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HTC out in the open with Esports

HTC out in the open with Esports

Back a few weeks ago, HTC launched (publicly) their HTC Esports initiative. They're sponsoring Esports teams now, and they're being fairly open about it. Not that it was a secret, but given their relative lack of hard-and-fast connections (hardware) to the gaming universe, it's not immediately apparent why HTC would be doing such a thing. Today, HTC released a video by the by the name of "Rebirth: What Is Esports." Sounds like a bit of a play on the name of the camera HTC Re, doesn't it?

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Inbox by Gmail ready for Google Apps “imminently”

Inbox by Gmail ready for Google Apps “imminently”

According to Google's Sundar Pichai, Google Apps users will be able to use Gmail's "Inbox" system very, very soon. This means that apps customers will be able to use this Gmail alternative - using Gmail's innards - for whatever they do so please - "imminently." Pichai also made clear that Inbox by Gmail is "coming to more places" as well. Users will find an an Inbox by Gmail error page if they attempt to jump in with email addresses inside Google Apps right now, but the switch should be flipped soon.

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YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

This week we're hearing - again - that Google will be releasing a YouTube app made specifically for children. As YouTube is the primary app for video content from the web on Android - and is used by most iPhone users for video content on the web as well - it makes perfect sense that a child-friendly option, YouTube for Kids, would be made available. Why, you say? Why, you might ask as a person who does not have children playing with smart devices every single day of the year?

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Galaxy S6 details teased in Samsung video

Galaxy S6 details teased in Samsung video

This week the folks at Samsung are preparing for release of the Galaxy S6 with a new teaser video. This is "The Next Galaxy", as they've said the past several years, the next big thing to come from Samsung in smartphone form. This device appears to be very flat and without edge-faring displays. There's a second phone, more than likely, making this a double-release, but for now we're limited to this video bit. It's very short, and really doesn't say one whole heck of a lot.

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Flipkart teases Moto Maxx for India

Flipkart teases Moto Maxx for India

If you haven't let the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9 fill your mind just yet, you might remember one of Motorola's more interesting 2014 smartphones. No, it's not the new Moto X and not even the Nexus 6. It's the DROID Turbo, which goes by another name as well, the Moto Maxx. It is the latter that might be coming to India all the way from Latin America, giving smartphone users there an intriguing yet enticing smartphone option, even with the new flagships on the horizon.

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BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

It has been quite a while since BlackBerry updated its own mobile operating system, but now the wait is over for the BlackBerry faihtful. The company has just announced the launch of BlackBerry 10 version 10.3.1 which, among other things, gives users access to Android apps via Amazon's marketplace. But more than just the new features, one of the important highlights of the update is that it is available for all existing BlackBerry smartphones in the market that are already running BlackBerry 10 OS.

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Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Rovio is about to try its luck with a Candy Crush-LIKE game, I suppose we should say. Not like it's the same game - and not like there isn't a precedent for creating games like this, like Bejeweled turning into a game about candy, or anything like that. And forbid it that there ever be a game like Bejeweled that takes what Dr. Mario was - or what Tetris was - and evolves it into something entirely new, with a smidgen of the old game in its bones.

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Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Google has updated their iOS build of Inbox by Gmail to work for the Apple iPad. This update brings a couple of changes to the way the app is organized on the tablet vs the ever-so-slightly smaller iPhone. This app continues to be an "invite only" situation, but emailing inbox (at) google (dot) com generally results in an invitation sent rather rapidly. This app is also (obviously) out for Android and was originally released to both platforms essentially at the same time.

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Android 5.1 in March, here’s what may be coming

Android 5.1 in March, here’s what may be coming

If you've been following Android news, you might have been aware of whispers of an Android 5.1 update coming soon. There are even some amusing tips about an Android 5.2! Now HTC's Mo Versi is chiming in and is actually confirming at least the former. Technically, he's just saying that there will an Android Maintenance Release (MR) coming in March. Unless Google surprisingly rolls out such a significant update between then and now, we can safely presume that this is indeed the rumored Android 5.1 release.

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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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