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    Apple decided to drop the name "Computer" from its name a couple of years ago, mainly when it branched out to products like the iPhone and iPad. Today we see the company expand to new categories like the Apple Watch, something we should be able to test later this year. Tim Cook has teased that we haven't seen the best of Apple's roadmap yet, and some new reports claim that the next challenge is huge. Some of the recent reports on an Apple van full of cameras sounded more like an Apple "Street View" project, but it eventually evolved into an Apple Car project. Today the Wall Street Journal ...

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    We first learned of Samsung's Exynos 5433 SoC last summer, the 64-bit octa-core processor that would end up powering the Galaxy Note 4. Why that originally looked like it might land under the umbrella of the Exysno 5 lineup, last fall Samsung formally designated it as the first Exynos 7 chip. While a very capable chip in its own right, Samsung's already looking to give the Exysos 7 Octa a little boost, and today announced that it's beginning mass fabrication under a new 14nm process. The existing Exynos 7 Octa in the Note 4 is a 20nm chip, just like the Exynos 5 Octa you'll find in the ...

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    There's a famous saying in Latin America the goes a little like: "Always leave a party early, so that you're missed." That could be said about the late Steve Jobs who passed away just months after turning his bankrupt startup into the most valuable company in the world. His famous army of executives behind such an incredible success story is still there, but the question is for how long? An extensive profile on Jony Ive was recently published by The New Yorker, and if you read into the lines a bit, there are a couple of hints that point to a future without Jony Ive. First of all, the ...

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    Apple is definitely not a company that can be trusted when it comes to the leaks of its product roadmap. Just a few years ago the company assured the public that it didn't believe in 7-inch tablets, and well, the iPad mini can help us prove our point. Apple also claimed that the existence of a computer with a touch screen would not be optimal for the user when it launched the 11-inch MacBook Air, but with all the leaks of a larger 12-inch iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro, it seems the company is on the verge of contradicting itself again. New leaks show us that Chinese companies are already ...

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    Last week we heard that Samsung may be readying a 2015 follow-up to last year's OLED-screened tablets, the Galaxy Tab S family. Model numbers hinted that we'd again be seeing two sizes for the Tab S, and again in both WiFi and cellular configurations, but we didn't pick up much in the way of details. Now some of the first specifics are finally starting to come to light, as rumors discuss the possibility of some super-thin hardware. Supposedly, the new Galaxy Tab S2 models would measure even thinner than the current-gen iPad Air. For context, Apple's tablet is 6.1mm thick, and both ...

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    In two weeks (and a couple days) we'll find ourselves in beautiful Barcelona, Spain ready to dive headfirst into Mobile World Congress 2015. That's going to mean event after event, and announcement after announcement, but even with all the myriad products fighting for out attention, there are a few we're anticipating that are just too big to be lost in the sea of competitors, with the Galaxy S6 arguably at the top of that list. With its Unpacked event creeping up over the horizon, Samsung's already getting started with its promotional push for this new hardware, taking to social media to ...

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    There's a lot to like about the Surface Pro 3, making it little surprise that Microsoft's been selling a boatload of the tablets. Beyond the full-blown Windows experience that the tablet offers, making it a prime tool for mobile productivity, one of the Pro 3's real stand-out features is the Surface Pen, a precision pressure-sensitive active stylus tracked by the tablet's digitizer panel. If you were already a fan of what the Surface Pen delivered, there's good reason for you to be excited about future Surface tablets, as Microsoft is reported to be in discussions to purchase the firm ...

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    It seems like the last few days have seen Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors taking a turn for the hardware side of things, revisiting the idea of the Galaxy S Edge, giving us hints about the phone's camera, or talking about what to expect from accessories. But it wasn't long ago when our GS6 focus was pointed at the phone's software, amid reports that Samsung was in the process of seriously slimming-down TouchWiz to deliver core functionality, while moving a lot of what had been perceived as bloat to optional add-on apps. Today we hear from a new source about what Samsung's up to, adding some ...

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    Right now, when someone mentions an unannounced HTC smartphone, our thoughts immediately turn to the One M9. And while that may be the highest-profile of the company's upcoming handsets, it hardly exists in a vacuum. Besides the One M9 itself, we've heard about a possible One M9 Plus, as well new Desire models like the one codenamed A55. It's phones like that last one we're thinking about today as we check out a render of a previously unknown HTC smartphone. Shared by upleaks on Twitter, he admits that even he doesn't know quite what we're looking at here. Is this a blue-bodied phone, or ...

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    Samsung's got its next Unpacked event scheduled for March 1, and unless we've been hugely misreading the situation, that's the day we're going to see the manufacturer formally announce the Galaxy S6. OK, easy enough to believe, but what then? While it will be fantastic to see the GS6 go official, what most of you are actually interested in is getting your hands on the phone; when can we hope to see sales begin? Like the phone itself, this is something that won't be confirmed for a another few weeks, but today we get what looks like a solid guess at a couple windows for the start of GS6 ...

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    Earlier today we showed you some very attractive-looking renders of HTC's presumed One M9, put together based on the images of hardware and existing renders that had already leaked. It still wasn't anything official, but it sure looked good. Previously, we had the chance to look at something similar done for the Samsung Galaxy S6, with fan renders taking a stab at building a 3D model based on what we had heard and seen to date. Since then, though, some new schematics have leaked, and now we've got some fresh renders to gawk over, constructed from that new info. We've still got that same ...

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    Has Google hit an impasse with Wallet? Apple may have gotten smartphone users talking again about NFC-based payments last year with the launch of Apple Pay on the new iPhones, but Google's failed to do much in recent memory to draw new customers to Wallet. Could user confusion over the tap-and-pay mechanic of it, including uncertainty about both phone and retail POS compatibility, be limiting adoption? Google may have its suspicions about just that, as we get word that it's been investigating a new payment method that works very differently from the Wallet we're used to. Google's ...

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    In the early days of March, our attention is going to be hugely focused on MWC in Barcelona. Companies the world around will be descending upon Spain to share all their latest products and services, and we're sure to see the launch of some very high-profile flagship devices. But not everyone is headed to MWC to talk about their latest stuff, and today we see NVIDIA start distributing invites for a March 3 event of its own, set to take place in San Francisco. All NVIDIA's saying at the moment is that this announcement will be all about gaming, and that the company plans to share some news ...

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    Microsoft has gained a lot of fame for making its mobile operating system run like a champ on the lowest hardware specifications imaginable. Sadly, Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't necessarily shined in allowing Microsoft to retain this reputation, and with the confirmation that Windows 10 will run on devices with 512MB of RAM, but with less features, you could say we have all the reasons in the world to be worried. If you currently own any budget Lumia, we've got some possible good news. Microsoft's Gabriel Alu has taken on Twitter to tell us all that he's currently testing Windows 10 on a budget ...

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    When you think of a smartwatch, which device springs to mind? A Pebble? Maybe an Android Wear model? Or what about the upcoming Apple Watch? While we regularly check out industry reports looking at which smartphone manufacturers are controlling the lion's share of the market, we haven't been so privileged as to get the same sort of data about smartwatches, leaving us a bit in the dark as to just who's succeeding and who's not. Today we get a rare glimmer of insight, with a new analyst report looking at sales through the end of 2014. Analysts at Canalys estimate about 4.6 million smart ...

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    Have we seen the HTC One M9 yet? There have certainly been enough leaks, both in the form of images and first-hand accounts of the hardware, but between inconsistencies with some of those reports and claims that we've been misled by “decoy” hardware, it can be difficult to know what to trust. On the plus side, at least, there's a lot of potential evidence out there, and if you can separate the wheat from the chaff, there's also the potential to try and close in on HTC's intentions. That's just what one independent designer's been doing, and based on everything we've seen so far, has ...

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    We have a deja vu with this report, as there have been numerous in the past claiming the same thing, but this one's coming from Bloomberg (and its own sources), which gives it a little more credibility, while also lending credence to previous reports that implied the same thing. Bottom line: there will be two different Galaxy phones on March 1, out of which one will have a wrap-around screen. The information is still based on what "people with direct knowledge of the matter" say, and it also includes the fact that both the Galaxy S6, and its wrap-around display sibling, will have metal ...

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    The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5 -- which is one of 16MP -- is already a step-up from the one on the Galaxy S4, at 13MP, but it will be likely outdone by the imaging system on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6. The phone which is expected to be unveiled on March 1 at Mobile World Congress will likely have a 20MP shooter, much like the rumored camera specifications for its main competitor, the HTC One M9. No, Samsung has not officially unveiled this information; it comes our way as a report from SamMobile quoting an unnamed source that claims to have access to a Galaxy S6 prototype. ...

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    Ever since last year we saw a possible HTC wearable in a video released by the company, rumors have been on and off about the existence of a smartwatch manufactured by the company. Some rumors have led us to believe the company would work toward the release of an Android Wear-powered wearable, while others have suggested other possibilities to the contrary, but among all of this one thing looks to be pretty certain – HTC is pretty intent on getting into the wearables space. And nearing Mobile World Congress as we are (with a big HTC event already set-up as the possible launch venue of ...

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    Smartphone hardware, much like printers and coffee makers, hasn't been able to escape the grim specter of DRM. Apple's had it in Lightning cables since it did away with its 30-pin accessories, and we've already seen Samsung embrace authentication chips with cases for Galaxy-class phones. Now we're looking forward to the launch of the Galaxy S6 in just a few short weeks, and to hear the latest report, it could arrive with some newly-strengthened DRM for accessory validation. Much like Samsung is expected to use its own Exynos chips in all variants of the GS6, it could start manufacturing ...

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    Remember how the spotting of an Apple-leased van full of cameras last week spurred rumors of Cupertino working on its own version of street view? Well, those assumptions were really just assumptions at a time when Google is working on its own self-driving car. The sky is the limit as to what Apple is planning with the leased vehicle, but new sources claim the project is bigger than expected. The source of last week's report was reportedly contacted directly by an Apple Employee who chose to remain in secret for obvious reasons, and spilled the beans on what to expect. Apparently, even ...

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    Even though Apple Pay hasn't taken the world by storm, that's not the only reason why people care about Apple's Touch ID. In addition to making the process of unlocking an iPhone and iPad much easier, it's also proven to be a very important security tool for many third-party applications at the moment. You'd wonder what exactly can Apple improve from this feature on future iOS devices, and the answer is actually quite extensive. KGI research has been famous for many of its Apple predictions, and today's round of assumptions focuses on Touch ID and its future. The firm predicts that the ...

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    Xposed Framework has proven to be one of the most popular customization tools to has ever reached Android. We've covered its ability to allow you to apply different modules on a couple of videos in the past, and once you have a look at options like Gravity Box for example, this is clearly a must-have service for those that have rooted their device. That being said, the biggest problem is that Xposed Framework didn't work on Android 5.0 Lollipop, or at least not until recently. The biggest challenge that Xposed faced in order to support Android 5.0, is that the Framework was built under ...

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    Third-party accessory makers don't always have it too easy. When there's a big high-profile smartphone getting ready to launch, they all want to have products ready to go as soon as it hits stores, but the manufacturers behind these handsets can be quite secretive about their designs. As a result, companies like those who make cases sometimes find themselves going behind the phone manufacturer to try and get some early insight into upcoming products – just look at last year and all the months of iPhone 6 cases we checked out leading up to Apple's eventual launch. We might not be so lucky ...

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    We're not sure what to believe anymore regarding the Sony Xperia Z4: while some rumors suggest that it will not make an MWC 2015 appearance, others claim the contrary. And if that by itself wouldn't be enough to confuse everybody, a phone which is believed to be the Xperia Z4 (but could really be another phone) has just been benchmarked on GeekBench. This particular device doesn't have a model number eloquent enough to recognise the Z4, but its specifications sure seem flagship worthy. While running the latest version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, said device is being powered by an octa-core ...

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