current-generation iPhone 6, but with some improved specifications. The iPhone's camera is still regarded as one of the best in the industry, but that doesn't change the fact that it's been stuck at 8 megapixels since the last four generations, and it seems this is where Cupertino will strike next. John Gruber is ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    It's been about six months now since Google announced its Android One project at Google I/O, an effort to streamline handset development and empower manufacturers to quickly and easily get cheap, versatile hardware into the hands of customers. If you're a smartphone user in the West, you may not be up on all the Android One developments since, but shoppers in India have already had the opportunity to get on board the Android One train for a couple months now. One of the many selling points of Android One has been the level of control Google has over software, with promises of speedy system ...

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    With smartphones having risen to the the level of popularity they now enjoy, and more and more users making their phones a major, if not the primary way they interact with websites, it's hardly a surprise that many sites deliver mobile-optimized versions of their content, designed to better fit on smaller screens and support the sorts of interactions favored by touchscreen input. But not every site has gotten the memo just yet, and it can be frustrating when you're using your phone to pull up a page that seems to be doing all it can to make your life difficult: tiny text, or maybe a ...

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    Right at the tail end of last week, Jolla popped back on our mobile radar as the company posted a teaser to its website, notifying us that “something big” was on its way this week. But what? We speculated a little about what that “big” could be in reference to, and one compelling theory was that Jolla might be working on a physically larger device than the sort of Sailfish OS-running phone it launched back in 2013. Sure enough, today the company confirms out suspicions, announcing a crowdfunding effort to build the first Jolla Tablet. It's an unusual approach to creating new mobile ...

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    We now know that Samsung is planning on having 25 to 30 percent less smartphone models in its portfolio next year, but that doesn't mean that the smartphones which will end up on the market will continue to be the same ones, in terms of form factor, that we've seen this year. Around this time last year, we've seen a Samsung roadmap detailing the planned evolution of the memory, processor, image sensor, as well as the display, as components of the smartphone. As far as the screen is concerned, curved and bended displays were featured from 2013 through 2015, followed by foldable displays. ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    Even though Microsoft has made some significant leaps with Windows Phone 8.1, and even Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, there is still one piece missing in the puzzle. This is the most mature version of the company's operating system, but with the added irony of very little hardware being launched to showcase what it can do. Surely devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows are a good example of how it can be done right, but we need more competition, and it seems some is on its way. We have some leaked images from an unnamed Chinese factory that show the display panel and part of the housing of a ...

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