HTC One M9 Plus could be announced at event scheduled for April 8th

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Although HTC is still in the process of rolling out their newest flagship device, the HTC One M9, they have issued an invitation to an announcement event scheduled for April 8th in Beijing. The announcement includes an image of an HTC smartphone that appears to have a dual camera setup, consistent with rumors of the HTC One M9 Plus camera equipment. Another clue that the HTC One M9 Plus will be headlining the event is the “More than One” tagline HTC uses, indicating their announcement will be about the One “plus” something.

Some sources are worried that the selection of Beijing for the announcement is an indication the HTC One M9 Plus will only be available to the Chinese market or only Asian markets at best.

source: MyDrivers
via: phoneArena

On This Day you may notice a new option on Facebook

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Facebook has announced a new menu item that will be available to users on both the desktop and in their mobile apps. The new On This Day feature shows content from this date in the past that a user may have shared. That can include posts, photos, posts from friends who tagged you, and other content that is somehow connected to your profile. The feature does not look back just one year – it will check all previous years for anything posted on the same date.
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YouTube preparing to get back in the game with live streaming platform

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According to a new report, Google is preparing to relaunch its live stream platform with a focus on live gaming events and sporting events. Google sort of tried this once before with their YouTube Live service when they attempted to purchase Twitch for $1 billion. That deal fell through amidst claims of “antitrust concerns.” Since then, Twitch has gone on to achieve success in the market, with the backing of Amazon, while YouTube Live became an “also ran.” Now, Google appears to be ready to give it another go based on reports that internal resources are being committed to the initiative.
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Cyanogen and BLU to release Google-less phone later this year

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Amongst the hoopla of Cyanogen’s announcement that they had secured $80 million in new financing to help fund development of its operating system, we are discovering that Cyanogen is partnering with BLU to produce a smartphone that does not use any Google services or apps. Connections between BLU and Cyanogen have been noted in the past when Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has talked about toppling Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market.
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Amazon announces new Fire TV features that will make Chromecast owners jealous

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After Google introduced the world to Chromecast and we witnessed the crush of interest in the simple device that makes streaming content so easy to view, others have been trying to replicate the same success. One of those in pursuit is Amazon, which released the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Amazon was hoping access to Amazon’s Prime video offerings, along with other features like voice search, would provide a compelling case for users to jump on board. Amazon has just announced some┬ánew features that will address some shortcomings that have vexed owners of Chromecast devices and perhaps help Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that much more competitive.
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Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI for Galaxy S6 may have a touch of Tizen present

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Over the years, one complaint that surfaced about Samsung smartphones was the TouchWiz UI that Samsung deployed. While Samsung was always adding in lots of interesting and unique features, critics also felt the interface was becoming too bloated and busy. Samsung took that input and started to trim things back some for the Galaxy Note 4. However, for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, it was clear that Samsung was being more aggressive in trimming things down. Many believed a lot of this was due to the influence of Google’s Material Design framework. However, it appears that Samsung also leaned heavily on their work with the Tizen OS, recently employed on the Samsung Galaxy Z1 released in India.
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Samsung, Microsoft expand partnership to bring more services to Android devices

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Samsung and Microsoft have announced they are expanding their partnership, a move that will lead to more Microsoft services and apps being pre-installed on Samsung Android devices. The cornerstone of the new plan will be a Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack which will be available as soon as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are released.
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Schmidt weighs in on Google Glass

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Ever since Google announced they were shutting down the Explorer program for Google Glass earlier this year, there has been lots of speculation as to whether the wearable device was dead or not. Many people believe the shuttering of the old beta program was a sign that Google’s experiment had failed. However, others noted that Google had moved it to another part of the company, Tony Faddell’s Nest division, a sign that it would eventually re-emerge, probably with a more consumer-ready focus. Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has now weighed in and made a clear statement that Google is committed to the Glass platform.
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