Google is “pretty sure” that your data is safe

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According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Google is “pretty sure” that your data is safe. Schmidt said this today at a panel discussion at South by Southwest Initiative.

Google upgraded the encryption process that they use to keep users information secure, and Google was apparently in the process of upgrading their system and encryption when the Edward Snowden revelations were first released. When that news broke, Google says that they expedited the process of upgrading.

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HTC Desire 816 and 610 up for pre-order in Europe

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The HTC Desire 816 and Desire 610 have both gone up for pre-order in Germany, and in the process the pricing of the devices has also been revealed. This should give us a pretty accurate representation of how much the device will cost in most of Europe. We already knew how much the HTC Desire 816 would cost in China, but that doesn’t really tell us too much about the rest of the world.

Smartphones are normally more expensive in Europe than in China, but the difference here is quite a lot. The Desire 816 is estimated to cost around €213 in China, but in Germany it will set you back around €379. Amazon Germany lower that price a little after the pre-order period is over. The HTC Desire 610 will cost you €299, and we don’t have shipping dates for either devices just yet.

Source: UnWiredView

Teaser video for next Angry Birds game posted, game will include suits of armor

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The game company behind the Angry Birds franchise, Rovio, has posted a teaser video for the upcoming game in the series. While it doesn’t say too much about the game, it does confirm that those birds are definitely still angry.

The teaser also features a few shots of medieval suits of armor, after which one angry bird is launched through the helmet. One thing the video does confirm is that the game will launch in Australia and Canada, and then go on to the rest of the world. Hit the break to see the video for yourself!

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Amazon set to take out HTC and LG with new phone

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According to Chitika statistics, while Samsung devices generate the most mobile traffic in the US at 55%, Amazon generates the second most. This isn’t really that surprising, but it does mean that Kindle tablets outdo Motorola, HTC and LG devices when it comes to web traffic. Because of that, it is only a matter of time before we see an Amazon mobile device.

Amazon’s plan was to take over a large enough portion of the mobile content market to be able to release a smartphone of their own. Well that plan is well on track.

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Pebble 2.0 for Android now available

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The Pebble app store has been available in beta since last month, however today Pebble released version 2.0 of its app that brings a handful of new features.

Upon installing the new firmware, Pebble watch users will recognize that the user interface has been completely re-designed and given a new touch. Users can now easily browse the store and download apps and watchfaces, keep track of their favorite application with Watchapp locker and a list of prior notifications will be stored on your Pebble.

Pebble 2.0 finally improves the Pebble experience and relieves users of having to manually find and install watch apps. To get the latest version of Pebble, head to the Play Store now and download it.

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New patent application suggests Samsung might be working on a new device unlocking feature

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According to a new recent patent application with USPTO, Samsung might be working on a new feature related to device unlocking. The patent application suggests that the company is working on a feature, similar to LG’s Knock Code, that will allow users to unlock their device just by touching on the display and dragging around to draw a figure with at least one intersection.

The description says that this feature will work even when your device’s display is off which means that users will no longer need to push the power key in order to turn on the display to use the feature. The shape, size or position of the drawing is not important given that there is at least one intersection point. In addition, users can assign a function two two, three or more intersection points. For example, you can assign WhatsApp to two intersection points so that when you draw a figure and there’s two intersection points, the application will be launched.

Source: USPTO
Via: PhoneArena

AllCast adds support for DLNA server casting

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Apps designed to help users stream content to their Chromecast devices continue to update on a fast pace and AllCast has been no exception. The latest update adds support for DLNA servers. Unlike some other apps that force content to be streamed via an Android devices, Koushik Dutta’s latest update enables content on a DLNA server to be delivered straight to the Chromecast device. Read more

Free, no-ad Milk Music service released for select U.S. Samsung devices

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Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well. Read more

MTV Artists arrives in the Play Store, connects users and artists with an abundance of content

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To go against the many music-centric applications available, MTV has finally entered the arena. With MTV Artists, users can truly immerse themselves with their favorite artists in different ways. MTV has a massive catalog of performance photos, music videos (yes, they still have those), and songs to be explored. A comprehensive list of tour dates is available for artists and buying tickets can even be done from within MTV Artists, too.

Like Google Sound Search or Shazam, users can use Sound ID with their smartphones to listen to a song and identify it. With MTV Artists, you can also do a lyrical search. A standout feature from this app is Top 10 Songs in 90 Seconds. As the name suggests, it will give you a sampling of the best songs around in less than two minutes.

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Plenty of accessories for The All New HTC One has leaked online

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You can now purchase a plethora of accessories for The All New HTC One before the device is even announced. Alibaba is offering cases and other items for HTC’s upcoming flagship on its site and, as expected, the pricing is very good. The reason being customers have to buy in bulk. For example, a flip leather case is available for $0.75, but the required minimum quantity ordered is one hundred units. Not too bad considering selling the extras yourself will actually net a profit. And as expected, the cases feature the dual camera setup on the back of the device.

Hit the source link to check out the long list of accessories.

Source: Alibaba
Via: HTC Source