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Bluetooth SIG holds clues to next ASUS ZenFone

Bluetooth SIG holds clues to next ASUS ZenFone

ASUS may be content with leaving us with only a 10-second teaser of what sounds like a dual camera smartphone, that doesn't mean we won't be able to see more information elsewhere. In this case, "elsewhere" happens to be the folders of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which handles certification of Bluetooth-enabled devices. But while the filing does give us more details than what ASUS is willing to share, it unfortunately paints a picture of a ZenFone that might not match ASUS' hype.

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Meizu M1 Note tries to appeal to a younger generation

Meizu M1 Note tries to appeal to a younger generation

Let's face it. Yesterday's smartphone crowd are pretty much today's young professionals. It is to these pioneers that most manufacturers are trying to woo with their dead serious models. Meizu, on the other hand, wants to make sure that nobody gets left out, that even today's young ones get a taste of a device that is serious on the inside but has personality on the outside. That seems to be the unspoken spiel for the new Meizu M1 Note, a more colorful take on the mostly black, white, and gray smartphone market.

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Huawei Ascend GX1 phablet boasts plenty of screen space

Huawei Ascend GX1 phablet boasts plenty of screen space

Our smartphones are getting larger, but not the total area occupied by displays, now more popularly known by the term "screen to body ratio". As bodies grow larger, so do the bezels around the screens. Huawei, however, is saying it doesn't have to be so. It has just launched the new Ascend GX1 in China. Despite the otherwise mid-range specs, this 6-inch smartphone, rather phablet, claims to be almost all screen, with a rather high screen to body ratio of 80.5 percent.

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Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

As early as this Friday you'll begin to see an update on the Amazon Fire phone that'll bring new functionality to several key features. You'll get artwork recognition via Wikipedia, you'll get "Best Shot" for ideal photo taking, and you'll get better battery life. Is this the update set Amazon intends to use to sell the rest of their stock of this phone whose launch was utterly blunder-full? Not likely. Instead, this is another sign that Amazon does not intend to give up so easily.

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Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Oddity gift shop Firebox says that there are two most borrowed items today: your pen and your phone charger. If so, wouldn't it be nice if you were never to be put in that situation that you'd need to borrow one or the other or, worse, both? That certainly seems to be the thinking behind the design of the Power Pen, a multi-talented instrument that acts as a pen, an emergency power reserve, and a digital writing instrument as well.

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Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 photos leak, no launch date yet

Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 photos leak, no launch date yet

The still unannounced Z1 is Samsung's latest, perhaps its last, hurrah to get the Tizen platform on a smartphone. Already delayed by a few weeks, at least based on initial rumors, the smartphone has now been spotted in a few press materials not yet meant for public eyes. But we've seen this before and we've seen press materials before, even official ones. None of which mattered in the end. The biggest question on everyone's mind now is "when" (perhaps other than "why").

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Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

It seems that Samsung isn't the only one experiencing delays in getting a new player in the mobile market out of the woodwork. Canonical, the commercial company behind the open source Linux-based Ubuntu OS has been quoted to have said that its much-hyped Ubuntu Phone won't be announced until early 2015. And that's just the announcement of the availability and not the availability itself, which can, of course, be delayed repeatedly, as Samsung's dance with its own Tizen OS has proven.

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Galaxy S6: new leaked images point to aluminum body

Galaxy S6: new leaked images point to aluminum body

As speculation over the next model of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone, one rumor has been getting the most attention: Whether the device will finally move on from using plastic and upgrade to a metal chassis. While there have been several reports already about the Galaxy S6 sporting an aluminum body, several images have been released that could very well be considered the first leaks. In addition, a shipping manifest hints that there could be at least one Galaxy S6 being used for prototype and testing purposes.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

The Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is working with Boeing to provide help with security and encryption via its BES 12 platform.

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