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Samsung Galaxy Alpha appears in white

Samsung Galaxy Alpha appears in white

There’s another peek at the Samsung Galaxy Alpha out in the wild this week, this time from multiple angles. The smartphone also code-named SM-G850F is tipped to be working with a slightly boosted set of specifications right under the Samsung Galaxy S5, and would potentially be released by the end of the summer, 2014.

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You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and while the preview is intended to be used by developers to get their apps up to speed with the new version, it's also available to anyone who wants to get a taste of what's coming. The new version began showing up on devices registered to Microsoft's App Studio program today, the same route by which the company gave pre-final access to Windows Phone 8.1 itself back in April.

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Galaxy phone blocks bullet after man brings knife to gun fight

Galaxy phone blocks bullet after man brings knife to gun fight

A Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 stopped a bullet this week as a man had a friendly disagreement with another citizen in the streets of Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan*. The altercation involved a wallet being dropped by the first man, the second man picking it up for him and joking about spending his cash, the first man pulling a gun, and the second man pulling a knife.

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Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Over the past year Google began bundling the Android photo and video gallery into an app called Photos - and today, we’re to understand, that’s all coming to an end. The app you know as "Gallery" might not return, but word has it that Google plans on separating its photo services from Google+ in one key way: sign-ins. No longer will you need to have a Google+ social networking account to have the photo services that come along with it.

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Google Now launcher comes to more Android handsets

Google Now launcher comes to more Android handsets

The Google Now Launcher, a ‘Now’ fan’s dream come true, has seen a slight upgrade today. While nothing seems to have been altered in the UI or way the launcher acts, the list of supported devices has expanded. It seems you may soon be able to supplant the stock launcher on several Android handsets — maybe even the one you’re currently using.

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HTC J Butterfly (M8) is a beast you cannot have

HTC J Butterfly (M8) is a beast you cannot have

Over the past several years, HTC has released a high-end smartphone or smartphones in the United States as well as a slightly more awesome device overseas. The most recent example is the HTC J Butterfly, a smartphone that takes all of the high points in the HTC One (M8) and supercharges them. In this case, you also get full waterproofing and a set of bright colored back panels - bright red or blue from the start. Will this model ever come to the United States?

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BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

As if to say "we’re never, ever going to go away," BlackBerry has released a BBM app for Windows Phone. While we can’t in good conscience suggest that this will change the ailing phone companies’ fortunes, it does show tenacity of spirit. This is the last of the major phone operating systems to not have a BBM app yet - and now it’s done!

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