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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

We have talked several times now about the new phone that has leaked on a few occasions from Motorola called the Droid Turbo. There have been several leaks that have hinted at what the specifications of the new smartphone might be. Verizon Wireless has now posted up a countdown clock that is ticking away the minutes until a new Droid device is unveiled, as of writing the countdown has 14 days and a bit more than six hours to go.

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Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Barely two weeks after outing the Aster, Vertu is here again with another luxury smartphone for the affluent.. This time, however, it isn't doing it alone. Partnering with fellow British company Bentley, the Vertu for Bentley gives luxury car lovers a fitting mobile device to go with their Bentley car, which they presumably have. But aside from sporting trademark Bentley designs in addition to Vertu's own signature, the smartphone at least does have decent hardware that won't leave owners shortchanged for the price.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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Apple holds $50m axe over surprise-spoiling suppliers

Apple holds $50m axe over surprise-spoiling suppliers

GT Advanced Technologies is currently firing on all cylinders in light of their bankruptcy filing earlier this month. One of the most interesting bits of data that’ve come out of the bankruptcy investigation is Apple’s non-disclosure agreement, and the $50 million dollar penalty the company imposes for product or information leaks. Lawyers representing GT are arguing that they need to reveal additional information about their close relationship with Apple "in the interests of creditors and shareholders."

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

This week the folks at Sony have decided to go big with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - but not quite so big as to released the device with a carrier in the USA. This machine is very, very similar to its larger brother, the Z3, but here comes with a smaller display and off-contract pricing. You CAN purchase the larger off-contract, but both T-Mobile and Verizon would rather hook you in. The Z3 Compact is (thus far) only offered through Sony directly, with one price - sort of.

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T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

Sony's Xperia Z3 will land on T-Mobile USA from October 29th, the carrier has announced today, though those without commitment issues can preorder the smartphone from October 15th. Announced at IFA in September, the Xperia Z3 offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 20.7-megapixel camera wrapped up in a waterproof casing, as well as LTE for use on T-Mobile's 4G network. Perhaps more interesting for those with coverage issues, the T-Mobile version of the Z3 will also support WiFi Calling for routing voice calls over a WiFi connection.

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iPhone 6 spreads: 36 more countries in October

iPhone 6 spreads: 36 more countries in October

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are getting even bigger, with China, Israel, and South Korea among 36 new countries and territories set to get the new iOS 8 smartphones in October. A staggered roll-out across locations through the month will see the iPhone 6 family available in 69 countries and territories before November has even started, though Apple says it's still on track to increase that number to more than 115 before 2014 is through.

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Oppo N3 aluminum chassis and rotating camera teased

Oppo N3 aluminum chassis and rotating camera teased

Oppo has taken to Facebook to tease the upcoming N3 smartphone ahead of its launch. We have talked a few times about the Oppo N3 in the past, the launch for the smartphone is believed to be set for October 29. Ahead of launch, Oppo has some teaser shots up on Facebook showing off some of the design and construction elements of the device. One of the images shows off the aluminum chassis of the device.

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OnePlus and JBL unveil E1+ earphones, JBL-branded OnePlus One

OnePlus and JBL unveil E1+ earphones, JBL-branded OnePlus One

The company that took on the mantra of "Never Settle" wants to show that the same philosophy applies even to accessories, especially one that can drastically improve or ruin the smartphone experience. That is why the Chinese startup OnePlus has made an unusual partnership with audio experts JBL to reveal two new products. Actually one new and one just slightly redesigned. OnePlus fans can now vie for a new JBL E1+ earphones or, alternatively, go for a special edition OnePlus One that has JBL's logo as well as the earphones in a bundle.

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