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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active hands-on vs Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active hands-on vs Galaxy S6

Today we compare the Galaxy S6 Active to it's slightly less active counterpart, the original Samsung Galaxy S6. These devices are very similar where it matters most - in their cameras, their software, and their displays. The places where they're different is in their ability to handle the elements. Hence the name - Active. There's also carriers to think about. While the Galaxy S6 is available through most any carrier you like, the Active iteration is only available in the United States through AT&T. If you cannot roll with that, you cannot roll with this.

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FCC urges carriers to turn on kill switch by default

FCC urges carriers to turn on kill switch by default

It looks like the kill switch debates will be back in business again. FCC chair Tom Wheeler has come out once again to call on the wireless industry to arms against smartphone theft. And his favorite solution, which is a point of contention for many players in the smartphone industry, is the kill switch. And again, Wheeler urges carriers to make that feature "opt out" instead of the current "opt in", meaning it should be turned on by default in all cases instead of the optional status quo.

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Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge sells for $91K because it was number 66

Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge sells for $91K because it was number 66

The Iron Man version of Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is a pretty sweet limited edition variant, especially if you're a fan of the Avengers or Marvel comic in general. Sure, one would expect to pay a bit of a premium price for a limited edition, but would you pay over $91,000? Well, one customer in China did. Chinese internet retailer JD.com, auctioned off the Iron Man S6 Edge, receiving 92,429 bids in total, with yesterday's winner paying 568,788 Yuan, or roughly US$91,600.

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Which Android phone to get? Google has a tool for that

Which Android phone to get? Google has a tool for that

Diversity is both a boon and a bane in Android. On the one hand, it means that buyers can choose from their manufacturer of choice, features of preference, or unique style. On the other hand, it also exhibits the so-called "irony of choice", almost paralyzing some from choosing among dozens of options. Although Google has probably been long aware of the situation, now it is taking a more active approach. It has just launched a new "Which Phone" web tool that can help narrow down the choices based on your use cases.

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BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone

BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone

If you have a smartphone, the odds are high it is running Android or iOS. There are the BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone users out there, but their numbers are (relatively speaking) few, and in the absence of some of its biggest former customers BlackBerry in particular is feeling the crunch. Thusly enters a new rumor, one that pegs the Canadian company as planning to offer a future smartphone that runs Android rather than its BlackBerry 10 platform. This would be a first for the company.

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BLU Products out Life One (2015), Life 8 XL budget choices

BLU Products out Life One (2015), Life 8 XL budget choices

BLU is at it again, providing Android smartphone buyers with more affordable choices beyond the Samsung's and LG's in the market. Following its announcement early this year, the Florida-based smartphone maker is making available its 5-inch Life One, now branded as a 2015 edition. Along with it comes the Life 8 XL which is, you guessed it, a larger version of the Life 8 that the manufacturer launched last year. They may not come with the latest and greatest hardware, but they won't burn a hole through your wallet either.

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Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

In areas where lots of people ride bikes to and from work, bike theft is a major concern. There are plenty of locks that require you to mess with chains or other types of locks each time you want to park or ride the bike and that can get annoying. A new bike lock called Linka is the world's first auto-unlocking smart bike lock and it attaches directly to the frame of your bike.

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iOS 9 tips next iPhone to feature 1080p, 240fps FaceTime camera

iOS 9 tips next iPhone to feature 1080p, 240fps FaceTime camera

Now that the Apple's WWDC keynote has passed, the calendar of all things Apple dictates that we move on to rumors and speculation about the next iPhone. But, to be fair, there's some concrete evidence backing up this latest report: A developer who has spent some time with the first iOS 9 beta has discovered some lines of code that point to a future iPhone with several advanced capabilities for the front-facing FaceTime camera. These primarily consist of 1080p video recording, a built-in flash, and new slow-motion capture options.

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Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Here's one more revelation that could douse the enthusiasm of Windows Phone users eagerly waiting to be transformed into Windows 10 Mobile users. In some slides presented to its partners, a Microsoft spokesperson revealed that, although slated for a Q3 release, the mobile version of Microsoft's latest operating system won't hit its hardware partners until October at the latest. And that's only hardware partners, meaning that end users might not even get the update until end of the year at best, next year at worst.

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Xperia Z4 in Japan overheats, DoCoMo carries warnings

Xperia Z4 in Japan overheats, DoCoMo carries warnings

NTT DoCoMo has just launched the Xperia Z4, a.k.a. Xperia Z3+, the first in Japan to do so. Already, users are chiming in over the Internet to express their displeasure at their new smartphones being too hot to handle, literally. This practically confirms problems attributed to the Snapdragon 810 and could deal a devastating blow to both Qualcomm and Sony. Almost adding insult to injury, NTT DoCoMo itself carries a card warning users about heat problems, cementing issues facing Sony's suppsoed flagship and Qualcomm's beleaguered processor.

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