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Ben Kersey is a writer and contributor to SlashGear and Android Community, currently based in London, UK. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, and can be found on Twtter: @ben_kersey

Apple tipped for live TV set-top box

Apple tipped for live TV set-top box

It’s no secret that Apple has been talking to content providers in the past, presumably for the mythical Apple Television, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the company is currently in talks with US cable providers to allow consumers to use a set-top-box manufactured by Cupertino. The box will reportedly allow consumers to access live television as well as other content, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Samsung sells 10m Galaxy Notes in nine months

Samsung sells 10m Galaxy Notes in nine months

There are those out there who love the Galaxy Note and those who hate it, but Samsung has managed to shift an impressive number of Notes despite the air of confusion surrounding the device. The large smartphone - or small tablet, depending on how you look at it - had been snapped up five million times in March, with Samsung reaching seven million sales in June. At yesterday’s Galaxy Note 10.1 event, the company revealed that it had sold a total of 10 million units over the course of nine months.

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Nokia and Microsoft schedule Windows Phone event for September 5th

Nokia and Microsoft schedule Windows Phone event for September 5th

Reports indicated that Nokia and Microsoft would showcase Windows Phone 8 products at Nokia World in Helsinki on September 5th, but it looks like the duo will be taking to New York on the same day to unveil their latest wares. The team sent out invites yesterday to a press conference to be held in New York on September 5th at 9.30am EST using the familiar Windows Phone tiles interface, so you can probably imagine what to expect on the big day.

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD specs tipped

Motorola DROID RAZR HD specs tipped

Yesterday, a report surfaced detailing that Motorola was planning to launch the DROID RAZR HD in conjunction with Verizon in October. The launch would be contingent on the sales numbers of the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX, however, with the companies needing to clear inventory before launching a new model. On top of that, it was believed that Motorola was also working on a RAZR MAXX HD, but PhoneArena has heard from a tipster that there are no such plans.

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LTE equipped Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 lands on Verizon August 17th

LTE equipped Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 lands on Verizon August 17th

The WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has been available for some time, but now Verizon will be offering an LTE-enabled version of the tablet starting from August 17th. Previously if you wanted a tablet in the 7-inch range and wanted LTE, you’d have had to cough up a hefty amount of money for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, but Verizon will be offering the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for a reasonable $350 off-contract.

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Amazon’s next Kindle Fire may have just hit the FCC

Amazon’s next Kindle Fire may have just hit the FCC

We’ve heard word in the past that Amazon is working on a sequel to the Kindle Fire, with the company reportedly aiming at a larger form factor compared to the current 7-inch screen. The Digital Reader has done some detective work and come across what may be an FCC filing of Amazon’s next tablet, believing that the online internet retailer may have used a front company to file the documents in order to sneak the tablet under the radar.

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HTC: “We are coming back.”

HTC: “We are coming back.”

Nokia isn’t the only company facing trouble, with HTC receiving a battering from Apple and Samsung in smartphone sales. The company has tried to streamline its product line, but consumers still seem to be turning to the Galaxy S line as well as the iPhone. Bloomberg reports that Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, has sent out a email designed to rally employees, describing how the company needs to get to grips with the current situation.

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Nokia committed to Windows Phone, new handsets coming soon

Nokia committed to Windows Phone, new handsets coming soon

Nokia is still struggling to penetrate the United States with the help of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but reports have suggested that the company is poised to launch new handsets at Nokia World on September 5th. Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, dropped a hint in a recent interview that Windows Phone 8 devices from the manufacturer would be coming “relatively near term,” according to a report from Reuters. Elop didn’t deny rumors of a September 5th launch either, so the first Windows Phone 8 handsets may be a few short weeks away.

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note II front panel spotted

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note II front panel spotted

More and more details seem to be emerging of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II as we creep closer to the company’s IFA 2012 event on August 29th. This time it’s a leaked case part, with nowhereelse.fr throwing up an image of what seems to be the front panel for the handset, complete with a ruler in order to judge the screen size. The screen seems to come in at around 14 cm diagonally, which would confirm the 5.5-inch screen size that has been alluded to in previous reports.

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Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming media services in the United States, with the company recently expanding into the UK to try and woo the local population with easy movie and TV streaming. Now the company is setting its sights on the rest of Europe, today announcing that it will soon be available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Netflix says the full service should launch in those countries towards the end of 2012.

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Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Apple rested its case in the trial against Samsung this week, and now the South Korean company is doing everything possible to prove its innocence. AllThingsD reports that Samsung attempted to dismiss allegations that its products copied the design of the iPhone, with senior user experience design Jeeyuen Wang testifying that the company didn’t copy any of Apple’s icons. She went on to say that Samsung tested multiple icons, ultimately falling back on familiar pictures such as the traditional telephone because users responded better to them.

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iPad mini design detailed

iPad mini design detailed

Several reports have indicated that Apple is working on a smaller version of the iPad, said to be around 7.85-inches, but there haven’t been anywhere near as many leaks as there have been for the next iPhone. 9to5Mac believes it has solid information regarding the design of the iPad mini, however, suggesting that it will look like an enlarged iPod touch, with smaller bezels compared to the current iPads.

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