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    At times when the spec sheet is everything for Android smartphones, Apple and Microsoft have adopted a much different approach to hardware. We have seen Microsoft change its game recently with devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows, but that doesn't change the fact that Windows Phone requires very little hardware to run smoothly. The same can be said of iOS, and if you thought that Apple needs a V8 engine to run its new phablet, think again. As reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have begun to emerge, one of the most interesting claims that we see is that both the iPhone 6 and the ...

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    Samsung may have launched the Galaxy Note Edge with its wrap-around screen at its IFA Unpacked event earlier this month, and while it wasn't shy about showing the handset off, it also wasn't too forthcoming with details regarding the smartphone's release. We were told to expect the phablet to hit retail later this year, but with no finer-grained release window, nor hint of possible pricing. Surely, with its unique display the Note Edge would sell for some sort of premium over the more straightforward Note 4, but just how much? While nothing's official just yet, evidence is pointing to one ...

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    iOS 8 is Apple's second iteration of the full revamp that iOS received with iOS 7. It's now a more mature platform, with a ton of new features that make a lot of sense, but that have taken years for Apple to acknowledge as necessary to satisfy its customers. If you've been curious to know what all the fuzz has been about, your wait is over, sort of. Apple has just released iOS 8 to the public, and if you're rocking an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPod Touch (5th generation), or any iPad that's iPad 2 or newer, you're eligible for the update. iOS 8 brings a bevy a new features ...

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    Going back years now, to the time when Motorola was first getting its bearings as a Google-owned company, we've been paying attention to the role former-Googler Punit Soni has been playing as Motorola's VP of Product Management. He's kept us in the loop about the manufacturer's plans for software updates, helped drive Motorola away from MOTOBLUR and towards a near-stock Android experience, and occasionally been the unintentional source for upcoming-product rumors. But that's all coming to an end, as today we see his path diverge from Motorola's, with Soni announcing his departure from the ...

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    All things considered, Apple's launch event last week very much delivered on our expectations for new hardware. Yes, the release of the Apple Watch is still months away, but at least Apple announced the wearable. And while rumors had been on the fence about whether we'd see both iPhone 6 sizes launch simultaneously, Apple came through with the pair. The only thing we didn't get was news about this year's iPad line, but even with late-stage rumors suggesting there could be a joint launch event, Apple's modus operandi has been to keep such launches separate. So when is the new iPad going to ...

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    To say that Apple's launch of the Apple Watch was a little unorthodox for the company might be an understatement: we don't have a firm release date, nor a solid sense of pricing. Sure, Apple told us that the line will start at about $350, but with so many different options for both case materials and straps, that figure's bound to go up quickly. But just how quickly, and how high will it get? John Gruber over at Daring Fireball makes the case for his Apple Watch pricing theory, and it quickly sees the company blowing past that $350 mark to hit prices in the thousands of dollars. The base ...

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    If you were following iPhone 6 rumors going all the way back through the beginning of the year, you were probably a little surprised to see the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut without a sapphire display on either of them. Reports about Apple's sapphire investment may have gone back-and-forth over whether both screen sizes would see the sapphire treatment, but surely at least one of them would end up with such an extremely scratch-resistant screen, right? Well, apparently not, and post-launch rumors attempted to frame the component's absence as a late-stage manufacturing issue. But is that ...

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    One thing that's no secret is that Microsoft has struggled with its mobile platform for years. After being the market leader for years last decade, the company hasn't found the right approach to regain its popularity after the launch of competitors like Android and iOS. We do know that Microsoft wants its company to focus on "Mobile and Cloud first," and Microsoft's new CEO explains how he measures success. In a recent luncheon with Seattle's Chamber of Commerce, Nadella was approached about the direction that Microsoft is steering with all the recent changes. Seattle Chamber President and ...

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    It's not surprising to think that our app usage changes over time: new titles and services emerge, and as Angry Birds fails to have the same punch as it did back in 2010, we find ourselves moving on to new software. But now a recent study suggests that not only are our tastes in specific apps constantly evolving, but the amount of time we spend interacting with them on a whole is on the upswing, with users spending an average of 21 percent more time in apps than they were just one year ago. Localytics breaks down its data by app type, and certain genres see much more pronounced growth than ...

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    A lot of us anticipated Motorola's launch of the new Moto X. Some may argue that it's not the most powerful smartphone in the market, or the best looking, but whomever says that has clearly not spent any time with its software. Motorola's Touchless Control app was among the most popular of all the services included, and now that it's called Moto Voice, there are some good news for legacy Motorola smartphones. Motorola has just launched Moto Voice for devices like the 2013 Moto X, in addition to the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX, and Droid Mini. This is an interesting move from Motorola given ...

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    One of the more controversial rumors to touch upon Google and its hardware efforts arrived back at the start of the year, with claims that the company would scrap the Nexus line as we knew it in favor of something called Android Silver. Over the months that followed, the picture of Android Silver as a line of premium devices with near-stock software emerged, though maybe not with the same budget-friendly prices that Nexus models went for. But then instead of new rumors adding clarity, the situation only got murkier, as new reports suggested that Silver as a project might be losing steam ...

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    Android L (whatever that ends up meaning) will be here soon, and with it, Google will be bringing its new Material Design look to its apps. Back in July, we took a look at some leaked Play Store imagery that differed slightly from the early preview we got at Google I/O, observing how Google was continuing to refine this design language as it prepared for a public release. Today, we've got even more Play Store 5.0 leaks to check out, further emphasizing the Material Design future in store for us. How does this upcoming Play Store differ from the current look? Color plays a large role in ...

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    You'd think that the next tier above mid tier, is a high-end smartphone, but that's really only the case if you're not talking about Samsung. We've seen the company launch watered down variants of certain smartphones, or new variants of the same phone with higher specs. If the amount of Galaxy phones in the market confuses you, we'll admit it confuses us too, but that won't stop Sammy from bringing on more. We have some leaked specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, which is definitely not a high-end phone, but will be a tad more powerful than the basic Samsung Galaxy Grand that ...

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    Being the smartphone-obsessive types that we are, we've seen more than a few cameras in our day that stick out from the handset's body. Those range from the exaggerated, like the old Nokia 808 PureView, to the minimal, like on the Nexus 5. This year, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both sport some cameras that protrude a bit from the phones' back panels. On the grand scale of things, the bump is minimal – much more in line with the Nexus 5 than the 808. So why, then, does Apple appear to be going to some lengths to obscure the presence of that raised lens? Looking at most of the imagery ...

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    If you're wondering why people go so crazy on the launch date of any iPhone, it really has nothing to do with wanting to have it first on that specific day. The biggest problem is that for the longest of time, Apple has always struggled with meeting the amount of demand that it gets. We already saw how crazy the preorders went on September 12, and with Apple's online store now pushing shipments to three weeks, you can imagine the same will happen this Friday. Sources claim that Apple will struggle to meet demand of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19. The amount of units that ...

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