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Microsoft’s gorgeous new keyboard plays nicely with Android and iOS

Photo: Microsoft

Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft today announced a good-looking tablet keyboard that isn’t designed only for devices running its own Windows platform, but those powered by Android and iOS as well. It’s called the Universal Mobile Keyboard, and it’s folding design makes it ideal for those on the go.

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This $140 iPhone 6 clone looks just like the real thing

Photo: FastCardTech

Photo: FastCardTech

If you love the look of Apple’s latest iPhones but you can’t stand the thought of ditching Android for iOS, then perhaps this shameless Chinese knockoff will get your mouth watering. It’s called the Sophone i6 and looks just like the real thing, but it runs Jelly Bean instead of iOS and it’s available at a fraction of the price.

Its specifications aren’t exactly awful, either.

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Turn your Android Wear into a neutered Apple Watch clone

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Apple Watch and its revolutionary UI were in the making for three years, and even though it was revealed less than a week ago, it only took Android Wear four days to copy it.

Android Wear users who don’t want to wait until early 2015 to try Apple’s UI can get a taste of neutered version of it via a copycat watchface called Pear from UhrArt that imitates the bubbly homescreen of Apple Watch.

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How Android Wear can beat the Apple Watch on its own turf

Android Wear on the LG G Watch. Photo: Google.

Android Wear on the LG G Watch. Photo: Google.

When Google announced Android Wear back in July, the company showed the world what a great smartwatch platform should be like. With a simple user interface and all the right features, it highlighted the flaws in almost every other wearable we had already seen from Samsung and Sony and others.

But now Android Wear has a new competitor. Apple Watch, announced on Tuesday alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, delivers a new operating system packed with useful features that’s more than capable of competing with Google’s. So how can the search giant fight back and ensure a successful future for Android Wear?

Its first step should be to beat Apple Watch on its own turf by making Android Wear compatible with iOS.

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Will frickin’ lasers help the LG G3 fend off new competition from Apple?

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Thanks to its impressive laser autofocus camera, Quad HD display, and improved design, the LG G3 has become one of this year’s hottest smartphones. But can those things help it fend off new competition from Cupertino? Apple today announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which boast larger displays, faster processors, and water-resistant designs.

Choosing between all of these devices can be tough, but we’re here to lend a helping hand. Our comparison below will help you decide which is best for you.

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Spec for spec: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take on HTC’s finest Androids

Photo Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Many have called the HTC One M8 the best smartphone of 2014. It has pretty much everything you could want, including a 1080p display, a super-speedy processor, expandable storage, those awesome BoomSound speakers and, of course, an incredible aluminum form factor. But will it now be overshadowed by new and improved competition from Apple?

The Cupertino company unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, and they’re packing larger displays, faster processors and new features like NFC and a built-in barometer. So which one should be your next smartphone? Our comparison will help you decide between the latest flagships from Apple and HTC.

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Sony’s flagship Xperias go head to head with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Sony added the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact to its smartphone lineup at IFA last week, and they’re the best devices the Japanese company has built so far. But are they good enough to take on Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Can a water-resistant form factor and PS4 Remote Play beat Touch ID and Cupertino’s speedy A8 processor?

Find out how the latest flagships from Apple and Sony stack up against each other below.

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Can Apple’s new iPhones best Samsung’s smartest Galaxies?

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Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new iPhones are a big improvement over their predecessors in almost every way. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus pack the larger, sharper displays loyal users have been begging for, as well as a faster A8 processor, twice as much RAM, and improved iSight cameras.

But how does the iPhone 6 stack up against the latest devices from Samsung? Check out our comparison below to see if Apple’s new baby has what it takes to beat the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 in a specifications smackdown.

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Get wakeup calls from random strangers with Wakie

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Would you find it easier to get out of bed in the morning if you had to have a chat with a random stranger? Then you need Wakie, a new smartphone app that provides wakeup calls from people you’ve never met.

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Apple and Google appeal rejection of $325m settlement in wage-fixing suit

Judge Lucy Koh suggests the settlement should be considerably higher than the one offered by Apple and Google. They disagree.

Judge Lucy Koh suggests the settlement should be considerably higher than the one offered by Apple and Google. They disagree.

Four tech giants, including Apple and Google, have attacked the decision of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for rejecting a proposed $324.5 million settlement over Silicon Valley hiring practices.

In a court filing made later on Thursday, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overrule Koh’s verdict.

Koh had rejected the proposed settlement, claiming the amount was too low.

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