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Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Today Google announced a new update policy for Nexus devices, saying that in addition to the regular updates, the Nexus devices (minus the Galaxy Nexus) will receive regular monthly security updates over the air. This is another method on top of existing features to further increase Android security. Google points toward the fact that it has, for the past three years, informed Android manufacturers monthly about security issues, and with this newest change it is taking that to a new level.

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BitTorrent Sync apps updated with productivity features

BitTorrent Sync apps updated with productivity features

The Bittorrent Sync mobile apps have been updated with features needed for productivity, not just file sharing. Among the changes is the ability to directly edit files and then sync those changes on other devices where the item is stored. There’s also the option to create different file types that are saved straight into the Sync folder for sharing to other devices or users. The changes have arrived for mobile users on multiple platforms as of today.

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Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

WhatsApp competitor Viber has updated both its Android and iOS apps with a bunch of improvements and new features, the most notable of which is the improved voice and video quality that, despite being better than ever, keeps data usage to a minimum. As with Facebook's Messenger and other similar apps, Viber allows users to make calls among themselves, eschewing using up minutes and, if you're on Wi-Fi, precious data. With this update, calls over 2G snap up only 84KBs of data per minute.

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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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LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

This past week we ran a Blind Camera Test between the LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the iPhone 6 with a number of photos taken in low-lighting environments. We placed photos taken by each smartphone next to one another without the names of their devices attached and asked you, the readers, to vote on which photos looked best. Not which photos looked most color-correct, not which photos were sharpest - though those could have been your criteria if you'd wanted. This was a test of objective desires.

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Pocket Beta Channel offers early-access features

Pocket Beta Channel offers early-access features

Pocket, the service that lets you save content from around the web for reading later on, has announced its new Public Beta Channel through which you’ll get early access to upcoming features. Pocket touts Recommendations as one of the more notable early features Beta Channel users will get access to, but it isn’t limited to that. The public beta channel will be available on the web, Android, and iOS, and Pocket is encouraging its users to get onboard with it.

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YotaPhone 2 for US cancelled over ‘unforeseen’ delays

YotaPhone 2 for US cancelled over ‘unforeseen’ delays

The YotaPhone 2, a Russian-made smartphone with an LCD front and an e-ink back, launched for US buyers via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. That crowdfunding campaign proved successful, and by all accounts the oddball two-faced smartphone would eventually be making its way into backers’ hands. Only, it won’t be, at least not in the way backers expected. The company started sending emails to Indiegogo backers today advising them that the planned US release has been cancelled. The reasons, say the company, are “unforeseen delays."

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New Apple TV release tipped for iPhone 6s event

New Apple TV release tipped for iPhone 6s event

The next Apple TV device has been tipped for reveal this September 2015, set to be revealed alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The single event - normally reserved for iPhone devices only - will also demonstrate how the Apple TV will interact with the iPhone collection, bringing the whole Apple Smart Home into focus with an Apple TV-centered HomeKit collection of devices. The reveal of this new Apple TV was contentiously planned - read: rumored - to take place at this year's WWDC 2015, Apple's developer conference, but was then said to be pushed back by the same sources that spoke rumors in the first place.

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Throwable ball camera’s potential realized: coming this September

Throwable ball camera’s potential realized: coming this September

It's been nearly four years since we first reported on the concept for the throwable ball camera - now that vision has become a reality. Our first report on the device now called "Panono" was all the way back in October of 2011 when it was just a dream - it was just "patent pending" back then with a mocked-up ball and a set of sketches that dated back to early 2010. Fast forward to 2015 and the original concept by Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, and Marc Alexa has come to life.

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OnePlus 2 invite registrations eclipse 1 million mark

OnePlus 2 invite registrations eclipse 1 million mark

OnePlus says people are clamoring to get its OnePlus 2 smartphone, which we recently went hands-on with, and as such invite requests have surpassed the 1 million mark...in the first 72 hours. OnePlus recently launched its upcoming handset through what it says is the first ever virtual reality keynote, and now that invite registrations are live it has seen a massive influx of potential buyers. OnePlus was founded in December 2013, and the number of registrations hint that, despite the frustrations and troubles it has had, the company is seeing growing success.

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Blind Camera Test: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 vs LG G4 in low light

Blind Camera Test: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 vs LG G4 in low light

Today we're conducting a test which will decide the finest of three of the best-rated smartphone cameras on the market today. We're testing the Apple iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the LG G4. Today's test will be a blind test, with each photo cropped to the same pre portions as the others in each individual test. Each camera has been set to Auto mode and HDR has been turned off. While the angles at which these photos have been taken are not exact, they're very, very close.

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Galaxy Note 5 release may see price cuts to S6 and Edge

Galaxy Note 5 release may see price cuts to S6 and Edge

Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy Note 5 on the 13th of August, and along with it, price "adjustments" for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Speaking this week on their Q2 2015 earnings, Samsung suggested that they'll be adjusting, or dropping, that is to say, prices for their two hero smartphones. This is due to the less-than-stellar sales of both devices, and likely a prepared punch to the events set to take place in the middle of next month, right alongside the Note and the larger S6 Edge Plus.

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