Here’s another good look at the HTC One (M8) Ace

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The Chinese equivalent of the FCC, TENAA, has a couple of images of the upcoming HTC One (M8) Ace. Unfortunately we don’t have much else to tell you other than it appears the device will have a 4.7-inch display. Earlier today, we reported that the phone could be announced  in early June.

It was believed The HTC One (M8) Ace would be a plastic version of the M8, but with a smaller screen and no Duo Camera, it almost appears to be something entirely different, although still very much plastic.

source: @evleaks

Nest’s Tony Fadell says there will be no ads on their thermostats

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CEO and founder of Nest, Tony Fadell, says that Nest will not be running ads on its thermostats. The news comes after the Nest Protect smoke detectors were formally recalled due to a possible flaw as well as an SEC filing that implied that Google planned to put ads on their thermostats.

Nest previously stated that they wanted to separate their future plans from those of Google, saying that they had no intention of sharing their user data with Google. Fadell tried to clarify by saying that Nest was being independently run from the rest of Google, and that ads were not the right thing for the Nest user experience. This comes after a statement from Google saying that “a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.”

Source: Recode

Any.Do takes its productivity to the web

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Any.Do, a productivity application that focuses on completing tasks, is adding a web component. Users have waited very long and the developer finally delivered. The purpose is, of course, to connect the application to a web experience on a computer. Being able to sync between devices provides a seamless experience to make sure tasks are completed.

Two modes make up the web experience. Focus Mode puts everything into one folder so users have a single location for all tasks. Planning Mode breaks tasks down by dates; therefore, you can pick and choose what has priority. As usual with Any.Do services, the web experience is free.

Source: Any.Do

Samsung preparing a VR gaming headset to be announced later this year

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Here’s your crazy rumor for the week: Samsung is preparing a virtual reality headset, and they’re planning on launching it later this year to try and beat the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus to market. Apparently, the prototype devices are far enough along in development that Samsung has already sent out some headsets to developers to use with their current flagship Samsung devices. Whether or not you think Samsung getting into the VR space is good, bad, or just plain crazy, there’s some pretty substantial evidence that it’s going to happen. It’s also a completely separate project from Samsung’s rumored Gear Blink device, at least at this point. Read more

Amazon invites customers to free 30 day trial of Fire TV

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Amazon initially sold out of their  Fire TV boxes within hours of having them available, and now that they have more in stock. They want people to buy them so much that they are actually allowing customers to try their $99 set-top box for 30 days for free of charge. According to emails being sent to some customers, once shipped, you can return the box without obligation and without being left out of pocket as long as you follow the conditions of Amazon’s returns policy.

Of course, customers without an invite can essentially do the same thing by returning the device via Amazon’s regular returns policy, but return shipping costs might be incurred.

Source: Recode

 

Paranoid Android’s Peek app now available to purchase in the Play Store

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Paranoid Android’s Peek function is one of the coolest and most popular features of the ROM. It was so popular, in fact, that the functionality was ported into an app for any device on Android 4.4 to use. The only downside was that the app had to be sideloaded instead of being installed through the Play Store, so keeping it up to date would be a major headache.

Skip ahead a couple of weeks, and Peek has jumped onto the Play Store with some refreshing improvements and extra functionality. Navigating and setting up the app looks much, much better than the sideloaded version, and there a few new features like blacklisting specific apps. The whole experience is improved from top to bottom, and it really shows. The app runs about 4 bucks, which isn’t too bad considering that it saves you the hassle of loading up a custom ROM.

If you’re interested, you can check out a gallery of screenshots from the app and the download link below. Read more

Lenovo Golden Warrior S8 leaked

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The Lenovo Golden Warrior S8 has been revealed by an online retailer, and its clearly a mid-range device based on the specs. It sports a 5.3-inch LTPS 720p (1280 x 720) display with Gorilla Glass, a 1.4 GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6592M processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front facing camera, 2,000 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and 3G support via dual-SIM. It measures 146 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm and weighs only 146 grams.

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Apple plans on fixing iMessage issues to alleviate the horrors for those that switch to Android

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iMessage is a lovely little app, as long as you are in the Apple ecosystem. Unfortunately that is how it works for all of Apple’s products. What happens when someone wants to get rid of their iPhone and buy something more useful like an Android phone? Anybody who has done that, and kept the same phone number, knows that all those messages that were sent through iMessage are stuck in Apple’s lovely cloud.

Things have gotten so crazy that Apple is already being sued over this. One woman claims that Apple’s control of these text messages violate California’s unfair competition law. not to mention the fact that it interferes with the wireless carriers in that they cannot deliver their services effectively.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for Verizon spotted

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Following on the heels of an image of the 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 headed to Verizon, Twitter tipster @evleaks has also posted an image of the 10.1-inch model. Unlike the 8-inch version, this image only shows the front of the device with the “Verizon Wireless” connection indicated on the lockscreen. As with the 8-inch version, @evleaks shared no information regarding possible release dates.

source: @evleaks (official site)