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Sales of the HTC One flagship are higher than last year’s model, but HTC needs more than just one hot handset. On Tuesday, the company provided operating margin guidance of 0 to -8 percent in the third quarter on expected revenues of between NT$50 billion an NT$60 billion (US $1.7 billion and US $2 billion). HTC plans to launch “a range of innovative and competitive mid-tier products” in the fourth quarter, which could help it broaden its potential customer base.

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Samsung is reportedly launching a version of the Galaxy Note 2 on China Mobile, the largest mobile operator on the planet. The new model will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chip instead of Samsung’s own silicon. Why? Because China Mobile, which has 740 million subscribers, uses a network comprised of TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, TDD-LTE, and FDD-LTE technology; a unique mix that Samsung’s own chip currently doesn’t support. YouVersion was the first Bible app in the App Store; since 2008, it’s been downloaded over 100 million times and now includes over 600 Bible translations in 100 languages. “This is a remarkable tech startup by any measure,” Kleiner Perkins partner Chi-Hua Chien says. Read more »

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The U.S. may have been on the bleeding edge of LTE, but other countries are now surpassing it in the technical prowess of their networks. Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is upgrading LTE network to support speeds of 150 Mbps, joining a handful of other operators in Asia and Europe. U.S. networks are maxing out at about 75 Mbps, but that could change soon as U.S. carriers start plowing more spectrum into their LTE systems.

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We’re excited about the internet of things. You’re excited about the internet of things. And who can blame us? IoT promises to network devices, sensors and objects that have previously been unconnected. But in our eagerness to discuss the latest applications, we’re leaving some big questions unasked. Read more »

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