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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

It's the iPhone duo we've been expecting, the screen size increases we've been so curious about, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus likely to be on many wishlists this holiday season. Apple's iOS 8 smartphones are bigger, faster, and more capable than before, but have they also lost some of their charm in the process? Read on for some hands-on impressions.

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Apple Watch hands-on

Apple Watch hands-on

Apple has made its play for the wearable space, and the Apple Watch will be the thundercloud hovering over all other smartwatches until it makes its retail debut next year. Unmistakably an Apple product, but with some of the innovations we’ve come to expect from the firm, it’s a confident step from an industry heavyweight into a space ripe for dominating. Read on for some hands-on first-impressions.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pricing and release dates official

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pricing and release dates official

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been priced this morning with the iPhone 6 - the smaller - replacing the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 will be available for $199 for a 16GB edition with a 2-year contract, $299 for a 64GB edition, and $399 for a 128GB edition. Remember that these are not off-contract prices - we’ll get those later.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus official

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus official

It's time - the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, are official. This morning Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s special event to greet the audience with a thank you - "those words mean a great deal to us." Summoning the past with a mention of how they launched the iMac in the Flint Center - the same place we’re sitting now - we get the sense that this event is important.

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Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

With the new Moto X further refining its flagship Android phone, the new Moto G revamping the company’s most popular smartphone ever, and Moto 360 and Moto Hint making a double play for wearables, Motorola is certainly having an interesting month. With the whispers from the Her-like Hint still echoing in my ears, I sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior vice president for software engineering at Motorola, to talk about wearables, fitting into Lenovo’s ecosystem, and what he’ll miss when out from under Google’s umbrella.

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This is the new Moto X for 2014: Hands-on

This is the new Moto X for 2014: Hands-on

As recipes for success go, the new 2014 Moto X has a good one: take the wildly popular concept of a keenly priced flagship smartphone that punches well above its weight, and then refine the heck out of the design, construction, and materials until it can comfortably stand alongside rivals with no shame whatsoever. If you thought the original Moto X was competitive, then its update for 2014 is nothing less than fighting talk from Motorola.

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You can buy the Moto 360 today: We go hands-on

You can buy the Moto 360 today: We go hands-on

Has there been a Motorola product so coveted, so eagerly desired, since the original RAZR as the Moto 360? Teased at Google I/O several months ago, but only now reaching the market, the round-faced Android Wear watch has been blamed for stalling sales of squared-off rivals as would-be buyers hold out for the eye catching form factor. The time has come, then: the Moto 360 is on sale today, and I caught up with Motorola to find out all the details.

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LG G Watch R hands-on: Controversially Bold

LG G Watch R hands-on: Controversially Bold

The LG G Watch R came as a surprise. LG had already played its Android Wear hand with the G Watch at Google I/O, and while the square-faced smartwatch was functional it was hardly a stand-out design aesthetically. Turns out, though, LG had already been working on its sibling for more than two years, a round-faced wearable that's far closer in appearance to a regular watch. I sat down with LG and the G Watch R to find out more.

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Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on

Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on

The Sony Xperia Z3 builds on an already powerful set of predecessors, Sony’s "Z" line (including the Z3 Mini) standing the test of time with a similar design to each previous year. Now with Android 4.4 KitKat and a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the Xperia Z3 ups the ante. This device weighs in at just 152 grams and measures in at a mere 146 x 72 x 7.3mm.

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