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Twitter account @LlabTooFeR leaking HTC One M9 wallpapers


Twitter account @LlabTooFeR tweeted out this morning that it plans to upload leaked wallpapers from the forthcoming HTC One M9 every day before March 1.

Today, it leaked a wallpaper featuring a peaceful mountainscape, seen above. We can’t confirm whether or not this is a legitimate wallpaper from the phone, but it’s something… Hit the source link for the tweet. Follow the account for more wallpapers in the coming days.

Source: @LlabTooFeR


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HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – concepts compared

With the next two flagship devices just around the corner from HTC and Samsung, inevitably the renders of what fans believe the next devices will look like start to surface; so let’s compare them.

The concepts represent what the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 could look like, as suggested by the various leaks we’ve heard, together with some imaginative creativity.

HTC One M9

The new device from HTC retains a similar back to what the current One M8 has, but brings a more curved smoother look to the front, together with slimmer bezels. The concept oozes premium look and feel, opting for a curved back and two-toned chassis coloring.

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Samsung Galaxy S6


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Picture the HTC One M9 against the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the premium design of the HTC definitely shines trough, as well as those thin bezels. However, the Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to have borrowed the chassis from the iPhone 6 with the design looking very similar to the Apple competitor.

The Galaxy S6, One M9, and iPhone 6, look more similar than ever in these concepts, with design influences easily seen shared across devices.

With that said, there is very little to complain about if this really is what the One M9 and Galaxy S6 end up looking like, because I really like them; however, let us know what you think of the renders in the comments below.


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First camera modules for Project Ara revealed by Toshiba

Project Ara, Google’s fancy little modular phone of the future, keeps gaining more and more momentum as time progresses. The basic principles behind the device involves making all your phones components interchangeable. Think of it like a desktop PC of sorts. Want better photos, then just buy a higher resolution camera module. Basically allowing you […]

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The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives

A hard drive

It’s been known for a while that the NSA will intercept and bug equipment to spy on its soon-to-be owners, but the intellgency agency’s techniques are apparently more clever than first thought. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the firmware of hard drives from big names like Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital. When present, the code lets snoops collect data and map networks that would otherwise be inaccessible — all they need to retrieve info is for an unwitting user to insert infected storage (such as a CD or USB drive) into an internet-connected PC. The malware also isn’t sitting in regular storage, so you can’t easily get rid of it or even detect it.

Kaspersky isn’t explicitly naming the culprits, but it also isn’t shy about pointing a finger in the US government’s direction. The company notes that the developers had access to unpatched exploits before they showed up in American cyberwarfare viruses like Stuxnet, and in some cases directly borrowed code modules. Also, most of the infections have occurred in countries that are frequently US spying targets, such as China, Iran, Pakistan and Russia. Reuters sources back this up with claims that the NSA has developed espionage techniques on this level.

The NSA isn’t commenting on the findings. However, they don’t bode well for the US’ attempts to preserve the eroding trust of other countries. If the US can plant surveillance tools in hard disks, why would you buy a hard drive (or an entire computer) from an American source to safeguard your big secrets? You probably won’t have to worry about these bugged drives at home, but they’re likely to be major concerns abroad.

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Via: Reuters

Source: Kaspersky Lab


Deal: The Hardcore Android Gamer Bundle gives you 8 paid games for only $3.99


If you’re a mobile gamer, odds are you’ve spent a good amount of money in the Google Play Store on some of the most popular games out there. But what if you could get eight paid games for the price of only $3.99? Thanks to the Android Authority Deals Store, you can!

The aptly named Hardcore Android Gamer Bundle gives you eight popular games for almost an 80% discount. The bundle includes a number of action games, RPGs, racing games, and many more. Let’s take a look at exactly what you’ll score with this bundle.

  • Pahelika: Secret Legends ($4.99 value)
  • Doom & Destiny ($2.99 value)
  • Block Legend ($1.96 value)
  • Wan Nyan Slash ($.99 value)
  • Shiny the Firefly ($1.99 value)
  • Ms. Kong ($.99 value)
  • race.a.bit ($1.99 value)
  • Bridge Constructor Playground ($1.99 value)

We’re especially partial to Doom & Destiny and Block Legend, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy those as well. It’s not too often that we see this many games being offered for almost an 80% discount, so this is quite the steal. Thanks to the Android Authority Deals Store, you can get all eight of these games for only $3.99. Head to the link below if you’re interested in taking advantage of this deal.

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Lollipop update rolling out to the Sprint LG G3

LG G3 Vs HTC One M8-47

The LG G3 was one of the first non-Nexus devices to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, though the update was largely limited to Europe and certain regions in Asia. The company told us a few weeks ago that Lollipop would make its way to the US G3 “soon,” and it looks like LG is upholding their promise. Less than a week ago, we saw the AT&T G3 get the Lollipop update, and now it’s Sprint’s turn. The update to the Sprint LG G3 is rolling out today, so be sure to check if you haven’t yet!

So, what’s new in the update? Obviously there will be a heavy dose of Material Design – a revamped settings menu, new lock screen – and much more. There will be quite a few visual enhancements after the update, but they won’t be as noticeable as a device running a “stock” version of Android, largely due to LG’s UI overlay. The G3 will now run on ART instead of Google’s older runtime, Dalvik, which will bring a good amount of performance improvements throughout the device. There are many more enhancements coming to the G3 with this update, so let’s take a look at LG’s changelog:

  • Material Design for fluid animation, multicolored themes and 3D views
  • More efficient battery use
  • Android™ TV support
  • Notifications on the lock screen and customizable options with prioritized notifications for events, reminders, messages and calls
  • Updated Lock Screen features allow users to quickly access notifications and active apps
  • Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities for added Accessibility
  • Integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities
  • Enhanced Messaging with Google Hangouts™ support for SMS and MMS and a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons
  • Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ apps automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files

If you’re a Sprint user and haven’t gotten the update to your G3 yet, head to the Settings menu, then choose System Updates>Update LG Software>Check Now. Have you gotten the update on your G3? How are you liking it?


Dish Network’s Sling TV strikes deal with EPIX to compete with Netflix


Sling TV, Dish Network’s self-proclaimed “cable-killer,” has struck a deal with EPIX cable movie network to bring more than 2,000 on-demand titles to customers.

The news comes after last week, the company also signed a deal with AMC channels to its core-package ($20) which already has ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, TBS, HGTV, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network, ABC Family, TNT, Food Network and the Disney Channel.

The EPIX content will be available through a paid add-on package — the cost of the package is not yet public.

Netflix is clearly more embedded in our homes than the EPIX service, but this certainly makes Sling TV a whole lot more enticing for those looking to drop their cable subscriptions.

Source: NY Daily News

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Android Lollipop coming to Lenovo phones next quarter

Technology giant Lenovo has decided to upgrade a bunch of their smartphones to the latest Android 5.0. They have announced that they will release the Lollipop update in the second quarter of 2015 and it will be available on 7 devices which are mentioned below.

  • Lenovo A5000
  • Lenovo A6000
  • Lenovo P70-A
  • Lenovo S90-A
  • VIBE X2 (Lenovo X2)
  • Lenovo VIBE Z2
  • VIBE Z2 Pro (Lenovo K920)

Lenovo made it clear that the updates will be available to devices which are not brought through a mobile network, meaning a smartphone with a contract. If you are using a branded Lenovo phone mentioned above, you may ask your service provider about when the device you are using will receive the Android 5.0 update.

Lenovo is making sure that their flagship smartphones get the latest goodies. Are you using any of the Lenovo smartphone mentioned above? If yes then let us know how you feel about having a Lenovo smartphone and about this news, and if no, do let us know if Lenovo has a chance against the big guns like Samsung and HTC.

Source: Lenovo

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Lenovo’s awesome WRITEit is now live for ThinkPad stylus users

Back at CES we got an early look at WRITEit, Lenovo’s forthcoming utility that lets you use a stylus in any text field in Windows. Currently, stylus support for Windows is limited to Modern apps on tablets, which is fine for most uses, but it becomes less useful in traditional x86 applications due to the extra steps needed.

WRITEit solves this by detecting the stylus in text fields, including web browsers. It lets stylus users truly convert to that pen input method full-time with no compromises.


Microsoft wants you to ‘Do Great Things’ in latest commercial

Microsoft released a new commercial today, titled “Do Great Things,” focused on the more personal future it envisions for Windows. The narrator starts off speaking to what Microsoft has done with Windows in the past, before moving on to an inspiring message about where the company is going with Windows 10, and even showing off some HoloLens in the process.

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