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Silent Circle tries again: Blackphone 2 for Android for Work

Silent Circle tries again: Blackphone 2 for Android for Work

Given all the news about spying and hacking, you'd think mobile users would be more conscientious of their devices and habits, and yet they are none the wiser. Having somewhat failed to corner the consumer market, Silent Circle is now targeting a more reasonable audience: the enterprise. The company will be bringing its "privacy-first" smartphone, now the upcoming Blackphone 2, to the workplace and it won't be doing so alone. It has enlisted in Google's Android for Work thrust, hopefully to leave a better mark in the industry.

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Blind Camera Test: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 vs LG G4 in low light

Blind Camera Test: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 vs LG G4 in low light

Today we're conducting a test which will decide the finest of three of the best-rated smartphone cameras on the market today. We're testing the Apple iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the LG G4. Today's test will be a blind test, with each photo cropped to the same pre portions as the others in each individual test. Each camera has been set to Auto mode and HDR has been turned off. While the angles at which these photos have been taken are not exact, they're very, very close.

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Galaxy Note 5 release may see price cuts to S6 and Edge

Galaxy Note 5 release may see price cuts to S6 and Edge

Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy Note 5 on the 13th of August, and along with it, price "adjustments" for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Speaking this week on their Q2 2015 earnings, Samsung suggested that they'll be adjusting, or dropping, that is to say, prices for their two hero smartphones. This is due to the less-than-stellar sales of both devices, and likely a prepared punch to the events set to take place in the middle of next month, right alongside the Note and the larger S6 Edge Plus.

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Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Early adopters of software are about to get a lot easier-to-use tools in Google Play this week as Google ramps up testing options for developers. While Google has offered up some early testing tools to developers in the past, this week they're moving forward with a solid set of three options for Beta testing apps with the public. Open Beta is joined by Closed beta using email addresses and Closed beta with Google+ community or Google Group access. In short, it's about to get a lot easier to use apps earlier for the greater good of the software community.

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Dismal Samsung Q2 numbers forces Galaxy S6 price cut

Dismal Samsung Q2 numbers forces Galaxy S6 price cut

It's one thing for a product to be highly popular and another thing for that popularity to translate into profits. That was the case back then with the HTC One (M7 and M8) and is now the case with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge duo. The Korea manufacturer has just released its second quarter financials and, while the company did see some increase in numbers, it was only ever so slight. Plus, the Galaxy S6 flagship, hoped to be its savior, turned out to be almost a dud.

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Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Today images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 have appeared in their final form, looking just about as near-official as they're going to get. While these are still renderings - much in the same way all smartphone companies release renderings for ad material - they're as close to the real deal as you're going to see for the moment, just a few weeks away from the real thing. Here the Galaxy Note 5 is looking pretty spiffy, complete with an industrial design finesse matched only by the Galaxy S6 Edge, its little sibling.

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Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

The latest update to Google's search system on Android and iOS devices is a meter that says when they're busiest. It's a "Popular times" meter, and it'll show you when you'd be best to head in - and when the best time is to avoid. Popular times are listed for each individual day of the week, with a meter that'll likely show you how you'll want to avoid a coffee house near the start and the middle of the day - just get your coffee at supper time, that's all.

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NUU Z8 flagship Android: silent up-and-comer

NUU Z8 flagship Android: silent up-and-comer

The folks at NUU Mobile have a new smartphone for the United States, one by the name of NUU Z8. Have you heard of NUU before? No? You're not alone. This smartphone company isn't the type that competes directly with the likes of Samsung and Apple. Instead, they create smartphones inside the United States that are unlocked and available to work on a wide variety of networks. Everything from AT&T to metroPCS to Cricket Wireless to T-Mobile, with a whole lot more in-between.

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Cat S40 rugged smartphone aims directly at outdoor workers

Cat S40 rugged smartphone aims directly at outdoor workers

Cat is a brand that started out making massive earth moving equipment that you would see building highways around the country. The brand eventually spilled out into other products such as clothing and smartphones. It may seem weird to have the Cat name on a smartphone, but considering the devices are always aimed at workers who work outside the smartphone makes sense. Cat's latest smartphone is the S40.

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Samsung’s 1μm-pixel camera sensor to keep phones even thinner

Samsung’s 1μm-pixel camera sensor to keep phones even thinner

Ever wondered why smartphones like the iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6 have protruding rear cameras? That's because as thin as smartphones might be getting, the powerful camera sensors in them aren't. This leads to problems in finding ways to stash all of those inside in creative ways, like what Apple might be doing, or, more logically, creating smaller camera sensors that still perform as well as their bigger counterparts. Samsung claims it might have just have the latter solution in its new 1μm-pixel sensor.

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Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Wireless charging is slowly becoming a staple feature in mobile devices these days, but not all mainstream flagship smartphones are able to take advantage of this technology. Some, like the HTC One M9, are prevented from adopting wireless charing because of their metal bodies. That will soon change, if Qualcomm has its way. The mobile chip maker has just announced a breakthrough in its WiPower wireless charging technology that will finally allow mobile devices with metal cases to take advantage of all that the technology has to offer.

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