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VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

VAIO to offer smartphones starting next month

For years, Sony marketed laptops under the Vaio name with some success. Last summer Sony decided to spinoff the laptop branch of the company into a standalone brand simply called VAIO. Word has surfaced that VAIO is now getting ready to toss smartphones onto the market in a move that will see VAIO directly competing against Sony, its former parent company.

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Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Research firm Flurry, the Yahoo-owned entity that tracks mobile analytics for over 600,000 cross-platform apps, has revealed some surprising statistics from the Christmas break. From December 19 through December 25, Flurry tracked new device activations and app downloads, and found that Apple ruled this holiday season. Over half of new device activations were Apple-branded devices, over twice as many as their nearest competitor, Samsung. Flurry VP of Analytics Jarah Euston said “It’s clear that Santa is no longer into cookies — he prefers Apples.”

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iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

A new policy has been enacted in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Germany - amongst others - which allows people to return apps inside an extended period of days. Inside 14 days, the iTunes app store allows a "Right of Cancellation". This includes a right to cancel your order within 14 days of order of your app - except with iTunes Gifts - for any reason at all. This is a significant extension over most return policies for app stores around the world - Apple, Google, Microsoft and all.

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HTC Hima specs recited by benchmark

HTC Hima specs recited by benchmark

This morning we're seeing a benchmark readout which appears to confirm leaked specifications for the next HTC hero phone. This device is code-named HTC Hima, or HTC6535LVW, and it rolls with an odd combination of next-generation features and last-generation features. For example, this device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (next-fen) but uses a 1080 x 1920 pixel display (decidedly this-gen.) This device will likely be revealed in full inside the first month of 2015 for release in early Spring - or maybe even late Winter.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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Leaked shell pics tipped to be Huawei Ascend P8

Leaked shell pics tipped to be Huawei Ascend P8

Some photos have leaked onto the web that show the machined case of a smartphone that is unreleased. The case is large enough to be a phablet and according to rumors, it belongs to the Huawei Ascend P8. We don't know much about the case and as with all rumors; you need some salt on the side. What we can tell is that it is a one-piece chunk of milled aluminum.

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BLU Products unleashes new line with 4G LTE support

BLU Products unleashes new line with 4G LTE support

BLU has time and again outed several unlocked smartphones over the years, some even with enticing features and definitely enticing prices. But most of them sadly do not boast of 4G connectivity. Well, not anymore. These three new BLU smartphones do come with the LTE support you need for consuming lots of online data. And as an added bonus, these smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, instead of BLU's usual preference for the more affordable MediaTek line of mobile processors.

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India gives OnePlus some space, temporarily lifts ban

India gives OnePlus some space, temporarily lifts ban

India's High Court just handed OnePlus a timely holiday gift. Overturning the decision of a solitary judge, the court gave OnePlus some amount of reprieve and allowed it to continue selling its OnePlus One smartphone in India. But it is hardly a straight out victory for the Chinese startup as the case is still to formally begin in January. It does, however, give OnePlus some time to recoup some of its loses and at least sell some of its remaining inventory, and maybe even import some more, until that fated date.

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