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EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 18 at 16:00

Fresh off sticking a knife through the heart of Phones 4u, which was actually doing alright until this week, EE has announced revised SIM only plans.

The upshot is that they’re a wee bit cheaper, with the usual thing where you get more data if you sign up before a certain date. “The sooner, the better!” is what Olaf Swantee would probably say.

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Amazon outs new Fire HD 6.0 and Fire HD 7.0, prices start at £79

Amazon's mobile hardware adventure started with the humble Kindle Fire tablet, and the company has kept faith with the original's budget billing in announcing a host of new Fire HD tablet options.

The Amazon Fire HD 7.0 – the Kindle name has been dropped – is present and correct in an array of colour and storage options, plus there's an all-new Fire HD 6.0 size option and a Fire HD Kids Edition for, well, you know.

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New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 18 at 14:00

Earlier this month (already feels like a lifetime ago), Apple unveiled the spanking new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while giving us a taster of the much-discussed Apple Watch (which I still insist on calling the iWatch, hmm).

But if you thought the Californians were about to take their foot off the hardware gas, think again. The brand new iPads will almost certainly launch in a matter of weeks, and the latest guess is October 21.

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Amazon targets the iPad Air with powerful new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Amazon targets the iPad Air with powerful new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Martin James  Sep. 18 at 12:30

Amazon has given its tablet lineup a revamp, dropping the 'Kindle' name altogether and updating its flagship Fire HDX 8.9 as well as introducing new 6in and 7in Fire HDs, plus an all-new Fire HD Kids Edition.

To go with its new hardware, Amazon has also rolled out a new version of its Fire OS – namely Fire OS 4 Sangria, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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iOS 8 arrives for existing iDevices ahead of iPhone 6 release

iOS 8 arrives for existing iDevices ahead of iPhone 6 release

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 18 at 12:00

This week is pretty massive for Apple, as it sees the release of the long-awaited iPhone 6 in 4.7in and 5.5in (“Plus”) flavours. That’s tomorrow.

In the meantime, the Californians have rolled out their latest software update for iPhones, iPads and the latest iPod touch. Say hello to iOS 8.

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Samsung to show some selfie love with the Galaxy Grand Prime

Samsung to show some selfie love with the Galaxy Grand Prime

Martin James  Sep. 17 at 18:30

Samsung remains the benchmark for flooding the market with multiple variants of similar device, each tweaked to cater for one or other largely contrived “speciality” use.

Well there's no more contrived a speciality use right now than selfie photography, so it's with zero sense of surprise that we announce the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.

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LG Wine Smart: a clamshell smartphone?

Cast your minds back a few years and you might recall there was nothing – literally nothing cooler than a clamshell phone. Flipping that bad boy open to answer a call? Truly, the future had arrived.

Some folk are still making clamshells of the smartphone variety, and LG looks set to take the lid off its first flippin’ effort, the Wine Smart.

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Sony Mobile faces £1bn 'goodwill' shortfall

There are many plus points to being one of the world's biggest companies, but one unquestionable downside is that even small mistakes can end up costing millions of pounds.

Or one billion pounds, in this case. That's the adjustment Sony is making to its forecasted revenues for the year – and yes, we do mean downwards.

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Google’s Android Silver program reportedly grinds to a halt

Google’s Android Silver program reportedly grinds to a halt

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 17 at 14:00

Team Mountain View has lots of programs on the go at the moment, including Android One, which aims to get entirely decent handsets with full software support into the hands of those who – previously – could only afford feature phones. Like.

Slightly less compelling, and significantly more confusing, the Android Silver program was supposed to combine elements of Nexus, Google Play Edition and flagship phones. I say “was supposed to”; it’s supposedly been canned.

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Moto Maker UK now live, get building your second-gen Moto X!

Moto Maker UK now live, get building your second-gen Moto X!

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 17 at 12:00

It was promised back at Mobile World Congress in February and reiterated earlier this month at Berlin’s IFA: Moto Maker for consumers the UK.

The service is now live o’er here, with Moto Maker inviting you to fully customise your second-gen Moto X. It’s looking prettaaaay good.

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Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Martin James  Sep. 16 at 19:00

Last year's Oppo N1 was noteworthy for two reasons: first, the whole CyanogenMod business, and secondly for its quirky camera you could swivel to face either the front or the back as desired.

We've no idea how well it actually sold, but clearly it was well enough that Oppo thinks it's worth having another crack: feast your eyes upon the forthcoming Oppo N3.

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Clove: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price set at £575 SIM free; no Galaxy Note Edge for UK

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge were launched a couple of weeks ago, though several key details remain elusive, most notably pricing and a release date for both, and - in addition - regional availability for the Edge.

Clove is the first UK retailer to blink, offering to hook you up with a SIM free Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for just (ahem) £575, while revealing that the Galaxy Note Edge won’t be available in the UK at launch - not officially, at least.

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HTC's Double Exposure event to focus on the Eye?

HTC's Double Exposure event to focus on the Eye?

Martin James  Sep. 16 at 14:30

It's been nearly a week since invites went out for HTC's “Double Exposure” event in New York on 8 October, and we still have no idea what the whole thing is about.

We may, however, have a name for HTC's mystery device – one that fits nicely with the clear focus on photography implied by the invite: the HTC Eye.

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Apple iPhone 6: demand to outstrip supply until November?

Apple finally lifted the lid on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last Tuesday, and it came as little surprise to hear that the phones quickly set pre-order records. Indeed, writing in a press release yesterday, Apple proudly revealed that pre-orders topped four million in the first 24 hours.

As per annual tradition, it’s suggested that new-iPhone demand will exceed supply at launch (quelle surprise), but this time around, we’re told it might take until November for things to balance out. Sacré bleu, as the Russians say.

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EE’s Cash on Tap now active on London Tube, DLR and Overground

Back in July this year, EE fired out a meaty press release declaring that its customers would soon be able to pay for travel on the London Tube, DLR and Overground using their phones.

Fast-forward to September 16, and you’ll never guess what’s happened. That’s right; said contactless payments are now live around the capital.

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First Android One phones launch in India, lots more to come

First Android One phones launch in India, lots more to come

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 15 at 16:00

There’s plenty to moan about in the world of mobile, from stupid names to stupid phones to stupid hyperbolic promises, but here’s one thing I do like.

With Android One, Google has its eyes on “the next five billion”, offering affordable phones with decent specs – and a handful of other neat twists. Positivity abounds below.

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Apple A8: marginally better than Apple A7

Apple A8: marginally better than Apple A7

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 15 at 14:00

One of the headline features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the spanking new Apple A8 processor, with its 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor.

The Apple A8 chipset has now been put through its paces, with benchmark scores suggesting it’s – surprise, surprise – a wee bit better than last year’s Apple A7.

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Phones 4u calls it a day as EE and Vodafone abandon ship

Phones 4u calls it a day as EE and Vodafone abandon ship

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 15 at 12:00

We were only just coming to terms with the death of the iPod classic, and now we’ve another bereavement in the mobile family.

High street mobile retailer Phones 4u has reluctantly thrown in the towel, having been unexpectedly abandoned by the last two of the Big Four, namely EE and Vodafone.

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LG G Flex 2: smaller display, higher resolution?

LG G Flex 2: smaller display, higher resolution?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 13 at 14:00

One of the most pointless phones of last year, for our money, was the Samsung Galaxy Round, an utterly bizarre device that was curved around the vertical axis. What the...?

Slightly less pointless was the LG G Flex, which was at least sensibly curved around the horizontal, though the specs left a lot to be desired - particularly as pertains to the display.

Enter: the LG G Flex 2.

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Motorola Moto X ‘Pure Edition’ says goodbye to carrier bloat (UPDATED)

Motorola Moto X ‘Pure Edition’ says goodbye to carrier bloat (UPDATED)

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 13 at 12:00

If you thought Motorola calling the new Moto X the Moto X was confusing, things are about to get, well, a little more confusinger.

The US has had Google Play Edition phones in the past with stock Android; Motorola’s Moto X "Pure Edition" does away with carrier bloat, yielding a near-stock experience.

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