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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A puts Prime specs in old design

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A puts Prime specs in old design

The Samsung Galaxy F, or Galaxy S5 Prime, is finally here, but not really. It isn't going by either of those names and won't be looking as polished as they were rumored to be. Instead, Samsung has chosen to christen it the Galaxy S5 LTE-A to focus more on the uber downloading speeds new buyers could be getting and to distract you from feeling a bit cheated for buying a Galaxy S5 that is now somewhat dwarfed by this.

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Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon has reportedly been working on its new, 3D smartphone since 2009, according to a profile of the Lab126 team responsible for the handset we're expecting to see revealed on Wednesday, but it could in fact be the most mainstream of the products the retail behemoth is cooking up. Sharing workbench space in the clandestine skunkworks previously responsible for the Kindle ereader and Fire TV set-top box are tipped to be projected computer interfaces and more.

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Facebook Slingshot takes on Snapchat with demanding sharing

Facebook Slingshot takes on Snapchat with demanding sharing

Facebook Slingshot, the social network's stab back at Snapchat, has launched: an ephemeral photo-sharing app which demands social interaction if users actually want to see each other's pictures or video. Like Snapchat, Slingshot doesn't save images but instead only makes them visible for a limited period of time; however, rather than just tapping to view received content, to "unlock" it users will need to share something back - or "sling" it, in Slingshot parlance - first.

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YouTube is about to delete big-name indie artist videos

YouTube is about to delete big-name indie artist videos

Indie artists as big as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys could be yanked from YouTube within a matter of days as the streaming video service demands they sign up with a new subscription music platform or find somewhere else to host their content. YouTube plans to begin limited testing of the streaming service, which is expected to support offline and ad-free playback, shortly, ahead of a broader roll-out later in 2014, but independent artists could disappear "in a matter of days." Continue Reading

AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.

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Biggest surprise of E3 2014? Nintendo may not be dead after all

Biggest surprise of E3 2014? Nintendo may not be dead after all

It would appear that Nintendo has returned to glory. Speaking up with a wide variety of unexpected announcements this year at E3 2014, Nintendo brought packed heat. If the company’s goal was to prove Family-friendly Nay-sayers wrong with titles and updates focused on all-ages in the face of their opponents, they’ve done so with flying colors. Nintendo presented nothing less than a full win.

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Here’s why Destiny is a winner post-Alpha

Here’s why Destiny is a winner post-Alpha

I can’t wait for Destiny to be released for all platforms. It’s developed on an in-house engine, looks like a combination of Star Wars* and Halo, and it sounds nice too. And it’s only the Alpha - it’s going to look and feel BETTER than this when it’s eventually released in full.

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Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

As Amazon prepares to give us something new, we’ve been wondering just what we should be looking for from them. We’ve all but confirmed we’re getting a smartphone from Amazon, so what would get us away from our current model? Can Amazon coerce us into dropping iOS or Android for their ecosystem? If they do these five things, they have a chance!

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Tim Cook hands-off with Apple iWatch say insiders

Tim Cook hands-off with Apple iWatch say insiders

Apple CEO Tim Cook may be building a smartwatch but he's taken a hands-off approach to the rumored wrist-worn wearable, it's suggested, at odds to the notoriously micro-managing Steve Jobs. Development of the so-called "iWatch" has seen Cook delegate the details of its creation to his executive team, according to new leaks, including design chief Jony Ive, while the CEO takes a more over-arching view of Apple's wearables strategy.

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Cortana on iOS or Android re-denied by Microsoft

Cortana on iOS or Android re-denied by Microsoft

This past week we saw a question and answer session with Microsoft which resulted in a slightly misunderstood bit of information being spread. As it turns out, Microsoft is not necessarily planning on releasing Cortana to any platform other than their own: Windows Phone and possibly Windows. Instead, Cortana needs to have a far more solid experience at home before any push beyond their borders, so says Microsoft.

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