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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped for mid-August launch

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped for mid-August launch

Samsung Electronics is tipped to be pushing up the launch of a new smartphone model to help the electronics giant turn around its sagging sales. The tip comes from a person who claims to be familiar with Samsung's plans, but didn't want to be identified. Samsung has had a sluggish second quarter of sales and hopes that the new smartphone will turn things around for the company according to the source.

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Samsung, Xiaomi phones are the most cloned devices in China

Samsung, Xiaomi phones are the most cloned devices in China

Perhaps you can consider it poetic justice. Samsung, and to some extent Xiaomi, have long been criticized for copying designs from Apple, but these manufacturers are also getting a taste of that medicine in even more massive degrees. Popularity does have its price, especially in China, which even today still has a stigma of rampant cloning, fakes, and pirated products. And it turns out, the favorite victims of smartphone clones are, unsurprisingly, those from Samsung and Xiaomi, proving that not even homegrown products are exempt.

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OnePlus reveals a load of OnePlus 2 tidbits

OnePlus reveals a load of OnePlus 2 tidbits

OnePlus just recently admitted that it doesn't have a lot of muscle as far as traditional marketing goes, so they use the next best thing: hype. After a series of breadcrumbs teasing some of the features of its upcoming OnePlus 2, the startup has taken to Reddit in a (now revived) AMA session to reveal a few more. Taking some tidbits with a grain of salt, the OnePlus 2 could be yet another David to the industry's Goliaths. Presuming, of course, the company can deliver not just the promises but less bugs as well.

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Running Windows 7 on an ASUS ZenFone 2 is insane but cool

Running Windows 7 on an ASUS ZenFone 2 is insane but cool

There's a saying about things that you could and should. Android, being the open platform that it is, has been used and abused for the craziest things imaginable. OK, maybe running PSX or Mac II on Android Wear still tops the insanity list, but running Windows 7 on an ASUS ZenFone 2 smartphone is definitely a close second. Or is it? People have run different operating systems, sometimes even different Android flavors, on a single device for years now. What makes this attempt different, however, is its near native performance.

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BlackBerry teams up with Android: for real this time

BlackBerry teams up with Android: for real this time

This afternoon BlackBerry has announced that it's teaming up with Google to bring a more secure version of Android to the public. They'll be bringing the security features of BlackBerry's enterprise device deployment service BES12 to Android through Android 5.0 Lollipop and Google Play for Work. That business-ready BlackBerry device running Android you've always wanted might be a reality in the very near future - and the rest of the hardware manufacturing world braces for what might be a bit of an unforeseen blow in a sector they did not expect to have any change any time soon.

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Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google suggests that inside the notebook computers of tomorrow will be wireless charging coils for smartphones and wireless power receivers. A new patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has revealed Google's plans to implement standardized wireless charging abilities into an on the keyboards of the laptop computers of tomorrow. Or perhaps the Chromebooks of tomorrow, if Google's love of Chrome OS stays strong enough long enough. These chargers would be under the caps of the keys on your keyboard, sending power out or acting as receivers of power in alternate use cases.

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LG G4 Beat joins the G4 groove with mid-range specs

LG G4 Beat joins the G4 groove with mid-range specs

Another day, another LG G4 variant. Early this month we spotted a certain LG G4 S making its way through the Internet and it seems that the sources were more or less spot on. Properly called the LG G4s, that particular model, however, is meant for Europe and CIS regions, which is accurate considering where the leak originally came from. To the rest of the world, however, particularly in Latin America and Asia, the mid-tier smartphone will take on the name of the LG G4 Beat.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus phablet details leak out

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus phablet details leak out

We're still two months away, or one month if you believe the rumors, but the pictures of Samsung's next smartphones are almost complete thanks to the non-ending flow of leaks. This latest batch details some of the innards of the two phablets and they are quite a mixed bag of both goodies and disappointments. There is little doubt that the two will continue the new design path that Samsung has chosen this year, but none of the leaks have so far hinted at anything mouthwatering or surprising.

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Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Several months after SwiftKey decided to move to a "free" model for Android devices, the keyboard known as Fleksy has decided to flip the switch as well. This is the first time - outside of promos - that the 3rd party keyboard will be free. Users will be able to download the Fleksy keyboard for any and all compatible Android devices as early as this afternoon. From there, in-app purchases like keyboard themes will be available. It's likely Fleksy felt the pressure from the wide variety of other keyboards on the market today with similar models.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes to Motorola, HTC, LG phones

Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes to Motorola, HTC, LG phones

The Android update to version 5.1 Lollipop has been launched for several smartphones over the past week, and two more today for Motorola. As of this week the original Motorola Moto X has been cleared for early landing with a "soak test" for the software on AT&T. We'll be expecting Android 5.1 Lollipop for the original Moto X on other carriers soon - AT&T appears to be the first to be bringing this software to the masses for the first Moto X this week.

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