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HTC One (M8) for Windows will hit T-Mobile in time for Christmas

T-Mobile has announced plans to release the HTC One M8 for Windows smartphone to its customers in time for Christmas, as Windows Phone supporters will have something to cheer about. The Windows Phone 8.1 device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3 GHz) CPU, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage space, along with a 5" full 1080p HD display.

 

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Pricing and availability of the HTC One M8 for Windows wasn't made available by T-Mobile, but it will be released in time for Christmas. The M8 for Windows is currently available on Verizon Wireless for $100 with a two-year contract or $600 without a contract. AT&T hasn't publicly disclosed pricing or availability of the M8 on its network.

 

Despite Windows Phone-powered devices that look appealing, it has been difficult for Microsoft to compete with Google Android and Apple iOS - a problem that won't go away anytime soon, with Windows Phone capturing less than five percent of the smartphone market. HTC has taken advantage of Microsoft nixing Windows Phone licensing fees, in an attempt to draw more handset makers to its struggling mobile OS.

Google rumored to call the new Nexus smartphone 'Nexus X'

Google should hopefully take the wraps off of its upcoming next-gen Nexus smartphone soon, a flagship that should arrive with Android L, or Android 5.0, or heck, Android Lemon Meringue Pie, or whatever they call it.

 

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TKTechNews is behind the later rumor, where it shows actual links to the leaked Fnac.pt pages, where you can find a listing for the 64GB Nexus X. The image says that the Nexus X features a 5.2-inch display, 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and a 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera. There are conflicting reports on the display, with some stating it will arrive with a 5.3-inch display, while others state it'll show up with a 5.9-inch panel.

 

The OS is listed as "Android Lemon Meringue 5.0," which is what we should expect Google to unveil with the Nexus X.

Apple's much bigger 12.9-inch iPad should arrive next year

The last time we heard about the 12.9-inch iPad was all the way back in January, where we heard Apple would launch the bigger iPad before the end of 2014. But now Bloomberg is reporting that production on the larger, 12.9-inch iPad will crank up in the first quarter of next year.

 

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Bloomberg is reporting on the news from "people with knowledge on the matter" who "asked not to be identified because the details aren't public." The sources didn't spill much details on the bigger iPad, apart from the fact that we should expect it to go into production early next year, and feature a 12.9-inch display.

 

Why the need of a bigger iPad? Bloomberg thinks that Apple could make waves in the enterprise market with a business-focused iPad, which could counter Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. Would you buy a bigger iPad? Or do you want to see a convertible device with OS X with the ability to detach from its keyboard to be used as a tablet?

Amazon rumored to have sold only 35,000 units of its Fire Phone

It has been over a month since Amazon launched its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone, but how are sales going? Well, Amazon haven't released official sales figures, but Charles Arthur of The Guardian has smashed some numbers into a calculator, with some estimates on the sales of the Fire Phone.

 

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Arthur's estimated sales number of the Fire Phone comes in at just 35,000 sold, where he used data from both Chitika and ComScore. Arthur found that the Fire Phone has barely made an appearance on US mobile traffic since it launched last month, with the 35,000 estimated Fire Phones sold being the best case scenario.

 

"Therefore even allowing for margins of error, it seems unlikely - based on Chitika's data and the ComScore data - that there were more than about 35,000 Fire Phones in use after those 20 days [of being available]," according to Arthur. He continues: "Amazon had not responded to a request for comment on the calculation by the time of publication."

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California Governor Brown signs smartphone kill switch bill

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill making California the first state requiring smartphone kill switches enabled on new smartphones. Politicians and law enforcement hope the kill switch will help reduce the number of robberies and thefts related to smartphones, especially in metropolitan areas throughout the state. The law goes into effect after July 1, 2015.

 

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A kill switch law was approved in Minnesota, but the California bill was different because the kill switch has to ship on mobile devices already enabled. Consumers have the choice to disable it if they choose they don't want it anymore. If the phone is stolen, the kill switch will render the device useless until a PIN or correct password is entered on the device.

 

"California has just put smartphone thieves on notice," said Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), bill creator. "Our efforts will effectively wipe out the incentive to steal smartphones and curb this crime of convenience, which is fueling street crime and violence within our communities."

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Galaxy Note 4 rumored to feature new fingerprint commands

We will meet the Galaxy Note 4 next week, where it should feature the same Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint technology that is found in Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Not only that, but the Galaxy Note 4 should feature added functionality compared to the sensor featured in the S5.

 

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SamMobile is reporting that the Galaxy Note 4 should feature two notable changes in its fingerprint sensor, with the first being the ability to control which application opens when you swipe your finger. This allows users to program a specific application to open up when they swipe their thumb, with the app opening up and displaying in front of you instantly - instead of your finger unlocking the phone, and then having to navigate to the app you were going to use anyway.

 

The second feature is that you will be able to save passwords and log into websites, with the new Web sign-in feature allowing you to visit sites like Amazon, Gmail and many others where your username and password have been remembered. Instead of typing in your password, you'll be able to swipe your finger on the sensor, where the browser will then enter in your credentials for you. These new features will be added to the what the Galaxy S5 is already capable of.

Google partners up with Chinese firm for custom SoC for Project Ara

One of Google's most interesting new devices coming is its Project Ara, a modular smartphone. The company has announced that it has inked a deal with Rockship, a Chinese system-on-a-chip manufacturer to build a custom processor designed specifically for Project Ara.

 

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According to project lead Paul Eremenko, the custom processor is a better fit for Project Ara, as the company wanted something more independent for its modular smartphone. Rockchip will achieve this, as it will be a solution that doesn't require a bridge chip. Eremenko has teased that his team has started the second design spiral just last month, and that Toshiba has successfully produced the first revision of a UniPro network switch and bridges last week.

 

Now that we're into the second design spiral, Eremenko said that we can expect a major new MDK and new developer hardware, as well as their second developers conference later in the year. Google should be showing off its new Rockchip UniPro processor in Project Ara's third design spiral, with a prototype ready to be unveiled early next year.

Burger King offers up free smartphones with two-year contracts

Fast food restaurant Burger King continues to embrace technology, and wants customers to go online and receive free smartphones when signing up for two-year wireless contracts from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or Sprint. The promotion doesn't let customers have the latest and greatest smartphones, but the list of offered wireless devices isn't too shabby.

 

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Along with a rather curious relationship of a fast food restaurant offering smartphones, it's surprising to see the types of devices currently being offered. Models offered include: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, LG Optimus G Pro, G2, and the HTC One. Purchases are made through Amazon, and will end up costing the same amount as similar free phone offerings.

 

Burger King's promotion coincides with the launch of the new Burger King App for Google Android.

New Sony tablet and smartwatch leaked in a new photo, kinda

IFA 2014 is just around the corner, with mobile and wearable leaks coming in from all sides, with a new tease from Sony. In a promotional piece for its SmartBand, a fitness band, the company has teased its upcoming unannounced tablet, and unannounced smartwatch.

 

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The tablet could end up being the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with the smartwatch most likely being an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Starting with the tablet, it looks like a 7- or 8-inch slate, with Spider-Man being placed on the screen of course, Sony owns the Spider-Man movie rights. If it's as good as the Xperia Z2 Tablet (which I'm using right now, expect my review in the next couple of weeks) it should be fully waterproof.

 

When it comes to the smartwatch, it should be the next smartwatch in Sony's SmartWatch range, but we can't tell much from the image unfortunately.

Rumor: Apple securing RAM for its next-gen iPhone from... Samsung

Apple's next-gen iPhone isn't far away now, and by each day the iPhone 6 gets closer, more details on it appear. Today's rumor isn't that juicy, but DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is securing mobile RAM for its next-gen iPhone from its main competitor: Samsung.

 

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According to DigiTimes' insider sources: "Apple made a drastic move to begin expelling Samsung from its supplier list for a number of key components, including application processors, mobile RAM, NAND flash chips and batteries, starting 2013." Under this policy, Apple secured RAM from only two companies for the iPhone 5: SK Hynix and Elpida Memory (Micron Technology), as it removed long-time supplier Samsung from its list after the increased competitiveness, and multiple lawsuits.

 

DigiTimes' sources continued: "Recently, Apple has been asking Elpida/Micron and SK Hynix to ramp up supplies of mobile RAM, but the two firms have been reluctant to increase their shipments as chip prices offered by Apple are less than desired." This has forced Apple to rely on Samsung to ensure that it had enough iPhones at launch to sell to the reported 80-90 million customers.

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