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HTC One M9 lands in stores April 10, online on March 27

HTC One M9 lands in stores April 10, online on March 27

Those who have been waiting for HTC's latest and greatest need not wait much longer. The OEM has just announced today when their existing fans and new converts in the US will be able to grab the One M9 from their favorite carrier or retailer. Starting March 27, at exactly 12:01 a.m. ET, people can order HTC's 2015 flagship online. But if you prefer to buy it from a store, you'll have to wait for April 10 to roll around before you can do so.

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UltraTuner for Android launches to keep your guitar in tune

UltraTuner for Android launches to keep your guitar in tune

The UltraTuner app for Android users is now available to download. The app is designed to make it easy to keep your guitar tuned using an app that runs on your smartphone rather than having to keep a dedicated tuner with you. This app is already available for iOS users. The app promises to be very precise and supports all audio interfaces for Android devices including iRig 2 and iRig HD-A.

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Samsung Gear VR released to Best Buy this Friday

Samsung Gear VR released to Best Buy this Friday

The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset is headed to Best Buy stores this friday, the 27th of March, 2015. This is the first time this virtual reality headset will be available to consumers in-store in physical locations - Best Buy and Samsung both had the Gear VR up for sale online for a brief time earlier this year. The version of this headset that'll be released is the same version shown earlier this year, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition - made for developers, but usable by everyone who wants to jump in on VR asap.

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Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Android has a reputation for having a more open platform and ecosystem than, say, iOS, but, sadly, it is probably also notorious for sometimes being too open to malware as well. Of course, like any other software, it has its own fair share of vulnerabilities, but given its popularity and reach, sometimes those can be quite frightening. Take for example this "Android Installer Hijacking" technique that hails back from 2014, which could install malware on a user's Android device, naturally without the user being aware of it.

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Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

After amassing $80 million in funding, even without Microsoft's help, and being valued at close to $1 billion, the tech world is keeping a close eye on Cyanogen, Inc. That, of course, is no reason for outspoken and, dare we say, almost belligerent CEO Kirt McMaster to start treading lightly and mincing words. In fact, he has fighting words: "We're putting a bullet through Google's head", which is no small undertaking. And it's all going to start with a smartphone that won't have any of Google's popular apps installed.

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Moto X gets fun new ‘chop twice’ feature for flashlight control

Moto X gets fun new ‘chop twice’ feature for flashlight control

Turning on the flashlight on your Android phone takes a few swipes, typically. It’s not hard, but fumbling in the dark can be annoying. Bright screens can blind you while you find your way to the flashlight. Handy, the feature for smartphones is also largely unnatural. We’re used to flicking a switch on a flashlight in-hand, not swiping through screens! Continuing on the gesture-driven path, Motorola has added ‘chop twice for flashlight’, which brings the flashlight feature up on the Moto X with a few swats.

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Samsung tipped to make foldable smartphones in 2016

Samsung tipped to make foldable smartphones in 2016

Wait a second, you might be saying, didn't they already make flip-phones in the early 2000s? Didn't I own a Motorola RAZR back in the day? What's the big deal here, Samsung? And what does LG have to do with any of this? The future, says this Samsung and LG rumor, includes displays that fold - not just hinges. These phones would go one step beyond bending, they'd be able to fold in on themselves without cracking. LG has also been tipped to be coming in to the next level in curved display tech - bent, then folded.

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Microsoft productivity services will be on new Samsung and Dell Android devices

Microsoft productivity services will be on new Samsung and Dell Android devices

It's about to get easier to work from anywhere. Cloud computing helps, but it's only a small part of the big picture when it comes to effectively working from anywhere. To truly be untethered from the office chair, the same productivity programs like Word and Excel are needed on tablets and smartphones. We're in luck because soon all of the Microsoft productivity services like Microsoft Office and OneDrive will be pre-installed on Samsung's Android devices, making it that much easier to take your work with you wherever you go.

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myCharge RazorMax review; classy and powerful

myCharge RazorMax review; classy and powerful

Battery packs are easy to come by, but each offers its own take on best practices for charing your devices. Some even charge all your devices, computer included. Various battery sizes mean different form factors, which can bring you joy or frustration should you have a pack that can’t keep up with your needs. The myCharge RazorMax is probably one of the sharpest looking battery packs we’ve ever seen, but that’s not the main attraction — or is it? We find out.

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