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Google debuts first low-cost Android One phones in India

Three Indian vendors have launched smartphones based on a Google reference design starting at around $100 without operator subsidy, in a bid to grab a share of a growing but competitive segment of the country's smartphone market.

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Moto X, pure as the driven snow, to be presold out on Tuesday!

Motorola mobiles and watches are taking the world by storm! The Pure Edition and 360 (but not quite) available for presale on Tuesday! What do bloggers think?! In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get close to going around and around.

Ericsson buys Fabrix Systems for $95M to help put TV on any screen

Ericsson plans to buy Fabrix Systems, which sells a cloud-based platform for delivering DVR (digital video recorder), video on demand and other services for $95 million.

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Sharp to mass-produce low-power mobile displays in 2017

Sharp has set 2017 as its target for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in smartphones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary...

Smartphones under $100 with Intel chip could ship next year

Intel will ship its low-cost Sofia mobile chip to device makers by the end of this year, so smartphones and tablets priced less than $100 could be on the market early next year.

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Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative diseases.

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Forget the iPhone: It's all about iWatch now

Ten years from now, nobody will remember the announcement of the iPhone 6. They will, however, remember the launch of the Apple iWatch.

5 things Apple Watch can do, and 5 it can't

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

Sleek iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature big displays, NFC payments and new chips inside

Both phones run Apple's new A8 processor and are due to be made available Sept. 19

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Yale engineer creates smartphone case that's 3 times tougher than steel

An engineer and researcher at Yale University has developed technology to enable manufacturers to easily build smartphone cases that are lightweight, thin and tougher than steel.

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FireChat's developer wants to give IoT a mesh-network boost

Internet of Things devices that are too small to reach the Internet by themselves will get help from a vast network of nearby smartphone users if the latest plan from FireChat vendor Open Garden succeeds.

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At IFA, new smartphones are a harbinger of future trends

Smartphones introduced at the IFA trade show this week highlight trends that will grow more apparent over the next year, including the use of 64-bit processors, LTE-Advanced and super high-resolution screens.

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Intel's Core M chips slated for 20 Windows tablets, hybrids

Intel's new Core M chips, which bring PC-like performance to paper-thin tablets, will initially show up in many Windows 8.1 tablets.

The new Moto X has a metal frame and a 5.2-in. screen

Motorola Mobility has upgraded its flagship Moto X smartphone with a metal frame, a more powerful processor and a bigger screen.

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Moto 360 smartwatch has looks and a $250 price tag

The first version will come with leather armbands, while metal versions will come later this year

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7 Bluetooth speakers: Still portable, now with better sound

Small Bluetooth speakers are ideal to carry along to a hotel room, a picnic or just to save room at work. We look at 7 speakers that offer a range of price and audio quality.

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Sony shows off latest SmartEyeglasses prototype

The latest prototype of Sony's SmartEyeglasses, a head-mounted display used with a smartphone, is on show at this week's IFA electronics show in Berlin.

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Plastic is out, metal and wood in for high-end smartphones

Plastic is out and metal, leather and wood are in as smartphone vendors push luxurious-looking devices they hope will inspire buyers to upgrade.

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