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    With news of Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders about to open, we've understandably got Samsung's latest phablets on our mind. The statements that have been coming in from carriers all day are finally confirming Note 4 pricing, completing our picture of the phone's launch. But as those questions are answered, we find ourselves searching for similar details concerning the Note Edge, and at the moment official info is hard to come by. But what little we have been able to verify is beginning to reveal that not everyone will be able to check out Samsung's unique wrap-around display before the year's ...

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    If you thought that Apple's intent to acquire Beats Audio was mainly focused on bringing better headphones to its lineup, we did too. Beats are sadly more famous for their design and marketing, and less for their audio quality, and it seems that Apple knows that as well. Apple has just filed a couple of new patents to improve its existing EarPod design, and we don't see Beats technology anywhere. Apple's new EarPod patent focuses on bringing new sensors to the headphones in order to increase audio quality, and noise cancellation accuracy. The design includes an accelerometer that will be ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8 should be more than just a software update on your radar if you value privacy. One of the major changes to the OS is that Apple no longer stores your encryption keys, meaning, only you have access to your passwords and data. This is great since it eliminates any known possibility for your data to be shared with any law enforcement agency without your consent, but then again, if you forget your password, keep in mind there's no way to retrieve it later. Apple has also taken its time to publish a full website with all the changes that the company has implemented to ...

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    Right now, if you want to place an order for the new Moto X, you can do so through the Moto Maker, getting the phone on-contract with AT&T or going for the unlocked GSM edition, which also supports T-Mobile. And we know that Verizon's going to be offering the phone too, even if its own pre-orders have yet to begin. Last year, with the first Moto X, shoppers had their pick of carriers, with Sprint, US Cellular, and Republic Wireless rounding-out the offerings. We might have assumed that we'd eventually see the Moto X enjoy similarly broad carrier support, but that may not be the case ...

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    Yesterday brought some disappointing news for OnePlus fans, as the company announced that it would be ending its plans to deliver interchangeable StyleSwap covers for the One. But even facing that upset, we had cause to be a little optimistic, remembering what we heard late last month about the coming availability of pre-orders for the One that wouldn't require users to track-down invite codes. Today the company shares new details on how all that will work, and this being OnePlus, it's unsurprisingly a little weird. First up, the company formally confirms its intent to open pre-orders ...

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    How overdue are we for a new Nexus tablet? After two straight years of summertime launches for the Nexus 7, 2014 has so far left us empty-handed. But to hear what rumors have been telling us, our Nexus fix could be just around the corner, with expectations that an HTC-made Nexus 9 could be lurking in the shadows, nearly ready to make its debut. The evidence surrounding this device has been steadily building up, most recently in the form of the discovery of an apparent keyboard case. But even if this Nexus 9 is on the way, when would it get here? Last month, we discussed the possibility of ...

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    Over the past couple days now we've had a number of opportunities to talk about Samsung's release plans for its new Galaxy Note models. First we were running some theories about possible Note Edge pricing, before hearing about an accelerated start to the Note 4's release in South Korea. Today we turn our attention to the US, instead, as Samsung formally the start of Note 4 pre-orders tomorrow, in advance of the phone's release on October 17. Samsung's announcement has subsequently prompted statements from a number of US carriers, who add to this story with the pricing info we've been ...

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    We've been catching wind of the possibility of a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha as of late, with the model number SM-A500 being repeatedly tossed around. Thanks today to the Chinese regulatory body TENAA, we have a clear look at what could be Samsung Galaxy Alpha 2 images. There's nothing much to be said about the design of the phone, aside from the fact that it bears much resemblance to the current Galaxy Alpha. The phone is supposedly just 6.7mm thin, and weighs 126 grams as well. As for specs, the current rumor mill has it that this SM-A500 will have a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD ...

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    In a bit of a surprising move – we can't recall the last time that a tech company's plans legitimately surprised us – Amazon has just unveiled a new set of tablets. These new Amazon tablets include refreshes for the Kindle Fire HDX line and more. Let's start off with the Fire HDX. First off, as you may have noticed, the "Kindle" branding has been dropped from the name. Moving on to the product itself, you'll get a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, an 8.9-inch display with a 339 ppi pixel density, Dolby Atmos audio, and an 8MP rear camera. This ships with the latest version of ...

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    One of the coolest things that Motorola started last year, in addition the Moto X itself, is the way that it approaches updates to its services. Instead of making you wait for a full firmware upgrade, Motorola focused on adding as many services as it could to the Google Play Store, and updated these separately. We've seen many OEMs follow this trend lately, and it seems Motorola is continuing with this trend by adding more apps. Once you unbox your new Moto X, you'll notice that applications like Moto Actions, Moto Display, Motorola Sensor Services and one that's simply called Moto are ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily had the best time with its developer community. The company that once had its CEO sing "developers, developers" repeatedly has struggled to find enthusiastic support for it smartphone and tablet platform. As such, we've seen a couple of desperate measures in order to gain a broader community, and most of these efforts have worked, but Microsoft is at it for more. Developers are reporting that Microsoft has removed the yearly subscription fee that they would have to pay to either submit, or keep applications in the Windows Phone Store. This is a great move for ...

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    Sony has had a rough couple of years with its smartphone business. The consumer electronics giant has found significant success in almost every market that it caters to, but smartphones and computers don't seem to be its thing. We've seen how the company closed down the VAIO division a few months ago, and as things look lately, the Xperia lineup hasn't grown as the company expected. The company has just adjusted its economical forecast for the end of its financial year, and after all the adjustments, it seems that the company expects to lose quadruple what it thought it would. We're ...

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    A little earlier this afternoon we were talking about Samsung's retail plans for its latest phablets, and in particular what kind of pricing the Note Edge might find. At the time, we mentioned how Samsung didn't give us a very tight release window for the Edge, only saying that it would be out before the end of the year. That's in contrast to what the manufacturer had revealed about the Galaxy Note 4, announcing at the time of the phone's launch that sales would get underway in October. As it turns out, even that may be too long of a wait to get this horse out of the gate, and we hear this ...

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    One of the best things HTC's doing with the software on its Android models lately has been the way it's distributing even HTC-exclusive apps on the Play Store. By doing so, it's able to deliver app updates to users far more easily than it would through monolithic system software updates. We've already seen it go down that path with its Gallery app, and today learn about a new release that's incoming, bringing some additional features to the One M8 and Butterfly 2. The fact that we're talking about those two models should clue you in to the focus here: new Duo Camera stuff. Specifically, we ...

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    To say that OnePlus has struggled a bit with its launch of the One this year might be a bit of an understatement. From initial word of its invite system, to stock shortages, to ill-conceived promotions, it's been a rocky road for the company. Recently, we've been hopeful that things were turning around, especially as we got word late last month that those invites could be going away entirely in the near future. But now we find ourselves bringing you news of another upset, as OnePlus kills-off the One's StyleSwap covers. Announced back in March, the plan was to give users a choice of ...

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