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HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC has fired out an invitation for its upcoming One hero phone, which it will be launching on October 20. This will be the maker's first One smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow; the unveiling will be done via a livestream over on HTC's "Launch" site. The invite and website provide precious few details -- just that you'll need to tune in at noon EST to find out for yourself.

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Mobile devices are kids’ preferred gaming tools

Mobile devices are kids’ preferred gaming tools

Modern children prefer to play video games on mobile devices, according to a new report from NPD Group. The survey looked at kids ranging in age from 2 to 17, and discovered the PC has been knocked down from its top slot, no longer being the preferred gaming device. More than half of kids surveyed said they play video games on mobile devices regularly, while less than half of those kids reported playing games on a PC. The latter represents a 22 percent decrease over 2013’s report.

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Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Overlab Designs has introduced its time lapse tool for mobile photographers, Hobie. This device holds a smartphone that measures less than 8cm wide, and can be affixed to a tripod. Hobie can be adjusted to aim the phone in different directions, and either rotate or remain stationary while time lapse photos are taken. The device is mechanical, eliminating the need for batteries. The device is being funded in a campaign that ends on September 26.

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You can now get a rose gold iPhone 6s

You can now get a rose gold iPhone 6s

Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 6s, calling them the “most incredible iPhones” they’ve ever made. Joining them is a Rose Gold iPhone, which features the same alloys used in the aerospace industry, says Apple. This is only one of four colors (and two sizes) the iPhone comes in, the others of which are silver, gold, and space gray. The Rose Gold version of the iPhone, says Apple, features an entirely new aluminum.

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BLU outs Pure XL with MediaTek Helio X10, Vivo Air LTE

BLU outs Pure XL with MediaTek Helio X10, Vivo Air LTE

In showbiz, bad publicity is still publicity and that might have somewhat worked for Qualcomm lately. Now rival MediaTek needs a bit more exposure, and good ones at that, as well and it will be doing so with some help from BLU Products. The US-based smartphone maker has just announced the Pure XL, the first device in the US to bring MediaTek's new Helio X10 chip to that market. Of course, that is not its only defining feature, as it also sports a QHD screen and a 24 megapixel main camera.

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Samsung’s new 12 Gigabit LPDDR4 paves the way for 6 GB RAM on smartphones

Samsung’s new 12 Gigabit LPDDR4 paves the way for 6 GB RAM on smartphones

Samsung has been steadily improving its semiconductor products, from processors to NAND storage, and now to volatile memory, to help offset its disappointing smartphone sales. While the numbers and names might be a bit confusing thanks to how they're marketed, this 12 Gigabit, not Gigabyte, LPDDR4 RAM is still a notable achievement. By squeezing in more memory in a single chip made with the same 20 nm process, Samsung is practically paving the way for smartphones and tablets to soon have as much as 6 GB of RAM inside.

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AirConsole turns browsers into a local multiplayer console

AirConsole turns browsers into a local multiplayer console

We've seen how the likes of Chromecast can turn TV screens into gaming screens, but what if you don't even have that? What if all you had was a big desktop or tablet monitor and a smartphone? What if you wanted to enjoy good old competitive gameplay with your friends in the same room? Luckily, someone has thought of a solution to that. Meet AirConsole, the virtual web-based gaming console that turns any browser into a local multiplayer gaming experience and your smartphone into controllers.

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Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

As reported earlier, Alcatel has a bunch of new devices ready for us at IFA 2015 and now it's sharing the details about those. Well, as least some of the details. The manufacturer isn't still spilling all the beans but is teasing just enough to keep things interesting. The 5-inch POP STAR, for example, boasts of a wide array of covers to choose from while the POP UP shows some muscle with its octa-core processor. And Alcatel's new GO line comes with a smartphone and a smartwatch for more active users.

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T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

Most smartphones have a front-facing camera, but video calling is still far from common. Despite it not being as convenient as voice calls in certain situations, it's also more difficult to arrange -- you'll need the other person to install the same app (Messenger, for example) in order to place a video call, and will need to toggle between apps depending on what your friends are using. T-Mobile is, as has become its focus, aiming to change this. Today the wireless carrier announced native video calls, which places the new calling feature right in the phone's dialer.

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Lenovo VIBE Series phones offer Lollipop, uber selfies, and quick charging

Lenovo VIBE Series phones offer Lollipop, uber selfies, and quick charging

Lenovo's new VIBE Series of smartphones is comprised of three models: the VIBE S1, VIBE P1, and VIBE P1m. Each phone is similar in features and design, but with their own unique functions and perks. The first of the bunch, for example, features a front-facing camera that produces “the ultimate selfie photo”; the P1, the next step up, boasts “exceptional battery life”; and there’s the more budget friendly among them, the VIBE P1m, which includes a splash-proof nano coating, among other things.

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Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus ‘phablets’ are budget friendly

Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus ‘phablets’ are budget friendly

Lenovo has introduced some budget-friendly "phablet"-sized smartphones, the Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus. Both phones boast big displays and a wide array of features, as well as price points that put them in the reasonable range for most consumers. This positions them to compete with other big-screened smartphones from the like of Samsung and Apple, and with -- as far as most consumers are concerned -- few notable tradeoffs.

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Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Motorola has announced the Moto X Pure Edition will be going up for preorder tomorrow in the United States. The Pure Edition will have a starting price of $399.99 USD, and will be available this coming fall, according to Motorola’s website. The Moto X Pure Edition brings with it all the stylings of the Moto X, but with a “pure Android experience,” says Motorola, as well as being unlocked, giving users the freedom to toggle between carriers.

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