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Sprint's Day One MI5 OTA Update For The Galaxy Note 3 May Remove Controversial Benchmark Boosts [Update: Nope]

Update: We've heard back from Sprint on the "Restriction to benchmark sites removed" line. Here's what a representative told us:

During the development phase of this device, we had blocked benchmarking sites/apps. Now that it is released to our customers this fix will allow users to download benchmarking apps on their note 3. Hope that answers your question.

So presumably any favorable treatment that the Galaxy Note 3 demonstrated in review units, as shown by the Ars Technica report below, is still in effect.

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WSJ: LG Will Launch Smartphone With A Curved Screen In November

LG and Samsung are long-time competitors in the South Korean electronics market, and the two are reportedly racing to release a curved-screen smartphone. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that LG's curved phone is set for a November release and it will be called the G Flex. Other sources claim the device will be dubbed the LG Z.

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The device is said to have a 6-inch screen with a concave curve that runs vertically (like the old Contour Glass screens on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus).

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Galaxy Note 3 Deep-Dive Review: Still Making Every Other Big Phone Look Bad

You've been warned: the Galaxy Note II was probably my favorite smartphone of 2012, and it looks like its successor, the Note 3, is stealing my heart all over again. With big hardware improvements across the board, as well as substantial additions to software, the Note 3 feels like a true next-generation sort of phone. Samsung has rather effectively ruined every other large-screen device for me, and frankly, probably every other phone released this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 And Galaxy Gear Now Available From T-Mobile

If you've been waiting for the newest and shiniest Samsung tech to get a bit of Magenta branding, wait no longer: the Galaxy Note 3 is now available from T-Mobile.com. The Galaxy Gear should be on sale, but at the time of writing the online store pages for the watch are returning errors. T-Mobile retail stores should be offering both devices starting today. The Galaxy Note 3 is $708 at full price, $199 plus a $21 monthly charge over 24 months, or $29.50 per month with zero down (if you qualify).

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[Deal Alert] Woot Samsung Refurbished Tablet Sale: Galaxy Note 8.0 Or Note 10.1 For $280, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 For $130, And More

If the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is too rich for your blood, you're in good company. Woot.com is here to alleviate your conflicting desires for a "premium" Samsung tablet at a not-so-premium price. The service has put various models of the older Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note 8.0, and the Galaxy Tab 2 on sale. They're all refurbished, but come with significant discounts.

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The best deal of the lot is probably the Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB), which can be had by itself for $279.99.

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Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Review: Far From Perfect, But Still Probably The Best Device In Its Class

Last year's Note 10.1 was a first for Samsung. It was the first 10-inch tablet to carry the Note name, and the first consumer tablet that made good use of a stylus. It brought about many innovative, though not perfectly executed, features that changed the way Android worked. Multiple apps on the same screen, handwriting input and palm rejection, and the like were all relative newcomers to the tablet scene. And for the most part, they were all well received by those who bought the tablet.

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Samsung Releases More Of The Galaxy Note 3's Open Source Kernel Files - SM-N900, SM-N9005, SM-N900K, And Several Others

Samsung first posted open source kernel files for the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear just before the weekend, only a couple of days after both devices became available internationally. There weren't many models available at the time, just two for the Note 3 and one for the Gear. Now Samsung has introduced eight more for the Galaxy Note 3, including the SM-N900, SM-N9005, SM-N900K, and many others.

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These devices haven't launched in the US yet, but these files enable developers and open source enthusiasts living stateside to play around with things before anyone else, in a sense.

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AT&T Sets Samsung Galaxy Gear And Galaxy Note 3 Release For October 4th Online And In Stores

AT&T has finally nailed down the date for its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch. Ma Bell will be making Samsung's latest phablet available for purchase October 4th through its website and in stores. That'll give you a few days to take all your pants to the tailor to have the pockets let out.

The last time AT&T had anything to say about its Note 3 launch it would only commit to around October 1st.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 3G Version Gets Official CyanogenMod Support, CM 10.1.3 Stable Build Is Already Posted

The CyanogenMod team has already granted official ROM support for the LTE version of Samsung's diminutive Galaxy S4 Mini, and now the international 3G variant gets a chance. The first build for the S4 Mini 3G was posted to Get.CM on Friday night, but if you're waiting for a bleeding-edge build, you're going to be disappointed. It's CyanogenMod 10.1, based on Android 4.2, which is what the S4 Mini runs under TouchWiz.

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Samsung Posts Open Source Files For The Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) And Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900T And SM-N900W8)

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear devices aren't available in the U.S. yet, but if you're a developer and/or open source enthusiast, you can already play with them. Sort of. As usual, Samsung has posted the open source kernel files for the new smartphone and smartwatch in a very timely matter, just a couple of days after international availability.

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Two Galaxy Note 3 models have been posted so far, the SM-900T and SM-900W8.

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