HTC Desire 610 available today through AT&T

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In need of a mid-range device from AT&T? Take a look at the new Desire 610. The device has arrived right on time and is available today from the carrier. Even though it is a mid-range device, HTC has kept notable features like BoomSound, BlinkFeed, and Zoe. Performance should be respectable due to the quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor that powers the Desire 610. And while there is just 8GB of internal storage, HTC has bundled a microSD card slot that can fit an additional 64GB. The 720p display measures 4.7 inches.

With a new two-year contract, the Desire 610 costs only $0.99; however, buying it without a contract is a much better choice due to the $199 price tag. For the price of a flagship device with a two-year contract, you can get an impressive mid-range one without any contract. Or, you can take advantage of AT&T Next and pay $8.34 per month for twenty-four months. There is no shortage of options to purchase the Desire 610.

Source: AT&T

Verizon allowing LG G3 owners to uninstall bloatware

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Carriers in the United States are notorious for loading new devices with bloatware. Bloatware, for those unaware, includes the pesky applications that carriers have installed to greet users right out of the box. Unless you root the device, it is almost impossible to ditch any type of bloatware. Verizon, surprisingly, wants to change and is offering a way to remove bloatware. Read more

Device certified by FCC seems to be Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 2

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Whenever a hardware manufacturer has a device receiving certification with the FCC, everyone raises a brow. The latest FCC filing that has surfaced belongs to Samsung. The Galaxy Mega 2 is believed to be the device in question with this filing. The model number for this filing is SM-G750A, which indicates it is likely the AT&T version, and the size of the display is 5.9 inches.
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Amazon Fire Phone proves difficult to repair in iFixit teardown

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Amazon has packed a lot of cool new features into their Fire Phone, but apparently this has come at the cost of repairability. The fine folks over at iFixit have done their traditional teardown of Amazon’s first foray into smartphones and its not looking good, earning a repairability score of 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). Everything starts out simple enough with the use of standard screws and the lack of adhesive holding the casing together, but once you get inside, things get a bit more tricky.

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Leaked photos of Motorola’s X+1 show wooden back, no MicroSD slot

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Motorola’s current flagship, the Moto X, turns a year old in less than a month and Motorola seems plenty eager to get rid of their remaining stock, which generally means its time for a new flagship. We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about Motorola’s upcoming phone, the Moto X+1, but today we may finally have a good look at a pre-production model of the mysterious device. 

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Lenovo shows off their Google Glass knockoff

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As smart glasses evolve, you can expect more manufacturers to jump in. Lenovo is one such company as they showed off their prototype, which looks a lot like Google Glass. The only difference is the battery resides at the user’s neck. The plan is for this prototype to become consumer ready by October.

Lenovo is also working with another smart glasses maker called Vuzix. We did a hands on with their M100 smart glasses back  in 2013. This partnership is bringing the M100 to China in August or September for 8,000 yuan ($1298).

source: PC World

Galaxy S 5 HDR capabilities showcased in Samsung’s ‘Sunrise to Sunset’ video

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If you have about 90 seconds to spare, take a look at a video from Samsung shot entirely with the Galaxy S 5 in HDR mode. It was shot in Trieste, Italy and is quite breathtaking. Interestingly enough, at the end of the video it states, “certain images and videos may be enhanced.” Unfortunately we don’t know to what extent the original footage was altered, but take a look at the video after the break.

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Samsung Gear VR Manager leaks

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More information has surfaced about The Samsung Gear VR today, specifically related to its mechanism for controlling basic functions of the VR. The Gear VR Manager, an app downloaded to your Samsung mobile device, works hand-in-hand with other Samsung apps made for the VR, like VR Panorama and VR Cinema. Some features of the VR manager include VR Lock, which sets up a security lock whilst wearing the headset, and a Warning Alert that gives the user an alert every hour reminding him that he’s in a virtual world.

In addition to the latest information about software aspects, there are also some revelations about hardware. The headset purportedly sports a back button and touchpad for navigation, since your mobile device will be rendered useless once connected to the Gear VR. The back button also is used as a see-through button, allowing the user to see the real world around him after long-pressing the button. Simply spouting “Hi Galaxy!” will open up the S Voice app, which can launch other applications. Read more