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iPhone Wallet: are Apple, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX about to change the way we shop?

iPhone Wallet: are Apple, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX about to change the way we shop?

Lewis Curdie  11 hours ago

There’s so much to focus on with the new iPhone 6 – the display size, the price, the presence, or lack thereof, of a sapphire crystal display – that the rumour mill almost forgot to give NFC (Near Field Communication) its fair share of the spotlight.

With just a week to go now, we’re going into iPhone 6 NFC overdrive, and sensing that big changes might be afoot – if Apple, Visa, MasterCard and American Express get their way.

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Meizu MX4 is a Mediatek-powered reality, no sign of the Pro version

Lewis Curdie  12 hours ago

As promised, Chinese manufacturer Meizu has lifted the lid on its latest flagship smartphone, though it’s not quite what we were expecting.

There’s no Pro version for starters, and it’s goodbye Exynos as the Meizu MX4 proudly stakes its claim as the world’s first smartphone with Mediatek’s MT6595 octo-core processor.

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Transcend Premium, 32GB class 10 microSD card, £9.98 delivered @ MyMemory

Transcend Premium, 32GB class 10 microSD card, £9.98 delivered @ MyMemory

Lewis Curdie  12 hours ago

Get this Transcend Premium microSD deal @ MyMemory

Time was, we’d pitch a trouser tent if we could pick up a microSD card at 50p/GB. Here, MyMemory is selling the Transcend Premium 32GB class 10 microSD card for £9.98, well below the aforementioned threshold. Nice.

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Microsoft's Lumia 730 press invite is a selfie, obviously

Microsoft's Lumia 730 press invite is a selfie, obviously

Martin James  15 hours ago

We're still enjoying the (relative) calm before the IFA 2014 storm kicks into high gear tomorrow, which means one last round of leaks, rumours, invitations and the like.

Microsoft will be announcing the Lumia 730/735 and 830 on Thursday, and its event invitation centres around the hero feature of the Lumia 730 – the Selfie Phone.

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Sony's Xperia Z3 trio to come with 2m water-resistance?

Sony's Xperia Z3 trio to come with 2m water-resistance?

Martin James  17 hours ago

Quite a few phones offer water-resistance these days, but typically it only covers you down to a metre under the surface.

No wonder, then, that Sony's making a big deal of the gear it'll showing off in its IFA 2014 event tomorrow, teasing that it'll happily take the plunge as deep as 2m under the surface.

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Meizu MX4, MX4 Pro launch preview

Meizu MX4, MX4 Pro launch preview

Lewis Curdie  21 hours ago

The Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro aren’t quite a reality yet, but should become official within hours - if not minutes (typical) - of this here article going live. EDIT: read all about it.

In the meantime, let’s take an early-morning look at what we know so far about the Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro, China's latest flagship fiends.

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Foodie Yama iOS review

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Random lesson of the day: Yama, in Japanese, means mountain, so when people say “Mount Fujiyama”, they’re actually saying “Mount Fuji mountain”. Either “Mount Fuji” or “Fujiyama” gets the job done.

And so to Foodie Yama, an App Store title that challenges you to eat a mountain of food. Er, that’s the on-screen “you”, as opposed to you, you big meat sack.

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More Motorola Moto X+1 pics emerge with just days till launch

More Motorola Moto X+1 pics emerge with just days till launch

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

This week can only be described as “stupidly busy”. As if IFA 2014 wasn’t enough to contend with, we’ve got US/Chinese manufacturer Lenovorola (er, Motorola) carrying a veritable sackful of goodies o’er its shoulder.

The premier device – in terms of specs, at least – is the Motorola Moto X+1, and again we’re seeing the flagship in pictures ahead of the official unveiling.

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Motorola Moto E, Virgin Mobile, £49.99 delivered @ Virgin Mobile

Motorola Moto E, Virgin Mobile, £49.99 delivered @ Virgin Mobile

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Motorola Moto E deal @ Virgin Mobile

Existing Virgin Mobile customers can currently grab the Motorola Moto E for £49.99. Not a customer? Don’t worry! You can sign up for a free SIM here, and instantly take advantage of the offer.

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Vodafone PAYG goes 4G with Freedom Freebees (sigh)

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

The rollout of 4G in the UK continues its steady crawl, and the latest gang to join the speedy data party is the Vodafone PAYG crew – only a year behind their pay monthly cousins.

Confusingly, despite costing a fair few bob, Vodafone opts to describe its PAYG 4G packages as Freedom Freebees. Oh for fff…

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Lenovo Vibe X2 to debut this week… with Android Lollipop?

Lenovo Vibe X2 to debut this week… with Android Lollipop?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

We’re looking forward to hearing more from the likes of Nokia, Huawei, LG, Sony, Samsung and HTC at IFA 2014 later this week. Have I forgotten anyone? Only China’s other Global Top 5 player, Lenovo!

The Chinese chappies have unleashed a cheeky teaser for their IFA event, telling us to brace for the Vibe X2 smartphone – and poking fun at Apple in the process.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

"Why put off till IFA what you can do the Thursday morning beforehand?" has always been a favourite saying of Samsung's, and with that in mind it fired out a press release this week detailing its latest wearable, the Gear S, a standalone Tizen-fuelled smartwatch with a SIM slot.

Elsewhere, it's very much the calm before the IFA 2014/iPhone 6 storm. No idea what I'm talking about? Check out September mobile madness: full preview, bro.

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Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Time was, HTC was your go-to guy if you wanted a premium Android phone in a metal body, but with the One and One (M8) generally pleasing eyes the world over, it was only a matter of time before the Taiwanese manufacturer’s peers jumped onboard.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a dash of metal on its sides, but we’re told Sony will go the whole hog next year, with sexy metal-bodied phones.

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HERE for Android is here, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones

HERE for Android is here, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Samsung and Nokia might seem like an unlikely alliance in the current mobile climate (the world’s number one and the world’s former number one; Android hero and Windows Phone lackey), but the two cosied up this week with the announcement of “HERE for Gear”, which puts Finnish mapping goodness on the spanking new Gear S wearable.

And the fun doesn’t end there. The big news… wait for it… here (badum tsh!) is that HERE is finally coming to Android, but exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones. Are there any other Android phones? I jest, I jest.

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Apple iWatch: preview September 9, release in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Apple is definitely showing off something week after next (September 9, if you’re marking your diary), and while consensus is it’ll be the iPhone 6, some believe the Californians’ first wearable will make an appearance as a “one more thing”.

This latest rumour subscribes to that notion, but throws a wild curveball with the suggestion that it might be a further four months or more before the Apple iWatch actually goes on sale.

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WWE SuperCard iOS review

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

I touched on wrestling many moons ago in He Is Pile Driver, and here we return to the World’s Greatest Art Form (drama! Comedy! Music! Athleticism!) in WWE Super Card (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play).

2K revealed this week that the app was downloaded a whopping 1.5 million times in its first week, so I looked out my tightest spandex, oiled myself up and challenged WWE SuperCard to a no holds barred grappling session.

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Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, Liquid Leap band definitely coming to UK soonish

Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, Liquid Leap band definitely coming to UK soonish

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

If there’s one thing that really annoys us, it’s when manufacturers start teasing products early, and take freakin’ ages before making the blasted things available. Can you see where I’m going with this?

I first mentioned the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap band FOUR MONTHS AGO, and now we’re finally told that they’ll definitely go on sale in the UK. At some point.

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