With great power comes great cost for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge


The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge brings a lot of new innovation to the smartphone market and a new breakdown of the cost to produce the phone by research firm IHS reveals that innovation comes at relatively high cost. IHS recently took a look at the 64GB Verizon variant of the Galaxy S6 edge and estimated the cost for parts and assembly was about $290. That puts the Galaxy S6 edge about $34 per unit more than last year’s Galaxy S 5 and much higher than Apple’s iPhone 6 which is estimated to cost $247 to produce. The Galaxy S6 edge is currently retailing for $699 off contract. “This phone costs less than an iPhone to buy, but it costs Samsung more to build,” says IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler.
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HTC limits customers in India to HTC One M9+, announces other new devices


Although the HTC One M9 is considered the company’s latest “flagship” device, HTC has decided not to offer it in India. Instead, HTC will only be making its slightly larger version, the HTC One M9+, available to customers in India. HTC says the device will be available starting in early May at a price of ₹52,500 (≈ $842 USD). Many think this is a move by HTC to provide a device that can compete more favorably with the Samsung Galaxy S6.
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Amazon’s X-Ray now visible on Fire TV devices


One of the benefits that Fire tablet device owners have when watching Amazon Prime Instant Video is access to information about a title through IMDb thanks to their X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows feature. Using X-Ray, viewers can ask questions like “Who is that actor?”, “What else do they appear in?”, or “What is this song?” Amazon is now making this feature available to owners of their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Using a click of their remote, viewers can get answers to those questions and more displayed on their big screen.
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Huawei Watch may get mid-year launch in UK


One of the more impressive wearable devices that was announced at MWC 2015 was the Huawei Watch, the company’s entry into the smartwatch market. The specs were impressive, especially the 400 x 400 resolution screen. However, Huawei did not have estimated pricing or availability ready other than to reveal they were planning to release the Watch in 20 markets around the globe. The Huawei UK Twitter account revealed today that the device is expected “around the middle of this year.”
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LastPass gets a material update on Android


The LastPass password manager app for Android got an update this week to incorporate Google’s Material Design philosophy for Android. As part of the announcement of LastPass’s update, the company also announced they were partnering with Samsung to offer a premium upgrade to buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as part of the Samsung Galaxy Gifts program.
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Legere, Trump launch flame war over the weekend


T-Mobile CEO John Legere is no stranger to having his tweets picked up and turned into headlines, a limelight that he seems to relish as he continues to push T-Mobile up through the ranks of U.S. carriers. Likewise, Donald Trump seems to be one of those larger-than-life characters in U.S. culture and he is not afraid to Tweet. Unfortunately, the two crossed paths over the weekend and it was not pretty although it has been entertaining for those who enjoy a good flame war.
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HTC’s Sense 7 to land on HTC One M8 in next update


Owners of the HTC One M8 have started to receive their Android Lollipop update, but they have noticed that they do not get HTC’s latest interface, Sense 7. That missing piece is surely a disappointment to some, but leaving it out of the current update probably helped get Lollipop onto the One M8 a little bit faster. HTC vice president Mo Versi has now confirmed that the One M8 will get Sense 7, but it will not be until the next major upgrade is released.
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