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HTC EYE Experience and Zoe 1.0 focus on selfies

HTC EYE Experience and Zoe 1.0 focus on selfies

The Desire EYE isn't the only evidence of HTC's selfie obsession today, with a new app, the HTC EYE Experience, promising smarter photos from your cellphone's camera. Offering a combination face-tracking, smart cropping, photo blending, and voice-controlled selfies, there are also some stranger options, like mixing your face with that of a celebrity, or even applying digital makeup. Meanwhile, there's also a new version of the HTC Zoe app.

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What on Earth is HTC thinking?

What on Earth is HTC thinking?

This afternoon HTC brought a number of fashion models on stage to an event where they’d planned on revealing several new devices. These models walked across the stage with MegaMan-like electronic music and soulless, model eyes. And no purpose. Or if the purpose existed, it wasn’t immediately obvious. It’s as if HTC picked up on the strangest and most useless elements in the average big-time Samsung Galaxy event and blew it up for their own event, complete with an extended mix for publishers in the audience - again, without an immediately apparent purpose beyond aesthetics.

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Google Play may let you “try before you buy” soon

Google Play may let you “try before you buy” soon

Android users: Would you be more likely to pay for an app if you got to try it out first? According to a new report, Google is banking that you will. A program, designed to let you try an app out before downloading a paid version, is reportedly being imagined within the walls at Google. The goal is to boost Play Store revenues, making the platform more enticing to Developers. Also, the report says in testing the apps ahead of downloading, we may save on data consumption on our carrier plans.

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Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Remember when Motorola’s Moto X had a digital tattoo you could apply that would unlock your phone? Turns out the company that made/makes said tattoo wasn’t finished there. They’ve just done a sort of silent release of their next skin-applied technology, the eSkin Tattoo. This release is essentially the same as the Moto X-specific "Digital Tattoo", but it’s made to interact with all NFC compatible phones (except your iPhone 6*, of course).

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Chromecast app seeing Backdrop update for personalization

Chromecast app seeing Backdrop update for personalization

If you don’t have a Chromecast, you might want to pick one up shortly after reading this. Google’s incredible little dongle has added Backdrop support. The app, which will see an update over the next few days, will now let you customize the information shown on your TV when you’re not binge-watching Game of Thrones on HBO GO or Using Netflix to waste away a Saturday afternoon. Previously announced at Google I/O, Backdrop adds a lot more personality to your Chromecast.

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Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Research Fuse Labs have created an app that’ll allow you to share galleries of photos between devices with great ease. Instead of focusing on a social network like Facebook, or an old technology like email, they’ve created Xim, an app that does not require every user to download. This app works on Windows Phone (of course), as well as iOS for iPhone / iPad, and Android. It’s cross-device and super simple to use - and it’ll be out immediately if not soon.

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Nokia HERE Maps arrives on Galaxy smartphones

Nokia HERE Maps arrives on Galaxy smartphones

Nokia HERE's Maps app for Android has gone live for Samsung smartphone users, bringing a Google Maps alternative with full offline navigation support and more. The app, based on HERE's Windows Phone software, supports regular and satellite mapping, live traffic reports using data pulled from the 24/7 monitoring team at HERE Traffic, public transportation information for a number of cities, and of course navigation, with an in-car view for easier use while your Galaxy S5 is suction-cupped to your windshield.

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HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

The market is full of budget-centric smartphones that have started bringing with them features you wouldn't have found on such handsets a relatively short while ago. Among this emerging redefinition of lower-end smartphones is the HTC Desire 612, an entry-level Android handset that boasts both XLTE and the maker's BoomSound as its two biggest bragging points, as well as a notable 4.7-inch HD display. Verizon has detailed the phone, announcing that it will begin offering it starting tomorrow for free alongside a two-year contract.

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Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Since it's a limited edition smartphone, the availability of the Galaxy Note Edge is always going to be something worth noting. Quite surprisingly it isn't its hometown of Korea or the main markets of the US and the UK that will be getting dibs on the eccentric smartphone. Instead Samsung has first launched its curved edge screen smartphone in the Japanese market, supposedly owing to the country's culture of embracing the latest, and sometimes the strangest, technologies, which is what the Galaxy Note Edge definitely is.

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Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Our mobile devices inherently multitask on a technical level, but presenting a user-facing interface has always been a topic for much debate. Google has been known to disparage such multitasking features on Samsung's heavily customized TouchWiz experience, because it diverged from Google's vision of Android and because it was basically hacked on top of functionality and API that Android didn't officially support. Apparently, however, Google has softened it's opinion a bit and has been found to have experimented with split screen functionality on its own.

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