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OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

If you want a OnePlus One, you understand how rough it can be. Invitations, flash sales, and terribly misguided (read: offensive) marketing schemes get in the way of us just being able to buy a phone. At $299, though, the headaches are more than worth the wait for some. Offering top-end specs with a low-end price, the OnePlus has sat in Google’s warm Nexus chair left vacant by the Nexus 6. If you’re curious why it’s still so hard to get a phone, OnePlus’ founder has come clean.

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Gorilla Glass 4 will bring in better drop protection

Gorilla Glass 4 will bring in better drop protection

Your smartphone screen has come a long way since the feature phone days. Nearly scratch-proof, and highly resistant to shattering, it doesn’t seem as though it could get much better at times. Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass (I can almost guarantee that’s what your smartphone has covering its pixels), don’t rely on ‘good enough’. The company today announces Gorilla Glass 4, the lineal successor in their product line, and almost assuredly the covering you’ll find on your next flagship phone purchase.

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Starbucks wireless charging begins nationwide expansion

Starbucks wireless charging begins nationwide expansion

Customers in 200 Starbucks branches throughout the Bay Area will now be enjoying the hassle-free and tangle-free benefits of wireless charging for their mobile device. The coffee chain giant has just taken off the covers from its initiative to bring Duracell's Powermat technology to its stores, potentially turning them even more into hubs for mobile users and workers. Now instead of becoming wall (or sometimes floor) huggers, customers might end up fighting over the specially designated tables to get their phones powered up for the rest of the coffee break.

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Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

The Meizu MX4 Pro has made its debut, and with it comes an upgraded version of the company's previously released MX4 flagship. Features abound, some of them a tad odd ("Retina Sound"), but overall the handset looks to pack a punch, bringing with it display resolution a little above 2k, a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, and the mTouch fingerprint reader, among other things. Topping it all off is the Android 4.4.4-based Flyme 4 operating system, something that flies in the face of the occasional speculation that Meizu might be including Ubuntu Touch.

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Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

The rumors were true after all and Cyanogen, Inc., the company formed from the community-oriented CyanogenMod's core developers, is indeed targeting the growing mobile market of India. It has struck a deal with manufacturer Mircromax that will bring the Android-based OS to a new device. With promises of dirt cheap handsets, constant updates and freedom from bloatware, this team up pretty much puts Micromax somewhat at odds with its other partner, Google, just after the two launched the Android One program last September.

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Lollipop update for HTC One set for Friday

Lollipop update for HTC One set for Friday

This Friday, the 21st of November, 2014, we'll be seeing updates to both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (M7) for Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is a bit of a delay compared to the original projected release date - early this week - but still jams in amongst the first in the industry to release such an update. At this time we're not entirely certain what the HTC One update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will entail, exactly, as it'll be the first in the industry to have more than just the basic Google-made Vanilla layout.

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Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Does Microsoft own Nokia? Is Nokia ever going to make another smartphone? Will Nokia start making Android phones and tablets in the near future? What we're about to do is set the record straight on a few key points about the Nokia brand - where they are, what happened with Microsoft, and where they're going in the near future. It's from this point that you can move forward with Nokia, understanding all the basics. The software, the hardware, and the support as well.

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Samsung to focus on price competitiveness with less smartphone models in 2015

Samsung to focus on price competitiveness with less smartphone models in 2015

Samsung has some of the most popular smartphones on the market today, but the company wants to focus on being more price competitive in the future. Samsung also reportedly plans to cut the number of smartphone models it produces by up to 30% to combat falling profits. The idea is to shed some of the poorly performing models and focus on those that do very well for the company. A Samsung spokesperson has said that it will reduce the number of smartphone models by 25 to 30% next year.

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Samsung Tizen smarpthone interface leaked

Samsung Tizen smarpthone interface leaked

You have to hand it to Samsung. It is not giving up on Tizen. In fact, after numerous attempts, and failures, at launching a high-end Tizen smartphone, it is now setting its gaze lower on the opposite end of the spectrum. Codenamed KIRAN, the SM-Z130H has been repeatedly leaked to run Tizen on very modest specs. Now thanks to a leaked system dump of the phone's software, we are able to see what Samsung has planned for Tizen on the smartphone. At least its brand of Tizen.

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Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Despite what seems to be nothing but losses on the mobile front, Intel isn't ready to call it quits just yet, at least not formally. While some companies (HP and Sony come to mind) are divorcing their businesses in order to remain profitable in at least one area, Intel isn't about to let someone else take its mobile and tablet business elsewhere. Instead, it will be merging that loss-making unit into its division in charge of making chips for PCs, in the hopes that they will finally hit some sweet spot in the end.

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