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    Is HTC committed to the tablet market or not? After a couple forgettable early efforts, last year the company returned strong as the manufacturer behind Google's Nexus 9. That's fueled no shortage of rumors that we'd be seeing some new tablets released under the OEM's own branding, but so far none have managed to materialize. Most recently, that's included a supposed model T1H for the Chinese market, sounding very much like an SoC-swapped Nexus 9, but confirmation has remained out of reach. Now rumors address another possible HTC tablet, hinting a lower-end device that could launch in the ...

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    We’ve kept a close eye on YotaPhone’s offerings since the first model the company announced a few years ago. The idea of having dual displays working together to provide you with an enhanced reading experience is just the tip of the iceberg for what this phone can do, and our review of the YotaPhone 2 proved it. If you’re in the market considering this cool piece of Russian technology, this is probably the best time to buy. We now have a YotaPhone 2 being announced in white today, in case the black option that we reviewed seemed to dull for you. The device retains the same design, ...

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    As ridiculous as it may sound for Apple to get into the electric vehicle business, we’ve seen an incredible amount of rumors that point in that direction. The rumored “Project Titan” is real according to sources, so much so that we’ve seen Cupertino renting vans here and there for reasons we still can’t confirm. Another major indicator is Apple’s poaching of Tesla Motors engineers, in addition to A123 engineers, and this has led Apple into some major legal issues. If you remember, A123 Systems sued Apple earlier this year over poaching engineers and scientists to work in ...

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    Before the launch of Apple’s Activation Lock services, owning an iPhone or iPad made many users vulnerable to theft. Ever since the law was enforced, we’ve seen a dramatic drop in theft cases in many countries like the UK, mainly because a stolen iPhone or iPad is useless unless the thief knows the victim’s iCloud password. Watch theft is another common world problem since these are mostly considered jewelry items, and you can bet the Apple Watch falls under that category. A recent study has just proven that owning an Apple Watch may also make you very vulnerable to theft. At a time ...

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    It hasn't even been a month yet since Huawei launched the P8 (along with the P8max and maybe, not really the P8 Lite), its latest Android flagship. But life moves fast in the smartphone world, and the manufacturer already has its eyes firmly on what's next. We could be learning precisely what that is in just three more weeks, as the company sends out invites to a June 2 event. As you can see below, Huawei invites us to see what the company's unlocking next, with promises of showing off “what's new” and offering some insight into the company's further intentions for the US market. ...

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    The last 24 hours have been busy ones for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. While rumored for months, new evidence has started turning up in droves, all getting started with the release of some apparent photos of the handset in the flesh. It was long after that when FCC paperwork for the phone was seemingly uncovered, further making its release seem like an inevitability. Now we get maybe our best look at the phone yet, upon the leak of a couple new renders, complete with the phone's iconic camouflage paint job. As you may have heard us discussing on this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, ...

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    With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple's Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it's Apple that's capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren't about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving. Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond ...

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    It's been just about a year now since LG announced a new wave of tablets, introducing three new members of the G Pad family. With 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1-inch options, LG was covering its bases, but in the time since their release, we've failed to see the slates attract any significant following. Can LG hope to capture the public's attention any better with some fresh blood? We may finding out soon, as a new G Pad tablet gets leaked for Verizon. Noted leaked @evleaks just can't stand to stay retired, and this week he dropped a few mentions of the LG G Pad X 8.3. First he got this ball rolling ...

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    It's been three weeks now since the first Android 5.1.1 release went public, we've seen the software come to devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and even Nexus 10. And while Google's tablets have been quick to take to this new build, the same hasn't been true for the company's smartphones, lingering back behind the curve. That may finally be about to change, as Sprint gives users the heads-up that the Nexus 5's Android 5.1.1 update is incoming. Sprint's delivered first warning of on-their-way Nexus series Android updates before, so the odds are in favor of the carrier being on to something ...

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    The G4 has been the LG phone on everyone's mind recently for the most part (and especially for T-Mobile customers, thanks to the various G4 preview events the company is hosting to generate buzz and hype for the smartphone. But that doesn't mean that's all LG has got lined up for the Un-carrier's portfolio; if an internal T-Mobile memo leaked by TmoNews is to be believed, the T-Mobile LG G Stylo and LG Leon are also on their way to the network, supposedly ready to be launching on May 20. According to the publication, T-Mobile retail staff members are being primed to prepare for the ...

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    Apple Watch, ever since its launch last month, has seen a steady stream of development from most top mobile software development companies. For example, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and others have announced their intentions (or apps already) to develop for the device – not one big company is ignoring this device's existence. The latest company to hop on the Apple Watch bandwagon? One of Apple's biggest competitors in the smartwatch arena: Google. This first Google Apple Watch app isn't actually a separate app – it has just been issued in the form of an update to the existing News ...

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    We’ve seen a few teasers of how Windows 10 for phones is shaping up. After a lukewarm reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft has clearly been hard at work at improving what we felt to be a build that really wasn’t ready for consumer testing. We were waiting for a new build to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team has just tweeted about the current status of Windows 10 for phones. We heard about build 10080 last week, ...

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    It used to be that there were some significant benefits in acquiring a Moto X, but as the story goes, that was when Google owned Motorola. Immediate software updates were a great benefit that Moto X users received, where it even left Nexus devices behind at times. The story has been mixed since Lenovo took charge of Motorola, and if you still own a 2013 Moto X, we have more information today. David Schuster, Motorola’s Senior Director of Product Management has just provided users with an update on his Google+ account. Within the post, Schuster acknowledges that there are a lot of ...

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    The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have proven to be the flagships that Samsung needed to regain its limelight. Surely they’re not the perfect smartphone in things like battery life, or the lack of expandable storage, but everything else proves that Korea did a good job with this launch. A polarizing topic continues to be Samsung’s software skin and apps, but Samsung keeps improving it, for the love or hate of many. Samsung has just pushed an OTA update to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Europe and Asia under the XXU1AOE3 build number, and with 159MB in size. The update claims to ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    Apple has found unprecedented success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Cupertino was able to steal Samsung’s supremacy for a short-lived quarter in market share, and it’s currently fractions of a point away from Xiaomi’s supremacy in China. Apple is in desperate need to keep this momentum growing, and today we learn of some of the strategy. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is famous for very accurate Apple predictions, and today a new memo to investors provides insight on what to expect from Apple’s next iPhone lineup. For now we’ll dub these the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even though ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    Google released Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 last Thursday. So if you've been eager to try out the latest Android build on your tablet, a screen like the one above can be extremely frustrating: you know that update is out there, but your Nexus 9 just hasn't seen it arrive yet. What's an Android fan to do? Well, Google's already made available a 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 9 (download link below), which you're free to flash at your convenience, but if you haven't unlocked your tablet's bootloader, you're looking forward to a data wipe in the process. Of course, there's a better way ...

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    So far this week, we've had a couple great opportunities to check out one of Samsung's upcoming tablets, the Galaxy Tab S2. This model will mark Samsung's embrace of the 4:3 aspect ratio far more common on the iOS side of the fence, but recently making inroads with Android, as well. Instead of taking a look at another render, today we turn our attention to some specs, upon the discover of User Agent Profile files for not just the Tab S2, but also a couple Samsung handsets, the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. With the Tab S2, there's not much new, and this mainly serves as confirmation. UAProfs ...

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    Verizon remains the biggest player in the US wireless market, but just because it finds itself in the top spot doesn't mean that the firm is content to sit back and coast by on its previous success. Far from it, in fact, and today we learn of a big move the company behind carrier is undertaking in order to bolster its position in mobile, announcing plans to buy AOL in a deal worth $4.4 billion. AOL? Worth that kind of money in this day and age? You'd be surprised, and beyond its still-profitable dial-up business, the company's advertising and media holdings make it very attractive to the ...

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    Verizon may be the carrier we think of when we hear "carrier-branded Android tablet," thanks to its Ellipsis 7 tablet. AT&T isn't about to be left out of the fun, though, and months later here it is with its own offering, the aptly-named Trek HD. The Trek HD is a Lollipop tablet geared towards the budget-conscious, not the enthusiasts, though it manages to pack a few notable specs inside its frame. It's an 8-inch tablet with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It also has 16GB of storage – with a microSD card slot allowing you to add in up to 32GB more – as well ...

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    One of Microsoft's most important divisions is its Office department for productivity tools, and within that, iOS has become a key part of the Redmond-based company's playbook. It's kept its iOS apps well up-to-date, and it's not about to buck that trend, providing today a couple Microsoft Office iOS updates bringing minor (but welcome) improvements to the iOS versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The changelogs for all three are below – the updates are fairly minor and self-explanatory, though several of the new features have seen lots of support for their addition as of late. For ...

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    Now that the Galaxy S6 is out, have you been interested in deep-diving into the Samsung Android ecosystem, but haven't quite found the perfect opportunity. Well, if that leaked Galaxy Tab S2 tablet isn't looking so appealing to you, we have a piece of news that may be appealing to you. The latest rumored T-Mobile Samsung deal is offering buyers of both a Samsung phone and tablet a pretty sweet discount. TmoNews reports, with an official-looking picture of internal T-Mobile material, that the company will be launching a program to give a $100 MasterCard reward to purchasers of both a ...

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    After looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 render from yesterday, we're now getting some more information and context: first of all, this is not an official render (neither yesterday's, nor today's). Instead, it's a 3D model, claims the source, that has been built based on real schematics. We'll remain skeptical about that for now, but willing to play along. We're urged to believe that the upcoming premium tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, will be built having the Samsung Galaxy S6 design in mind. Today's render of the purported tablet's back comes to support this theory. We are now ...

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    It's definitely not normal for any company to reveal the deficiencies of an existing product, over a product it's still far from releasing, but Microsoft is desperate to give its new Edge browser some mind share. Microsoft Edge is the company's promise to a modern web experience, which in a way betters competitors, and in others simply catches up. Today the company decided to publish the security benefits of Microsoft Edge, and here are some. First of all, Microsoft Edge will be superior to IE because it's a universal Windows app. In Microsoft's technical terms: "This fundamentally changes ...

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