New Oppo N3 leak shows different design

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A couple days ago an image of the forthcoming Oppo N3 smartphone surfaced that showed a very unique design for the top edge of the device housing the camera and possibly some speakers. Today a new image has surfaced that shows a much more conservative design that is quite different when compared to the previously leaked image. This image shows the back of the device with the top edge taking a more traditional form for smartphones.


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AT&T pre-ordering open for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 with 4G LTE

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The Galaxy Tab S, regardless of which size, is a visually stunning tablet. Now, you can get the same tablet with a 4G LTE connection. AT&T is now taking pre-orders for the Samsung tablet in both 8.4- and 10.5-inch sizes.

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will be available in Charcoal Gray for $429 with a two-year contract or $529 without. With AT&T Next, customers can pay $26.50 per month for twenty months. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in the same color will cost $31.50 per month for twenty months; however, the two-year contract price is $529 or $629 outright.

The carrier will also offer a dedicated keyboard with a 50% discount when purchasing it with the tablet. AT&T will ship orders on September 23 and the tablets will be available online and at retail stores on September 26.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Motorola launches Moto Maker in the United Kingdom

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Folks in the United Kingdom can now design their own Moto X (2014), but actually ordering is still not allowed. Motorola has launched Moto Maker over there with the option to email a design for future reference. The company labels the Moto X (2014) as “Coming Soon” and the price tag attached is £419.99 with different backs and storage options increasing that.

Source: Motorola

Samsung’s new Exynos 5433 is the first to use Cortex-A57/A53 cores

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The Galaxy Note 4 that will ship internationally has the new Exynos 5433 processor inside. While the device has not been marketed as a having 64-bit architecture behind it, it turns out that this Samsung SoC does support it. AnandTech found that the Exynos 5433 is indeed a 64-bit SoC with Cortex-A57 and A53 cores. This is all while using the big.LITTLE setup. The GPU paired with the Exynos 5433 is the Mali T760.

When Android L launches this fall, there is a chance that Samsung activates the Galaxy Note 4′s 64-bit capabilities.

Source: AnandTech

Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS

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Looking for a new Bluetooth keyboard for your Android tablet? You might want to consider the Universal Mobile Keyboard from Microsoft. That’s right you read that right….Microsoft. This one not only works with Windows, but it also works with Android and iOS too.

It might seem weird that Microsoft would offer a keyboard that works with Android, but if you think about the fact that they are pushing Office 365, it isn’t all that surprising. If you plan on using Office 365, you will need a keyboard if you want to be productive, and Microsoft figured they might as well join the party.


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Google’s Material Design takes home the Gold Prize at the User Experience Awards 2014

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Material Design was introduced at Google I/O, and we all  fell in love with it instantly. It’s by far the biggest visual change for Android since Ice Cream Sandwich.

The User Experience Awards 2014 took place last week and Google received the Gold Prize for the “Best Contribution to UX” category. Other Gold Prize winners included Volkswagen for Best Brand Experience and SAP Consumer Insight 365 for Best Enterprise Experience. The Grand Prize went to Virgin America for Most Significant Industry Evolution.

Congratulations Google!! Just in case you aren’t familiar with Material Design, we have a short video after the break.


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Facebook could make private sharing easier with ‘Moments’

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Facebook knows it’s hard to share things with only a few select people, at least on their network. But they might have the answer with a product codenamed, “Moments.”

Moments is being tested right now with employees so it could be released soon. As it stands right now, the design is a grid with tiles representing close friends and/or family. All the user has to do is tap on a contact tile to quickly share something with just them. According to TechCrunch, the app looks a lot like the Cluster app.


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Galaxy S 5 Sport for Sprint quick review

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Samsung is the king of variant phones, meaning they release a phone and proceed to release different versions of the same phone. The Galaxy S 5 is already available on Sprint, but they are offering a different version called the Galaxy S 5 Sport (Galaxy S 5 Active on AT&T). It’s basically a Galaxy S 5 geared towards the fitness crowd. The design is by far the biggest difference, but it also includes Sprint’s new Fit Live app. The Galaxy S 5 Sport also comes with a $100 premium ($199 vs $99 on contract). Are these differences a good enough reason to spend the extra dough? Hit the break to find out.


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Motorola drops four new apps on the Play Store for 2014 Moto X

Moto_X_2014_Moto_Display_TAMotorola has released four new applications onto the Play Store for the release of the 2014 Moto X. Last year, Motorola separated several of their apps from the core software of the Moto X and uploaded them to the Play Store to allow quick updates without a complete OTA rollout. It was a successful strategy and we’ve seen other manufacturers do the same things with their newer devices.

These four new apps are Moto Actions, Moto Display, Motorola Sensor Services, and an app just called Moto. The Moto Actions app handles the gestures that Motorola has been showing off with their new device. It looks like it’ll give you an explanation of each gesture and let you toggle specific gestures on and off. The Moto Display app is the advanced version of Active Display from last year’s Moto X, and it is indeed separate from the Play Store listing for Active Display.
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