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OnePlus: “get ready” for pre-order crunch

OnePlus: “get ready” for pre-order crunch

The OnePlus One is one special smartphone, that much is certain. It’s got bold styling, respectable specs, and some rock solid Cyanogen software running the show. What it doesn’t have is a lot of users, and the company’s slow rollout is putting them a bit behind the curve. A new pre-order program starts soon, with orders officially being taken on October 27. If you’re anxious to jump on the OnePlus train, though, you can go to their site and build your cart now.

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Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

One of the biggest reasons why Apple Pay will be super simple for you to begin using in your everyday life is the roll-out of NFC payment checkouts due to Android. What’s that, you say? Android can let me pay with my phone too? Google Wallet was initiated quite a while ago, yes - and MOST Android-based smartphones with NFC inside can use it. Apple doesn’t require there to be an Apple Pay-specific checkout device present at every store, they only require a basic NFC-reading device which many major stories already have in place.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop: when and where to get your sugar fix

Android 5.0 Lollipop: when and where to get your sugar fix

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has answered the biggest question of what the next Android version will be named. Now the next biggest question is when will the sugary treat roll out and to which devices. Of course, the answer to that varies for manufacturer to manufacturer, some of which are being coy about their plans. Here we will try to round up what we know and have heard so far, both official and leaked, starting, of course, from Google's own blessed device line.

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Lenovo tipped to make a bid for BlackBerry this week

Lenovo tipped to make a bid for BlackBerry this week

Either Lenovo is very serious about stepping up its mobile phone business or it is getting very desperate. Aside from setting up a third mobile business to target China specifically, rumors are resurfacing that Lenovo is eying to buy BlackBerry out of its woes. Or perhaps the two moves are one and the same, which doesn't make sense either. Whatever Lenovo has planned, we might very well know this week as sources close to the matter tip that Lenovo will be making an offer to buy BlackBerry sometime this week.

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DROID Turbo outed again with more photos, name confirmation

DROID Turbo outed again with more photos, name confirmation

With the Nexus devices already out of the way, we can now turn our focus again on the next big thing, at least as far as Verizon's customers are concerned. It is still a bit more than a week before the next DROID, the Motorola DROID Turbo, is unveiled to the public, but much of the smartphone's features has already been leaked. Today we get another set of leaks, this time of press photos for the device, but we are also getting a more solid piece of information: the smartphone's official name.

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Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

This morning with the release scheduled for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 in the Google Play store, Google has prepared Android 5.0 Lollipop for developers everywhere. If you own the LG Nexus 5 or the ASUS Nexus 7 - either year - you’re in luck. You’ll have only to get prepped with the Developer Preview and update. If you want to shoot this process into super-speed, you’ll have only to tap Google’s downloads directly.

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iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

This week Apple has made with the iPhone and iPad update with iOS 8.1. This system update will bring several new features to the iPhone and iPad world, including the return of Camera Roll and the first release of Apple Pay for mobile NFC payments with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This system also works with the public beta of the new iCloud Photo Library app and system. This iCloud Photo Library system uses iCloud storage for space - of course, and that might cost you.

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iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

Today Apple announced that they’d beat their record for first-month orders for the iPhone. They did this with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and according to Tim Cook, they beat their new record for most orders in the first 30 days "by a lot. a whole lot." Though they didn’t say numbers specifically - they’ll likely save that for their next earnings call - they did go on to note how they haven’t even launched in China yet.

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Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Competition sometimes drives people to go to the extremes or do things that don't easily make sense. Although Lenovo is now the top dog when it comes to the PC manufacturing business, as far as the specific subset of smartphones and Chinese market is concerned, it is far from wresting the crown from King Xiaomi. That is why, in addition to its own Lenovo line of smartphones and the Motorola name that it just bought in the US, the company is planning to start yet another mobile phone company under a different brand.

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Lethal Lollipop: Android 5.0’s built-in opt-in kill switch

Lethal Lollipop: Android 5.0’s built-in opt-in kill switch

Google has just unleashed Android 5.0, lovingly called Lollipop, and everyone is happy. Well, not exactly everyone. Those rooting for rival mobile platforms will probably be amused at a bigger target of criticism. Those who still don't believe in smartphones or tablets are unlikely to care. But if there would be anyone with the biggest frown on their faces, it could be potential thieves, thanks to Google's most recent moves to step up the crusade to combat and deter smartphone theft. But are they really enough?

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