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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 may be the SoC that grabs the company most of its headlines these days, mired in controversy as it is. Luckily for Qualcomm, claims of overheating and sub-optimal performance are increasingly appearing to be overblown, and we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the launch of even more 810-powered hardware at MWC 2015 in a couple weeks. But high-end is just one fraction of the SoC market, and today Qualcomm revealed what's coming next for its mid-range offerings, announcing four new SoCs for its Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series. Remember the ARM Cortex-A72 core ...

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    The Android Lollipop rollout hasn't been the fastest thing we've ever seen – the first code drop of the Material Design-inclusive update arrived months ago – but it's been chugging along nonetheless. Given that it just recently started rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it was only a matter of time before the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update began making its way to users, and it's done just that today. Just like all good things (read: product launches), this update will begin rolling out first in Australia. Australians will be treated to a whopping 1.02 GB download of ...

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    If you're an iPhone or iPad user and the cloud storage solution of your choice is Dropbox, you should go ahead and update your client to the latest one available. Your iTunes Store app will notify you of the new version, but if you don't have Dropbox installed, you can grab the newest version from the source link below. Aside from the usual bug fixes and various improvements, with the latest Dropbox update, your uploads become even easier. The app now supports a new Action Extension for iOS 8 devices which allows you to save files straight to Dropbox from within your favorite apps. This ...

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    If you're currently on the ropes deciding if you should buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in the next few months, there are more reasons than ever to become part of the full Microsoft ecosystem, assuming you also use Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft made a big deal of how universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone will also work on the Xbox One, but at the moment, support for third-party apps is limited to only a few elite developers. This is about to change and in a major way. Sources claim that Microsoft is preparing to show us how the whole third-party Xbox One platform will work in April ...

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    Progress isn't just about welcoming the new, although that's often a big part of it. It can also mean that we have to say goodbye to the old, sacrificing sometimes-beloved features in the name of what's next. Back in 2012, when Microsoft was first introducing us to Windows Phone 8, we learned about Rooms, private invitation-only spaces where you could share information and media with specific people; maybe you'd create a Room for your family, or for a close group of friends. Last week we saw the Windows 10 Technical Preview become available for certain WP8.1 devices, and it landed without ...

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    Samsung's supremacy over the smartphone market has quickly faded over the last couple of years. The company was China's top smartphone vendor for a significant amount of time, and that leadership was taken away by Xiaomi last year.  If you're wondering how Samsung is doing lately with so many entry-level Galaxy phones in the market, you'd be amazed at how the tables have turned for the Korean giant. The IDC has just provided its market share figures for Q4/2014, and Samsung is not second, nor third, nor even fourth place in the Chinese market share, but an unbelievable fifth with only ...

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    Yes, we know that as geeky as Project Ara is going to be, we won't be able to test it unless we move to Puerto Rico in its initial launch phase. While there's nothing wrong in moving to such a beautiful island, we're sure you're all as skeptical as we are over how the modules of this Google project will look for the end consumer. Toshiba seems to agree that this is a valid concern, and has decided to show us its camera modules. Toshiba has been able to build three initial camera modules for Google's Project Ara, a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel primary camera module, and a ...

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    With HTC finally admitting that yes, it intends to unveil its next flagship One handset on March 1, it's easier than ever before to develop a case of tunnel vision, focused without distraction on the One M9. But for millions of HTC One M8 owners, they're still quite interested in HTC's ongoing efforts to support their existing handsets. Although many of those users abroad have already made the journey to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the update's been slow to arrive on carriers in the US – a situation HTC's been apologetic about. T-Mobile already saw its Lollipop update land last week, and now ...

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    You knew it was happening, right? After all the leaks we've seen, the months and months of rumors, and that recent appearance of the One M9 name in the code behind HTC's website, the company practically had to introduce its next flagship at MWC 2015 in just a couple weeks. Well, there's believing that something will take place, and then there's actual confirmation. And while we've been going on a lot of assumptions thus far, there was always the outside chance that we'd been reading the situation wrong, and HTC could have slightly different plans for the formal debut of the One M9. Today ...

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    ASUS has been skirting the line between tablets and phones for years now with its Fonepad line of tablets, which unlike your run-of-the-mill slates, come equipped to handle traditional cellular voice calls. We've seen the company deliver Fonepad models in multiple sizes and with different hardware configurations, and this week we get to check out the latest addition to the family, upgrading the Fonepad 7 with some slightly more capable hardware. The new Fonepad 7 sports a 1280 x 800 seven-inch display, and like previous models, there's an Intel Atom SoC powering things, this time a 1.3GHz ...

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    I was just about two years ago when LG first announced it was entering the SoC market with a chip of its own, just like Samsung had done with its Exynos lineup before. But it wouldn't be until fall of 2014 when an LG SoC finally made its way into one of the company's phones, with the NUCLUN chip in the G3 Screen. Unfortunately for LG, NUCLUN quickly found itself attached to reports of sub-par performance. Now the manufacturer may already be looking to follow that up with a slightly more impressive offering, as reports surface of efforts towards a new 64-bit LG SoC. Supposedly, some of LG's ...

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    Even though we've got a few players in the VR headset business like Samsung and Oculus, this is still a niche market that needs traction to take off. Microsoft's vision of what a VR headset should be has gotten a lot of us surprised as well, but as much promise as the HoloLens brings, we still have to see a final product to judge if it'll revolutionize anything. Apple is always open to pick up on slow markets and propose smarter solutions, and it seems a VR headset is the next way to go. Apple was just granted a patent for its own VR headset, but if you thought this would be a ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is here, giving owners of select Lumia smartphones an early glimpse into Microsoft's next efforts for its mobile platform. But what's next for the program? When can we expect a new release with some fresh new features? And what about compatibility with additional phones; should you just try that hack that tricks Microsoft's servers into letting you put the preview on unsupported hardware? The company's Gabriel Aul has been fielding questions on Twitter, and brings us answer to these questions and more. That installation hack we told you ...

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    We've continuously discussed how the state of wearables is, in an odd way, disappointing. The added value of notifications in a watch doesn't seem to be as appealing as the industry would think, and many of us have set our expectations in the Apple Watch as the device that will change that. We're just a few months away from the official launch teased by Tim Cook, but it seems that this won't be the product Apple intended. In a lengthy article, the Wall Street Journal has shared some inside information on how the Apple Watch is not what the company envisioned. Apple’s original plan was to ...

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    Wireless charging tries so hard to catch on. In theory, it's a graceful solution to a world that's cluttered with too many wires already, but a lack of strong manufacturer support, absence of ubiquitous charging points, and confusion over competing standards have all worked together to keep it from becoming more popular than it might otherwise be. Is there hope that the situation will ever get better? Samsung sure seems to think so, and the way the company sees it, this is the year when wireless charging is really going to shine. In a lengthy blog post, Samsung talks a bit about the ...

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    The days are counting down until Mobile World Congress 2015, where at Samsung's Unpacked event the manufacturer is expected to announce its flagship Galaxy S6. Last week we saw Samsung getting ready for its event, starting a promotional campaign to tease the arrival of “The Next Galaxy.” First we saw a teaser hinting at some exceptional camera performance, especially when it comes to low-light environments. Now it seems that Samsung's got its mind on the Galaxy S6's silicon, as its latest teaser alludes to how exceptional performance can help supercharge your productivity. At least, ...

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    On January 14, about a month ago, Samsung decided to make its first Tizen-powered smartphone official. The phone with a four-inch WVGA screen and a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor was only announced for India, initially, and according to industry sources cited by Business Korea, its market performance is better than expected. More than 100,000 units have been sold (the source mentions "people who chose" the phone, so we're quite sure we're looking at sales, not units shipped) since its debut, in India. In Bangladesh, since its February 3 availability, 20,000 units reached their owners, for a ...

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    At the end of last year, Google announced the expansion of the Android One initiative; emerging markets were added, like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and now, the Mountain View-based company announces Android One-based devices for Philippines, the sixth market to join the Android One club, in addition to the aforementioned, India, and Indonesia. Google's main partners in bringing Android One to Philippines are local retailers Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, and the phones will be named Cherry One and MyPhone Uno. Android Lollipop will be powering these two devices out of the box, and, to ...

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    When it comes to HTC, the upcoming One M9 -- branding recently confirmed -- takes all the headlines in terms of leaked looks, specs, etc., at least until March 1, when the device will become official. Whether it will have a 1080p sibling or the M9 itself will be 1080p is yet unknown, but a set of HTC One M8i specs have been leaked, bringing back last year's flagship to our attention. Upleaks mentions this particular M8 variant, the M8i, which would be exactly identical to the HTC One M8, with just a couple of changes. While measuring and weighing (probably looking too) identical to the M8, ...

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    We've been hearing various Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating reports. If these were only tied to Samsung -- remember, Samsung is reportedly ditching Qualcomm because of this purported issue -- we'd understand that the South Korean giant is bringing an excuse in order to push its own processors (as Samsung reportedly wants to enter the SoC game). However, according to a recent report, it looks like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is actually running cooler than its 801 predecessor. The test setup includes a device available on the market running Snapdragon 801 on Full HD display, and a ...

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    We had heard that Microsoft was planning two major GDR upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1, but with all the Windows 10 buzz, it was easy to assume that GDR2 was dead. Many of us are already testing the Windows 10 preview for phones, so it really doesn't make any sense for there to be Microsoft resources working on an update in between. Still, Microsoft is Microsoft, and some new documents prove otherwise. Internal Microsoft documents that are usually only shared with OEMs and carrier partners claim that Microsoft is still working on GDR2 for Windows Phone. The document is dated on January ...

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    We knew that Microsoft's initial release of its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones wouldn't support every WP8.1 handset under the sun, but we didn't expect it to be quite as limited as it was, with zero support for flagship hardware. Instead, the release worked with half-a-dozen recent low-to-midrange handsets. Now, you could just wait for future Windows 10 previews if you find yourself with some of that not-yet-supported hardware; Microsoft's been very clear that compatibility is only going to get better. But if you're the impatient type, with a streak of DIY confidence running ...

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    At this point, the theory that the LG G4 won't make an appearance at MWC 2015 is hardly a controversial one. Considering when the G3 and G2 before it launched, a debut this early in the year was always a bit of a long shot, and the idea of the G4 sitting this next expo out has been gaining more and more traction as of late. But if the G4 does indeed skip MWC, when might it launch? Would we be waiting all the way until late May, as we did with the G3? Maybe not, as sources out of South Korea point to a possible April launch. When in April? Unfortunately, these sources don't get any more ...

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    As zero-hour approaches for the HTC One M9 launch, now under two weeks out, old rumors are starting to pick up new evidence, and our understanding of what to expect from the smartphone is really starting to take shape. Earlier today we looked at what sure appears to be official support for the idea that the phone will launch as the One M9, and this afternoon we check out some new corroboration for another rumored detail, as a leaked wallpaper hints at the phone's display resolution. In a world were so many flagships are turning to quad HD displays, we've heard more than once that the M9 ...

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    One of the only technologies that hasn't been able to miniaturize successfully at the same trend that the mobile industry has evolved, is battery technology. The way it goes is that the beefier the processor, or the higher resolution the display, the larger the battery you require. We've seen Samsung Galaxy phones not only excel in this department year over year, but new reports claim that the company will take a step back. Reports claim that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will sport a 2600 mAh batter, a step back when compared to the current 2800 mAh power pack of the Galaxy S5. Just to give you ...

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