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NVIDIA SHIELD gets new features, Android KitKat and a lower price

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NVIDIA has announced some great new things for existing and future owners of their Android-based handheld gaming console, SHIELD. This includes stuff like remote streaming, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support, wider PC game support, improved gamepad mapping, Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and a limited time lower price.

One of the cool features of the NVIDIA SHIELD was the ability to stream PC games from your desktop PC running select NVIDIA GPU to the console over a local network. With the new remote streaming feature, you will now be able to stream PC games to the SHIELD from anywhere in the world. The feature, arriving in beta, will let you wake up your PC from sleep remotely and also log into it if it’s locked. Read more »

Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion

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Facebook has announced plans to acquire Oculus VR, the company behind the much hyped and highly anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Facebook will be spending approximately $2 billion to complete the deal, out of which $400 million would be in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook valued at around $1.6 billion currently.

The Facebook-Oculus deal comes out of nowhere and is at odds at what the two companies do. Yet, CEO of Facebook mark Zuckerberg assured on his Facebook post that the two companies share the same vision and that this acquisition will change the way we communicate and interact with each other. Read more »

Android 2014 all-star showdown: HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

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Today marked the unveiling of another of this year’s anticipated smartphone flagship announcements, the HTC One (M8). At today’s launch, HTC hailed the device as their best smartphone ever, and it’s truly a beauty to behold with its full metal chassis and slick design. But does it have what it takes to hold its own against the other upcoming flagship-grade competition?

The new HTC M8 sports a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset running at 2.3 GHz, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. This is very similar to what powers the Xperia Z2, except the Sony device has an additional 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy S5 also runs on a Snapdragon 801 chip, but is clocked higher than both devices at 2.5 GHz. Read more »

A year wiser: HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)

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Last year, the original HTC One (M7) caused a stir in the Android community with its stunning looks, Ultra Pixel camera, front-facing speakers and high pixel density display. Making a successor that carries the torch from such an impressive device is hard, but HTC has no other option but to try. Let’s see if the HTC One (M8) has what it takes to make the Android community go “wow” one more time.

While on the outside the devices look similar, we’ll need to take a closer look at what’s under the hood to see whether the new HTC One is worth it. Read more »

HTC One (M8) battery life test

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The HTC One (M8) features a slightly bigger battery than its predecessor (2,600mAh vs. 2,300mAh) and an Extreme Power Saving Mode. That’s only for when you really need to stretch the last few percent though, otherwise it would be a shame to limit the speedy Snapdragon 801 chipset.

Note that for this test we didn’t use the power saving mode – we’re aiming to replicate regular daily usage and these modes limit the phone’s features and performance. Read more »

First official HTC One (M8) promo video hits on YouTube

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While HTC’s latest flagship, the HTC One (M8), is busy getting its dual unveiling event in New York and London, HTC has released the first official video of the device on YouTube.

The video highlights the all metal design and sophisticated camera design. Take a look. Read more »

Take a look at the HTC One (M8) accessories

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The new HTC One (M8) flagship has just gone official – if you’ve already taken a look at our quick hands-on impressions of the device here, join us as we go more in-depth regarding the new accessories that come with the device.

These include three cool cases, a car kit, keychain locator, BoomBass speaker, external battery bar, and an HTC Mini+ remote that lets you take calls and trigger the phone’s camera. Read more »

HTC One (M8) unboxing and hands-on video

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HTC One (M8) is now official with 5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset, dual UltraPixel rear cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat plus HTC Sense 6.0. The device is already on sale across several markets with many more expected to get it in the following days.

We managed to grab an HTC One (M8) unit and took it for a quick spin. As tradition dictates unboxing and UI demo are your first treat of the day. Read more »

NSA bulk data collection may come to an end

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President Obama is proposing a bill that will end the NSA’s current cell phone monitoring methods: namely bulk data collection.

This means that the NSA will no longer be able to have access to all people’s cell phone and call records at all times. The new bill propose a whole new slew of regulations. Read more »

Watch the Samsung Galaxy S5 go under a meter of water

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an IP67 certification, which officially means “dust tight” and surviving up to 30 minutes at 1m underwater. That seems a little abstract, it’s much better to see the device actually make the dive.

Here’s a video of the Galaxy S5 being submerged to a meter underwater and even starts ringing with an incoming call. Read more »

HTC publishes Sense launcher on the Play Store

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HTC is following in the footsteps of Google and released its custom Android launched for free download from the Play Store. Along with the BlinkFeed launcher, the company also put out SenseTV (its remote control app) and HTC Service Pack.

BlinkFeed was first to put a magazine-like UI on the homescreen, something that Samsung has added to its latest TouchWiz incarnations. Read more »

Oakley and Ray-Ban maker inks Google Glass deal

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Luxottica, the name behind high-profile sunglasses brands like Oakley, Ray-Ban and Vogue-Eyewear, has teamed up with Google to provide future fashion-centric models of the Glass wearable.

The deal will undoubtedly go a long way to pushing the high-tech device into the mainstream, as Luxottica also controls numerous avenues of distribution with over 5000 retail outlets in the US. Read more »

Futuremark relists Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3 after company fixes benchmark boosting issue

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After Samsung’s recent benchmark boosting situation came to light, a lot was talked about how it made the process of benchmarking devices and comparing scores with other handsets irrelevant. But out of all the benchmark software developers out there, Futuremark, developers of 3DMark, were the only ones who delisted the offending Samsung devices from their benchmark scores to keep things fair.

However, in the latest Android 4.4.2 update issued to the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3, Samsung removed the code that allowed the benchmarking apps to run faster than any other normal app on the device. Following this decision, Futuremark has decided to relist the Samsung devices that are running the latest update. Read more »

Mozilla gets new CEO, wants to focus on mobile

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Mozilla’s getting a new CEO: Brendan Eich.

He’s replacing Gary Kovacs, who announced that he would be stepping down about a year ago. Hit the jump to find out what Eich’s vision for Mozilla is, now that he’s calling the shots. Read more »

Google Now available for your computer starting today

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If you have an Android phone, you’ve been able to use Google Now for quite some time.

Well now anyone with chrome installed on their computer can enjoy Google Now, as big G just rolled it out for Chrome. Read more »