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HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

Thankfully, HTC offers UH OH protection for the One M9. The stated goal is to make life easier on us by allowing a device replacement for simple drops or tumbles that do things like crack the screen. The real reason might be that the device is far too difficult to repair without some deep technical know-how. The crew at iFixit just tore down the HTC One M9, and what we see is a puzzle of glue and screws, and a device that you wouldn’t even want to try fixing yourself.

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A ton of HTC One M9+ pics leak out ahead of April 8 debut

A ton of HTC One M9+ pics leak out ahead of April 8 debut

The One M9 flagship has yet to actually become available to all major sources, especially in the US, and yet HTC seems to be willing to make a gamble by having yet another One M9 so close to launch. The company's "More than One" event, scheduled next week, is expected to show case the puzzling One M9 Plus, or One M9+ or One M9pt, whichever name it decides to go with. But even before that day comes, the smartphone is again being leaked almost to death, at least as far as renders are concerned.

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Coolest Clock is a smartphone-connected projection clock

Coolest Clock is a smartphone-connected projection clock

Coolest Clock is the wall-mounted projection display that you never realized you needed. It's up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo and has blown its goals out of the water, reeling in over $230,000 USD when its original goal was only $20,000 USD. This device looks sleek and compact while projecting all kinds of up-to-the-minute live info like weather, social media, and news. It also tells time, but I'm sure you have something in your arsenal of devices that can already do that. If you want to buy Coolest Clock, it's not to tell time. You would buy it for its live projection screen update of information, and of course, because it's the Coolest Clock out there.

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New LG Display 5.5-inch QHD panel headed to the LG G4

New LG Display 5.5-inch QHD panel headed to the LG G4

It seems to be LG's habit to make somewhat big announcements before a scheduled event, perhaps to build up hype or to get the extra cruft out of the way first. LG Display, it's display making business, is making a big fuss over its new 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD Panel that boasts of a few innovations like a higher color gamut and in-cell touch technology. But more than just the virtues of the display itself, the announcement also holds some clues regarding the upcoming LG G4 flagship.

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Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype has announced some new updates today, chief among them being the introduction of Skype 5.3 for Android, bringing some features that have already been available in the iOS version. Skype promises this is a big update, and amongst the new features are improvements to the app's design itself, boosting the visual appeal of Skype's chat and making the overall experience a bit "more consistent". The new chat layout in Android is similar to the layout those who use the service on the desktop and iOS have had access to, among other things.

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Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Google has a system enacted through Google Play for Android devices called Verify Apps. Google's latest Android Security State of the Union (for the year 2014) includes clarification on what the company is scanning on your phone - both inside Google Play-downloaded apps and in apps you've downloaded elsewhere. Verify Apps scans your phone's apps for security risks in Google Play apps, and Safety Net provides protection for (and from) apps outside of Google Play. Yes, Google Play is scanning your phone - no, it's not something to freak out about.

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Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

As you may have noticed, streaming music is a hot topic lately. With Apple readying some sort of streaming service and Jay Z trying to democratize artist royalties with Tidal, there’s a lot of buzz about streaming lately. Much like messaging, streaming music is now ubiquitous, with most opting to subscribe rather than buy. A new service, Rithm, wants to encompass all your needs, offering both streaming and messaging in one place. They’re also undercutting the pricing model of $9.99/month by about 60%.

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Google’s 2014 Android Security State of the Union

Google’s 2014 Android Security State of the Union

This week Google has released their 2014 Android Security Year in Review, also known as their Android Security State of the Union. The year 2014 was big for Android in that there were two major updates to the ecosystem in a 12 month period, both Android 4.4 KitKat and a preview for Android L, what would eventually become Android 5.0 Lollipop. In this year, Google gave security a kick in the pants. Full disk encryption improvements, secure multi-user support, and improved authentication are just three of the collection of locks Google has snapped on their open mobile operating system Android.

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Microsoft’s scanner app, Office Lens, lands on iOS & Android

Microsoft’s scanner app, Office Lens, lands on iOS & Android

To better combat the need for actual paper, Microsoft is rolling out a new app. Office Lens, which is available starting today for iOS and Android, allows you to scan a piece of paper with your mobile device’s camera, then have it morphed into an editable digital copy. You can also scan a whiteboard presentation if you like, and pics don’t have to be taken straight-on. If you’re cramped for room, you can take a picture at an angle, and the app will turn it to a forward-facing document for you.

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