HTC M8 mini to join the M8 in HTC’s 2014 lineup

We’re going to take a short break from our regularly scheduled HTC M8 coverage to talk about a new device that may be just as exciting: The HTC M8 mini. At this moment, no specifics are available concerning the handset’s size, specs or release date, but world-class leakster @evleaks has shared the following information:

This could simply be the first reference of HTC’s 2014 HTC One mini, but we’re hoping HTC has much bigger plans for the HTC M8 mini. That’s because Sony has shown that having a powerful yet small phone is possible in the Xperia Z1 Compact, which features a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD card slot, and a 20.7-megapixel camera. For those of you that keep a close eye on Sony’s smartphones, those are the same specs used in Sony’s flagship Xperia Z1. The only differences between the Z1 and Z1 Compact are screen size and battery capacity.

The same can’t be said when comparing the features of the HTC One and HTC One mini. The One mini shared the same UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers with the One, but its internal specs were enough of a step down that the handset was classified as mid-range instead of mini-flagship.

We’ll have to wait for a few more rumors and leaks to see which approach HTC will be taking with the M8 mini, but we can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want HTC to follow in Sony’s footsteps with the smaller version of its M8.

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SIM-free Moto X drops to £300 in the UK


Over in the United Kingdom, Clove Technology is offering a SIM-free Moto X for £300. After initially being priced at £380, the company has already slashed it by £80. This is specifically for the 16GB version as the UK does not have the 32GB version. The pricing around Europe has typically been around €430, but a few retailers have gone lower.

Source: Clove Technology

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Sony adds live video streams with latest PlayStation companion app


Sony released an update to their PlayStation App, a companion to their PlayStation gaming consoles. With the update, Sony added a new feature called “Live from PlayStation” which gives users the ability to stream live content to their mobile devices. Instead of building in live video streaming directly into the app, Sony opted instead to use providers like and Ustream. When a user selects a stream to view, the appropriate app will be launched.

Sony also added support for video notifications and playback from the PS Store. These notifications will appear in the What’s New section of the app. Sony also addressed an issue where the app was connecting to PS4 devices that were in standby mode, causing them to wake up needlessly and they indicate some stability improvements have been included.

Use one of the download links below to access the PlayStation App on Google Play if you need the update or want to give it a try.

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Tim Tebow finally makes it to a Super Bowl courtesy of T-Mobile

TMobileTebowCommercial For those of you who don’t pay attention to the NFL, Tim Tebow has had a pretty up and down career so far. Currently, he’s a free agent with no contract with any NFL team, and his chances of seeing a Super Bowl are slim to none. However, thanks to T-Mobile, Tebow will see a Super Bowl sooner than any of us dared to dream. Pushing its no contract carrier approach to mobile phones, T-Mobile goes tongue-in-cheek, by showing us what Tim Tebow has been doing without a contract. From delivering a baby to playing football on the Moon, the former quarterback has been quite busy.

We have the commercials for you after the break. The first two are shortened snippets of the full commercial, so you can skip to the third video if you want. Otherwise, if you’re not wanting to spoil the reason we all watch the Super Bowl to begin with, you can wait until the big game airs this Sunday.

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Flappy Bird, the game sweeping iOS users across the world, is in the Play Store

While it has been the game of choice for iOS users for a few weeks, Flappy Bird has been under the radar since launching in the Play Store last week. Now, however, the game is gaining steam. It has now racked up more than 1 million downloads and a 4.1 rating based 64,000+ user reviews.

The premise of the game is very simple. Tap the screen to keep your bird flapping as you move in-between pipes that are identical to those of the Super Mario franchise. If you enjoy extremely frustrating mobile games, Flappy Bird is for you.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4, S 4 mini ‘Black Edition’ models swap plastic rears for leather

Less than 24 hours after Samsung’s Polish division introduced us to the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, we’re (virtually) hopping over to Russia to meet two new Galaxy S products.

Samsung Russia today announced “Black Edition” Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy S 4 mini models. As their name implies, these two devices feature all-black shells, and they’ve also traded in the glossy plastic back covers of their regular counterparts for faux leather back covers that are just like the ones used on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy TabPRO/NotePRO hardware.

Outside of their leathery, murdered-out look, the Black Edition Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy S 4 mini are just like the original models that launched last year. The Black Edition Galaxy S 4 is based on the GT-I9505 model, meaning that it’s got a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor buried underneath its leather backside. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S 4 mini features a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset.

Samsung has caught some flak in the past for the glossy plastic used on several of its Galaxy products, which many feel can diminish the high-end, flagship status of devices like the Galaxy S 4. While it’s unlikely that everyone will love the faux leather used on these Black Edition devices, I’m sure that most would agree that it’s an improvement over the plastic shells used by Samsung in the past. Here’s to hoping that the leather-ification of the Note 3, NotePRO, S 4 and S 4 mini is an indicator of a change in Samsung toward more premium-feeling materials.

The Black Edition Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy S 4 mini are expected to launch in Russia next month at prices of around $660 and $460, respectively. There’s no word on when or if they’ll be made available in any other regions of the world, but hey, we can certainly hope that they will. Their leather backsides would help to keep them nice and warm in the polar vortex that most of the U.S. is experiencing right now. Just sayin’, Samsung.

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Addictive screen masher Flappy Bird comes to Android


Chances are you may have heard of the craze that is Flappy Bird. It has rocketed up the iOS charts, creating a Vine meme of users reacting to their crashing avian avatar in the process. Sure, the name definitely tries to cop some of Angry Birds’ street cred, but it seems just a few taps of the screen has been enough to get users hooked.

The concept of Flappy Bird is simple: tap the display to keep a bird afloat while navigating an 8-bit realm in the style of Super Mario. In fact, gameplay is a lot like old school Mario levels in the air or underwater where mashing a button was the only thing that would keep the Italian plumber afloat.

Apparently the Android version has been made a little less difficult than its iOS counterpart, so perhaps it won’t cause as many social media freak outs, but it will no doubt lure in more than a few, spawning an addiction that might see them tapping their screens in their sleep. That’s fair warning. Flappy Bird is available now as a totally free download from Google Play.

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Lenovo to honor Motorola’s current device timeline for 2014 and 2015


Just like any manufacturer, Motorola already has devices in the works for the next couple of years. With the Lenovo purchase, many of you are probably wondering if things will change? The early word is no, and we know that at least for now, the lineup will remain intact through 2015. The only thing that could change is that one of Lenovo’s China plants could be added for production.

For 2015, Motorola plans on launching a 6-inch phablet (could be called the Xplay) and a smartwatch.

What about this year? Unfortunately the leaker didn’t offer any details as to what they will be releasing, but obviously Lenovo isn’t going to change the plan because it would be way too costly. Will there be a revamped Moto X and Moto G? Hopefully, but we don’t know for sure.

This is good news, but I am a little disappointed that Motorola won’t have a smartwatch ready for this year.

source: Weibo

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Software Updates Round-up


As the month draws to a close, each of the major carriers have done their bit to refresh their update schedule.

Telstra’s Galaxy Note II Jellybean 4.3 update is currently being released over the air as of the 27th of January, while the Xperia Z1 and Z have both been approved for their 4.3 update (23/01), and should be awaiting deployment some time in February.

Also on Telstra, though not progressing at the same rate as the aforementioned handsets, the good ol’ Galaxy Nexus is currently undergoing testing in preparation for the roll-out of what will be its last official taste of Android — 4.3, and the Galaxy S4 with CAT4 4G has yet to receive anything from Samsung pertaining ...

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Best Buy once again offering $50 gift card with upgrades and number ports


Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.

Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?

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AutomateIt Pro v4.0.88 Apk

Apk Size : 6.7M! Android : 2.2 and up! Overview AutomateIt Pro – is an Android productivity app build for simplify your

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[Leaked] BBM for Android Gingerbread

[Leaked] BBM for Android Gingerbread – We already know the upcoming release of BlackBerry certified version of BBM for Android Gingerbread users, but now users can experience earlier with a leaked APK file. It can be considered as a new year gift for our Horse Armor. This beta is not limited to BBID so anyone ...

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