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Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

A set of photos suggests that HTC's next flagship smartphone may be extremely similar to the iPhone 6 Plus. Today we're going to take a quick look at how it's not just this leaked HTC device that looks like the iPhone, it's the iPhone that looks like the first "HTC One", and the Galaxy S6 looks like the iPhone 6, and the Xperia Z series looks like it had Samsung designers on staff - and any number of comparisons that, in the end, point toward the same conclusion: we're headed toward a smartphone design singularity.

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Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Today Google OnHub was revealed by Google and aimed at bringing the company into the networking market. This is the first time Google has created such a device, generally staying within the smart mobile device market - especially now that Alphabet exists. Google's OnHub router will make Wi-Fi secure, support home automation devices, and will look good as it does so. This is a router that doesn't need to sit under a pile of books or stay stuffed in your closet in shame - it doesn't look half bad.

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If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

Earlier today Motorola revealed a new "okay Moto" video showing a version of the Moto 360 that'd they'd never before shown. This version of the device is a prototype, one we've seen one before - in a video from behind the scenes at Motorola's design studio for the Moto 360 and Moto Maker. Here we've got what's essentially the same Moto 360 as before, only the button on the right is now in the upper-right. We still see the "flat tire" of the non-circular display up front, as well as essentially the same functionality as the original.

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Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Samsung's price cuts for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have begun to take effect near the eve of the reveal of the Galaxy Note 5. This was foretold by Samsung itself, as the company's last quarterly earnings report revealed lackluster sales of both devices. While it was suggested that sales didn't add up because of manufacturing difficulties, the results are these: one hundred dollars knocked off the prices of either device in the market, starting in the United States with T-Mobile USA.

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Corsair and Cherry to release silent mechanical keyboard

Corsair and Cherry to release silent mechanical keyboard

The interest in mechanical keyboards among PC gamers and serious typists isn't going anywhere, but what's a user to do when they want the tactile feedback that mechanical switches provide, but don't like the loud click-clack sounds they make? Well, keyboard maker Corsair and switch maker Cherry have come up with a solution: a mechanical keyboard that features completely silent switches. This October will see the release of the Corsair Strafe RGB Silent, priced at $160, featuring the new switches and support for LED backlighting.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition revealed, so very shiny

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition revealed, so very shiny

If you were one of the many doubters in the lifespan of BlackBerry over the past few years, you might want to check yourself. Revealing a new edition of the BlackBerry Passport this morning, BlackBerry has once again proven themselves a company that - believe it or not - isn't going anywhere fast. They might not be one of the top smartphone makers for sales at the moment, but darn it all if they can't continue shipping smartphones - big, boxy smartphones that match the size of your real passport.

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Moto X Play detailed: smaller screen, bigger battery

Moto X Play detailed: smaller screen, bigger battery

This week Motorola has revealed three devices, the "best of both worlds" model coming in as the Moto X Play. This device has a 5.5-inch display while the Moto X Style has a 5.7-inch display, allowing the Moto X Play to "play longer." You'll also have a 1080p display instead of Quad-HD with a slightly larger battery at 3,600mAh instead of just 3,000. It might just be that the Moto X Play is the best choice amongst the three devices Motorola's revealed today - or at least the longest lasting in the field.

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Will the iPhone 7 return to its “4” design roots?

Will the iPhone 7 return to its “4” design roots?

This afternoon we're having a peek at a few images of what the iPhone 7 might look like next year. While this year we're almost certainly set to have another "s" release with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with similar designs to last year's hardware, next year we'll have a seven, and an opportunity for revival. Industrial designer and CAD artist Ivo Maric has a few images he's shared to shed some light on to this potential retro revision, complete with flat edges.

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iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

This afternoon Apple's earnings call for their fiscal Q3 2015 suggested that sales of the iPad continue to fall. What's odd about this particular reveal is the fact that revenue is beginning to be quite obviously lower than the Mac. Where this past quarter was the first quarter in several years that iPad revenue was lower than the Mac, it was by less than a couple hundred million dollars. Now the difference is by nearly $1.5 billion. Meanwhile UNITS of the iPad continue to outsell the Mac, for what its worth.

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Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit reveals "Flash Link", a wearable fitness-tracking device that comes with a built-in button that interacts with your smart devices. Like the Misfit Shine, this new Misfit Flash Link can track your movements as it's attached to your body with any number of accessories - as a watch, as a necklace, or attached to your belt-loop. This new hardware also acts as a do-anything button that, when pressed, is able to do a wide array of tasks on your smartphone or tablet.

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Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

The second big release for Google Glass is on its way, but not in the way the remaining "Glass for Fun" enthusiasts might've hoped. Instead it would seem that those pushing for an enterprise angle for the headset have gotten their wish. This second-generation Google Glass won't be built for the public. It'll be built for businesses. While the possibility remains that Glass for Fun could pop up, for now it's more of a pipe dream for the average citizen and lover of leisure.

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