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1 week ago

HTC One M9 internals detailed, HTC smartwatch reportedly on the way too

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HTC is set to unveil this year's flagship — likely to be called the HTC One M9 — on March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. According to Bloomberg, the device will feature impressive hardware, and will not be the only new product HTC showcases at MWC, as the Taiwanese vendor is alleged to also unveil its first smartwatch.

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1 week ago

Three UK reportedly looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica

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The company behind UK mobile operator Three, Hutchison Whampoa, is reportedly looking to purchase competitor O2, which is currently owned by Telefonica. The deal could be worth as much as $13.6 billion to Telefonica, who The Financial Times reports to have enlisted the aid of investment bank UBS to analyze available options, including partnership and flotation of the business.

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1 week ago

LG's Tone Infinim Bluetooth headset now comes in white gold

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LG's wraparound Bluetooth headset, the Tone Infinim (HBS-900), is now available in a white gold color variant. Boasting Harman-Kardon sound, retractable earbuds (with the wires housed in the plastic body) and the ability to read notifications out loud from a connected device, the Tone Infinim stands out from the sea of Bluetooth headsets currently available, as we've noted in our review.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Wikipedia, MLS Soccer, Falcon Pro 3 and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly list of must-have apps

We're here this week — and every week — with more of our favorite apps that we want to share with the class. It's a little thing we like to do every Sunday where we look and see what apps we're using the most and spread a little love so you know that you should give them a try if you haven't already.

With over 1.25 million apps in Google Play it can be a little tough to find the ones worth keeping. We share ours here, and we love to see yours in the comments afterwards.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: you are using Chromebooks

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We're heeeerrrreeeee...

A readership divided

When we posited the question this last week about if Chromebooks had invaded your home or your life just yet, I knew we were going to get some Chromebook converts and we were also going to get some hardcore PC users telling us Chromebooks can't do anything and that they're a waste — they do plenty and they're not, by the way — I just didn't know how many of column A and how many of column B we'd see.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Doing the right thing when no one's tweeting ...

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There was no liveblogging. Only a smattering of tweeting. And not a single selfie stick. The "Living the Dream" event my wife and I attended Saturday night, honoring generations of civil rights leaders and ushering in the new generations to come, was quite the departure from CES in Las Vegas a week ago.

I freely admit I probably don't appreciate the importance of an event like that. But it was clear to see just how important it was for others, particularly those who were around for the civil rights era in the 1960s.

But what really stood out was this — and I promise I'm tying this all back to mobile in a second:

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1 week ago

Buy the OnePlus One without an invite on Jan. 20

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The OnePlus One is a solid phone (as highlighted in our review), but remains to be one you're unable to purchase unless you receive an invite. The company is planning to run yet another day for those interested in purchasing one to place an order without an invite on January 20.

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1 week ago

Five things a big screen does better

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Sometimes bigger is better

The debate over screen size will never end. Some folks love a big-screen Android like the Nexus 6 or the Galaxy Note 4, others want something smaller like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Some of us are torn, and want both somehow.

But there are some things that are just better on a bigger screen. Here are five of those things.

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1 week ago

Motorola Migrate gets Material Design touch ups, new transfer features

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Motorola's Migrate app has been updated, adding Material Design updates and new transfer features. Migrate allows you to transfer data to your Motorola device from a number of sources, including other Android devices, iCloud, and non-smartphones, and the latest update makes that even easier.

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1 week ago

What would you change from the HTC One M8 to the M9?

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HTC One M8

I've been using the HTC One M8 for the past week or two, in anticipation of it getting Android 5.0 Lollipop (which it did), and to start getting familiar with it again ahead of HTC's March 1 announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The M8 was an imperfect phone, sure. I know what I don't like about it. (And I recently forgot the cardinal rule of "Don't you dare zoom in with that camera.") But let's here what you folks would change. What do you want to see done differently from the M8 to the ... well, let's just call it the HTC One M9.

Fire away in the comments.

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1 week ago

Facebook begins testing sound clip transcription in Messenger

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Facebook's David Marcus took to his, well, Facebook page today to detail a new voice transcription feature that the company is testing for Facebook Messenger. The feature will take any sound clip that you send or receive and transcribe its contents in text below the voice clip itself.

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1 week ago

Android Central 218: Andrew Central

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Audio-only stream below

We're rested and recovered after a successful CES 2015 in Las Vegas. On tap for this week's podcast: HTC is first out the gate for Mobile World Congress teasing, we get to the bottom of this WebView security non-scandal, and we answer your questions live on air. Join us!

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1 week ago

Google reportedly in talks to acquire mobile payments company Softcard

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A new report today claims that Google may be in talks to acquire Softcard, a mobile payments solution that has garnered significant carrier backing from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

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1 week ago

How to turn off Facebook's in-app browser for external links

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In August of last year, Facebook started rolling out an in-app browser that let you view links completely in the app without being thrown out to your own installed browser of choice. That's all fine and good, but if you want the additional features, bookmarking, familiarity or added security of choosing your own browser to open links, you'll need to dive into the Facebook settings and change this setting. It's a quick process with just a few steps, and this is how you do it.

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1 week ago

Motorola teams with DODO for line of colorful Moto 360 bands

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It looks like the band options for your Moto 360 just got a little bit bigger. Motorola today has started selling four new "premium" leather bands on its website. The bands, made by DODO, will set you back $60, and come in your choice of blue, green, red, or tan.

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