Sony forecasts $2.1 billion loss as hardware vendor fails to capitalize in mid-tier segment

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After revising its annual forecast earlier this year, Sony is at it again, with the latest revision taking into account a 180 billion yen (around $1.7 billion) “goodwill impairment charge”, which quadruples the company’s losses for the financial year. Sony’s mobile division was tasked with “achieving significant sales growth” this year, and with the company’s Xperia line failing to meet that target, the manufacturer is now looking to “reduce risk and volatility, and to deliver more stable profits.” imageimage
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We go hands-on with the ZTE ZMAX

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Ready for another phablet? ZTE has just announced the ZMAX. It’s a value-priced LTE smartphone with a 5.7 inch HD screen. It will be exclusively available with T-Mobile beginning September 24th for just $252 outright. It runs a nearly stock version of Android KitKat 4.4 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.

We got our hands on the device during a ZTE press event in New York City. Go watch our video!imageimage
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Initial iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reviews rave about displays, battery life

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Right after its big iPhone event last Tuesday, Apple gave a select group of journalists early access to its two new handsets: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices feature larger displays than their predecessor, and both launch this Friday.

The move is a familiar one for the company, who typically gives out products to [favorable] writers for analysis ahead of launch. And as usual, we’ve put together a roundup of excerpts from these reviews to give you an idea of the general consensus…. Read the rest of this post here
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And so, the great Chromebook experiment begins

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Now that I’m in possession of my very first Chromebook I figure it’s time that I sat down and actually tried to use it. Properly. IFA wasn’t the time or place to start, neither was the following week that saw all hands on deck here at Mobile Nations for a little event out in Cupertino. But now that events are out of the way, I’m going to (largely) set aside my 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro that I cherish dearly and use the Asus Chromebook as much as I possibly can.

We love Chromebooks around here, but until now I’ve not personally taken the time out to actually sit down and try using one. It’s especially odd considering how much of the working day is spent within Google Chrome, but for the past 8 years I’ve pretty much been all Mac, all of the time. But I’m excited to try something new, a different way of working, so it’s going to be a fun little experiment. imageimage
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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Reviews: ‘Modern Look,’ ‘Killer Camera’ and ‘Best iPhones Yet’

iPhone-Hacks With less than three days until the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch in the United States and several other countries worldwide, the embargo has been lifted for major tech publications to post in-depth reviews of the two new smartphones. Ahead, we have rounded up some of the most interesting remarks about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Continue reading → http://dlvr.it/6wsdcs #apple #iphone #ipad

1Password is available for free right now in the App Store

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Get in while you can, 1Password is currently showing free right now in the App Store. We don’t know if this is an intentional move by AgileBits to promote its upcoming iOS 8 update, shift over to a subscription business model, or simply a mistake.

Regardless, it’s showing free for the moment, and if you don’t already own it, you’d be crazy not to grab it. The app is normally priced at $10, and is considered to be the premier app for managing passwords both iOS and Mac—it made our Top 10 list…. Read the rest of this post here
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Show off your Moto Maker designs in the forums!

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With today’s pre-order-slash-release of the AT&T and unlocked “Pure” edition of the new Moto X 2014, we know that a lot of us are going to be making great looking designs for our new phones. So wood. Much leather.

The forums is a great place to share yours, as well as see what other like-minded people are doing. Even if you didn’t order, feel free to get creative and show off your best looking Moto X 2014.

* Moto X (2014) —*Show off your design!

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Google releases KitKat kernel source for Android One devices

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Google has released the full GPL kernel source for Android One devices running KitKat. Announced on the Android Building Google Group, Bill Yi tells us that “the kernel source can be found on the android-msm-sprout-3.4-kitkat-mr2 branch in the kernel/msm project. It’s also tagged with ‘android-4.4.4_r3’.”

Folks wanting to see what they can do with the open-source software in these inexpensive, but decidedly Googley, devices now have their first set of tools to begin. I expect there are more than a few happy Android developers and tinkerers in India right about now. May the force be with all of you, and may your USB cables never break.

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Apple rolling out app specifics passwords for iCloud, required starting on Oct. 1

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Apple has informed iCloud users via email that the company will begin rolling out an app-specific password feature. The feature allows users with iCloud two-factor authentication enabled to use third-party apps.

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It will be required starting October 1st. Apple has also informed users via email about this morning’s general rollout of two-factor verification for iCloud. 

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