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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A leaked for SKT

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A leaked for SKT

It would appear that Samsung will be bringing on another advanced version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, this time working with the Active version - waterproof, that is. Like the original Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A, this version looks to carry the more advanced processor in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC. This version also works with LTE-A, also known as LTE-Advanced, that is multi-band LTE ready for the next generation in connectivity.

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Huawei UltraStick SD card brings 3G internet to laptops

Huawei UltraStick SD card brings 3G internet to laptops

It would appear that the engineers at Huawei have decided that you need your USB ports open more than you need that SD card reader free as they've created a 3G-capable SD card for the masses. This device is able to connect to your laptop the same way you'd plug in a USB "MiFi dongle", but it does so through a standard full-sized SD card slot. No more worrying about every passerby cracking your web with a simple karate chop - this web fits all the way in.

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Gold iPhone 5s demand becomes reasonable while supply stays mysterious

Gold iPhone 5s demand becomes reasonable while supply stays mysterious

While demand for the gold-colored iPhone 5s seems to have been high the world over, the oddest cultural response continues to be in China, where the device is given the nickname "Tyrant King." It's there also that some of the highest prices have been demanded, with some 3rd party sellers taking the opportunity to follow the supply trends to maximize profit. This week, however, sources speaking with MyDrivers in China have reported the lowering of prices on this 3rd party merchant market for the gold iPhone 5s due not only to the idea that this model would be appearing in greater supply soon, but because "only wealthy people would buy this phone."

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Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Desperation has nearly set in for seekers of the gold iPhone 5s in China - and it's not just Apple that's cashing in. What's appearing now are massive amounts of standardized shiny gold stickers for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, each of them made to make the non-gold editions of the device look a bit more up-to-speed. Retailers have begun selling gold iPhone stickers "in the thousands" according to some reports, with no end in sight as China's obsession with the color strikes hard.

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Moto X budget model tipped for off-contract dominance

Moto X budget model tipped for off-contract dominance

When the original Moto X was introduced - or when it was ramping up towards its first full reveal, that is - the tech press suggested that it might be offered to the public at a price that would compete with the likes of the LG-made Nexus 4. That did not happen. The on-contract version of the Moto X in its smallest form did appear at a price competitive with the then-in-stock Nexus 4, but given the price was up against a contract-free device, the Moto X remained in its own category. Today we're hearing there's a second wave on the way.

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China approves removal plans for video game console ban after 13 years

China approves removal plans for video game console ban after 13 years

Back in January, rumors begin to surface that China was considering lifting a ban on the sales of video game consoles within the country. More reports that the ban would be lifted surfaced earlier this summer when it was again reported that China was considering eliminating the video game console ban. Today reports are coming in that China has voted to approve plans leading to the elimination of the ban on video game console sales that has been in place for 13 years.

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iPad 5 in Space Gray and Classic Silver: three tones in all

iPad 5 in Space Gray and Classic Silver: three tones in all

You'll find the same clues appearing for the iPad's 5th generation release as we saw with the iPhone 5s this week, with parts from upstream coming on in several tones. What you're seeing here is a collection of parts acquired from the secondhand repair and replacement market in China, coming through the likes of Sonny Dickson, a fellow that's appeared quite a few times over the past several weeks and months. Here you'll find the next-generation iPad coming in with the look and feel of the first-generation iPad mini, as well.

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China to lift ban on Facebook in Shanghai free trade zone

China to lift ban on Facebook in Shanghai free trade zone

China has blocked access to Facebook from its populace for a long time. The reason for blocking Facebook access is that China doesn't want its citizens to have access to information that it deems unfit or unsavory. China recently announced that it was lifting the ban on Facebook, but only within the Shanghai free trade zone.

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iPhone 5s will go up for pre-order in China next week

iPhone 5s will go up for pre-order in China next week

Though the iPhone 5c has been put up for pre-order, Apple has elected to hold out on the iPhone 5s, launching it at its stores in a single day on September 20. This won't be the case for China, however, with buyers there being able to pre-order the iPhone 5s online starting September 17, with it being available for pickup likewise on September 20.

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Apple reportedly to ship lesser-priced iPhone 5C to China Mobile

Apple reportedly to ship lesser-priced iPhone 5C to China Mobile

Following shortly after iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C advertisements made a brief appearance on China Telecom's Weibo account, the folks over at The Wall Street Journal have revealed that Apple plans to send iPhone 5C models to China Mobile. Such is the claim of sources who spoke to the media company, with those same individuals confirming the September 10 event launch.

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Xiaomi MiPhone 3 launch brings Hugo Barra in with a bang

Xiaomi MiPhone 3 launch brings Hugo Barra in with a bang

On August 28, a surprise announcement surfaced that Hugo Barra was leaving Google and taking up position at the Chinese handset maker Xiaomi. In light of this, it isn't surprising that Barra took to the stage at Xiaomi's event earlier today alongside the maker's CEO Lei Jun, helping to introduce the company's new smart TV and smartphone.

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Xiaomi MiPhone 3 and MiTV 3D smart TV gets official

Xiaomi MiPhone 3 and MiTV 3D smart TV gets official

On this auspicious day for device announcements, Chinese company Xiaomi has chosen to unveil not only one, but two, interesting smart devices. The first is the rumored and much-awaited third iteration of Xiaomi's popular smartphone, the MiPhone 3. But a surprise guest star has also arrived in the form of a 3D-capable smart TV, currently dubbed as the MiTV, for lack of a better name.

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