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Woot! selling reconditioned Moto 360 for $130 today

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The Moto 360 may be getting replaced soon, but it’s still one of the better smartwatches around. Woot! is selling factory reconditioned units at $130 for the next 18 hours or so.

The Moto 360 gets constant price cuts – it has been as low as $165 new, the most recent dip was $180 at the Play Store. Actually, you can still find it at $170 at Read more »

Nokia Technologies planning layoffs in its Finland unit, 70 jobs at stake

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Nokia, which celebrated its 150th birthday a couple of days ago, has announced that it’s planning to cut around 70 jobs from its Technologies unit in Finland.

“Nokia Technologies has revised its long-term strategy and will consequently reshape organization,” said a company spokesperson. “As part of this, talks have been initiated with the staff.” Read more »

T-Mobile now offers the Nexus 6 for $100 less than Google

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If you want to buy a Motorola Nexus 6 in the US, you can obviously order one straight from Google. In that case, you need to pay $649 for the privilege of getting the 32GB model. And up until today, the situation was exactly the same if for some reason you preferred to get it from T-Mobile.

But right now the magenta carrier is offering the Nexus phablet for just $549.84 outright, essentially allowing you to save $100 compared to Google’s pricing. Read more »

HTC One (M8) for AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint going for $299.99 off-contract today only

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HTC’s current flagship smartphone is the One M9, as you may know, but last year’s One (M8) is no slouch either. And now Best Buy is offering quite a huge deal on the One from 2014.

You can get either the model for AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, for just $299.99 – sans contract, that is. This basically enables you to save up to $390. Read more »

Here’s what happens when you shoot a Galaxy S6 edge with a Desert Eagle

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Well, frankly, we all know the answer to this one. And yet, there is still something weirdly satisfying about witnessing a high-end device undergo creative carnage and destruction. This is undoubtedly why stress test videos have really been getting absurd recently.

Needless to say a slick curved phone with a glass finish has practically no chance of surviving even most air gun shots. Still, the guys over at dbrand really didn’t want to leave anything to chance and opted for a .50 AE Desert Eagle. Both are legendary for being extremely high-powered and, but the S6 was simply blown away (apologies for the bad pun there). Read more »

Apple in talks with China’s Alibaba group, banks over Apple Pay launch

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Apple is currently negotiating with Chinese banks as well as Internet conglomerate Alibaba over the launch of Apple Pay in the country, according to CEO Tim Cook. In an interview with Xinhua, China’s state-run new agency, he said, “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China,” adding that “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China.”

Launched back in September last year, Apple’s mobile payments service has been continuously gaining ground in the US, where the Cupertino-based company has partnered with over 180 financial institutions till date. However, Cook said he believes the service could take off even faster in China. Read more »

Snapdragon 818 specs leak, 10-core processors inside

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Snapdragon 810 didn’t turn out as great as many was hoping for – it is plagued by overheating issues and one major player – Samsung – has even opted out of Qualcomm’s services. Mediatek announced recently a new lineup of high-end SoC models with 10 and 12-core CPU configuration and the race for the next generation is now officially on.

The chip maker seems to be working on the 810 successors already – the Snapdragon 818 – and the purported specs are now out. Apparently the S818 SoC will also offer a 10-core processor, new and powerful Adreno 532 GPU, and LTE Cat. 10 connectivity. Read more »

Weekly poll results: LG G4 gets the fan love

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LG G4, company’s latest flagship, went official last week with a 5.5″ Quad HD display, Snapdragon 808 chip with a six-core processor, and improved 16MP rear camera with OIS, F/1.8 and 4K video. This year LG focused on the design and user experience instead of packing just the latest tech available and you can tell it instantly when you see the LG G4.

While the LG G4 didn’t turn out the powerhouse some hoped for, it surely gathered lots of positive first impressions. Last week, in the aftermath of the G4 premiere, we put it against the Galaxy S6, One M9 and iPhone 6 Plus in our weekly poll. The poll is now over and the results are in. Read more »

Amazon’s Fire Phone receives software update which includes Android 4.4 KitKat base

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The Fire OS developed by Amazon and which runs on the company’s Fire Phone is based on Android, as you may know. Up until today, though, it was based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But with a new update, it’s jumped to Android 4.4 KitKat. So while we’re still a long way from a Lollipop base, this is a big step forward.

That detail however isn’t the only new thing that’s in this update – and, by the way, Fire OS still doesn’t come with any of Google’s services, so for most people the underlying Android version may not be that relevant. Read more »

Second-gen Moto X gets yet another price cut in India

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The Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) has received yet another price cut in India, where it is now being sold for INR 2,000 ($31) less than its usual price.

While the 16GB model is now available at INR 24,999 ($390), the 32GB variant will set you back INR 27,999 ($436). Both versions are available exclusively via Flipkart, which has not revealed the duration of the promotion. Read more »

Check out the engineering video of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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After being mocked for building plastic flagship for years, Samsung has certainly given its best with the new Galaxy S6 edge smartphone. While the company can’t stop bragging about the aesthetics of the curved display, its latest video is focusing on the engineering behind it.

Don’t worry, you won’t get an hour long boring walkthrough of the entire process – the video is just a snapshot of it in under a minute and a half. Read more »

Google mobile searches top desktop queries for first time in several countries including US

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Google has revealed that, for the first time, the number of search requests from mobile devices has surpassed the number of desktop queries in several countries around the world, including the US. The revelation was made during the second-annual Inside AdWords event yesterday.

“We’ve hit an inflection point where more Google searches are taking place in mobile than desktop in 10 countries, including US and Japan,” said Jerry Dischler, Vice President of Product Management for AdWords. “We think it’s a real turning point in digital adverting and we have been investing in mobile-focused initiatives.” Read more »

Uber pulls out of Kansas after Senate overrides Governor’s veto of stricter rules

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Uber has ceased its Kansas operations with immediate effect after state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that the ridesharing startup says makes it “impossible” for the company to do business.

The Kansas Senate voted 96-25 to override Brownback’s veto of the Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act which imposes stricter restrictions on services like Uber by requiring their drivers to not only have comprehensive and collision insurance, but also undergo a background check performed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Read more »

Samples comparison between the Galaxy S6, S6 edge Sony and Samsung camera sensors

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge might be the current “top-dogs” of the mobile world, but that definitely doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Like all sophisticated tech, various problems are expected and the enormous attention towards Samsung’s latest creations has already led to the uncovering of a few hidden problems.

Yesterday, we reported that some S6 and S6 edge units have been spotted with Samsung’s own ISOCELL camera sensor, instead of the Sony IMX240. Read more »

Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are coming

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Samsung has Iron Man-themed versions of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge coming our way. According to The Korea Times, the special edition smartphones are expected to launch as early as this month.

The head of marketing at Samsung Mobile confirmed the arrival of the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge variants. Read more »