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BlackBerry Passport makes its official debut

BlackBerry Passport makes its official debut

We've seen so much of the BlackBerry Passport that nothing much is new at this point, but today it has made its official debut, and with that comes a roster of everything you can expect from the device. In addition to the specs, we've got a device gallery available after the jump.

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ASUS teaser video, the second of two, tips small, medium, large handsets

ASUS teaser video, the second of two, tips small, medium, large handsets

ASUS has released the second of two (or more) teaser videos ahead of its CES 2014 product launch. This one hints at 4-, 5-, and 6-inch handset offerings. In keeping with this year's teaser theme of eschewing actual product shots in favor of urban symbolism, this latest ASUS video asks, "What's your number?"

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Blackberry’s celebrity director Alicia Keys tweets with iPhone, blames it on hacker

Blackberry’s celebrity director Alicia Keys tweets with iPhone, blames it on hacker

Blackberry is one of several to sign on a celebrity to help push its platform, having recently announced that Alicia Keys is its new Global Creative Director with the launch of Blackberry 10. All was well for a couple weeks until tweets surfaced under Keys' Twitter account from an iPhone, her previous handset of choice. According to the singer, she was hacked.

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ZTE launches 5-inch 1080p Nubia Z5 phablet

ZTE launches 5-inch 1080p Nubia Z5 phablet

Chinese company ZTE has been taking some pretty big steps lately to push itself into the phablet market, having announced a new upcoming phablet yesterday and releasing the Nubia Z5 today. The Nubia Z5 was launched in China, and offers surprisingly high-end specs for a company known for its typically low-end devices. The handset is priced at the equivalent of $400.

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Samsung acquires CSR technologies and patents for $310m

Samsung acquires CSR technologies and patents for $310m

Samsung has today acquired the wireless technology side of CSR’s business. CSR is a UK technology company that deals in single-chip Bluetooth solutions, with Samsung’s $310 million purchase of the phone connectivity technologies allowing the South Korean company to make use of various patents. Around 310 members of staff will also be transferred to Samsung as part of the deal.

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Zelda 3DS special edition set for USA release

Zelda 3DS special edition set for USA release

It is finally time all you lovers of the Zelda series who've put off picking up a Nintendo 3DS for long enough, time for the Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS to hit US shores, complete with black casing, gold accents, and Ocaria of Time 3D right there in the box. Thus far the rumors have been that this would only be an international release - and indeed up until now you'd have had to think about importing one later this month here to the USA, but what we're hearing today is that both Best Buy and GameStop will be carrying the package come Black Friday. That's the 25th of November, next week, if you're keeping track, and we're guessing you'll want to get to the store rather early the day before and tent up if you plan on being there in time to grab one.

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Samsung Focus Hands-on and Unboxing with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango [Video]

Samsung Focus Hands-on and Unboxing with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango [Video]

Welcome to the next generation of Windows Phone 7 devices with Mango - you're looking straight at it through a Samsung Focus lens, complete with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a .39-inch thin chassis, and 4.1 ounces of weightlessness. Inside you'll find a single core 1GHz, QSD8250, Qualcomm processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and the ability to shoot some fancy photos with your 5 megapixel camera on the back. What we've got here is an everyman's introductory phone for Mango made simple for each and every customer to get an experience that's both full and controlled right out of the box. Those of you that've seen this device before, you'll have to wait until the review to see Mango in its entirety. For now we're just giving this device another glimpse.

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HTC Omega first press image leaked

HTC Omega first press image leaked

The first press image for an upcoming Windows Phone 7 Mango handset called the HTC Omega has just leaked. This is likely one of the devices planned for unveiling at HTC's press event on September 1. The event is rumored to also reveal another Mango handset called the HTC Eternity.

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Qualcomm Vellamo Benchmarking System [Hands-On]

Qualcomm Vellamo Benchmarking System [Hands-On]

It's Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc's turn and it's time to benchmark some heads. There's a new benchmark in town, and this one's aimed directly at the mobile browser performance of YOUR device. Where the major benchmarking systems we speak of most often test more general CPU power and 3D graphics prowess of single core, dual core, and all kinds of core mobile handset processors, here we've got not one, but a whole suite of tests set up to show the web browser performance of whichever handset you're aiming to try out - and it works on tablets, of course, too!

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HTC Trophy Hands-On and Unboxing

HTC Trophy Hands-On and Unboxing

We've just received a package in the mail from none other than the rapidly-deploying mega-carrier Verizon Wireless, a box containing no less than the Windows Phone 7 device called HTC Trophy. This is a device that is still indeed running on Windows Phone version 7, (as opposed to Mango,) is rolling out with a WVGA 3.8-inch touchscreen, has a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and is running on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. This device is one of HTC's newest and, compared to the other line of phones they've been putting out for the past few months [Android specific] this device is rather small in comparison. But it's nice!

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QUALCOMM’S 7X30 performs fantastically with Android, due this year

QUALCOMM’S 7X30 performs fantastically with Android, due this year

Qualcomm’s 7X30 Snapdragon processor truly gives a fantastic multimedia performance in a demo at this year's Mobile World Congress.   Clips of some visually-stunning games and 3D acceleration after the break.

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Apple filing reveals front-facing camera for device

Apple filing reveals front-facing camera for device

Apple has filed an application this week that takes on enhanced photo and video performance on a mobile device that clearly shows off a front-facing camera.

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