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Slimline Moto E rumored as next Motorola smartphone

04/20, 6:02pm

Motorola will be making a third device in its Moto range of smartphones, a rumor alleges. Specifications for what is believed to be called the Moto E have apparently leaked, suggesting the company is planning to launch another low-budget smartphone similar to the Moto G, but with a slightly thinner 6.2mm (0.24 inches) body instead of the Moto G's 11.6mm (0.46 inches) thickness.

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OnePlus One image leak shows minimal design, variety of covers

04/20, 12:22am

The OnePlus One has allegedly surfaced in leaked marketing shots posted on a forum, days before its expected launch. The images, which are renders rather than photographs, appear to show not only what could be the final form of the smartphone, but also a collection of the StyleSwap back covers the company will also be producing.

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Briefly: Google Trends' email notifications, Tresorit storage launch

04/19, 12:22am

Today Google has added email notifications for its Google Trends service. Users can now subscribe to any search topic, including Hot Searches for any country or US monthly Top Chart subscriptions. Google Trends subscriptions can be signed up for by selecting "Subscribe" button beside a particular trend topic, and unsubscribing can be done any time within the preferences area.

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Samsung details premium subscription for Milk Music service

04/18, 2:41pm

Samsung will be offering a premium version of its Milk Music service to its users in the future, the phone manufacturer has revealed. Launched last month as a free service for Galaxy smartphone owners, Samsung will soon introduce advertising to free accounts, adding an option to remove advertising priced at $3.99 per month, with premium subscribers said to be receiving some unnamed "exclusive features."

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Briefly: Tesco confirms Hudl sequel, Chromecast offers credit in UK

04/18, 11:52am

Tesco has confirmed it is working on a follow-up to the Hudl tablet for release sometime this year, after revealing the British retailer sold over 500,000 units of the Android device, reports Hexus. The current model, priced at £120 ($200), has a 7-inch 1440x900 display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage, and a stock installation of Android with apps for Tesco services pre-loaded. Specifications for the updated model remain unknown.

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Microsoft sells 5M Xbox One consoles, Sony hits 7M PlayStation 4 sales

04/18, 10:23am

Microsoft has sold more than five million Xbox One game consoles since its launch, the company has revealed. While Microsoft is celebrating the sales milestone, the game console is still far behind the leading PlayStation 4, with Sony reporting more than 7 million units sold worldwide in a blog post just one day before Microsoft's announcement.

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Google rumored to work with MediaTek for budget Nexus smartphone

04/18, 7:58am

The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.

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Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II microSD cards

04/18, 5:48am

Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.

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Briefly: Ubuntu tablets to run Ubuntu 14.04, Notegraphy for Android

04/17, 11:53pm

Canonical has released its latest Long Term Support version of Ubuntu for desktops and servers. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes an update to its phone version as well as for tablets. Stated in a press release from by the company, the most recent Ubuntu version will "form the basis of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets from Canonical OEM partners."

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Briefly: Facebook 9.0 for iOS, cross-platform Farmville 2

04/17, 11:34pm

Version 9.0 has been released for Facebook's app for iOS, adding new features. Though a minor update, the biggest addition to the app is the ability for users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled it. Administrators can now review and review posts by group members, and all users will be able to view trending topic posts in the iPad's version of News Feed. Facebook's app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes.

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Michael's craft store chain hit by massive, long-running data breach

04/17, 6:59pm

Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach between May 8, 2013 and January 27 of this year. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have been impacted, which represents about seven percent of payment cards used at Michael's stores in the US during the time period.

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Google invites potential users to try Glass hardware at home

04/17, 3:39pm

Google has started a pilot scheme where it sends potential Google Glass customers test units, so they can try the device on from home. E-mails sent to people who had previously let Google know they wanted to buy the device, offering for a free "home try-on kit" to be sent to them, including a variety of Glass units and its Titanium Collection prescription frames.

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Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS, Android apps

04/17, 3:27pm

Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if both parties have it enabled, and allow restricting notifications to specific groups -- close friends, for example, or a custom list.

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Dropbox buys out Loom photo service, Hackpad collaboration tool

04/17, 1:55pm

Cloud storage service Dropbox has bought out Loom, a photo storage and organization service, according to a notice on the latter company's website. Additionally acquired by the file sharing locker is collaborative document service Hackpad which will continue to support its app, unlike Loom.

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Google aims for January launch of Project Ara, organizes $100K contest

04/17, 9:51am

Google is aiming to launch the first Project Ara smartphone in January next year, the company revealed at the project's first developer conference earlier this week. Google is also attempting to encourage developers to produce sections of the modular smartphone, by offering a $100,000 prize in a competition for designing the best Ara module.

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