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HTC One mini 2 Review

HTC One mini 2 Review

HTC makes a great flagship smartphone but overlooked its midrange, and it has the dreary sales figures over the past couple of quarters to prove how shortsighted that was. Swinging in to save 2014, then, is the HTC One mini 2, a 4.5-inch version of the One M8 which promises to distill down the best of its bigger brother, but with a more palatable price tag. We’ve been burned by lackluster “Mini Me” phones before, though, so does the One mini 2 keep enough of the charm? Read on for our full review.

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Why is Google going backwards with Project Tango tablets?

Why is Google going backwards with Project Tango tablets?

Google's Project Tango is set to spawn a new device, so the leaks would have it, with the company tipped to be readying 4,000 prototype 3D scanning tablets just in time for Google I/O late in June. Whether they'll be I/O giveaways or something else is unclear at this stage, though the goal is believed to be furnishing developers ahead of a broader launch. What's interesting, however, is that Google already had a Project Tango tablet: in fact, it replaced it with the current developer device.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.

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Can Google make us want Nest ads?

Can Google make us want Nest ads?

Google can’t rely on traditional advertising to make its billions any more, and is looking to smart thermostats, wearables and more to fill in the gaps, but what makes for an engaging - and unobtrusive - 21st century ad? A recently filed Google SEC document explaining that the definition of mobile was expanding to encompass smart home hardware such as Nest, as well as wearables like Glass and Android Wear, among other platforms has prompted concerns of commercials on every display. But is there a way that Google could package promotions that users not only accept, but embrace?

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Surface Pro 3 hands-on

Surface Pro 3 hands-on

Microsoft is aiming for third-time lucky with its tablet ambitions, unveiling the Surface Pro 3 this morning. Rather than the smaller Windows 8 slate many expected, the Surface Pro 3 actually got bigger, with a new 12-inch display and a redesigned keyboard and pen which Microsoft argues makes it the only real hybrid for content consumption and creation. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Surface Pro 3: The tablet that can replace your laptop

Surface Pro 3: The tablet that can replace your laptop

Today the Surface Pro 3 was introduced officially. This device is an extremely thin tablet with the ability to work with Windows 8 with processing power for everyday tasks along with battery life long enough to last a day. This device works with a 12-inch display (diagonally) with a body that's thinner than its predecessors.

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2015 Ford F-150: Up-close with Ford’s new uber-truck

2015 Ford F-150: Up-close with Ford’s new uber-truck

Ford is taking a big chance on the 2015 F-150 truck. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the F-150 certainly more than looks the part, with plenty of design cues from the meaty Atlas concept, but under the paintwork is a new aluminum alloy body on top of a high-strength steel fully-boxed ladder frame. It's a stark departure from the F-150 of old; we caught up with the new truck to see what Ford has done.

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Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

There’s more than one way to get where you’re going, and there’s more than one app to navigate it, and if Telenav and OpenStreetMap have their way it’ll be the power of the crowd not locked-up, heavily licensed data powering it all. SlashGear caught up with Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap and currently OSM lead at Telenav, to find out what’s next for the team aiming to put Google Maps and Nokia HERE on notice, and democratize mapping in the process.

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Godzilla Review (2014)

Godzilla Review (2014)

There is a moment, in Gareth Edwards' moody, expansive Godzilla movie, when monsters rage amid the crumbling San Francisco skyline while its residents flee for cover underground. Our glimpse of titan beasts fighting tooth and claw is the rapidly narrowing gap between the closing doors, before we're shut in the darkness with the frightened, ineffectual masses. As bystanders we can only cower and wait, an afterthought like the human players in this year's blockbuster.

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