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Galaxy Note 5 release date, specs, 4GB RAM, curved backside [UPDATE]

Galaxy Note 5 release date, specs, 4GB RAM, curved backside [UPDATE]

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be curved, but not in the place you'd expect. The Galaxy Note 5 be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus - a device with a curved front display, likely at an event this August. Instead of having a curved display itself, the Galaxy Note 5 will have a curved backside, perfect for the edges of your palm. In this way the device will seem thinner than before while it maintains a metal frame and innards to stay tough.

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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus detailed with in-store photos

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus detailed with in-store photos

Today we get to see the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in all its pre-release glory. This device is the next in a line of unique Samsung devices with displays that spill over the edge of the phone. While the first "Edge" was a Galaxy Note, this device gets rid of the S Pen and sticks closer to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the most successful (of the two) Edge devices thus far. This device is as large as a Galaxy Note, but keeps the details of the Galaxy S6, providing a sort of hybrid device for public consumption.

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Google Play launches in Sudan

Google Play launches in Sudan

Google's online store for Android apps and more is available to many people, but not everyone. The number of individuals who don't have access to it is ever shrinking, however, and today marks another expansion for Google Play: it has launched in Sudan. Google announced the launch via its Google Plus account today, saying that the launch is part of its "commitment to helping more people around the globe use technology to communicate, find and create information." There is one big limitation, however.

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Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo is apparently close to formally introducing a replacement for its messaging app, as it recently released a new app on the Hong Kong App Store called “Yahoo Livetext”, a mobile offering described as a video messenger. Livetext has a twist with its messaging feature. Rather than swapping media-less texts or snapping selfies, Livetext is “live video texting" — it presents live video of your friend texting, but with the audio stripped away due to it being inconvenient in many situations. This is said to offer more natural conversations, allowing two people to see each other as they talk.

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Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Will the addition of a microSD card slot and a removable battery change your mind about the Galaxy S6? Incipio hopes so. They've created an Offgrid battery case that works for both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that clamps either phone to a battery pack that adds a cool 3,700mAh of battery power while providing the option of expandable storage. The battery pack itself has a microSD card slot, as odd as that may seem, which uses the same micro-USB port as the battery normally would.

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Pocket for iOS updated with text-to-speech feature

Pocket for iOS updated with text-to-speech feature

Pocket, the wonderful app that lets users save articles and other content for reading later on, has updated its iOS app with a text to speed feature. With this feature, busy users can have their saved articles read to them while they do other things the same as an audio book. It's a handy feature, one that makes it easier to work through one's saved articles while driving to or from work or while doing other things that require your attention to be (mostly) elsewhere.

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Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Inside the preview software for Android M, users are able to enact a feature which removes unnecessary icons from their status bar. Why is this a big deal? Because up until now, icons from all manner of apps - intrusive or otherwise - have commanded said status bar. This is one of the few remaining places where a "stock" Android user no control. Until now. Now you'll be able to knock out whatever you don't want - and keep the rest. *EDIT: ALMOST whatever, not entirely whatever. Nearly whatever.

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Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Impulse purchases look set to be made easier, at least if Google has its way, with AdWords gaining a "Buy on Google" button directly in adverts themselves. The new quick-grab option is part of a "Purchases on Google" push from the search giant's advertising arm, which also includes support for turning the advert into a browsable product carousel, hooking in reviews, and directing people to their nearest local store.

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Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Today Microsoft pushed an update for its Skype for Android app to the Google Play Store, bringing it up to version 5.5 and adding in some features that will be handy for mobile users. The biggest among the changes is arguably an improvement to signing in from mobile, making it easier for those who insist on logging out to sign back in from their Android smartphone or tablet. The chatting feature will soon be updated, too, and will likewise be a little more convenient once it is.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is here with a number of official press photos and details aplenty. What we're seeing here is the latest in Samsung design philosophy and a perfect example of how the company is evolving their sensibilities to bridge the gap between "budget phone" and "high end delivery." What you're going to see here is a herald of the coming of the king, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Take notes on your Note 4, this device is going to tell you all about the next release.

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