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Samsung Blacks Out Retail Employees Vacations For Two Periods Starting On March 22nd And April 19th

A trusted source working at a Samsung retail location in the US has sent us the image below from an official company correspondence. In it, you will see Samsung blacking out employee vacations, leaves of absence, and time offs, for two upcoming periods. The first starts on March 22nd and lasts until March 30th. The second goes from April 19th through April 27th.

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These blackout periods are usually an accurate indicator of when the company expects a big product launch and wants all hands on deck.

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Leaked Sprint Document Points To Lollipop Updates For HTC One M8 And LG G3 On February 13th And 16th, Respectively

Sprint is really getting on the Lollipop train lately with updates for the HTC One M7 and Galaxy S5 already announced. Today, we have a leaked internal Sprint document that claims two other devices are getting Lollipop soon—the HTC One M8 and LG G3.

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[Update: Official] Samsung Sends Invitations To Its Mobile World Congress Unpacked Event On March 1st

As winter slowly loosens its grip on the northern hemisphere, gadget nerds everywhere poke their noses above ground, looking to see if we'll soon have new hardware to drool over or six more weeks of relatively stale news. Easily the most anticipated springtime hardware announcement of the last few years has been Samsung's annual flagship refresh, and it looks like that will be coming on March 1st.

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Former Moto CEO Says The Nexus 6 Was Supposed To Have A Fingerprint Scanner On The Back

I love the "Moto dimple" on the back of the Nexus 6. It makes the enormous phone just a little bit easier to grip (especially if you have a case with an iPhone-style logo cutout, like this one). But apparently the original purpose of the circular depression wasn't ergonomics, or even to match the branding on other Motorola devices like the Moto X. According to Dennis Woodside, former CEO of Motorola and currently the COO at Dropbox, the dimple was intended to be a fingerprint scanner.

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T-Mobile Intros 'SCORE!', A New Way For Users To Save Dollar-Dollar Bills On A New Phone

T-Mobile likes to do stuff to make other carriers look bad, then John Legere likes to talk about how it makes the other carriers look bad. I like this. In fact, if T-Mobile's coverage wasn't so awful, I might even switch. Today, the company launched another thing to make other carriers look bad, called "SCORE!" This new program aims to help users save money on new phones, because everyone hates to pay full price.

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Worries Over Snapdragon 810 Overheating Are Overblown, Says LG

There have been rumors in recent weeks that Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 was running so hot that OEMs were considering different chips. There was even a report from Bloomberg yesterday that claimed Samsung had decided not to use the 810 in any of the Galaxy S6 variants. Now LG is chiming in to pour some cold water on such speculation. LG's vice president for mobile product planning says there's no problem with the 810.

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The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition Is No Longer Available In The Play Store, Leaving No GPE Devices For Sale

Google Play Edition phones and tablets started dropping like flies last year, and now we've reached the eventual conclusion. The HTC One M8 GPE is no longer for sale in the Play Store, and it was the last. If you want a new device with stock Android, it's going to be a Nexus.

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[Weekend Poll] How Much Do You Expect To Pay For Your Next Smartphone?

The cost of smartphones on average, it's no secret, has generally been tumbling around the world in the last couple of years. With many OEMs scrambling to cram specification sheets at lower and lower prices, competition in the low end of the smartphone segment is hotter than ever.

This isn't always how it was, though - nor how it necessarily is in every country. Here in the good old US of A, for example, good cheap smartphones still remain a relative rarity aside from Motorola's Moto G and Moto E.

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[CES 2015] Hands-On: Energous Wants To Charge Your Gadgets Completely Over The Air - No Pads, No Wires, Some Magic

Do you know what RF pocket forming is? Neither do I! But if I told you it was potentially the way your future gadgets would be able to charge themselves over the air sans any wires or pads or other surfaces, would you be interested? I know I was, and that's what a relatively little-known company called Energous is hoping will get your attention.

Energous, despite not being particularly recognized outside its respective industry, is doing something with charging that seems legitimately revolutionary, and I had a chance to sit down and observe the technology in action.

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Kodak Announces The Mid-Range KODAK IM5 5-Inch Smartphone With A 13MP Camera And A Focus On User-Friendly Software

Manufacturers at this year's CES know consumers turn to smartphones as their primary cameras, and they want in on the action. Whether it's a traditional Android player releasing a handset with optical zoom (the Zenfone Zoom), a point-and-shoot that's catered towards the generation that grew up with social networks and touchscreen devices (the Socialmatic), or devices that improve your selfies (ridiculous-looking accessory included), various companies all want to be the one you turn to for capturing life's moments.

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