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HTC One 2014 available on March 25th “minutes” after announcement

HTC One 2014 available on March 25th “minutes” after announcement

Letting no time pass between announcing the "all new" HTC One for 2014 and letting users purchase the handset is a new move by the manufacturer - one that’ll certainly put some pressure on publications (like SlashGear) to get as much information on the device as possible out as quick as possible. While otherwise we’d have days or even weeks to speak about the devices before they’re released, groups like Carphone Warehouse are suggesting that they’ll be receiving shipments of the 2014 HTC One immediately after the special events taking place on the 25th of March in London and New York. We’ll be in New York for said event, of course - so stick around.

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Sonos app reborn: search tracks across platforms

Sonos app reborn: search tracks across platforms

There’s a new Sonos controller app out there this week, one delivered for users to take command of their local audio from their smartphone with ease. This app is updated with a new design and extra-simple interface, a new universal search feature, and an update period of "this spring". Android users can test the app today, supposing they’re OK with the Beta state of the software.

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Samsung S Band activity tracker gets German closeup

Samsung S Band activity tracker gets German closeup

This week the folks at Samsung have decided - perhaps accidentally - to release an up-close opportunity to users in Germany for their upcoming S Band activity tracker release. This device is about the size of a small watch face, fitting in a number of accessories made to attach to your arm or clothing. The activity tracker itself works with 5 LED lights in itself, hidden under the surface of its face until activated.

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LINE Voice Calls activated in USA and 7 other countries

LINE Voice Calls activated in USA and 7 other countries

The latest update of the LINE chat app has added a system in which users will be able to make use of free voice calls inside their own countries and abroad. This "LINE Call" system works inside a number of countries - Columbia, The Philippines, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Peru, and the United States, and will be available to users who have registered their mobile phone number with the service. Which calls are free and which are available for "cheap domestic and international calls" is not yet entirely clear.

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Google Hangouts is down, it’s not just you [Update: Restored]

Google Hangouts is down, it’s not just you [Update: Restored]

This morning Google Hangouts is on the fritz. Users across the United States are reporting outages as well as down-time entirely as the service is experiencing difficulty in both sending and receiving messages. This downtime appears to be at a server level as both desktop (web browser) and mobile versions of the ecosystem are experiencing difficulties.

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Google boosts mobile gaming: cross-platform multiplay & more

Google boosts mobile gaming: cross-platform multiplay & more

Google has updated its Google Play Game services to add multiplayer support to iOS, just as on Android, in addition to game gifts for sending in-game objects to other players. The updates, which are timed alongside the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week, also include sending multiplayer invitations directly from within the Play Games app, while Google is also making specific types of game easier to find by boosting the number of categories in the Play store by eighteen.

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OUYA set to showcase 12 new games at GDC 2014

OUYA set to showcase 12 new games at GDC 2014

This year's Game Developers Conference is almost upon us and, as expected, we're receiving news and teasers about what to expect. For this year, the OUYA team has prepared to demo 12 titles for its popular Android gaming console of the same name, including Kickstarter poster child "Broken Age" and OUYA exclusive "That Dragon, Cancer".

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Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet with octacore incoming

Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet with octacore incoming

Xiaomi is to bring out their latest offering, the Redmi Note, to the Asian markets sooner rather than later, a new teaser suggests. Those with Tencent's Qzone app will be able to pre-order the phone on March 19th, 8:00 pm local time. Apparently Qzone has exclusive rights over the pre-order for now and those who want to buy the phone otherwise will have to get resourceful. A teaser released by the company confirms a 5.5-inch screen and is rumored to have a 720p resolution.

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