Tizen latest: first phone in November, not the Samsung Z?

Tizen latest: first phone in November, not the Samsung Z?

Lewis Curdie  16 hours ago

Incredibly, Tizen was first announced back in September 2011 – three years ago, and while we’ve met various bits and pieces of wearable tech with the OS on board, the first Tizen smartphone has yet to see the light of day.

The latest rumours suggest it’ll be released in November, and while there’s no specific mention of hardware, it probably won’t be the Samsung Z. Y’know, the phone that was supposed to be released in July?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders open ahead of 10 October availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders open ahead of 10 October availability

Martin James  18 hours ago

The big news today is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are officially now available to buy. But if that's not your particular cup of tea, how about some news on one if the iPhone's high-flying rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 4 will be hitting the streets in the UK on 10 October – that's in two weeks' time – and can be pre-ordered from today.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to get Android L by late November?

Lewis Curdie  18 hours ago

Android L is a real thing, in the sense that it’s been detailed by Google, and the release is expected to fall next month at some point, accompanied by some tasty new Nexus hardware.

Eager beavers are already starting to question when their devices will be updated, and for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, the answer could be as early as late November.

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Huawei Ascend G6, EE PAYG, £130 delivered with £10 credit @ Carphone Warehouse

Huawei Ascend G6, EE PAYG, £130 delivered with £10 credit @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  19 hours ago

Get this Huawei Ascend G6 deal @ Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse is currently selling the 4G-friendly Huawei Ascend G6 for £119.95 on EE, with a minimum £10 top-up. That’s £129.95 total for the mathematically challenged. Not too shabby at all.

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Porsche Design is back, this time with the BlackBerry Q10-based P'9983

Porsche Design is back, this time with the BlackBerry Q10-based P'9983

Martin James  20 hours ago

As BlackBerry watchers will know, the intriguingly different BlackBerry Passport is now less than a week away from going live, and even if it's a complete flop, the Canadian firm deserves credit for trying something different.

But it turns out the Passport has been pipped to the post by another BlackBerry – the Porsche Design P'9983, which was unveiled this week in Dubai.

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Apple iPhone 6 on sale now, don’t drop it on the pavement

Lewis Curdie  20 hours ago

Today’s the day many have been waiting for, as the Apple iPhone 6 is now available to buy across, er, many many countries, including – of course – the UK, which still encompasses Scotland.

Needless to say, if you’ve been queuing for the iPhone 6 for days (as many have), the last thing you want to do is drop it on the ground outside the shop, right?

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EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Fresh off sticking a knife through the heart of Phones 4u, which was actually doing alright until this week, EE has announced revised SIM only plans.

The upshot is that they’re a wee bit cheaper, with the usual thing where you get more data if you sign up before a certain date. “The sooner, the better!” is what Olaf Swantee would probably say.

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Amazon outs new Fire HD 6.0 and Fire HD 7.0, prices start at £79

Martin James  2 days ago

Amazon's mobile hardware adventure started with the humble Kindle Fire tablet, and the company has kept faith with the original's budget billing in announcing a host of new Fire HD tablet options.

The Amazon Fire HD 7.0 – the Kindle name has been dropped – is present and correct in an array of colour and storage options, plus there's an all-new Fire HD 6.0 size option and a Fire HD Kids Edition for, well, you know.

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New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Earlier this month (already feels like a lifetime ago), Apple unveiled the spanking new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while giving us a taster of the much-discussed Apple Watch (which I still insist on calling the iWatch, hmm).

But if you thought the Californians were about to take their foot off the hardware gas, think again. The brand new iPads will almost certainly launch in a matter of weeks, and the latest guess is October 21.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Three PAYG, £460 delivered with £10 credit @ Three

Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Three PAYG, £460 delivered with £10 credit @ Three

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Samsung Galaxy Alpha deal @ Three

The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first foray into shoving metal bits on its phones, and it’s yours for £449.99 on Three PAYG, with a minimum £10 top-up taking you to £459.99.

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Amazon targets the iPad Air with powerful new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Amazon targets the iPad Air with powerful new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Martin James  2 days ago

Amazon has given its tablet lineup a revamp, dropping the 'Kindle' name altogether and updating its flagship Fire HDX 8.9 as well as introducing new 6in and 7in Fire HDs, plus an all-new Fire HD Kids Edition.

To go with its new hardware, Amazon has also rolled out a new version of its Fire OS – namely Fire OS 4 Sangria, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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iOS 8 arrives for existing iDevices ahead of iPhone 6 release

iOS 8 arrives for existing iDevices ahead of iPhone 6 release

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

This week is pretty massive for Apple, as it sees the release of the long-awaited iPhone 6 in 4.7in and 5.5in (“Plus”) flavours. That’s tomorrow.

In the meantime, the Californians have rolled out their latest software update for iPhones, iPads and the latest iPod touch. Say hello to iOS 8.

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Mobile phones + social networking = good (a referendum rant)

Mobile phones + social networking = good (a referendum rant)

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

For those who’ve been sleeping under an elephant this year, today is the day Scotland is given the chance to rise up and take control of its future, the chance to say “Goodbye, Tories!” and distance ourselves from right-wing nonsense like UKIP.

But what does that have to do with Mobot, Curdie? Quite a lot, Jeeves. Quite a lot. Join me below as I sing the praises of mobile phones and social networking, a glorious wee tag-team that’s played a major role in the referendum debate over the past few weeks.

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Samsung to show some selfie love with the Galaxy Grand Prime

Samsung to show some selfie love with the Galaxy Grand Prime

Martin James  3 days ago

Samsung remains the benchmark for flooding the market with multiple variants of similar device, each tweaked to cater for one or other largely contrived “speciality” use.

Well there's no more contrived a speciality use right now than selfie photography, so it's with zero sense of surprise that we announce the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.

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Duke Dashington iOS review

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Short and sweet is a phrase that’s, well, never been used to describe yours truly. I’m more of a tall and tart kinda guy.

Jussi Simpanen’s Duke Dashington (Gentleman and scholar) definitely falls into the former category, however. It’s a bite-size gem currently going for £1.49 at the App Store, and while it doesn’t last long, it’s absolutely deserving of your attention.

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LG Wine Smart: a clamshell smartphone?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Cast your minds back a few years and you might recall there was nothing – literally nothing cooler than a clamshell phone. Flipping that bad boy open to answer a call? Truly, the future had arrived.

Some folk are still making clamshells of the smartphone variety, and LG looks set to take the lid off its first flippin’ effort, the Wine Smart.

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Sony Mobile faces £1bn 'goodwill' shortfall

Martin James  3 days ago

There are many plus points to being one of the world's biggest companies, but one unquestionable downside is that even small mistakes can end up costing millions of pounds.

Or one billion pounds, in this case. That's the adjustment Sony is making to its forecasted revenues for the year – and yes, we do mean downwards.

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Google’s Android Silver program reportedly grinds to a halt

Google’s Android Silver program reportedly grinds to a halt

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Team Mountain View has lots of programs on the go at the moment, including Android One, which aims to get entirely decent handsets with full software support into the hands of those who – previously – could only afford feature phones. Like.

Slightly less compelling, and significantly more confusing, the Android Silver program was supposed to combine elements of Nexus, Google Play Edition and flagship phones. I say “was supposed to”; it’s supposedly been canned.

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