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22 hours ago

HTC Butterfly 2 review

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HTC Butterfly 2

HTC's new high-end handset for Asia packs M8-level internals, an upgraded camera and a water-resistant body

Over the past year HTC has consolidated most of its smartphone range into two distinct device families — HTC One at the high end, and Desire in the mid-range and entry-level spaces. But there's still one outlier — the Butterfly series, which kicked off with the original J Butterfly a couple of years ago. That phone eventually came to Verizon as the Droid DNA, but the Butterfly line proved most popular in Asia, and the following year it spawned a successor. The Butterfly S brought upgraded specs and BoomSound speakers, but axed a couple of the original's standout features — water resistance unfortunately didn't make the cut. Whereas the HTC One line differentiated itself with premium metal construction, the Butterfly line seemed content taking this product and repackaging it into an Asia-specific device.

A year or so later, it's time for a new Butterfly. The HTC Butterfly 2 (known as simply the "new J Butterfly" in Japan), brings back the look and feel of last year's model with 2014-level specs, an upgraded camera and, once again, the ability to survive a plunge into the sink.

But how does it measure up to the current competition? And in markets where both HTC flagships are available, which is the one to pick up? We'll take a shot at answering both of these questions in our full review. Read on.

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22 hours ago

Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

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I have had my eye on the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter‎ for quite a while, though I was never quite ready to drop $300 for one. So when Parrot offered to send me one, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. When the package arrived at my door, I quickly dropped what I was doing and got to work (well, got to play I guess). I popped open the box, pulled out all of the pieces, installed the free app (Android & iOS) and it was up, up, and away!

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22 hours ago

Qualcomm gets in on digital eyewear with Vufioria developer tools

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Qualcomm announced a new software development kit for anybody getting in on augmented reality apps for devices like the Samsung Gear VR or Google Glass. Qualcomm's Vuforia SDK will enable augmented reality apps with this burgeoning sector of devices, mainly by easing the process of calibrating position. Big players like Epson have already been working with Vuforia and are liking what it has to offer.

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23 hours ago

Verizon starts selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for $599 without a contract

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Verizon Wireless has begun selling the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for the price of $599.99 without a contract, or for $499.99 with a two year contract.

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23 hours ago

Accessibility features on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Accessibility features

Accessibility features may not be important to the vast majority of users out there, but for those who need them, these tweaks deep in the settings can be a make-or-break features for whether a new Android phone will work for them on a daily basis. It's the inclusion of accessibility settings in these phones that allows Android to have such an amazing reach, and we want to highlight where they are and what they do.

We've been looking at the differences in accessibility features across various popular devices, and now it's time to dive through the Galaxy S5's options and see how they differ from others out there.

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23 hours ago

PayPal Here now plays nice with Android tablets

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PayPal's point-of-sale app and credit card reader are now fully optimized for big screen Android devices. The update includes the ability to export sales results right from the device.

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1 day ago

Interstellar movie-based game for Android lets you make and explore your own solar system

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Paramount has just released a new Android game on Google Play based on director Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar and it looks like it will be a tad different than the normal movie tie-in as the player can not only create his or her own solar system but can also explore it as well as others made by fans.

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1 day ago

OnePlus One pre-orders will be open for limited time

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The folks behind the OnePlus One will be temporarily accepting traditional pre-orders for a limited window in late October. If they have the devices in stock, they'll ship right away, and if they don't, they'll put you on pre-order status. If you manage to get an invite while on pre-order status, you can bump up to the top of the queue. Of course, you can always cancel the pre-order at any time if you're sick of waiting.

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1 day ago

Our Moto 360 video review

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You've no doubt by now read our complete Moto 360 review. But if you're more of a visual learner, we've distilled five basic things you need to know about the Moto 360 into a couple minutes of video.

If you've got questions about the look and feel of the Moto 360, or how battery life's managed after a couple weeks of use, or how wireless charging works out — and if you've only got a couple minutes — we've got you taken care of here.

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1 day ago

Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Bulbs now on sale in US and Canada

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Belkin has announced that its WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, which can be controlled by its Android app, are now on sale in the US and Canada, both as individual bulbs as well as in a Starter Kit that includes a WeMo Link which can control up to 50 of those lights.

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1 day ago

Motorola reportedly will unleash the Droid Turbo next month

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Although Motorola is all about the Moto X, the Moto G and the Moto 360 these days, the manufacturer is not neglecting its exclusive partnership with Verizon with regards to the Droid line of smartphones. We may not have to wait long to see a new device added to Big Red's roster, as CNET mentions that Motorola is working on launching a new Droid smartphone next month.

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1 day ago

Subway Surfers heads to Cairo in the game's latest update

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The popular endless runner game Subway Surfers has received yet another content update, and this time the gang are heading to the ancient land of Egypt and specifically the city of Cairo.

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1 day ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders kick off tomorrow, available in the US on October 17

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the US on October 17th, with preorders starting September 19th, i.e. tomorrow. Every major US carrier has committed to carrying Samsung's new large-screen stylus-equipped smartphone, and will all likely be offering pre-orders of their own at the same time. Additionally, Samsung is offering a $200 guaranteed trade-in on any working smartphone.

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1 day ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 18

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 day ago

Show your love for European football with this limited edition HTC One M8

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If the numerous color variants of the HTC One M8 don't strike your fancy, how about a football-themed edition of the handset? To celebrate the return of Europe's premier football tournament, HTC is launching the UEFA Champions League collector's edition One M8.

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