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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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    As we're hearing more and more HTC One M9 details, more and more of the upcoming phone's different aspects get leaked, rumored, or predicted. If all the things we're hearing are true, then there will be little HTC can announce to surprise us. Luckily, if the past is of any indication, rumors for major devices are a hit or miss (there are exceptions to the rule though). The latest set of HTC One M9 details comes our way from LlabTooFeR (a ROM developer) on Twitter, and contains two separate bits of information, which, if both true, will make the M8 successor faster in terms of Wi-Fi ...

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    Late last month we the clearest sign yet of an upcoming new Motorola smartphone, as renders leaked that appeared to show an unknown mid-range device. The assumption at the time was that we were looking at a new Moto E, following the launch of the initial model last May. Still, there was no conclusive evidence linking those pics to the Moto E, nor had we any specific reason to expect that a launch would be imminent. Well, just a couple short weeks later we've hit the jackpot, and while Motorola is still keeping quiet about the smartphone, Best Buy has prematurely posted a product page for ...

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    Just like it's been in years past, MWC 2015 is going to be a big deal, with lots of extremely high-profile hardware making its public debut. At least, while that may be the case for manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, we've had to dial-back our expectations for others; just look at Microsoft's new MWC invite that just went out, which doesn't do much to have us expecting any major launches. In the same vein, we've been hearing that Sony's MWC presence might be another low-key offering, without any new flagship Xperia Z4 in tow. Now some new rumors about the company's MWC plans are adding ...

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    Today's a busy rumor day when it comes to Apple's mobile operating system. On one side we've seen Apple seed iOS 8.3 to developers today with a couple of significant improvements, even though we've also heard that iOS 9 will be Apple's most conservative iOS update in years. Whatever the case may be, it seems that there will be another version of iOS launched in-between, and it also proves to be important. Sources claim that Apple is also working on launching iOS 8.4 after the launch of the Apple Watch, and that the main-course meal here will be a new music service. We've heard that Apple ...

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    Three weeks: we've got just three weeks to go until one of the biggest times of the year for smartphone, tablet, and wearable news, with Mobile World Congress 2015 set to get started in Barcelona during the early days of March. That's already meant companies like Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and more teasing their MWC events, sending out early invites to the press. The latest company to get us psyched-up for its MWC showcase is Microsoft, as its own invites start hitting inboxes. Unlike the many manufacturers holding their press events on March 1 (MWC-proper doesn't start until March 2), ...

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    We're at least 4 months away from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, where the company usually shows us its next version of both its desktop and mobile operating systems, and another 8 months away from a possible launch. Many of you may consider Apple to be conservative when it comes to the visual aspect of both operating systems, but aggressive features like Continuity and Hand-off are still not on the radar of any of its competitors. That being said, it seems that the company is planning to settle down for the next launch. Even though Apple has been famous for offering the most ...

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    Microsoft is definitely not famous for being timely, and we've got the Windows Phone launch periods to prove it. The folks from Redmond are in desperate need of reinvention, and even when we thought that the company's top priority would be Windows and Windows Phone, we've seen more love reach iOS and Android in the last couple of weeks. Still, we do know many of you are already using the Windows 10 Preview, but if you're wondering how far away we are from a final build, the wait is long. Reports claim that Microsoft is targeting its Release to Manufacturing version of Windows 10 to reach ...

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    The Xperia Z4 is easily the upcoming Sony smartphone we're most eagerly anticipating at the moment, but it may not arrive alone. Last year at IFA 2014, Sony launched a number of devices alongside the Xperia Z3, including the Xperia E3 low-to-mid-range model. By the time December rolled around, we found ourselves checking out the first rumors of a follow-up E4, one that would make a few solid improvements on the E3 while still remaining quite affordable. We saw a couple leaked photos back then, but now we get what may be an even better look at the hardware as some new renders turn up. Truth ...

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    With the introduction of Android Lollipop, Google brought its platform a feature called Smart Lock, its own spin on Motorola's Trusted Devices. Smart Lock lets you control when your phone forces you to manually unlock: you can use something like the presence of a paired Bluetooth device or an NFC tag that lets the phone know it's in a trusted environment where no PIN is necessary. Other options for Smart Lock currently include a location-based system where you define safe zones for your phone, and even a face-based mode that attempts to recognize you via your phone's front-facing camera. ...

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    Last month, we heard the return of an old tune: word was, someone was interested in buying BlackBerry. Such rumors were commonplace in years past, as BlackBerry struggled to find the direction that would keep the company moving forward in a smartphone climate heavy with change. But with the arrival of new leadership and the launch of new hardware like the Passport and Classic, memories of acquisition rumors started fading into the distance. Now all of a sudden there was this new report that Samsung was looking at snatching-up Blackberry. Both companies were quick to deny the claims, and ...

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    Going back a few days now, we've been looking at growing evidence that Verizon is about to join all the other major carriers in the US and start sales of the Nexus 6. We knew this would be coming eventually, but with so much time having passed since the phone first launch, it's understandable that we'd been growing a little anxious. But now not only does Verizon have a signup page for info on the Nexus 6's pending arrival, but some renders showing the Verizon-branded edition of the smartphone have leaked. This was all great to see, but it didn't offer any specific insight into a release ...

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    We started yesterday off with an exciting development for Microsoft's next-gen smartphone platform: no, not the public start of the Windows 10 preview, but maybe the next best thing – some leaked screenshots of the release in action. We got to see the new Action Center, system settings interface, and even that post-update Super Bowl quote we heard about earlier this week. This morning we find ourselves with a new round to check out, as further Windows 10 phone preview screenshots surface. What have we got here? The pics appear to reveal an audio recording app, and keyboard software shows ...

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    We're not entirely sure what we're looking at in this picture above. Whether it is the Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked (and an S Edge variant), or some Photoshop fun is anyone's guess at the moment. However, if we play along, we can see two phone models, which would play nicely with previous rumors of a Galaxy S6, and a sister-device with a double-curved display towards both sides, the S Edge. The phone on the left is believed, and looks like, the naked Galaxy S6, with what appears to be a protruding camera (most probably, like in the iPhone 6's case, because of a thin form factor and a thicker ...

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    We'll be honest with you, we don't know @Ricciolo1, but apparently those who do claim that this specific Italian Twitter user has been right in the past when predicting/leaking smartphones/features. Don't blame us for not taking their words, so, until we hear something official, we'll advise you to be skeptical about this upcoming Motorola flagship as well. The tweet itself doesn't reveal anything, and we wouldn't even know it's about Motorola, if there wasn't a Moto picture attached to tweet. Two bits of information are revealed: one, about an upcoming Motorola flagship, which will be ...

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    It's been a while since we've last seen an LG Windows Phone, but according to recent reports, that's about to change, as the South Korean manufacturer is reportedly working on a smartphone powered by Microsoft's mobile operating system. While the smart thing to do would be to for this upcoming device to ship with Windows 10 phone, the documents unveiled by MyLGPhones don't reveal information about the platform version. What they do unveil though, is the model number, which is VW820; from this we can draw the conclusion that it's going to be a Verizon Wireless device (VW). To further ...

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    You know the joke about how you know someone's a vegan: they're going to tell you? When it comes to smartphones, Verizon's the same way, because before big red lets a phone into its stores, it's going to do all it can to make sure anyone standing within a twenty meter radius can tell that the handset is a Verizon phone. Sure, a few models manage to escape the carrier's logo-stamping department, but then others end up with a Verizon-branded home button. For months now we've been looking forward to the Motorola Nexus being formally welcomed by Verizon, and earlier this week it finally ...

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    With under a month to go before Samsung's Unpacked event, we may finally be getting to the bottom of what to expect for the Galaxy S6. A recent component leak suggested a slightly different direction for the phone's design than we were previously aware of, and we just took a look at some mock-ups depicting how the completed phone based on that leaked frame might appear. We've also had an idea of what to expect so far as the handset's dimensions go, following a schematic leak from a casemaker late last month. That document made it look like the GS6 could measure 7.19mm thick, but now a new ...

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    Android Lollipop is slowly making its way to Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets in the US. Earlier this week we learned that Verizon was about to see its update hit, and yesterday evening we found out that Sprint was expecting to see its own GS5 Lollipop update begin distribution today. But what if you haven't received your OTA notification just yet? What if you're on a different carrier? Well, you can be patient and wait for your update to naturally arrive, or you may be able to get a head start on things with a little help from Samsung itself, as we learn about a potential method for upgrading ...

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    A golden HTC One M9 has been leaked recently thanks to some stills showing off the device, and those images were consistent with what we've seen before. Today's set of HTC One M9 spy shots, while focusing on the new Dot View case, seems to further confirm the general aspect of the device, at least as far as the camera on the back is concerned. Maybe the story is not the Dot View case leaked in the stills, which looks pretty much like the current Dot View case (and probably offers the same functionality), but the fact that the device which it wraps around looks to be the exact same device ...

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