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    No matter where you go, buying an iPhone can prove to be an expensive prospect. Whether you're shelling out for the handset's full retail price, or incorporating the phone's cost as part of your ongoing carrier bill, you'll likely end up paying more than you would for an Android or Windows Phone model; that's just the way things are, and no matter which country we're talking about, Apple hardware fetches premium prices. This week, though, we're not so much talking about hardware as we are services, thanks to Apple flipping the switch on Apple Music. And while Apple plays up the global ...

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    Huawei introduced its round-screened (and aptly named) Huawei Watch back at MWC this past winter, and with a clean design and some attractive material choices, the Android-Wear-powered smartwatch very much piqued our interest. Really, the biggest thing that's been standing between this wearable and it finding some real success may just be availability: so far we haven't seen Huawei putting it up for sale anywhere, and in at least some markets it could be another few months away. But even as we wait for the Huawei Watch to make its retail debut, the company has been putting together some ...

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    We've kept a close eye on the Samsung Galaxy A8 leaks over the last couple of weeks. Samsung is clearly up to something good with this new Galaxy A variant, particularly in the design department. If all goes well, this should be the thinnest Samsung Galaxy ever, though don't think it won't come at a cost. One of the most striking parts of the spec sheet we found a few days ago, was not necessarily the fact that it was barely 5.9mm thin, which is already a full millimeter thiner than the iPhone 6. The shocker was that the video we discovered next showed that this device doesn't have a ...

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    When it comes to LG's plans for a new G4-series model, our attention's been glued to rumors about the LG G4 Pro. We've heard talk about things like a metal frame, speedy Snapdragon 820 SoC, massive 4GB of RAM, a big 5.8-inch quad HD display, and a very high-res 27MP camera. That could make for one beast of a smartphone, but the G4 Pro may not be the only new G4 sibling LG's been cooking up. Today we get to check out a leak purporting to reveal the LG G4 S, a slightly scaled-back version of the G4 proper. That's supposedly it up top there, with a screen that shrinks from the G4's 5.5 inches ...

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    Apple has used the "s" after an iPhone's product name as a representation of additional speed, ever since the old iPhone 3GS. As such we've seen the company retain the same design as the existing model, but with added performance benefits. We're expecting this to be the exact same case with the iPhone 6s, and today we get a major tip of where this will be focused on. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly use Qualcomm's new MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. The major benefit with this change when compared to the current “9X25″ chip we see on ...

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    How do you deal with the grim realities of smartphone battery life? Turn off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and slide the screen brightness down as low as it can go, all the while hoping for the best? Make sure you've always got a spare charging cable in your bag? Lug around an external battery pack to top things up throughout the day? All workable solutions, but each with their own tradeoffs. Is it so much to ask for a phone that simply has a ginormous battery, freeing you from worrying about all that crap? Salvation may be at hand, as Oukitel gets ready to launch the K10000 with an internal ...

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    One of the most common trends ever since smartphone screens started getting larger, was for video consumption to grow. YouTube has made gigantic leaps in the quality it can support from video producers like us to consumers on a desktop, but we've also seen the company gradually bring this support to mobile. Today we see the company expand support of new features to mobile users. YouTube has just published an "HFR FTW" post on its YouTube blog. By this, the Google-owned company has just confirmed that both iOS and Android devices will now support 60 FPS video streaming. This feature was ...

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    For a tablet that's solidly over a year old at this point, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 keeps right on ticking. And why shouldn't it, with the sort of hardware that would look pretty good in a full-fledged laptop, let alone an eminently portable tablet. We found the Surface Pro 3 back in the news earlier this week as Microsoft released plans enthusiasts could use to 3D-print and build their own portrait-orientation docking stands for the tablet, and now it returns to the headlines once again, as we get word of a new hardware option becoming available for sale. Adding a new hardware ...

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    Believe it or not, the last time Apple refreshed its iPod lineup was back in year 2012. It makes sense for Apple to loosen its on the iPod with the success of the iPhone, given the company always knew that it would be at the cost of killing its own music player. That last thing we'd expect is for Cupertino to continue refreshing the lineup, but its seems something is coming after all. When connecting an iPod to iTunes 12.2, which is necessary for users to enjoy Apple Music, we were greeted with the odd surprise of new iPod colors. We see an iPod Touch in dark blue, an iPod nano in Gold, ...

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    Being made out completely of aluminum and glass, in addition to being their respective manufacturers' flagships for this year, represent the perfect reasons for us to compare these two devices. But there’s a lot more to comparing these smartphones than what we just mentioned above, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) comparison. As usual, we’re focusing on hardware, software and user experience, as well as the camera, drawing some conclusions at the end, or, better said, setting the stage and making it easier for you to ...

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    Buying a new smartphone can be its own reward: you get to start fresh with a new, unmarred handset, still months away from seeing its storage bogged down with dozens of apps you ran once and never touched again, or those hours of video footage you accidentally recorded while sleeping (and later forgot about). But if you can score not just a new phone, but also some free extras along with it, so much the better. A few Android manufacturers are offering such perks this week, as we learn about special promo deals for the LG G4 and HTC One M9. LG already had a free extra battery and microSD ...

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    Going back about a month now, we've been hearing rumors about Samsung's plans for a new Galaxy handset, one that might straddle the line between the Galaxy S family and Note devices. The general idea seemed to be that we were looking at a larger variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge, but rather than this phablet-sized model being the next Galaxy Note Edge, it would forgo S Pen stylus support and instead arrive as something else. We've heard several names suggested for the device, including the Galaxy S6 Plus and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or will we get two separate phones?), but there's not been much ...

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    Even though we're deep into 2015 at this point, last year's Motorola Moto X still represents one of the best Android smartphones you could possibly purchase today. With fast updates to the latest (and very near-stock) versions of Android, and some impressive and high-quality specs, it remains a fan favorite. So if you were on the edge on whether or not to purchase the device, this latest Moto X 2014 deal may be just enough to convince you – for a limited time, the company will be throwing in a complimentary leather back with the purchase of a 2014 Moto X. The deal will last through ...

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    This news may not surprise you if you were invited to test Huawei's Ascend Mate2 Lollipop update early as part of a special program, but for the rest of you, the time has finally come. Huawei today has officially announced that the Huawei Ascend Mate2 Android 5.1 Lollipop update is out. The update isn't quite yet being pushed over-the-air to Ascend Mate2 devices; if you're interested in rocking it on your own device, you're going to have to jump through some hoops, but Huawei is here to ease you through them. The update includes Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1, and can be downloaded straight ...

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    Been suffering from issues on your Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge unit? This new over-the-air update may be able to soothe you. A Verizon Galaxy S6 (it's for the S6 edge, too) update has been released today with security improvements for the reactivation lock, as well as the addition of roaming in Puerto Rico. Apart from the details above, the update itself is pretty bland. On the point of the reactivation lock, Verizon says in its release notes that it has included "security improvements to Samsung's Reactivation Lock (protection for lost or stolen devices." What those ...

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    If you want to listen to Apple Music on iOS right now, you have to have iOS 8.4. There is no other option – unless you want to hop onto your computer and use iTunes 12.2 instead. So naturally, the early adopters among you who are running the developers-only beta of iOS 9 on your device were aggravated to learn they'd have to roll back to an iOS 8 build to test out the new streaming service. Apple executive Eddy Cue has taken to Twitter today to quell concerns; he has announced that iOS 9 beta Apple Music support is coming soon in the form of a new build of the OS due early next week. ...

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    Let the Android updates never end! In what feels like the millionth piece of Lollipop update news this week already (and it's only Wednesday morning!), Motorola has taken to Google+ to talk up some additional new updates. Specifically, these Motorola Android 5.1 updates concern the US Cellular and AT&T Moto X 2014, as well as the second-gen Moto E for Cricket. The bulk of the information is available below, thanks to a Google+ post from Motorola employee David Schuster. It's all pretty self-explanatory from the information below, organized by device, but one thing you may be confused ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months both considering and dismissing the possibility of an iPhone mini. At first we saw the leaked images of an iPhone 5c successor, but those rumors were quickly shot by trusted sources as the iPhone 5s might still be slated for another year, given its popularity. For a moment there we thought this possibility wouldn't happen, but it seems that Apple has a plan up its sleeve. Sources now claim that Apple is working on a metallic iPhone 6c for a launch in 2016. Foxconn's stock just grew 3.2% after the rumors hit the media, given the fact that it seems that ...

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    Samsung was in desperate need of a positive break after the sales disappointments it suffered with last year's Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S6 was codenamed "Project Zero" precisely because the company needed to re-invent the device from the ground up, and so it did. If you're wondering how well is the Korean giant doing after a few months of sales, the answer is actually positive. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has just released numbers for the US marketshare over the the last three months ending in May 2015. The results show that Samsung is once again the smartphone king in the United States, ...

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    In a perfect world, each time we topped-up the charge on our portable electronics, they'd offer just as much juice as they did the first day we brought them home. But the reality of the situation is that even the latest modern batteries degrade over time, with capacity slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) dwindling away. Some of us look to devices with replaceable batteries as a solution, while others turn to service plans. Not all warranties are created equal, though, and many explicitly refrain from insuring a battery's ongoing capacity. This week Apple makes some changes to its own ...

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    Apple set June 30 as a very important date on the calendar, mainly because those of you eager to test Apple Music are already entitled to. For this to reach consumers, Apple published iOS 8.4, along with a couple of bug fixes to its mobile platform. iOS wasn't the only operating system benefited by this calendar date though, as we learn of a new update reaching OS X. Apple has just released OS X 10.10.4 to the public, an update that developers were already testing since we last heard in April. This new version of OS X Yosemite fixes some of the notable network issues that customers have ...

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    After entirely too long, Motorola and Verizon are finally making the Android Lollipop update available for the Droid Turbo. We've been following this tale for months now, from January's promises that 2014 Motorola phones (including the Droid Turbo) would be getting Lollipop “really soon,” to word in March that the Droid Turbo would skip right ahead to Android 5.1. But all the while, the update still wasn't out. Earlier this month it looked like Verizon was expecting the update to be imminent, refreshing its own product page for the Droid Turbo to reflect its new Android Lollipop ...

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    We're probably just over two months away from the launch of the next iPhone models. Rumors have suggested we'll be seeing the introduction of an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, as last year's pair of size options returns with some upgraded hardware. But just what's changing? The arrival of Force Touch has been one of the less controversial suggestions, and given the support it's managed to pick up, feels almost like a certainty. Other rumors have been more difficult to get a read on, especially in the absence of evidence. Well as luck would have it, evidence is just what we're turning to this ...

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    We've been following Apple Music ever since the company acquired Beats a few months ago. We just knew there should be a purpose for Cupertino to spend billions on a this purchase, and we saw it announced at WWDC 2015 with Apple Music. iOS 8.4 beta has always been about bringing this service to the public, and today it goes official. Apple has just launched iOS 8.4 to the public, and even though there are some bug fixes here and there, the major point of this update is to give users a chance to give Apple Music a try. The service is now available to almost 100 countries, with prices ...

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    The launch of the first Galaxy Gear back in summer 2013 marked the beginning of what would prove to be a major wearables effort from Samsung, ultimately bringing us models like the Gear Fit and Gear S. And while the manufacturer's been on a bit of a smartwatch hiatus lately, we've got big hopes for what the future might bring, especially with the round-screened Gear A (aka Orbis) on the horizon. But when it comes to a prolific smartwatch maker like Samsung, how do we really quantify its interest in the market? Counting the number of models it's released? Looking at sales totals? Today ...

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