OnePlus offering a limited period 'Blizzard of invites' for the One

If you have been hunting around for an invite for the OnePlus One, here’s your chance to score one. For a limited period of time (only today), the company is giving you a chance to win from one of the 5,000 additional invites from its website.

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You will have to work for it, though, which involves logging in with your email or Facebook account and completing one of the listed actions. If you are really lucky, not just will you get an invite but you could be one of the ten people to get a free Bamboo StyleSwap cover, which the company recently introduced.

So don’t waste any more time and head over to the OnePlus One website right now.

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Apple Q3 earnings are in: iPhone solid, iPad, not so much

Apple’s revenues for Q3 2014 are in and the Cupertino tech-giant has brought in some decent numbers. The company has reported $ 37.4 billion in revenue; very close to the optimistic forecast of $ 38 billion.

The iPhone brought in some solid sales: 35.2 million units; a bit shy of the predicted 36 million smartphones the company was expected to move. The iPad was a different story, however, as only 13.3 million slates were sold, as opposed to 14.6 million iPads in Q3 2013.

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There is an area in which Apple surpassed forecasts, and that’s in gross margins, where the tech giant was able to reach 39.4%, which is a marked increase from 2013′s 36.9%. This means that Apple was able to attain a 20% increase in earnings per share.

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6″ ZTE Olympia for T-Mobile has some specs leaked

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It looks like ZTE is working on a new handset for T-Mobile’s exclusive benefit. Its codename is Olympia, and its model number will be Z970. The image you can see on the left shows it and has surfaced yesterday, while today more details about the phone have emerged.

The ZTE Olympia will be a big phablet, coming with a 6-inch touchscreen. We don’t yet know what its resolution will be, unfortunately, but at that size it should be at least 720p if it’s to keep people’s eyes from bleeding while counting its pixels.

It has an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 0.9 MP front snapper – so this isn’t going to be a selfie addict’s choice, presumably.

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Xiaomi Mi 3 sells out in India in under 40 minutes

Xiaomi brought its lineup to India – it sold out all available units of the Xiaomi Mi 3 in just 38 minutes and 50 seconds and is already setting up for the next batch. Registrations for the Mi 3 reached 100,000 yesterday, but it’s not clear how many actual units Xiaomi moved.

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If you missed this one you can register for the next Mi 3 sale. The registration window closes on July 28, after which the phone should be back on sale.

This is a kind of publicity stunt – Xiaomi gets to announce that their phones sold out in record times as an indication of high demand, but the relatively limited availability is in large part responsible for the store running out too.

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Asus PadFone X review: Like no other

GSMArena team, 21 July 2014.


The Asus PadFone X for AT&T is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first offering from the family of hybrid devices to officially hit the US market. Announced during this year’s CES in Las Vegas, the device consists of a high-end Android handset and a tablet docking station with 9″ IPS display and stereo speakers.

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Asus PadFone X official photos

At a quick glance, the Asus PadFone X could well be the dream device for an Android power user. Thanks to the combination of Snapdragon 800 SoC, 13MP camera with 4K recording, and 5″ 1080p Super IPS+ display, the handset can rub shoulders with most high-end offerings out there.

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iPhone 6 may use Apple logo as notification light

Not a day goes by without a rumor or leak about the iPhone 6, and it’s probably going to be this way all the way up to its official unveiling (which is bound to happen in September).

This one, though, is an interesting detail – if it turns out to be true. Apparently the next iPhone may have a neat trick up its sleeve, namely the ability to use the Apple logo on its back as a notification light of sorts.

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The logo would light up when you have a notification, informing you that there’s something new waiting for you even if you place your handset face-down.

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ZTE to make Google Now Launcher default on future phones

Android’s customization is one of the OS’ biggest selling points over other mobile operating systems. However, sometimes, manufacturers really fudge up the Android experience with their software overlays. Delayed updates, cluttered menus, and sluggish user interfaces are all problems associated with over-customization.

There has been a trend of manufacturers sticking closer to the stock Android experience, and it looks like ZTE will also further this trend. The phone manufacturer has announced that all of its future smartphones, beginning with the Hong Kong release of the Blade Vec 4G next week, will have the Google Now launcher set as the default home screen.

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