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EE turns on LTE-A service in central London

EE turns on LTE-A service in central London

UK mobile carrier EE has announced that it has a new and faster mobile 4G service available for users in Central London. The service is LTE-A or LTE-Advanced and it promises data speeds up to 150Mbps. for starters only Central London will get the new blazing fast mobile connectivity, but EE plans to role LTE-A out to greater London in 2015. Average data speeds are expected to be around 90Mbps with a compatible device and plan.

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Android Lollipop and the automatic Carrier app updates

Android Lollipop and the automatic Carrier app updates

If you'd not heard already, Google is bringing on Android 5.0 Lollipop sooner than later. Maybe not to your smartphone if it's not new enough, but for those of you that just purchased a Nexus 6 earlier today - you're in luck. Sort of. Today's revelation is that with this update, carriers will be able to have Google Play install their apps automatically - without your consent, that is to say. But no more than they've ever been there without your consent - so we can all just chill out. There's actually a really great thing happening, too.

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HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

We've had our first afternoon's outing with the HTC Desire 820 and we've come away impressed. While we did have some hands-on time earlier this year with this mid-range hero, we've been itching to get some camera time. That time is now, and the selfies are here. This is the device you'll remember as the first to roll out with a 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood and an eventual update to Android 5.0 Lollipop - but for now, it's all about the camera.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

The folks at Kantar have released their monthly consumer smartphone sales data for the three month period ending in September of 2014. This is the third quarter of the year, mind you, and the quarter in which Apple released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both inside the United States and abroad. One of the more interesting bits here is in Great Britain where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only just started to be on sale - just 10 days of sales on record.

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BlackBerry Tablet, Slider in the works

BlackBerry Tablet, Slider in the works

This week has been a strangely powerful one on the underground for BlackBerry, starting with Kim Kardashian and rolling out with word from BlackBerry CEO that they're working on concept oddities. This word comes from the MIT Enterprise Forum in Hong Kong during a Question and Answer session during the "Technologies That Matter Series." Remember that these are concept works, not necessarily things that will come to fruition with BlackBerry in the near future. And you've already got a BlackBerry PlayBook in your backpack now, right?

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Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

This morning the folks at WSJ have released a few key points in their interview series that took place last night with Tim Cook. The CEO of Apple spoke up about the launch of Apple Pay in several regards. He spoke about the Apple Watch. He even spoke about why the original iPod Classic was discontinued from store chains. Tim Cook also spoke briefly about how Apple may be pairing up with Alibaba to bring about a massive payment collaboration the likes of which have never been seen before.

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Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

A new set of ever-changing security measures embedded in movie tickets on your smartphone may soon do away with the need for scanning. While - just like you would at Starbucks - MovieTickets.com movie tickets on your smartphone required codes to be scanned by the ticket handler at your local theater until now, they've thought of something new. Instead, it'll take a trained movie theater redemption employee trained in the art of looking at tickets and knowing the newest combination of animations, colors, and codes.

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Twitter testing docked video player, just like audio cards

Twitter testing docked video player, just like audio cards

Twitter seems to have a new service in the works, wherein videos you launch would be docked at the bottom of the screen while you continue to scroll your feed. The feature looks a lot like YouTube for mobile, where the playing video simply finds a home on the bottom of the screen while you go on about your business. This compliments a previously announced (and official) Twitter service in audio cards, which play music shared via the microblogging platform in a player docked at the bottom of the screen.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

If you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends. It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name suggests, the device is a mash-up of a couple different tools into one: it's one part nightlight, and one part connected alert system. When used alongside its mobile app, Leeo lets home owners know when one of their "dumb" alarms go off.

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iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

Immediately following the iFixit teardown of the iPad Air 2, they've moved on to the iPad mini 3. This device contains much of the same hardware included in the iPad mini 2 - originally called the iPad mini with Retina Display, but now you'll find a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new gold option on the outside, and - surprise! A brand new NFC controller has been added to the mix. This is the same NXP NFC controller as appears in the iPad Air 2, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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