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3 years ago

In video: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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If you're after a more visual guide to the differences between HTC's new hotness, the HTC One M8, and Google's current stock Android flagship, the LG-built Nexus 5, you'll want to check out our hands-on comparison video above. When you're done, be sure to head on over to our full head-to-head article from even more detail, including camera samples and thoughts on design, build and battery life. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

This image of David Hasselhoff and Sergey Brin is a mosaic of tiny Google Glass wearers

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This is an image of David Hasselhoff and Sergey Brin is a mosaic of tiny Google Glass wearers

It's The Hoff and The Brin. Glasselhoff and the Brinmeister. Explorer Hasselhoff and Master Brin.

Kris Kitchen, himself a Google Glass Explorer, took the next logical step from the April Fools' Day jocularity of yesterday — Google+ David Hasselhoff Auto Awesome Photobombs — and took a massive collection of portraits of Google Glass users and assembled them into a masssive mosaic image of David Hasselhoff and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Challenge: Find the Phil.

Source: +KrisKitchen

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3 years ago

Sprint update to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 adds Wi-Fi calling

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Sprint is rolling out Wi-Fi calling on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 follows the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini which both received the feature back in February. Sprint says that the over-the-air software update that is needed to use Wi-Fi calling, will be released in stages, and may take several days to become available to all customers.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Zens keeps your phone charged wirelessly, but steals your car's precious coffee holder

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Zens has a new Qi wireless charger, and this one is for your car. The aptly-named "ZENS Qi Wireless Car Charger" is set to hit markets on April 15th for an eye-melting €69.99 (US$96.54). It's designed to split into your cup holder and has a slot on its top designed to accommodate smartphones with displays up to 5 inches. Blessedly, the vast majority of phones that support Qi charging (both Android and Windows Phone) fall into that range.

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3 years ago

First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable released

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First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable leak

We’ve become accustomed to knowing one end of a USB cable has to go into a computer or charger, and the other end goes into your phone, but there is a future where you can use either end in either thingie, and this is what that utopian paradise looks like. The USB Implementers Forum is showing off two USB 3.1 connector standards today.

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3 years ago

UK opening up payments via mobile numbers this month

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The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts already have noted.

Android has payment gateways available, including Google Wallet, but this new option will make it even easier for consumers to transfer money, without the need for mobile banking or any card/bank information (unless you'd like to view balances and more) to be configured.

If you’re interested in taking part, you’ll be able to register from today should your bank actively support tying your mobile number to an account. Before you assume the system will be vulnerable to fraud, Neil Aitken, from the Payments Council, informed BBC that it’s a secure concept.

"The only thing that people would be able to do if they got your mobile number is pay you - it will be integrated in to your existing banking app so it's password protected."

HSBC, Lloyds, Santander and TSB are just a few of the UK banks who are supporting Paym. Other establishments, including Natwest, RBS and First Direct are reportedly joining later in the year. It’s a great way to receive funds without requiring a smartphone or mobile banking to be set up. As touched on above, all of your contacts who are able to send SMS and make calls to you will now be able to wire funds.

We recommend you check out the new Paym website for more details. Paym will launch on April 29th.

Source: BBC

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3 years ago

WhatsApp is down this morning

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Hang tight, folks. WhatsApp, Facebook's $16 billion baby, appears to be down for many this morning. While there's never a good time for an extremely popular service to go down, it's especially ironic given last night's boasting of a record number of messages sent and received — to the tune of 20 billion sent and 64 billion received.

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3 years ago

Sonic CD free on Amazon Appstore today

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Want to bring a little 16-bit retro gaming action to your Wednesday? Sonic CD, the time-travelling Sega CD platformer first released on Android in 2011, is available for free today through the Amazon Appstore, down from the regular price of $2.99. The game is a faithful recreation of the 1993 original, brought up to date by Christian Whitehead, the developer responsible for recent ports of Sonic 1 and Sonic 2.

Want to grab it for free? You'll need to download it from Amazon before the end of the day.

Download: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

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3 years ago

Xiaomi's plug-in button looks suspiciously like Kickstarter project Pressy

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New accessory appears to be direct clone of crowdfunding success story

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled a new accessory this morning — a programmable plug-in button that fits into Android smartphones through the headphone jack. If that sounds familiar, it's because it appears to ape a successful Kickstarter project Pressy, which raised almost $700,000 (from a goal of $40,000) to bring to market a suspiciously similar accessory.

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3 years ago

Report: 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013

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Research firm states Chromebook is performing well, has a bright future

Google's Chromebook are an interesting product line. Not only is it a family of low-cost, affordable notebooks but they're also the backbone of the search giant's Chrome operating system. And today ABI Research has released data showing that 2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped in 2013, the majority of them in the U.S.

North America actually made up around 89 percent of the shipment figures, according to ABI. What’s more is the firm also expects that by 2019 more than 11 million units will ship. That’s quite the prediction. Not to mention the bashful analysis of ultraportables running Windows 8, which saw a reported minimal growth during Q4 last year.

We’re still waiting for the Samsung Chromebook 2, which recently had its UK pricing and release details published.

Source: BusinessWire, via: TechnoBuffalo

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3 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy S5 Mini' specs reportedly emerge

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Miniature GS5 will pack 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GB of RAM and 8MP camera, reports SamMobile

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini wasn't our favorite miniature Android phone of 2013 — a lackluster display and scaled-back features resulted in a decent but not outstanding 4.3-inch handset. This time around, however, Samsung may be about to address some of these concerns with a beefier Galaxy S5 Mini.

Samsung fansite SamMobile, which has a decent track record with this sort of thing, claims the Galaxy S5 Mini will carry the model number SM-G800 (the full-sized GS5 is SM-G900), and will pack a 4.5-inch 720p SuperAMOLED display, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2MP front-facer. Other specs reportedly include 16GB storage, an IR blaster, and a 2,100 mAh battery. On the software side, expect Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung's revamped TouchWiz UI.

A more compelling Samsung 'mini' for 2014?

The site says it "expects" the GS5 Mini to be water-resistant like its big brother, but has no details to offer on whether it'll also include a heart rate sensor. Similarly, the specific CPU being used is unknown, but it's suggested a Snapdragon 400 is "likely." A June launch is reported, which would see the GS5 Mini coming to market around a year after its predecessor.

Leaked benchmark info has also suggested Samsung may ship a follow-up to last year's camera-centric Galaxy S4 Zoom. If either report is true, it appears this month's Samsung flagship launch could be just the first in a series of Galaxy S5-branded handsets.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Mysterious metal Huawei chassis leaks out, high-end specs rumored

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei is focusing more on premium materials in an effort to break into the high-end smartphone space, and today we have our first look at a new metal-backed Huawei handset. Leaked onto China's Weibo social network by a software engineer, the shot shows the back panel for the phone, alongside what would appear to be an HTC One Max-style rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The upcoming handset will allegedly use Huawei's new octa-core Kirin 920, which benchmarks around the same level as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 and Samsung's Exynos 5420.

As you might expect, the use of premium materials and a speedy CPU are likely to result in a high price tag, with the source suggesting prospective buyers should "start saving now." Meanwhile on Weibo, Huawei device boss Richard Yu said the company was working on a "stunning" new device to build on its "success" in the past year, suggesting it has high-end plans beyond the frequently-leaked Ascend P7.

Source: G4Games, Weibo, (2)

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3 years ago

Nest launches in the UK today for £179

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Nest thermostat

New connected thermostat for British homes now available online

Soon after the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in the U.S., demand began to rise in the U.K. for the now Google-owned company to bring the rather expensive product across the Atlantic. And today Nest has officially launched in the UK and is ready for order, with prices starting at £179.

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3 years ago

Korean Galaxy S5 sales said to be 'robust' following early launch

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GS5 sales averaging 7,000 per day in Korea, report states

The unexpected early launch of the Galaxy S5 in Samsung's home country of Korea doesn't appear to have dampened Koeans' enthusiasm for the device. According to the Yonhap news agency, the Korean GS5 is selling at a rate of around 7,000 units per day, a figure described as "robust" by the outlet's sources.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile backtracks on removal of corporate discount for existing customers

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We may have had to deal with the usual April 1 articles yesterday, but one that stood out from all the jokes was T-Mobile's plans to scrap corporate discount from Simple Choice plans. The mobile network has today confirmed a partial reversal, allowing only existing customers to retain their discount. Sorry, new subscribers.

Those who take out new rate plans will be met with a T-Mobile gift card worth $25 when purchasing a new device, while those who are already with the network will be able to continue with their general bill savings. It's a positive move, especially since discounts from T-Mobile have been up to 15 percent, depending on where you work.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere previously wrote the following in a blog post:

"The old programs were designed to help big carriers close big corporate contracts, with employees as bargaining chips. We aren't playing that game anymore. This change is about simplifying wireless for everyone… including employees of small and large companies alike."

Does this partial reversal help you out at all?

Source: Re/code

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