Say hello to the HTC One (M9) and One (M9) Plus

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We have seen leaks of the HTC One (M9) and HTC One (M9) Plus (aks Ultra) before, but they were supposedly decoys. Now we have yet another leak, which looks more like a press render. It’s from the famous evleaks, so this might be worth looking at.

As  expected the devices don’t look all that much different than previous One devices, but you will notice the lower profile BoomSound Speakers. You will also notice the front facing camera resembles the Desire Eye’s rendition. Last but not least, the Plus or Ultra version has a button that looks just like the Samsung home button. We saw this exact same thing in a leaked image from last week. That appears to be some sort of fingerprint sensor.


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2015 will be the ‘Year of Samsung’ according to one Jefferies analyst

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With all the doom and gloom we have been hearing about Samsung, it’s time for a little good news. Jefferies & Co.’s Sundeep Bajiker is saying that this will be the “Year of Samsung” and it’s time to buy more shares.

He also says they will provide “The High-End Cure for Xiaomi,” who has taken a huge chunk out of Samsung’s share in China. Speaking of China, yesterday’s numbers show Apple as being an even bigger threat, but Bajikar thinks Samsung is a better investment than Apple.


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ZTE announces the Blade S6 with Android Lollipop for $250

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A new Blade is in town and it’s called the Blade S6. ZTE says this one is targeted for the “young and young at heart.”

It sports a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expandable storage, a Sony IMX214 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, Hi-Fi sound, LTE, 2.400 mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with MiFavor 3.0. It’s 7.7 mm thick and will be available in silver and matte pink.


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Galaxy S 6 case gives us some information about the design

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The Galaxy S 6 will be here in just over a month, but we still have no idea what it’s going to look like. We do have one small clue this morning as a rugged case has popped up on Amazon.

Since the case covers the phone completely, there isn’t a whole hell of a lot to go on. However there is one detail and that’s the flash / heart rate sensor. Samsung placed that below the rear camera lens on both the Galaxy S 5 and the Galaxy Note 4. It appears they will move it to the right side of the lens. Why the move you ask? Good question. Since the sensor is also used for capturing selfies, does this move make it easier to touch when trying to frame a selfie?


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Android 5.0 Lollipop now pushing to HTC One (M8) in Europe

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If you’re in Europe and own an HTC One (M8), you might be getting something a little extra special today. HTC has started rolling the Android 5.0 Lollipop update today.

This is most likely only for unlocked (non carrier branded) devices. As one would expect, all carrier devices will have to go through an approval process so those devices probably won’t get the update for at least a month or two. That goes for the U.S. as well.

Did you get the update? Let us know in the comments.

source: @urbanstrata

T-Mobile unleashes Super Bowl ad starring Kim Kardashian West

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In case you didn’t know it, the Super Bowl will take place this Sunday. Depending on how the games does, the commercials sometimes gets even more attention. T-Mobile has been a marketing juggernaut lately so it’s no surprise they will have a Super Bowl ad again this year. Remember last year’s Tim Tebow ad?

Last night’s Conan show debuted this year’s ad, which features fellow Armenian Kim Kardashian West making fun of her own online habits such as selfies in order to promote T-Mobile’s new Data Stash option. T-Mobile will also air a spot on NBC’s online stream as well as launch a website during the game with behind the scenes content from the commercial shoot. You can expect Kim to be Tweeting a lot during the game as well.

Hit the break for the 30 second spot.


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LG could sue Qualcomm if they give Samsung a modified version of the Snapdragon 810

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Yesterday’s report that Qualcomm will deliver an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 to Samsung has fueled speculation that LG might sue Qualcomm.

LG has contended that there is no overheating issue with the said chip, but there is also a belief that LG has made certain modifications on the G Flex 2. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG will sue Qualcomm if they update the 810 because it’s basically admitting the overheating issue exists.


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Exynos vs Snapdragon: Samsung wants to enter into a war with Qualcomm

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Samsung has been making homegrown Exynos processors for a few years now, but they still used the Snapdragon for most of their devices. The reason usually involved LTE compatibility, but production capacity could have also played a part. Now recent reports of the Snapdragon 810 overheating has fueled speculation that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm in favor of their own chip on the Galaxy S 6, but other analysts contend the Exynos isn’t ready for primetime yet. However, overheating or no overheating, it appears that Samsung might not be making this decision based on that. It appears that Samsung is ready to expand the Exynos to not only most of their their devices, but hopefully with other manufacturers, thus entering into a war with Qualcomm.


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Three more bonus games added to Humble Mobile Bundle 10

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Humble Mobile Bundle 10 launched last week with three games (Buddy & Me, Lyne, and Doodle Kingdom) and three bonus games (Sorcery! 2, King of Dragon Pass, and OTTTD). As per past practice, they have added more games into the mix. Today’s additions include iPollute, Sorcery and the Tiny Bang Story.

If you already bought in above the average asking price ($3.94 at the time of this post), then you will receive these three new bonus games automatically. If you haven’t gotten in on this bundle yet, just pay over the average and grab all 9 games.


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Google and the NFL finally partner, highlight clips and more coming to YouTube

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The NFL can’t ignore Google and YouTube’s power anymore. A deal has been reached that brings highlight clips to YouTube in time for the Super Bowl and beyond.  It’s not just YouTube as Google search results will provide more detailed information on games, which include kickoff times as well as the networks airing the games.

Google will promote the NFL on YouTube and other places, but they will also share revenue from ads that appear with the highlight clips and search results with the NFL.


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