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Phablet smartphone buyer's guide fall/winter 2014
By Luke Jones on Saturday September 20, 2014

The smartphone lines a blurred and what was once a phablet is now merely a normal device, but things get even more complicated than that. The LG G3 for example has a 5.5-inch screen but is classed as a flagship device as opposed to a full blown phablet, while the newly launched iPhone 6 Plus is a phablet, but also has a 5.5-inch screen. Confusing indeed, so if you could just put aside what you say is a phablet or not and take a look at our 2014 winter buyer's guide for the best phablets your hard earned money can buy right now.

The iPhone 6 build/supply/buy/smuggle/sell chain
By Luke Jones on Saturday September 20, 2014

A little perspective is always a good thing, so while some of us are waiting to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and thinking, "Gee, this is expensive," what about the guys and girls who make the device. A report today shows how much the average iPhone 6 manufacturer gets paid, and how much it would cost them to purchase Apple's latest smartphone.

Moto X on Verizon from Sept. 26th for $100
By Luke Jones on Saturday September 20, 2014

Motorola is getting a lot of things right with its new Moto X. Firstly, the American company has crafted an amazing flagship smartphone, an improvement on the first model in every way. Secondly, the brand also seems to be getting pricing right this time, with the Moto X set to land soon with a very enticing on contract price.

Samsung's Galaxy A5 is made from cold stuff
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Alpha last month. It was the company's first handset to be made from premium materials, boasting a metal chassis, although the Galaxy Note 4 has since followed that suit. I like the Alpha but it launched in the UK at a crazy price that makes it more expensive on contract than even full blown flagships. Samsung likes the device too and we have reported previously how the company is expanding the Alpha name and creating a whole series behind it.

Samsung offering $200 for old smartphones to get a Galaxy Note 4
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

With pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 now up and running with carriers and networks, you may be turning your attention to financing the handset. The king of the phablet world does not come cheap, but Samsung is making things a little easier with a new cashback program that could make it simpler to get the S Pen packing Note 4 in your hands.

Samsung planning mobile payment focused smartwatch
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

If Samsung has an idea, it makes a product for it. The Korean company already has six smartwatches in the market, but is reportedly developing a new one that will be focused on mobile payments. Obviously spurred on by Apple Watch and Apple Pay, Samsung is working on the new NFC oriented smartwatch to go alongside its numerous other efforts.

Pebble releases version 2.5 of its smartwatch software
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

Before all the tech giants embarked on the smartwatch wagon there was Pebble, the company that in some ways started a trend. The Pebble smartwatches may not be as high tech as the examples that followed from more established mobile players, but they are still functional pieces of kit. Pebble has now rolled out some new firmware for its wearable devices, bringing even more features to the party.

Google now requires developers to make their physical address public
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

Google has made some controversial changes to its requirements for app developers, now insisting that each one provides an actual physical address when filling in their app details page. The new rule was spotted by Jared Rummler, of JRummy Apps, who detailed the change of policy in a Google+ post and showed an image of the requirement as it is in the terms and conditions.

OnePlus One available for pre-order in October
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

The saga of the OnePlus One will be long remembered in tech circles, but there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel. PR disasters, case cancellations, delayed release dates and more may have halted the budget flagship, but what's left at the end is still an extremely good smartphone. For the money it costs, the OnePlus One is a masterpiece and now the company has confirmed that the device will be available for pre-order at the end of October.

Sony to launch all three Xperia Z3 devices in the US soon
By Luke Jones on Friday September 19, 2014

Today is the new dawn of Sony's smartphone strategy after the company confirmed yesterday that it will be focusing on higher end devices and will not offer as many mid-range and low end devices. With that in mind, the company's latest batch of high end Xperia Z3 products are getting the kind of treatment other Sony devices rarely get. That's because they are arriving in the United States, and not months after launch either.