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OPPO Mirror 5 tries to dazzle with its cut-glass rear

OPPO Mirror 5 tries to dazzle with its cut-glass rear

We could almost say it's just smoke and mirrors, almost literally. Minus the smoke of course. OPPO has just announced the Mirror 5, to be available in South Asia, Southeast Asia, MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and Mexico, with a note about a hidden US-compatible model. The most memorable part of this smartphone will probably not be its specs, which are a mix of rather low to mid range components, but its rather unusual exterior that makes it look more luxurious than it actually is.

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Leaked image shows third gen Moto X backside

Leaked image shows third gen Moto X backside

A new image has hit the web claiming to show off the back panel of several coming Motorola smartphones. The image shows four different back panels claiming that they are (from left to right) the DROID Mini, Moto G 3rd gen, a new Droid device, and the new Moto X third gen smartphone. All four of the devices look very similar and appear to be roughly the same size.

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OnePlus 2 camera gets a thorough pre-testing

OnePlus 2 camera gets a thorough pre-testing

OnePlus has been steadily teasing its upcoming smartphone over social media and the Interwebs but maybe some have grown a bit tired of hearing from them one tidbit after another. For a change, someone else is doing the heavy lifting for OnePlus. Popular YouTube tech personality Marques Brownlee, more popularly known as MKHBD has been "given" a OnePlus 2 to test out the camera for himself. Of course, he's forbidden from leaking out any other detail, but by now, very little is left to the imagination anyway.

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Commodore phone is not the Commodore you are looking for

Commodore phone is not the Commodore you are looking for

Nostalgia can be a pretty potent emotion, one that can be capitalized, as Kickstarter has repeatedly proven. Take for example this piece of news that has sent the Internet a flurry. Commodore is back and it has a smartphone! And it's even calling it the Commodore PET! But before you break out the champagne and break into song, celebrating the return of an old friend, do temper that excitement with one crucial fact. This is not your, your father's, or your grandfather's Commodore. Almost literally.

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Google Nearby is here to help send stuff more easily

Google Nearby is here to help send stuff more easily

The great irony of mobile devices is that while it eased the work of sending files or messages half way across the world, sharing the same to someone standing right next to you is actually more difficult. As early as June last year, there was word that Google would have a new service that resolve that problem. Dubbed "Nearby", it was a feature that iPhone and iPad users have long been familiar with thanks to AirDrop. Now Google has fully unveiled the new API, confirming those rumors and adding a few welcome details as well.

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HTC Desire line gushes midrange Android across nine US carriers

HTC Desire line gushes midrange Android across nine US carriers

HTC's One M9 may not have made the splash it wanted, but a new range of more affordable Desire handsets across multiple US carriers may still brighten 2015. Announced today, the HTC Desire 626, Desire 626S, Desire 526, and Desire 520 may not have the metal body or the 20-megapixel camera of the One M9, but neither will they cost anywhere near as much, despite all packing LTE and a quadcore Snapdragon processor.

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Nadella: Windows 10 embraces all, yes, even phones

Nadella: Windows 10 embraces all, yes, even phones

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's announcement last week didn't exactly shake up the mobile industry as much as it shook confidence in its mobile, particularly smartphone, strategy or lack thereof. A lot of questions were raised and theories cooked up. Since then, Microsoft has reiterated in different corners that it is still committed to smartphones. How exactly, it hasn't completely explained. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley was able to get some alone time with Nadella after he delivered his Worldwide Partners Conference keynote and asked the hard questions that many of us probably want to ask.

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Galaxy Note 5 Aug 12 date leaked, renders show sizes

Galaxy Note 5 Aug 12 date leaked, renders show sizes

We almost have a complete picture of what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 looks like from the inside. All that we're missing now is how it looks from the outside. While it's still a good month away from becoming reality, we can settle for the next best thing, at least for now. A set of renders of the schematic kind have been leaked and they bring with it two important details: the size and design of the Galaxy Note 5. In fact, they also bring the same info for the Galaxy S6 edge Plus.

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Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

The Wi-Fi Alliance reveals their next Wi-Fi CERTIFIED service - Wi-Fi Aware. This certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance is for a technology that works with your smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi Aware devices to discover one-another before they even make a Wi-Fi connection. In one sense this technology is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, sending your smartphone information when you get close enough to them to speak with them wirelessly. While Bluetooth beacons have been in testing for several years, Wi-fi Aware is brand new.

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ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

Not heavy metal, but a full metal body comes with the ZTE Axon, the newest smartphone from the China-based company. This device is aimed squarely at the United States, being the next big step in the company moving in on the top guns in North America. This device isn't a budget machine, like most of ZTE's efforts in the states thus far. Instead, it's a premium smartphone, coming with a set of of cameras at its back for super-quick focus and high-end video capture.

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