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    We last got our hands on the LG Watch Urbane way back in March at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, though the device has remained relatively off-the-radar since then (with the one notable exception being yesterday, when Google revealed that the wristwatch would be the first to make use of the latest update to Android Wear, throwing in better emoji support, WiFi, and more). Now the watch is back in Spain, this time for an official LG Watch Urbane teaser video drumming up anticipation for the device's actual launch. One thing we should note is that the video below shows us ...

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    If you've been considering a purchase of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid flagship, the Surface Pro 3, there has not been a better time to make that happen. Today's Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sale is offering some pretty sizable discounts on the still-very-much-relevant hardware the device packs – here's a more comprehensive look at the deal. Out of the 5 Surface Pro 3 variants Microsoft currently sells through its online store, four are part of this discount deal; the model that is excluded happens to be the 64GB Core i3 model. That model is $799, though no stock is available currently – ...

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    Update: Meanwhile the images below have popped up on Mobile-Dad purportedly showing off the device which is expected to be even thinner than the R5's 4.8mm profile (and without the protruding camera), while maintaining a metal build. Image below. Remember the OPPO R7? It will, at one point (whenever it gets released), become the R5's follow-up, and one of its main features is the fact that is has a (nearly) bezel-less (on the sides) outer aspect. We looked at the OPPO R7 in some leaked images at the end of last month, but now we're being treated to a video showing off the phone. As it ...

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    If curved smartphones are your thing, and the Galaxy S6 Edge is something you don't like (or can't afford), the LG G Flex 2 is something you should definitely consider. We looked at it closely, not once, but twice (international version and US Sprint variant) but the phone is making its way to AT&T soon. Friday, April 24, is when you will be able to grab the AT&T LG G Flex 2 in select AT&T retail stores and online. Platinum Silver is the color which will be available (unlike both of our review units), and there are a lot of pricing options to choose from: to quote from the ...

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    LG is doing its best to tease the April 28 event where the G4 will be unveiled, and the manufacturer didn't mind telling us all about the screen and camera sensor inside the upcoming flagship. The leaks showed us the exterior and LG follows up on the display-centric teaser we've recently seen with an LG G4 camera teaser video. Photographer Colby Brown talks about his "new camera" which is the LG G4, as you will find out at the end of the embedded video below, a camera that is said to be great. How great will all depend on the results we're going to see once we get the G4 in our review ...

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    The big news from OnePlus today concerns how it's selling the flagship One, doing away with invites and limited-time sales windows for good. But that's not the only thing that's happening with the phone today, and OnePlus's Carl Pei announced on social media that OTA distribution of the just-released CyanongenMod 12S update is being temporarily paused. While normally that would sound like bad news, it turns out it's happening for a pretty great reason, as Pei teases an new feature about to arrive for the One. CM12S distribution should get started again a little later this week, and it will ...

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    Your smartphone supports a lot of different radio formats, each bringing its own benefits to your handset. You've got LTE reception for mobile data, Bluetooth to talk to your accessories, and WiFi for data at home or work. But there's another radio inside many phones that can tap in to a ton of totally free news and entertainment: a standard audio FM radio. The hardware to support regular FM reception is often baked-in to the wireless chipsets employed by popular phones, but whether or not it's a user-accessible feature is a whole different story; despite hardware being physically capable ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fame over the last couple of years for its timeliness in launching products, and well, we don't blame them for switching CEOs to fix that, among other things. The new Microsoft we've seen over the last few months has launched a bevy of products for multiple platforms, even though we do know that one of their main focus points is Windows 10. Redmond did tease a launch to happen in the summer, but if you wanted an exact month, we hear it today. AMD's is one of Microsoft's biggest partners and the company's CEO, Lisa Su, has just confirmed that we should expect ...

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    Samsung may be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but you'd be shocked to know how little it sells in certain countries. To give you an example, Apple owns 51.1% of the Japanese market share, and as for Samsung, 5.6%, and no we didn't get that number wrong. The company is willing to do anything to gain more market share in Japan with its Galaxy S6, and we mean anything. Samsung has just announced that it will be ditching its own brand for the launch of the Galaxy S6 later this month. The company has decided to follow an old trend that we saw years ago in the US, where you'll ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 may be the system-on-a-chip powering the hot new smartphones of the moment – devices like the just-launched Sony Xperia Z4 – but the next big thing is already around the corner, and early last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820. The big news for that chip sounded like it would be Qualcomm's move away from off-the-shelf Cortex A-series cores and to Qualcomm's custom Kyro microarchitecture, but we didn't have a ton of technical details at the time. As more information comes to light, there's a new report out that Qualcomm could be turning to a ...

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    There's a major shake-up happening for Android tablets right now, and after years of manufacturers preferring models that mirrored their smartphone offerings with widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 displays, there's been a recent push towards the squarer 4:3 screens long associated with Apple's iPad lineup. We've already seen 4:3 models like the Nexus 9 and Nokia N1, and earlier this year Samsung made its own foray into the field with the 4:3-ratio Galaxy Tab A. First announced for Russia, it's finally time for these Tab A models to come to the US, as Samsung shares word of the start of pre-orders. ...

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    It's hard to be happy for either Microsoft or Nokia after the whole mobile division buyout. It's been almost a year since the deal happened and we still don't see a flagship Lumia from Microsoft's administration. Microsoft is still entitled to use the Nokia brand until next year as part of the deal, and if you're wondering what'll happen next, today we get some details. Two trusted sources close to Nokia claim that the company plans to launch smartphones in 2016, and this would just be the tip of the iceberg. The report also claims that once the Microsoft brand deal is over, Nokia will ...

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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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