Amazon to include competing services on upcoming TV box

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Amazon reportedly will include apps from competing services when it launches its new set top TV box. The launch of an Amazon device to compete with hardware from Roku and others has been delayed since last year’s holiday season. At that time it was reported Amazon had struck a deal to include Netflix. The latest report indicates Hulu Plus has been added to the mix. In addition, support for the DIAL protocol is apparently in the works.

With the inclusion of the DIAL protocol, Amazon’s new device will be in a better position to compete with a device like the Google Chromecast that lets users launch streams from their smartphones and tablets. The device is expected to come with its own dedicated remote as well. Like other Amazon devices, the set top box is expected to be powered by a forked version of Android. This means Google apps, including YouTube, likely would not come loaded on the device.

Does the release of a device giving you access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, along with other potential streaming services, interest you?

source: Gigaom

OnePlus One device to feature “always-on” voice recognition

 

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The Moto X wasn’t only great with its revolutionary features, but it’s causing a “copy cat” effect with other manufacturers.

Rumors suggest that the upcoming OnePlus One flagship phone will feature an “always-on” voice recognition, just like the feature in the Moto X. In addition, the device will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display.

The OnePlus One will run CyanogenMod O, and the OnePlus team has started an online poll to gauge fans’ preferences as to what the keyword will be to wake up the device. “OK, OnePlus” is currently the leading preference.  

OnePlus has promised that the device will cost under $400 and although we don’t know the specs and other details it certainly won’t be long. Expect an announcement on Saturday, March 16. An international launch is also planned, and the phone will be able to be bought directly from its website.
 
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New HTC One (M8) shows up on eBay with retail box and it’s not called what you think it is

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Ever since it was leaked that HTC was going to refer their new flagship (the M8) as the “All New HTC One,” everyone jumped on it like it was going to be the official name. There was no way HTC was going to make the actual official name the “All New HTC One,” but they will refer to it as such because, yes, it literally is the “All New HTC One” isn’t it?

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Once again, images of Verizon Branded ‘The All New HTC One’ leak

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With such a frequency of leaks related to the All New HTC One, nothing will be left to look forward to by the time of the announcement of the handset. We saw a plethora of leaks related to the All New HTC One’s dual cameras, body, accessories and even an amazing special flip cover.

Now, a new set of leaked images have surfaced online showing off the All New HTC One with Verizon’s mark branded on the rear of the device. Granted, the images are of a dummy unit, but you wouldn’t know it unless someone told you.

Although HTC might have something more up its sleeves, it seems that nothing else is left that will catch our attention considering that we also saw the new flip cover and dual cameras as well.

Take a look more images right after the break.

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HTC’s All New One specs and sales guide leaks

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When it rains, it certainly pours. This can certainly be said with HTC’s not so kept secret, the All New HTC One. Today a sales guide leaked of the device giving short descriptions on several of its features and also confirmed most of the specs. The new One will weigh in at 160g with the dimensions being 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35, that’s a tad thicker than its 2013 predecessor. As previously rumored, the screen size will indeed be a 5″ 1080p LCD paired with the Snapdragon 801 processor. While there’s not much else regarding the camera, we do know that the front-facing lens will be upgraded to 5MP’s. As to the battery, it will come in at 2600mAh. For more info, check out the sales guide below after the break!

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Advertisement for LG G Pro 2 features Magic Focus feature

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Smartphone cameras are getting more and more features over time, and one of the most recently added and popular features is auto-focusing. Near and far focus features are found on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and the LG G Pro 2 has its own “Magic Focus” feature.

The device has a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13 MP camera, 16 or 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot,  3GB of RAM,  a quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 3,200 mAh battery.

The company has released a video highlighting the Magic Focus feature, which can be found after the break.

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The upcoming ZTE Grand S EXT might sport the best combination of metal and plastic we have seen

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The ZTE Grand S EXT was spotted on the Red-Dot 21 design directory with a pretty slick unibody. It will apparently sport Nano Molding Technology (NMT), which combines metal and plastic by molding them together. It gives you a premium feel at a lower cost.

We have no idea when this phone will launch, but it sure is intriguing. Hit the break for one more image.

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra makes an appearance both in and out of the retail box

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Sony’s hype machine has been all about the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet as of late, but don’t forget about the Xperia T2 Ultra (D53XX). It appears close to release since we now have a shot of the retail packaging along with a few other candid shots. This model is destined for China Unicom and sports the model number of XM50h.

It will feature a 6-inch 720p IPS display, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928) processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1.1MP front camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000mAh battery. This might be mid-range, but it should last a long time on the battery.

Hit the break for more images.

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Leaked ‘All New HTC One’ ad reveals ‘Duo Camera’ function

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You have seen everything there is to see about the All New HTC One right? What’s that? You still don’t really know much about what the two back cameras will do? That is about the only thing we haven’t heard too much about, and considering it might be the most important feature on the phone, it would be nice to know a little more.

Well wonder a little less this morning because a leaked ad for Telstra in Australia gives us more details. First, it will be called the “Duo Camera” which seems appropriate. As far as the benefits, it will allow you to choose where to focus, highlight the best parts, soften backgrounds, and add 3D effects after you have taken the shot.

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