HTC unveils the Desire Eye, a plastic, waterproof device focused on photos and videos

htc desire eyeAfter many, many leaks, HTC has finally taken the wraps off of their latest smartphone,. As expected, the major selling features of the brand new HTC Desire Eye are taking great photos and videos, and there’s quite a bit of emphasis on selfies, as expected.

The Desire Eye doesn’t feature the same sleek aluminum design as the HTC One, but instead opts for a plastic unibody frame. The design still looks slick and a little more “premium” than some other devices, but for those of you that loved the aluminum of the One, you might be a little disappointed here. Fortunately, this new design also includes waterproofing, which is a big plus.
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge may be coming to AT&T and US Cellular

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We’ve heard that Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge may not actually end up being a full-scale production device, but instead just a limited run device to gauge consumer reaction to the curved display. Despite that, it’s looking like we’ll see the device launched on at least two US carriers, if new FCC filings are accurate.

The filing for a device with the model number SM-N915A show that it has LTE bands for both AT&T and US Cellular. While that doesn’t mean that we’ll see the Note Edge hit shelves at the same time as the Note 4, at least it will be somewhat available at some point. Since AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the Galaxy Alpha, the carrier seems fairly committed to keeping their portfolio up to date with Samsung’s products.
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Google looking into letting users trial apps without a full app download

Google_Play_Services_LogoSometimes it can be tough to decide if an app is worth spending any time or data on, especially if it’s a bigger app that takes awhile to download and consumes lots of space on your device. Google is apparently looking into technology that would let potential customers test drive an app without having to do any of that, which would save time and could potentially lead to more app sales and downloads.

This idea is really focused more on developing markets where data is more expensive, and that’s been one of Google’s heavy focuses as of late. The tech would very likely be used in countries like the US, but since WiFi networks with untiered data connections are more readily available, it’s not quite as useful. 
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Watch a Galaxy Note 4 get thrown around in Samsung’s drop test video

samsung_galaxy_note_4_demo_1After all the commotion about Apple’s bending iPhones, companies are making a point to demonstrate how durable their devices are as a selling point for consumers. Samsung was quick to jump on that bandwagon, and they created a “bend test” video to poke at Apple and show how sturdy their phones are. Today, they’re going a bit further by releasing a drop test video.

The video shows off the kinds of tests that the Galaxy Note 4 goes through to ensure that it’s durable enough for consumers. The device gets systematically dropped from several different heights and angles and even gets put in a rotating machine to simulate the effect of being dropped down a flight of stairs. And, believe it or not, the phone comes out in really good shape.
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Toshiba shows off eyeglasses with embedded display

Toshiba_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014Most major manufacturers are jumping into the connected wearables market in some way or another, whether that’s with a smartwatch or virtual reality headsets. Toshiba is no exception, and they showed off a new pair of smart glasses at a trade show in Japan this week.

The glasses, called Toshiba Glass, work similarly to Google Glass, but there’s a small difference; there’s a small projector built into the side of the arm of the glasses, right behind the lens. The result is a pretty bulky, goofy looking device, but it’s reportedly quite a bit cheaper than Google Glass, so there’s an advantage. The project displays information on the lens of the glasses, which is then reflected onto the person’s eyes. Again, not quite as sophisticated as Google Glass, but pricing plays a big role here.
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ZTE launches the jumbo-sized Grand X Max on Cricket Wireless

ZTE grand X maxIf you’re looking for an extremely large phone but don’t want to shell out the cash for something like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, you may want to keep an eye on ZTE’s awkwardly named Grand X Max. The phablet device features a 6-inch, 720p display, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 and 1 GB of RAM. The other specs are pretty mid-range, including an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage, but the Max will launch at $200 off-contract for Cricket. Not a bad deal.

This is the second large phone that ZTE has announced for a US carrier this year, with the other being the ZTE ZMAX for T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Grand X Max beats out the ZMAX by a few inches, even though the rest of the hardware is slightly less powerful, but if you’re interested in picking up a ZTE phone for the holidays you’re going to have several new options.

Amazon will offer a new Washington Post application for Kindle tablets and other devices

amazon_logo_kindle_hdAbout a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post, a national newspaper. Since that purchase, we haven’t seen any indication of Bezos crossing his newly owned newspaper publication and Amazon, but it looks like that might be changing in the near future.

Several employees of the Washington Post have been working on a new application for digital distribution or curated content, and it looks like the app is going to make its debut on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets later this year. The app will offer photos and news stories to readers in a tablet-friendly format, probably similar to something like Flipboard. It sounds like Amazon is looking at making this exclusively a tablet app, though, so don’t expect a version for the Fire Phone or anything else when it first launches.
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Gameloft’s latest Modern Combat 5: Blackout on sale for $3.99

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If you’ve been waiting for a price drop to pick up Gameloft’s newest mobile FPS, now’s your chance to pick up Modern Combat 5: Blackout and save a few bucks. Gameloft has put MC5 on sale for $3.99, down from the launch price of $6.99, which saves you about 40%. The game itself is pretty impressive for a mobile shooter and features a full campaign as well as multiplayer modes. The graphics are also top-notch for a mobile game, and there’s plenty of value here for the $4 asking price.

source: Droid Gamers
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Google working on creating large displays made of smaller modular screens

Google_Logo_7356Google isn’t afraid to tackle tough projects, and it looks like the latest secret invention by the search giant involves finding ways to make massive screens. The company is reportedly developing modular screens that mesh together (somewhat like Legos) to form a much bigger display. By making the screens modular, you can have some very large displays and would likely be able to create some different shapes, too.
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LG G Stylus gets priced on LG’s Indian website

LGG3StylusLG has finally officially listed the G Stylus on its Indian website, along with a recommended price tag. The stylus-wielding smartphone is priced at RS 21,500, which isn’t too bad considering what’s under the hood.

The LG G Stylus packs a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch qHD screen, and Android 4.4 with most of the G3′s bells and whistles. It’s also equipped with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus the microSD card slot, a 3,000 mAh battery and a 13 megapixel rear camera. It’s certainly not a Galaxy Note killer, but if you like the idea of having a stylus without breaking the bank, it’s a solid option.

source: Fone Arena