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Blu Announces The New Pure XL: 6" QHD Display, 3GB RAM, 64GB Storage, NFC, 2GHz Octa-Core Processor, Fingerprint Reader, And More For $350

In May of last year, Blu released the Life Pure XL, its first large-screen device made to compete with some of the affordable flagships of the time (like the OnePlus One). Today, the company has announced the Life Pure XL's successor, simply called the Pure XL. This new flagship model is the most powerful phone Blu has ever produced, and it comes in at a price that makes it hard to ignore.

Specs

Display 6-inch QHD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Gorilla Glass 3
Processor 2.0 GHz 64-bit octa-core Mediatek MT6795 Helio x10
RAM 3 GB
Camera 24 MP f/2.3 sensor w/ sapphire +6p lens; 8 MP wide-angle front camera
Storage 64 GB, microSD card slot
Ports microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio, fingerprint reader
Wireless GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, LTE B2 / B4 /B7 / B17, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Dimensions 164 x 82.2 x 9.3 mm.
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The AT&T / ZTE Mobley Is An LTE Hotspot For Your Car, Works Via OBD-II Port

We've seen mobile hotspots for cars before, but I don't think I've ever heard of one that uses the ODB-II communications port on your vehicle for power, freeing up that precious cigarette lighter for things like chargers. The ZTE Mobley is just that.

Power is, of course, provided from the ODB-II port on your vehicle, and the hotspot theoretically should only function when the vehicle is on or in accessory mode. This leaves your precious cigarette lighter free for things like chargers, and also removes the associated bulk of what is likely to be an at least semi-permanent accessory for your vehicle.

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Report: Samsung Will Slash 10% Of Support Workforce At Korean HQ, Decrease General Expenses By 50%

A report out of The Korea Economic Daily this morning is claiming that Samsung will be slashing 10% of the support workforce at the company's HQ in Seoul. Job cuts are quite a hot trend in the smartphone world right now, with this news coming in on the heels of various cuts at Qualcomm, Sony, HTC, Lenovo, and Motorola.

According to the report, the 10% being made redundant are "support staff" in back-office roles like finance, personnel, and public relations.

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T-Mobile Announces Security OTAs For The Nexus 4, 5, 6, And 7 [Update: And Nexus 9]

There are some new OTA updates rolling out to Nexus devices today, but don't expect any big changes. T-Mobile has posted the update details for Nexus 4, 5, 6, and 7 LTE patches. They're all minor security and bug fix updates, but that's nothing to scoff at.

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[Kudos] Sony Rolls Out Android 5.1 To The 2013 Original Xperia Z Series And 2014 T2 Ultra

Credits where credits are due. Sony had promised a comprehensive Android 5.1 roll-out to the quasi entirety of its line-up from the past years, and the company is steadily fulfilling that promise. After updating the Xperia Z3 and Z2 series of phones and tablets, it's time for older devices in the Sony ranks to join in on the Lollipop action.

According to Sony's official PR team, the Android 5.1 OTA will start going out to the original Xperia Z series and the T2 Ultra.

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[Rumor] WSJ: Amazon Is Set To Release A Cheap 6-Inch $50 Tablet In Time For The Holidays

Rumor has it that Amazon is struggling to sell its more expensive Fire tablets. The company has been releasing its Android-operated but Fire OS-coated tablets for a few years with competitive pricing, but even that doesn't seem to be enough to keep it balling as hard as it wants and in the big leagues. Last year, it barely held 1% of the US tablet market according to IDC, compared to Apple and Samsung that had a combined 42% share.

Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9" can go up to more than $500, which may be a bit too much to pay for a screen you consume books and movies on and buy Amazon stuff from.

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Google OnHub Review: A $200 Bet On The Future

Google has been branching out into new areas of hardware in recent years. It bought Nest and Dropcam, and now the Google Store acts as a storefront for Google to push its own hardware, as well as products made by others. The OnHub was an unexpected twist for Google's hardware aspirations, though. It does make some sense when you think about it. Routers are usually ugly and annoying to use, but is the $200 OnHub the best way to fix that?

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Official TWRP Support Comes To The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (GSM)

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[Oops] Sony Presenter Mistakes The Xperia Z5 Compact For The Xperia Z5 Premium In An Official Video

Story time. I've been a technology blogger for almost exactly four years now, and one of my first video assignments was to compare AT&T's first crop of LTE Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. At the time (November 2011) they were big deals. Throughout a 7-minute video, I kept calling the HTC Vivid the "HTC View," confusing it for a similarly-named but somewhat different device... a tablet on Sprint that came out earlier that year. No, I'm not going to link to it; if you're that eager to see me make an idiot out of myself on a poorly-shot video, you can Google it.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Has An Open Box 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 With A Free Samsung Case For $215 (Around $200 Off)

If you're in the market for a good deal on a mid-range tablet... well, Samsung's Galaxy Tab A series is actually not a very good choice. Between lackluster specs (especially that 1024x768 screen) and a relatively high retail price, it's a long way away from being any kind of deal. But when Samsung overprices its tablets it usually doesn't take very long for market forces to get retailers to drop the price a bit. Such is the case with one eBay merchant, now selling the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab A for just $214.99. This deal is available in the US only.

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