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Bose unveils ‘colorful’ Bluetooth speakers, on-ear headset

Bose, known worldwide as very competent audio device manufacturers, have been on a roll in terms of launching products lately. This time they took the wraps off the Soundlink Color speakers which seems to be their most affordable Bluetooth speaker yet. They are launching that together with the Soundlink On-ear Bluetooth headphones, their first try at on-ear Bluetooth headsets.

Toshiba outs thinner, smaller 20MP CMOS image sensor

Japan-based electronics outfit Toshiba might have just launched a new CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor that could be the main element for the camera units of future high-end smartphones and phablets. Don’t be bummed out by the generic sounding naming convention, but the T4KA7 delivers 20-megapixel resolution at an optical height of 1/2.4 inch.

Possible new Motorola DROID seen in FCC, Verizon-bound

Fresh from the updraft of market love for its product launches at IFA 2014 – namely the Moto 360 and the new Moto X – a possible new Motorola device is headed towards US carrier Verizon, and could be a beast of a phone. The device was spotted in FCC documents with the code name “Quark” and from initial analysis of the docs could have wireless charging and turbo charging.

Mid-range LG G3 Vigor now carried by AT&T

AT&T customers can now opt for a more affordable version of the LG G3 flagship device. The new LG G3 Vigor, fresh from being launched by other US carriers as well, is a specced-down version of the G3 where the South Korean manufacturer is hoping to get a piece of the mid-range market.

Nexus 9 set to launch in October, folio keyboard leaked

You’ll have to jog your memory backwards a bit for the last time you saw one of the Google-approved Nexus devices being launched. But it looks like October is going to be the month for Nexus fans as HTC looks set to launch the Nexus 9 tablet device in the next few weeks.

‘Unstable’ version of MIUI 6 released for Xiaomi Mi 2, 2S

Sometimes I don’t get Xiaomi and their approach with MIUI, but that’s just me – a lot of people will come on here and testify to great experiences with the Chinese manufacturer’s brand of user interface over the Android foundation. After an official debate of sorts that Xiaomi officially started on the merits of Android KitKat for their Mi 2 and Mi 2S devices, they are finally releasing MIUI 6 for the said devices, but not without caveats.

Enable call recording on Samsung Galaxy S5, other devices

Call recording is a nice feature to have on smartphone, especially if the user makes phone calls for work that are data and information intensive. A person’s memory can only hold on to reminders and information on voice calls for so long, and sometimes technology can help out those memory gaps. Fortunately, the good fellows at XDA has help for us.

TWRP comes out with version 2.8, brings native MTP support

One of the most popular custom recoveries for Android devices is the Team Win Recovery Project, or better known to Android tweakers and modders alike as just TWRP. The group, led by XDA recognized developers “Dees_Troy” and “bigbiff”, has come out with a new major release compiled as version 2.8 which brings lots of new features and goodies to all and sundry.

Leaks show HTC possibly venturing to personal medical devices

With HTC keeping relatively quiet all throughout the craziness that was IFA 2014, you wonder how it’s going to try to keep itself competitive in the market as the holidays roll in and gadget frenzy will surely increase to fever pitch. There are rumors of HTC competing with GoPro for a mobile camera, and also a much-hyped smartwatch that was deferred to an early 2015 launch. But more surprising is @upleak’s news of the outfit venturing to personal medical devices.

HTC planning to out a new smartphone, codename ‘EYE’

Gadget leaker @upleaks has come up with news from HTC – one of the major players in the smartphone market that has been relatively quiet in comparison to all who took part in the IFA 2014 gadget rush. But according to the leak, they may be coming up with a new gadget, codenamed the “HTC Eye”.
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