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iPad Mini 2: Same on the outside means Retina on the inside?

Yesterday's iPhone event revealed nothing about new iPads, but if a new video is to be believed, there's an iPad Mini 2 waiting in Apple's wings -- and its feature set is definitely open to interpretation.

Unbox Therapy, which recently showed a very convincing-looking iPad 5 shell, claims to have the back plate that will house the iPad Mini 2. Like the white first-gen Mini, it sports an aluminum finish, but this time with a mirrored Apple logo -- same as the rumored iPad 5. Take a look:

The key takeaway, of course, is that the iPad … Read more

5.9-inch HTC One Max rumors point to Sprint

Sprint may be the sole US carrier to support the unannounced HTC One Max, reports often correct source @evleaks.

Once known by its "T6" code name, the so-called HTC One Max is rumored to arrive in the coming weeks. Specifications are reported to include a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, a 5.9-inch 1080p HD display, an UltraPixel camera, 16GB internal storage, and 2GB RAM.

Early details indicated Android Key Lime Pie as the OS (or Android KitKat as it's now known), but version 4.3 Jelly Bean seems more likely for the handset. Rounding out the specs … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

This was a big week in tech, and we've got the video to prove it.

IFA 2013 in Berlin kicked off to a roaring start with tons of announcements and reveals, including the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear, an Android-powered smartwatch that partners with your phone. We also saw a 55-inch OLED TV from LG that actually comes with a paint-style frame to mount on your wall. Can a TV really be a work of art? To get the full highlights, you'll want to check out our must-see videos from IFA.

On the other side of the world, … Read more

Amazon will reportedly give away its smartphone for free

Amazon is going to give away its long-rumored smartphone for free, according to a report from former Wall Street Journal reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica E. Lessin.

Unnamed sources told the pair that Amazon is considering the offer for "its long-planned smartphone." While it has talked to wireless companies about selling the phones through the carriers' channels, Amazon will probably sell the phone on its site. The company doesn't want to make people sign up for a wireless plan contract for the free phone, a requirement wireless companies typically use to encourage customers to renew their contracts … Read more

LG Nexus 5 surfaces in FCC docs?

The next generation of Nexus smartphone may have just been spotted loitering the virtual halls of the FCC.

A product marked LG D820 spied in FCC documents suggests that Google may have tapped LG as the handset maker of choice for the Nexus 4 successor, also made by LG.

Details found in the federal database show a 4.96-inch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Digging deeper, the D820 is found to be running a version of software called "aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154 [sic]."

Spelling error aside, the fact that it shows Key Lime Pie indicates … Read more

The iPhone 5S rumor roundup

Editors' note: The Apple iPhones 5S and 5C have been announced. Is it everything our rumors hoped for? Check out our hands-on review here.

iPhone rumors are like flies at a summer picnic: they're nearly unstoppable. Collected in one batch are all the iPhone 5S/6 rumors CNET has reported so far, with some commentary on where these rumors came from.

We always have long wish lists for newer features and further redesigns, but the bottom line is this: nobody knows exactly what we'll get until Tim Cook reveals it onstage later this year.

That said, we've … Read more

Rumor Has It: It's the end of the iPhone 5S rumors as we know it

Well, it's been about a year and it's safe to say this: we can finally stop talking about the iPhone 5S and 5C rumors on Rumor Has It.

That is, until we talk about all the things we thought we were getting but didn't get.

But I digress. Just this week, Apple sent invites for its event on Tuesday, so I took a moment to recap all the rumors about the phone(s) so far.

Also this week, the PlayStation 4 might also include voice recognition, using the PlayStation Eye camera. Sweet, now everyone can yell at the TV and have it actually do something.

Check out CNET on Tuesday, where we'll be live at the Apple event. See you in a couple weeks!… Read more

New iPad: Smaller, thinner, lighter?

With all the hubbub over next week's iPhone event, let's not forget that Apple is also due for an iPad refresh, something that may happen sooner than you think.

Indeed, a new video from Unbox Therapy shows a very convincing-looking iPad 5 shell, one that's noticeably narrower than its predecessor -- but still allows for the current 9.7-inch screen. Take a look:

Assuming this video is real, the iPad 5 clearly takes some design cues from the iPad Mini, with much more rounded edges and corners, separated volume buttons, and a thinner overall design.

But the … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 may feature metal body

Samsung could give in to cries for metal housing in its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ready to make its formal debut at IFA next week, the rumor mill is already moving onto that other big thing, the Galaxy S line. According to a recent ET News report (translate), Samsung will employ an aluminum or other-metal housing for its fifth-generation hero phone.

As one of the biggest knocks against the Samsung Galaxy S4, the plastic body is often viewed as an inferior material compared to the likes of the HTC One's metal chassis. CNET, … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear specs emerge ahead of IFA debut

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be a Jelly Bean-powered device with a 2.5-inch OLED display with a 320x320-pixel resolution, if reports by AmongTech prove true.

In addition, the Gear could come in two different storage capacities: 6GB and 8GB options. Other specifications in the concept device include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4-megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, and 1GB RAM, with a battery life up to 10 hours.

The Gear's hardware and software details allegedly come from an anonymous Samsung warehouse worker, days ahead of the watch's debut. One thing we can be … Read more