Facebook announces acquisition of Oculus VR

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In a move that surprised many, Facebook has announced that they will buy Oculus VR, the virtual reality company best know for creating the Oculus Rift. This acquisition poses the question: will social networking one day be an immersive, 3D experience?

The deal was even more surprising because of the fact that Oculus is a fairly small startup that hasn’t even released a product to the public yet. They are also somewhat of a niche company aimed mostly at hard-core gamers.

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Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

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The HTC One (M8) was finally announced today, and once the initial fanfare was over, carriers and retailers began announcing their pricing and availability for the device.

Verizon will be offering a ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deal on the phone, only for customers who sign a new, 2 year contract. The first phone will cost $199.99.

This is a great deal, especially considering the phone was just released today. More sales like this should come from other carriers, but be sure to jump in on it because it isn’t known how long this will last.

Source: Verizon

New HTC One commercials released, feature Gary Oldman

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In HTC’s first commercials for the new One (M8), Gary Oldman essentially tells the world to listen to the “TalkAndroids of the world” (the Internet) and pushes customers to form their own opinions on what phone to get, rather than listen to the marketing “blabber” usually pushed out regarding new devices.

To view the newest commercials, hit the break below.

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Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

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After months of leak after leak after leak, HTC finally took the wraps off of their latest flagship, the HTC One (M8), today in New York City and London. There wasn’t much left to shock us, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this is an amazing phone. Will it be the phone of the year? I will wait until I spend more time with it until I make that decision, but it certainly is off to a good start.

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College student discount for Spotify offered in U.S.

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Spotify has announced a new discount program for students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities to cut the cost for their premium service in half to only $4.99 per month. Existing student subscribers as well as new customers can take advantage of the deal. Students who want to sign up for the program have to submit a copy of a student ID card, a transcript, a tuition receipt or some other type of documentation that proves they are a student at an accredited institution in the U.S. Upon signing up, students are committing to a one year subscription term that can be renewed for two additional cycles for a total of three years. According to Spotify, the offer is for a limited time and while supplies last.

If you are a student and want to jump on this offer from Spotify, hit the source link.

source: Spotify
via: The Verge

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

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Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy S 5 worldwide starting from April 11, but it seems that the company is working on another variant of the device as well. According to a new leaked information, Samsung is most likely working on a ‘Zoom’ variant of the S5, just like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom which was released last year with a better camera and bulkier body. The leaked information comes in the form of a handwritten notes from a Samsung Poland’s presentation.

However, compared to the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom will have a slimmer and thinner body due to a lens better inserted in its case. The device will come with a 20MP camera, 4.8 inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. In addition, it will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and updated version of Samsung TouchWiz.

Source: Galaktyczny
Via: VR-Zone

 

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

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During the HTC One (M8) launch event today, HTC announced the next version of their UI overlay to Sense 6, which they are calling Sixth Sense. The new HTC One (M8) will come with Sixth Sense straight out of the box. To help support current owners of HTC One devices, including last year’s model along with the HTC One Mini and the HTC One Max, the company will be rolling out Sixth Sense to owners of those devices some time this spring.

HTC also announced during the event their HTC Advantage program, which is their commitment to ensuring their devices receive updates in a timely fashion. This commitment is to roll out major updates to Sense or Android within weeks after they are made official for up to two years after they put a new device on market.

Meizu teases its upcoming device, the Blue Charm Note featuring an octa-core processor

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a budget smartphone with an octa-core processor and 5.5-inch 720p display, which is set to be launched in the Chinese market tomorrow, March 26, with a price tag of $130. Hearing this news, its competitor, Meizu, has posted the above teaser image of its upcoming handset called the Blue Charm Note which sports an octacore processor as well.

The teaser image reveals the specs of the device as well. It will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p display (compared to Redmi Note’s 720p display), octacore MT6592 processor, 8 mega-pixel camera and Flyme 3.0. While the device has a lower camera sensor compared to Redmi Note’s 13 MP camera, the company says that its own camera will take better photos because of the optimizations they made. As for the price, it has been blurred but according to past rumors, the price will lie in 1000 Yuan ($161) range.

Source: Gizchina

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

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Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.

If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.

Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.