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1 week ago

New Firefox beta for Android adds more custom home screen options

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Mozilla has released a new version of its beta Firefox browser for Android, which includes some new way for users to customize their home screen along with some other features and improvements.

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1 week ago

Amazon's new kids show is about the wonders of science and technology

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Amazon's third original series for kids, Annedroids, is now available on Prime Instant Video. The first seven episodes fo the live-action adventure series are ready to watch right now. Annedroids will also be available through Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. The series is aimed at children ages 4-7.

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1 week ago

Firefly Online game for Android snags TV show's cast to handle voice roles

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Firefly Online, the upcoming game based on the cult hit sci-fi TV show that was announced a year ago for Android and other platforms, will be made with the help of the cast of the original series, who will handle the voice over roles of their characters.

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1 week ago

HTC One E8 review

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HTC One E8

HTC swaps metal for plastic in this re-imagining of its 2014 flagship

Over the past year, HTC has made a name for itself with high-quality metal smartphones in the HTC One series. Flagships like the HTC One M8 and before it the M7 elevated smartphone design and build quality to new heights, even if the impact on HTC's financials haven't been as pronounced as the company might have hoped.

Enter the HTC One E8 — a high-end HTC phone in a polycarbonate shell, designed to hit a lower price point while still delivering many of the benefits of HTC's current flagship. The spec sheet mirrors the M8's almost exactly, while the chassis aims to recreate the striking look of a high-end HTC phone using less exotic materials.

The E8 has only been announced for China, India and Russia at present. Nevertheless, we're going to put this intriguing new device through its paces in a full review. Read on to find out how it shapes up.

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1 week ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for July 25, 2014

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Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...

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1 week ago

Leaked 'Moto X+1' shots show wooden back, metallic trim

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The still-unannounced Moto X+1 has been leaked in what are claimed to be new images of a "near-final prototype" from Motorola. It's alleged the photos show the Moto X successor in all its pre-launch glory, and by judging the overall look and design of the device in the photos, we can clearly see at least some resemblance to the Moto flagship. The wooden backplates that were previously rumored can be found on the rear of this handset, along with the trademark Moto logo. Also visible are what appear to be metallic sides, in contrast to the all-plastic nature of Moto's current lineup.

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 exclusively available at Carphone Warehouse in pink

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The HTC One M8 is now available at Carphone Warehouse... in pink. Just in case you were looking to really spice up your technology arsenal, the smartphone can be picked up from the retailer as part of an exclusivity deal. Available today for pre-order, and bundled with HTC's Dot View flip case, Carphone Warehouse has the HTC One M8 listed from £28 per month (with no upfront fee) on select network providers.

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1 week ago

Transport for London rolling out contactless payment support this September

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Transport of London (TfL) has today announced that the capital's public transport network will accept contactless payments from September 16. Buses already support the payment method, while the London Overground, Underground, DLR and Tram networks will be upgraded. This will enable the general public to utilize their contactless payment cards or even a smartphone with NFC to access the transport network in London.

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1 week ago

Amazon's Fire Phone gets the teardown treatment

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It looks like iFixIt had gotten their hands on Amazon's Fire Phone, and the outfit subjected the phone to its usual teardown treatment. Opening the phone would activate a tab that reveals that the phone has been opened, thus signaling to Amazon that your warranty is void if you attempt this at home.

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1 week ago

Yahoo Aviate review

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Aviate for Android

Aviate is a popular launcher acquired by Yahoo earlier in its development, and through a short closed beta, it's become a very mature option for those looking for a polished overall Android experience.

The main gist of it is that Aviate builds collections of your apps based on different types of activities. You can, of course, tweak those collections manually as well, and Aviate can offer suggestions to fill in collections (though this is really just a form of advertising rather than intelligent suggestions). Aviate figures out where you are and what time of day it is, and serves up relevant collections in custom-built interfaces called Spaces so you can better handle those activities. For example, if you plug in your headphones, it offers you quick access to media controls and your favorite music apps. Hit the road, and you'll be offered shortcuts to navigation home and to the office. It's a great idea on paper, but let's see how it pans out.

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