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Cecil the Lion 24k Gold limited edition phone revealed

Cecil the Lion 24k Gold limited edition phone revealed

To celebrate the life of Cecil the Lion - and to capitalize on his sudden celebrity after being murdered - a 24k gold edition phone has been plated by Goldgenie. To be SUPER CLEAR here, this is Goldgenie's doing, not the work of the people who made the original phone. According to the company, they plan on donating a portion of the proceeds of this special limited edition phone to Friends of Hwange, benefitting efforts to conserve Zimbabwe. Total proceeds will be around 10-percent of the purchase price of this very extravagant device.

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New Apple TV release tipped for iPhone 6s event

New Apple TV release tipped for iPhone 6s event

The next Apple TV device has been tipped for reveal this September 2015, set to be revealed alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The single event - normally reserved for iPhone devices only - will also demonstrate how the Apple TV will interact with the iPhone collection, bringing the whole Apple Smart Home into focus with an Apple TV-centered HomeKit collection of devices. The reveal of this new Apple TV was contentiously planned - read: rumored - to take place at this year's WWDC 2015, Apple's developer conference, but was then said to be pushed back by the same sources that spoke rumors in the first place.

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iPhone 6s part leaks reveal camera rings, flex cables, home button

iPhone 6s part leaks reveal camera rings, flex cables, home button

As Apple is expected to announce its next iPhone in September, as it does every year, production of the device has surely begun by now. With that comes the occasional leak of things like small internal parts, such as what was revealed on Thursday. French site Nowhereelse was first to show images of components that are said to be from the iPhone "6s" and "6s Plus," including the device's flex cable, exterior camera ring, and a part from the home button.

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Samsung will allow bloatware to be removed but only in China

Samsung will allow bloatware to be removed but only in China

Caving in to pressure, or perhaps the threat of a government lawsuit in China, Samsung has revealed that it will be issuing patches that will finally let users uninstall non-essential pre-installed apps, a.k.a. bloatware from their smartphones. This is definitely an unprecedented move for the OEM, one of the worst offenders when it comes to packaging 3rd party services and apps on their devices. Sadly, it's a development that, at least for now, is localized only in China and doesn't seem to have any effect on Samsung's other markets.

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These are the first 10 Lumias to get Windows 10 Mobile

These are the first 10 Lumias to get Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 has finally rolled out and some have already gotten their first taste of the brand new OS. The first reviews are coming in and, all in all, it's a rather mixed bag. But now that desktops and tablets have had their fair share, the more mobile-inclined are perhaps more curious about the smartphone incarnation of Windows 10. When will Windows 10 Mobile descend and on which devices first? Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has finally spilled the beans on that. Or at least the first beans.

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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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