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Samsung Gear S smartwatch divorces your phone

Samsung Gear S smartwatch divorces your phone

Samsung has yet another smartwatch for us, the Samsung Gear S, and this time the Tizen wearable has divorced itself from requiring a tethered smartphone thanks to integrated 3G. Fronted by a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED 360 x 480 touchscreen, the Gear S has dualband 2G and dualband 3G so as to get online independently, and supports calls and messaging as well as a range of other apps like turn-by-turn navigation.

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Galaxy Note 4 detailed further: filled with crystals

Galaxy Note 4 detailed further: filled with crystals

This afternoon Samsung has released some Galaxy Note 4 details intentionally and not-so-intentionally. At least two variants of the Galaxy Note 4 are on their way, are a number of models of the two variants therein. Then there’s the videos - the lovely videos of the Galaxy Note 3 depicting features that’ll again be delivered in the Note 4.

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Google News and Weather: your next key Android app

Google News and Weather: your next key Android app

This week Google has updated the app known as "News & Weather." This app is built-in with newer Android devices and software builds, and requires that you have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher - that includes Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Honeycomb too. You’ll also need 2.3MB of space to install it.

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Instagram Hyperlapse is silky timelapse for your iPhone

Instagram Hyperlapse is silky timelapse for your iPhone

It's clearly the season for fast-moving timelapse, for shortly after Microsoft Research showed how it could make shaky GoPro footage watchable with Hyperlapse, Instagram has outed a new video sharing app of the same name. Instagram's Hyperlapse promises time-lapse video and smooth tracking shots that previously would've required a Steadicam system, all from your iPhone (or, eventually, your Android handset).

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Verizon VoLTE launch imminent: HD Voice & Video Calls

Verizon VoLTE launch imminent: HD Voice & Video Calls

Verizon will begin its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roll-out over the next few weeks, pushing HD Voice and video calls over the carrier's 4G data network. The much-promised technology, which marks the beginning of a shift away from CDMA voice calls, will require compatible handsets on both ends of the call - whether audio or video - though Verizon says that several devices will be eligible after a software update.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 details: not a niche, pre-event

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 details: not a niche, pre-event

Today we’re having a peek at everything we know - or think we know - about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The device hasn’t been revealed in full by Samsung yet, but barring an actual press release with the name in bold, they’ve essentially given us enough basic information to figure out the rest ourselves. Here’s the Galaxy Note 4 as well as we can figure before September 3rd.

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Nexus 6 details and Electric Sheep

Nexus 6 details and Electric Sheep

The next Google Nexus device will probably be made by Motorola. As a sort of good-will push for Motorola as it leaves the mothership, Google, but also because Motorola is one of the last top-end smartphone makers to not have gotten a shot at a Nexus device thus far. Also today we’re to understand that the device might be extra-spooky.

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