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Galaxy Note 5 Edge is better off S Pen-less

Galaxy Note 5 Edge is better off S Pen-less

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 Edge edition is tipped to be released without the standard S Pen. This follows well with feedback from commenters on their experience with the S Pen and the first Galaxy Edge, as slipping off the bend isn't all that uncommon. A much larger edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge is what this new Galaxy Note 5 Edge would be, with two edges like its smaller relative and no S Pen inside. A simple way to move beyond the required stylus, or a mistake waiting to happen?

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This is the Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge

This is the Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge

This week the folks at Samsung have revealed a big teaser - the entire device, that is to say - for the Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge. The teaser image is shrouded in black. Amp up the levels and you'll see the whole device. This machine is hot rod red and gold, just like Tony Stark ordered it. Ready to be low-key as the Mark 2 itself. Now we've just got to see the front - but we can pretty much guess the rest from here.

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See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

The newest batch of proposed Emoji have been released (in proposal mode) this morning. These 38 new images include such gems as Drooling Face, Raised Back of Hand, and Croissant. The list includes notes about proposed popularity, including suggestions based on Google searches. Imagine how popular a Selfie Emoji will be with Google hits at 233,000,000 in text and 138,000,000 in images. People want these tiny representations of complex ideas, and they want them now. Immediately! Before they have to resort to words!

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Leaked OnePlus 2 specs reveal another “flagship killer”

Leaked OnePlus 2 specs reveal another “flagship killer”

Despite the rather large setback it experienced in India, it seems that there is no stopping OnePlus yet from taking their "Never Settle" motto for another spin. Dubbed the "flagship killer", at least as far as last year's generation was concerned, the OnePlus One was a formidable smartphone with a formidable price. And it seems to have a successor already popping up in leaks and benchmarks. And it seems that this OnePlus 2, as it is still currently called, might be worthy of that title as well.

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NSA eyed hijacking connections to Samsung, Google app stores

NSA eyed hijacking connections to Samsung, Google app stores

You have to hand it to the NSA and its allies. It would have moved heaven and earth to be able to spy on anyone and everyone. In the interests of national security, of course. The latest covert plans revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden strikes at the very heart of the Android world. According to leaked documents, the NSA and its counterparts in the "Five Eyes" alliance sought to ride on the traffic that connects smartphones with the likes of Google Play Store, in order to implant spyware on these devices.

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Broken Android factory reset leaves critical data intact

Broken Android factory reset leaves critical data intact

Factory reset or wipe is often used not just to start fresh but to also as a necessary step when selling a used Android device. Well, that's the theory anyway. Researchers from Cambridge University claim that they are just that: theories. Unfortunately, in practice, that might not be completely the case. Their tinkering of 21 smartphones from five manufacturers, all running Android versions 2.3 t 4.3, showed that factory wipe actually leaves some data locations intact. Worse, some of these locations are the very places that store credentials and encryptions keys that are supposed to be private and safeguarded.

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Xperia Z3+ believed heading to Hong Kong, Taiwan

Xperia Z3+ believed heading to Hong Kong, Taiwan

Sony works in mysterious ways, it seems. Or perhaps it has tired of having some of the worst kept secrets when it came to keeping smartphones under wraps that to is now working double time to keep us confounded and baffled. Whatever its reasons or whatever its plans, Chinese media are now reporting that the Japanese consumer electronics giant will be holding press conferences next week in Hong Kong and Taiwan to unveil the Xperia Z3 Plus or Xperia Z4 or even a new flagship.

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Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

With Adobe's eventual move to the cloud, it is no surprise that it wants to set anchor on mobile as well. After all, it's cloud storage and services would make exchanging files between mobile and desktop a breeze. Although it hasn't exactly made a splash about them, Adobe has quite the portfolio of mobile apps, which it is now showing off in its "mobile presence report card". Sadly, and almost ironically, it is also bidding goodbye to one of the stalwarts of that team: Photoshop Touch.

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Google Brillo: another OS made by Android (for IoT)

Google Brillo: another OS made by Android (for IoT)

Google is tipped to be developing another new operating system, this time for the Internet of Things. This new operating system is code-named "Brillo" and will connect all devices connected to the internet. This software may be launched under the Android brand and could have the ability to run on low-powered devices. This would be another open source operating system that would allow companies of all sorts to join in on the web-connected party with ease, and more importantly, cheaply, too.

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