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    Unless you forgot to pay your internet bill this month, you're probably already well aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which both celebrities and regular folk alike have been dumping buckets of freezing-cold ice water over their heads in an effort to raise awareness of and funding for ALS research. To say the phenomenon has gone viral would be an understatement, and as it's gone on, participants have been looking for creative ways to make their challenges stand out. Samsung's UK branch just upped the ante by getting smartphones involved, filming the Galaxy S5 completing the effort, ...

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    Samsung has been pumping out smartwatches at a feverish pace, and in the past year alone we've seen the release of the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit, and most recently the Gear Live. We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Galaxy Gear's launch, and with Samsung's IFA 2014 Unpacked event scheduled for less than two weeks from now, will we see the debut of a new wearable? That's sounding like a distinct possibility, as we hear about Samsung's work towards a possible Gear 3. The first big change from the Gear 2, at least according to our source familiar with ...

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    While a lot of us have judged OnePlus for its sexist contests and broken promises, there's no denying it made quite a nice phone in the One... if you can get it, that is. So we're glad to see the updates, such as today's OnePlus One OTA, streaming in at a decent pace, fixing bugs as fast as the Cyanogen team can go. This new XNPH33R OTA introduces fixes for the touchscreen issues many were complaining about it in OnePlus's forums, also known as BACON-55. This fix isn't complete, says Android Police, since reports of shakiness are already in after the update.  There's also a grounding ...

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    Sony has done a great job in regaining the popularity it had with its Xperia brand. Devices like the Xperia Z2 have been met with much praise, and the same can be said about other smartphones the company has launched lately. One of the most anticipated devices this year is the Sony Xperia Z3, and it seems the company continues to prepare for its launch. The Chinese variants of the Sony Xperia Z3 just landed on TENAA, which is the Chinese equivalent to the FCC in the United States. At the moment, we see that model numbers L55t for China Mobile and L55u for China Unicom have been certified ...

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    One of the most hotly anticipated phones of the year will be announced on September 4, and because that date is so close, it's only natural that we see more and more leaks as we get closer to launch date. Today we're taking a look at a bombshell of a leak, of what is expected to be the Moto X+1. Learn what these Moto X+1 renders look to confirm. First of all, we can see the front facing speakers on both the black and white fronts. Apart from that, there's not much more about the front: there's a Google Now Launcher-esque launcher, and plenty of things pointing to these renders being of ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily enjoyed much success with the launch of Windows 8, and the same can be said about its spinoff to Windows RT. Windows Phone 8 has seen some moderate success though, but it's clear that the company is desperate for a positive change in its results. For some, the smartest thing to do would be to start over, that's exactly what Microsoft plans to do under Nadella's administration. Sources close to Microsoft claim that the company is preparing to announce its next version of Windows in an event on September 30th. At the moment, both the date and the name for this ...

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    Waiting for the Asus PadFone X to launch on AT&T was rather disappointing. Both companies kept promising the launch, and it took longer than most people were willing to wait. As a result, even though we found this product to be "decent" in our review, it was a little too late to keep the amount of buzz that surrounded it. What's interesting is that it seems that Asus and AT&T weren't finished with what was started, and new rumors point to more products in the pipeline. The Asus PadFone X mini just stopped by the FCC, and judging by the cellular bands that it supports, it's clear ...

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    Nokia's first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, launched last fall, and we quickly saw carriers in the States lining up to offer the 2520 to their subscribers – well, at least AT&T and Verizon were interested. A whole lot of time has passed since then, and we've seen plenty of other Windows tablets emerge, but the 2520's still managed to hold on to a bit of the spotlight, and early last month @evleaks posted a T-Mobile document that sure seemed to reveal that the carrier was planning to belatedly welcome the 2520 to its collection of tablets. This week we get to check out additional ...

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    The Internet is flooded with leaks of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, be it in mockups, or in photos of some parts here and there, but it's extremely rare to find 5.5-inch iPhone 6 leaks. There is some sense to this, as rumors claim that only the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is being manufactured at the moment, and with the 5.5-inch model starting production until later this year. Still, Apple is known for being unpredictable every now and then, and new leaks claim that there is progress with the 5.5-inch model. New leaked photos show us the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell being compared against its 4.7-inch ...

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    Apple's reluctance to adopt expandable storage on its iPhone lineup makes choosing the right iPhone a little dramatic. The 16GB iPhone is priced accordingly with other competing smartphones, but choosing more storage means an incredible price bump, and we all know surviving with 16GB of storage is not realistic. One of our biggest concerns is how Apple will approach its storage options for the iPhone 6, and today we get some interesting data about it. GeekBar has been in charge of a ton of iPhone 6 rumors lately, though some of these have been questionable. Today this source has revealed ...

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    Back in February, just a few days before we saw Samsung officially unveil the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014, we were still neck-deep in rumor territory, and one of those late-stage theories we heard suggested that the GS5 would debut with some sort of unusual camera control. Rather than having a physical shutter button, this so-called “Side Touch” system would employ touch sensors, but we never ended up seeing anything come of the claim. Now a similar rumor is back, claiming that Side Touch will instead debut on the Galaxy Note 4. The description of Side Touch is the same as before – it ...

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    How many Android models can you think of that launched this month? What about since the start of summer? This year? And if you start looking past devices from just the big OEMs, also considering those from off-brands many of us have never heard of, just how large can that number get? OpenSignal's latest report on the state of the Android market looks at just how many unique models are currently in use, and the figure's large enough to shock even us. Looking at nearly 700k devices in operation over the course of the past year, OpenSignal saw close to 19,000 distinct models. Sure, a lot of ...

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    Will HTC make a big showing at IFA this year? This week's launch of the One M8 for Windows (not to mention the Butterfly 2), with IFA so nearby, might be seen as HTC subtly rejecting the idea of using the expo as a venue for introducing new hardware, but we wouldn't be so sure. At least, the Verizon launch exclusivity puts a US focus on the phone that might not fly so well at IFA. But if not this new Windows Phone model, then what might IFA get from the OEM? A not-so-subtle teaser just been released by one of HTC's social media accounts may have answers, seeming to reveal a new Desire 820. ...

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    What does Motorola have coming up next in its device pipeline? We've got the X+1 and G2 expected for the company's early September event, rumors of a new Nexus model, and most recently word of a possible return to tablets. But if we keep focused on just phones, exactly how many are we looking at? A new rumor attempts to nail-down Motorola's plans for the remainder of the year, naming eight smartphones expected to make their debut. We've got the Moto X+1 and G2 (though that name's still up in the air), as well as that Shamu Nexus. Then there's the Moto S, recently rumored to be an early ...

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    The non-flagship sector of smartphones has become a competitive one, with almost every Android company worth noting having released multiple handsets tackling the budget space. LG, though it has no lack of non-flagship class smartphones, has just gone official with two more Androids: the LG L Fino, and the LG L Bello. LG has brought over some of the signature features of the G3 flagship, such as the rear-mounted buttons and the "Floating Arc" design, to create low-end smartphones that look pretty nice. The camera is one of the signature features of both the L Fino and L Bello as well, ...

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