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We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

Of all the people who could be the savior of BlackBerry, Kim Kardashian probably wouldn't have been our first guess, but it turns out the reality TV star turned mobile app kingpin could end up single-handedly propping up the second hand market. The controversial star was expected to discuss social saturation and the surprise hit game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood at the Code/Mobile 2014 conference, but she took an interesting detour via ailing BlackBerry and her ongoing collection of devices.

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Nextbit Baton brings iPhone-style Continuity to Android

Nextbit Baton brings iPhone-style Continuity to Android

Apple’s iPhone and iPad have Handoff in Continuity, but if Nextbit has its way Android will soon be able to boast the same, baking easy app switching between phones and tablets in at the OS level. Revealed today, Nextbit's Baton incorporates not only passing an app - with its current state preserved - between Android devices, but synchronizes apps and data, as well as preserving a snapshot of both in the cloud for backup purposes.

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OnePlus pre-orders open up again [Updated]

OnePlus pre-orders open up again [Updated]

For a plucky Android smartphone startup, OnePlus has done what many companies exponentially larger would love to achieve: build up enough buzz that, long after the first handsets began shipping, people are still chomping at the bit to buy one themselves. Latest in the long invite system saga is an hour's open sales, which kicks off now and runs for just sixty minutes - or, frankly, for as long as OnePlus' servers can hold.

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Nexus 6 hits the FCC, Nexus Player Gamepad now available

Nexus 6 hits the FCC, Nexus Player Gamepad now available

Ever since Google messed up the FCC approval for the Nexus Player, the tech world seems to have gotten a slight obsession about monitoring the arrival of Nexus devices at the government agency. Those who are rooting for the phablet instead of the Nexus 9 tablet can probably now breathe a sigh of relief as the Nexus 6 has finally been added to the FCC's listings, clearing the way for the smartphone's pre-order, which, barring any last minute hiccup, should happen on the 29th.

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DROID Turbo gets leaked again, retail version this time

DROID Turbo gets leaked again, retail version this time

At this point only the official announcement from Verizon will put an end to the seemingly unending flow of leaks about the DROID Turbo. But given this is probably one of the most high-profile Motorola DROIDs of late, perhaps we can stretch our limits just a wee bit more. Showing off that the smartphone is indeed ready to take center stage, this latest, and maybe last, batch of leaked photos show the DROID Turbo once more, but this time snuggled inside its cozy retail packaging.

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NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed on Friday that all 35,000 of the city's police officers were going to be issued smartphones as part of a $160 million technology initiative. While it wasn't officially stated, a glimpse at some of the devices, which also includes 6,000 tablets to be installed in police vehicles, seems to indicate that Windows will be operating system flavor.

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Top 4 apps for your Halloween shenanigans

Top 4 apps for your Halloween shenanigans

It's Friday, and that means Halloween is officially one week away. This is the last weekend before the holiday, and so it'll likely be filled with some sort of festivity: maybe a trip to a haunted house or a costume laden block party. Your smartphone will no doubt be following you wherever you go, and so having some apps on hand is a good way to round out the fun. As with all things, there are a ton of options in the app stores, and so to make things easy for you we've gone through and picked out four must-haves for Android and iOS.

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It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

Nokia Lumia is no more. Of course, that was already made known by Microsoft's French Facebook account, but you know how social networks can be so fickle-minded these days. It can't get any more official than this though. Microsoft Senior VP for Marketing for Phones Tuula Rytilä has taken to what was once Nokia Conversations to share what the branding transition will bring and what its fans can expect and continue to expect as the company rolls out the new "Microsoft Lumia".

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LG reveals NUCLUN chip, G3 Screen spotted in leaked photos

LG reveals NUCLUN chip, G3 Screen spotted in leaked photos

As if on cue, LG has finally acknowledged that it has indeed been working on a mobile processor of its own. And it isn't called Odin anymore. Opting for a stranger name instead, LG has announced the LG NUCLUN. This octa-core ARM chip sports the usual mix of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 cores, but it does bring one very appealing feature to the table right from the get go. This NUCLUN chip boasts of support for LTE-A Cat. 6 networks, advertised to be three times faster than 4G LTE.

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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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