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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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LG G4 full specs revealed

LG G4 full specs revealed

This morning the LG G4 was shown off in New York City by LG, complete with a new leather back, a smarter camera, and a familiar face. This device once again comes with no front-facing buttons, a back-facing set of power and volume buttons, and some software that's generally similar to last year's release. It's clean - cleaner, that is, as is the trend as of late, it would seem. The LG G4 ready to roll with a 3,000 mAh removable battery as well.

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LG G4 hands-on: Quantum physics, leather and a smarter camera

LG G4 hands-on: Quantum physics, leather and a smarter camera

There’s never been a tougher time to introduce a new smartphone, but LG thinks it has a hit on its hands with the new LG G4 for 2015. Building on last year’s G3 with a better camera, more high-quality materials, and a cleaner Android install, it may have a vaguely nonsensical tagline - “See the great. Feel the great” - but marketing hyperbole can usually be forgiven if the device lives up to expectations. I spent some time with the G4 to see why LG is talking Quantum Mechanics and movie theaters for its new flagship.

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Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu is releasing a new, unlocked Android smartphone, catering to millennials and selfie enthusiasts everywhere. The aptly named Selfie, focuses on generating high-quality selfies, but doesn't neglect its other features. Most smartphones let focus on the main camera while taking a light-handed approach to the front-facing lens. Selfie boasts two 13MP cameras with Sony IMX135 sensors. The main camera can record HD 1080P @ 30 FPS. An 88-degree, wide angle expands your range of possibilities for the perfect shot. The front-facing camera features a "glam flash" designed to output flattering lighting in a low-lit club for a no-filter selfie.

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BlackBerry Classic comes in white, three other devices leak

BlackBerry Classic comes in white, three other devices leak

BlackBerry seems to be cooking up a storm. The Canadian company isn't exactly swimming in gold, but it just barely survived sinking to its demise. Now, BlackBerry might be gearing up for an onslaught of new devices, including one that has been teased with a sliding keyboard, much to the fascination and excitement of some BlackBerry faithful. But before getting into the realm of the theoretical, let's turn our attention to what's already here and already real: a BlackBerry Classic in classical and clean white.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

The device you're seeing here is not what it seems. While you might have never owned an Alcatel smartphone before - and you might never have even seen one in the wild - they've been around for a while. Here, with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the company has created a device that aims to take out the top tier with a surprisingly lower-tier bit of cost. While this smartphone does not break the bank, it certainly brings some heat to the feet of its far more expensive competitors.

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New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks

New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks

The last time BlackBerry and Porsche worked together, the result was a $2,00 smartphone. Expect similar results this time around, as a series of pictures have leaked via Weibo which seem to show off a new-look BlackBerry Porsche collaboration. Though similar to the BlackBerry Passport, the design here is distinctive enough to be a lot less BlackBerry and a whole lot more Porsche, unlike the P’9983 we saw appear late last year. If you like BlackBerry and love bold design, this might be one to watch for.

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Lenovo K80 takes on ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, price tag

Lenovo K80 takes on ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, price tag

ASUS may have just launched its 4 GB RAM toting ZenFone 2 in some markets, including India, but looks like it immediately has some competition in China. Lenovo has just unveiled the K80, it's own take on a smartphone that fully utilizes the 64-bit powers of its CPU. But the Lenovo K80 isn't just gunning for the ASUS ZenFone 2 in RAM alone. It is taking it on almost spec by spec, but slightly winning over its rival when it comes to battery size and the price tag.

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Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Most might be familiar with the way fingerprints can be used to uniquely identify individuals, but anyone who has watched a few seasons of CSI will probably know by now that a lot of other body parts can be used similarly. Parts like ears and palms, which, coincidentally, are body parts other than fingers that also get in contact with smartphone screens. Bearing that in mind, researchers from Yahoo have found a way to turn ordinary smartphone touchscreens into makeshift biometric scanners for these body parts.

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