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3 years ago

The HTC One M8 Flip Case

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HTC One M8 Flip Case

Next up on our tour of HTC One M8 cases — we've already taken a look at the extremely popular Dot View case and HTC's TPU case — is HTC's Flip Case. This is a more traditional endeavor. No crazy 8-bit dots. No quick-peek windows.

And so what you get here is a pretty straightforward matter. Plastic shell on the back. Rigid cover for the front, with cutouts for the BoomSound speakers (which, by the way, work just fine with the flap closed, including during a phone call). Cutouts for the DuoCamera setup, flash and secondary microphone. Plenty of room to get to the microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the power button and IR port up top.

Put simply, this is a no-frills, high-function (and not bad-looking) flip case.

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3 years ago

Speed through Rome in the latest Subway Surfers update

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One of the more popular endless running games out there, Subway Surfers, has had a big update in time for Easter. Players can now run through the subways of Rome, and access a new local racer, Roberto. There are also weekly egg hunts with unique rewards, plus a new unlockable costume for Zoe and a new Kick-off board to earn. To top things off, there’s a fresh series of Spray Can Awards for rising to particularly tricky challenges.

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3 years ago

iFixit tears down Google's Project Tango prototype

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Google's Project Tango is a device unlike any other, and it's also one most of us will never actually get to see. It is just a developer prototype after all. But, that hasn't stopped those teardown-mongers at iFixit getting hold of a non-functional unit and stripping it bare for us to see what's inside.

The regular smartphone specs are pretty decent; a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with an additional microSD card slot. All backed up by a 3000mAh battery and a 5-inch LCD display.

But Project Tango isn't so much about the phone part, it's about that crazy sensor array that monitors the world around you in full 3D imagery. It's no looker, but there's a ton of exciting tech inside Project Tango. Hit the source link to take a look.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

Amazon merging Kindle documents and Cloud Drive, 10GB combined free storage

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Good news this morning for Kindle owners; it seems you're likely to be waking up to some changes in the way your cloud documents storage works that results in a combined 10GB of free Amazon Cloud Drive. We've received a tip that this is pushing out, and that the merger of 5GB of Kindle documents and 5GB of Amazon Cloud Drive is now amounting to a combined 10GB account that covers everything. Pretty neat.

We've also confirmed that this is only applying to Kindle customers. Indeed, those of us without a Kindle are still languishing back on the 5GB free tier. The new combined account means that your previously Kindle exclusive 5GB can be used for other files such as images and videos. And that's just great.

Customers are being notified by email it seems, but if you've not seen one yet fire up your Cloud Drive and take a look!

Thanks Alex for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 launch day sales double the Galaxy S4 at one British retailer

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hot ticket right now, and British retailer, Phones 4U, sends word of just how hot the launch has been. It's in no way a surprise that a ton of people wanted the Galaxy S5, but Phones 4U has said that launch day sales were double that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.

Pre-orders alone were "escalating significantly" ahead of those for the Galaxy S4 last year ahead of the launch, and the Galaxy S5 made up 40% of all contract sales at the retailer on April 11. The news comes alongside the reports of long lines at Samsung Experience Stores throughout the UK at the early launch on April 10.

PHONES 4u SEES RECORD SUCCESS WITH SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 LAUNCH

FIRST DAY SALES DOUBLE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4

LONDON, UK, 16 APRIL 2014: We're thrilled to announce that Phones 4u has seen record success with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, with sales on the first day alone being double that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 during the same period.

Since its global unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S5 has continued to thrive at Phones 4u – pre-registrations for the newest Galaxy smartphone reached over five figures ahead of the pre-order launch, with official pre-orders escalating significantly past those of its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Scott Hooton, Chief Marketing Officer at Phones 4u comments: "The Samsung Galaxy S5 is clearly one of the most anticipated handsets of 2014. We're incredibly pleased with the success it's had at Phones 4u in such a short space of time already, with sales of the new smartphone being double those seen for the Galaxy S4 on its launch day last year. Samsung continues to innovate and create products and technologies that really make a difference and offer tangible benefits to people's lives. The newest 4G Samsung smartphone to enter the market made up a huge 40% of our contract sales on day one of its global launch, and 99% of our Galaxy S5 sales so far are on 4G, further supporting our number one independent 4G retailer position."

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available to buy at all Phones 4u stores and online now.

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3 years ago

Samsung's first Tizen phones launching in Q2 2014, Android remains 'main business'

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Samsung's first Tizen powered smartphones are set to hit the market in Q2 of this year according to a report by Reuters. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, said that the first phone to launch around the end of the second quarter will be a high end model, with the next a more mid-range effort. He also said that "Android still needs to be our main business."

Samsung has previously tried to launch Tizen smartphones through Orange and NTT Docomo but failed due to "poor market conditions." Seemingly the timing is now better, and would follow Samsung's Tizen powered wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo to market.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

Samsung fires up a new website to explain its design philosophies

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Samsung this evening has launched a new website geared toward telling the story of how it designs its products. And we're not just talking mobile here — a wide array of products get love with this new project. It's based on three pillars — Product Stories, Meaningful Stories and About Us.

Product Stories, as you might imagine, strives to tell the stories behind Samsung's products. Meaningful Stories "explains Samsung’s design heritage through experimental design stories and collaborations with third party artists." And About Us "helps readers better understand what drives Samsung’s design process."

And, well ... just have a look.

Source: design.samsung.com

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3 years ago

Ellen pokes fun at Google Glass one-day sale to public

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Skip to about 0:55 in to see what Ellen thinks of her new Google Glass she bought. Though I think the bit with the giant pencil was more amusing.

Source: @TheEllenShow

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3 years ago

UK unlocked HTC One receiving small update via big OTA download

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Back in March, a 205MB update for the original HTC One M7 went out to a few users in mainland Europe. It added support for more routers, which suggests there was a bug or two to fix, but it also replaced an existing Android 4.4.2 update that was pulled.

Today, some users worldwide are seeing the same update. It bumps your version from 4.19.401.9 to 4.19.401.11 and addresses whatever issues there may have been with the Wifi.

Slightly confusing, but we recommend you accept it and stay current unless you've already altered your firmware.

Thanks, Mike!

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3 years ago

Glass update XE16 now rolling out

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Glass XE16 update

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features.

First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. It's a big download and a long install, but things do change noticeably afterward.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 now available from Ting for $597

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available practically everywhere now, and from the major carriers in the U.S., but is also now making its way to prepaid carrier Ting. You'll be getting the same phone that's available everywhere else — this model's obviously similar to the Sprint one as Ting runs on that network — but with a bit lower bill than your standard postpaid carrier.

Ting is offering the Galaxy S5 for $597 without a contract, and only has the black model in stock right now. Unfortunately you'll have to wait a little while — the website says orders today will ship by May 5th. If you're a Ting customer or have been waiting for the Galaxy S5 to make the jump on over, you can snag one at the source link below.

Source: Ting

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3 years ago

Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

What they're all committing to is the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment." All phones sold by the signees after July 2015 will offer, at no additional cost, the following tools and services:

  • Remote wipe the authorized user’s data (i.e., erase personal info that is added after purchase such as contacts, photos, emails, etc.) that is on the smartphone in the event it is lost or stolen.
  • Render the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user (e.g., locking the smartphone so it cannot be used without a password or PIN), except in accordance with FCC rules for 911 emergency communications, and if available, emergency numbers programmed by the authorized user (e.g., “phone home”).
  • Prevent reactivation without authorized user’s permission (including unauthorized factory reset attempts) to the extent technologically feasible (e.g., locking the smartphone as in 2 above).
  • Reverse the inoperability if the smartphone is recovered by the authorized user and restore user data on the smartphone to the extent feasible (e.g., restored from the cloud).

This is a pretty big deal. While not everyone will use these tools or keep them active, having them available may make a dent in the number of smartphones stolen each year. And while both Apple and Google already provide such a service, having it pre-installed and shown to the user from day one should increase the number of folks actively using tools like this.

We're eagerly awaiting our chance to see how it all works. For more, follow the source link below.

Source: CTIA

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3 years ago

How to view the 'Most Recent' feed in the new Facebook app

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Facebook app

There's no way to set it as the default, but if you just have to see the Most Recent posts first, you have an option.

It seems as though Facebook's interface is ever-changing, but the latest UI overhaul hitting devices is pretty dramatic. It's mostly for the best, bringing a cleaner look and surfacing more features rather than hiding them behind obscure menus. A few things have become harder to find, however — one of which is the "Most Recent" News Feed view.

The newly-redesigned Facebook app now only shows the "Top Stories" view for your News Feed, which surfaces content that it thinks is most relevant to you, rather than what's been posted or interacted with most recently. In the old app you could simply change the setting from the default to show Most Recent in the main view, but now you'll have to do a little digging.

To view the Most Recent feed, tap or swipe over to the far right tab (three horizontal lines, titled "More") of the Facebook app, and scroll down to the "Feeds" section, right under "Apps." Here, you'll see any different feeds you've created with friend or family groups, but you'll also see "Most Recent" as an option. Tap that entry and you'll be shown a completely interactive view of your News Feed based on time rather than some other algorithm. You can go back to the settings page by hitting the back button or tapping the "News Feed" button in the top left corner of the app.

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3 years ago

How to keep your Samsung Galaxy S5 display awake longer

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Changing screen timeout on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Changing your display timeout will affect your battery life, though

One of the first things I did after getting a Samsung Galaxy S5 was extend the timeout period on the display. By default, the screen shuts off after 30 seconds of inactivity, which not only means you have to wake it up again by hitting the power button on the right side, but if you've got a lock code in place, you need to go through that rigamarole as well.

While this sort of flies in the face of our top tips for extending your Galaxy S5 battery life, you have to balance that with having your phone work the way you want it to work. If you find yourself bothered by the same thing, here's how you fix it.

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3 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 has 6 games up for grabs for a great price

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The fifth iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available, bringing another handful of DRM-free games with proceeds going to both the developers and charities. If you're not familiar with the system here, it's a "pay what you want" model that lets you make a donation and receive the first three games, with an above-average donation unlocking another three (or more) games. The six games available in this bundle aren't blockbusters, but they're a pretty great deal:

  • Bag It!
  • R-TYPE II
  • Aralon: Sword and Shadow
  • The Cave
  • The Room Two
  • Carcassonne

At the time of writing, this bundle will set you back under $4.40 — a great deal for six full-fledged games. Hit the source link below to buy them now.

Source: Humble Bundle

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