Fire Phone flop partly to blame as Amazon posts 4m losses

Fire Phone flop partly to blame as Amazon posts $544m losses

Martin James  13 hours ago

Most of us know what it's like to have money problems of some description – all too well, probably.

But there's money problems, and then there's Amazon, which has announced losses of a massive $544m for the three months ending in September.

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Asus begins countdown to the future

Lewis Curdie  13 hours ago

In the past we’ve seen Asus “In Search of Incredible”, and here the Taiwanese manufacturer is counting down to the future. Literally.

In just over three days (i.e. Tuesday, October 28), Asus will kindly “UNLOCK THE FUTURE”, which seemingly plays host to a new smartphone and smartwatch.

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Samsung's enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus arrives with improved S805 chipset

Samsung's enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus arrives with improved S805 chipset

Martin James  15 hours ago

We felt a bit bad when we discovered we'd missed Samsung unleashing its enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone this week.

But then we noticed that Samsung itself didn't seem too bothered about it – at least not to the point of issuing a press release on the subject. All of a sudden we don't feel too bad about the whole thing.

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SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card, from £4.99 delivered @ Amazon

SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card, from £4.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  15 hours ago

Get this SanDisk microSD card deal @ Amazon

This SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card has dropped from £17.70 to £4.99 at Amazon, so that’s a saving of £12.71 or - if you prefer - 72%. Not too shabby.

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Project Ara modules to get their own Google Play-style marketplace

Lewis Curdie  15 hours ago

I touched on Project Ara the other day in What’s next for Apple, Samsung and Google. Yes, Big G has just launched the next generation of Nexus hardware alongside Android Lollipop 5.0, but there’s still plenty going on at Google HQ.

The story here is that Project Ara components will be given their own marketplace when Google’s modular phone thing happens next year.

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LG G3 Screen uses in-house 8-core NUCLUN processor

Lewis Curdie  16 hours ago

LG always promised more G3 variants, and while we’d resigned ourselves to largely uninspiring spin-offs like the G3 Beat (it “sets a new standard in mid-tier”, meh), this new guy is all sorts of interesting.

I speak of the LG G3 Screen, a massive phone powered by LG’s first in-house mobile application processor. Meet: NUCLUN.

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EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Here’s a vaguely interesting little titbit to come out of the obligatory quarterly earnings word splurges.

EE says it’s selling quite a lot of its 4G-enabled Eagle tablet, more – in fact – than it’s selling Apple iPads.

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No UK release for the HTC One M8 Eye

No UK release for the HTC One M8 Eye

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

In the space of just a week, HTC’s wares went from reasonably-easy-to-follow to WHAT THE ACTUAL MOTHER OF F, thanks to the Desire Eye and One M8 Eye, and the rumoured E8 Eye. Eye phones for all (get it?).

As we suggested when it first launched, the HTC One M8 Eye ain’t coming to the UK. Should you be upset? Not one bit.

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Nokia Lumia 530, PAYG upgrade, £29.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Nokia Lumia 530, PAYG upgrade, £29.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Nokia Lumia 530 PAYG upgrade deal @ Carphone Warehouse

If you’re eligible for a PAYG upgrade through Carphone Warehouse (terms and stuff here), you can grab the Nokia Lumia 530 – in black, green, orange or yellow – for £29.95.

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Google Nexus 6 vs. Google Nexus 5: what’s the difference?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

The long-rumoured Google Nexus 6 is finally a reality. Of sorts. That is to say it’s been announced, though it hasn’t been released just yet. US pre-orders open on October 29, Wednesday of next week, while it’s seemingly “not available” in the UK. Zuh?

Anyway! Even in the absence of, y’know, the actual phone, we’re still in a position to compare specs; rather than a modest upgrade, the Google Nexus 6 is in fact a radically different phone. Full story below.

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Apple iPad Air 2 bests NVIDIA Shield tablet, Google Nexus 9 in benchmarks

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

At the iPad keynote last week, Apple said the spanking new iPad Air 2 was capable of console-quality graphics, and ultimately a bit of a gaming beast.

That notion is given credence by spanking new benchmark results that see the iPad Air 2 giving the former champion a run for his money, namely the NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

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Skullduggery iOS review

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

As I’ve mentioned before, lying on the couch playing mobile games isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when a game drags on and on and on some more, and/or when it’s simply no good.

No such worries with ClutchPlay Games’ Skullduggery, a wonderful physics-based thingamajig with the skulls and the skulduggery and whatnot. Praise below.

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Google publishes ‘Switch to Android’: how to switch from iOS to Android

Google publishes ‘Switch to Android’: how to switch from iOS to Android

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Thinking about making the leap from iOS to Android but can’t be bothered working out the small details, with the music and the photos and the contacts?

Well, Google wants to make the switch as simple as possible, you lazy bugger, with a spanking new guide called ‘Switch to Android’.

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Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Android L was first detailed back at Google I/O in June, and became a proper thing last week, officially launching as Android Lollipop 5.0.

In typically prescient fashion (*flexes muscles*), I mentioned that “more features will become apparent in the coming days”, and here we’re learning about something called ‘Ambient Display’.

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Impressive Xperia Z4 specs leaked as Sony kills the bi-annual flagship nonsense

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Two interesting bits of news here, as pertains to Sony smartphone flagships. Firstly, the Japanese manufacturer has reportedly realised that releasing not one but two new flagships every year is a really silly idea. Yeah, we've been saying that for years, guys.

Furthermore, the first batch of Sony Xperia Z4 specs has leaked, and it sounds like a beast. Most powerful phone in the world? Probably.

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LG G Watch, black, £101.98 delivered @ Amazon

LG G Watch, black, £101.98 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this LG G Watch deal @ Amazon

According to Amazon, the RRP for the LG G Watch is £169.99, but they’ve knocked a whopping 40% off to bring it down to a significantly more wallet-friendly £101.98.

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Microsoft begins migration from Nokia to Microsoft Lumia

Martin James  3 days ago

It's finally happening, folks. Microsoft has begun the process of phasing out the Nokia brand name across its mobile operations and replacing it with Microsoft Lumia.

According to The Verge, Nokia France will be the first to make the switch to the new branding on its Facebook, Twitter and similar social media platforms, with other countries to follow in due course.

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