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Galaxy S6 details tipped with prototype appearance

Galaxy S6 details tipped with prototype appearance

What you're about to see might very well be the first appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This device has been tipped to be the new "project zero" for the company, meaning they're attempting to bring their top-selling line through a new door to re-bolster sales. What this prototype image suggests is that they will indeed be releasing such a device - not exactly in looks, but with functionality. And with just about as close to an "edge-to-edge" screen as the company has ever produced.

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Galaxy Note 4 SM-916S variant seen with Snapdragon 810

Galaxy Note 4 SM-916S variant seen with Snapdragon 810

Benchmarking site Geekbench seems to be confirming one persistent rumor from the past few days. It seems that Samsung indeed has a variant of the Galaxy Note 4 probably headed for its home market of Korea. The difference with this model, shown to be the SM-916S, is that it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 instead of the 805, the former being the chip maker's high end octa-core processor based on a 64-bit architecture.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Scrolls launched: Minecraft creators take a whole new road

Scrolls launched: Minecraft creators take a whole new road

Unless you follow the company Mojang very closely, you haven't likely heard that these creators of the ultra-popular Minecraft series have created another video game. This game goes by the name Scrolls, and it's ready to take on the world via Android tablets, Mac computers, and PCs. This is a massive title taking a rather different direction from Minecraft, creating a hybrid title that takes "the best bits of card and board games" to create an addictive machine the likes of which you've never seen before.

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Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast has been updated for Android today, and rolls in a fresh new look and some exciting new functionality. Visually, Chromecast app owners will get that good, good Material Design makeover. Though there isn’t much to the Chromecast app as-is, the visual punch comes just in time; Android Lollipop and Material Design are rolling out to handsets now, and will be coming to more soon enough. Using the app isn’t just pretty, though — it’s easier, as friends no longer have to join your WiFi to share to your Chromecast.

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Microsoft offers up more apps for iOS, Android users

Microsoft offers up more apps for iOS, Android users

With the changeover to Satya Nadella as CEO, Microsoft is shifting (pivoting, if you watch 'Silicon Valley') their structure. Instead of a stodgy PC OS maker, Microsoft is embracing mobile as best they can. After missing the boat with their failed OS attempts ahead of the new-look Windows Phones, losing more ground than they can likely make up to Apple and Android, Microsoft is instead supporting the platforms with services. To hit home even further they aren’t interested in hardware sales, Microsoft is making more Windows apps available for iOS and Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

64-bit mobile processors are probably really starting to become a thing if even the low-end starts getting one. That seems to be the case for the upcoming Galaxy Grand 3, one of Samsung's myriad smartphone families. But more than just this processor alone, the picture we can get from this preview of the device could probably leave clues as to how the industry's bottom line will be moving up next year in all other aspects, including RAM size and screen resolution.

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Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Streaming video is a proven winner, and just about everyone is getting in on the cable-cutting. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Android TV all vie for a place behind or next to your TV. All do about the same thing, too, in feeding you content via Netflix or a similar service. A new app on Google Play suggests Android TV may be trying to distance itself from the pack by offering up live content. Whether or not that will work is another matter entirely.

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Android Wear “Lollipop” update brings brightness boost, ease in use

Android Wear “Lollipop” update brings brightness boost, ease in use

A new update is coming to Android Wear devices this week straight from Google. This update will bring Easier Navigation to smartwatch face UI, a set of new Modes (including Sunlight Mode for amped-up brightness), and App Improvements - including control from the smartwatch for notifications and additional per-app information in the Android Wear smartphone app. This system update will be released alongside a Google Play update with a new category: watch faces - over a dozen of them right off the bat.

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Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

For the first time in the history of wearables, Google Play has its own wearables category for Android Wear - only it's not just dedicated to apps, it's made for watch faces. The "watch faces" category on Google Play will be launched today with dozens of "official" designer, artist, and brand-made watch faces for Android Wear devices. Google is also releasing new developer tools for Android Wear, including an official Watch Face API, so that additional watch faces can be made by all developers with great speed.

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