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    Even though Apple has never been a fan of the existing Android spec race, that doesn't mean that the company hasn't done its fare share of innovation in hardware with every existing iPhone. The iPhone 5s became famous for sporting the first 64-bit mobile processor, and that legacy has continued with the iPhone 6 and its new A8 chip. What's interesting is that we keep discovering that the processor has more capabilities than those marketed by Apple. The developers of WALTR, an app that allows Mac users to upload and view video files that aren't supported by iOS devices, have discovered that ...

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    Well this was inevitable: owners of smartwatches are eager to configure their wearables to reflect the latest styles, and watchface galleries have been quick to spring up and offer users a broad selection of options. But where do all these designs come from? Plenty are full-on originals, but you won't have to look hard to find faces mimicking designs from TV, movies, and video games, as well as those copying the style of popular “dumb” watches. And while Rare might be cool with people rocking a Goldeneye 007 watch layout, luxury brands like Omega aren't being so accommodating, and have ...

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    It's rarely good news when we start a story out with the caveat “you won't be buying this hardware,” but every once in a while some very much not-consumer-focused gear becomes available that's just so mouth-watering, we can't help ourselves but to share it with you. Back in April we took a look at Qualcomm's tablet development platform to highlight its then-new Snapdragon 805. Now it's time for the next generation of that hardware to emerge, as both a smartphone and tablet dev model packing Snapdragon 810 chips emerge. Let's start with the phone, which at 6.2 inches is indisputably in ...

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    Last week, we got what was one of our first insights into Sony's possible plans for the Xperia Z4, with the leaks of a few images purporting to reveal the phone's front panel. It looked close enough to the size of the Z3's that we weren't expecting the Z4 to make any radical departures size-wise, but that's about as much detail as the leak managed to provide. With rumors that the Z4 could launch as soon as Sony's press event at CES in January, will much more detailed leaks be soon to arrive? Well, it doesn't quite have the evidentiary spark of those hardware pics, but a new set of rumors ...

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    OnePlus brought us its One smartphone earlier this year, and the incredibly affordable, yet still quite powerful hardware has managed to win itself a good number of fans – at least so many that the manufacturer continues to struggle to keep up with demand (though the situation's definitely getting better). But for a couple months now, our thoughts have been drifting away from the OnePlus One and towards the idea of its sequel – OnePlus learning from its first effort and hopefully delivering an even more impressive follow-up. So far that's included ideas like a possibly smaller size ...

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    Earlier this week we saw platform upstart Jolla find itself back in the news, about a year after we first had the opportunity to go hands-on with the company's Sailfish OS-running smartphone. Jolla decided to turn to crowdfunding to support the production of its new tablet, and the response it's seen in just these few brief days has been phenomenal – as we mentioned earlier today on the Pocketnow Weekly, the effort has already passed the million-dollar mark. Capitalizing on all the publicity and support it's getting in light of this tablet news, Jolla has elected to direct some of that ...

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    If you're interested in music on your phone, there are tons of free options out there, all ready to stream high-quality tracks from popular artists, in exchange for you listening to the occasional ad. But start talking about video, and the situation changes: sure, we have the YouTubes out there, with their own free, ad-supported content, but the really good stuff is walled-off behind pay services like Netflix, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime. The latter made some big inroads on mobile earlier this year as we saw its streaming video come to Amazon's Android app, but it was still a subscription ...

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    It used to be that if your phone wanted to silently alert you about something, it would fire up the old notification light. At a glance, it was capable of grabbing your attention, and multi-color varieties could easily clue you in to what sort of content was waiting for you. But in recent years, it feels like the stalwart notification LED has fallen by the wayside, replaced by richer technologies that not only tell you about the presence of new info, but are able to directly share it with you – things like Glance, Active Display, or its cousin, Ambient Display – and that's to say ...

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    Now that carrier sales of the Nexus 6 have begun, we've had the opportunity to check out just what level of impact the involvement of these companies will have on the handset you take home. Really, what carriers like AT&T are doing doesn't look too, too bad – well, assuming that the phone functions at all. As it turns out, there seems to be a nasty bug affecting these Nexus 6 models, one severe enough to have AT&T sending its initial Nexus 6 stock back to Motorola. Revealed in a leaked AT&T doc, the situation is described as one of Motorola delivering the Nexus 6 with ...

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    Earlier this week we saw Apple distribute iOS 8.1.1 to its userbase, resolving a few bugs and delivering what were supposed to be performance improvements for older Apple hardware like the iPhone 4S, which had been struggling to meet the demands of iOS 8 with aging A5 SoCs and just 512 MB of RAM. Did Apple succeed in its goal? Some real-world testing suggests it did to an extent, though even these tweaks are insufficient to bring these models back to previous levels of performance. In an array of timed tests, iPhone 4S hardware completed tasks in essentially the same amount of time running ...

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    The only thing better than getting timely updates for your Android smartphone is also having a manufacturer that's very open about its own progress towards those updates; sure, we could just keep ourselves in the dark and learn about the updates once they're ready, but we're the sort of users who crave information, and we want to know about testing, ETAs, and all the steps on the road to release. HTC's been doing a great job about sharing its Lollipop update plans for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 this past week or so – well, it's doing fine so far as the sharing goes, but ...

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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    This year the latest Nexus phone is being welcomed with open arms by all the major carriers in the US, joining Google and its own Play Store sales of the Nexus 6. But if you pick up the phone from one of these networks, just what are you in store for? After all, the Nexus line is heralded as as the purest of Android experiences, yet anyone with even a modicum of experience with carriers knows that they'll do everything they can get away with to influence your phone's software. Now with the first carrier-sold Nexus 6 handsets arriving, we're finally getting a full picture of just how these ...

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    Ten years ago, mobile enterprise communications were dominated by companies like RIM (now BlackBerry) and Microsoft. Even today you'll notice that flight attendants still use a Windows Mobile device to bill your credit card when selling you food on a plane, and the same can be said about almost every company that needs to scan a bar code with a mobile device. The deployment of Exchange servers on other platforms has allowed companies to migrate employee communications to other platforms like iOS, but new reports claim that things are coming back home. CCS Insight is reporting that ...

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    Pebble's facing some of its stiffest competition ever, as new challengers on the Android Wear front continue to arrive, and the Apple Watch looms menacingly in the distance of 2015. It's not facing this fight sitting down, and has already been hard at work in recent months to deliver firmware updates aimed at giving its watches new functionality. That trend continues today, as we see Pebble release not just a new firmware for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, but updated apps for Android and iOS, as well. The big news on the firmware side is language support: if you're often ...

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