Swype Keyboard for Android, 59p @ Google Play

Swype Keyboard for Android, 59p @ Google Play

Lewis Curdie  9 hours ago

Get this Swype Keyboard deal @ Google Play

Swype Keyboard for Android “gets smarter the more you use it”, and it’s currently on sale over at Google Play for just 59p.

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Sony Xperia Z3 still sounds a lot like the Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z3 still sounds a lot like the Xperia Z2

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Refreshing your flagship smartphone every six months is a bold move in the current climate (Apple, Samsung, HTC et al tend to opt for annual updates), but Sony is seemingly sticking to its biannual guns.

Yes, the Sony Xperia Z2 is still relatively fresh from the oven, but it’s set to be succeeded by the inevitable Xperia Z3. On the plus side (for Z2 owners), it sounds like much the same phone.

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Apple iPhone 6 leaked in pictures (again), this time it's fully assembled

“iPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhone!!!!!!!!” yelled Martin “News Editor” James when he threw over this particular story. Thanks, MJ.

I’m officially adopting a yeah, whatever stance with all these iPhone 6 leaks, though you never know; one of them might actually be on the proverbial money. Let’s take a closer look.

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HTC Desire with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU at IFA 2014?

HTC Desire with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU at IFA 2014?

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Here’s one pulled purely from the giant collective speculatrix machine affectionately referred to as “the internet”.

With HTC and Qualcomm making vague announcements at roughly the same time this week, there might – might – be a spanking new Snapdragon 615-powered Desire launching at IFA 2014. Why the hell not?

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LG aims L Bello, L Fino at ‘growing 3G markets’

We heard earlier this week that LG was bringing its G3 UX (user experience) to more smartphones in the second half of the year, but we didn’t expect to meet these new guys so soon, or for them to be so, well, modest.

The two latest members of the popular L Series are the L Bello and L Fino, focusing squarely on “growing 3G markets” and with decidedly entry-level specs.

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Five reasons why the ‘HTC One (M8) for Windows’ won’t be the Next Big Thing

Five reasons why the ‘HTC One (M8) for Windows’ won’t be the Next Big Thing

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

I quite like the idea of the “HTC One (M8) for Windows” (to use its full, awkward title), even going as far as calling it “one of the most interesting smartphone releases of the year” when I detailed this week’s launch.

However, enticing as it is, there are several reasons why we shouldn’t expect the HTC One (M8) for Windows to bother the likes of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5, and here I present five of ‘em.

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Hello Moto tablets! Three models in testing, ETA: summer 2015

Hello Moto tablets! Three models in testing, ETA: summer 2015

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Motorola is rumoured to have as many as eight new smartphones in the pipeline for launch before Christmas, though there’s a complex web of reverse interdependence; if one phone does well, another might be scrapped. For more on that, hit up TKTechNews.

Here we’re looking at a trio of rumoured Motorola tablets, tipped to touch down in summer 2015 – or thereabouts.

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Motorola Moto G 4G, O2 PAYG, £130 delivered @ O2

Motorola Moto G 4G, O2 PAYG, £130 delivered @ O2

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Get this Motorola Moto G 4G deal @ O2

Big Blue O2 is currently offering the 8GB Motorola Moto G 4G (that’s the new model with the microSD slot and - yes - 4G) for £129.99 on PAYG. For the record, that's £5.01 cheaper than Tesco Mobile.

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Super Crossfighter iOS review

Fans of retro shooters might recall something called Super Crossfire, released on the App Store in 2011. Radiangames (Luke Schneider) has recaptured the rights to it, and given the game a sexy makeover.

The result is Super Crossfighter (£1.49 @ App Store, £1.18 @ Google Play, £1.49 @ Windows Phone Marketplace), one of my favourite games of the year so far.

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Apple iPhone 6 resolution: 828 x 1472?

Apple iPhone 6 resolution: 828 x 1472?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Apple is doing a rather impressive job of keeping everyone guessing about the imminent iPhone 6, and guess everyone has.

The latest iPhone 6 titbit suggests the resolution might be 828 x 1472, maintaining the 16:9 aspect ratio introduced by the iPhone 5 in 2012, and still qualifying as "Retina" – but only just.

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HTC One M8 for Windows: ‘going Microsoft’ just got a little more tempting

If you thought HTC’s recent naming strategy was hella lazy, get ready for this. The phone logically rumoured as the HTC One W8 (M8 + Windows = W8) has just emerged as the – wait for it – “HTC One (M8) for Windows”. Good lord.

Silly name aside, the HTC One M8 for Windows is arguably one of the most interesting smartphone releases of the year, essentially taking the Android-fuelled One M8 and shoving Windows Phone on board.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro refurb, Windows 8 tablet, £158 delivered with code @ Dell Outlet

Dell Venue 8 Pro refurb, Windows 8 tablet, £158 delivered with code @ Dell Outlet

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Dell Venue 8 Pro refurb deal @ Dell Outlet

Over at the Dell Outlet, you can currently grab yourself a Venue 8 Pro refurb for £157.99 (use code SL3W6QJ0VJLXF$ for 5% off), and until August 25, you can forget about that £18.33 delivery charge, too. Nice!

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Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: fancy waterproofing, mid-range phone

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: fancy waterproofing, mid-range phone

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Not content to wait a couple of weeks till IFA 2014 (take from that what you will), Sony has quietly launched the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua.

In a nutshell, the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua boasts “the world’s highest level of waterproofing on a smartphone”, with a “price that suits everyone”. More wordage below.

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September 2: Meizu MX4 launch, ‘Think High’

September 2: Meizu MX4 launch, ‘Think High’

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

September. Sweet Moses, September. We’ve got Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Huawei (among others) at IFA 2014, probably the iPhone 6 launch, and here comes another cheeky chap demanding our attention.

I speak of the Meizu MX4, and while it was originally tipped to launch this week, it’ll instead launch at the beginning of the Busiest Seven Days in the History of Mobile.

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iPhone 6 specs: no one has any idea how much RAM it’ll have

I’ve mentioned a few times that iPhone 6 particulars are anyone’s guess at this stage, and a series of frankly questionable leaks from Out East have only served to muddy the water further.

Earlier this week it was suggested that the iPhone 6 might have just 1GB of RAM, but the upshot is that we have absolutely no idea.

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LG G3, SIM free, £390 delivered @ Expansys

LG G3, SIM free, £390 delivered @ Expansys

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this LG G3 deal @ Expansys

Largely regarded as one of the best phones money can buy at the moment, you can grab the LG G3 from Expansys, SIM free, for £389.99.

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Love or Hate: Three Mobile

Love or Hate: Three Mobile

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

In the first of what might become a series of features, or perhaps a one-off catastrophe, I’m a-gonna pick five things about something – or someone – and deliver a verdict of Love or Hate. For example, Mobot’s Jan is very knowledgeable, and helpful, and doesn’t have a fridge, though he’s occasionally unpredictable and prone to being feisty. That’s 3-2 in favour of Love. Glad we cleared that up.

Today we’re looking at UK network Three Mobile. Will the mixed bag of treats have us singing the network’s praises, or reaching for the PAC codes?

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LG: G3 UX for all!

LG: G3 UX for all!

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s the age old question: should Android manufacturers strip it back and offer a near-stock experience (hello, Moto), or throw in all sorts of bells and whistles in an attempt to stand out from the 4,946 other Android manufacturers (here’s looking at you, Samsung).

LG is actually rather proud of the user experience (UX) on its latest flagship, so much so that it’s bringing the various features to “most” of its new smartphones and tablets.

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Cognition Episode 2 iPad review

I started playing Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Episode 2: The Wise Monkey (Cognition Episode 2, for short; deal?) a few months ago, but abandoned ship when I got kinda stuck and realised I likely wouldn’t finish it in time for my review deadline. Er, that was back in September 2013.

Fast-forward 11 months and I randomly decided to go back to it, freeing up 1.1GB of vital space on my iPad and enjoying myself immensely in the process.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact shows up in user manual

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact shows up in user manual

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

It’s largely accepted that Sony will launch the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014, perhaps alongside the Z3 Compact, with a possible appearance from the SmartWatch 3. Room for more ‘3’ action?

A little something by the name of “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” appears in the user manual for a Sony Bluetooth speaker, cool as you like. THAT’S NOT A THING. Yet.

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