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Don’t expect a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button

Don’t expect a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

It’s been discussed since the dawn of time itself (give or take); the possibility of a Dislike button on Facebook for those occasions when “Liking” something simply isn’t appropriate.

Alas, one of the chaps behind the Like button says the likelihood (pun intended) of a Dislike button is not, er, likely. DISLIKE.

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Microsoft smartwatch: great battery life, November arrival?

We first heard about the rumoured Microsoft smartwatch back in May, and of course anyone who’s anyone has a piece of “wearable tech” on the go at the moment; Motorola has the Moto 360, LG has the G Watch, Apple’s Watch is coming soon…

As such, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable Microsoft smartwatch emerged officially, and indeed a fresh report reckons it could be here “within weeks”, boasting muchos battery life.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 18 at 12:00

Crazy week in the world of mobile, easily one of the craziest this year, thanks to these guys: the Motorola Google Nexus 6, HTC Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player, Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Phew!

In comments, you guys agreed that the 6in Google Nexus 6 is just too big, while Jan indulged in some verbal sparring over the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen.

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Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 17 at 16:00

In the name of the great dragon lords above. Just when you thought it was safe to banish the phrase “Facebook phone” to the burgeoning annals of mobile disasters, it’s back for another spin on the rumour mill. Oh for f…

Seemingly undeterred by the utter embarrassment that was the almost-immediately-discontinued HTC First, Facebook has reportedly flown into South Korea to talk hardware with Samsung.

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Oppo N3 to feature self-rotating camera?

For those unfamiliar with Chinese manufacturer Oppo and its various wares, all you need to know is that last year’s Oppo N1 featured a rotating 13MP rear – and technically front – camera.

We’re skipping right past the Oppo N2 (no such thing) to the Oppo N3, and wondering what craziness the manufacturer has in store this time around. The latest batch of teasers suggests a camera that’s capable of rotating by itself.

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Vodafone Smart Tab 4G is the network’s 'best ever tablet'

If you liked the look of the Vodafone Smart Tab 4 back in May this year, but mourned the absence of 4G, Big Red has the answer to your tablet-flavoured prayers.

Meet the Vodafone Smart Tab 4G, described as the network’s “best ever tablet” and the “most affordable 4G tablet on the market”.

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iPad price at a glance: iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini

Unless I’m very much mistaken, Apple’s current tablet line-up is the largest it’s ever been, with no less than five iPads offered simultaneously at different price points.

They are, in vague order of price, the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, and we gots full at-a-glance pricing below.

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Apple iPad mini 3 specs not so impressive, bit of an iPad Air 2 afterthought?

Apple iPad mini 3 specs not so impressive, bit of an iPad Air 2 afterthought?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16 at 20:30

Last year’s iPad mini 2 was a fantastic little fella, essentially offering everything that impressed about the iPad Air, but in a smaller package. There was very little in the way of compromise. And let’s face it; when you’re paying hundreds of pounds, no one wants to compromise.

Perhaps realising that the tablet world’s definition of “better” is swinging back towards Big, Apple’s iPad mini 3 doesn’t impress nearly as much as the spanking new iPad Air 2. Full tear-stained story below.

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iPad Air 2 specs: 6.1mm thin, A8X processor, 8MP rear camera, Touch ID fingerprint scanner

Even the mighty iPad isn’t immune to slowing tablet sales, but Apple put a positive spin on things tonight by announcing that it’s sold 225 million of the things globally – that’s the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 - since launch in 2010.

Here we’re meeting the eighth member of the iPad family, the iPad Air 2, essentially an upgraded version of last year’s iPad Air, with a slimmer body, faster processor, enhanced camera and fingerprint scanner.

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Google Nexus Player: first Android TV device made official

The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have arrived as predicted, but before you close down Mobot for the night and head off to your specialist chat rooms, there’s a third prong to the Android hardware assault.

Meet Google’s Nexus Player, built by trusty old Asus. Available shortly, the first-ever Android TV device looks to take over your TV, with the movies and the music and the streaming and whatnot.

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Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

We’ve already detailed the flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone this evening, namely the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6. Here we turn our attention to its big brother, an 8.9in tablet.

I speak of HTC’s Google Nexus 9, a premium beast with a Microsoft Surface-troubling magnetic keyboard accessory and brushed metal sides. Sounds good, yes, but it ain’t cheap.

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Google Nexus 6 specs are crazy good: 6in QHD display, QS805, 3GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB

Last year, LG’s Google Nexus 5 was pretty much as top-of-the-range as you could get for the time, including a 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. A slouch it was not.

This year, Motorola is Google’s smartphone manufacturer of choice, and the resultant Nexus 6 doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. Ok, maybe one tiny bit. Full story below.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop made official

Google confirmed its existence at the end of June (as if there was any doubt that a KitKat successor would touch down in autumn), and since then we’ve been referring to it simply as Android L or Android 5.0.

Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP) appeared to be the internal codename, and I had my suspicions that it might be Android Lion (as in the Nestle chocolate bar), but it’s officially now Android 5.0 Lollipop. Death to corporate sponsorship, I guess.

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Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android L launching TODAY?

The Google Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android L were at one point tipped to launch tomorrow, October 16, but with Apple holding its iPad event on said date, and big G keeping remarkably quiet about its much-discussed wares, we’d resigned ourselves to a late-October launch.

Imagine our surprise, then, upon hearing that the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L will launch on October 15. THAT’S TODAY, YOU MANIACS.

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Kazam announces Tornado 348 smartphone, a whole lot of skinny for just £249

Kazam announces Tornado 348 smartphone, a whole lot of skinny for just £249

Martin James  Oct. 15 at 11:30

It's time to dust off the “world's thinnest smartphone” award again, folks.

That's right, there's a new king of slim in town – the Tornado 348 from up-and-coming UK smartphone maker Kazam.

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Motorola Moto G stars in Android L preview video

Motorola Moto G stars in Android L preview video

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 14 at 16:00

Android L was originally detailed at the end of June, and while it was tipped to launch officially on Thursday this week, that’s looking increasingly unlikely – especially given Apple’s planned antics.

As we patiently await the green light from big G, Android L has been shown off in video format, hosted by the humble Motorola Moto G.

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HTC One E8 seemingly next for the ‘Eye’ treatment

Time was, HTC clearly thought more is more. And when that didn’t work, it went back to less is more. Now that that’s not working, it’s swung back the other way, and currently it seems to think shoving ‘Eye’ on the end of everything is the solution to all life’s woes.

Last week saw the launch of the HTC Desire Eye and the HTC One M8 Eye. Next in line for Eye-ification is the One E8 (above). The One what? More below.

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Macotakara: yeah, the iPad mini 3 is coming on Thursday

Macotakara: yeah, the iPad mini 3 is coming on Thursday

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 14 at 12:00

You all know the story about this Thursday, right? Apple launch event in Cupertino, iPad Air 2 looks likely, somewhat of a question mark over the presence of the third-generation iPad mini.

For what it’s worth, a Japanese publication chimes in to say that we should expect the iPad mini 3 after all.

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Oppo teases N3 smartphone ahead of official launch

Ah, smartphone names. You all know what comes after the Oppo N1, right? Correct; it’s the Oppo N3. If you said Oppo N2, well, I don’t know what to tell you, kid.

As the world awaits the official launch later this month, Oppo has shared a cheeky shot of the N3’s rear camera, in all its faux leathery goodness.

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iPad Air 2 to rock Apple A8X processor and 2GB of RAM?

iPad Air 2 to rock Apple A8X processor and 2GB of RAM?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13 at 14:00

The next generation of iPads is expected to touch down at Apple’s “It’s been too long” launch event on Thursday evening, though we’re still not entirely sure what to expect. How will the iPad Air 2 build upon the entirely capable iPad Air? Is the iPad mini 3 a thing? Is it too early for the iPad Pro? What does “It’s been too long” mean?

For what it’s worth, the latest iPad rumour morsel from Taiwan says the iPad Air 2 will rock an A8X processor, and a meaty 2GB of RAM. Nice.

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