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Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

In the oncoming war of the wearable device, it’s usability, not their power or aesthetics, that will drive the market. While Samsung releases three new smartwatch devices this season with full-functioning operating systems and Sony releases a sports band that’s just about as simple as a wearable device can be, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing a full spectrum. But what drives the successful machine? Besides advertising dollars, that is.

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Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google is updating Android to continuously check phones and tablets for rogue apps, picking out those with malware behavior even if they've managed to squeeze through the initial verification. The new feature, which builds on Android's existing "Verify apps" system that sifts through software at the point of installation to flag up any concerns, will add real-time and ongoing checks.

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BlackBerry CEO: We’ll still make phones

BlackBerry CEO: We’ll still make phones

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been forced to respond to suggestions that the smartphone company is looking to sell off its device business, insisting that making BlackBerry handsets - including using a physical keyboard - is still on the agenda. Replying to claims yesterday that BlackBerry was considering walking away from the devices division, Chen said that his comments on the matter had been "taken out of context."

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BlackBerry CEO says company will exit handset business if it remains in red

BlackBerry CEO says company will exit handset business if it remains in red

BlackBerry has been struggling for years in the smartphone realm after its handsets quickly fell out of popularity in the face of rivals like Android devices and the iPhone. BlackBerry began to lose its government and business accounts and has found it hard to compete in the current market. Considering the company’s dire fortunes, you might think that it would be out to sell devices through any company that it can work with.

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Google Ara phone details dropped in OEM documents

Google Ara phone details dropped in OEM documents

It’s time to get another glimpse of what the first modular smartphone from Google is set to look like right out the gate. This device will be coming in three sizes - Mini, Medium, and Large, and will be offered in as many configurations as hardware manufacturers can offer. As new parts are made, combinations multiply exponentially.

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Galaxy Note 4 details tip September reveal at IFA 2014

Galaxy Note 4 details tip September reveal at IFA 2014

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been revealed and released, it would appear that it’s time to push the second wave. As the Galaxy smartphone line has for the past several years released first the "S" model, then the "Note", today’s rumor is not surprising. Instead it’s more of a semi-confirmation of something we already suspected.

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This is how Samsung will sell you the Galaxy S5

This is how Samsung will sell you the Galaxy S5

Samsung's first TV commercial for the Galaxy S5 has been revealed today, ahead of the smartphone's US release later this month. The video - which uses the tagline "meaningful innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you" - focuses on the key hardware features of the Android smartphone, like its 5.1-inch display and heart-rate sensor, though lacks the personality of previous Samsung ads.

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HTC One M8 GPe hands-on: That Duo Camera compromise

HTC One M8 GPe hands-on: That Duo Camera compromise

HTC was taking no chances with the HTC One M8, confirming not only versions of its new flagship for the key US carriers but a Google Play edition right at launch, and that's what's landed on the SlashGear test bench. Google's approach with GPe phones is generally straightforward: get the best hardware from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG, only with unmodified Android rather than whatever tweaks and changes would normally be present. Problem is, HTC has spent no small amount of time with the One M8's Duo Camera system, and so there was work to be done to get that up and running even without HTC Sense 6.

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