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iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

The iPhone family has used Sapphire Glass for components for several generations. Both the back-facing camera lens and, in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID home button work with Sapphire Glass to keep them tough. The iPhone 6, as it’s assumed to be called, has been teased more than once to be working with a full Sapphire Glass front panel.

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HTC outs August 19th launch: One W8 Windows Phone?

HTC outs August 19th launch: One W8 Windows Phone?

HTC will hold an event on August 19th in New York City, where the recently rumored Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 may well make its official debut. Invitations to the launch were sent out this morning, and come amid speculation over the past few days of a "One (W8) for Windows" handset that would build on the metal-bodied Android flagship.

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Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Yesterday we saw some of the new features coming to Windows Phone devices by way of the first update to version 8.1. Now we're being given a more detailed look at some of those features, including some that we haven't heard about yet. Primary among this is that Cortana, Microsoft's own virtual personal assistant, will be making her (or its) maiden voyage outside the US, primarily to China and the UK.

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Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

A Ford spokesperson spoke today on the next big internal transition for the company: one of phone switching. Ford’s Sara Tatchio suggested that by the end of this year, 3,300 Ford workers will no longer carry BlackBerry smartphones. Instead, they’ll be switching to Apple’s iPhone.

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Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Amazon's Fire Phone could have been a potent mid-range challenger had the retailer opted to leave out the 3D interface gimmicks, teardown analysis suggests, with the polarizing quad-camera system an outlier in what's otherwise an exercise in cost-cutting. The final bill of materials for the Fire Phone, released last week, comes to around $205 in components according to IHS iSuppli's calculations, undercutting what Samsung is believed to spend on each Galaxy S5, but more expensive than an iPhone 5s.

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Verizon’s first sapphire display won’t be iPhone 6

Verizon’s first sapphire display won’t be iPhone 6

This week leak with Kyocera’s name all over it has appeared with a sapphire-glass front. While we’ve reported the tips on the iPhone 6 having just such a front panel cover, the company known for going above-and-beyond in the strange phone components department appears to have done it again. Here’s the front glass panel that you won’t break.

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