HTC Gallery updated with new Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder

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Users of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Butterfly 2 may want to hit the Play Store and update their HTC Gallery app to take advantage of some new Duo Effects for Seasons and Foregrounder.  The update includes four new Seasons effects including: Bubbles, Light Points, Confetti, and Roses. Seasons also received new typography options in the form of Title Slide, Magazine, Album, Calendar and Movie. Six new Foregrounder effects also make an appearance including: Watercolor, Ink, Draft, Retro, Pastel, and Color Beads. According to HTC, the update also includes improvements all around. Hit the break to update your Gallery today.


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Sony losses expected to be around $1.7 billion thanks to their mobile division

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Most people have at least one Sony-branded item in their homes as they have been one of the biggest electronics companies in the world for quite some time now. So, it may come as a surprise that after an internal review, Sony is expecting losses in the ballpark of $1.7 billion dollars. The Japanese tech giant attributes these losses to their mobile division and will be forced to restructure their strategy to reduce risk and volatility and to guarantee “more stable profits”. According to their report, this will be achieved by releasing less mid-range devices and focusing on premium, top-tier handsets. It should be interesting to see what the future holds for Sony’s mobile division.

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Verizon launches Advanced Calling 1.0 with VoLTE and Video Calling

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A couple weeks back we reported that Verizon was planning on launching their HD voice and VoLTE service in “the coming weeks“, and thankfully for Verizon users, that time has come. Verizon customers using compatible devices can start taking advantage of these services today. For now only the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are supported, but the LG G3 will presumably be next with more devices to follow suit.


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LG G Flex 2 to have smaller, higher-resolution display

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It seems LG have learned from the poor sales of the original G Flex that people will not accept sub-par displays anymore. According to a report citing an LG India executive, LG’s upcoming G Flex 2 will have a smaller, higher-resolution display than its predecessor. This means a higher pixel density, which hopefully will mean a better display than the Flex’s 720p, POLED panel.


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HTC Eye may be identical to the One M8 with an updated front-facing camera

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It is no secret that HTC is preparing a “selfie-phone” called the HTC Eye for users who really like pictures of their own face. Up until today, very little was known about the Eye, but thanks to renowned leaker @upleaks, that is no longer the case. Much like the recently released HTC One M8 for Windows, the Eye will allegedly look and feel identical to HTC’s flagship, the HTC One M8.


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Google officially launches Voice integration in Hangouts

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Its been in the rumor mill for a long time, and to some extent has already begun, but now its official, Google have integrated Google Voice into Hangouts, allowing you to access Google Voice messages and voicemail inside Google’s popular messaging app. While the integration is in its earliest stages, it is nice to see Google consolidating the popular services.


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Samsung has fun on Twitter at Apple’s expense

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Unless you hid yourself from the world yesterday, you probably know about the two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Neither brought anything all that new or exciting into play, but both do sport bigger screens than in the past (4.7-inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5-inches for the 6 Plus). Now, following HTC and Sony’s lead, Samsung are having their fun with the announcement.


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