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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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Leaked image claims to be LG G4 render

Leaked image claims to be LG G4 render

During MWC, we had new smartphones hit the market from just about every major smartphone maker out there. We had new devices from Samsung, new devices from Motorola, and new devices from HTC. The big smartphone maker that we didn’t have a new device from at the show was LG. We had heard LG was working on the G4, but wanted to hold off until after the big unveils at MWC to show off its new device.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 launches in Taiwan, 4GB RAM model included

ASUS ZenFone 2 launches in Taiwan, 4GB RAM model included

At CES 2015 last January, ASUS made some rather interesting reveals when it came to its smartphone line. It had the ZenFone Zoom, for example, which took a page from Samsung's similarly named line of smartphone cameras. The other highlight, however, was the new ZenFone 2 flagship. In usual ASUS fashion, it married somewhat decent specs with an Intel Atom CPU rarely found inside smartphones. But perhaps more interesting is the 4 GB RAM inside, the highest in any phone. Now that is coming to Taiwan, but it isn't alone.

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DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx gets rebranded as Moto Turbo in India

DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx gets rebranded as Moto Turbo in India

As teased by Indian e-tailer Flipkart last month, the DROID Turbo is indeed coming to the sub-continent. Or rather the Moto Maxx. Or rather officially the Moto Turbo. They say that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and that is especially true here in this case. The DROID Turbo/Moto Maxx/Moto Turbo was one of 2014's surprises and less advertised treasures, but now it has to contend with a lot more worthy rivals, especially given its not so affordable price tag.

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Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple has sold its 700 millionth iPhone, CEO Tim Cook confirmed during today's press launch for the Apple Watch, making it the top selling smartphone in the world. The new stats came as Cook & Co. built up to detailing pricing and availability for its much-discussed smartwatch, with the Apple chief exec pointing out that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus together have 99-percent customer satisfaction among users. Meanwhile, a number of Apple services are expanding.

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Xiaomi solves Mi 4 malware dustup: device was counterfeit

Xiaomi solves Mi 4 malware dustup: device was counterfeit

Yesterday, news surfaced that the Xiaomi Mi 4 came preloaded with malware. While we can handle a little bloatware, malware is just — no. Even more subversive than straight-up malware, some of the apps installed were disguised as Google apps. Security company Bluebox, who released the report, even suggested Xiaomi handed their handset off to a third party to get the malware installed, which is about as low as you can get. Now, Xiaomi has their say, and comfortably quashed any thought of malware on their devices.

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HTC One M9 release date leaked along with new pricing

HTC One M9 release date leaked along with new pricing

Just after HTC announced the One M9, a contest gave us a bit of info about what the device might cost. At the time, we cautioned that the listed price might simply be placeholder pricing, there to make the contest official. We may have been right, too. A listing for the One M9 has been discovered via an electronics retailers’ website, and gives a price tag of $649 for the HTC One M9. That’s a solid $50 more than what we heard last time.

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Carrier pre-order for Galaxy S6, S6 edge claimed to be 20M

Carrier pre-order for Galaxy S6, S6 edge claimed to be 20M

Samsung is unofficially making some rather bold claims that could perhaps leave some eyebrows raised. While there is little to deny that its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are quite the hit over at MWC 2015, that hype has yet to be turned into actual sales and profits. Now, however, an anonymous Samsung exec claims that as early as now, the two have garnered a total of 20 million pre-orders from mobile carriers worldwide. If accurate, that is definitely an impressive, record breaking feat for the beleaguered company.

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Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery turns out be removable after all

Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery turns out be removable after all

Two of the most beloved features by Samsung Galaxy enthusiasts up to this point have been that the smartphones featured a removable battery and expandable storage space via user memory cards. But when Samsung debuted the latest models at Mobile World Congress last week, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, those features appeared to be no more, with the devices now sealed in a glass unibody design. What ever will Galaxy users do now to brag over their iPhone-using counterparts?

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