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Find out what's going on in the world of smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other cool gadgets

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    Manufacturers are having a lot of fun with off-kilter phone designs these days, bringing us models with curved bodies or those with over-the-edge screens. And in order to take full advantage of cavities within these curved handsets, we've seen the development of some interesting battery designs, similarly shaped to offer an optimal fit. But it's not just phones that are playing with new form factors, and smartwatches have really been embracing the idea of non-rectangular designs, heralded by last year's launch of the Moto 360. With more such wearables on the horizon, LG has been working to ...

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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of their knowledge with user input. Here's where the Chrome TouchBot comes into play. Built by Finnish company OptoFidelity, the robot is being used by Google to check for "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices". The video of the robot in action has been shared ...

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    When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and arguably even fun, cars win out over trains any day of the week. But when these vehicles meet where road crosses track, trains are going to win every single time; when you've got thousands of tons of cargo moving along with such momentum, the only thing a car can hope to do is keep a safe distance. Unfortunately, all too often a car attempts to take on a train at such a crossing, often with deadly results. In order to help keep drivers everywhere a little safer, United States Department of Transportation is working with Google to bring ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Google is continuing to improve the user experience of its offerings, as a whole. We've seen an update to Play Music -- to support free radio streaming with ads in the US -- and we've also seen how the Google+ Pictures component will stop functioning soon, as we migrate over to the newly introduced (at I/O) Google Photos. The Google app (Search) has also been updated, and, while it doesn't bring anything new and noteworthy, under the hood, the code reveals some great features that will probably land in future versions. Conclusions drawn from APK teardowns aren't always spot-on, so treat ...

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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of data migration and device setup – all the same kinds of service you might expect from an in-store visit. And while we were quite curious to see how shoppers would respond to this project, availability's been relatively limited so far. Today Sprint starts making real headway ...

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    Tomorrow is June 30, and beyond meaning that July is nearly here, that date also marks when Apple is set to flip the switch on its new streaming music service, as the WWDC-announced Apple Music first becomes available to listeners. And while we're hugely looking forward to that in its own right, it appears we're going to have one more new arrival to anticipate for tomorrow, as we get word that Apple's also set to begin distribution of iOS 8.4. We've seen signs that the public release of 8.4 was nearly ready to go, and now Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers spells it all out in a new ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive compact device. What the benchmark results testify to in terms of the internals include a 4.6-inch display with 1080p resolution (a step up from the Z3 Compact), octa-core MediaTek MT6795 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (most probably expandable), ...

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    Not only the Apple rumors are getting more frequent by the day, dealing with the next smartphone, but this recent report from Bloomberg tells us straight up that the Apple iPhone 6s with Force Touch is already in production. We've already heard reports hinting that the Cupertino-based company is preparing to bring a key Apple Watch feature to its next smartphone, but, if this report is true, it serves as an early confirmation. The information comes from "people with knowledge of the matter", who also claim that the two upcoming iPhones will have the same screen sizes and very similar outer ...

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    You don't get to be a company like Google without taking a few risks. For every successful product or service you launch like Gmail, there are going be a few misfires – Nexus Q, anyone? But you don't succeed if you never try, so over the years there are bound to be plenty of ideas that crash and burn along the way. Back in February we brought you news about an unusual-sounding project from Google, in the form of an app and social service called Tablescape, seemingly created solely to empower users to share photographs of tasty food with each other. We've long wondered just where Google ...

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    The road to Android Lollipop on Motorola's Droid Turbo has been a long and frustrating one. As if the months and months of waiting haven't been bad enough, there have been the false starts, like a few weeks back when Verizon started advertising Lollipop availability for the Droid Turbo when the release was actually still under internal testing. And while we haven't seen the update emerge just yet, it finally looks like we're really getting down to the home stretch here, as Motorola invites for a public Droid Turbo soak test are revealed to be for just this long-awaited Lollipop update. ...

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    With June drawing to a close, we're likely just over two months away from the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Even with so little time between now and IFA, there's still a ton of uncertainty surrounding this phablet, not the least of which concerning the fate of a curved-display Edge variant. Today, however, our focus is still on the regular flat-screened Note 5, as some early case renders attempt to clue us in to some of the phablet's design choices. That rough-looking render up top may not be very pretty, but if what it depicts is accurate, we're looking forward to a Note 5 that ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is still a chip that can't escape its own shadow, with phone launch after phone launch haunted by tales of overheating. As we wait to see what, if anything, manufacturers are able to do about that, we're also looking forward to what's next, eagerly awaiting the first devices powered by the Snapdragon 820. Announced by Qualcomm back at MWC, the 820 is on track to power some next-generation flagships. While its commercial arrival is still some time off, we've already been hearing some rumors about what to expect form the SoC, including Samsung possibly having an ...

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    As we're getting closer and closer to the time when Apple usually unveils its iPhone, the rumors are starting to slowly pile up. We've already heard mentions of a possible adoption of Force Touch, from the Apple Watch, and there were even bold reports of the iPhone becoming curved at one point (and no, we're not talking #bendgate). Today's latest bits come from the Korean media, and they refer to the screen of the iPhone. No, not the iPhone 6s (or whatever its name will be) from this year, not even the 7, or 7s, but maybe the 8 (if our calculations are right; the report claims 2018). Given ...

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    Have you been looking for a stable custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM? If so, you're not the only one – there are undeniably a host of benefits that can be tapped into as a result of opting to use custom ROMs. The only issue is, given the lack of testing ROM builds receive, oftentimes the ROMs you install will end up without stable performance. That's why it's pleasing to hear today of the first CyanogenMod 12 snapshots becoming available for download. In case you aren't familiar with how CyanogenMod builds are labelled, here's a baseline understanding of it: usually, with a new release of ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    As developers currently test the second beta of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9 and watchOS 2, it's hard not for these to not reveal more than just the future of Apple software. These builds need to bring support for every product they were designed for, and this could include products that haven't been launched by Apple yet, given the fall timeline for these betas to go official. If you're in the market for a new iMac or Apple TV, it might be a good idea to wait. OS X El Capitan code reveals a possible new 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display. At the moment if you want ultra-high resolution on an ...

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    After the tragic events that happened in South Carolina recently, a lot of companies have decided to remove products that use the confederate flag. We've seen major retailers following this trend, some removing clothes that portray the flag all together. Obviously as things go digital, these are not the only retailers joining the plan. Tim Cook recently tweeted: "My thoughts are with the victim's families in SC.Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it." As such Apple has begun removing apps that portray the Confederate Flag, though ...

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    The Apple Watch may not be so bad after all when it comes to battery life, but it's definitely no Pebble Time either. You can get 1.5 days on average with it, so long as you don't train at the gym for more than an hour, or simply don't use it for fitness. We thought the idea of bringing extra functionality through watch straps was only a Pebble idea, but it isn't. Reserve Strap for Apple Watch is planned to make its debut on November 3, and it's main selling point is adding an extra 30 hours of battery life to the 1.5 days you already get, which would pretty much mean doubling it. It's not ...

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    One of our favorite things about the Galaxy S6 (as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge) is the ability to transform the handset's look with just a few taps as we try on some of the phone's alternate themes. The powerful theming engine Samsung's gifted the phone with gives users the ability to adapt TouchWiz to their tastes, and we've already talked about some of our top choices in posts and on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Additional themes are arriving all the time, and today a particularly attention-grabbing one has landed, giving the GS6 a very stock-Android-inspired Material Design overhaul. ...

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    Apple hasn't necessarily re-invented te wheel with its Force Touch technology on the Apple Watch, but it did prove to be extremely useful on the new MacBook. It's clear that the use for this technology is beneficial when used in a larger canvas, and any rumors have claimed that the next generation iPhone will be benefited by this. This is not just a software gimmick though, and today we learn more about the progress of this new hardware. Asian suppliers close to the matter have just confirmed that Apple has placed a substantial order for the flexible printed circuit boards that are ...

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    It's been a little over a week now since Microsoft released the last public preview release of Windows 10 Mobile as part of its Insider Preview program. And while build 10136 was a feature-packed one, it didn't arrive without its own share of problems, notably the roundabout way by which it had to be installed. Microsoft told us that a future release would allow for upgrading from 10080 without jumping through such hoops, and yesterday we heard that the company was already zeroing-in on its next candidate build. We were expecting that we might see that one arrive in another week or so, but ...

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    With yesterday's announcement of the WPC adopting new high-power, high-speed support for the Qi wireless charging standard, we found ourselves reflecting on just how much progress such tech has made over the course of the past year. A huge component to the growing acceptance and availability of wireless charging solutions has been Samsung's decision to bake the feature right in to its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Now Samsung engineer Se-Ho Park is sharing some new insight into what led the company down that path, and where it plans to go from here. While Park ...

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    This year promises to be one of the most important for Microsoft in a while, as the company gets ready to release its new Windows 10 platform in just a few more weeks. That launch is sure to set the stage for the rest of the year's developments, but what then? How can Microsoft take that momentum and put it to best advantage in 2016? In a newly leaked internal email, CEO Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft's mission statement going forward. Officially, Microsoft's mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” To do this, the company will put ...

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    Apple has gained a lot of fame over the quality of its iPhone cameras since the iPhone 4 back in 2010. It's taken years for competitors to be able to match this level of quality, but after five years, we can safely say that competitors have surpassed Apple by a lot with products like the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Apple is now pressured to come up with something great for the next iPhone, and today we learn of how long the company has been working on it. Altek is the company responsible for the dual-lens camera setups we currently see from HTC and Huawei, and its CEO Xiaru Wen has just ...

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