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HTC One M9 falls short, not enough to save HTC

HTC One M9 falls short, not enough to save HTC

HTC came under hard times but, for a while, it seemed that the Taiwanese manufacturer was on the verge of recovery, especially after the HTC One M8 and its new found fascination with mobile photography. Then came the HTC One M9 and now it seems that all hell has broken loose yet again. The company's financial report for April showed rather disappointing, in fact worrying, numbers, with an almost 40 percent decline in revenue from the same month last year. And most of it is being blamed on the One M9's poor market performance.

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Nexus 9 Review: The iPad-Killer Blueprint

Nexus 9 Review: The iPad-Killer Blueprint

After a half-year on the market, the Nexus 9 remains one of the finest tablets available from any manufacturer. Like every Nexus device Google has ever offered, the HTC-made Nexus 9 was meant to be a blueprint - a benchmark for all other tablets. What we've done here is to take the Nexus 9 through the paces over a period of several months to give you an idea of what it's like to own this device for a real-life period of time, wear and tear included. Here we decide whether or not the Nexus 9 really should be considered the tablet you compare all other tablets to here and through the future.

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Galaxy S6 Avengers Editions already exist

Galaxy S6 Avengers Editions already exist

So you're pumped up about the possibility of a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge with an Iron Man theme. So you wish you had a red Galaxy S6 with a gold border around it, yes? Imagine your surprise, then, when it's revealed that several of these phones already exist with the theme you do so desire? As it turns out, Samsung is already - really and truly - working with Marvel on an Avengers campaign, and those of you that already have Galaxy devices already have access.

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Galaxy S6, Edge to get RAW camera enhancements soon

Galaxy S6, Edge to get RAW camera enhancements soon

With the release of Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comes an updated camera app. We've been informed by a (relatively) reliable source that with this update will come RAW photo support. This support was (and is) available in Google's own camera2 API, released with Android L (eventually called Android 5.0 Lollipop), but wasn't released with the first software on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. Come next update, it'll likely be here in spades, all RAW goodness for you, the user.

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LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

So you'd like to check the LG G4 out before it hits stores, yes? Lucky you, the people at LG responsible for bringing heat to the feet of consumers have decided to do a bit of a trial run. As it was internationally, here it is in the USA as well - the LG G4 Trial Program is coming to the United States, and, just as we saw late last month, this program is aimed at consumers that want to take part in LG's testing process. This is more of a boost for the device than it is a testing program, but who are we to judge?

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SmartThings iOS app adds Apple Watch capabilities

SmartThings iOS app adds Apple Watch capabilities

The few of you out there with Apple Watches and SmartThings devices can rejoice - all will work together peacefully by this afternoon. The team behind SmartThings have released the SmartThings iOS app version 1.7.3 with Apple Watch integration. This update to the app also brings performance improvements as well as bug fixes. This is not the first smartwatch to work with SmartThings, mind you - it's the second. The first was the Samsung Gear S - which makes sense, since SmartThings is a Samsung company, after all.

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Free Android apps found tracking personal data

Free Android apps found tracking personal data

The Google Play store is a veritable frontier for apps of varying degrees of quality, while Apple tends to rule its App Store with an iron fist, only allowing thoroughly vetted apps to make an appearance. Only apps that are visibly malicious are barred entry to the Google Play store, leaving room for apps that aren't completely honest with their intentions. Perhaps it's time that Google follow Apple's lead and tighten up on the reins a bit, especially considering that a security team found thousands of free Android apps that are sharing user data by connecting with advertising and tracking sites--all unbeknownst to users.

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Fonkraft modular phone cancelled by Indiegogo

Fonkraft modular phone cancelled by Indiegogo

Google's Project Ara brought widespread attention to the possibilities of a modular smartphone, but there's still quite a bit of waiting to be had on that front. We've seen more than one modular smartphone surface, including the previously detailed but still secretive VSENN, and latest among them was Fonkraft, a relatively recent modular offering being hawked on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Unfortunately for its backers, that campaign was short lived.

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Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

This week the folks behind Fleksy keyboard for Android have decided to push their abilities to as many Android users as possible. For the next week, the two dollar fee for the full version of the app has been waived. Of course there is an in-app store for additional themes for keyboards, but all the good stuff is available right out the box, so to speak. If you've never tried an alternate keyboard on your Android device OR if you've used everything by Fleksy, by all means, have at it now.

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Video: ‘Project Astoria’, Microsoft’s Android app porting tool, at work

Video: ‘Project Astoria’, Microsoft’s Android app porting tool, at work

Microsoft’s Project Astoria, their system for taking existing Android app code and running it inside windows, is both exciting and troubling. On one hand, it satisfies the ‘write once deploy everywhere’ strategy that makes a Developer’s life easier. On the other hand, these apps aren’t really native for the platform, which has us wondering about things like performance. Also, how easy is it for Developers to move an app over? Now we know; Microsoft has created a simple video outlining Project Astoria’s strengths, and I have to say — I’m intrigued.

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