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    Even though Google owns the most popular smartphone platform in the world, the company has proven that ignoring strong competitors is a bad idea. We've seen the company update most, if not all of its iOS applications to match Android counterparts in almost every way possible. One of the only services that was left behind was Google Calendar, or at least until today. Google has just published an update for Google Calendar on iOS, and the plan is to have it resemble its Android sibling in just about everything. Google Drive integration is a major update, so now iPhone users can integrate ...

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    Many may consider Apple to be the most conservative company in the smartphone industry, but that's if you completely ignore what smartphones were like before the iPhone. Cupertino has been famous for leap frogging competitors in some cases, and for not adopting technologies until it can perfect them. At a time when curved displays are making an appearance, it seems Apple is already interested in the idea, but don't hold your breath. Sources claim that Apple is very interested in OLED display technology, and that is good news given how well these displays have evolved in color saturation ...

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    A week ago Tuesday, Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile for testers. And while the update brought with it a number of improvements, there was a big shadow hanging over its release in the form of complicated installation requirements: users couldn't easily upgrade from the last preview release, and would have to do a fresh install – after first going back to WP 8.1. Microsoft promised that the next Windows 10 Mobile preview build would address this issue, and anyone not interested in jumping through those hoops could simply wait for its arrival, and continue upgrading ...

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    Apple has a significant amount of cash available to solve its many needs, and as such, it gives the company enough leverage to gain some very lucrative negotiations with suppliers. Something else that Apple's cash is useful for, is in retaining exclusive rights to certain products, even if only for a certain period of time. Some of these benefits we've seen in how Apple was able to acquire the technology behind Touch ID, but we've even seen this in products Apple has still not used. Liquidmetal Technologies Inc. is a very famous case of how Cupertino can use its money in a product it has ...

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    The US is soon to get a new Android smartphone, as the mysterious Axon handset starts making its way through the press. There's a launch event scheduled for July 14 in NYC, and the phone currently has a landing page available online that offers some info about specs and features. While that's all well and good, there's been one big question hanging over the phone's debut: just who's behind this project? While we're still weeks away from Axon's launch, a little detective work has revealed that this appears to be ZTE's latest effort. The connection between Axon and ZTE is hard to ignore, ...

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    As the company behind a major smartphone platform, Microsoft's making a name for itself by not keeping its best software and features locked down behind OS lines, going to quite some effort to offer both Android and iOS users access. Cortana may be the latest to set out on that cross-platform journey, but the defining undertaking along those lines has been Microsoft's ongoing work towards bringing its Office suite to mobile users everywhere. Last month we learned about some big progress happening over on Android, as a newly refreshed app suite debuted for Android smartphones. At the time ...

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    When iOS 9 was announced, one of the major features mentioned was requiring less storage space available for software updates to work. If you remember, this was one of the biggest complaints with iOS 8, mainly because devices withh 8 or 16GB of storage would require nearly half of what was left available. As iOS 9 beta 2 emerges to developers, we learn of some new tricks up Apple's sleeve. For a moment we thought that iOS 9 would simply require less storage space available by design, but developers have shared that Apple also offers an additional walk around. What iOS 9 will do is offer ...

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    Wireless charging for smartphones has been making huge inroads upon the market this year, but when you need your handset recharged in a hurry, nothing beats the good old-fashioned wired way. The problem's been that while access to wireless charging stations and phones that support them has been improving, these systems just can't handle the same amount of power as something like a Quick Charge cable. Late last year we heard a little about efforts to do something about that, with Freescale Semiconductor cooking up a wireless charging solution that transmitted as much as 15 watts of power. ...

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    Canonical is on a roll this month. We started June off learning about the second commercial Ubuntu-running smartphone, another effort with Spain's BQ, which also made the first Ubuntu phone earlier this year. But long before this BQ hardware ever arrived, we were talking about Meizu. Canonical confirmed the manufacturer would develop a Ubuntu-running phone all the way back in February of last year. But despite promises last fall that we'd see an early-2015 release, the phone remained a ghost. It may have taken longer than planned, but this Ubuntu Meizu phone is now finally happening, as ...

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    A new firmware update has been released by Microsoft today for its two flagship tablet products, the Surface 3 and Pro 3. There aren't many new features involved, but these are meaty firmware updates nonetheless, and will be crucial for the devices moving into the future. The changelogs for both updates are below. The key takeaways for the Surface 3 update are driver updates; this should improve stability and performance across the board. In the case of the Pro 3, there are driver updates as well, as well as a UEFI update adding support for new Windows 10 features. With the launch of the ...

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    In case you've been on the market for a new 2015 flagship, the HTC One M9 isn't a bad option. Sure, it may not bring all the bells and whistles critiques wanted it to bring over the One M9, but hey... if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? And if that's the phone you want, Sprint might be the carrier you want – today, a Sprint HTC One M9 discount has just gone into effect, offering the phone for just $99 on-contract. When it first hit retail shelves, the One M9 sold for $199. This was about a few months ago, so it has been a good amount of time. Don't let that make you think the phone ...

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    Feeling a little left out, US Cellular Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners? Following the rollout of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the T-Mobile and global variants of the smartphones, it's slowly making its way to other carriers, with US Cellular the next on the list for the update. The update, base band version G920R4TYU2BOF7 or G925R4TYU2BOF7 depending on whether you have an S6 or S6 edge, can be pulled from the phone's software updates screen in Settings. Alternatively, you can utilize Samsung Kies to pull the update – check the source link and put your phone name in there to learn ...

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    Confused? Just yesterday we wrote a news piece regarding recent speculation on Samsung's upcoming flagship device; the headline was "Samsung Galaxy S7 launch happening this year?" Today we're writing a new one, with the headline you can see above. This is what usually happens when the rumor mill gets in motion. According to the Korean media, Samsung is pushing its R&D team with the Galaxy S7, because the company reportedly wants to make it official this year, instead of next. Today's information is just as shady and unreliable, and wants to debunk the aforementioned. An unnamed source ...

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    LG Band Play is the company's most recent Android smartphone. Just announced, it's a mid-ranger that focuses on multimedia, with emphasis on audio, as well as the camera. In terms of specifications on paper, the LG Band Play features a five-inch display with HD resolution (720p, 720 x 1280 pixels), 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), a pair of 13- and five-megapixel cameras for back and front, respectively, 2,300mAh battery, as well as Android 5.1 Lollipop on-board. The key features, however, are its ...

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    Apple's announcement of the iPad mini 3 disappointed many users, mainly because the company barely took two or three minutes to share the minuscule differences to its predecessor. The first-generation iPad mini did a great job in inspiring the design of the iPad Air, but Apple didn't use that same mentality with its iPad Air 2 refresh in favor of the smaller counterpart. We are expecting an iPad mini refresh later this year, and reports claim that we already know what it'll look like. We've got some leaked photos of a possible iPad mini 4 silicon case, and it seems that it'll look a lot ...

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    Many of us are still skeptical about the success of the Apple Watch, and that's mainly because Apple hasn't provided any data to back the device's sales. Beyond a few "thrilled" comments from Tim Cook, and a few analyst predictions, there's now way to know if the product has sold well, and the news of people already selling watches on eBay isn't a good sign. Developer interest is a good indicator of success though, and today we learn more about how much they love Cupertino's wearable. Tim Cook was recently interviewed by the Chinese edition of Bloomberg Businessweek, and he had a lot to ...

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    A couple weeks back, BlackBerry found itself at the forefront of smartphone news for the first time in a while, as rumors investigated the possibility of BlackBerry releasing a smartphone that ran Android rather than its own QNX-based BlackBerry 10 OS. We heard about a couple different directions things could go, looked at some hardware leaks, and were left without a lot of confidence as to just whether or not all this might actually happen. We're still not to the point where we can positively confirm anything, but some recent comments made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen sure seem to suggest ...

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    One of the things that had us most skeptical with the birth of CarPlay and Android Auto last year, was having a car that isn't compatible with your phone, or vice versa. Switching a car isn't something you can do every day, and being forced to pick stick to a platform you don't like just to use it in your car is also ridiculous. GM is one of the companies that has thought of this, and today we learn more of its support plans. Just like we saw Cadillac and Chevrolet a few weeks ago, GM has now expanded its support for both CarPlay and Android Auto to brands like GMC and Buick as well. ...

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    We're just a little over a month removed from the day when Windows 10 will make its commercial debut, ready for installation on new systems or as an upgrade to existing Windows versions. While many users will get their hands on Windows 10 either as a free upgrade or built right in with newly purchased machines, there's still going to be a contingent that installs it fresh: typically, people building new PCs from components, or upgrading ancient hardware that never made the trip to Windows 7. And when they do so, they may have a new way to get their hands on the software, with rumors that ...

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    Apple is hard at work at polishing its mobile and desktop operating systems with the release of iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan. iOS 9 has already gained significant fame for bringing split-screen multitasking to the iPad, watchOS 2 for bringing native app support to the Apple Watch, and OS X El Capitan for improving window management on Mission Control. The first betas of these operating systems were not fun and games when it came to the amount of bugs pushed, but this changes today. Apple has just launched the second beta for iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X El Capitan. We've decided to ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    Jailbreaking is not be as popular as it once was, and that's mainly because iOS has kept maturing, and in the processs, providing users with most of the features they would jailbreak their phones for. That said, there is still a community focused on making this a thing, and if you're still interested in some hacking fun, a new update has just arrived. TaIG has just released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.3 on both the iPhone and iPad, so long as your device is compatible with this version of the operating system. The service only works for Windows computers at the moment though, with ...

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    The battle between streaming music services is heating up once again, as Apple Music gets ready to go live at the end of the month. While Apple's entry may be getting all of the recent headlines, its competition isn't about to take the arrival of this new threat lying down, and they're looking to do all they can to keep the public's attention. Today Google has a solid chance of doing just that, as it announces a new ad-supported version of Google Play Music. It used to be that the free component of Play Music was its role as a locker for storing your own personal library of tracks, and ...

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    The same technology that gave us smartphones has been spreading to device after device in recent years, bringing us everything from smartwatches to connected automobiles. One of the biggest areas for growth has been this idea of a smart home: getting our appliances, security systems, and climate control networks to all talk together. And while really tight integration is still a tricky feat to accomplish, companies have been taking big strides lately in delivering products that make smartphone tech feel like a natural fit in new environments. That's just what Amazon did last fall with the ...

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    The new LG G4 sure seems like one of the better-received LG flagships in recent history. And based on the estimates we heard a few months back, the G4 looked like it might outsell last year's G3 by a wide margin, so there was good reason to be excited. Despite that early enthusiasm, the G4's future may have hit a snag, as investors downgrade LG profit estimates in expectation of lower than anticipated G4 sales. G4 shipments in Q2 are estimated to be at least a hundred thousand units shy of where they'd need to be in order for G4 projections to be met – a feat that would also require ...

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