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Samsung Gear S arrives in the UK on October 24 at £330

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The Samsung Gear S watchphone will be arriving in the UK a week after the Galaxy Note 4 hits. The Tizen-running smartwatch has its own 3G modem so it can do calls and use mobile data on its own, no need for a connection to a smartphone, unlike the majority of smartwatches out there.

The Gear S comes in Black and White but only the Black version will be stocked at first. Read more »

HTC RE camera will arrive in the UK on Three and EE

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Three UK secured an exclusive deal to carry the new HTC Desire Eye and it will carry the HTC RE camera as well. Not exclusively though, EE will also offer the action camera.

The RE camera will be available in White, Navy and Orange (exclusive to EE). Read more »

IDC and Gartner say PC market is stabilizing

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Large smartphones and cheap tablets put the PC market in a tough spot with a number of companies jumping ship (Samsung left the European market, Sony sold off the business altogether). However, analysts at both Gartner and IDC report that the PC market is finally showing signs of stability.

Tablet penetration is reaching its peak and cheap computers (like Chromebooks) have helped breathe new life into the segment. Read more »

Nokia disses Google Maps, calls its offline functionality “a glorified screenshot”

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Free from Microsoft influence, Nokia quickly reoriented and made its HERE maps available on Samsung devices. And it would have you know it’s so much better than Google Maps where the offline mode is “a glorified screenshot.”

Google is an Internet company so offline mode was never much of a priority, while Nokia has been offering navigation software on its phones since less than 10 people had mobile Internet. Read more »

Logitech’s protection [+] power for Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5/5s does what it says on the label

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Logitech has unveiled a rugged, MIL-STD rated battery case with versions for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the old Apple iPhone 5 and 5s. The case is appropriately named “protection [+] power” and comes in Gray/Black and White/Blue.

A MIL-STD-810G rating does not include water resistance but it means the device can survive drops on hard concrete from 1.2 meters. Read more »

Sharp and Qualcomm to join IGZO and MEMS display tech in 7″ Android tablet

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Sharp has partnered up with Qualcomm to bring a first-of-its-kind display to tablets, sooner than expected. The 7″ tablet will sport an IGZO-MEMS TFT display, which promises the full color range of regular LCDs with the power-efficiency of MEMS displays.

To achieve that the screen will have grayscale and black and white modes for reading while sipping power. Read more »

AT&T’s mind readers already know you want an iPhone in new ad

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AT&T has a new business strategy – it employs mind-readers as sales assistants. Instead of playing the lottery, they are pushing the new iPhones, which I suppose is just as profitable.

No, don’t worry, it’s just an ad. Your innermost thoughts and love of hollandaise sauce recipe can remain a secret. Read more »

French retailer Colette shows the Apple Watch at dedicated window

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Fashion Week in Paris is heating up and retailer Colette has partnered with Apple to show the Apple Watch to the huddled masses. The Cupertino smartwatch will not be available until “early 2015″ so this may be your only chance to catch a glimpse at the iPhone companion for months to come.

It won’t last long though, the retailer was teasing a “one day experience” earlier and its website confirmed it, saying We have a special guest today.” Read more »

GoPro unveils Hero4 Black and Silver, entry-level Hero

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GoPro officially introduced three new action cameras – two new Hero4 cams and a new entry-level camera called just Hero. The Hero4 comes in high-end Black and mid-range Silver options but the difference between the two is bigger than in previous years – the Black records 2160p@30fps video, while the Silver doesn’t but is the first with a color touchscreen.

All cameras record at least 1080p@30fps and can dive up to 40 meters (131 feet) underwater – far beyond what any IP-certified phone can manage (of course, you’ll need the waterproof housing for that). Read more »

Samsung is testing 2.4″ versions of the Gear S smartwatch

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Smartwatches may be going the way of the phablet – the already-large Samsung Gear S may be getting an even bigger 2.4″ version. Import site Zauba reveals that units have been imported for testing, listing the new screen size along units of the current 2″ model.

It’s not entirely clear what else has changed between the two versions though. Read more »

Will it bend? The iPhone 6, One (M8), Moto X and Lumia 1020 edition

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Everyone knows that once a potential flaw is discovered in the new iPhone then all phones in existence must be tested for the same flaw. It happened with Antennagate and now it’s happening with Bendgate.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus proved easy to deform under pressure so the smaller iPhone 6 was put under the same test along with the iPhone 5s, the HTC One (M8), another aluminum phone, the Motorola Moto X (2014) and the Nokia Lumia 1020. Read more »

Samsung slashes KNOX price to $0, $1 a month for 250+ devices

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Samsung’s enterprise-oriented security feature, KNOX, got a sizable discount – it costs $0 for the basic Express version. With it your employer can create a password-protected partition on the device where apps and data are kept safe.

This new offering comes from a partnership between Samsung and Centrify, which will handle the management layer. Read more »

Did Samsung Photoshop out the Galaxy Alpha camera bump?

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Apple got caught Photoshoping out a blemish on its new iPhone 6 – the pesky camera bump – but it’s not the only company that has taken some artistic liberties with promotional images. Samsung touched up the Galaxy Alpha in one of its images too.

The image in question is the one above – notice that in the third panel the device seems perfectly flat on both sides. Read more »

SanDisk unveils microSD card that goes up to 95MB/s

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SanDisk is putting out the most exciting products as far as memory cards can be exciting – first the 512GB SD card and now the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) microSD cards. U3 rating means that the cards can reach write speeds of up to 90MB/s and read speeds of 95MB/s.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO cards are aimed at high-quality 2160p video recording that can quickly grow up in bitrate. Read more »

Sony laughs at iPhone 6′s protruding camera, says Xperia Z3 is better

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Apple may have tried to Photoshop out the protruding camera on its new iPhones but everyone – including Sony – has seen through it. Sony has posted a jab directed at Apple on its Facebook page saying “the only thing that sticks out with the Xperia Z3 camera is its features…”

Granted the Xperia Z3 is slightly thicker but it’s just by a hair – it measures 7.3mm thick, while the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick. Read more »