New HTC Desire smartphones headed to U.K. market in 2015

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At the beginning of December, HTC announced two new mid-range smartphones, the HTC Desire 620 and the HTC Desire 620G. Although the phones are very similar, there are a few hardware specs that differ, notably the processors used in each and the lack of 4G LTE support for the Desire 620G. When the devices were unveiled, HTC did not share any information regarding market availability outside of Taiwan. New information from HTC indicates the device will be sold in the U.K. starting in early 2015. Along with the U.K., HTC is also making the devices available in India later this month and other Asian markets may see the device this month as well.

How to use your Harmony or other universal IR remote to control your Android TV device

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Android TV brings a number of things that the Chromecast lacked like an on screen interface, gaming, and a remote control. As to the remote control, Google continued the industry trend and made it Bluetooth instead of infrared (IR). The one problem with that is if you use one universal remote, such as a Logitech Harmony, for all your home theater devices, you will now have to leave one additional remote control on your coffee table. A total bummer, but good news!! You can actually use your Harmony or other universal remote to control your Android TV device, and it will only cost you a little over $10.00. Hit the break to find out how.

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New Chrome Experiment turns Wikipedia into WikiGalaxy

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Although we have not yet broken away from viewing the web using a flat 2D screen, whether it be a computer monitor or a mobile device’s screen, there is work going on by researchers and others to imagine what the electronic landscape of the Internet would be like if it were viewed in 3D space. This has led to some interesting experiments that present web sites as nodes represented in 3D space based on their relationships with other sites. French engineering student Owen Cornec recently decided to pursue a similar endeavour for Wikipedia. His work resulted in WikiGalaxy, a Chrome Experiment that displays Wikipedia articles as a 3D star map. Read more

Samsung is developing a Snapdragon 810 variant of the Note 4

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According to an anonymous tipster, Samsung is preparing to launch yet another market dependant variant of the Galaxy Note 4. At present, the South Korean company’s flagship phablet is available with one of two different processors on board, the first is its own Exynos 7 Octa chip and the other is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, but if this speculation turns out to be true, we could be seeing a Snapdragon 810 model of the Galaxy Note 4 on the market as soon as January, 2015.

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Republic Wireless getting the Moto X on December 10, takes $50 off

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The Moto X is about to launch on another carrier’s network. On December 10, Republic Wireless will be adding the Motorola flagship to its lineup. And the carrier is celebrating the launch by taking $50 off the price when purchasing directly through the online store or Moto Maker. So, through this promotion, the Moto X will cost $349 without a two-year contract from Republic Wireless. The only variant available through the carrier’s online store is 16GB in black with silver.

When the Moto X is available from Republic Wireless, it will be found on this page.

Source: Republic Wireless

Vivo X5 Max may have a Mini version with a thicker frame

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Vivo plans on launching the world’s thinnest smartphone, the Vivo X5 Max, on December 10th. The phone looks like a fantastic mid-range device, especially if you like paper-thin phones. Thanks to a TENAA filing, it looks like Vivo plans on launching a Mini version of the X5 Max, too.

The smaller phone will likely be referred to as the Vivo X5F, and it sports a smaller screen with most of the same specs as the Max. There’s a 5-inch display on board (as opposed to the 5.5-inch of the Max) and the same CPU found in the bigger version. Unfortunately, if the TENAA filing is accurate, the smaller version won’t be quite as thin as the X5 Max. Read more