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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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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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iOS Healthbook details leak for tipped iOS 8 launch

iOS Healthbook details leak for tipped iOS 8 launch

There’s a new ecosystem within iOS being rumored this season which includes a health-centered aim for the next generation of iPhones. While this "Healthbook" will work with the iPhone 5s as well, the big dish will be inside iOS 8 for the next generation. These details come from 9to5Mac where Mark Gurman appears to have the full run-down. This update will likely be appearing before the end of 2014.

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Xbox One controller Windows drivers “this year”: no new model

Xbox One controller Windows drivers “this year”: no new model

A rumor has been spreading over the past few days that a new Xbox One controller would be released with compatibility specifically for the PC running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This morning, these rumors have been doused by Microsoft’s director of product management Albert Penello. He suggests that not only will there be no new controller for this purpose, there will be driver support later this year.

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SteamOS controller redesign up close: buttons galore

SteamOS controller redesign up close: buttons galore

Back at Steam Dev Days in January of this year, Valve first showed off a glimpse of their redesigned SteamOS controller. After deciding it was silly to include a touchscreen on the gamepad, the original controller was tossed out, and the most recent generation began. "Most recent" as in - there’ve been many, many prototypes, but this one is the closest we’ve gotten to the final product.

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Xbox One Chat Adapter issue acknowledged: Microsoft working on it

Xbox One Chat Adapter issue acknowledged: Microsoft working on it

This week we’ve come to understand why we’ve not had perfect results with the first wave of Xbox One Chat Adapters for the Xbox One wireless controller out in the wild. Apparently - so says Microsoft - there is an issue that they’re investigating which affects chat audio through the controller with the Xbox One. While it is likely a software fix will be in order, we wouldn’t put completely out of the running the possibility that replacement units could be needed.

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ASUS may shelve dual-OS as Microsoft and Google deny support

ASUS may shelve dual-OS as Microsoft and Google deny support

Earlier this year we had a glimpse of the device known as the Transformer Book Duet TD300 at the CES 2014, a device that was destined to run Android and Windows 8 at once. Since then, it seems, Asus has felt pressure from both Microsoft and Google to skip the release of said device, citing a bit of a conflict of interests. This may also be affecting previously-released dual-OS devices as well.

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New HTC One details leak in Nordic e-stores: black, silver, gold

New HTC One details leak in Nordic e-stores: black, silver, gold

This week we’re ramping up towards the launch of the New HTC One (aka the M8, successor to the original HTC One from 2013), set to be revealed on the 25th of March. This unveiling has been long anticipated - and at such a level, it would seem, that several Nordic stores have already begun to list the device for sale. At each of these stores we can glean a bit of information on the device’s details in several different iterations, one black, one silver, and one "golden."

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Republic Wireless Moto G readied for off-contract push

Republic Wireless Moto G readied for off-contract push

In what appears to be an effort to snag every single wireless provider in the universe, the Motorola Moto G has - again - appeared with a new brand this week: Republic Wireless. This device and this brand seem custom-fit for one another as the device was made for off-contract sales with low-cost and decent (though not hero-phone) specifications while the carrier sells only off-contract devices. Here the Moto G will be sold in two iterations, both its 8GB and 16GB internal storage self.

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Turtle Beach Titanfall Earforce Atlas Gaming Headset Review

Turtle Beach Titanfall Earforce Atlas Gaming Headset Review

While we’ve left "for Xbox One" out of the title here, we’ve done so for a (relatively good) reason. This is because, while this headset is aimed at the Xbox One, it does not need to be used with the Xbox One - and it’s just as viable an option for the Xbox 360. In the box you’ll be getting every cord you need to connect to basically any device you have, and the headset is Titanfall branded - is that enough?

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