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Apple iPhone 6s Production Delayed Two Weeks
By Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015

Ming-Chi Kuo is an analyst with KGI Securities who is typically accurate when it comes to predicting events in Apple's future. So when he says something it is usually worth paying attention to, and Kuo's latest information is no different. The analyst says that production on the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been delayed for one to two weeks.

Mystery HTC Handset Hits FCC
By Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015

A new HTC device has been uncovered at the FCC, the US based regulatory button that certifies products for sale in the country. As is usually the case with files passing through the commission, there are very few details to speak of, not even an image or any specs.

Xperia C5 Ultra is Another Interesting Smartphone from Sony
By Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015

Sony impressed us earlier in the week with the spiffing Xperia M5, a handset with a humble price tag considering its flagship challenging specs. What about the Xperia C5 Ultra, the other device Sony announced this week, how does that measure up?

Android Fingerprint Scanners Open to Mobile Payment Hacks
By Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015

Google, Android, and all manufacturers could do without more stories about what hackers are able to do on the platform, but yet they keep coming. The Stagefright vulnerability recently put Android in the spotlight as it was found users could control a device by sending a simple corrupted MMS. It has now been found that Android fingerprint scanners allow hackers to take a user?s print, while Apple's TouchID does not.

There are 24,093 Separate Android Products in Use
By Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015

Android is the mobile platform that leads the way in global markets, Google's OS is well ahead of Apple's OS in most areas with all other rivals insignificant enough to not be worth mentioning. Why is that, what has made Android the runaway leader? Well, the sheer availability of the platform across so many devices certainly helps, and market researcher Open Signal says there are now 24,093 different Android products in use.

Google Commits to Monthly Android Security Patches
By Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015

It seems as though Google and Samsung have been in talks over the recent vulnerabilities in the Android platform. Google's OS was found to have what?s been dubbed the Stagefright vulnerability where hackers can use a MMS to secure control of an Android handset. Samsung revealed that it would now start sending monthly security patches to its devices and Google has now followed suit by saying it will do the same.

Samsung to Issue Monthly Security Patch Post Stagefright Vulnerability
By Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015

In the wake of the recent Stagefright vulnerability found in the Android platform, Samsung has decided to knuckle down and will start releasing monthly security patches for its devices. Simply put, this will mean that any future security problems will be dealt with quickly, instead of merely waiting for them to happen before acting. Samsung will also be rolling the patches out directly, so they will not have to pass by (and inevitably arrive late) a carrier first.

BlackBerry Passport Silver Arrives in U.S.
By Luke Jones on Wednesday August 05, 2015

The silver edition of the BlackBerry Passport is now available in the United States, bringing with it a slight change to the company's current smartphone flagship. Some of the changes to the Passport (which we still think is a quality handset by the way) are more noticeable than others, but the result is the most updated variant of the square screened device.

OnePlus Designing OnePlus 2 Successor? Not Named OnePlus 3
By Luke Jones on Wednesday August 05, 2015

The smartphone world never stops, even if you are a company that takes it one device and one sale at a time. OnePlus has just announced its acclaimed OnePlus 2 and already has another handset scheduled for release later in the year, a lower end device. However, the company is already working on its next "Flagship Killer" but don't expect it to be called the OnePlus 3.

Lenovo Vibe X3 Benched: Solid Specs
By Luke Jones on Wednesday August 05, 2015

Lenovo's new Vibe X3 has been reported for some time and now it seems as though the handset is close to launching after passing through GFXBench recently. The overall specs seem to show that Lenovo's latest mid-range smartphone will be a solid overall package and should come with an affordable price tag once it launches at IFA in Berlin last month.