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Amazon Announces Kindle Fire HDX Tablets In 7-inch And 8.9-Inch Varieties, Complete With Snapdragon 800 Processors, High-Res Screens, And LTE Options

It's been just about a years since Amazon refreshed the Kindle Fire line, and like clockwork, here are some new tablets from everyone's favorite megalithic online retailer. The updated 7" and 8.9" versions are named Kindle Fire HDX, and surprisingly, they feature some of the best hardware available for Android tablets. In addition to new high-resolution displays (1920x1200 for the 7" and an eye-popping 2560x1600" for the 8.9") they've both got 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors and 2GB of RAM.

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HTC One Android 4.3 Update Starts Rolling Out In Taiwan

HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie just finished saying HTC One Dev Edition owners could expect an Android 4.3 update this week, but it also looks like the update is rolling out en masse in Taiwan. The 4.3 update appears to be coming to all Ones in that market, but a rollout for other regions is still up in the air.

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Samsung Unveils New ISOCELL Camera Sensor Technology With Improved Color Fidelity In Low-Light Conditions, Starting Mass Production Q4 2013

Samsung has announced a new advanced pixel technology for CMOS image sensors called ISOCELL that it promises will get higher color fidelity in poor lighting conditions. This new technology has currently been developed for use in an 8MP camera, and it's scheduled to enter mass production in Q4 2013. We can reasonably expect this advancement to appear in future Galaxy products down the road.

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The flower on the right shows more yellows than the one on the left, a detail that makes more of a difference once you pan out to view the entire image (an option we unfortunately don't have with the one picture Samsung provided).

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Samsung Releases Kernel Source For The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids And GT-i9507

Back in late August, Samsung announced a new version of the Galaxy Tab 3 specifically for kids. Dubbed Galaxy Tab 3 Kids (bet you didn't see that name coming), it's a festive-looking little gizmo with a kid-friendly form factor and easy-to-understand UI. And now you can download the kernel source code.

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Normally, we would discuss how the source code allows developers to tweak the device's kernel, opening up a new world of possibilities for the device.

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Hands-On With The Oppo N1

I'm here in Beijing for Oppo's launch event for the new N1 smartphone, and last night I had a chance to spend some time with the up-and-coming Chinese OEM's super-sized flagship, as well as learn a bit more about it from a couple of Oppo's engineers and PR team.

As far as basic impressions, the N1 does feel like quite a premium phone. It has a similar painted plastic outer shell to the Find 5, while the internal structure of the phone is actually supported by an anodized aluminum frame.

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T-Mobile Moto X Gets Big Camera-Improving Update, Probably Coming To Other Versions Later [Update: Full Changelog And More Improvements]

The Moto X is still rolling out to all corners of the (American) Android world, but the T-Mobile variant is getting an update that improves camera performance dramatically. The difference is noticeable in a variety of situations, most notably in backlit and low-light settings. Presumably the update will hit other Moto X variants once testing and certification is completed by the carriers.

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The Moto X uses a fairly large sensor with 1.4µm pixels with an RGBC color array and F/2.4 aperture.

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Android 4.3 To Come To The HTC One Developer Edition This Week, Canadian HTC One Before End Of The Month

According to HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie, a bunch of HTC One owners across North America will soon receive an update to Android 4.3. He just sent out the following tweet.

This news comes more as confirmation than as a surprise.

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BLU Life Play Review: An Impressive Budget-Friendly Device With Cost-Cuttings Measures Made In All The Right Places

One of the things that makes the Nexus series of phones so enticing is the extremely affordable pricing options. When the Nexus 4 first hit the scene, it was only $300 for an 8GB model and $350 for the 16GB, then Google slashed the prices by $100, making them even more affordable. In a world where most high-end mobile phones can't be purchased for less than $550-600 off-contract, Nexus pricing is a breath of fresh air.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Drops Sprint HTC One All The Way To $0.01 For New Lines Of Service

The HTC One is getting on toward middle age, but it's still one of the top Android devices you can buy. What's more, you can buy it for next to nothing on Sprint. Amazon previously dropped the price to $49.99, but now it's almost free at just $0.01.

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As with most Sprint deals, this one is only available on new lines of service. That means new accounts, or new lines on a family plan.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Has Sprint's Galaxy S4 For $49.99 On-Contract For New Customers, Available In Black, White, Or Purple

If you have your eyes set on the Galaxy S4 and you aren't turned off by the quality of Sprint's network, Amazon's new price for Samsung's flagship handset might just make your day. The retailer is currently offering the Sprint Galaxy S4 for $49.99 with a new two-year contract. This deal is available regardless of whether you want the phone in black, white, or purple.

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Amazon's previous offer for the Sprint Galaxy S4 used to be $99.

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