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More signs point to the Galaxy S5 being a winner

Samsung Galaxy S5 sales double

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, it did so amid fears that the smartphone market was becoming saturated. However, based on recent reports about launch-day sales of the S5, it looks like Samsung will do just fine this year. According to a report from CNET, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sold at more than twice the rate on its first day at U.K. mobile phone retailers Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse.

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Apple brings low-cost 8 GB iPhone 5c to more countries

Apple expanded availability of the 8 GB iPhone 5c to several new countries on Wednesday. The expansion was first noted by 9to5 Mac, and Mac Rumors reports the low-cost model is now on sale in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. While prices vary by location, customers can expect roughly a €50 discount for the 8 GB model as compared to the original 16 GB version.

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The lower-cost iPhone 5c with less storage was a bit of a surprise when Apple initially announced it: The company introduced the new model last month, in the middle of a current product cycle. That’s atypical of Apple, which generally keeps iPhone product launches on an annual basis. Early sales data suggested that the iPhone 5s was outselling the iPhone 5c, indicating that Apple may not be earning the results it expected from the new iPhone 5c.

I doubt Apple will ever release sales figures specific to the 8 GB iPhone 5c — the company doesn’t break out data at that level — but I’d love to see the numbers.

My expectation? A lower-priced iPhone 5c with a meager 8 GB of storage isn’t bringing a large sales bump for the company. The limited storage certainly isn’t appealing unless you’re getting a large discount on the phone as compared to the 16 GB model. And in some countries, you’re not getting a discount at all according to one Mac Rumors commenter who says: “its hilarious cuz[sic] they introduced the 8GB one for 499€ here in Germany while every big store chain is selling the 16GB one for 489€.”

The timing of this product revision is taking place at a bad time. Until this year’s model, iPhones haven’t been sold at a discount by retailers — they kept prices the same as Apple’s own store. With the latest iteration, however, policies changed, allowing retailers to offer the phones at lower prices if they chose to do so. As a result, Apple’s offering of a discounted 8 GB iPhone 5c is competing with the newly discounted other models, making the product less desirable by comparison.

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Daily Roundup: Amazon’s first phone, Project Ara developer conference and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all…
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Get ready for even more data caps after the Comcast-TWC merger

Comcast TWC Merger Data Caps

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to be wary of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, GigaOM gives us a new one: Data caps. GigaOM points out that Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are the only two major cable companies in the United States that haven’t yet imposed data caps on their customers but that could change if TWC gets gobbled up by Comcast as part of a $ 45 billion acquisition.

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Android’s KitKat is rolling out even more slowly than Jelly Bean did

Android KitKat vs Jelly Bean

Even though Google designed Android 4.4 to work on more devices than any of its predecessors, it looks like KitKat’s adoption rate is lower than Jelly Bean’s was when it first launched. GigaOm citess data from a new Chitika report showing that in the 6 months since Android 4.4 KitKat was launched, only around 10% of Android devices part of the study have been seen running it. Comparatively, Jelly Bean was installed on 14% of devices 6 months after launch, the company revealed in a similar report in early 2013.

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Daily Roundup: Galaxy S5 review, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida on VR and more!

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Star Wars D-Tech Me 3D prints fans into stormtroopers and more

Amidst news of a cancelled Darth Maul game and new rumors about the upcoming movie, Disney has announced that the latest D-Tech Me will give franchise faithfuls the chance to … Continue reading
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Daily Roundup: Twitter’s redesign, Lightroom mobile for the iPad, and more!

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Here’s one more reason to hold out for the iWatch

iWatch Specs UV Sensor

Buyers looking for a new smartwatch have one more reason to ignore everything else and hold out for Apple’s iWatch, Barrons reports. In addition to rumored sensors that will be able to measure various health-related parameters, the iWatch may also pack an ultraviolet light sensor from Silicon Labs, according to a note to investors from Barclays’s chip analyst Blayne Curtis.

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NASA is offering code from more than 1,000 programs for public use

Everyone has probably day-dreamed of launching a space-ship from their backyard at some point. Well, now that NASA plans to release over a thousand of its software systems into the public domain, your idle musings could become a reality. On April…
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