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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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    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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    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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    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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    A soda can, airplane fuselage, and your iPhone may all be crafted out of aluminum, but that doesn't mean you should expect the same things from all of them. The main reason is that we're not talking about pure elemental aluminum, but various aluminum alloys: mixtures of aluminum with other trace elements in order to modify its physical and chemical properties. Some may be harder, while others softer and easier to machine. Now a new rumor claims that Apple could be thinking about changing-up which aluminum alloys it uses for its products in an effort to make the next iPhone more durable. ...

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    Reports of Apple Watch delays have been crossing our desks ever since the device's initial announcement way back in September of last year, which serves as some explanation for Apple announcing that the smartwatch would begin shipping on April 24 during its March "Spring Forward" event. But it's possible that Apple won't even be able to hit that mark – following the opening of pre-orders on April 10, shipping estimates quickly began shipping to dates well into the summer. Now Apple has done away entirely with its Apple Watch availability date of April 24 from its Watch website; is this ...

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    Rumors have been going back months now that Google's looking to introduce a new level of customizability to Nexus device purchases. Last summer we checked out a leak claiming that a service called Google Workshop would allow users to design custom cases for their phones – the Nexus 5, to be precise. It would permit them to upload photos for a personal touch, or use stylized imagery from Google Maps – a feature dubbed MapMe. We haven't heard more about Google Workshop for a long time now, but now some of the first hard evidence for its existence may have just been uncovered, in the form ...

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    When Windows Phone first premiered, the lineup was full of models from prominent Android manufacturers: companies like HTC, Samsung, and LG. That landscape has very much changed in recent years, though there's still the occasional reminder of the past, like the HTC One M8 for Windows. But Microsoft may be turning to more of these old allies for upcoming Windows handsets, and a rumor from earlier this year suggested that LG could be cooking up a new one for Verizon. There's still a lot we don't know about these plans, but the arrival of a new render attempts to add some support to the ...

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    Even though Windows 10 is already available in preview for desktop computers and even some Lumia smartphones, one of the biggest mysteries is how Microsoft's mobile operating system will adapt to small tablets. At the moment you don't have the option to test it on existing models, so we didn't really have a clear idea until today. We get the first leaked screenshots of Windows 10 running on a small tablet of unknown dimensions, and yes, the tablet model wasn't disclosed either. You'll notice that this is a very early beta, as the Start screen is not yet final. As we expected, there is no ...

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    Even though Apple and Samsung are more famous for their courtroom battles, that doesn't change the fact that their partnerships for hardware internals keep growing. Samsung currently supplies Apple with processors, flash storage, RAM chips and even display technology in a few cases, but rumors point to more collaboration to come. Trusted sources claim that Samsung has just built a team of around 200 employees, and their sole purpose is to design and build new displays for Apple. It's not clear as to what these displays will power, or if these are multiple displays for Apple's future ...

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    Just in case the teasing concerning the LG G4's camera – a good bit of it, too – we have additional leaks today out of the Korean press to further add to the discussion surrounding the LG G4's camera. Considering how ridiculously good the camera sound on paper, these LG G4 camera details should be well received by skeptics of the phone's ability. In an earlier release from LG Innotek, it was claimed that the sensor in the LG G4 would be able to capture 80% more light than the LG G3. How is this possible at all, you ask? The answer may lie in a much bigger lens itself – a six-layer ...

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    Last year, Samsung's Tizen efforts turned out to be a bit uneven. The manufacturer had some good success with Tizen-based smartwatches, but the situation was a bit more rocky when it came to smartphones. The Samsung Z ended up becoming vaporware, though early 2015 brought us a real commercial model, the Z1 (above). More recently, rumors have suggested that Samsung's already been prepping a follow-up, and today we check out a few details, as rumors describe possible hardware for two new Tizen handsets. First up, we have the so-called Z2, with some lower-mid-range specs. The phone could get ...

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    Whether you call it the Huawei Ascend P8, or you follow most of the rumors that have called it simply the Huawei P8, this is the company's next flagship, and there's a lot to look forward to on tomorrow’s event. We recently saw some leaked renders of the design, and even a separate list of specs that claim that we could expect as many as three different variants. Today some additional leaks of promo material reveal more. First of all, the new promo material leaked shows us that the previous renders we found were correct; this is definitely a premium device, at least in its design. A new ...

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    HTC and Microsoft haven't really had the best relationship ever since HTC decided to help Google launch the first-ever Android smartphone back in 2008. Yes, we have seen HTC Windows Phones launch over the following years, but not at the same pace as we saw HTC supporting Windows Mobile since its ODM days. We're not sure if that's going to change any time soon, but we do hear that there is work in progress. At the launch of the HTC One M9+ in New Delhi this morning, Chia-Lin Chang, the company's President of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer was approached about the company's future ...

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    So often in life, you get what you pay for, and that's no less true with smartphones. Sure, you can find some fantastic deals on powerful yet affordable handsets, but if you want all those top-of-the-line specs and premium styling, expect to pay for the privilege. Right now, one of the most expensive phones around is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with its 128GB version pushing $1000. Is that cost justified? A breakdown of component costs offers some degree of rationalization for that sky-high price tag, suggesting the GS6 Edge really is one of the most expensive phones to build. From an $85 ...

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    Apple has never been famous for the 30% cut it makes over any data that's distributed through its stores. We saw how publishers made a big deal about the policy when it was introduced back in 2011, but eventually, it seems all of them decided to give in if they wanted to be part of Apple's current success in digital media. The only area where Apple has fumbled in succeeding so far is with its Apple TV, and reports claim that the company took drastic measures to change this. Trusted sources claim that in order to retain popular services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and MLB.tv, the company had ...

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    Samsung's place in the smartphone world may not quite be as firmly guaranteed as it once was, with new competition delivering pressure in multiple market spaces. As Samsung makes adjustments to help it maintain its spot on top, other companies are trying to capture some of that Samsung success for themselves, and to hear a new report out of South Korea, Huawei is attempting to do just that by going right to the source, and luring Samsung employees over to its side. Specifically, we hear that Huawei has been recruiting Samsung user interface designers (the team behind TouchWiz), as well as ...

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    The past few hours have been busy ones for Sony rumors, as some new reports arrived that attempted to turn our current expectations on their head. One started looking past the Xperia Z4 -which Sony still hasn't launched- to the Z5, while the other took the position that we've been getting a little off-base with this whole Z4 business, and the phone that's actually featured in all those leaks and rumors has been one that will launch as the Z3 Neo. We're still not sure if there's any truth to that, but even if the specific device we've been talking about may be something else, there's little ...

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    Recent Sony leaks have led most of us to believe that we're seeing imagery and information about the company's next flagship – likely to be dubbed the Xperia Z4 – but we've been skeptical of some. New information from respected leaker ViziLeaks has us scratching our heads now, though. Could these leaks have been representing the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo the entire time? Could the Z4 still be way in the future? Confusion has ensued. The leaker tweeted the following out on Monday: By the way, none of the 'Z4 leaks' are Z4 leaks. Sony has different plans #sayhellotoZ3neo It's pretty ...

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