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Samsung expects year-on-year operating profit to fall 60%

Samsung is being relentlessly tarred with the doom brush these days, giving Apple a well-earned rest at least, and today we’re hearing much the same story as we did back in July this year, when Sammo warned of a less-than-impressive Q2.

Prior to announcing its final Q3 results, Samsung is telling us to brace for a real stinker; its worst quarter in years.

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Apple iPad Air 2 specs detailed in lengthy report

Apple iPad Air 2 specs detailed in lengthy report

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 7 at 12:00

While it’s largely accepted that the iPad Air 2 might be touching down in little over a week (October 16 being the latest guess), we still don’t know a great deal about the thing.

Until now, that is. Thanks to a couple of “researchers”, we’re hearing the full story at last, including design, specs, colour and storage options.

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NoPhone: the answer to your phone-free prayers

I’ve often mused that phones are getting too big for their boots (is there anything they can’t do?), and longed for the halcyon days of phoning people on a landline and not, like, looking at my mobile every two seconds for no good reason.

As I contemplate the long-term replacement for my iPhone 5, I’m drawn to the NoPhone, a phone that’s not actually a phone at all.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 gets KitKat Android 4.4.4 update… unofficially

The Galaxy S3 was less than 18 months old when Google unveiled Android KitKat, and since the update was specifically tailored to work on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM, Samsung's 1GB 2012 flagship was a safe bet, right? Er, not quite.

But wait! The developer community has proven – as if there was any doubt – that the Galaxy S3 is perfectly capable of running Android KitKat after all.

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Goodbye HTC One M8 Eye, hello HTC Desire Eye with 13MP front camera?

We’ve been writing about the HTC One M8 Eye for what feels like forever, but it turns out – as we repeatedly suggested – we didn’t know the full story; this thing isn’t simply an HTC One M8 with a 13MP rear camera.

Turns out a 13MP module will sit on the front and back, and we’re now calling the phone the HTC Desire Eye. Interesting.

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European Competition Commission: we’re cool with Facebook buying WhatsApp

European Competition Commission: we’re cool with Facebook buying WhatsApp

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 4 at 16:00

There’s been no shortage of peeps buying peeps over the past few years. Microsoft bought Nokia and Skype, Lenovo bought Motorola (from Google), Facebook bought Instagram and WhatsApp. If in doubt, buy stuff.

Obviously it’s not just a case of shouting “Yoink!” and throwing a wad of cash down, however. Buyouts inevitably entail a little regulatory investigation, but in the case of Facebook nabbing WhatsApp, everything is officially a-ok.

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Apple thinks PM is too much for music streaming, aims to undercut Spotify

Apple thinks $10PM is too much for music streaming, aims to undercut Spotify

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 4 at 14:00

When Apple acquired Beats back in May this year, we all knew it wasn’t simply a case of snapping up a surprisingly successful designer headphone manufacturer.

The more interesting facet, arguably, is Beats Music, and the inevitable rebrand could include a nice little Spotify-punching price cut.

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iPad Air 2 launch date: October 16?

iPad Air 2 launch date: October 16?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 4 at 12:00

It’s that time of year when all the usual suspects come out of the woodwork and throw darts at a calendar and tell us when the next generation of iPads is launching.

A potent brew of logic and history dictates it’ll likely be a Tuesday launch, at least. Er, except this here story says it’ll be a Thursday – October 16. Zuh?

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 4 at 10:30

What a strange week. Literally a transitional one, as we said goodbye to the craziness that was September, and hello equally crazy October.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 6 continues to dominate the comments. This week we discussed #bendgate, a non-issue with the iPhone 6 Plus that has - beyond all logic - inspired muchos comedy.

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HTC One M8 Eye passes through TENAA ahead of October 8 launch

Rumours and leaks oftentimes paint a remarkably accurate picture of as-yet-unannounced smartphones, but even still, the HTC One M8 Eye is one of the worst kept secrets in recent memory.

Before making its official debut at Double Exposure (seriously, is there any point?), the HTC One M8 Eye has passed its TENAA exam over in China.

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webOS is back! In smartwatches

Gawd, so many mobile operating systems have come and gone over the years – MeeGo, Symbian, Firefox OS (is that still a thing?) – that we’d almost forgotten about poor old webOS.

Last we heard, webOS was sold to LG for use in Smart TVs, but the South Koreans are seemingly resurrecting the OS for smartwatches. What the…?

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iOS 8.1 features detailed, arriving October 20?

iOS 8 has only been around a matter of weeks, but already we’re up to iOS 8.0.2, largely on account of iOS 8.0.1 killing cellular activity for some. Oops.

But for the next big step, we’re moving that middle digit – not just the rightmost one, and landing on iOS 8.1. Here we’re told what to expect in terms of iOS 8.1 features, while October 20 is unofficially pencilled in for the iOS 8.1 release date.

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Moto X 2014: handful of units available SIM free, official release date unknown

Moto X 2014: handful of units available SIM free, official release date unknown

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 2 at 16:00

The second-generation Motorola Moto X is already on sale in the US, but in the UK we be sitting like: “Where the Moto X at, foo’?” Or words to that effect.

The official UK Motorola Moto X (2014) release date remains elusive for now, but a handful of SIM free units have started popping up here and there.

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Google Nexus 6 conveniently pictured in the wild

People in tin hats are rightly dubious about “accidental” smarphone leaks, and here I’m allying myself with the crazy crew and demanding cynically with a raise of the eyebrows: “Really? Really?”

Some guy was using what appears to be a Google Nexus 6 on a train, and someone just happened – just happened – to be on hand to surreptitiously take a picture of it. Wow, what luck!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: European release ‘imminent’

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: European release ‘imminent’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 2 at 12:00

There’s no shortage of phones that don’t – or didn’t – quite make it to the UK, one of the highest profile snubs this year being the Galaxy S5 Active, essentially a ruggedised version of Samsung’s flagship.

But if you’ve been mourning the lack of Samsung-endorsed ruggedness on these shores, perhaps even shedding a single manly tear while chopping some wood or knocking down a block of flats, we’ve good news for you this morning: The European release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is reportedly right around the corner.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime lands offering cheap selfie thrills

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime lands offering cheap selfie thrills

Martin James  Oct. 2 at 10:30

Samsung has been pretty busy of late launching high-end smartphones like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha, but does that mean its new product launches are done for the year? Not at all.

Today sees the arrival of the Galaxy Grand Prime, a big but not particularly clever five-incher that aims to be the go-to selfie snapper for anyone on a tight budget.

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Gold iPad Air 2 inbound?

Gold iPad Air 2 inbound?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 1 at 16:00

Gold iPhones have been around for a while now, but to date we’ve yet to see a gold iPad. Not that it hasn’t been considered; we were told a year ago that the colour simply didn’t work on larger iDevices.

But Apple has seemingly u-turned (much like it u-turned on phablets and ‘tweener tablets), with a gold iPad now tipped to touch down when the new generation is unveiled in October.

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HTC One M8 Eye leaked in press shot, minor One M8 variant launching next week?

HTC’s mysterious Double Exposure event is now just a week away, and here we’re getting a closer look at one of the front-runners for launch.

I speak of the HTC One M8 Eye, and for all intents and purposes, it looks – and sounds – almost identical to the existing One M8.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen gap is a ‘necessary feature’

The iPhone 6 Plus recently went under the microscope when it materialised that a small number of units – single digits, in fact – had bent under supposedly normal use.

Samsung, meanwhile, brought forward the release date of the Galaxy Note 4 in light of the iPhone 6’s colossal success but, ironically, it’s now incurred a bunch of complaints about a gap between the screen and the casing, something Samsung has dismissed as entirely normal. Zuh?

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OnePlus Two confirmed, perhaps smaller than the OnePlus One?

OnePlus Two confirmed, perhaps smaller than the OnePlus One?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 30 at 16:00

We’re pleased to see a manufacturer finally harking back to the days when smartphone names actually made sense.

The successor to the OnePlus One, the logically named OnePlus Two, has officially been confirmed, and there are suggestions here and there that it might be smaller than the first guy (left).

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