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iPhone 6’s A8 processor: dual-core but super-fast?

iPhone 6’s A8 processor: dual-core but super-fast?

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

To Apple’s credit, it’s never really been one to join in the smartphone spec race. The iPhone’s camera, for example, has technically been 8MP since 2011’s iPhone 4S, with the Californians opting to make the technology better (shock horror) rather than half-heartedly upping the megapixel count.

Similarly, we’re told that the inevitable Apple A8 processor powering the iPhone 6 will be dual-core, same as the A7, A6 and even A5 before it, but with significantly better performance.

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First Android One phone landing in October?

Ironically, in the world of mobile, there’s more than just one One. HTC, for one, has several Ones, and not forgetting the OnePlus One. One? One.

Room for One more? How about Android One? Launched at this year's Google I/O, it’s aimed squarely at emerging markets, and we’re hearing that the first handset might land as early as October.

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LG G3 Beat ‘sets new standard in mid-tier’: 5in 720p, QS400, 1GB RAM, 8MP

LG G3 Beat ‘sets new standard in mid-tier’: 5in 720p, QS400, 1GB RAM, 8MP

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Well, looks like those rumours of the LG G3 mini being 4.7in – same as the LG G2 mini, or even a tad smaller at 4.5in, were wide of the mark.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the LG G3 Beat (or LG G3 S as it’s occasionally referred to), essentially a more affordable, mid-tier version of the flagship G3.

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Google search to warn when sites won’t work on your mobile

Google search to warn when sites won’t work on your mobile

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 16 at 14:00

In the world of mobile browsing, there’s nothing more annoying than entering a site only to find that it’s not supported. “Mother fugging son of a cult!” is just one possible permutation of resulting expletives.

In a neat twist, your Google search will now warn that a site mightn’t work before you click, adding seconds to your life and avoiding unnecessary frustration.

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Low-end Tizen phone supposedly in the pipeline

Low-end Tizen phone supposedly in the pipeline

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 16 at 12:00

Ah, Tizen. At one time, the OS was tipped to come between Samsung and Android and really shake up the smartphone world, but the first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z (left), has still yet to be released, and now appears to have been delayed indefinitely.

As such, it comes as the greatest of surprises to hear that there’s possibly a low-end Tizen smartphone in the works, too. Zuh?

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Apple iPad Pro rumoured for 2014 release

Apple iPad Pro rumoured for 2014 release

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 16 at 11:00

With all the talk of the iPhone 6, and the iWatch – Apple’s first foray into wearable tech, we’d almost forgotten about the long-rumoured giant iPad, namely the iPad Pro.

It’s been pretty quiet on the iPad Pro front of late, but a new rumour from out east suggests the colossal tablet might arrive later this year.

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Cyan update to Windows Phone 8.1 now heading out to Nokia Lumia handsets

Cyan update to Windows Phone 8.1 now heading out to Nokia Lumia handsets

Martin James  Jul. 16 at 10:00

Nokia Lumia users have had to be patient, but that patience is finally set to be rewarded as Microsoft has begun rolling out the “Cyan” Windows Phone 8.1 update.

The Cyan update brings a bunch of new features to the Microsoft mobile platform, and should arrive on all compatible Lumias within the next few weeks.

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Microsoft lining up biggest staff cuts in five years

A lot has been written about Microsoft's protracted takeover of Nokia, but surprisingly little of it has been about the surely necessary evil of job cuts.

Well expect that to change this week, as Microsoft is expected to announce its biggest job cuts in five years on the back of absorbing Nokia and its staff count into its ranks.

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Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering

Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering

Martin James  Jul. 15 at 16:00

Good news for Three SIM-only customers: the network is no longer charging for calls made to 0800 numbers, implementing a new Ofcom directive a year ahead of it becoming mandatory.

Sadly, though, there's bad news too: Three is scrapping unlimited tethering on its SIM-only plans, effectively killing off the much-loved One Plan as we knew it.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7in display – same as the iPhone 6?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7in display – same as the iPhone 6?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 15 at 14:00

After lots of Premium and Prime-related confusion, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha/F (consensus is they're the same thing) picture is slowly starting to become a whole lot clearer.

Its release might well be timed to coincide with the Apple iPhone 6 launch, and now we’re told it’ll adopt the same display size. Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Is this the Apple iPhone 6?

With only around two months left till the Apple iPhone 6 launch, the rumours are set to go into super-overdrive.

In our second iPhone 6 story of the week (yesterday we heard that the 5.5in model might be delayed till 2015), we’re looking at what’s supposedly the world’s first shot of Apple’s next smartphone flagship.

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Google Play set for Material Design overhaul in Android L

One of the headline features of Android L is something called “Material Design”, with the vibrancy and the layering and the floating and the real-time shadows and whatnot.

It’s described as the “new Google-wide standard”, so it comes as little surprise to hear that Google Play – Android’s answer to the App Store – is set for a significant makeover to bring it in line.

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Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 530 pics emerge: looking cheap and cheerful

Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 530 pics emerge: looking cheap and cheerful

Martin James  Jul. 14 at 20:00

The colourful chappy to your left? It's the upcoming Nokia Lumia 530, a.k.a. the “Rock”, in other words the successor to the Nokia 520 – the best selling Windows Phone to date.

So says Weibo user iokeyboy, and who are we to argue? After all, it's bright, chunky and affordable-looking, which seems to be the main physical attributes shared by the entry-level Lumia brigade.

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Sony Xperia T3 up for pre-order with free Smartband

Sony Xperia T3 up for pre-order with free Smartband

Martin James  Jul. 14 at 18:30

Sony announced its Xperia T3 smartphone a month or so ago, and the good-looking 4G Android mid-ranger is now available to pre-order from exclusive provider Carphone Warehouse.

The mobile retailer is offering the Xperia T3 free on contracts starting on £21 over 24 months, and it'll even throw in a Sony Smartband free of charge for pre-order customers.

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Sony Xperia Z3: not so different from the Xperia Z2?

Sony Xperia Z3: not so different from the Xperia Z2?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 16:00

The Sony Xperia Z2 has only been on sale for something like two months now, so you really have to wonder what the imminent successor – the Sony Xperia Z3 – can bring to the table.

“Nothing much,” is the answer according to a now-deleted post on Baidu Tieba, which suggests the Sony Xperia Z3 is nothing more than a modest upgrade.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha arriving August with metal body?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha arriving August with metal body?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 14:00

Last month, I asked: Are the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and Galaxy F two different things? Well, we’re still none the wiser, and now we have a new chap to add to the mix.

Enter: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a premium handset with a metal body. Stop me if this sounds familiar.

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Might it be 2015 for the 5.5in iPhone 6?

Might it be 2015 for the 5.5in iPhone 6?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 12:00

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has come over all negative of late, suggesting that the much-discussed Apple iWatch might slip back from September to November, thus shifting significantly less units by the time space year 2014AD draws to a conclusion – yadda yadda yadda.

On a similar note, his crystal ball says we shouldn’t get too excited about this 5.5in iPhone 6 we’ve been hearing about, as it might be 2015 before it sees the light of day.

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Review of the week (special ‘last week’ edition)

Review of the week (special ‘last week’ edition)

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 08:45

Slightly later than billed on account of moving house and associated silliness, it’s the 2,945th instalment of Review of the week. Or, in this case: Review of last week.

Needless to say, we’re still jawing about the iPhone 6, but the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are claiming their fair share of the rumour spotlight, too. Mostest comments this week went to Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever.

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Oh gawd, iWatch delayed till November!

Oh gawd, iWatch delayed till November!

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 15:00

Is it Friday the 13th? No? The 11th, you say? Then why such horribly bad luck?

See, the long-awaited Apple iWatch, the entirely unofficial wrist-based thingy that we’ve been jawing about for something silly like 18 months, is supposedly – hold onto your hats – delayed until November this year.

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OnePlus Two, codename ‘Lettuce’, in the pipeline?

OnePlus Two, codename ‘Lettuce’, in the pipeline?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 12:00

The "flagship killer" OnePlus One (left) was launched back in April, and remains largely elusive on account of software problems and, y’know, the fact that it’s produced by a smartphone start-up.

But what’s this? Already there’s talk of a OnePlus One successor called the – you guessed it – OnePlus Two, with the suitably ridiculous codename “Lettuce”.

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