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Huawei doubles sales from last year, eating into but still far behind Samsung

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Huawei has had a good year, according to the latest market share numbers from IDC. Between the second quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014, Huawei has enjoyed a huge 95.1 percent increase in smartphone shipments, placing them in third place behind Apple and Samsung, and ahead of Lenovo and LG. Previously they were fifth place in the rankings. Huawei's global market share works out to 6.9 percent with more than 20 million in shipments in the second quarter, versus 4.3 percent (10.4 million) last year. Samsung's shipments dipped 3.9 percent in the same period, while Apple's climbed 12.4 percent.

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Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

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Archos Smart Home

A tablet, cameras and movement tags make up this $250 kit

Archos recently released their latest offering in the connected home space, dubbed Smart Home. We first checked out the system back at CES in January, and Archos has recently made the starter kit available in the U.K.

The Archos Smart Home system offers smaller, less expensive components than most other systems but still boasts many of the same features (and is also lacking a few). The $250 starter pack includes an Archos tablet, two mini-cams, two movement tags, and two weather tags. The entire setup works not over Wifi, but over Bluetooth Smart (AKA Bluetooth LE). This means that the modules can last for a year on a single battery — which makes for less hassle and less worry — and more awesomeness. You can use the Smart Home system with a companion app on Android and iOS, though everything first routes through the included Android tablet via your home Wi-Fi network.

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Sony Xperia T3 coming to Canada in August

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Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, and Sony Stores across Canada will be offering up the Xperia T3 starting in August. The Xperia T3 isn't top-of-the-line by any means with 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, but the 5.3-inch 1280 x 720 Bravia display may be enough for students heading back to school, especially if the price is right.

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Square getting an EMV chip update for more secure mobile credit card payments

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The little card reader that launched a mobile payments revolution — Square — today unveiled a new version of their card reader that is designed to work with the EMV chipped credit cards. EMV credit cards are a mainstay around the world and just starting to make headway in the United States (including a fraud liability deadline for businessses coming up in October 2015), and the new version of Square supports EMV in addition to the old-school magnetic swipe strip.

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Tablet owners can now enjoy free data, text and voice plans with FreedomPop

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FreedomPop has announced that it will offer 500MB a month of free 4G LTE data for tablets that supports Sprint's network, along with direct sales of Apple's iPad mini and Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 on their website.

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Using the S Health app on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 S Health app

Samsung has covered a lot of health and fitness bases on the Galaxy S5

Health and fitness has a big focus in the Samsung Galaxy S5, something we learned from the very moment it was introduced on stage. Samsung is making it easy to get involved in tracking your activity with the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone and the first-party S Health application.

S Health is a nice and easy way to pay more attention to your activity levels without the need for any wristbands or paying for any apps. Here's what it can do for you.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini gets a mini teardown, finds mini parts

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The iFixit team managed to get their hands on a Galaxy S5 Mini for a teardown, and found that the device has a lot in common with its standard sized sibling, the Galaxy S5. Both devices for instance feature the same dust and water resistance seal, as well as the micro-SIM tray and the microSD card slot. The Galaxy S5 Mini also retains the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor at the back from the Galaxy S5.

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Samsung Galaxy Avant brings Samsung style on the cheap to T-Mobile

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If you're looking for a relatively affordable Samsung Android phone on T-Mobile, the new Samsung Galaxy Avant just might fit the bill. The phone, which is set to retail for $216 and can be had for as little as $9/month over 24 months, has a 4.5-inch 960x540 display (245ppi), an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, LTE, and cameras of unspecified quality, all running Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Virgin Mobile to roll out a fully customizable prepaid plan with limited web access

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Virgin Mobile will be rolling out a new no-contract wireless plan, sold exclusively through Walmart. The mobile operator will be offering Americans the ability to activate up to five phone lines for a monthly fee starting from just $7 for each line. Available on August 9th, those who opt for Virgin Custom will have the option to customize everything to suit current needs and requirements, so long as you only enjoy using some of the popular social networks available.

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Top app, device and accessory sales for July 30, 2014

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Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...

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