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Google Releases Nexus 5 Smartphone Silently, Some Models Already Sold Out

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Last year Google released the Nexus 4, to go along with their Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The smartphone was a success despite its lack of LTE connectivity. Those with cellular companies that used the GSM standard (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and most of the rest of the world) were able to buy an unsubsidized smartphone for the relatively affordable price of $299 for the 8 GB model. This year in a silent rollout, Google released the Nexus 5 (Nexus devices are typically named after their screen size). Read the rest of this entry »

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Samsung Unpacked At IFA 2013

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IFA 2013 is the world’s largest consumer electronics show. It has taken place in Berlin since 1924, with over 200,000 visitors and exhibitors expected this year. Since 2011 Samsung has been announcing its Galaxy Note series of smartphones at the show. Often dubbed “phablets”, these large screened smartphones have carved out a pretty big niche for themselves. This year was no different. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, along with a new companion smartwatch called the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and Samsung’s 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Here are some takeaways from each product: Read the rest of this entry »