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PayPal further plants its international mobile payments flag, partnering with 1,000 UK Shell gas stations

Consumers around the world have finally awoken to the potential of a mobile payments-powered world. Apple Pay is getting a fair amount of credit for this fact, and perhaps rightly so, but both Starbucks and Uber deserve equal praise for their roles in conveying the magic of this technology. But for all this awareness, the [...]

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Forget Netflix’s stock volatility, the real news is its long-term plan is taking shape

Another quarter, another huge gap in Netflix’s stock price as investors sift through the messy tea leaves that is its quarterly letter to shareholders. After rising 3 percent during trading hours Tuesday, Netflix’s stock rose another 16 percent in after-hours trading following the company’s earnings report for the last three months of 2014. That rally brought [...]

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Uber paying its Delhi drivers $1.5 million per month while they’re off the road

Uber got the green light from Delhi regulators earlier this week to operate in the Indian capital city, but it will still be some time before the company’s cars are once again transporting passengers. In the meantime, Uber is taking steps to stay in the good graces of its 2,500 existing drivers. The ruling stipulates [...]

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With rabid overseas demand, home design favorite Houzz looks to triple its international reach in 2015

After getting a taste of international operation in 2014, Houzz is going back for a second helping in 2015. With overseas outposts currently in the UK, Australia, Germany, and France, the home remodeling and design community will expand its footprint into a total of 15 non-US markets in the first half of 2015 with its [...]

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Microsoft finds support in its fight to keep customer data from the government

Microsoft has found new allies in its fight with the United States government. The company revealed on Monday that media organizations, technology companies, industry associations, advocacy groups, and leading computer scientists have signed amicus briefs in support of its argument that the US can’t order the company to hand over data stored in other countries. [...]

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Mattress startup Casper heads to Canada, promises an blissful night’s sleep to our neighbors up north

A good night’s sleep is one of the most universal of all needs. Given this, it’s little surprise that Casper, the popular New York-based mattress startup, has seen demand from around the world. But as an upstart with limited funding and rabid domestic demand to satisfy, crossing borders (and oceans) has largely been out of [...]

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Ford turns Navistar from truck business customer to rival

Filed under: Car Buying, Truck, Plants/Manufacturing, Marketing/Advertising, Work, Ford There is a showdown brewing in the medium-duty truck segment next year as Ford prepares to launch its all-new, in-house engineered 2016 F-650 and F-750. It finally marks the end of the Blue Diamond joint venture between Ford and Navistar and, making the two entities direct [...]

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Frontback almost never happened. Now it’s got 1M downloads, 75% monthly growth, and an Android app

Breakout mobile photo sensation Frontback is an app that almost never happened. It’s a fact that seems mind-boggling given that the company raced past its one millionth download in late March and has now doubled its user based in the last eight weeks and tripled the number of photos uploaded and viewed monthly since the beginning [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S4 + S4 Mini Black Edition availability announced

GS4 Black Edition

Update: Hot on the heels of Samsung UK’s statement, Samsung HQ has announced that the Black Edition GS4 and GS4 Mini will launch in “select markets” from February. The phones will come with exclusive wallpapers and ringtones, as well as black accessories and charging cables.

Original post: Samsung has started releasing Galaxy S4 models with a new Note 3-like leather-effect back — in recent days we’ve seen the new GS4 variants in Russia and South Korea sporting a redesigned derriere. So when might we see a Western release for this new (and, we’d argue, improved) flavor of Galaxy S4? Well, Samsung’s keeping its cards close to its chest for now, not exactly confirming a UK launch for the “Black Edition” GS4 seen in Russia recently, but instead hinting at the possibility of announcements ahead.

A Samsung spokesperson told Android Central, “Samsung UK will announce availability for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition in due course.”

That doesn’t tell us a whole lot, but it does suggest we haven’t seen the last of these new GS4 models without the glossy back cover. With a likely Galaxy S5 launch happening before the end of the month, hopefully we won’t have too long to wait.


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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 launches in the UK

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

£649 gets you a 12-inch KitKat tablet with stylus capabilities

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet is available to buy in the UK from today, Samsung has announced. The Wifi-only version of the tablet launches today from Samsung’s own online store, its “Experience Store” at Westfield Stratford City, and “selected retailers” such as Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis. The 12.2-inch behemoth sports a similar chassis design and internals to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, and is priced at a whopping £649 for the Wifi-only version.

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Galaxy Note 3 in red and rose gold white now available in the UK

Note 3Carphone Warehouse launches new color options

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has begun stocking the Galaxy Note 3 in two of the three new color options announced by Samsung late last year. From today CPW has the Note 3 in “merlot red” as well as “rose gold white,” which combines a white front and back with bronze-tinted accents. So far there’s no sign of the “rose gold black” Note 3 which was announced alongside these two.

On-contract prices start at £32 per month for a free Note 3, with tariffs on EE, Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone; alternatively it’s £579.95 outright.

Today’s launch is the latest in a series of new Note 3 color rollouts around the world. The new colors appeared first in South America, before hitting the U.S. on Verizon Wireless late last month.

Source: Carphone Warehouse


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New Galaxy S4 colors coming to Korea with leather-effect back

GS4 colors

Galaxy S4 LTE-A coming in ‘rose gold white,’ ‘rose gold black’ and ‘deep black’

Even as we look towards the possibility of a Galaxy S5 unveiling before the end of the month, it’s clear Samsung’s not done with the Galaxy S4 just yet. The company has just unveiled three new flavors of GS4 for its home market of South Korea, specifically the LTE-Advanced model with support for super-fast data speeds. The new colors — rose gold white, rose gold black and deep black — all sport Galaxy Note 3-style stitched leather-effect back covers. The look might not appeal to everyone, but in our opinion the matte and soft-touch finish of Samsung’s faux-leather backs are a big improvement on the glossy, fingerprinty battery door of old.

If the “gold” models look familiar, it’s because this color scheme has already appeared on the Galaxy Note 3 in some countries. Similarly, the “deep black” version is a dead ringer for the “black edition” GS4 that’s headed for Russia.

With a successor to the Galaxy S4 near on the horizon, it’s unclear whether Samsung will be pushing these new color options out globally. But between these new Galaxy S4 designs and its new “Pro” series tablets, Samsung seems committed to this new visual style for the present.

Source: Newswire Korea, Flickr; via: Engadget


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Moto G gets midnight launch in India

Moto G

Dual-SIM version of affordable Moto handset coming to Flipkart

As expected, Motorola has announced availability details for the Moto G in India. The dual-SIM version of the device will be available from midnight tonight IST, exclusively from Indian outlet Flipkart. The 8GB model sells for Rs 12,499, while the 16GB version costs Rs 13,999 — and both come with free e-books, as well as a 70 percent discount on official colored shell backs. Other offers for Moto G buyers in India include Rs. 1000 off clothing from Flipkart and a chance to win 100% of the phone’s value back in store credit.

Flipkart’s store listing shows the Moto G as shipping with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as opposed to the newer 4.4 KitKat shipping elsewhere. But as we said in our review of the device, the Moto G remains the best cheap Android phone you can buy right now, even on the earlier version of the OS.

More: Moto G review

Source: Motorola (Google+), Flipkart


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LG G Pad 8.3 down to £200 at UK retailer

LG G Pad 8.3

Larger-screened tablet for the same price as Google’s Nexus 7

LG’s G Pad 8.3 is one of the more impressive mid-sized Android tablets available today, with an 8.3-inch 1920×1200-resolution screen, a metal body and a Snapdragon 600 CPU. It’s also got LG’s colorful, love-it-or-loate-it Android UI, but that’s easy enough to pare back if it’s not your cup of tea. In any case we’re starting to see the G Pad appearing at discounted prices in the UK, where it debuted around the £260 mark in October.

UK retailer Expansys is offering the 16GB G Pad for £199.99 — within 99 pence of Google’s base Nexus 7 model, which comes with a smaller screen and slightly less powerful CPU. It’s not a Nexus, meaning you won’t get speedy updates or the pure Android software experience, but still, the G Pad 8.3 is a fine tablet for this price.

If you’re on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the LG G Pad 8.3, linked below.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: Expansys


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Samsung teams up with Phones4u to launch 15 stores in the UK

Phones 4u

New P4u-operated Samsung stores to focus on ‘smartphones, tablets and wearable technology’

UK high street retailer Phones 4u has announced a partnership with Samsung that’ll see 15 P4u-operated Samsung stores opening across the country. These outlets will focus on “smartphones, tablets and wearable technology,” and will be managed by Phones 4u and staffed by the company’s employees. Phones4u has previously partnered with the electronics giant with Samsung-branded “stores within stores” in some locations; the new partnership will take things a step further by opening standalone Samsung stores managed by the smartphone retailer.

Today’s news follows a wider deal between Samsung and P4u rival Carphone Warehouse to open more than 60 Samsung stores across seven European countries, as part of what CPW described as a “preferred partner” deal. As evidenced by today’s announcement, however, Samsung’s retail ambitions clearly extend beyond just one partner chain. And it’s possible Samsung stores could soon become a common sight in many British towns and cities.

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