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Although the blogosphere is abuzz with iPhone 6-related reports, Samsung will argue that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 is the smartphone to grab this fall, and with the Korean outfit having already confirmed the September 3rd Unpacked event in Berlin, we’re now playing the waiting game. Given what we’ve heard so far, we’re not expecting too many surprises, and one feature that will remain without a shadow of doubt is the S Pen. The company’s stylus is one of the discernible differences between the Galaxy Note range and the Galaxy S line-up, and in a new ad focused mainly on consumers with children, Sammy reminds us how important handwriting remains in this Digital Age.

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Dong Nguyen, of Flappy Bird fame, returned to prominence last week with the release of Swing Copters, and having infuriated mobile users far and wide the first time around, the follow-up is even more challenging on whole new level. So much so, in fact, that the lone developer has released a swift update of iOS and Android which, thankfully, makes it a bit less cumbersome to play. More details and download link can be found right after the jump.

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Every year, Google comes through a new Nexus smartphone, and although LG is ordinarily tasked with building side of things, it’s reckoned that Motorola will be at the helm for this year’s edition. Given that we had the Nexus 4, then the current flagship Nexus 5, it was naturally presumed that the Big G would take the wraps off the Nexus 6 later on this year, but as per a new report, it may well be given the ‘Nexus X’ moniker.

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Apple’s iPhone 5s mightn’t have brought many changes from an aesthetic standpoint, but in terms of hardware, the Cupertino based company really upped the ante. For instance, alongside the much-improved A7 SoC, the device also included the M7 coprocessor, and with the next-gen iPhone 6 set to include an A8 chip, details of the handset’s corresponding M7 have now emerged.

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Apple’s Lightning cable, which was first rolled out with the iPhone 5 in place of the long-standing 30-pin offering, has made life a great deal easier for iOS device users. Not only is the Lightning connector smaller, and more robust, but it’s also reversible, putting an end to the days of accidentally jamming and causing damage, but unfortunately, this issue is still prevalent at the traditional USB end. It has long since been suggested that Apple will mark the introduction of the iPhone 6 with a revised Lightning cable that will be reversible at both ends, but whether this transpires or not, there’s already a third-party option available.

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Once a dominant force in the smartphone industry, BlackBerry has lost its way in recent years, and having fallen way behind the Apple iPhone in the pecking order, the Canadian outfit has called out its Cupertino rival in the battle of the IM services. Having opened BBM up to iOS, Android and Windows Phone recently, the company is now busy trying to sell the once-popular instant-messaging service to the masses, and as is the case with most tech companies nowadays, BlackBerry has gone on the offensive against its fierce rival’s corresponding iMessage.

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It’s strange that, given its status as a major carrier serving the Chinese market, China Telecom would post promotional iPhone 6 ads featuring renders mocked up by well-known designers, but that’s exactly what it has done. In a new advertisement, in which the cellular operator suggests that it will sell a version of the iPhone 6 compatible with the nation’s myriad of networks, we also get another glimpse of the fine work of Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino at Behance, and given how many times we’ve seen what is claimed to be the iPhone 6′s final design, China Telecom’s Weibo post is quite a misleading one.

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There’s scarcely an area of the mobile industry that Samsung has not touched upon, with the company having already delivered multiple smartwatches since launching the Galaxy Gear last year. With Google Glass gathering steam ahead of its release early next year and Facebook having recently acquired Oculus’s VR technology, Samsung is angling for a piece of the pie with a virtual reality headset of its own, and apparently, the so-called Gear VR will be showcased at IFA. The notion of an imminent VR headset is nothing new, but now, we have some images to mull over, and below, you can check them out.

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If you’ve been inundated with iMessage spam and don’t know how to combat it, there are a couple of different avenues you can explore in the battle against the apparently prevalent spamming.

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As consumers of mobile tech products, we’re often focused on features like resolution, camera capabilities and processors, but while strong tech. specs enable us to enjoy a better overall experience with apps and games, the technology at our disposal could also serve as guardians of our health and wellbeing. Given the smartwatch boom and the introduction of several fitness-related initiatives right from the top, we’re going to be seeing a lot more emphasis on this particular sector, and although the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 already include basic-level heart rate monitoring systems, a new $200 case can gather such intricate details that it’s able to diagnose a number of heart conditions.

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Foxconn has long since been Apple’s main ally in production of iOS devices, and with the iPhone 6 set to be announced in just a few weeks, Foxconn’s manufacturing plants must be swarming with evidence. Of course, as part of the agreement to prepare the smartphone for mass distribution, Foxconn is obligated to keep everything under wraps, but every now and again, something slips through the net. Today, we have what appear to be precise iPhone 6 measurements sourced directly from Foxconn, and although these details have been scattered around the blogosphere for quite some time, it’s nice to finally have something a little more concrete.

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According to a new report, Microsoft has “tentatively” outlined September 30th as the date of the Windows 9 press event. Codenamed “Threshold,” precious little is known of what the software giant actually plans to include, but below, we take a look at what we’ve gathered so far.

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We’re back once again with yet another list of great iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps gone free. With a total saving of $25, it’s a great opportunity to stock up your iOS devices with some new apps and games, so join us after the fold for the download links.

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Apple has just rolled out a second public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, delivering a number of tweaks over the initial beta. Apparently, though, it’s not too dissimilar to the latest developer preview recently released by the Cupertino tech company, and with a new build of iTunes 12 beta also doing the rounds, we’ll take a look at the intricate details after the fold.

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The Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x and up has proved a big hit among Cydia fans, successfully opening the door for the second time on iOS 7 after the initial heroics of the Evad3rs. Although the initial tool was a tad unrefined, the Pangu team has frequently updated the utility for a smoother, more secure jailbreak, and having recently rolled out Pangu 1.2.1 featuring bug fixes and AFC2, those already jailbroken can now reap the benefits of these enhancements directly from Cydia.

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Having trailed the iPhone 6 rumor mill for quite some time, we now have a fairly assured list of its specs and features. But as we close in on the September 9th announcement, plenty of on-off rumors still remain up in the air, and for the umpteenth time, a leak has indicated that Apple will offer a 128GB storage option.

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As mobile device owners, we’ve all been stuck in that annoying situation by which our need to play games, send emails and use apps outweighs the device’s battery capacity. We write checks that our overworked smartphones and tablets simply cannot cash, and as a result, the peripheral market makes a pretty penny from developing new, convenient ways to boost the retention. From simple charging cases to full-on battery packs, there are plenty of solutions available, but while many forgo appearance in favor of practicality, this neat new wrist-worn charger serves as an inconspicuous accessory when not in use.

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The iPhone 6 may be the hottest topic in tech circles right now, but even though the annual dose of iPhone Fever has taken a stronghold once more, we’ve also the small matter of the iPad refresh to contend with. Only yesterday, we heard that the next-gen iPad Air could double up on RAM to 2GB, with certain ‘pro’ features apparently set to arrive with iOS 8.1 early next year, and now, a new parts leak has presented us with a close-up look at some of the device’s internals.

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Whether you’re a fan of Apple’s products or not, the coverage pertaining to the so-called ‘iPhone 6′ is pretty much inescapable right now, and although we’ve heard a great deal about the 4.7-inch model of the Cupertino’s next smartphone, the more sizeable, 5.5-inch variant has been thrown out mainly as something of an afterthought. With the announcement now creeping up on us, though, we’ve had a few more tidbits of information just lately, and a new leak supposedly depicting the rear shell of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 offers a sense of perspective on how it may stand up against its smaller cousin.

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Although the smartphone world has continued to expand and improve over the past few years, it’s been a while since any company sought to change the game with something new and innovative. But while prominent display maker Sharp has, for the large part in recent times, stepped back and focused on developing and producing panels, its new AQUOS Crystal series boasts a bezel-free, frameless profile that not only maximizes display real estate in proportion to form factor, but as you’ll see below, is rather easy on the eye.

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