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HTC One M9 leak teases same style but new camera

HTC One M9 leak teases same style but new camera

HTC is teasing big things for its Mobile World Congress event on March 1st, but the surprise may have already been spoiled with the leak of what's said to be the new HTC One M9. The freshly-exposed flagship is, if the tattle behind the prototype is true, markedly similar in design to the existing One M8 - no bad thing, given it remains one of the more handsome and well-constructed Android phones out there - but, much as with the M8's progression from M7, with a number of refinements like slimmer bezels around the screen. There's also what looks to be a notable change in the camera mounting on the back, which lends weight to rumors that the M9 will see some significant differences there.

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Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Microsoft has patented a feature for their phones that'll make the whole process of going to the movie theater a lot easier. Not that it's supremely difficult to turn your phone off before a movie begins, but the Microsoft patent that's popped up today will make entering the movie theater the switch. You'll have Normal Mode and Theater Mode - kind of like Airplane Mode, but switched on automatically, right when you walk in the door - and how dare you think you should have sound on your phone during The Hobbit.

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AnTuTu 2014 charts: Xiaomi tops, Samsung dominates

AnTuTu 2014 charts: Xiaomi tops, Samsung dominates

With January almost halfway through, AnTuTu is releasing some interesting numbers for 2014. Although it isn't surprising to see Samsung's smartphones take up four slots in 2014's top 10, despite slumps in profits and sales, the charts do have a few unexpected revelations. While we have indeed seen the rise of Chinese manufacturers in the global smarpthone market, the inclusion of rather small players like OnePlus into the top 10 most popular smartphones is quite unexpected and perhaps hints at the changing tastes of consumers.

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Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

In just a few days, Microsoft is expected to reveal what consumers can expect from Windows 10. But some fans might be more interested in what Windows 10 means outside the desktop, since Microsoft has been selling this latest version as one that puts device convergence at the top of the list. And while we wait what Windows 10 for phones or Windows Mobile 10 or Windows Phone 10 will indeed look like, some new leaked photos show an interface that does seem to borrow a thing or two from Microsoft's other interfaces.

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HTC “M9″ smartphone, smartwatch coming in March

HTC “M9″ smartphone, smartwatch coming in March

Although HTC did have a bit of a presence at CES 2015 a few weeks ago, it will be at MWC 2015 in March when it plans to make a big splash. Of course, it will have a smartphone, the expected successor to the HTC One M8, unsurprisingly codenamed the M9 for now. But it will also finally have a smartwatch coming, after months of speculation and waiting for the Taiwanese OEM to finally make its move in the wearables market.

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Virgin Mobile no-contract data sharing plans are an industry first

Virgin Mobile no-contract data sharing plans are an industry first

It would seem that T-Mobile USA isn't the only brand on the block attempting to shake up the smartphone data industry. This week Virgin Mobile USA has come forth with news that they're going to offer the "industry's first no-contract data sharing plans," and they'll be doing so through Walmart exclusively. These plans are aimed at all mobile users, offering 4G LTE "multi-line data sharing" starting at thirty dollars a line for up to three lines - this will begin on Saturday, the 17th of January, 2015.

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HTC One 2015 Hima detail round-up: before the fact

HTC One 2015 Hima detail round-up: before the fact

It's that time again - time to get onboard with the next generation in HTC's hero phone lineup. This time around, the device is going by code-name HTC Hima. While no mention of the name "HTC One" has been made in the rumor mill thus far, we wouldn't be surprised if HTC stuck with what's worked for them over the past several years, moving out with an HTC One (place some new name here) sort of nomenclature. After that, it's all about the generational change-over to the newest processor, the best display, and some high-powered camera abilities.

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HTC’s new flagship phone is coming March 1st

HTC’s new flagship phone is coming March 1st

HTC is bringing its new flagship smartphone to Mobile World Congress 2015, with the company firing out invites for a "Utopia in Progress" event set to take place on March 1st. The event, which takes place the day before the cellularly-centric Barcelona show opens, will be HTC's first major one of the year, having kept a relatively low-profile at CES earlier in January. Hints from the invite are scant, but given it's been roughly a year since HTC showed us the One M8, a replacement for that phone seems more than likely.

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Galaxy S6 screen “confirmed” by Samsung website’s own UAProf

Galaxy S6 screen “confirmed” by Samsung website’s own UAProf

We're getting closer to MWC 2015, as close as one can get with more than a month to go, so naturally rumors and leaks of Samsung's next flagship are pouring in and pooling up. It also isn't surprising to see many attribute the best of the best specs to the Galaxy S6, which is rather common fare for every high-profile upcoming Samsung smartphone. Once in a while though, we do get semi-official confirmation of some features coming from Samsung itself, like this confirmation of the smartphone's high-resolution display.

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Project Ara has a lot to prove

Project Ara has a lot to prove

The geek within me loves Project Ara. Interchangeable modules that snick into a brushed aluminum frame and turn your smartphone into a pseudo-DSLR or a Tricorder: what's not to like? Google's ATAP team demonstrated the latest prototype - and detailed its flaws and future improvements - at Ara's second developer event yesterday, inviting module-minded partners on stage to discuss exactly what the flexible phone could become with a little imagination. Ambitious, certainly, but while many (myself included) left the event impressed by Regina Dugan and her intriguing handset, that enthusiasm was tempered with concern over whether the real-world would be so welcoming.

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