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3 years ago

Gary Oldman and his HTC One (M8) ...

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DON'T LOOK HIM DIRECTLY IN THE EYE!

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 unboxing and hands-on

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Just in case you somehow haven't seen this phone yet, it's the new HTC One. Also known as the M8. It's one hell of a phone. And, of course, it comes in a box. And because it comes in a box, we shall be forced to "unbox" it, by which we take it out of the box, show you what's in the box and then continue on our merry way.

There is, however, one wrinkle here. In addition to the usual in-box items, such as a charger and a SIM tool and earbuds and papers with words on them, this UK version of the HTC One also comes with a sleek TPU case. So there's that. Anyhoo. Loads more HTC One to come today. Stay tuned.

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3 years ago

LastPass now autofills passwords in Chrome, other apps

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This, folks, qualifies as a Big Deal. LastPass (Premium) — one of our favorite apps for managing passwords — has updated its Android app and will now autofill passwords. It works for Chrome on Android 4.3 and up, and other apps starting with Android 4.1. It needs your help, though, as it crowdsources app associations with the update. [LastPass blog]

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3 years ago

Buying the new HTC One (M8)? You'll need a nanoSIM

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New HTC flagship uses smaller SIM standard

Today, after weeks of speculation and online leaks, the new HTC One — also known by its codename "M8" — is official. And in some parts of the world the device has gone on sale immediately on launch day. But if you're thinking of picking up HTC's latest aluminum-clad smartphone right off the bat, you may need to think about swapping out or resizing your current SIM card first, as the new HTC One uses a nanoSIM.

Most carriers can send you a new SIM in the mail, or switch you to a nanoSIM in-store.

NanoSIMs will be familiar to users of many of Apple's more recent iOS devices, as well as Motorola's Moto X. They're smaller than the microSIMs used by most current Android phones, meaning they take up less precious internal space in the device. In most cases your carrier will be able to send you a new nanoSIM to replace your current SIM — some will even do it in-store while you wait — though there may be a charge for this.

An alternative — though not one for the faint of heart — is to cut your larger SIM down to nanoSIM size. Our own Jerry Hildenbrand wrote a great guide to nanoSIM cutting back when the Moto X launched, and it's worth a look if you're considering this route for your new M8.

And remember that once you've switched (or sliced your way down to) a nanoSIM, you’ll need a SIM-card adapter if you ever need to size back up to a micro.

More: For the bold: Cutting your own Nano SIM card

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3 years ago

Would you get the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8)?

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The HTC One (M8) has made a big splash today, but would you pick one up instead of a Samsung Galaxy S5?

We've spent a week with the HTC One (M8), and have a few preliminary thoughts in our review, but what do you guys make from what you've seen? In a real purchasing scenario, what's the bottom line: would you pick up the new M8, or would the Samsung Galaxy S5 win you over? Odds are this is a real decision a lot of folks are going to have to make over the next year or so, and we want to see what the popular opinion is. No, "eh, I don't think I'll get either," or "can't I have both lol?" Pick your side, and let's see how this epic battle pans out.

We'll follow up in a couple of days summing up the results, but in the meantime, feel free to work out all your thoughts in the comments. We're eager to hear which factors weigh most heavily on your decisions. Maybe that camera on the M8 is a dealbreaker, but ooh, dat build quality. Discuss!

Would you get the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8)?

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3 years ago

Here's what's hot in the HTC One (M8) forums

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Join the best HTC One (M8) discussion on the web, by the best Android fans on the web

You've read what we have to say about the HTC One (M8). You probably even read some of the other posts about the M8, like how it compares to the M7 or a look at the color selection. When a new phone gets announced and released on the same day— kudos to HTC for pulling that off, by the way — there's a lot to talk about. And the best place to talk about it all is in the HTC One (M8) forums.

They're filled with folks just like you who are thinking of buying the phone and using the heck out of it, instead of folks like us here at AC who will have to switch off just as soon as we feel comfortable with it. Discussion, questions, comments — the forums have it all. Here's a sample:

See you there!

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3 years ago

Extreme Power Saving mode missing on your new HTC One? Here's why ...

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HTC One Power Saving Mode

If you've already picked up your HTC One in the United States — or plan on doing so in the next few days, you might notice that the EXTREME Power Saving mode is missing from your shiny new M8. Meanwhile, folks outside the U.S. already have it on their phones. There's a good reason for that. (Or a bad reason, depending on your point of view.) And we'll give you three guesses why.

Outside the U.S., the M8's on a newer software version — one that includes EXTREME Power Saving mode. (If you must know, it's software version 1.54.401.5.)

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3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One (M8) officially announced [update: now available to order]

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HTC One M8 Google Play edition mockup

Latest HTC device with 'stock' Android available to pre-order from today

Update: The HTC One (M8) Google Play edition has arrived in the Play Store with the expected $699 price tag, and you can place an order immediately. Regular ground shipping is free, and expected shipping times are currently set at 2-3 weeks.

Original story: Since the first Google Play edition devices' arrived last summer, they've given Android enthusiasts a way to pair the latest hardware from top manufacturers with the latest vanilla Android software from Google, with speedy updates to boot. And today, alongside the standard HTC One (M8), the official press release reveals that there'll also be Google Play edition M8 heading to the Play Store.

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3 years ago

Experimental ART runtime available on new HTC One

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Attention smartphone nerds — the new HTC One (M8) includes the option to use the experimental, pre-release ART runtime should you desire to make that switch. Android 4.4 introduced the new ART runtime — an alternative to the standard Dalvik runtime intended to let developers and OEMs get to grips with the new code before it becomes the default. But so far it hasn't been available on all KitKat devices. The old HTC One (M7) for instance didn't get ART in its KitKat update.

Like to live dangerously with preproduction runtimes? HTC's M8 lets you do that.

On phones where it's available, such as the Nexus 5 and Moto X, some regular users and tinkerers have switched to ART full-time, as it seems to bring a small but noticeable boost in responsiveness. As ART is still in the experimental stage, however, that extra performance comes at the cost of compatibility with certain apps. Nevertheless, if you understand the risks you can enable ART on HTC's 2014 flagship from within the developer settings menu as usual. (Whether you really should is debatable, but in any case, the option's there.)

For a quick rundown of what ART is all about, check out this podcast section from last year. And to learn more about the newly-announced M8, hit up our HTC One portal page.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA partners with Valve to bring hit game Portal to Shield

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No word on exact release date or wider release to other Android devices

There wasn't a whole lot of mobile news coming out of the opening keynote of the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference today, but one of the bigger pieces dropped on us is that the insanely-popular game Portal is coming to the NVIDIA Shield. It may not be the most recent title, but anyone who has spent a decent bit of time playing Portal will appreciate the complexity of bringing such a great game to a mobile device.

Neither NVIDIA nor Valve is spilling the beans on when exactly you'll be able to load up Portal on your Shield, or what this could mean for bringing the game to other non-Shield Android devices. Right now the best thing they can offer us is a big "coming soon" tease, reminding folks that Portal will be just one of over 300 Shield-optimized games available when it launches.

Pair up great top-tier titles like Portal with a Shield that has a new price of $199 and you could have a nice little mobile gaming rig on your hands.

More: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

NVIDIA drops Shield price to $199, updates to KitKat and brings GameStream improvements

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More options for streaming games from your own PC or laptop to a Shield with a fresh new operating system

NVIDIA has been pushing to improve the Shield ever since it launched, and the latest update brings a step up to Android 4.4 KitKat, GameStream improvements across the board and a new, lower price. The Shield is indeed making the jump from Jelly Bean up to KitKat, which brings a few notable improvements in terms of now having Immersive Mode and access to the latest UI design, but the bigger story is NVIDIA's added improvements for its other services.

GameStream, which offers the ability to stream games from a remote server or computer to the Shield, is picking up several new improvements with this latest software update. You can now stream games from your own properly-equipped gaming PC at home rather than just an NVIDIA server, along with the ability to wake the computer with LAN access and log into the PC remotely from your Shield. You can also now use Bluetooth keyboards and mice when streaming games with your Shield in Console Mode connected to a TV. Quality receives a bump as well, going from 720p to 1080p at 60fps.

Further, GameStream is expanding to capable gaming notebooks as well. Streaming isn't just limited to powerful desktops — laptops with Kepler and Maxwell-based GPUs (GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and most GTX 600M GPUs) are now supported. With the expansion of GameStream you now have better advanced controls over the setting as well. You can hardwire to your PC, as well as set FPS, bitrate and other settings for the best experience in your own situation. You can even add unofficially supported games to GameStream now if you're willing to tweak a bit.

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3 years ago

The HTC One M8 Dot View Case

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HTC One Dot View Case

An innovative case for your HTC One M8, with one major flaw

HTC's got a pretty intriguing phone in the new HTC One M8 — be sure to read our review — and it's got a pretty intriguing case to go along with it. The Dot View case does a few things at once. First and foremost, it protects your phone in that folio style that everyone seems to be doing these days. And it does so while still allowing information to come through, and while allowing you to interact with your phone, but in a much different way.

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3 years ago

Delta does Gogo Wifi on its first international flights

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Good news for you folks who just have to stay connected while winging it to Asia: Delta has launched its first Wifi-enabled flights from Atlanta to Tokyo, and from Los Angeles to Tokyo. The initial rollout is on the 747-400. Gogo expects to complete installation on the rest of Delta's international fleet — the 777, 767, 757, 747 and Airbus A330 by the end of 2015. Press release

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3 years ago

NVIDIA announces Maxwell architecture chip codenamed 'Erista' to come after Tegra K1, launch in 2015

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As Tegra K1 just starts getting into devices, we already have a hint of what's in store for next year

We're here in San Jose at the GPU Technology Conference where NVIDIA has just given us a sneak peek at its mobile product roadmap. We all saw the unveiling of its latest-generation mobile chip, the Tegra K1, at CES 2014 and now we know that "Erista" is the codename for its successor.

Considering that the Tegra K1 is just now making its way into devices — NVIDIA showed it powering a self-driving Audi, actually — we're still a good ways off from knowing any details about Erista. The one piece of information we know is that Erista will be based on a Maxwell GPU architecture, the leading design from NVIDIA for its desktop-class chips until today when it unveiled Pascal, whereas Tegra K1 is based on the older Kepler architecture.

You can bet we'll hear a lot more about Erista as we get closer to 2015.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One (M8) in silver and gold

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HTC One M8

Amber gold and glacial silver versions of HTC's new flagship

The new HTC One (M8) is official, and HTC's "hero" color for the device is the shiny gunmetal grey, with its unique brushed texture. But what about the lesser-spotted amber gold and glacial silver versions? Well, they sport a more traditional matte texture on their metallic bodies, like the 2013 HTC One (M7). And we managed to track down both elusive color variants at the London launch events today.

Check 'em out in our gallery after the break.

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