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    Microsoft's most recent tablet, the Surface Pro 3, is over ten months old at this point, having launched last May. We'd been expecting the Surface Mini, and then nearly from out of the blue, Redmond dropped this beast of a tablet on us. In the time since, the Pro 3 has held up remarkable well, but the same can't necessarily be said for the company's more affordable tablet option. After all, the Surface 2 is pushing eighteen months at this point, and Microsoft's already made it clear that the Windows RT-running Surface 2 won't be upgraded to Windows 10. Now we're hearing a little about ...

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    The Apple Watch will soon descend upon the company’s retail stores, and no matter how you feel about Apple's new wearable, its arrival is almost certain to usher-in a new wave of increased public interest in smartwatches in general. But for the moment, the Apple Watch is the wearable to be checking out, and we've already heard a little about just how you can get the opportunity to take a look at it for yourself. Earlier this month we learned some details about how Apple's in-store try-on program would work, and how reservations wouldn't be strictly necessary (though presumably a smart ...

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    Samsung started off 2015 with a pretty sweet deal for customers picking up some new hardware: if you purchased a new Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, or Galaxy Tab S during a specific two-week window in early January, you could score a free year of streaming Netflix service – a $108 value. While nice what it lasted, that deal's long gone by now. With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge just about to land, Samsung's warming this Netflix deal back up, and today T-Mobile announced that new GS6 and GS6 Edge owners will get the same free year of service. To qualify you'll need to pre-order a GS6 or GS6 ...

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    The big HTC news out this morning is clearly the invite for the company's launch event in China next month, where it sure looks like the One M9+ will be making an appearance. And more than that invitation to gawk over, we also saw the arrival of some new leaked pics. But while we're still very interested in seeing that model go official, it's not the only in-development HTC Android we've been hearing about these last few weeks, and earlier this month we got to check out the HTC One E9 as it stopped by China's version of the FCC. Now that handset is back in a series of additional photos. ...

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    A little later on today, Facebook is set to start streaming its presentation from the F8 dev conference, revealing some of the next big projects to come from the social media giant. While we could wait patiently to learn what's going to be announced, the cat may already be out of the bag, as users report receiving premature notifications from the conference's official app that name a few of the topics on today's agenda. Making reference to a hands-on demo area, this notice was presumably intended to go out immediately following today's announcements, but instead was inadvertently triggered ...

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    With all the momentum that's been surrounding rumors and leaks of HTC's slightly larger cousin to the One M9, the phone that may launch as the One M9 Plus, One M9+, or something slightly different, it would be understandable to expect that something had to give: either it's nearly time for this smartphone to go official, or we'd soon find ourselves talking about it in the same breath as unreleased projects like the Surface Mini. As it happens, it looks like that “going official” route is indeed the one the M9+ is about to take, upon the arrival of an invite for a Chinese HTC event that ...

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    Windows Phone is definitely what we'd like to dub as the "Finally" platform, as Microsoft has taken ages to support basics like VPN connectivity, even when its old Windows Mobile OS could do this since the turn of the century. That said, the Windows 10 preview for smartphones has been in the public for more than a month now, and it has showed us a lot of what's to come, but many of the new features are still not ready for the public preview. We've slowly learned of the new features to come in the recent WinHEC conference, and today more details emerge. Microsoft will finally bring support ...

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    Xiaomi may not be the most popular handset maker in the US or Europe, but once you measure its popularity in China, you get to understand why it's one of the largest smartphone maker in the world. We've already reviewed a couple of its products and admired its attention to detail when designing products for the mid-range market, and some new leaks show us that the company is just getting started. Leaked benchmarks show us a new Xiaomi Ferrari in the works, though we're not sure if that's the final product name or just its codename. This new mid-range handset is powered by a 1.65 GHz ...

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    Apple didn't just surprise the world with giving users public betas for iOS with the launch of iOS 8.3 beta, but we also see the company bringing more than just a dot update with what's to come. Surely the initial release only gave users a couple of changes to emoji options and skin tones, in addition to support for Google's two-step verification process, but some new updates prove that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Apple has just seeded iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers and public beta testers, and one forgotten topic that gets updated today is Siri. iOS 8 brought some minor updates to ...

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    Yesterday we took a look the latest info to arrive on the HTC One M9+ (or Plus – who knows?). It wasn't a huge leak, but it attempted to nail-down the phone's dimensions and included a newly constructed render of how the phone supposedly appeared. It was clear this wasn't a HTC-originated image, but one assembled by the source reporting this news, in an effort to protect his tipster. Now we're taking another look at the One M9+ as that same source share a little more about how he came by this information, while also constructing a physical mock-up of the phone. NowhereElseFr's Steve ...

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    Apple has done a very good job when it comes to the image quality of its iPhone cameras, ever since the launch of the iPhone 4. Many may debate that the company has been reluctant to leave the 8-megapixel-comfort zone that began four iPhone generations ago, but we've been able to prove the dramatic differences between each iPhone camera in our reviews of each product. Still, we've seen the company playing around with different ideas on how to improve the iPhone's camera, while still allowing its smartphone lineup to remain thin and light, and new developments could lead to a breakthrough. ...

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    Curved displays on smartphones have finally hit the mainstream. Sure, you may not have one in your pocket just yet, but between models like the LG G Flex 2, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, or the new Galaxy S6 Edge, there are more of these options out there now than ever before, and in full commercial form, no less – no longer constrained to industry trade shows. And while that's all very cool, devices like those three are just one facet of the curved-display dream: what about phones we can outright bend? Not just a little bit either, like LG's models will put up with: we're talking full-on ...

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    When you're looking to give your Android phone or tablet a little custom flare while stopping short of a full ROM replacement, it's hard to go wrong with a new launcher. There are tons of options out there, and we've gone over some of our favorites with you. One of those is Action Launcher, and today we get word of a new update for the software on its way out, delivering a bevy of new features, bugfixes, and general improvements. One of the key new features in this release is support for an open live wallpaper API, including compatibility with Quicktheme color matching. Shortcuts and ...

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    Apple is not only embarking on a new category with the Apple Watch, but it's also trying to succeed in a market that hasn't been able to take off. As such, we've seen the company hire an immense amount of experts from the fashion industry in order to develop the right angle for how to sell its new wearable. The company that was once famous for its laid-back Apple Store sales approach is about to change everything with the Apple Watch. Leaked insider information on how Apple Store employees are being trained over the next few weeks shows us that the new sales approach will dramatically ...

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    Google's always looking for ways to make your life simpler, pulling data from one place in order to provide you with useful information somewhere else. Last spring we saw evidence of just such a feature in the works for Google Now, scouring your inbox for bills and presenting you with notifications for when they needed to be paid. To hear a new report, Google's still very much interested in helping us cut through some of the headache surrounding bill payment and is planning to introduce a new system later this year to make bill organization and payment a breeze, all from within Gmail. The ...

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    Samsung's latest smartphone's like to do things in pairs: last year we saw the Galaxy Note 4 arrive alongside the Galaxy Note Edge, and just the other week the Galaxy S6 debuted arm-in-arm with the Galaxy S6 Edge. But it's not just product launches that have Samsung phones following the buddy system, as Samsung users on AT&T are learning today. Just a few hours back we heard about the arrival of Samsung's Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T, and now the same is happening for the phablet's predecessor, as the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 scores a Lollipop update of its own. This ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones back at the start of February, giving curious fans the chance to get an early look at the company’s next-generation mobile OS. While it was fascinating to get this kind of access to in-development code, it was also a bit of an unfinished mess (understandably so), and quickly had us wishing for a follow-up release that would address many of its outstanding issues. We've already seen some teasers up that alley, even if a formal release still isn't here, but until that day comes, it looks like a lot of Windows 10 testers ...

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    Media junkies these days have better options than ever before when it comes to getting online content onto their TV screens, with gadgets like Chromecast or Apple TV happy to connect our sets to more movies and TV than we could ever hope to watch. Amazon went after both those set-top box and HDMI dongle markets with the introduction of its Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick last year, perfect for consumers already invested in Amazon's media libraries, either through their PCs or the company's Fire-series Android devices. Today we get word of a significant update coming down for both the Fire TV ...

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    With HTC's One M9 firmly on its way to retail availability, we've recently found ourselves turning our attention to what might be next from the manufacturer. That's included models like the One M9+ (Plus), a slightly larger, slightly higher-res, and for some reason an apparently-Duo-Camera-keeping variant of the new flagship that may or may not still be on-track for launch. But beyond that, we've also been wondering about the next edition for HTC's Butterfly series of One cousins. Earlier this month we looked at a rumor claiming the Butterfly 3 could arrive as a 5.2-incher with a quad HD ...

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    The practicality of phones with displays that stretch all the way to the handset's edges – models with nary a bezel to be seen – remains to be proven. They certainly have the capacity to look quite attractive, but are they actually convenient to use as phones? Are we going to have to re-learn how to hold devices so that our grip doesn't interfere with touch input? As manufacturers push closer and closer to bezel-less phones, those are questions we're going to be thinking more and more about, and now the latest model to get them bouncing around in our head is making the rounds this ...

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    The first build of Android 5.0 Lollipop may be months-old at this point, but that has not by any means translated to every phone receiving updates to the latest build of the software quite yet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop build could be getting updated for AT&T-branded units; here are the supposed changes. This new version of Android 5.0 would bring with it the removal of the widely-criticized "Interruptions" mode (it had previously on earlier builds replaced the "Mute" mode). In addition to the update to Lollipop itself – which will certainly bring improvements such as the ...

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    Companies still struggle to make Mobile Payments a popular service among users. Google continues to be the more predominant service when it comes to install base, but Apple is the company that has nailed this service most with Apple Pay, even if to a lukewarm reception. If you've noticed we pretty much haven't mentioned Microsoft on this topic lately, that's because there hasn't been much to talk about until now. Microsoft's WinHEC conference continues in China, and today we learn more about what changes are coming to mobile payments with Windows 10. After Google snatched Softcard a few ...

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    For a minute there, we thought that the launch of Apple's new MacBook would be the end of the iPad Pro/Plus rumors that we've been talking about for months. We only had one Cupertino product with a 12-inch display in our radar, and that ended up matching some of the specs of Apple's new notebook. What's interesting is that rumors for this larger iPad continue, and this time we hear of design changes. Case manufacturers are rarely wrong with case designs, and today we land some new leaks that show us the case for a larger iPad Plus or iPad Pro, and probably the most striking difference of ...

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    What would an Apple product launch be without some of the usual drama, right? Apple is famous for not being able to meet the demand of its customers during the first weeks or months of a product launch, and we sometimes wonder if this is a real or just a marketing stunt. If you thought the Apple Watch would be exempt to this, well, it seems reality is different. Internal sources claim that Apple's manufacturing partners are struggling with various stages of Apple Watch production. Most predominant are issues with the manufacturing of the display, as LG seems to not be able to manufacture ...

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    Google has gained a lot of fame for many of its services, but Google+ is definitely not one of them. Some of us still debate the need for another social network, and even with how useful Google+ can be for backing up your photos, not everyone likes the idea. Google seems to have noticed this particular pattern in users, and reports claim that this is the main reason why things might change soon. It seems that some code buried within an update to the Photos app points to a new update to come, which might change the dynamics of how the app works. The rumors are that now you won't be forced ...

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