Verizon-bound Droid Turbo shows up in leaked photos

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The new Moto X isn’t the only Motorola-made smartphone heading to Verizon. In fact, we’ve been hearing that the company has multiple handsets coming to the Droid-toting carrier. Pictured above is an alleged photo of the “Droid Turbo,” a Motorola phone rumored to be exclusive to Big Red. While it’s yet to be formally announced, word around the campfire is that the Turbo will feature an impressive 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a 2.65GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and a shutterbug-friendly 20-megapixel shooter.

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2014 Moto X orders now shipping from Moto Maker

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The 2014 edition Moto X is rumored to hit carriers within the next few days, however you can also purchase the device directly from its maker. Orders for Motorola’s new flagship smartphone through the company’s Moto Maker platform are now reportedly in route to consumers. So if you ordered the soon to be former Google company’s latest handset, you might want to check on its status.

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Samsung moves up Galaxy Note 4 launch in response to strong iPhone 6/Plus sales

Note-4-01Samsung has reportedly decided to move up the launch of its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone following a positive reaction and strong first week sales from Apple’s new larger iPhones 6 models. The KoreaTimes cited an unnamed employee in Samsung’s marketing department who said “the positive reaction from consumers to those two Apple devices prompted us to launch the Note 4 earlier than previously scheduled.”

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Galaxy Mega 2 announced, packs 720p 6-inch display, 8MP camera

GalaxyMega2Samsung this evening has finally officially unveiled the Galaxy Mega 2, a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Mega 5.8, for overseas countries. But while the device has a gargantuan screen, its specs are nothing to be too impressed with. The Galaxy Mega 2 features a 6-inch display, up from the 5.8-inch model it is replacing, with a 720p display.

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LG G3 Vigor coming to AT&T on September 26th for $50 with a two year service agreement

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From flip phones to flagships, LG makes a lot of handsets, so how about another device from the South Korean electronics manufacturer? The company’s mid-range Vigor is on its way to AT&T and will be available to purchase on Friday, September 26th for $50 with a new two year service agreement, or for $13.96 or $16.75 per month under the carrier’s Next program. However, if you’re not interested in re-upping or making payments, you can buy the device outright for $350.

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Apple says Beats Music service not shutting down, but reports indicate branding could change

While Apple promised when it acquired the company that it would continue offering the Beats Music streaming service on Android and Windows in addition to iOS, the fait of the service is now uncertain. According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple plans to shut down the Beats Music streaming service it recently acquired through its acquisition of Beats. The report cites several sources close to the situation including “several prominent employees at Apple and Beats.”

Update: Apple tells Re/code that the streaming service is not shutting down. However, Re/code says that the branding could be altered at some point in the future.

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LG announces the Wine Smart, an Android-powered flip phone that ships with KitKat

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Long before the smartphone became commonplace, flip phones reigned supreme. Now almost extinct, every so often a prominent electronics maker quietly releases one in select markets. Keeping this tradition going, LG recently announced a blast from the past, a brand new flip phone called the Wine Smart, which surprisingly runs Android 4.4. KitKat.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha launching exclusively on AT&T this Friday, September 26th

AT&T took to its YouTube channel this morning, uploading a video that outlines all the great features of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha handset. Sadly, this video came without any real information about when the handset will be coming to the carrier, much less how much it might cost. Not long after that happened, Samsung expectedly made its formal announcement, telling us that the phone will be available from September 26th, will come in three colors, and will start at the usual $199 on contract.

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HTC ready to try making tablets again, working on Google’s Nexus 9

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The Nexus 9 is definitely happening. Court documents recently confirmed that development of an HTC-made slate is currently underway and according to The Wall Street Journal the search giant decided to go with the Taiwanese firm to prevent manufacturing partners like Samsung from having too much power over its Android platform. When it comes to smartphones, HTC has an impressive resume loaded with high-end devices, but the company has struggled to find a winning formula in the highly populated tablet space.

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Samsung reportedly developing PayPal-powered smartwatch for mobile payments

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Wether it be Android Wear or Tizen calling the shots, Samsung already has a lot of smartwatches on the market and it’s rumored that the South Korean electronics maker is currently working on a new high-tech timepiece that can process mobile payments. According to Business Korea, this unannounced smartwatch will reportedly rely on a fingerprint scanner to verify its wearer’s identity, and will use a payment processing platform developed by PayPal.

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