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53 min ago

Tinder Plus goes official; lets you take back that swipe for a price

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Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world.

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1 hour ago

Relive our HTC One M9 video preview!

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Much has been said about the new HTC One M9. And we've got a few thoughts as well. Here they are, in moving pictures.

While the jury's still out on the HTC One M9 — and likely will be for a little while now — it's probably a good idea to take a couple extra minutes and give our initial preview a gander. We spent a solid 36 hours with the M9 here in Barcelona, Spain. It's perhaps an imperfect device (what isn't, really), but still addresses a number of issues we had with 2014's HTC One M8.

The question is how does it stand up to more through use. We'll find out soon enough, to be sure. For now, enjoy.

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1 hour ago

Watch our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands-on video!

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The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are very much official now, and through all of the news and our own coverage we completely understand if you happened to miss our comprehensive hands-on preview video. Well that's okay, because we wanted to show it off once again — we're pretty darn proud of it, and we think you'll enjoy it too.

Give it a watch, and when you're done you can circle back and get all of the GS6 info you can handle right here.

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2 hours ago

Sony releases theme creation tools in beta for Xperia line

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Sony has released a tool to allow for easy creation of Xperia themes for Androids running their version of the operating system. This application installs on your computer, and when used in conjunction with an image editor (Photoshop is recommended and well-supported) allows you to customize over 300 different assets. Using custom icons, buttons and backgrounds it's now pretty easy to create your very own theme for Xperia phones and tablets.

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2 hours ago

Sony Mobile's leader says rumors of division's sale are 'completely untrue'

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Hiroki Totoki, the current leader of Sony Mobile, has dismissed recent rumors of a sale of its division in an interview, calling them "completely untrue".

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2 hours ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop now running on 3.3 percent of devices

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The March numbers for Android version distribution are out today, and Android 5.0 Lollipop saw a slight bump to 3.3 percent device coverage compared to 1.6 percent when it first landed on the chart last month.

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4 hours ago

Dungeon Hunter 5 slashes its way onto Android on March 12

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Gameloft has announced today that its popular hack and slash series, Dungeon Hunter, is about to get a sequel. Dungeon Hunter 5 will be bringing its dungeon crawling goodness to Android on March 12.

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5 hours ago

MetroPCS offering buy one get one promo through April 5th

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MetroPCS is bringing back their "buy one get one" promo starting today through April 5th.

During the promo, when purchasing and activating a new device on MetroPCS, you'll be able to get another device for free when activating a new line.

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6 hours ago

Epic Games ditches monthly fee for developers who use Unreal Engine 4

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Epic Games has announced that it is getting rid of its $19 monthly fee for developers who want to make games using Unreal Engine 4. Epic will still take 5% of any gross revenue generated by an Unreal Engine 4-based app or game every quarter after it reaches $3,000 in revenue.

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6 hours ago

Google's new Nearby Connections API means Second Screen fun with Android TV

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Android TV

Google wants Android TV to be your hub, and your smartphone/tablet to be the controller.

We're no strangers to Second Screen apps here, especially as they apply to video games. The big thing that pushed Second Screen apps forward in the current generation of apps has been the application of a centralized platform, which is something Microsoft capitalized on with their SmartGlass platform for the Xbox. While this setup works well when you are at home by yourself, or in very specific situations with someone willing to act as your wingman, we don't often see Second Screen apps focused toward multiple users in front of a television that they don't necessarily own. Google has chosen the Game Developers Conference to launch several new tools to help developers improve their games, and included in that list is the Nearby Connections API.

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6 hours ago

Lenovo's new device lineup includes a pair of tablets and a fun new projector

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Any suspicion that Motorola had already begun influencing Lenovo's product lineup has been completely dismissed.

Lenovo has no shortage of new products to show off at Mobile World Congress this year, and it's clear their focus for this generation is split between maintaining their current product lines and exploring new categories. While their Android lineup still includes traditional smartphone and tablet experiences that show a clear evolution of their current hardware lineup, there's a new "pro-level" camera and a Micracast friendly projector that are all about extending the Android experience, which is a cool direction for Lenovo to be heading in.

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6 hours ago

Sony retires 'Walkman' brand for its built-in music player

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Walkman + Music apps

Once synonymous with portable music, Walkman has been one of Sony's most iconic brands. From classic cassette-based offerings of the early 1980s to the wackier, Android-based versions of 2015, the purpose of a Walkman product is clear — it's all about music on the go. So it wasn't surprising to see Walkman name used in Sony's own music app, which is preloaded on all the manufacturer's Android smartphones. Renders of new Xperia phones would give valuable screen realestate to the purple Walkman icon, and it'd also be preloaded on the default home screen.

But not anymore. As Sony unveiled its first 2015 Xperia products, the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua, the familiar Walkman icon and name are no more, the app having been renamed to the more generic "Music."

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7 hours ago

Hands-on with the refreshed Gear VR for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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Samsung Gear VRs

Most people were duly caught off guard by the announcement of a refreshed Gear VR made for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge here at MWC 2015. Although it was quickly announced as a footnote to the bigger news of the phones themselves, there are some very important changes in this latest version of Gear VR.

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7 hours ago

SanDisk's new embedded iNAND flash storage boasts stupid fast write speeds

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There are bottlenecks throughout the modern smartphone, but SanDisk is working to make their path as wide as possible with their new iNAND 7132 embedded flash storage.

While SanDisk is well known for their consumer memory products — SD cards, microSD cards, USB flash drives, replacement SSDs, and so forth — a major (and under-appreciated by the general consumer) part of their business is actually in selling embedded flash storage to device manufacturers.

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