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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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Galaxy A8 is shaping up to be a fine, mid-range Galaxy S6

Galaxy A8 is shaping up to be a fine, mid-range Galaxy S6

Late last month we caught a glimpse of the Galaxy A8 in China's TENAA and it looked almost like a Samsung Galaxy S6 knock-off. It turns out, there might some truth to that but not in a negative sense. A pre-release hands-on of this mid-range smartphone reveals some interesting tidbits about it. In addition to its extremely slim profile, the Galaxy A8 is indeed almost a blow for blow match to the Galaxy S6 but with slightly lower specs and an expected lower price tag to match.

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Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla announces that they'll be pushing for two separate companies in the near future, one focusing on software, the other on hardware. While they suggest this morning that "the new Jolla devices company will be announced separately after the summer," they assure those anxiously awaiting the Jolla Tablet that they'll have the device they payed for. Eventually. As soon as possible, they say. Meanwhile those of you hoping for a wider distribution of Sailfish OS have good news coming your way.

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LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

This morning LG released footage of the LG G4 working with a mount on a high-powered drone. If you're the sort of person to pick up a drone and fly it around Los Angeles, you'll know exactly what it's like to have to deal with less-than-fantastic camera action on built-in units with the lesser of the drones on the market today. This solution looks to be just about the best there is. You'll also notice that this drone owner uses the leather-clad LG G4, of course.

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For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

Necessity is the mother of invention, but moviegoers were still astonished to hear that unexpected Sundance 2015 hit Tangerine was filmed entirely on iPhone. The high-energy, sharply comic, but also touching film wasn’t the first to rely on Apple’s smartphone, but with a theatrical release this week it’s perhaps the highest-profile. After an early screening in San Francisco, I sat down with Tangerine’s writer/director Sean Baker and co-screenwriter Chris Bergoch to find out how the iPhone helped shape a movie that at times can be as challenging to watch as it is rewarding.

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Quo vadis Tablet? The future of mobile slabs

Quo vadis Tablet? The future of mobile slabs

The once well-defined boundaries between computing devices, delineated by form factors, are blurring. PCs are no longer towering boxes but can also be found in something as small as an HDMI dongle. Laptops are no longer just rigid folding portable computers. There are smartphones that can barely fit in your hand, much less your pockets. And tablets, well, they've become less defined these days. They might also be less needed, threatened by phablets on one end and hybrid laptops on the other. Is there a future for tablets? Perhaps, but not without some major changes, particularly in how consumers see them.

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Selfie sticks blamed for death caused by lightning

Selfie sticks blamed for death caused by lightning

Selfie stick users beware. It isn't just Disney and museums who have vendettas against the contraption. It seems Mother Nature as well has taken issue with the monopods. Or at least the Brecon Beacons mountain range in Powys, Mid Wales has a beef with the stick. In two separate events around the same mountain, two men died after being struck by lightning. One of them was allegedly using a selfie stick at the time, giving rise to theories that this accessory could be an effective but lethal lightning rod.

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Sony isn’t giving up on mobile ever, says mobile chief

Sony isn’t giving up on mobile ever, says mobile chief

"Famous last words", as some often say. Hiroki Totoki, who has been Sony Mobile's head for little over than six months, boldly claimed that the company will never sell or exit its mobile business, despite prophecies of doom early this year. That might not be a surprising claim, considering what business Totoki is leading, but it is something that needs more than just words to inspire confidence. The mobile CEO asks for a bit of patience this year and to look forward to a huge turnaround by 2016 instead.

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Samsung faces reality, adjusts earnings estimates

Samsung faces reality, adjusts earnings estimates

Sometimes success can be too much of a good thing, leading to perhaps an overestimation of one's capabilities. That may seem to be the case for Samsung, who just posted its earnings guidance for the second quarter of the year. Despite the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge's popularity, the company has failed to rebound, showing yet again disappointing figures. The root cause, it seems, was the Korean manufacturer's mistake in judging demand for its flagship smartphones, leading to loss in sales and surplus in supplies.

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