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Mock-up shows iPad Pro dwarfing existing iDevices

As we head into space year 2015AD, the iPad Pro (or “iPad Air 2 Plus”, if you prefer) is basking unashamedly in the rumour spotlight, as it’s generally accepted that the thing will materialise – finally – in a matter of months.

In the meantime, some dude has concocted an iPad Pro mock-up using recently rumoured dimensions, confirming that it’s a) a lot bigger than the iDevices we already know and love, and b) commensurate with the 13in MacBooks. It’s BIG.

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Sneak preview at Amazon UK/US Cyber Monday deal prices!

Sneak preview at Amazon UK/US Cyber Monday deal prices!

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 1 at 19:25

We’ve shared a fair few deals over the past few days thanks to the frenzy-inducing phenomenon that is Black Friday, and we’re set to do it all over again with Cyber Monday. One of the biggest Black Friday/Cyber Monday retailers is of course Amazon, and we’ve a Bezos-flavoured treat to share with you here.

I speak of Mobot's Amazon UK/US Cyber Monday Deal List. It’s pretty freakin’ good, and while I would say that, I’ll explain why it’s so great below.

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HTC One M9 specs: 5.5in QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear camera?

HTC One M9 specs: 5.5in QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear camera?

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 1 at 14:30

With the HTC One M8 having launched last March, it’s generally accepted that its inevitable successor will follow within the next three to four months - the Taiwanese generally launching a new flagship every 12 months or so.

Here we’re looking at rumoured HTC One M9 specs (that's purely a concept image on the left, incidentally), and, assuming they’re on the money, the M9 is definitely something worth getting excited about.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 29 at 12:00

What. A. Week. Utterly dominated by Black Friday, of course, and this year the UK embraced the tradition headlong, with the in-store brawling and the melting of websites. Things have calmed down a little now, but there’s always Cyber Monday…

In mobile news, BT appears to be on the verge of acquiring O2 or EE, though The Telegraph adds that Three might “gatecrash” the takeover party. Meanwhile, Jan mourned the imminent demise of the iPhone 5c.

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Black Friday: websites melt, police called in as UK shoppers go bargain crazy

Black Friday has been an increasingly noticeable thing over the past few years, but this year the UK has cranked it to 11. And a half.

As the clock struck midnight, chaos descended, with websites clogged and ground-based shoppers participating in an impromptu Royal Rumble in a bid to grab their share of pre-Christmas bargains.

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Apple to kill iPhone 5c before its second birthday?

Apple to kill iPhone 5c before its second birthday?

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 27 at 15:00

Of all the iPhones over the years, the plastic-rockin’ iPhone 5c is the favourite of our Jan – that’s including the spanking new iPhone 6.

Alas, there’s bad news this week for our resident German/Irish maniac, as a couple of sources suggest iPhone 5c production will stop after less than two years in the wild.

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BlackBerry: trade your iPhone for a Passport and get up to 0

BlackBerry: trade your iPhone for a Passport and get up to $600

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 27 at 12:00

The BlackBerry Passport is easily one of our favourite phones of the year, shoving top-of-the-range specs in an unashamedly weird body with a square display and three-row physical keyboard.

It remains to be seen if consumers will pay much attention, but BlackBerry is doing its damnedest to tout its latest and greatest, with an iPhone "Trade Up" program offering up to $600. Er, in North America, at least.

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Sony: the latest manufacturer to figure ‘less is more’

Sony: the latest manufacturer to figure ‘less is more’

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 26 at 15:00

Samsung has confirmed it’ll cut back on the number of individual Galaxy smartphone models next year, which means we’ll probably see less Galaxy Core Prime-esque dead weight.

Similarly, Sony says it’s renewing its smarphone focus, with profit becoming the top priority. I’m no CEO/CFO, but shouldn’t profit be the name of the game anyway, in this crazy cutthroat capitalist culture?

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Galaxy Core Prime: another Samsung smartphone certified for duty

Galaxy Core Prime: another Samsung smartphone certified for duty

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 26 at 11:30

We heard last week that Samsung was aiming to cut down on the number of smartphone models by 30% next year, but this year, this year there are still plenty of phones emerging from the proverbial pipeline.

The latest to get the stamp of approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and it’s exactly the kind of thing we probably won’t see in 2015.

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Sony Xperia Z4 and Z4 Ultra heading to CES 2015?

It’s generally accepted that the Sony Xperia Z4 will land in the next few months, but the $1m question is: Is CES 2015 in Las Vegas - January - too soon? Should we expect a Mobile World Congress – February – debut instead?

Not according to some anonymous tipster guy, who says not only that the Sony Xperia Z4 will launch at CES, but that it’ll be joined by the Xperia Z4 Ultra. Huh?

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Is BT about to buy O2? BT says ‘maybe’

Is BT about to buy O2? BT says ‘maybe’

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 25 at 11:30

The older readers among you might recall a time when O2 was actually part of BT, as BT Cellnet. The two went their separate ways in 2002 and O2 was born, before being snapped up by Spanish telecoms behemoth Telefonica in 2005.

Things are potentially on the verge of going full circle, with BT confirming that it’s in early talks concerning the takeover of two UK mobile networks, one confirmed as O2.

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WSJ: Samsung contemplating ‘major leadership shake-up’

WSJ: Samsung contemplating ‘major leadership shake-up’

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 24 at 14:30

A couple of weeks ago, we were saying that Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin had to make do with a paltry £400,000 salary for Q3 this year. Oh, the humanity!

There’s yet more bad news here as sources of The Wall Street Journal say Samsung is considering big changes at the top. Eek.

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Google Nexus 6 has a hidden RGB LED for notifications

Oddly, someone asked just the other day if many current phones use an LED for notifications, and there’s a surprise addition to the group.

Turns out the Google Nexus 6 has a secret RGB LED, one that can be activated if you’re happy enough to root your device.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 22 at 13:00

What happened this week? The 0-10 Oakland Raiders beat the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs; that was pretty weird. We won’t dwell too much on Scotland vs. England in the soccerball; that was just a friendly.

In mobile (that is, after all, why we’re here), Nokia surprised us with an Android Lollipop tablet, the N1, and Finnish startup Jolla secured over $1m in three days for its own take on the tablet thing.

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Jolla Tablet secures over m funding in 72 hours

I’d admittedly grown to feel a little sorry for Jolla, a group of well-meaning individuals seemingly doomed to live in the shadow of the big money-grabbing mobile players.

But the Finns clearly don’t need any sympathy, as their Jolla Tablet has secured a ridiculous $1.1 MILLION funding in just three days.

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Google patents app for real-time conversations in two languages

Google patents app for real-time conversations in two languages

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 22 at 10:00

Having spent a couple of decades growing up without all this newfangled mobile technology, I find it endlessly amusing that you no longer need to know anything; just “Google it”. In that sense, the internet’s almost like external storage for your brain.

Similarly, Google wants to make things easier for us unilingual idiots, with an app that enables a real-time, local, screen-based conversation with someone else in an entirely different language. Sacré bleu!

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Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 21 at 14:30

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.

The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.

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BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 21 at 11:30

It’s amusing that every time a new high-end BlackBerry phone is rumoured, the collective blogosphere wonders: ‘Could this be BlackBerry’s saviour?’ Never say never, I guess.

The latest candidate for reversing the Canadian manufacturer’s ailing fortunes is something called the BlackBerry Rio, an all-touch flagship.

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Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 20 at 14:00

Following on nicely from our Four of the best phones under £150 feature, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today introduced the spanking new Honor 3C, with a wallet-friendly price tag of £109.99.

The Huawei Honor 3C certainly offers plenty of bang for your buck, following the grand Chinese tradition of decent-but-affordable phones, but the picture's not entirely rosy.

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No more ‘Free’ apps on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them

The Google Play Store recently bowed to pressure from angry customers and the European Commission over the use of the word ‘Free’ in relation to gratis apps that offer – or sometimes demand – in-app purchases in order to unlock content, or perhaps to progress in a game. "Freemium" apps, for short.

In a similar move, App Store apps that are free to download are no longer listed as ‘Free’, with the button now labelled ‘Get’.

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