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Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 UK release date: October 17

We’ve been focusing on Samsung’s high-end wares of late, specifically the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, but the manufacturer has never been one to neglect the low end.

The Galaxy Ace series has been quietly ticking away in the background for years, and remarkably we’re about to meet the fourth member of the family (not including cousins), the appropriately named Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. Release date? October 17, buddy.

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Thousands of leaked Snapchat pictures to form searchable database

Thousands of leaked Snapchat pictures to form searchable database

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11 at 14:00

Snapchat has endured more than its fair share of security issues over the years, but this latest one is arguably the worst to date.

Thousands of leaked Snapchat pictures are set to appear in a fully searchable database, and considering the last thing the users expected was for the pictures to be made public, you can imagine the kind of content we’re talking about.

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HTC One M8 software update brings KitKat Android 4.4.4 and Eye Experience

HTC One M8 software update brings KitKat Android 4.4.4 and Eye Experience

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11 at 12:00

If you happen to own an HTC One M8 and find yourself admiring the spanking new Desire Eye and its Eye Experience camera features, well, power down that admiration machine, friend.

As promised, HTC has brought Eye Experience to the One M8, along with - what is for now - the latest version of Android.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11 at 10:00

Another week, another bunch of stories about mobile phones and tablets. It doesn't get much more literal than that. Highlight of the week was undoubtedly all the new HTC stuff, including the HTC Desire Eye, HTC Re camera, and HTC One M8 Eye. Meanwhile, things appear to be going from bad to worse for Samsung.

As for comments, the Google Nexus 6 certainly impresses in terms of specs, but we wonder about the price tag and the lack of microSD.

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HTC One M8 Eye unveiled after all as Asian exclusive

HTC One M8 Eye unveiled after all as Asian exclusive

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10 at 17:00

The past few weeks saw an abundance of confusion pertaining to HTC’s October 8 Double Exposure event in New York (that was Wednesday this week, for the calendrically challenged), and the suggestion that the focus might’ve been something called the One M8 Eye, essentially a One M8 with a 13MP rear camera. Zuh?

A late rumour burst correctly told us to instead expect the HTC Desire Eye and the HTC Re, but it turns out the HTC One M8 Eye is also a thing, having just popped up in China.

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WSJ: Yeah, Motorola is making the Google Nexus 6 or ‘Shamu’

WSJ: Yeah, Motorola is making the Google Nexus 6 or ‘Shamu’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10 at 14:00

It’s largely accepted that Motorola is the manufacturer of choice for the imminent Nexus 6, Team Moto – somewhat ironically – having been unceremoniously passed on from Google to Lenovo.

In case there was any doubt, the rumours are given corroboration by not one, nor two, but three sources of a big-name publication type thing.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 UK release date put back as things go from bad to worse

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 UK release date put back as things go from bad to worse

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10 at 12:00

You would’ve been forgiven for getting a little excited at the recent headline Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date brought forward as consumers go iPhone 6 crazy, and understandably gutted upon realising the story pertained to Korea only.

In fact, over here it’s the opposite story, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s UK release date has been shoved back to October 17.

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iPad Pro production slipping back to 2015 on account of iPhone 6 mania?

iPad Pro production slipping back to 2015 on account of iPhone 6 mania?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 9 at 16:00

It looks like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch on October 16, so now we’re pointing our interrogatrix machines at the iPad Pro and demanding: “What about you, big man?”

One particular report says that while iPad Pro production was pencilled in for late 2014, it’ll now be early 2015. Blame the iPhone 6.

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Meizu MX4 Pro shoved back till November

Meizu MX4 Pro shoved back till November

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 9 at 14:00

As far as the western world is concerned, Meizu is a bit of an urban legend, a mythical Chinese manufacturer with a penchant for releasing high-spec phones at wallet-friendly price points. Presence in the UK: zero.

But hey! We likes to write about them regardless, and here we’re told that the elusive Meizu MX4 Pro has been pushed back till after Halloween.

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Google Nexus 9 marks HTC’s newfound ‘commitment’ to tablets

Bit of an international story here, with words from New York being relayed to a publication in Taiwan, and fired back over here to the United Kindgoms of Liz Regina.

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has reportedly confirmed it’s working on the Google Nexus 9, while promising that the device marks a “commitment” to future tablets.

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Apple books iPad launch event for October 16, says ‘It’s been way too long’

As soon as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched last month, we looked to Apple and said: “Please sir, can we have some more? An iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, if you have them.”

It was only a matter of time, and what do you know? That October 16 rumour from a few days ago was right on the proverbial money.

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HTC’s Re camera sounds surprisingly interesting, but will it catch on?

HTC’s Re camera sounds surprisingly interesting, but will it catch on?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 8 at 23:30

HTC told us “something remarkable” was coming at Double Exposure tonight, and depending on your point of view, they might just have delivered

The HTC Re camera looks to revolutionise the way we takes stills and video, doing away with the notion of a viewfinder and freeing us to go mental and just shoot the crap out of stuff as it happens with what's essentially a handheld tube. I think I kinda like it.

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HTC Desire Eye official at last: 5.2in 1080p, 13MP front/rear cameras, Eye Experience software magic

It’s incredible to think that we’ve been talking about the HTC Desire Eye – or HTC One M8 Eye, as we were calling it at one point – for less than four weeks. Feels like we’ve been waiting a lifetime, thanks in no small part to the relentless tidal wave of recent leaks.

Indeed, it turns out those recent leaks were bang on the money: this isn’t just an HTC One M8 with a 13MP rear camera; it’s called the HTC Desire Eye and it has 13MP cameras plural – that’s front and back.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 show up on video

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 show up on video

Martin James  Oct. 8 at 13:00

We've been hearing a bit lately about Samsung's A-Series, which will supposedly follow the example of the recently launched Galaxy Alpha in using premium materials for a high build quality.

And now we have some video evidence to give us a better idea of what we can look forward to from the Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3.

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Google Nexus 6 benchmark confirms we should brace ourselves for a beast

If the last couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that we should expect the latest version of Android to drop alongside some shiny new Nexus hardware around Halloween – give or take a few days.

This year, that notion is given credence by the increasing multitude of Google Nexus 6 (aka Nexus X aka Motorola Shamu) leaks, and here a purported benchmark confirms this thing - this imminent thing - will have some serious muscle.

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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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