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Kyocera's launch into Europe is last year's rugged flagship

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We were a tad bit confused when Kyocera announced a phone called the Torque for Europe considering that a phone by that name had been released back at the begging of 2013. Well it turns out this is simply a confusion of naming rather than re-releasing an old phone — the Kyocera Torque for Europe is simply the recently-announced Kyocera Brigadier available on Verizon.

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2 days ago

Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6

Let's get this out of the way: there are some similarities between the recently announced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. A lot of ink has been spilled over Samsung copying Apple's designs, but it's not as bad as you might think.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 both have glass fronts, a physical home button below the screen and metal around the sides. They have LTE radios and are technically smartphones. And if you happen to look at them from below, they look a little similar from that one angle.

Yes, from below, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 share some serious visual similarities. In that, they're machined out of aluminum and have machined holes for the 3.5mm headphone jack, a center-mounted USB or lightning port, and holes for speaker grilles drilled into the right side. There are even the Apple-style plastic-filled stripes that break it up into visual segments and a color-matched chrome-ringed home button. From the bottom you might think that the Galaxy S6 is another version of the iPhone.

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2 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Does the lack of microSD card slot in the S6 matter to you?

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Is removable storage still a dealbreaker?

Among the numerous changes to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge announced at Mobile World Congress Barcelona this week, many attentive Android fans noted that the microSD slot was removed.

While Samsung touted the improvements to the overall build and promised versions with internal storage up to 128GB, many of us are still crying foul over the loss of removable storage.

But is it really that much of a loss?

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2 days ago

The Innos D6000 you've never heard of has a 6000mAh battery

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Part of the fun of an event such as Mobile World Congress is trawling the halls and seeing weird and wonderful devices you might never normally come across. And that's exactly what happened when we stumbled across Innos, a Chinese smartphone maker you've probably never heard of. Its flagship Android device is this, the D6000, and it has a pretty spectacular signature feature: It has a 6000mAh battery.

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2 days ago

Google previews new features for Contacts; brings new interface, easier management

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Google has announced today that it is overhauling the way we manage contacts through Gmail, making it easier to stay on top of changes in your contacts' information.

Released as a preview today, and rolling out to Gmail over the next few weeks, the new Google Contacts comes with a fresh new interface, along with a number of new ways to interact with and organize your contact information.

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2 days ago

New Game of Thrones, Batman and DC Comics-based mobile games in the works

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Warner Bros. Interactive has at least five upcoming mobile games that are in development.

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2 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners on Bell

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If you're using a Galaxy S5 on Canada's Bell network, you're in for a sweet treat today. The carrier has announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out for the device starting today.

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2 days ago

The six things you need to know from Mobile World Congress

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It's a massive show this year, with exciting news coming at us from every direction.

We've had boots on the ground for several days now, and the sheer volume of news coming out of Barcelona this week has been nothing short of exciting. We've seen huge product announcements, brief glimpses into the future, and a whole lot of new ideas that are going to keep everyone quite busy for a little while. It's been difficult to keep up with, so while we are hard at work getting you our hands on experiences with all the new things it feels like a recap is in order.

Here's six quick clicks with all the huge news to come from the show so far.

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2 days ago

Samsung reportedly overtaken by Apple in Q4 2014 smartphone sales

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Research firm Gartner claims that Samsung sold 73.03 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2014, but was beaten by Apple, which the firm said sold 74.83 million smartphones.

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2 days ago

Honor 4X unveiled, coming in Q2 for €200

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The latest in the Honor line will be available Europe in the next few months.

At the Honor press event at Mobile World Congress, the newest mid-range offering, the Honor 4X has been announced. As we've seen before from Honor devices, we're looking at good specs without a high price, and while the Honor 6 Plus is clearly the most premium offering in the European lineup, the Honor 4X sits nicely in the middle.

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2 days ago

The Honor 6 Plus is officially coming to Europe

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We're in Barcelona with Honor at the brand's MWC 2015 press event where we learned that the Honor 6 Plus will be officially coming to Europe.

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2 days ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promises to double their battery life

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The battery cases will be launched around the time the new Galaxy smartphones are released later this spring for $99.95

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2 days ago

Pebble Time is now the most funded project on Kickstarter

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Pebble Time is the most funded project in Kickstarter history, and still has plenty of time to go.

Just last week, Pebble Time — the follow-up to the popular Pebble and Pebble Steel — took Kickstarter by storm. After blowing past their initial $500,000 goal, the campaign is now well over $13 million and still going strong. An additional boost has come from today's announcement of the Pebble Time Steel, a luxury version of the new smartwatch. The combined effort has pushed Pebble Time over the top, making it the most funded project in Kickstarter history.

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2 days ago

Chrome 42 will be the last version for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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People who are still using a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon won't be able to get any more updates for Google's Chrome browser.

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2 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the HTC One M9

There are a couple of easy ways to capture what's on your M9's screen

There are a bunch of reasons why you might want to capture what's on your HTC One M9's's screen and keep it for posterity. Maybe you want to show off a cool app, quickly share something with a friend, or make a quick copy of some important information. Whatever the case, there are a couple of ways to take a screenshot on the HTC One M9, and for the most part everything works just as it does on earlier phones like the M8.

So if you've used an HTC phone before you'll probably be right at home. But if you're new to Android or HTC, or just want to reacquaint yourself with the basics, we've got a quick guide to taking screenshots on the HTC One M9 after the break.

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