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Full-metal Samsung SM-A500 handheld expected to sport 13 MP camera

For years wary of adopting metal as a primary build material for even its hottest gadgets, Samsung had little choice but to ultimately go the premium, pricey design route last month. Only the half-aluminum/half-plastic Galaxy Alpha isn’t looking like the limited experiment tipped for so long.

WhatsApp to offer free voice calling soon

WhatsApp is one of the most popular cross-platform messaging apps. The app is available on all major platforms, and was recently purchased for billions of dollars by the social networking giant, Facebook. Earlier this year, the company’s CEO revealed that voice and video calling will soon make its way to the app, starting with the iPhone and Android, followed by other mobile platforms.

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Sony Xperia Z3 pre-orders are live in the UK

Earlier this month, Sony unveiled its latest flagship device dubbed as the Sony Xperia Z3, which is a substantial upgrade over its predecessor. The device features a similar set of hardware as the Xperia Z2, but offers a new round aluminium frame and tampered glass on the front and back. The handset is set to launch in fall, but if you’re residing in the UK, the Sony Xperia Z3 is up for pre-orders directly from Sony for £549, with the deliveries expected to kick off from September 26th.

HP outs fresh pair of Android KitKat-powered budget tablets in Europe

Did we or did we not “warn” you a spin-off of the dirt-cheap HP 7 Plus Android tablet was coming? We certainly did, although we never suspected several follow-ups were in the works. But as it turns out, the 3G-enabled 7 Plus G2 sighted at the FCC isn’t going to fly solo into the sunset, with a Wi-Fi-only 7 G2 also looming large on the horizon.

Meizu MX4 available for international pre-orders, not so cheap after all

While it’s pretty much customary to wrap up announcements of flagship smartphones manufactured by China-based OEMs with ominous disclaimers regarding prospective Western availability, some of these up-and-comers have started setting up their own international distribution channels.

Amazon offers ample savings on tablets and laptops for its Fall Outlet Event

Every day is a holiday for Amazon, you should know that by now, so even if back to school promotions are mostly behind us and Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals considerably down the road, you can still get sizzling hot computing gear on the cheap.

Toshiba Encore Mini with full Windows 8.1 goes on sale at $119

Admit it, when Toshiba showcased an Encore 7 tablet prototype at Computex that was supposed to ultimately go on sale for $150, you were skeptical. And who can blame you? After all, seeing Android gear cater to the needs of the tightfisted is routine, but catching sight of similarly priced Windows-based slates is an entirely different kettle of fish.

10 gadgets you should score for the football season

Is there anything better than fall? Pumpkin spice lattes, cozy clothes, colder commutes, flannel, and, of course, FOOTBALL. So, whether you’re playing pickup touch football in the park, tailgating at your NFL team’s Sunday game, losing sleep over your Fantasy Football team, or simply watching the game on the couch with a cold beer, you’ll want to ensure your tech is up to speed. From apps to gadgets, and everything in between, here’s the items to consider for your fall football season.

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Microsoft has announced an event on September 30th in San Francisco

We’ve heard quite a lot about the next iteration of Windows in the past few weeks, codenamed Threshold. Rumors suggested that Microsoft will hold an event this month, and it turns out to be correct. The software giant has scheduled an event on September 30th in San Francisco. While the invite doesn’t say if it will be Windows 9, it simply mentions, “Join us to hear more about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”

Dell flaunts Android-based Venue 10 hybrid at IDF, Intel Moorefield likely inside

While all eyes were pointed squarely at Apple’s glamorous iPhone 6/6 Plus/Watch announcements last week, Dell was using the much lower-profile Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco as an inconspicuous launch ramp for a couple of very exciting Android tablets.

Low-cost HTC Desire 610 is en route to Verizon, six months or so too late

If HTC is somewhat on the rise of late as far as notoriety and general sales are concerned, it’s no doubt at least in part thanks to the Desire line. The mid-range family made a bigger impact than high-end Ones over the course of 2014 with solid quality-pricing ratios and options for virtually every budget.

Microsoft Surface 2 (RT) nears extinction as Surface Pro 3 demand flourishes

The rumor mill is about to accelerate its churning once again in relation to Microsoft’s perennially unstable Surface line, as mere weeks after Surface Pro 3’s spread and Surface 2’s discount, we have follow-up stories on both fronts.