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nexpaq fulfills the Project Ara dream in a smartphone case

nexpaq fulfills the Project Ara dream in a smartphone case

Although a lot of progress has been made on the Project Ara modular smartphone, its fate as a commercial product is still unknown until the day it lands in the market. In the meantime, those who believe in the modular dream might opt to bid their time by supporting this nexpaq Kickstarter. No, it's not another attempt at a modular smartphone. Instead, it is an attempt to deliver some of that same promise through a modular smartphone case that could, in theory, work with any smartphone, with a few caveats.

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Samsung Project Noble, Project Zen phone details surface

Samsung Project Noble, Project Zen phone details surface

Samsung has more handsets up its sleeves (of course), and some alleged details on two of those upcoming smartphones have surfaced, in this case from an IMEI database. According to sources speaking about the devices, of the two smartphones is a Galaxy S6 variant going by the codename Project Zen, while the other handset -- something believed to be the next in the Galaxy Note lineup -- is reportedly being referred to as Project Noble. We have the rest of the details after the jump!

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Cortana’s new Windows 10 features at BUILD 2015

Cortana’s new Windows 10 features at BUILD 2015

This week Microsoft is bringing light to a number of new features for Cortana in Windows 10. We're at BUILD 2015 and hearing all about what this new system will deliver to desktop systems, tablets, and phones as well. "Our goal is to make Windows 10 the most attractive development platform ever," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Windows Chief, going on to suggest that developers can "integrate Cortana into [their] apps ... add natural user interactions to your apps like pen or speech, and turn your apps into holograms."

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HTC INK aims to deliver the One with tattoo stylings

HTC INK aims to deliver the One with tattoo stylings

The HTC One M9 will soon be appearing in a bespoke collection called HTC INK. This means that HTC One M9 models will be released in limited editions, each with their own design engraving from a set of highly talented artists. The first in this collection works with supermodel Jourdan Dunn and tattoo artist Cally Jo Pothecary, busting out a design that's as strange as it is lovely. For now we've just got the design and an idea of what it'll look like on the device.

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IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

Samsung, who recently bounced back successfully with their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones, are once again the top smartphone OEM, according to IDC. Despite a year-over-year drop in overall volume and market share, Samsung holds a 24.5% market share so far in 2015 on the back of 82.4 million smartphone shipments. Second to Samsung is Apple, naturally. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handset maker now has an 18.2% market share, having shipped 61.2 million smartphones last quarter.

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Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Budget smartphones are a dime a dozen. When faced with a horde of competitors, differentiation could be a matter of life or death for a product line. Although Alcatel has brought its affordable ONETOUCH brand to the US before, it is now trying to reach for the starts with the new POP Astro. While still staying true to the promise of extremely affordable handsets with more or less acceptable hardware specs, the ONETOUCH POP Astro promises something that not every smartphone of its kind don't have: LTE connectivity.

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Sony to brand Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ in other markets

Sony to brand Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ in other markets

It seems that Sony might have become a bit unhinged in its efforts to hunker down on its somewhat floundering mobile business. First, it rather quietly unveiled the Xperia Z4, which may or may not be limited to the Japanese market. And then there are whispers of an Xperia P2 that looks terribly similar except in a few areas. Now there is word that Sony might actually sell the Xperia Z4 in other markets as well, but quite appropriately name it as the Xperia Z3+ instead.

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Samsung posts Q1 2015 results, finally looking hopeful

Samsung posts Q1 2015 results, finally looking hopeful

It's that time of year again when companies are handing out their report cards for the first quarter of the year. Considering how Samsung has been having a bit of trouble in that subject, it is interesting to see how well it fared this time around. Although it's not out of the woods yet, the good news for Sammy's fans is that the company's earnings are finally showing some positive numbers and the future looks a little less bleak. But it's not all because of the Galaxy S6.

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