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Surface smartwatch tipped to clad tweaked-Windows in transparent metal

Surface smartwatch tipped to clad tweaked-Windows in transparent metal

Microsoft's Surface team has taken on development of the company's upcoming smartwatch, it's reported, with the wrist-worn gadget supposedly running a modified version of Windows 8. The Surface smartwatch is being built on an original design by the Xbox team, The Verge's sources claim, which had been tinkering with a "Joule" heart-rate monitor prototype for the Xbox 360.

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Review

T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony's Xperia Z has been a sleeper agent of sorts: launched to great fanfare at CES in January, overshadowed by the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One at launch, and yet grabbing upgrade sales from under Samsung's nose in Europe. Not bad for a company once written off in smartphones, and now Sony is hoping to repeat that success in the US, with a launch on T-Mobile USA. Does the waterproof Xperia Z do enough to distract from the heated US mobile market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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T-Mobile 4G LTE expands with more devices, locations

T-Mobile 4G LTE expands with more devices, locations

T-Mobile launched its 4G LTE for the first time a couple of months ago with a handful of devices on board that offer the carrier's faster data speeds. However, during T-Mobile's NYC event today, the carrier announced even more devices that will support T-Mobile's LTE network, including the new Sony Xperia Z and Nokia's Lumia 925.

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Motorola DROID Ultra spotted in wild

Motorola DROID Ultra spotted in wild

Motorola's upcoming DROID Ultra smartphone has apparently leaked, with the new Android smartphone - which Motorola itself spilled the partial-beans on earlier this month - being caught in the wild. The image, shared at XDA-developers, comes with no hardware details, so it's hard to say exactly what we're looking at, though Motorola has already confirmed that the DROID Ultra will use tough Kevlar in its construction.

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EE DoubleSpeed LTE on test: Fast, if you can find it

EE DoubleSpeed LTE on test: Fast, if you can find it

EE's DoubleSpeed LTE launch was the big news of yesterday's event, promising roughly twice the 4G speed across twelve UK cities with no extra charge. It's the carrier's latest pre-emptive attempt to corner the high-speed mobile market before its rivals wade in with LTE of their own, so with theoretical peaks of as much 150Mbps, it only seemed fair to put the new DoubleSpeed service to the test. As we found, though, it's not quite so straightforward.

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EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

UK 4G carrier EE has revealed its latest devices, including an 802.11ac router for EE's fiber, as well as detailing its shared 4G plans and double-speed roll-out. EE DoubleSpeed will go live on July 4th, the carrier has confirmed today, and offer up to 150Mbps theoretically, though in practice more like 24-40 Mbps; it'll be available to new and existing subscribers (at no extra cost) in twelve cities, rather than the originally announced ten. There's also a new mobile payments service in association with MasterCard.

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iPhone 5S LTE-A tipped as SK Telecom reportedly pushes Apple for speed

iPhone 5S LTE-A tipped as SK Telecom reportedly pushes Apple for speed

Apple's iPhone 5S, expected to launch later this year, will support LTE-Advanced sources reportedly at Korean carrier SK Telecom claim, theoretically doubling the smartphone's download speeds versus the current iPhone 5. "SK Telecom is approaching Apple to put out LTE-A technology on the upcoming iPhone 5S" an unnamed source at the carrier told The Korea Times, describing the two companies as "in the middle of negotiations."

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Nokia buys out Siemens from Nokia Siemens Networks LTE venture

Nokia buys out Siemens from Nokia Siemens Networks LTE venture

Nokia will buy out Siemens AG from the Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) joint venture, paying €1.7bn ($2.2bn) to take full control of the network infrastructure specialist. The deal, which is expected to close in Q3 2013, will see NSN become a Nokia subsidiary and, in the process, phase out the Siemens part of the name, as Nokia looks to capitalizing on its position in LTE roll-out.

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Verizon 4G LTE expands to 500 markets, nearly covers 3G footprint

Verizon 4G LTE expands to 500 markets, nearly covers 3G footprint

It may seem hard to believe, but Verizon was the first carrier to launch 4G LTE just two and a half years ago. Now, the carrier has launched the faster data service in its 500th market in the US. This means that Verizon's LTE now covers 99% of the carrier's 3G footprint, which is approximately just a couple million shy of 300 million people.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE-A detailed with new ImageON app

Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE-A detailed with new ImageON app

Samsung has detailed the latest super-fast version of the Galaxy S 4, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE-A revealed yesterday, as well as confirming its launch plans for the Snapdragon 800 powered smartphone. The new S 4 - which adds support for LTE-Advanced which, on the right network, can achieve up to twice existing LTE data rates - will arrive in Korea over the summer, Samsung says, and will also bring with it the new Samsung ImageON feature.

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ZTE Overture marks Aio Wireless 4G LTE network launch

ZTE Overture marks Aio Wireless 4G LTE network launch

Last month, AT&T's recently launched Aio Wireless added the Nokia Lumia 620 to its modest lineup of devices, and today it has added another device, this time for a special occasion - the launch of its 4G LTE network, giving users access to faster mobile data. The handset is an Aio-branded ZTE Overture, which will hit shelves in July.

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Microsoft Surface 2 with Snapdragon 800 LTE tipped in testing

Microsoft Surface 2 with Snapdragon 800 LTE tipped in testing

Microsoft is set to reveal new versions of the Surface RT tablet, using Qualcomm Snapdragon processors alongside existing NVIDIA Tegra chips, sources claim, with the goal of adding integrated LTE support. Although NVIDIA will supply processors "for some versions" insiders told Bloomberg, Qualcomm's Snapdragon would feature in other models, as Microsoft attempts to make its homegrown slate more directly competitive with the iPad.

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