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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 »

Here is Samsung Galaxy Note 4 going through a three-point bending test

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This has been coming for quite some time now. Hot on the heels of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy, Samsung released video footage of the Galaxy Note 4 going through the rigors of the now popular three-point bending test, as well as a human weight test.

We already know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is built like a tank, so, naturally, its successor has big shoes to fill in. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 internals showcased in a teardown

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has been torn apart by MyFixGuide and we get to see what the company’s latest Android flagship is made of. The guide also goes through each step of the disassembly, which is useful if you ever need to take a peek inside.

But since this will void your warranty, we advise you not to. Anyway, the back cover of the phone is easy to pop open with the right tool. Once opened, you can see how Sony has insulated the phone and made able to take diving lessons over 1 meter of water for more than 30 minutes. Read more »

Samsung releases infographic highlighting new Galaxy Note Edge features

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge made some waves at this year’s IFA as the first device to feature a proprietary rounded edge screen on the side of the device used for shortcuts, notifications, and more.

For those still in the dark on everything that Samsung’s Edge Screen is capable of, the Korean company has released a handy infographic highlighting all of its nifty features. Read more »

60,000 Xiaomi Redmi 1S phones sell out in 13.9 seconds in latest sale

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Xiaomi held a flash sale of 60,000 Redmi 1S smartphones today in India and the whole thing was done in 13.9 seconds. This is the fifth time the company is holding such a sale, but today’s was the largest of them all.

The company promises that something special is going to hit next week, but it’s not going to be another flash sale. Don’t get us wrong – there will be a sale but that will happen a week later, on October 14. Read more »

Sony starts ad campaign for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact

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As its two new flagship smartphones are slowly becoming available across the world, Sony has decided to mark the official start for an ad campaign that’s all about the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.

So far two TV commercials have been posted to the company’s YouTube channel, but more of these videos are said to be on the way. The tagline for the whole campaign is “Don’t settle for good. Demand great”. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact rooted, get custom recovery

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The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be rooted thanks to the dedicated work of XDA-Developer Doomlord. On top of that, they can enjoy a lot of ROM flashing thanks to also having support for custom recovery.

In order to do any of the two, you have to have an unlocked bootloader and be on a stock firmware or ROM based on it. After a quick flash of a custom kernel, you’re ready to flash ClockWorkMod custom recovery. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 735 ad wants you to stop the cutout selfie violence

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Nokia’s latest ad wants to usher in the world of allfies – the selfie that doesn’t cut important people (namely the photo-taker) from the picture. For it Nokia puts forth the Lumia 735 which has a wide-angle 5MP front-facing shooter.

The ad is really hilarious and shows the people shooting cutout selfies as cutouts in the real world and shows the reaction from the people around them. Read more »

Weekend poll: Sony Xperia Z3 vs. HTC One (M8) vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. LG G3

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In this week’s poll, we get a little break from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and concentrate on the Sony Xperia Z3, which we reviewed earlier this week. We are pitting it against its main Android rivals: the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3.

The Sony Xperia Z3 stands tall with its superb waterproof skills under its IP68 certification allowing it to dive below 1 meters of depth for over 30 minutes. It’s also lighter and a bit more compact than its predecessor and comes with a new design, so the outcome of this poll is going to be interesting. Read more »

A lengthy Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo video goes live

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Hot on the heels of its recent Galaxy Note 4 commercial, Samsung Mobile USA released another video clip centered on the company’s flagship phablet. The lengthy clip is a departure from the usual promo video format.

The video clip features two friends who try to insert “note” into as many common words as possible (cappuccinote is one coffee-flavored example). Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes as a notable departure from the company’s traditions of compact devices, bringing a 5.5-inch 1080p display for the first time on an Apple smartphone.

But how does it rank in terms of an Apple device? We’ll be taking a quick look at not only the retail package and hardware design strategy, but what the latest iOS 8 update brings to the table. Read more »

Asus joins #bendgate fun, mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus

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After Samsung, LG, HTC, and even KitKat, Asus has joined the #bendgate fun party by mocking the iPhone 6 Plus too. The Taiwanese company is also promoting two of its products while it’s at it. First up, the Zenfone 6, as you can see.

But the Transformer Book Flip gets compared to Apple’s bendy phablet too, in the next image. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 stars in an underwater unboxing

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Sony prides itself with the Xperia Z3‘s IP68 certification, which allows the smartphone to dive over 1 meter for over 30 minutes without breaking much sweat. As a result, Carphone Warehouse decided it was time to do one of the coolest unboxing videos we’ve seen – on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Sure, the box doesn’t fare too well, nor does the documentation inside. We’re also not to sure about using the charger after it has been submerged in water. Read more »

redditor explains why the aluminum iPhone 6 bends and the plastic Note 3 doesn’t

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We have all had our fun with the BendGate jokes. But sometimes it’s important to set the jokes aside and ask why is it that it’s happening and how come some of the other devices don’t share the same problem.

Most people have blamed the aluminum shell on the iPhone 6 for being the culprit here, because aluminum is a soft metal. However, one redditor has explained that it doesn’t really have anything to do with the shell but how the internal geometry of the phone is. Read more »

LG makes fun of the iPhone. From an iPhone.

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It’s always fun to see other companies trip over themselves trying to come up with a joke on Apple every time the latter is going through some sort of controversy. This time it’s BendGate (yeah they just add -gate to everything now), where some iPhone 6 Plus units were found to be getting bent if enough force was applied to them (we’ll keep aside the fact that few were actual incidences and most were done on purpose on YouTube to get pageviews for now).

But while it’s cool to make fun of your competitors, the least you could do is, well. not use the product you are making fun of. Someone at LG France clearly forgot about this and in trying to join the #BendGate bandwagon ended up tweeting the joke from an iPhone, as revealed by Twitter. Read more »