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    Amazon entered the smartphone market earlier this year with some big dreams, giving its inaugural Fire Phone some hardware and software that wasn't quite like anything else out there. Unfortunately, higher-than-expected pricing, combined with carrier exclusivity and some regrettable battery life, ended up souring many potential users to the idea of the phone. Still, Amazon's done what it can to try and breathe a little life into the Fire Phone, like that very attractive Black Friday pricing we saw. That trend continues this month as the manufacturer starts sending out a big update to the ...

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    With all the distractions modern life throws at us, it's so easy to find ourselves getting off-task. Sure, you were supposed to get that invite list for the party put together by this morning, but then the new Taylor Swift album dropped, and Far Cry 4 came out, and have you guys seen that how-to-gift-wrap-a-cat video on YouTube? Back in August, we were looking at a number apps that we thought were ideal for the back-to-school season, and that group included Todoist, perfect for keeping you on top of the tasks you need to complete. Today we check out a Todoist update, bringing the app ...

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    Didn't we just see Google release a new version of its Maps app for Android? Sure, and we mentioned that update alongside a slew of other Google apps with new versions on the way as part of an update-Wednesday post a couple weeks back. And even after that, there were those new features for European users. But this is a new week, and a new Maps update is upon us. While there are no huge UI overhauls or anything so severe, you will find a number of new features and settings buried within, some of them looking quite useful. Don't like how navigation defaults to that car-GPS-style first-person ...

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    All the way back in September, when Microsoft was introducing new Windows Phone hardware like the Lumia 830, it also had an announcement to make about new firmware on the horizon: Lumia Denim. The update was set to deliver features like 4K video recording – when it got here, that is. Word was that Denim would hit WP8.1 Lumia handsets starting sometime this quarter, but it's been seriously slow to arrive; so far, there's some early evidence for distribution to phones in China, but users in the West remain out of luck. However, that may be just about to change, as Microsoft's spotted ...

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    It has been entirely too long since we've talked BlackBerry with you. There's a good reason for that, as the platform's downward slide has continued unabated throughout 2014, with the latest global figures showing BlackBerry sales dipping to below one percent of the total market. But the company isn't giving up without a fight, and today we once again turn our attention to Waterloo as BlackBerry formally launches its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Classic. If the look of the BlackBerry Classic seems familiar, that's because it's doing its best Bold 9900 impersonation; BlackBerry ...

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    OK, so OnePlus just hit a significant setback with that Indian sales ban for the One. But even with that issue hanging over its head, the company is still finding the time to celebrate. After all, today marks the one year point from the day its website first went live and it sent out the press release that would announce its formation. Sure, it would still be a couple weeks before we learned about the One and its Cyanogen-powered software, but today's when that dream first really got rolling. To commemorate the occasion, OnePlus has a lot happening today, including the launch of a new ...

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    Motorola's primarily been invested in the American market ever since it was acquired by its former owner Google. For one, it didn't have the strength it needed to successfully attack ultra-competitive Asian markets, and the company was going through a reboot period anyway. Now, with new owner Lenovo (and all the expertise its employees bring from years of success in the Chinese market), we're all poised for a Motorola China re-entry soon. And if Motorola's Chinese site is to be believed, that will happen soon, with the launch of new Asia-focused products. There's no word on exactly what ...

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    Wireless network technology is in a constant state of advancement. Just years ago, swooning over 3G-capable phones wasn't as heinous as it sounds today, and we're already in a world where the majority of some countries is blanketed with LTE networks. The natural next step in the evolution is the adoption of voice-over-LTE / HD voice technology in order to improve the dying voice call. And AT&T is continuing that momentum with updates to a portion of its smartphone fleet, including through this Galaxy S4 Mini VoLTE update today. The update is only for AT&T-branded units ...

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    Over the past few years, India has risen to become a hotbed for smartphone growth, offering OEMs lots of potential for low-priced phones to compete in a growing market. It and OnePlus seem like the perfect match – OnePlus has the pretty nice phone at a fair price, and India has the growth potential and customers the former needs. In the midst of the two joining, however, there have been many hurdles. According to OnePlus, just two weeks before the One was set to launch in India, the company was notified that Indian manufacturer Micromax had attained exclusive rights to the CyanogenMod OS ...

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    Sprint hasn't been famous for launching Windows Phone 8.1 devices. As a matter of fact, the company hasn't really launched any at the moment, and specially Lumia devices across its pre-paid customer brands. The good news is that both Sprint and Microsoft have announced a partnership today to end this problem, and we start with an aggressive device for its price tag. Microsoft and Sprint have just announced the launch of the Lumia 635 on the Sprint post-paid network as soon as December 23rd, and on its pre-paid companies like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile as early as January 16. The device ...

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    A few hours back we took a look at some hardware that might just be one of the next smartphones to emerge from OnePlus, but even if you've already got yourself a OnePlus One (or are now just waiting for yours to arrive, having placed an order with those temporarily-fully-open sales) there's cause to be excited as today OnePlus reveals a new enhancement coming to the phone's software – as well as teases what might just be a new accessory due tomorrow. Just like HTC phones have used Beats software to help add a little something extra to their audio output, OnePlus is teaming up with a ...

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    We've praised Apple for its design of the iPhone ever since its first iteration. Up until the launch of the iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple kept a very positive track record as a company that knew how to deliver flawless design on its smartphone and tablet lineup. Today, we admit we still like Apple's iPad lineup, but we struggle to recommend the iPhone 6 because of some elements in its design, and a famous engineer and designer has built a concept of his own. Business insider recently reported on a very interesting concept design by famous engineer and designer Nikola Cirkovic. Obviously concepts ...

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    Apple has had its good batch of ups and downs with iOS 8. On the positive side, the company has launched a more mature version of the operating system, and has addressed a lot of the things we asked for with iOS 7. That being said, its initial launches led to some bricked iPhone 6 units, and some slow legacy devices. iOS 8.1.2 was recently launched with some silent bug fixes, but it seems that was just part of the story. Apple hasn't really seeded iOS 8.1.3 to developers as is customary, but some activity logs are already claiming its existence. This wouldn't be the first time that Apple ...

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    Of all the major Android manufacturers out there, Sony's been one of the most vocal when it comes to supporting the dev community, and a big part of those efforts has been Sony's work at making AOSP builds available for many of its models, phones and tablets alike. We've been watching it work at this for years now, and today the company announces that it's just hit a pretty noteworthy accomplishment along these lines, completing AOSP coverage for every Xperia model running a Snapdragon chip that's been released this year. The last hold-outs to join the rest of the Xperia family with AOSP ...

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    Have you made paid for something in a store using your smartphone? Whether you're taking advantage of Google Wallet or Apple Pay, there are now more ways than ever before to use your smartphone to share payment data with a retailer. With the mobile payment market only expected to expand, everyone wants a piece of the action, and a new rumor claims that Samsung is interested in bringing such a service to its phones (well, beyond the existing Google Wallet support) in the near future. What makes this so interesting, though, and more than just a “me too” copycat action, is the broadly ...

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