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What on Earth is HTC thinking?

What on Earth is HTC thinking?

This afternoon HTC brought a number of fashion models on stage to an event where they’d planned on revealing several new devices. These models walked across the stage with MegaMan-like electronic music and soulless, model eyes. And no purpose. Or if the purpose existed, it wasn’t immediately obvious. It’s as if HTC picked up on the strangest and most useless elements in the average big-time Samsung Galaxy event and blew it up for their own event, complete with an extended mix for publishers in the audience - again, without an immediately apparent purpose beyond aesthetics.

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Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Remember when Motorola’s Moto X had a digital tattoo you could apply that would unlock your phone? Turns out the company that made/makes said tattoo wasn’t finished there. They’ve just done a sort of silent release of their next skin-applied technology, the eSkin Tattoo. This release is essentially the same as the Moto X-specific "Digital Tattoo", but it’s made to interact with all NFC compatible phones (except your iPhone 6*, of course).

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iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

This morning the iPad Air 2 seems to have leaked in full - visually, anyway. this version of the iPad Air looks to have a Touch ID fingerprint reader, a thinner chassis, and a complete absence of a mute switch. This would be the first iPad released without said switch, each previous iPad keeping the switch for the instant muting of audio or rotation lock. This device is shown in white with the lighter aluminum backing in Silver - not quite Space Gray yet.

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Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

The gadgets that fuel our lives are largely mobile and battery-powered, and as a result external batteries are a necessary accessory for many, keeping your phone or tablet alive while you're traveling or otherwise away from an outlet. The problem with these larger batteries is that, as with their smartphone counterparts, they too eventually need charged, and depending on capacity, could need all night to completely juice back up. Such isn't the case with Pronto, however -- this portable battery boasts rapid charging in as fast as five minutes.

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Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

No matter how often Facebook suggests they’re all about privacy, there’s one undeniable fact about the social network. You pay. Whether it be by cash (not in Facebook’s case) or with your presence, you pay. That’s how Facebook stays in business. They sell advertisement space to businesses for you to see. They recently released an initiative called Facebook Atlas. A tip this week suggests that they may change their traditional model completely, releasing an app that turns the real-name conventions of Facebook on its head.

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Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

This morning we dug into the FCC documents for Motorola’s next big release. Really big, as it were - a full 6-inches of display to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. We’ve heard rumors that Google would pick up Motorola’s next big release as a "Nexus 6", working with 6-inches of display. We’ve also heard that Verizon would be getting the device on their carrier. What we hadn’t heard so far - but what we can basically (nearly) confirm without Motorola saying so is that Verizon’s model will be the same, but with DROID branding.

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Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google has been busy making a lot of changes with Google Voice and Hangouts, including most notably further integration between the two services into one handy single app. In an effort to expand the service's usefulness for users, the Internet giant has announced that following busy work with almost 100 carriers across the United States and Canada, it has made available support for MMS messages in Google Voice from a large roster of carriers, among them being such notable entities as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Rogers.

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Apple Watch may be in short supply as GTAT goes bankrupt

Apple Watch may be in short supply as GTAT goes bankrupt

You may not have heard of the manufacturer GT Advanced Tech (GTAT or just "GT"), but Apple is certainly keeping a close eye on the lot right this minute. GT Advanced Tech is the primary supplier of Sapphire Glass to Apple, having been part of a $578 million dollar purchase of the material from GT in advance of production in late 2013. Apple and GT also have an Arizona-based facility dedicated to Sapphire glass made specifically for Apple’s future products. One of those products is the Apple Watch, of course.

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AT&T releases Moto G LTE, Motorola’s best-selling budget phone

AT&T releases Moto G LTE, Motorola’s best-selling budget phone

This week the folks at AT&T have decided it’s time to bring the Moto G with LTE connectivity to their collection of phones. But they’re not bringing the newest version of the device to market, they’re bringing last year’s model. Here’s why that’s totally OK: the original is still good. Not even just for its price. It's just a good phone. Solidly built, ready to take on your daily tasks - and it's ready to be customized too. It's more of a "why not" situation than a "why."

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Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

With the Fire HD 6 we see Amazon approach the standard paperback book size device. But this device is not aimed at reading alone, it’s aimed at every kind of Amazon-based media. It is, after all, an Amazon-centric device, and therefor should be purchased only by those willing to work with Amazon’s collection of digital stores.

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