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LG G Flex 2 to bring tri-band carrier aggregation to CES 2015

LG G Flex 2 to bring tri-band carrier aggregation to CES 2015

LG might be showcasing a ton of new electronics, particularly Smart TVs, next week at CES 2015, but at its mobile booth, the attention grabber will most likely be the odd G Flex 2, the successor to 2013's odd curved G Flex. But more than just the odd curved display that still has to prove its purpose in the market, the LG G Flex 2 is now rumored to bring yet another first to the table: the first 64-bit phone with tri-band carrier aggregation.

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Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

To smartwatch or not to smartwatch, that is the question. Especially when it comes to watch lovers who aren't too keen on switching away from their exquisitely designed timepieces just for the sake of receiving notifications or controlling their smartphones from their wrists. Luxury goods maker Montblanc has one compromise up its sleeves, almost literally. Part of its new Timewalker Urban Speed collection is the e-Strap, an optional watch strap that almost inconspicuously hides an electronic module at the bottom, giving you the best of both worlds, almost.

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Xiaomi teases new Redmi for January 4, TENAA has clues

Xiaomi teases new Redmi for January 4, TENAA has clues

CES 2015 is just a few days away and so the energy around what's coming and what's hot is starting to build up. Xiaomi, the Chinese manufacturer who is quickly gaining international renown, won't be passing up the chance to say something around that time as well. Over at Google+, Xiaomi teased its fans that it has an all new Redmi prepared for January 4. While the company is tight-lipped what it will be, as any surprise would go, China's TENAA agency might be holding clues to what might very well be the successor to the budget-friendly Redmi 1S.

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OnePlus hands out alpha version of new custom ROM

OnePlus hands out alpha version of new custom ROM

OnePlus is definitely one company that will want to leave behind the problems of 2014 and look forward to the opportunities of 2015. In trying to start the year right, the Chinese startup is giving its fans a rather small taste of what is to come, specifically, the new custom ROM that it will be developing independent of its former partner Cyanogen. Though still bare and unexciting, this new ROM brings the promise of two things: Android Lollipop for the OnePlus One as well as a new user experience for its owners.

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Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

A feel-good story doesn't often come out of the halls of app developers - every once in a while someone gets lucky and creates a Flappy Bird, but generally it's all hard work and small reward. This is not the case for the developer known as Michell Bak. This man worked hard on a media server app by the name of Mizuu for several years, releasing it for Android and creating the best software he could to make his way in the world.

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Five ways to repurpose (or sell!) unwanted tech

Five ways to repurpose (or sell!) unwanted tech

Someone got you that thing you wanted during the holidays, and that’s awesome. Maybe someone got you something you really didn’t want, which is a lot less awesome. Either way, you’ve now got some gifts or devices that need to be dealt with. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, we’ve got a few cool ways to get rid of your extra device, or just cycle it back through the mill to give it a new life. You might even make a few bucks!

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Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

The largest amount of internal storage ever offered on the Moto X has been pushed to the 2014 edition with the Moto X 64GB Pure Edition. This device will be shipped with a "Pure" setup inside, meaning you'll get Google's Android apps, Motorola's Android apps, and no carrier apps. This version of the device is GSM-enabled, meaning you'll be using T-Mobile USA or AT&T in the United States. This unit comes with a T-Mobile SIM pre-inserted, and works with both AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE.

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Xperia Z3 limited editions feature art inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw

Xperia Z3 limited editions feature art inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw

Sony has unveiled a limited edition version of the Xperia Z3 smartphone. On each of the limited edition devices is an engraving that is inspired by three great cities from around the world. The three cities include Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw. The devices were made as part of a "Stadt Talente" project where three artists were invited to use the Z3 as a canvas to create art to celebrate their favorite city.

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Leaked email hints at Samsung’s Lollipop upgrade plan

Leaked email hints at Samsung’s Lollipop upgrade plan

Most Android users don’t have a Nexus device, and Motorola is still not a preeminent OEM. That means most people don’t see Android updates when they’re launched, and have to wait a period of time before the manufacturer of their phone (and possibly carrier) get it together and update their handset. Plenty of reasons for the delay exist, and Google would rather we have their newest Android quickly, but most are left wanting. A leaked email suggests Samsung is priming their Experience Shop associates for Lollipop to hit in January.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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