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HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

While it's not certain whether the HTC One M9 will literally be delivered to UK carriers before the USA, pre-orders certainly have arrived first. The HTC One M9 is the next in a line of successful hero devices for the brand, coming with a design that closely mirrors last year's M8. This device works with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore processor (SoC) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

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Android Wear reportedly getting WiFi support, gesture-driven features

Android Wear reportedly getting WiFi support, gesture-driven features

The Apple Watch went official yesterday, which was as much a foregone conclusion as it was exciting turn of events for Apple fans. Yesterday also meant the gloves came off in the wearable platform race, as Google took to YouTube, releasing a short Android Wear video apparently mocking the single hardware design of the Apple Watch. Now it seems Android Wear’s next update will take on a neat Apple Wear feature head-on, and support WiFi connections in addition to the Bluetooth link it already has.

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Leaked image claims to be LG G4 render

Leaked image claims to be LG G4 render

During MWC, we had new smartphones hit the market from just about every major smartphone maker out there. We had new devices from Samsung, new devices from Motorola, and new devices from HTC. The big smartphone maker that we didn’t have a new device from at the show was LG. We had heard LG was working on the G4, but wanted to hold off until after the big unveils at MWC to show off its new device.

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Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

With the rise of personal action cameras and, soon, VR headsets, livestreaming is taking a huge leap forward. We already have a lot of such platforms available, serving different needs, like Twitch and, of course, YouTube. But what if you wanted something a bit simpler, but also something that is as easily accessible as, say, your tweets? That is exactly what Meerkat is trying to offer. Users can simply start live streaming footage from their iPhone or iPad and broadcast it to their Twitter followers and for the whole world.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 launches in Taiwan, 4GB RAM model included

ASUS ZenFone 2 launches in Taiwan, 4GB RAM model included

At CES 2015 last January, ASUS made some rather interesting reveals when it came to its smartphone line. It had the ZenFone Zoom, for example, which took a page from Samsung's similarly named line of smartphone cameras. The other highlight, however, was the new ZenFone 2 flagship. In usual ASUS fashion, it married somewhat decent specs with an Intel Atom CPU rarely found inside smartphones. But perhaps more interesting is the 4 GB RAM inside, the highest in any phone. Now that is coming to Taiwan, but it isn't alone.

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DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx gets rebranded as Moto Turbo in India

DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx gets rebranded as Moto Turbo in India

As teased by Indian e-tailer Flipkart last month, the DROID Turbo is indeed coming to the sub-continent. Or rather the Moto Maxx. Or rather officially the Moto Turbo. They say that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and that is especially true here in this case. The DROID Turbo/Moto Maxx/Moto Turbo was one of 2014's surprises and less advertised treasures, but now it has to contend with a lot more worthy rivals, especially given its not so affordable price tag.

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Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

After a bit of speculation and waiting, Google has finally given official word about the Android 5.1 update. Although it's a slightly bigger version bump than the maintenance releases, this upgrade isn't as spectacular as initially believed. That or Google is keeping things under wraps, leaving some treasures for us to discover on our own. That said, there are still a good number of changes in 5.1 that will appeal to both OEMs and users whatever the tier, from emerging markets to more seasoned ones.

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Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

In the hours before the Apple Watch event today, Google released a video which suggests to users that they "Wear what you want." They refer, of course, to the Android Wear collection of smartwatches, being made by multiple different manufacturers and created in several different styles. Square or Circular, they show, Android Wear is made to fit many different sorts of fashions and looks. How this will compete with Apple's tried-and-true "one device to rule them all" sort of approach, we'll just have to wait and see.

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VSCO Cam update brings batch editing to iOS, Android

VSCO Cam update brings batch editing to iOS, Android

VSCO Cam is a widely used photo editing tool for mobile devices, and might just offer up the best suite of tools available. Those who take and edit a lot of photos rely on it heavily, and it’s those VSCO seems to have in mind with their latest update. Now, with VSCO Cam 4.1 for iOS and 3.2 for Android, users gain the ability to batch edit. Once you apply a set of edits to one photo, a quick selection of others populates your edits to them as well.

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