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    We just covered Apple's record-setting financial figures, and mentioned at the time how it's one of two giants in mobile sharing their performance this evening. The other is Microsoft, and the company's got some mixed figures to report when it comes to its smartphone game. Microsoft's problem is the growing popularity of budget-priced Lumia models, which just can't bring in a whole lot of money individually. And while Lumia sales in terms of units were very strong, growing some 3 million to 8.4M (as opposed to just 5.4M the same time last year), revenues took a dive, dropping 38 percent to ...

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    The biggest companies in mobile are sharing their latest financial data, and last week we checked in with Google to learn about its most recent growth. Today we've got another two behemoths to crunch numbers with, and first on the agenda is Apple, reporting a record-setting quarter. Maybe the biggest questions on everyone's mind is how the Apple Watch has been doing, and while Apple doesn't provide detailed figures, it sure paints the picture of a successful debut. The problem is that while Apple lays out sales figures for iPhone and iPad product categories, the Watch gets lumped in its ...

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    At a time when Google has major developments in the self-driving car concept, and pretty much owns the most popular mapping platform in the world, it's no surprise that automakers are worried over the company becoming a major competitor in the future. Google Maps may be free for consumers, but GPS tracking companies that use the service have to pay a pretty penny for the use of the maps. As a result, many automakers were inclined to use Nokia's HERE Maps as an alternative over the last couple of years for their vehicle navigation systems, and given Nokia's interest in selling, automakers ...

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    Today looks like it's China's day for smartphone launches, and we just shared with you all the new gear ZTE just announced for the nation. But we've also been looking forward to a new hardware announcement from Huawei, especially after hearing last week that the company was getting ready to introduce its Honor 4A. Today the manufacturer makes good on those teasers, going official with its new mid-ranger. Make no mistake: the Honor 4A is in a different league than those new ZTE Axon devices, with some very conservative specs. But while it won't win any benchmark contests, the hardware ...

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    Apple is not only famous for its products, but also because of its customer service. Visiting an Apple Store is definitely a pleasant experience on its own, but the company's Genius Bar services have been praised for helping users solve issues with Apple products on the spot. AppleCare+ has also been garnered a lot of fame as one of the best extended warranty services out there, but we also know nothing is perfect. An upset customer is trying to give Cupertino a class action lawsuit over the company's replacement plan, because according to the customer, the products she's received aren't ...

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    Apple has been on a roll with its beta updates for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2. Everyone was given access to the first public beta of these new operating systems a few weeks ago, but we all know developers get an earlier glimpse at what's to come, or at least most of the time. Today Apple has seeded beta 4 of all three operating systems to developers, and here are the details. First of all iOS 9 beta 4 is mostly about fulfilling Eddy Cue's promise to developers. If you remember, legacy services like Home Sharing were removed from iTunes with the launch of Apple Music, and that ...

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    ZTE may already have launched its flagship Axon smartphone in the US last week, but it's been clear that the story behind this handset was far from over. After all, just yesterday we caught wind of a seemingly upgraded version of the Axon for China, enjoying the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get the full picture on the Axon lineup as ZTE introduces a series of models for the Chinese market, including a smartwatch. First we have the Axon proper, picking up a fingerprint scanner which the US version didn't have, but seeing its RAM drop at the same time to just 3GB. There still ...

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    The new Motorola Moto G has been one of the most leaked phones in recent memory, popping up in pic after pic as we look forward to Motorola's launch event next week. Recently, we've been seeing those leaks expand to cover some premature retailer listings, and shared one such posting with you overnight. But as shouldn't be too surprising when we've got an unannounced device like this, not everyone agrees on all the specifics, and this afternoon we're checking out yet another Moto G 2015 retailer page, this one painting a very different picture of the smartphone. Didn't love the Snapdragon ...

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    Microsoft helped usher-in spring this year with the launch of a new tablet, adding to its Surface line with the introduction of the Surface 3, the first non-Pro Surface to run a full version of Windows (and enjoy the same broad software support) and avoid all those RT shenanigans. And while the Surface 3 started hitting stores in early May, initial availability was only for the tablet's WiFi-only option. LTE would be on the way eventually, and today we get word of the first US carrier to offer just such an LTE-equipped Surface 3. AT&T begins Surface 3 sales later this week, where the ...

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    The past few years have been rocky ones for some heavyweights in the SoC industry. It wasn't that long ago when NVIDIA was at the top of its game, and now its chips struggles to find homes. And more recently we've seen signs of trouble for Qualcomm, too, as controversy surrounds the Snapdragon 810 and companies like Samsung turn to in-house efforts for flagship handsets. With Qualcomm about to reveal its Q3 financial figures this week, new rumors suggest that the SoC-maker may be about to consider a big change to help improve its business outlook, splitting its operations as a maker of ...

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    Do you know where your smartphone's been? Actually, maybe you know all too well, having left your handset on all manner of grimy tables, sticky counters, or other surfaces of questionable character. Or maybe you turn your back for just a moment and your cousin's four-year-old suddenly has his unwashed playground hands all over your unattended phone. But now you can take comfort knowing that even if your smartphone's been in some gross situations, you won't be suffering as a result, as we get word of the first handset protected by new antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. Beyond offering the usual ...

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    We only need to put up with 2015 Moto X and 2015 Moto G rumors, reports, and leaks, for about a week or so, as Motorola is holding a special event on July 28, where we will hopefully see both aforementioned phones, and maybe even a ruggedized version of the 2015 Moto X, dubbed the Moto X Sport. Until then, however, we take what we can get, and this report seems to unveil some 2015 Moto G specs. The information has been published on Spanish retailer FNAC's website, but still, we advise you to treat it with skepticism, despite matching some of the information from previous reports. We ...

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    It would make a lot of sense for Samsung to announce the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in the same color options as the Galaxy S6 Edge, just as it would equally make sense for the South Koreans to unveil special color options to make the larger version stand out. It doesn't really matter now, as we're just speculating, upon seeing these alleged stills purportedly representing a gold Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or, sometimes referred to as the Galaxy S6+ Edge). The source of the report also published an alleged picture of the device revealing its specifications: Quad HD display (of yet unknown size, ...

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    The "2016 flagship killer" -- not our words -- should be officially unveiled at a special event next week, but we already know a lot (almost everything) about the upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone, thanks mostly to leaks and reports, as well as official confirmation from the company itself. Depending on who you tend to believe, the OnePlus 2 will either have a 13-, or a 16MP main camera on the back. That camera, its output, to be more specific, has been compared by the company's CEO with some popular devices out there. The images posted constitute a OnePlus 2 vs iPhone 6, and OnePlus 2 vs ...

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    Flagship UHD (Ultra HD, aka 4K) TVs from Samsung are being referred to, by the manufacturer, as SUHD units, and, if you're planning on purchasing one in the United States, the South Korean manufacturer is giving you a free Galaxy S6 smartphone. A couple of restrictions apply though: the TV of your choice has to be one of the following units, identified with these model numbers: JS9500, JS9100, JS9000, JS8500, JS850D, or JS8600. So, if you're getting one of the aforementioned TVs, a 32GB "Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB device for your selected wireless carrier" can be yours, if you submit ...

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    We all want Windows Phone flagships! However, we should understand that it would make little sense to unveil high-end devices prior to Windows 10 Mobile's release, so we're all hoping to see some Windows Phone flagships towards the end of the year. There were a couple rumored, like the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL, with some of their specs getting leaked, in addition some details. Then we started hearing about a certain Lumia 950, with some specs mentioned, and now a report turns everything upside down. According to this report from China, the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL we've previously heard ...

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    So far we've heard everything we want to know about Windows 10 Mobile through the Microsoft Insider program. In addition, we also hear of devices like the Cityman and Talkman in the works. What we've vaguely been able to see is the future of Windows 10 Mobile on tablets, and today we get details. A new Ramos Q7 7-inch tablet has just passed through the TENAA certification process, and even though this is not the fanciest tablet in the world, it shows that there will be such a thing as tablets running Windows 10 Mobile. Listend specifications mention 7-inch 720p screen of undisclosed ...

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    Spotify's CEO has been clear that he's not necessarily stressing out over the launch of Apple Music. The company hasn't reported any significant loss in customers after the launch of Cupertino's service, and Apple Music is still far from perfect. That being said, it's hard to deny that some of Apple's features are quite awesome, and today we see Spotify respond. One of Apple's major selling points for Apple Music is the fact that its playlists are curated by real people. That can be both good and bad, given the fact that people's taste is both subjective and biased. Still, Spotify decided ...

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    Right now, Google's offering early access to Android M as a developer preview, and while those releases for Nexus hardware give us the opportunity to go hands-on with the software ahead of its broader launch later this year, they leave us with a few unanswered questions about how Android M will land. The one that gets speculated upon the most may be which dessert item ends up providing the final M-name, but just as big a mystery has been the version numbering Android M will finally take. While nothing's yet official, a compelling theory offers a pretty good guess at just where Android M ...

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    Qualcomm hasn't enjoyed much positive fame with the Snapdragon 810 processor, mainly because of how unreliable it can be with heating issues. ASUS is another company that's had a great idea with the PadFone lineup, but has failed to wow consumers into buying a product in massive quantities, even if it makes a lot of sense. That said, PadFones haven't really been famous in the spec department, and ASUS would decide to add the latest and greatest Snapdragon to its future PadFone, we could be in for something great. Leaksfly is reporting that ASUS might be teaming up with Qualcomm for its ...

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    Google I/O back in May marked the beginning of a new era for image management on Android devices, as Google launched the new Google Photos (above). While many users quickly transitioned to the new service (and corresponding app), Google kept the lights on over at the old Google+ version of Photos … at least for the time being. About a month ago we started picking up signs that the beginning of the end was here, with the latest update to the Google+ Photos app warning us that it would soon stop working – but stopping short of offering a hard-out date. Today Google explains just how and ...

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    The Apple Watch may surprise our expectations in some recent customer satisfaction surveys, but the amount of customers satisfied is also crucial. Apple has been reluctant to share information on how the product has sold over the last few months, and we even hear that Apple might not share exact data on tomorrow's quarter results conference call. It seems that investors are not too happy with this, and analysts are already chiming in the product's defense. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has just provided some insight over all the recent drama surrounding Apple Watch sales. He does ...

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    As we mentioned a little earlier today when checking out one of the latest leaks of upcoming Motorola smartphone hardware, despite the Moto X being arguably the more exciting of the handsets we're looking forward to, the new Moto G has been positively dominating the leaks that have arrived to date. That continues to be true this afternoon, as we take a look at a couple pics of what's reportedly a new Moto G store dummy unit, one that gives us a peak at the phone's defenses against environmental onslaught. The existing Moto G, you may remember, offers water resistance, and while the ...

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    Even with the evolution that we've seen with wearables over the last few years, it's still anybody's game. Many companies have speculated that the Apple Watch has outsold its competitors by significant margins over the last few years, and still we have no official data from Cupertino on the topic. If you're wondering how satisfied users are with their Apple Watch, we've got some surveys on the topic. Techpinions has just published a recent survey conducted to 800 Apple Watch owners, and the results claim to be better than what the first iPhone and iPad were able to receive. The Apple Watch ...

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    Last week we saw ZTE introduce its Axon phone, a smartphone launch notable not just for the hardware it brought to market, but for the way the manufacturer went about doing so: rather then tackle US smartphone sales with some re-hash of an existing model, ZTE elected to give America its own phone, and a big part of its Axon launch was emphasizing the “designed in the US, for the US” aspect of it. That may well be true, but a recent entry over at China's TENAA (more or less the country's FCC) reveals that the nation sure appears to be getting its own edition of the Axon, and one that ...

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