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    Even though jailbreaking isn't as popular as it was a few years ago, there is still a very active community working on cracking Apple's code. iOS 8.4 beta 1 was released a few weeks ago to developers, and even though the list of changes isn't vast, the new Music app does prove to be a worthy reason to upgrade. If you currently have a jailbroken iPhone and are worried about upgrading, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Famous code-breaker i0n1c just came tweeted that he was able to Jailbreak iOS 8.4 beta 1, and there's even a video proving it. The source of vulnerability ...

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    Apple has been famous for battling boot up times since the launch of the second-generation MacBook Air. People were clearly in shock when they saw a computer startup from scratch to a lock screen in just a second or two, and that has been the standard for most Macs running on a solid state drive. Sadly the story is dramatically different with Apple's iOS lineup, and if you thought the Apple Watch would do better, think again. A video was recently published on YouTube showing the Apple Watch startup process, and believe it or not, it takes a crazy 70 seconds. Just to give you an idea, it ...

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    We're still a solid week away from LG's official G4 launch event, but that clearly hasn't stopped the manufacturer from getting an early start to promoting the smartphone. It's already been sharing hardware pics, talking about phone components, and generally getting us excited about the G4's pending debut. Its latest attempt to do just that comes from the company's native South Korea, as it shares some of the bonuses that are set to come along with G4 ownership. Just like HTC offers with its Uh Oh protection for the One M9, LG will replace a damaged G4 screen for one full year following ...

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    Amazon's Fire tablets make for a tricky proposition. They're not quite the full-blown Android experience some shoppers expect, with the same tight integration with Google apps and services you'll find on something like a Nexus model (or even a Galaxy Tab). That said, Amazon's own Fire OS fork can still manage to hit a lot of the notes many tablet users are looking to hear, and especially if they already find themselves invested in Amazon's ecosystem, a Fire tablet can prove to be a very convenient, affordable way to consume Prime content and access the company's own services. Today, that ...

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    With Apple Watch pre-orders upon us, and the smartwatch set to hit customer hands (well, wrists) soon, it's easy to get so wrapped-up in Apple's chapter of the wearable story that we gloss over what's happening with Android Wear. Sure, the other week's announcement about newly curated watchfaces and straps wasn't so hot, but that Moto 360 sale was solid. As it turns out, we just had to wait a little bit longer for the really substantial news, as today Google announces a big Android Wear update delivering some long-awaited features, including WiFi support. For watch hardware that supports ...

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    Last Friday, OnePlus invited the world to turn its attention on the company today, Monday,  April 20, with the understanding that big news was on its way. Was new hardware ready to make its debut? Could we be seeing the launch of the OnePlus 2 already? As it turns out, we're not getting any new device at all, but that doesn't mean that OnePlus doesn't still have a milestone of an announcement to share with us. Today it gets ready to mark the one-year anniversary of the OnePlus One launch by finally getting rid of its convoluted ordering system for the phone, fully opening OnePlus One ...

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    Update: we've asked the question at the end of the post, and it looks like it's been answered. Apparently, the Xperia Z4 is only for Japan, but the rest of the world will get a different flagship by the end of May, according to this report. Finally all the rumors can come to an end as Sony announces the Xperia Z4, one of the most rumored (and leaked) smartphones of the year. It will replace (or at least it will try) the predecessor, the Xperia Z3, which was already an incremental upgrade to the Xperia Z2. If you were expecting a design overhaul, you'll probably be disappointed, as Sony has ...

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    Piece by piece, Microsoft's vision for Windows 10 is being exposed to users participating in the public Technical Preview. The first release got the ball rolling, and this month's new build added to that equation with the introduction of new apps like the Project Spartan browser. Back at its January event, Microsoft shared even more software that would be emerging for Windows 10, including some updated versions of its Office apps for smartphones. Today it talks a little about what it's been doing to improve that software, and when we can expect to give it a try for ourselves. The preview ...

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    Yesterday we heard about a nasty bug affecting some Windows Phone users who were attempting to give Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview a spin. Users with certain Lumia 52x-series handsets were finding their phones rendered unusable after playing with the preview, when trying to move back to Windows Phone 8.1. As a result, Microsoft halted distribution of the preview to devices like the Lumia 520, 525, and 526 until it could work out what was going wrong. The preview's still on ice for these models for now, but Microsoft may have already solved this mystery, as it explains today. The ...

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    Mobile payments may not necessarily revolutionize how you pay for goods and services, but they can still be a convenient (and sometimes even fun) way to break up the monotony of cards and cash. Last year Apple tipped its toe in the contactless mobile payment waters with the release of the NFC-supporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the matching Apple Pay service. While that's been great for users in the US, where Apple Pay is currently active, iOS users abroad haven't yet been able to join in. We've already heard rumors about Apple's efforts to expand Apple Pay to new markets like Europe, and ...

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    It was April 23 of last year when OnePlus had its big launch announcement for the OnePlus One. And with the one-year anniversary of that news coming up on us fast, it's little surprise we've been talking a bunch about plans for a follow-up to the that model. With multiple reports talking about Q3 (if not slightly later), though, we were all ready to be waiting for quite a while before the OnePlus 2 would be making its own debut. But could it actually land far sooner than anticipated, much closer to that one-year mark? That's what everyone's asking this afternoon, as OnePlus teases an ...

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    It was only a few weeks after Google formally introduced Android 5.1 that we started hearing about its next platform release, as a new Android SDK made reference to Android version 5.1.1. But that was all we had: a number in some software. We're still far away from putting together an understanding of what Google intends to change in its next Android update, but today we do get to check out some new evidence of its development, with another 5.1.1 mention tuning up in an official source. Remember how one of the improvements Lollipop delivered was decreased audio latency? Google's got a page ...

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    Last week, Alcatel Onetouch shared the pre-order details for its 5.5-inch Idol 3. We first got our hands on the phone back at MWC in March, and now it was finally almost time for sales to begin. The way Alcatel Onetouch told it, the normally $280 Idol 3 would be scoring an online discount as pre-orders begin, going for just $250 when they get started on April 21. So imagine our surprise this morning when a new press release hit our inbox, announcing that not only was the Idol 3 arriving for pre-order early, but that the price was coming even further down. First up, pre-orders are open as ...

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    The LG G4 is nearly here, having leaked six ways from Sunday in advance of its upcoming April 28 launch event. And while that means that much of the phone's design has been revealed, questions about the hardware remain. One of the bigger ones has concerned precisely which SoC will power the handset, and while a Snapdragon 810 might have once been the safe assumption, a theory landing last month posited that the phone might instead run a Snapdragon 808. Now this week a new image has arrived that attempts to confirm that SoC choice, and the evidence is already stirring up a controversy. ...

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    Late last year, Sony Pictures Entertainment went and got itself hacked. What made that so interesting for us was that some leaked emails published in the hack's wake revealed internal marketing plans for the Xperia Z4, and correspondence about strategy and promotional tie-ins also revealed a few renders that sure looked like they could be the upcoming flagship. This week the hack's back in the news, as Wikileaks publishes a new trove of data stemming from it. And as luck would have it, this new release contains some additional smartphone renders. While these are being presented to us as ...

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    Forget the rumors surrounding the LG G4 for a second, there's another phone to discuss now. A couple months back, we first heard of an LG phone flying under the codename LS770 being approved by the FCC in the United States; at the time, we weren't quite sure what the phone was, although we did know of the existence of a 5.8-inch display and a respectably-sized 3,000 mAh battery. But now new information has brought us some clarity – TechnoBuffalo reports that this phone is actually an upcoming phablet from the South Korean OEM. Let's dive straight into these LG Stylus rumors. Most ...

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    Halo is definitely one of Microsoft’s crown jewels, and one of the biggest differentiators in its Xbox platform. The launch of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam made a lot of sense two years ago, as these were all platforms where Microsoft wanted to use the Halo brand to extend mindshare. Today we finally get a sequel for the game, but this time Microsoft wants to expand further. Halo: Spartan Strike finally goes live today after it was announced back in October 2014, and those of you lucky enough to carry a Windows 8.1 computer, Windows Phone, Steam account ...

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    Live streaming is clearly becoming a thing lately, with Twitter launching its “Periscope” app as a way to let you broadcast what you’re doing live. The service does have a significant amount of limitations so far, like for example being an iOS exclusive, at a time when the world is full of Android phones. If live streaming is for you, or you want to give it a try today, there’s a new alternative that just reached Android. Meerkat gained significant popularity in the South by Southwest conference that happened this year in Austin. Just like Periscope, this app allows you to live ...

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    We've been waiting for ZTE to launch the Nubia Z9 for ages by this point, with leaks dating all the way back to last fall. The manufacturer has already gone public with a couple Z9 family members (Z9 Max pictured above), but the Z9 itself has so far been waiting for its own moment to step into the spotlight. Today we finally get an indication for when that will happen, as ZTE teases the launch for this handset with quite the eye-catching screen. One of the big selling points we've heard attached to the Z9's hardware has been a display with incredibly slim side bezels. The leak we saw last ...

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    How do you get written data onto your smartphone or tablet? You can take a picture and process it with an app like Microsoft Office Lens. A stylus will let you write directly on your device's screen, and while some of the capacitive ones can be a little unsatisfying, setups taking advantage of a dedicated digitizer (like in Galaxy Note models) can offer much higher fidelity. Maybe one of the most interesting solutions is a smartpen, a handwriting tool that looks and works like a regular pen, but can digitally capture its movements and relay them to a connected device. Livescribe has a ...

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    When Google Cardboard premiered at I/O last summer, it felt like some odd combination of a joke, an afterthought, and maybe a passing distraction. After all, Google couldn't really be serious about a passive VR viewer that was little more than a couple lenses and a cheap frame, could it? But what Cardboard lacked in polish it made up for in accessibility and flexibility, and the low barrier of entry it offered has allowed more smartphone users than ever before to enjoy a real 3D experience on their phones. In the time since, we've seen dozens upon dozens of manufacturers come out with ...

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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    It's hard to remember the last time rumors became so confusing about a particular product, but the Sony Xperia Z4 takes the cake. First we heard that Sony was considering ditching the product name, and that all the leaks we saw were based on the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo, and then other leaks claim a more-powerful Sony Xperia Z5 being the company's next flagship. Today the name Xperia Z4 returns to the spotlight, and this time with some changes up its sleeve. First of all, it seems that this new Sony Xperia Z4 will bring some major design changes when compared to all of its predecessors. The ...

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    If you're tired of iPad Pro (or iPad Plus) leaks, so are we, and that's mainly because we've spent a good portion of this and last year talking about it. At some point we assumed that the new MacBook was really what all the fuss was about, but more case leaks continue to emerge, and saying otherwise. Today we find some new leaks from Asian case makers, and it seems that Apple is ready for a change. First of all, the case leaks show us much of what we had seen in the past. A 12.9-inch display that's now accompanied by dual speakers on the sides, both new changes to the existing iPads that ...

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    Even with all the negative reviews surrounding the Apple Watch, this reminds us of the time when Steve Jobs unveiled the first-generation iPad and none of us in the tech media liked it. History ended up proving us wrong, with the iPad selling more in a year, than 10 years of Tablet PC sales, and so far, the story seems to repeat itself with the Apple Watch. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is famous for accurate predictions, and so far it seems that Apple has sold a crazy 2.3 million Apple Watch units, which is already more than the whole smartwatch market combined. The statement also claims that ...

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