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    The war of video streaming services has existed for a while now, with some services having key differentiating factors over others. Netflix is already famous for giving users an amazing video library at a very affordable price, but so does Amazon’s video service. Amazon’s offering does give Prime users the option to get these services for free in most cases, but this is about to improve. Amazon has just announced that Prime members will be able to receive the added benefit of being able to watch videos offline. This is definitely a bonus for those who travel frequently, or who struggle ...

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    Coming up to IFA this year we heard that smartwatches were going to be huge, and from the launches we've already seen, that very much appears to be the case. Beyond those that have already gone official, we've got models like the new Moto 360 to look forward to in the very near future (even if that means missing IFA proper). LG already brought us the blinged-out LG Watch Urbane Luxe earlier this week, but we hear that its new-smartwatch ambitions may not be over just yet, as a new report tackles the hardware we might hope to expect from yet another LG smartwatch, one set to launch as soon ...

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    Motorola hasn’t necessarily struck a home run with the Moto X over the last few years, but that’s only if you consider sales figures. The company has managed to launch some of the most iconic products of the last few years, and we continue to see that. So far our first impression of the new Moto X lineup is rather positive, and now you an get your hands on one. Motorla has just announced that pre-orders for the Moto X Pure Edition begin tomorrow. The company’s naming scheme this year is rather odd, but this is pretty much the U.S. variant of the Moto X Style, if you can even find ...

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    Square’s approach to helping buddies send money to each other is kind of smart, so much so that it has driven some envy in the industry. PayPay was really one of the pioneers of the whole concept, but over the years the service has turned into more of a bank than anything else. It only makes sense for the company to look for a simplified way to return to its roots, and today we see how. The company has just announced a new service called PayPal.Me, that intends to simplify monetary transactions between friends. The concept is rather interesting though, where you can create a personal URL ...

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    What the heck does Microsoft intend to call its next Lumia smartphones? We've been looking forward to a couple new flagship models for … well, entirely too long now, and now it appears that the phones codenamed Cityman and Talkman are finally nearly ready to arrive. And while there doesn't seem to be much doubt that we're about to see this pair launch, the situation's been far less clear concerning just how the two are likely to be named. While Microsoft still hasn't made anything official, one high-profile source is now committing to the idea that the manufacturer intends to release ...

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    Contactless payments have grown significantly over the last couple of months. According to the U.K. Cards Association, the figure has more than doubled from £287 million per month in January 2015 to £567 million in June 2015. £2.5 billion in just the first half of the year is a huge improvement over the £2.32 billion for all of 2014, so it only makes sense for companies to work on keeping that growth steady. The U.K. Cards Association has just announced that it’ll be increasing the transaction limit for services like Apple Pay. As of today, contactless payments will have an new limit ...

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    Leaks of the iPhone 6s Plus haven’t been easy to come by, just like we saw with last year’s iPhone 6 Plus. It seems that the larger the phone is, the harder it is for leakers to stash units out of the factory. We’ve been flooded with leaks of its smaller sibling, but it’s not until today that we’re able to compare. Today we find a few photos of the iPhone 6s Plus display, helping us give some extra credibility to the rumors of Force Touch technology reaching both iPhones. As a matter of fact, rumors of this technology mainly focused on the larger variant in the past, as a ...

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    The launch of the new Moto 360 appears to be just within reach, but from the myriad ways the smartwatch has managed to already leak, revealing not only two watch sizes but also a ruggedized 360 Sport option, in some ways it may as well have already gone official. From what we've already seen, the new Moto 360 doesn't appear to be a huge departure from last year's design, and a lot of the wearable's iconic styling makes a return. That means not only another circular display (this is a smartwatch called the “360,” after all), but also the same bottom-clipped “flat tire” look that so ...

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    What is going on with Samsung's Tizen plans? At least, while Tizen seems to pretty clearly have a future with the company's wearables, popping up most recently on the new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic, progress has been much slower when it comes to Tizen and smartphones. While we ultimately got the Z1 early this year, we haven't heard much about plans for a follow-up; there were rumors of work on a Z2 dating back to the spring, with word that the phone might launch during the second half of the year, but it's been months since we've heard anything. As we wait to see what's happening there, ...

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    This year for flagships like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung broke from tradition. It had long been that the company would use its own Exynos chips for some regional variants of these handsets, while relying on Qualcomm and its Snapdragon chips for the rest. Instead, 2015 has seen Samsung double-down on the Exynos, releasing no Snapdragon-powered version of these phones. We've already heard rumors claiming that Samsung could reverse course for its next iteration, though, and return to Qualcomm to use the company's Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7. We saw some evidence for that idea ...

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    HTC may not be among the companies announcing a big new flagship at IFA this week, but that doesn't mean that we're not expecting some fresh hardware from the company soon. Most recently we've been talking about this handset that may emerge as HTC's fall flagship, the phone identified just the other day as the One A9. While some rumors suggested that we could still be a month or so away from HTC going official with the phone, a new teaser has us wondering if the manufacturer's plans are much more accelerated, as a message distributed over Chinese social media advises users of a September 6 ...

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    It must be awfully frustrating for Huawei to see its next-gen flagship phone strutting its stuff on the interwebs less than 24 hours ahead of a planned IFA 2015 announcement in Berlin, especially given the Chinese device manufacturer managed to keep a pretty tight lid on visual leaks all this time. Of course, we’ve known the Mate 7 sequel was headed for stores soon since a while back, though its very rumored name suggests it’s more of a spin-off and incremental upgrade than a full-on follow-up. Purportedly powered by a Kirin 935 SoC, not a 950, and sporting a Full HD 5.7-inch screen, ...

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    With roughly 72 hours left until the formal commencement of IFA 2015, and a slew of exciting mobile announcements scheduled for September 2 and 3, it became less and less likely in the past few days that Motorola would make an appearance at Berlin’s glitzy trade show to unveil the second-generation Moto 360. Instead, Lenovo, the American device manufacturer’s Chinese parent company, has just notified us of a September 8 Shanghai-set event. The press affair is labeled with a not-so-cryptic “It’s time” tag, and the invitation is made complete by a picture very clearly showing the ...

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    LG may have made its European fans feel special when previewing the G Pad II 10.1 and announcing it would come to IFA Berlin later this week, but ultimately, American lovers of LTE-capable Android tabs will get first dibs. Rebranded as G Pad X 10.1, and endowed with a much more generous 32GB internal storage space, the Lollipop 10-incher is slated to go on sale at AT&T on Friday, September 4. Through September 11, you’ll only be able to order the tablet online, while starting next Friday, the carrier’s physical stores should also receive inventory. Aside from doubling down on data ...

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    As we close in on Motorola’s highly anticipated second-generation Moto 360 announcement, the exciting circular smartwatch’s riddles are unsurprisingly solved one by one. Just yesterday, the Moto 360 2015’s presumed final design was showcased in a pair of high-quality press renders. A few days before that, it became clear the Android Wear piece would come in two sizes, and last week, we also received solid pricing hints. Now, it’s time we got inside info on precise dimensions, as well as more details on the unforeseen Moto 360 Sport. First things first, it appears the 360S (Small) ...

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    When it was first announced, almost 20 months ago, the low-cost Razer Nabu wearable device flew deep under our radar. It’s like we could sense its experimental nature, which ultimately kept the smart band on the sidelines all this time. Gaming accessory manufacturer Razer attempted to commercially launch the Nabu late last year, but quickly went back to the drawing board after modest initial customer reception. Now, an upgraded, refined and slightly pricier variant looks finally ready for primetime, with September 15 slated as a pre-order start date, and shipments due at some point the ...

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    Huawei’s September 2 IFA press event in Berlin, Germany is shaping up to be about something old and something new. The oldie that the Chinese device manufacturer gears up to re-introduce to the world is pretty much the textbook definition of a goldie, both literally and figuratively. First unveiled way back at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early March, the Huawei Watch was at long last listed for US pre-orders on Amazon on Friday. Priced at $350 in an “entry-level”, stainless steel-made, leather-strapped configuration, and plated entirely in gold for $800, the wearable ...

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    All signs point to the debut of a new Apple TV in our soon-to-be-immediate future, with the latest rumors suggesting that this new souped-up version with Siri integration, app support, and a new remote interface is just about to join its predecessor in Apple's stores. Both boxes should ultimately support Apple's long-rumored streaming video service, once that finally gets off the ground. When that service does, what sort of content can we look forward to? Besides the variety of third-party content users can likely look forward to, a new report suggests that Apple will produce original ...

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    Has it really been five months already since Microsoft introduced the Surface 3, its latest Surface tablet and the first non-Pro model to run a full version of Windows? After initial sales of the WiFi version of the tablet began back in May, carriers got sales started of the 4G-connected version this summer. But for all those options shoppers had access to, one was still missing: the unlocked, carrier-free edition of the LTE Surface 3. Last month Microsoft reported that the unlocked Surface 3 LTE would go up for sale in the US in late August – and that clearly hasn't happened. Today the ...

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    Microsoft has done a good job at wowing the world with its new HoloLens project, but obviously at this point it’s just that, a project. We have yet to see when this will become a reality for the enterprise and consumers, so it does leave the door open for any competitor to try to find a way to use these ideas and compete. Apple is notorious for grabbing existing ideas and launching them with its own touch, and today we learn of its probable next project. Trusted sources claim that Apple has already poached Microsoft’s lead HoloLens audio engineer, Nick Thompson. Before joining ...

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    For the past few weeks now, Samsung's been crystal-clear: the Gear S2 smartwatch is coming, and it's coming to IFA. As we gear up for our trek to Berlin, where we fully intend to check out this wearable for ourselves, it seems that Samsung couldn't even bring itself to wait for the start of the expo itself, and today the manufacturer officially announces both the Gear S2 and the rumored Gear S2 classic. Having already seen the Gear S2 confirmed by Samsung, let's focus on what new information we're picking up today, starting with that rotating-bezel control. While initially believed to be a ...

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    At a time when companies like Huawei, Samsung and now Xiaomi are moving into the proprietary silicone game on smartphone flagships, it only makes sense for Qualcomm to focus on unique features to keep its Snapdragon offerings selling. Qualcomm has gained a lot of bad publicity with the Snapdragon 810, making the need to not fail with the Snapdragon 820 even more intense. Today we learn about a new feature that will make it to the new chip. Qualcomm has just announced a new service called Smart Protect, which will debut with the Snapdragon 820 processor. This new service uses machine ...

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    Samsung's found such success combining the idea of a larger-screened smartphones and a packed-in stylus, that it's little surprise the manufacturer's peers have been eager to get some of that action for themselves. That's led to plenty of Note-ish devices, like the one LG introduced a few months back, the G4 Stylus/G Stylo (above - with the name varying dependent on region). But before we saw the G4 Stylus emerge, we wondered if LG might be planning an even more direct Galaxy Note imitator, having heard about efforts to trademark the name G4 Note in LG's native South Korea. Today we're ...

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    The "Internet Of Things" is still still a market in its relative infancy, even with the crazy amount of attempts to make the TV smarter. Some companies have succeeded at this, like in the case of Nest, and others have gone back to the drawing board a repeated amount of times. Just as we saw Google giving this a second try at Google I/O, today we learn of an OEM that's also trying. LG has just announced that it'll be showcasing its new new SmartTinQ Sensor at IFA. The idea is that you connect this product to your existing refrigerator, washing machine, and other home appliances including ...

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    Sony has been doing a ton of initiatives in order to regain economical piece of mind. First Flight is one of those cases, where the company has launched its own crowdfunding platform with the idea of gaining an extra push for its own internal projects. This service is currently only available in Japan, but we get to see today what it's all about. First Flight has just announced crowdfunding options for the "Wena Wrist" smartwatch. Wena stands for "wear electronics naturally," and the idea is to provide you with a different kind of smartwatch to what you're used to. Similar to the Cogito, ...

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