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Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch: tomorrow?

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha mightn’t be the “iPhone killer” we were told to expect, but, well, it’s still happening.

An earlier rumour suggested the Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch might go down on August 13, and for what it’s worth, a South Korean publication concurs. Alpha tomorrow? May-be, friend. May. Be.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pics reveal plastic back but metal sides

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be revealed on 3 September, so how better to start the week than with a cheeky glimpse at what Samsung has up its phablet-packing sleeve?

The premium-built Galaxy Alpha may be the more fashionable to talk about these days, but the Galaxy Note series has proved an enduring winner. Question is, will version 4 continue the run of success?

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Front section of iPhone 6 pictured looking ready to rock

If the latest whispers are on the money, the iPhone 6 launch could go down as early as four weeks from tomorrow – that’s September 9, 2014, for calendar fans.

As such, we can fully expect a deluge of iPhone 6 picture leaks in the coming weeks, and ho! That’s exactly what we’re seeing above.

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HTC puts the feelers out on the One M8 Max/Prime. Fancy it?

A fairly newish tradition in the world of Android is for each manufacturer to churn out an even larger phone than his or her flagship; a "phablet" – a concept popularised by Samsung and the Galaxy Note back in 2011. LG is threatening to launch a G3 Stylus at some point (though somewhat confusingly it may be only a budget phone), while HTC is tipped to follow up last year’s One Max with a One M8 Max/M8 Prime.

Here we’re told the Taiwanese manufacturer is currently trying to gauge if there’s a market for such a device.

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John Gruber: iWatch launch in September or October

When John Gruber talks about Apple stuff, people tend to listen, and indeed the collective “blogosphere” (bleurgh) was whipped into a veritable frenzy with the briefest mention of the iWatch in a recent post.

Ultimately we’re told the iWatch will launch in September or October, and while that isn’t exactly a revelation, the circumstances of the prediction make for fairly amusing reading.

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Nokia ‘Superman’ Lumia 730 'Selfie phone' caught on camera for the first time

Nokia ‘Superman’ Lumia 730 'Selfie phone' caught on camera for the first time

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 9 at 18:00

If ever a phone was inappropriately named - not once but twice - it’s the Nokia Lumia 730, codenamed “Superman” and nicknamed the “Selfie phone”. But I’ll get back to that in a moment.

The big story here is that the Nokia Lumia 730 has been caught on camera for the first time. Behold.

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HTC and Bose to shrink speakers for next-gen BoomSound

HTC and Bose to shrink speakers for next-gen BoomSound

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 9 at 16:00

HTC’s partnership with Beats Audio was nothing short of a fiasco, so you’d be forgiven for being sceptical about the Taiwanese manufacturer’s latest audio endeavour.

To be fair, HTC and Bose are working with a very specific goal in mind. In particular, they’re out to shrink those big beefy BoomSound speakers – or so the story goes.

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Report: Samsung’s three-sided smartphone enters production, possible Note 4 variant

Report: Samsung’s three-sided smartphone enters production, possible Note 4 variant

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 9 at 14:00

We’ve been talking about Samsung’s three-sided display since last November, and more recently it’s been suggested that it might account for the “new form factor” (Samsung’s words) on the imminent Galaxy Note 4.

In any case, rumours from Samsung’s home turf suggest the three-sided phone, whatever it is, is now entering production.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 9 at 12:00

Highlight of the week? I'm torn between the launch of sister site Wareable.com, and... wait for it... the arrival of broadband in my house! # Ceeeeeelebrate good times, come on! # Oh, and not forgetting the 25 hunks of news below. Yes.

Most comments goes to Meet Wareable.com (speaks for itself, eh?), with honourable mention going to Four mobile technologies we're looking forward to.

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Moto X+1 specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor?

Moto X+1 specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 8 at 16:00

When it comes to new flagship phones, one of the first questions out of spec fiends’ collective mouth is: “What’s the processor? It better be the best chipset money can buy or I'm out.” Oh, shoosh.

A recent benchmark thingy purportedly for the Moto X+1 suggests it’ll be the newish Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. That'll do nicely.

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Meet Wareable.com: our spanking new wearable tech-focused sister site

Meet Wareable.com: our spanking new wearable tech-focused sister site

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 8 at 14:30

The industry consensus is that wearable tech (including Google Glass, the Oculus Rift and smartwatches like the Motorola Moto 360) is the Next Big Thing, so what we’re praying for is a group of frighteningly experienced and suitably passionate guys to come along and tell us, well, everything we need to know.

Our prayers have been answered with the birth of Wareable.com, sister site to Dealspwn (home of delicious video game goodness) and of course Mobot (I won't link you since you're already here). Welcome!

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HTC’s Google Nexus 9: 64-bit Tegra CPU, 4GB RAM, premium price tag?

Where were we with the HTC-built Google Nexus 9? Ah, Confusion Town. Population: us. With all these fake renders and creative leaks from over-imaginative 14-year-olds, it’s hard to know what to believe.

For what it’s worth, a Chinese source is speaking up with a whole bunch of Google Nexus 9 specs, giving credence to the notion of the HTC Flounder/Volantis/T1 (ok, enough with the names!) being a premium device with a suitably lofty price tag.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date: between September 15 and September 28?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date: between September 15 and September 28?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 8 at 12:00

Samsung has all but confirmed that the Galaxy Note 4 is launching on September 3 (“Note the date!”), not that there was much doubt, so the obvious question now is: “When can I buy it?”

Answer: possibly within a couple of weeks of the launch event – that’s according to a cheeky wee rascal who claims to work for Samsung.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet: the latest IFA 2014 contender

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (above) is still a relatively new thing, but given Sony’s prolific flagship smartphone output (pretty much one every six months at the moment), it’s clearly never too early for new stuff.

The Japanese manufacturer is tipped to unveil new goodies at IFA 2014 in Berlin next month, and the line-up might well include a spanking new tablet.

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RIP PlayStation Mobile for Android

RIP PlayStation Mobile for Android

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 7 at 14:00

I was admittedly quite excited when the Sony (Ericsson) Xperia Play first came to light, largely on account of the promised ability to play PSOne originals with a slide-out controller.

Alas, despite being “cooler than the iPhone” (ahem), the Xperia Play was short-lived, and now PlayStation Mobile for Android has officially died a death, too.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally hitting the UK on 28 August, priced from £639

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally hitting the UK on 28 August, priced from £639

Martin James  Aug. 7 at 12:30

Microsoft hasn't helped its chances of making inroads into the UK tablet market by taking months and months to roll out its Surface tablets internationally after their launch in the States.

It's been the same story so far with the impressive Surface Pro 3, but things are finally moving and Microsoft has revealed the UK will be one of 25 markets to join the Surface Pro 3 fold from the end of the month.

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Android L bringing multi-user support for phones?

Android L bringing multi-user support for phones?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 7 at 12:00

We mentioned the Android Issue Tracker back in November 2012, when it materialised that Google would finally address one particular issue (an admittedly minor one) some 2.5 years after it was raised.

Here in space year 2014AD, we’re seeing an Android issue raised and closed in the space of a few hours. Now that’s more like it!

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LG announces toned down G3 A smartphone, no Stylus in sight

LG announces toned down G3 A smartphone, no Stylus in sight

Martin James  Aug. 7 at 11:30

LG has announced a new smartphone based on its range-topping G3, but it's not the LG G3 Stylus we've been talking about for the past couple of days.

It's called the LG G3 A, and it's been unveiled in LG's home market South Korea as a smaller alternative to the G3 that tones down the specs in favour of a more palatable price tag.

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Lenovo unleashes 6in Quad HD Vibe Z2 Pro flagship

Lenovo unleashes 6in Quad HD Vibe Z2 Pro flagship

Martin James  Aug. 6 at 19:00

Lenovo was one of the top five smartphone players in the world last year, it now owns Motorola and will supposedly have released 60 new phones in 2014 by year end.

So where are they? Well here's one, and it's a big one too: the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro flagship, which will spearhead the Chinese electronics giant's mobile assault over the second half of the year.

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HTC 8X and 8X users run into trouble trying to install Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft has been forced to pause the rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 after HTC users reported issues when trying to install the update.

The update is technically just a developer preview, but the issue has been enough of a headache that Microsoft has released a statement to address growing concerns over the issue.

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