Tim Cook thinks the Apple Watch is the first smartwatch that matters

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Well at last Tim Cook acknowledges that there are other smartwatches out there, but Tim seems to think the upcoming Apple Watch is the first one that matters.

Why? Because it has the Apple logo? In an interview with Fast Company, Tim reasoned it by saying that Apple didn’t make the first MP3 player, the first tablet, or the first smartphone. He then argued that they made the first modern smartphone and now they are making the first modern smartwatch.


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LG G Flex 2 to be available in India later this month, Watch Urbane in April

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LG has announced the G Flex 2 for India. It will be available later this month for Rs 55,000 ($877),  and you will have your choice of either silver or red.

The more important part of this news it the announcement that the Watch Urbane will be released in April. This should hopefully mean that it will launch in the U.S. and other areas at the same time. Unfortunately no price was specified, but we are expecting it to come in around $299 to $349.

source: android.in

HTC One M9+ to launch in late March or April and won’t be limited to China

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We have new information regarding the often rumored HTC One M9+, codenamed Hima_Ultra. For starters, you may have noticed that I have a “+” in the name rather than a “Plus”. Apparently HTC will be using the “+” instead of “Plus”.

If was also reported that it would only be available in China, but thankfully that information was wrong. It will also be available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Unfortunately no word on the U.S.


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HTC UH OH program now official, U.S One M9 customers get FREE damage replacement for first 12 months

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HTC went ahead and released a presser regarding today’s big announcement. As was previous rumored, HTC has unveiled a new protection plan referred to as UH OH Protection.

All U.S. customers who buy an HTC One M9 will get the UH OH Protection plan at no extra charge. UH OH will provide customers with a Free phone replacement in the event they crack their screen or drop it in water.  HTC has found that 69% of people who damaged their phone had done so in the past 12 months. More importantly, 47% of those people repaired their phone and it cost over $100.


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Watch HTC’s big announcement right here

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Yesterday, HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie teased a big announcement for tomorrow for U.S. customers. We have no idea what it is. It could be as simple as an official release date for the One M9 or it could be a brand new product. It’s also possible that HTC could launch some sort of special promotion to entice you to buy the One M9.

If you remember, Jason Mackenzie said earlier this month that they will announce something ahead of the M9 launch that will drive M9 sales. Whatever they are going to announce tomorrow, it’s probably something that you won’t want to miss it.

We have the live stream video right after the break so tune in tomorrow (3/18/15) at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT.


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PSA: Sending a Hangout message using your voice does not work for SMS messages through Hangouts or with Android Wear

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We’re not sure exactly when this feature launched, but it appears that you can now use your voice through Google Now to send a Hangouts Message. All you need to say is, “Send a Hangouts message” or “Send a chat message”. You can also add a name to streamline it as in “Send a Hangouts message to Jodie” or even add the message is in “Send a Hangouts message to Jodie What do you want for dinner?”.


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Google improves app review process and adds a new age-based global rating system

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Did you know that Google has been reviewing all app submissions? We’re not sure exactly when they started, but the initiative began in order to detect violations to the developer policies. Most developers might not have noticed this because Google reviews apps pretty quickly. In most cases, an app will be approved with hours, but in other stores, like Apple’s App Store, it could take weeks.


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GoogleFeud is a Family Feud-like game that is based on Google Autocomplete

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Do you think the creators of Family Feud saw this coming? We all know what Google Autocomplete is by now, but just in case you don’t…..As you type in a search term in Google Search, you will notice that Google starts giving you suggestions bases on everyone’s past searches that you can quickly click on rather then type out the entire search phrase.

With GoogleFeud, you get the first half of the search query, and it’s up to you to fill in the rest. Just like Family Feud, there are several answers, but you get more points (dollars) for picking the most popular ones.


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Here’s your first look at the Sony Xperia Z4

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If you thought that Sony would be drastically changing the design of the Xperia Z4, think again. We have the first image of the device, and although it doesn’t show the entire body, it’s clear that Sony isn’t changing too much with their next flagship.

We still don’t know when Sony will unveil this phone. Based on past practice, it would have been Mobile World Congress. Will Sony wait until IFA in September or will they host a launch event over the summer?

source: @onleaks