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    Apple has been famous for keeping its cool about the competition. This year alone we've seen Samsung launch 4 different smartwatch models, LG launch one, and there is a solid promise from Motorola and HTC to do the same. Even so, we have yet to see Apple launch its own iWatch, which is ironic since rumors of Apple building a wearable are older than Google's intentions of launching the already existing Android Wear. If you're wondering when we'll see Apple's contribution to the wearable market, it might be later than you think. New reports from Taiwanese sources claim that Apple's mass ...

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    Late last month a leak outed what were claimed to be front panels for the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. While a little hard to believe at first, a series of subsequent leaks detailing the Z3 have really brought us around to the idea that this is a model Sony's working on. But what of the smaller phone, the presumed Z3 Compact? We haven't heard much of it since then, but now a new series of photos has arrived alongside some hardware rumors – the question is, is this the Z3 Compact or not? Here's the problem: while the basic shape of the phone is a close enough match to that front panel ...

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    The next couple months are shaping up to be chock-full of smartphone announcements. IFA in early September is bound to bring us a ton of new devices, and shortly after that we're expecting news of the iPhone 6. We've even been picking up on word of a few possible launches for August, and an invite just landed for what may be a notable one, as HTC prepares for an August 19 event. But what could the company have to share? A few subjects come to mind, like that One M8 for Windows (or W8, if you will) and the recent rumors that the phone could launch sometime this quarter. Sure, there's been ...

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    The story behind Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has rapidly been coming together over the past couple weeks, going from a name, to a spread of leaked pics, to hardware details in just a span of days. The breakneck pace at which news of the phone's been developing is not looking like it's due to slow down anytime soon, and word comes in today that the Alpha's launch could already be within sight. According to SamMobile, which published one of the two currently available sets of Galaxy Alpha photos, the smartphone may be publicly announced by Samsung next Monday, August 4. An earlier rumor also ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 has finally seen its public release, following months of availability as a Preview for Developers. But as Windows Phone users all over the world start installing their 8.1 updates, Microsoft already has its eyes on what's next, and today gives us a little taste of what to expect, announcing the coming availability of WP8.1 Update 1 and going over some of the software's key features. Remember that folder support we've been talking about? The update will introduce Live Folders to the platform, letting you group apps for a denser, more feature-packed Start screen. Even ...

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    Malware issues and Android have been a mix of repeated controversy over the last couple of years. We do know of the existence of malware for Android, and we do know of the security risks involved, but it's hard to remember the last time we've ever heard of a virus attack that's rendered Android smartphones useless, or at risk. Malware on mobile devices is surely possible, but sadly not as popular as it was a decade ago on Windows computers, and still, new reports emerge today of a new risk to Android. A new "Fake ID" exploit reportedly allows fake applications or services to poise as ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may be the company's new baby right now, but when it comes to Android devices, Amazon's best known for its family of Fire tablets. Last September we saw it introduce its latest lineup, including some new Fire HD models and the debut of the HDX series. With the anniversary of that launch coming up on us, can we expect a new offering of Fire tablets this year? Some benchmarks may give us an early look at what to expect, but from what we're seeing here, we wouldn't expect any massive changes. Last year's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was a pretty capable tablet at the time (and ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has proven to be as cool as it is odd. We do praise everything we've seen in our extensive review coverage, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has only launched a few devices running it. If you're wondering when we'll see some dedicated Windows Phone 8.1 hardware, the answer could be just around the corner. Sources close to Microsoft mention that Stephen Elop showed off two devices in an internal company meeting last week. The first of the two is apparently codename "Superman," and according to the source, is Microsoft's selfie phone ...

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    Whether it's just a fad or a legitimately useful tool, there's no two ways about it: apps that offer users the ability to send messages that have a built-in expiration date are the hot thing to deliver right now. Following the success of Snapchat we've seen no shortage of copycats, including Facebook's recent launch of Slingshot. Last week, rumors about a new one emerged, with word that Instagram was preparing an ephemeral messaging service of its own, dubbed Bolt. While Bolt is still not widely available, Instagram has quietly gone ahead and publicly launched the service in select ...

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    The LG G3 has gained a lot of praise everywhere for its design and features. At times when competing smartphones are doing an excellent job in filling up the spec sheet, LG has done a great job in stepping things up a notch. That said, those of you that were interested in buying the G3 in some of the color options that were announced in May have found it peculiar that not all five color options are available yet, or at least not until next month. LG has just confirmed that the missing colors Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red will be available in August. Sadly we can't predict which markets ...

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    This past weekend we brought you an exclusive leak concerning Verizon's plans for the LG G Vista. We got an updated launch date, with it looking like VZW would get the G Vista out by the end of the month, and also got to see some detailed descriptions of the phone's hardware. The odd thing was, some of this new data didn't agree with previous rumors – would the phone arrive with a qHD or a 720p 5.9-inch display? As we get closer to the G Vista's launch, a new leak attempts to set the record straight, and despite what we got from our source, it's looking like the phone might be 720p, ...

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    Facebook has been notorious for doing some interesting and odd things lately in the attempt to retain social relevance in the market. The company's messenger app has been one of those particular services that has made a lot of sense. The company may not have gained any fame from its Facebook Home launcher, but the whole Chat Heads concept did prove to be famous, and now the company wants to continue pushing this forward. Facebook is now notifying both iOS and Android users that it will phase out messaging on its mobile application, and force everyone to use its messaging app. For those of ...

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    Back in early June, SwiftKey announced a pretty substantial change to its business model, making its keyboard free to download from the Play Store, and earning its money through the sale of add-on themes. Today it's got more good news for its users, announcing a pretty decent update to the app, the arrival of new themes, and the start of a theme sale. Let's dive right in to the changes arriving with this update. While on first impression it might look like a run-of-the-mill bugfix/tweak release, it's the scope of the changes here that make this release sound impressive: everything from ...

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    As we get closer to September, the amount of rumors regarding the future of the iPhone 6 will only get stronger. There's been a continuous debate over the possible launch of both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 that are being rumored, some assuming a simultaneous launch, and others a separate one. Today we get some additional rumors from China, some of which are credible, some of which are questionable. Two separate sources are claiming that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will not receive any sapphire display love when launched in September. According to one of these sources, ...

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    Last spring, Facebook and HTC asked the world the question “are you interested in a smartphone that puts Facebook front and center as the core of your user experience?” The answer from consumers was almost a resounding “no,” and the HTC First failed in spectacular fashion. Even the Facebook Home software that could be deployed on existing Android phones stagnated, and despite claims from Facebook that the project is still active, you wouldn't know it by the utter lack of public support. Is that it for Facebook's big smartphone ambitions? Will it resign itself to being just another ...

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