BWB Monthly: Top 10 Articles of August ‘15

While we go through our daily lives, we don‘t always have the time to read up about all the interesting things we necessarily want to. While consumer technology news never really stops, hopefully your workday does, and you can take a look at ten of our biggest articles in tech news in the last month, according to our readers.
Check out this month‘s countdown below.
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10. Top 5: Great all-round Laptops
These days it is so hard to make a decision on whether to get a decent tablet or to go for a bulkier laptop. One offers a lightweight, no fuss digital connection and the other offers a wider range of functionality, features and of course processing power. Let‘s take a look at the best laptop all-rounders you can find on the market today.
Be sure to check it out here.
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9. Microsoft allegedly producing a Surface Phone
While Microsoft have been largely praised for their work on their Surface laptop-tablet hybrids, sales figures up until last year ““ much akin to the company‘s Windows Phone counterpart ““ haven‘t met the same trend.
A new report suggests that Microsoft are developing a Surface Phone to seize the premium end of their Windows Phone in the hopes that with a small amount of luck, the Surface line‘s brand resonance will carry over into the smartphone market.
Read more here.
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8. Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge +
Earlier Samsung unveiled its latest update to the popular Galaxy Note line in the form of the Galaxy Note 5, alongside a phablet size Galaxy S6 Edge creatively dubbed the S6 Edge +.
Both handsets are now open for pre-order in the US, and include 5.7“³ screens encased in a glass and metal design reminiscent of the design language the firm has adopted with the likes of the S6, S6 Edge, and Galaxy A line.
Read more here.
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7. New Apple TV slated for September
Right on the beat following the release of its own music streaming service, a new report has indicated that Apple intends to announce a new Apple TV at its September event.
The report indicates that Apple intended to unveil the new set-top box at WWDC, but postponed the announcement until September.
Read more here.
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6. Samsung‘s new phones stream video to YouTube
It seems that streaming video has become all the rage these days. With the advent of massively popular apps like Periscope finally driving the streaming services to new heights, Samsung has decided to jump on the bandwagon ““ as they often do.
The only difference is, they allow this streaming to happen directly to YouTube rather than to a dedicated app. The new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ can both broadcast live video directly to Google‘s video-sharing platform.
Read more here.
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5. Is this the new Android Blackberry?
Blackberry hasn‘t had a very good run since about 2009 losing out to the Apple and Android smartphone competitors. That might be set to change as Blackberry aims to release an Android powered device code-named “œVenice“.
Read more here.
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4. AG Mobile Ghost review: the gold standard
For years, I‘ve bemoaned premium smartphones that ““ beyond demanding a significant chunk out of one‘s wallet ““ break too easily or require additional accessories, incurring a further investment. It was a breath of fresh air, then, to receive South African company AG Mobile‘s Ghost land on my desk.
Read more here.
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3. Nokia: The Return of a Legend
If you‘ve never owned a Nokia mobile phone in your life, you‘ve missed out on an era that started it all. Once the biggest mobile company in the world and estimated to have been worth around $250 billion at its prime, Nokia has recently hinted at a return to the market they once shaped.
Read more here.
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2. Huawei P8 Review: A flagship contender?
Last year, Huawei decided to invest a lot of money into their smartphone arm and tried to take on the big boys with the Ascend P7, which after some retrospection we realised wasn‘t a great first attempt into the flagship line. The device wasn‘t bad by any means, but it wasn‘t anything to get excited about either.
Huawei then learnt from their mistakes and brought us the much more capable Ascend Mate 7, which was then renamed to just the Mate 7 as Huawei changed its marketing strategies. That strong entry into the phablet market brought them into the mainstream, and now they want to take on flagships from Samsung, HTC and LG with the Huawei P8.
Read the full review here.
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  1. Sony Xperia Z5 images leaked

While Sony‘s present flagship, the Xperia Z4, has barely touched many international market-spaces, the Japanese firm‘s next smartphone ““ the Xperia Z5 ““ has been outed in a photo leak..
Read more here.
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