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    Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ may not bring the expandable storage or replaceable battery that many of us wanted, but that doesn't mean that these are mediocre phones either. Both devices pack most of the high-end specifications that we praised on the Galaxy S6, with a couple of extra tricks to entice users. Samsung isn't famous for providing specifics on the components that make up the spec sheet, but today we get some details. For those of you wondering what camera sensor these new phablets cary, it turns out that they aren't far off from the Galaxy S6. Spec listings ...

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    Today the news are all about a major slump happening in the stock market as the weakening Chinese economy has created a ton of negative speculation. Most of Apple's growth in the last few quarters has concentrated in China, so it's only natural that Cupertino's stock plunged this morning to an all time low for 2015. As a reaction to this, Apple has decided to speak up. Apple CEO Tim Cook just responded to an inquiry from Mad Money's Jim Cramer to give investors positive insight on Apple's operations in China. According to Cook, Apple has continued to experience growth even with the ...

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    Just over a month ago, Android users got their first shot at trying out Microsoft's response to the Google Nows and Siris of the world, as Microsoft got invite-only testing underway on Cortana for Android – well, that was the plan, at least, but a leaked APK quickly gave a whole lot of additional Android users a chance to interact with Cortana for themselves. While it was great for Microsoft to start going cross-platform with Cortana like that, we still needed to see Cortana for Android availability greatly expand, and the iOS port was nowhere to be found. We're still waiting for ...

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    Samsung hasn’t shied away from building buzz around its next-gen Tizen smartwatch the old fashioned way, previewing the circular Gear S2 at the latest smartphone-dedicated Unpacked event and then outright showing off the timepiece in a teaser video. What the South Korean device manufacturer didn’t reveal was the Gear S2 is likely headed to market in a “Classic” variation, as well. The name Gear S2 Classic popped up in source code on Samsung’s very own website, but unfortunately, we’re left guessing about the differences between it and the standard Gear S2. This could well be a ...

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    From the way Motorola introduced its latest Moto X-series hardware a few weeks back, it was easy to get the impression that when it comes to the US, the story isn't quite over. After all, the rest of the world is getting two new Moto X models, so why are shoppers in the States stuck with just the Pure Edition (Moto X Style)? One compelling theory suggests that the US will see the arrival of the Moto X Play after all, but in a slightly different form, taking the role of a carrier exclusive. Over the weekend, we talked about how the Moto X Play might end up landing on Verizon as the Droid ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    HTC’s road back to profitability will likely be paved with major job cuts, factory sales and other austerity measures, but despite recent rumors, the Taiwanese device manufacturer may not give up on its second hero phone for the year. The “Aero” is still very much real, according to sources from China, and should precede the O2 instead of getting replaced by it. Due out in October, as CEO Cher Wang once suggested, this “intermediate” high-end Android could retain a loose family connection with the One M9 while signaling the dawn of a new era. Purportedly baptized A9 (no “One” ...

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    With each passing day, Microsoft loses another precious opportunity to recover some of the lost ground in the challenging high-end smartphone arena. But if fresh rumors pan out, the Windows Mobile offensive may not be so far on the horizon. The Lumia 940 and 940 XL, alternatively referred to as 950 and 950 XL by certain insiders and codenamed Cityman and Talkman, will likely sit out Berlin’s IFA trade show early next month. A dedicated press event scheduled before September ends also seems a long shot, so if MS wants to have the two flagship phones in stores by Christmas, it needs to ...

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    The rumor mill has been clamoring with stories regarding a couple of new entries in the Nexus franchise this fall, and most tipsters seem convinced LG and Huawei will join forces with Google before long. The former manufacturer may return to finally upgrade the two-year-old Nexus 5, and we’ve just got the scoop on another big improvement. Besides adding a fingerprint scanner to the mix, no doubt upping the processing power and RAM ante, and likely revising the rear-facing camera, the second-gen Nexus 5 should also noticeably augment selfie performance. The mediocre 1.3 MP front sensor of ...

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    There were (are, and probably will be, until the official unveiling) a lot of rumors concerning Apple's 2015 smartphones. There were various, some concerning a strengthened chassis, some referring to a pink model (rose gold), and many others regarding Force Touch and other aspects of the phone. Some reports talked about a 12MP iPhone 6s camera (and iPhone 6s Plus), a bump from the 8MP found on current models, and today's rumor seems to confirm this. Of course, this is no official confirmation, as it comes from unnamed sources within the supply chain. Said anonymous person talked about a ...

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    If you've been following the BlackBerry Venice rumors and leaks, you probably know by now that BlackBerry is reportedly planning on bringing an Android-powered smartphone --a QWERTY slider, to be more specific-- to the market. The latest such leak indicated that it will hit all four US carriers in November, with a collage picture attached, which showed off the alleged phone running both Google Play and the BlackBerry Hub. Well, Evan Blass has followed up with another leak, showing off a screenshot that reveals a lot of BlackBerry related apt files. These files will most probably be baked ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    Back in May, Google launched a new version of Android Wear, one that would enable smartwatches to function in a smart way via Wi-Fi, without the need of a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. The first watch to sport this feature was the LG Watch Urbane, but Google (and some OEMs) promised that Wi-Fi capabilities will be enabled on smartwatches already present in the market. The LG G Watch R (which is basically the Watch Urbane, and vice versa) was left out and LG promised a refresh to enable Wi-Fi will be rolling out sometime in Q3. Well, that time is now, as, according to ...

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    Remember the OPPO R5? It was the world's thinnest phone, until it wasn't anymore. Still, not bad at 4.85mm, maybe even too thin for some. Well, apparently, the Chinese phone maker pulled an iPhone by adding an "s" to the device's name, and so we have the OPPO R5s. Well, that's not the only change, of course, and the phone is wearing a "coming soon" label on the manufacturer's website. You'll be able to easily tell the OPPO R5s apart from the R5, as it comes in grey, opposed to the silver R5. It keeps all the features, including the overall aspect and measurements, and also keeps most of ...

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    Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 edge+ on August 13 (together with the Note 5), and the manufacturer also equipped it with some additional features. Some still believe that the Edge Screen is still not mature enough to justify its existence beyond showing off the ability to manufacture it, but that's another topic. Opposed to the S6 edge, the S6 edge+ also brings an Apps Edge in addition to the People Edge, where you can basically pin favorite apps, just like contacts, to the side of your screen. That feature is now also available to Galaxy S6 edge users as well through a software update ...

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    Though we can't be certain of anything, some of the gossip we've heard might be true, specifically the bits according to which Samsung has moved its Note 5 unveiling to an earlier date in order to have a jump-start, as Apple's refreshed iPhone 6 Plus should be official beginning of September. Whether that's the case or not is up to you to decide, but Samsung is definitely going after iPhone owners, and what better way to prove it than by its most recent Samsung test drive program. If you live in the US, Samsung will give you a Samsung smartphone of your choice, for 30 days, with no ...

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    Sony fans will be glad to hear that the Sony Xperia Z5 rumors are not stopping, which is usually a good indication that a phone is on its way. We've seen a lot of leaks in the past couple of weeks, including general hardware and aspect, a fingerprint scanner (oddly placed on the side), as well as a bold move (treat this one with skepticism) to set a new standard by bringing a 4K display to the handset. Today's report brings us a set of photographs allegedly depicting a Sony Xperia Z5 dummy unit (which should pretty much be identical to the real deal). The pictures come from China and the ...

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    It's not #cameragate (yet!), but Apple has acknowledged a shooter problem on its own oversized smartphone. Due to the iPhone 6 Plus faulty camera issue, a limited number of devices are producing blurred stills. These devices, as Apple puts it, "fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015". If you discover that stills snapped with the main (back) iSight camera of your iPhone 6 Plus come out blurry, you will be eligible for a camera replacement, free of charge. Additionally, at the source link below, you can input your device's ...

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    When Motorola announced the Moto X Play on July 28 (together with the Style/Pure), many were disappointed that the manufacturer revealed no plans to make the Moto X Play available in the US. As the phone is making its way to retailers (and lucky early owners' hands), there was a rumor at the beginning of the month talking about a Verizon Droid Turbo 2, and, at that time, we thought that it might be the rebranded Moto X Play. According to a recent report, the Moto X Play will indeed make its way to the US; it will allegedly be the Verizon DROID Maxx 2. Renaming the same phone for different ...

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    Yesterday we heard about Samsung's plans for a pretty good-sized tablet, with rumors mentioning work on a 12-inch Windows 10 model. That's well and good, but there are big tablets, and then there are big tablets, and a littler earlier this month we checked out some evidence that's firmly in the latter camp, as an import database appeared to reveal a big 18.4- inch model under testing. Besides the screen size and some pricing info, we didn't have much to look at back then, but now a new source attempts to flesh out the picture a little, sharing a few specifics about the tablet's hardware ...

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    At this point, it's become so easy to take a bunch of things for granted when it comes to the new iPhone. There's little doubt that we're about to see Apple introduce at least two new models, an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6S Plus, with a rather conservative set of upgrades. That could mean a new SoC, the arrival of a Force Touch display, and maybe even some extra RAM, but a pair of phones that still largely resemble their predecessors. We've also come to accept many of the rumors surrounding Apple's launch plans, and even if the September 9 date we've heard is less than 100% guaranteed, few ...

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    The biggest issue with facial recognition software, is that well, my older son looks a lot like me. We’ve seen Google work hard at fixing this in its latest versions of Android, but that is no guarantee on every scenario. Microsoft has been working hard on that regard with Windows Hello, and today we’re shown how. Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 included a bevy of new services, and when it comes to security, we have Windows Hello, which is the company’s biometric security system. This allows you to authenticate your computer using facial recognition, fingerprints, etc. Obviously ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    For a growing number of users, tablets have evolved past their early roles as “big smartphones” or media-consumption devices, to threaten to replace traditional laptops, offering the kind of specs, software features, and app compatibility that were once only within reach of mainstream computers. That trend's only promising to continue as we look forward to some big, powerful hardware from major players: Apple may finally be nearly ready to give us the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and Microsoft's old Surface Pro 3 could be just about to welcome its successor. There might be another ...

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    Even though Apple pretty much depends on its partnership with Samsung for the existence of most of its products, their rivalry is already a viral topic. At this point the last thing we remember is of Apple winning the patent lawsuit and forcing Samsung to pay hundreds of millions in damages. Samsung on the other hand has tried its way to not have to pay the damages to Apple, and some cases have succeeded and others haven’t. Samsung has just filed court documents to take this whole patent dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court. Samsung was already able to shed off almost $500 million in ...

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