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BlackBerry Passport leaked hands-on reveal a talented keypad

BlackBerry Passport leaked hands-on reveal a talented keypad

If you still think that BlackBerry's next high profile smartphone is some elaborate marketing stunt, better wake up, smell the coffee, and watch this video. Courtesy of Carphone Warehouse, we're getting a second-hand look at how the BlackBerry Passport would look and feel like in the real world. Aside from looking huge and awkward, it seems that the Passport is quite equipped to accomplish what BlackBerry is setting it out to do, to be a no-nonsense business-minded mobile device.

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Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android extended its grip on worldwide smartphone market share in Q2 2014, the latest numbers from IDC suggest, while iOS and Windows Phone both declined, despite iPhone sales jumping year-over-year. Android devices now comprise almost 85-percent of total smartphone share, up from just short of 80-percent in the same period a year ago, while despite Microsoft's efforts with Windows Phone, market share and worldwide shipments both fell.

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HTC announces the One (M8) PHUNK limited edition

HTC announces the One (M8) PHUNK limited edition

The HTC One (M8) is perhaps the most premium Android phone we’ve ever seen. The metal housing is a joy to put in your hand, but can be a bit subdued to look at. If you’ve been wanting a One (M8), but aren’t a fan of the plain aesthetic, there is good news. HTC is working with art studio PHUNK to create a fresh take on the rear of the One.

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Lenovo Fiscal Q1 figures show strong mobile and PC sales

Lenovo Fiscal Q1 figures show strong mobile and PC sales

It is all good news for Lenovo based on its financial reports for the first fiscal quarter of the year which ended June 30. Not only has it beat all odds and ended up with a net profit significantly higher than what analysts estimated, its PC business also managed to stay on top, not to mention profitable, during a period of lull in the entire industry. It is quite telling, however, that Lenovo declares that for the first time, it has sold more smartphones ever than PCs, bulk of which went to its chief market of China.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha debuts with premium metal design

Samsung Galaxy Alpha debuts with premium metal design

Samsung has finally taken the wraps off of the Galaxy Alpha, its latest Android smartphone and a distinct departure from the all-plastic design language the South Korean company has resolutely insisted on for the past several generations of handset. Just 6.7mm thick, the 4.7-inch Galaxy Alpha has a metal frame with a bevelled edge that runs around its periphery, fronted by a 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display.

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The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

Microsoft may have conspicuously ignored Kinect in its Gamescon event today, going as far as to leave the motion sensor out of all three of its new Xbox One bundles, but that doesn't mean the rest of the company is giving up on clever camera tech. Microsoft Research has been working on turning a regular smartphone into a depth-camera, delivering Kinect and Google Project Tango style scanning and tracking but with a fraction of the complexity.

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