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Motorola X+1 features larger display, dual flashes, and aluminum frame

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Motorola’s current flagship smartphone is the Moto X, which was released last summer. The fact that it’s almost a year old puts it at a distinct disadvantage compared to competing flagship smartphones. The fact that it’s underpowered compared to the competition and has to sell alongside the oh-so-reasonable-in-every-way Moto G makes things even more difficult. That could all change in a matter of weeks, though. Information about a new Motorola flagship has just hit the web and it sounds like it will be arriving sooner rather than later. (more…)

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Sony Xperia Z3 leak reveals phone that is almost identical to the Z2

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Sony’s Xperia Z2 has only been available for a few months but already we’ve seen pictures of what purports to be the next flagship smartphone from Sony. The imaginatively named Z3 was first spotted about a fortnight ago, when photos of the device cropped up on Weibo. Now, noted leaker @evleaks has tossed out a couple more photos of the phone as well as some specs. (more…)

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 tipped to have a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 3GB RAM

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Many BlackBerry enthusiasts are waiting until September or November for the Passport and Classic to be released. But those that want a bit more class and have a few extra bucks laying around may want to hold off until December. According to N4BB, BlackBerry and Porsche Design are coming back to market with the P’9983, a successor to the P’9982 and P’9981.

If you recall, the Porsche Design BlackBerry devices are priced around $2,000 each, made of stainless steel, wrapped in handmade Italian leather and sport special edition PINs.

For the upcoming Porsche Design P’9983, the codename is ‘Khan’, and will reportedly include a 3.5-inch display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, and likely run a customized version of BlackBerry 10 (currently testing OS 10.3.0.700). In addition, similar to previous Porsche Design BlackBerry devices, the P’9983 will have the trackpad and ‘belt’ with navigation keys and made from carbon and steel.

Source: N4BB

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Razer Nabu smartband could allow exchange of contact info via high-five

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Razer’s smartband is supposed to offer more than just the usual notifications and fitness monitoring functionality. The company wants the Nabu to be capable of more and it wants the device to be better looking than the smartwatches and smartbands already on the market.

We’ve seen a ton of pictures of the Nabu. We even saw it in real life at CES (though it was inside a plastic case). We know it’s a good looking device. What we don’t know is what the device is capable of beyond the regular features we’ve come to expect from smartbands (like counting steps and showing notifications). Razer shed a bit more light on things this week when it revealed that the Nabu would have integrated support for WeChat. (more…)

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Coveted 416 area codes being sold for hundreds of dollars

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Back in 2012, the CRTC forecasted that the coveted 416 Toronto area code would be depleted by July 2015. To combat this they came out with 647 and, years later, 437. In addition, area code 387 was also set aside is to be set aside for future relief.

Glen Brown, project manager with the Canadian Numbering Association, says, “It’s conceivable you could get a 416 number; it’s probably difficult. It would be almost like old currency; it’s theoretically possible to pick up an old nickel or dime or quarter in your change, but the likelihood is greatly diminished,” said Brown. (more…)

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PUSH ships at the end of July, gyms will never be the same

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Get ready to pump some iron in a much smarter way. PUSH, the first wearable tech band to measure strength, is preparing to ship to backers pre-orderers by July 31st. We met up with the PUSH co-founder and CEO Rami Alhamad, and Sports Scientist Matt Kuzdub at a local gym in Toronto to get our hands on the final production unit and see it in action. (more…)

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Visa just made it easier for the next iPhone to become a payment platform

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Visa today announced a consolidation of its disparate payments solutions into Visa Digital Solutions, a suite of products, services and developer tools aimed at bringing payments to smartphones and wearables.

Last week, the company launched Checkout, a multi-screen solution for online payments. But omitted from that announcement was an explanation of how Visa plans to tackle the next generation of physical payments, which is made more complicated by the tenuous relationship between merchants, acquirers, financial institutions, government bodies and Visa itself.

As detailed in a release today, Visa Digital Solution tackles the problem of future payments into categories: support for new payment methods; and next-generation consumer protection measures. (more…)

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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta for Android and Windows Phone adds game purchases

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Microsoft’s latest console, Xbox One, is set to receive its August update in the coming days, and beta versions of the SmartGlass companion apps have been updated for Android and Windows Phone.

The new version of SmartGlass offers a number of new features, including low battery notifications and detailed activity feeds for each user account. But the crowning achievement, and what was most highly-requested among feedback givers, is the ability to purchase games, apps and add-ons from a smartphone or tablet. Once purchased, the software will begin downloading automatically on the console itself, ready to go when the user gets home.

The functionality has only been added to the beta versions of the app, and will be rolled out to the mainline branch, including on iOS, when the console update goes live in early August.

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Virgin Mobile will also release the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S, starts taking Tester Team applications

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The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S is heading to Bell on July 28th and it seems that its sub-brand Virgin Mobile will also carry the mid-range Android device. While not yet officially announced, Virgin has started accepting applications to its Tester Team for “an army of super-savvy Member phone lovers” to test out the Idol 2S.

Those interested in possibly scoring a free phone will have to submit the reasons why they’d be “an awesome addition to the VMC mobile phone tester team.” Virgin notes in the fine print that there are five spots up for grabs, and the “retail value of each prize is approximately $299.99.” This price is right in line with the no-term pricing that Bell will reportedly ask when it launches the device.

Source: Virgin
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Chrome 37 Beta brings Material Design to Chrome for Android

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Google today announced the beta release of Chrome 37 for Android. The app will hit the Google Play store sometime today and brings a couple of key changes.

The most important is probably the Material Design makeover. Google has brought the Material Design aesthetic to Chrome beta in preparation for Android L, the next version of Android. Announced at Google I/O, Android L will feature Material Design elements throughout the OS.  (more…)

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