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1 week ago

HTC Zoe app released as beta — we've got a first look!

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HTC Zoe app

App provides a one-stop shop for sharing and remixing your video stories

HTC today is releasing its long-awaited Zoe app — used for sharing and letting your friends remix your video highlights — to Google Play in beta form. It's available for devices running Android 4.4, and not just HTC devices at that.

First, some background: Zoes were born in 2013 with the HTC One M7. They began as 5-second video clips that added a dimension to the Video Highlights HTC's gallery app would create, using photos, videos and Zoes to tell a story. (Samsung has done the same sort of thing on its phones in the past, and Google+ now does it on the server side, using your uploaded content.) Zoes also gave around 20 still images you could pick from. So they sort of were moving pictures, almost like animated GIFs, but not really.

With Sense 6 and the HTC One M8, Zoes changed a bit. They became a little more difficult to take, with the button for them moved off the main camera display. They also dropped the 5-second limit and require you to hold down the record button. Do it for more than a fives seconds or so and suddenly you're taking a traditional video, from which you can use whatever part you want in a video highlight. Same idea, we suppose, but that 5-second limit gave a better sense of context and purpose, much like Vine's time limit does. And the nomenclature became more muddied as well. Video Highlights are now Zoes, sort of.

HTC never did really get the sharing right, either. It initially tried an in-house Zoe Share site, but your content there would die out after six months, and it just never took off. But now, we have a proper Zoe app, which until today had lived as a stub app.

Let's take a quick look.

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition unveiled

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HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition

HTC has a history of teaming up with leading designers to produce unique versions of some of its top smartphones. And today the company has announced its latest design collaboration — a partnership with Singapore-based design house Phunk Studio to create a handful of limited edition HTC One M8s. The phones, of which only 64 will ever be produced, bear a unique etched pattern crafted by HTC and Phunk designers around the theme of "wonderment."

The limited edition Phunk M8s also serve as a preview of the design collective's upcoming exhibition, taking place in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong this year as it marks its 20th anniversary. Aside from the unique designs on the back, it's the same HTC One M8 we know and love, in glacial silver and amber gold.

We've got a full photo gallery after the break. As for how you can get hold of a Phunk Studio HTC One M8 yourself... well, stay tuned.

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1 week ago

Motorola holding September 4 event, Moto 360 + new phones inbound

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Moto teaser

We've been waiting patiently for new toys from Motorola for several months, not least the Moto 360 smartwatch and rumored Moto X successor. Today Moto is sending out media invites for an event in Chicago on Sept. 4, where we should see what's next from the fan-favorite manufacturer. The teaser animation for the event shows an X phone, a G phone, a watch and some kind of earpiece, so it looks like there'll be plenty to look forward to.

We'll be live from Chicago on Sept. 4 to bring you all the latest from Motorola. Thoughts on what we'll see? Shout out in the comments!

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1 week ago

Surgeon Simulator teaches bad medicine on Android

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Surgeon Simulator has made its debut in the Google Play Store today. Surgeon Simulator is a morbidly hilarious game where players have to perform life-saving operations with all the ineptitude that touch input has to offer.

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1 week ago

WWE SuperCard game for Android combines wrestling with card battles

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Publisher 2K Games, who currently own the rights to release video games based on World Wrestling Entertainment's properties, have just launched WWE SuperCard for Android, which is supposed to combined the hard hitting action of pro wrestlers with the rather nerdy world of collectible role playing card games.

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1 week ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 14, 2014

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Who doesn't like saving money? Here are some of the best deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets we've found today.

Feel free to drop a comment with any you find!

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1 week ago

How to factory reset your Android Wear watch

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How to reset Android Wear

There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Android Wear smartwatch. You'll need to do so if you want to pair it to a new phone, or if you're selling it... or maybe you're having problems with it and want to start again from fresh software. Whatever the case — and whether you're using the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 or something else —it's simple to restore your Android Wear watch's software to its out-of-box state.

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1 week ago

Samsung teases Galaxy Note 4 for September 3 in Chinese promo video

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As if we needed more evidence to suggest we'll be seeing the Galaxy Note 4 soon a new video produced by Samsung China effectively confirms the device, the name and that it is indeed what we'll be seeing in Berlin and New York City on September 3 at Samsung Unpacked.

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1 week ago

Philips Hue Lux bulbs now up for pre-order

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A short while ago Philips announced its first white light only bulbs in its Hue range, the Lux. Now at least things have progressed far enough that we can pre-order the Lux bulbs for shipping in late September. They lose out on some of the razzle dazzle of the regular Hue bulbs in losing the colors but in doing so the price has come down quite a bit.

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1 week ago

Shazam restores Spotify integration

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After removing the ability to listen to tagged songs on Spotify in the UK, Germany, Mexico and Brazil earlier this year, Shazam has restored the feature in the latest update for Android and iOS.

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