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Sony Xperia Keyboard now available in Play Store

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HTC One M8 now available in-stores: 10 things you need to know

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Although the HTC One M8 has been available through select carriers since day one, today the M8 arrived to several other networks across the globe, including T-Mobile.

We’ve talked about the HTC One in-depth over the last couple of weeks, but now that it’s here, let’s take a look at 10 things you might want to know about the HTC One (M8) before deciding if its the right device for you!

1. HTC One (M8) review

Before you run out and buy the HTC One (M8), be sure to check out our full review. This will give you a better idea of whether the HTC One is the perfect fit.

2. What’s new in software?

The HTC One (M8) is the first handset to feature the all new Sense 6.0. Sense might not be a major jump over Sense 5 and 5.5, but it does add UI improvements, a refined BlinkFeed experience and much more. Another big change with Sense 6.0 is the new Motion features, which allow you to answer calls, unlock your handset and open the camera using simple gestures.

HTC’s latest version of Sense also now includes a new Extreme Power Saving mode, designed to maximize your handset’s battery life in emergency situations when your battery is close to dying.

3. A premium device, not a plastic one

HTC has made it pretty clear that one of its stand-out features is that it offers a premium design, not a plastic one. It has also openly insulted Samsung for sticking to their plastic design approach.

4. HTC’s top features

In addition to an improved premium design and Sense 6.0, there are several other aspects where the HTC One (M8) including the camera, audio and improved battery life.

Speaking of the former, the HTC One (M8) continues HTC’s semi-controversial approach of using “UltraPixels” and focusing less on megapixel count and more on taking better low-light pictures and more. The HTC One’s back camera might only be 4MP, but it actually produces pretty solid pictures and now includes a dual-camera as well.

For a better look at the HTC’s top features, you’ll want to check out the below video, or head here for the written component.

5. The competition

The HTC One M8 is a solid handset, but maybe it’s not for you. Some of the other competition worth checking out includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and the Oppo Find 7.

6. Worth upgrading?

The HTC One (M8) is a very noticeable improvement over the original, but is it enough of an upgrade to merit trading in the previous-gen HTC One (M7)? Check out our hands-on quick comparison to get a better idea.

7. Where do I get it from in the US?

You can find the HTC One M8 through all the major carriers, both in-store and online.

AT&T – 9 on contract
Sprint – 9 on contract
T-Mobile – with monthly installments
Verizon – 9 on contract

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8. Accessories

Probably the coolest accessory for the One (M8) is the new smart cover, called the Dot View case. The Dot View case not only keeps your phone protected — double tapping on the screen with the cover on will show the time, weather and notifications.

9. The color options

The HTC One (M8) will be offered in three colors initially: brushed Gunmetal gray, Glacial Silver or Amber Gold. Some of these colors will only be available through specific carriers.

10. There’s a Google Play Edition for stock Android fans

Finally, it’s worth noting that stock Android fans don’t have to settle for Sense 6.0 with the HTC One (M8). Officially, Google offers a Play Edition handset that comes with stock Android, and there’s also an unofficial way to convert existing models — though it’s obviously not directly supported by HTC.









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Sony Lifelog app hits Google Play, Smartband wearable available for $140

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We first learned about Sony’s Lifelog app back at CES earlier this year, when it debuted alongside the Sony SmartBand wearable fitness tracker. A month later, Sony revealed that it would be pushing out both the wearable and the Lifelog app sometime in March to over 60 countries.

While Sony didn’t meet its original March goal, we’re happy to report that both Sony’s wearable and the accompanying app have arrived! At the moment, NewEgg appears to be the only U.S. retailer that carries the SmartBand, priced at 0. Turning to the software side, the Lifelog app can be downloaded right now from Google Play, though at the moment it only supports the Sony Xperia Z2. The good news is that Sony plans to extend support to all Xperia devices running Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the near future.

So what exactly does the Lifelog app and the Smartband do? The Lifelog app (in conjunction with the Smartband) is designed to keep track of your movement and physical activity while also tracking other things “important to your life” such as the books you read, the music and movies you listen and watch, and even the games you play. The Smartband also has sleep tracking, the ability to inform you of incoming calls and much more.

For even more details on the Lifelog app and Smartband, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage from CES:

Any Sony Xperia owners planning on picking up the Smartband? Conversely, do you feel that Sony’s fitness wearable lacks when compared to the competition?









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Adobe Lightroom launches on iPad, available through Creative Cloud

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Adobe has today launched a mobile version of its Lightroom photo-editing suite on iPad. The Adobe Lightroom Mobile app, which works in tandem with iPad, is included as part of the company’s Creative Cloud subscription suite, prices for which start at .99 per month. Like its desktop counterpart, the app is designed to enable professional-quality photo editing on-the-go, with realtime sync for your Lightroom collections through Creative Cloud.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 manual now available online [PDF embed]

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 manual is now available online for everyone to peruse. The user manual for Samsung’s latest Galaxy contains instructions and explanations on everything from setting up the device for the first time, to using the fingerprint sensor, to gauging your pulse after a workout with the built-in sensor on the back.

Perhaps the most useful part of the Galaxy S5 user guide is the walkthrough section covering Samsung’s unique software features, such as S Health, Multi Window, and S Voice. While Samsung does a pretty good job at explaining the features on the phone the first time you open an app, the detailed explanation could save you a lot of headaches, especially if you are new to the Korean company’s devices.

Spotted by the folks at GalaxyClub, the 249-page Galaxy S5 manual below is available on Samsung’s download center in several languages including English, French, and Dutch. For your convenience, we’ve embedded the English version below.

Samsung Galaxy s5 Manual (SM-G900F)

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has already gone on sale in its native South Korea, but most countries will only get it on April 11. Until then, get yourself acquainted with it from this manual, as well as from our extensive coverage of the device.


    








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Samsung Galaxy S5 official firmware and pulled S Voice app now available

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is scheduled to land in over 150 countries across the globe in early-to-mid April, and that includes all four major U.S. carriers in addition to US Cellular. Whenever a device gets this close to its market arrival, it’s only a matter of time before the first official firmware builds reach the net, and for the GS5 that day is today.

Firmware from the Chinese SM-G9009D is available to download as we speak over at SamMobile’s website, with a build date listed as March 12. Once one build arrives, you can pretty much expect builds from other countries to surface in relatively short order. It’s also only a matter of time before folks start cracking open the firmware to extract images, wallpapers, sounds and Samsung’s latest updated apps.

Speaking to the latter point, SamMobile has actually already made the latest version of S Voice available for those interested.

If you’re the kind that likes digging deep into firmware builds, you’ll certainly want to give this one a download. As for those that are simply looking for wallpapers and other files/apps from the GS5? Be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority, as we’ll be sure to keep you updated if/when more apps and GS5-related goodies leak to the web.

What do you think, are you excited for the Samsung Galaxy S5′s arrival, or are you perfectly content with simply getting your hands on the GS5’s apps and other software features so you can install them on your existing Samsung device?


    








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New Trailer – Monster Legacy Now Available In The App Store

Dundee, United Kingdom – Outplay Entertainment, a leading social and mobile game company, announced today that Monster Legacy, a new monster collecting and battling game, is now available on the App Store. In Monster Legacy, players explore secret dungeons, solve challenging puzzles, and capture hundreds of unique monsters to use for battle with friends and foes in this detailed and epic adventure.

“We’re very pleased to offer a mobile game that is uniquely fun, with long-term playability,” said Richard Hare, co-founder of Outplay Entertainment. “What makes Monster Legacy standout from other games in the genre is the quality of the art style and focus on gameplay longevity, uncommon for most mobile games.

Outplay continues to deliver top-notch mobile game experiences on a non-intrusive, free-to-play business model and Monster Legacy is a fantastic example of the type of high-quality fun experience gamers can expect.”

In Monster Legacy, players undertake a journey filled with captivating quests as they tackle tricky puzzles and explore cavernous dungeons throughout the massive world of Arborea. Players train a wide variety of Monsters to take into battle and use to free the land from the dark influence of the Evil Lord Ardur. Trained and captured Monsters can evolve into new forms and unlock powerful attacks. Gamers collect and learn in-game currency as they play, complete quests, and customize their character and Monster’s habitat. A free-to-play adventure offering several hours of gameplay, Monster Legacy has unparalleled depth with more than 20 levels and 70 quests.

Additional In-Game Features:
* Monsters Galore: Capture more than 100 unique Monsters to use in combat against friends and foes in the vibrant world of Arborea
* Heroic Battles: Evolve Monster’s skills to defeat opponents and battle to victory across more than 20 levels and 70 quests at launch
* Customization: Players can create and build ranches for Monster safekeeping and customization fun

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 91.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Developed and published by Outplay Entertainment, Monster Legacy 2.5.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Outplay Entertainment are a venture-backed developer and publisher with a mission to deliver fun, free and innovative games across a wide range of social and mobile platforms, for players to enjoy with friends and others around the world. The immersive, vibrant and unique experiences Outplay create across iOS, Android and Facebook are enjoyed by millions every day. Copyright (C) 2014 Outplay Entertainment Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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BlackBerry still actively working on PlayBook OS updates, Bridge update now available

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If you’ve been wondering whether or not BlackBerry was still actively working on PlayBook OS updates, it seems there’s enough information out there to say they are indeed. Although there’s no sign of when or even if it will be rolled out, they’ve now got OS version 2.1.0.1895 certified and right at this very moment, there’s a BlackBerry Bridge update rolling out through BlackBerry World with a few changes in it. Thanks, Thurask!

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SIM-free Xperia Z2 no longer available for pre-order from Sony, what’s going on?

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Earlier this month a rumor began floating around the web claiming that the Sony Xperia Z2 might be delayed due to manufacturing issues. At the time, the rumor suggested the delay was due to an unnamed supplier issue and that the problem would potentially force Sony to initially launch the Xperia Z2 in limited quantities.

Adding a little bit of fuel to this fire, Sony Mobile has now removed the SIM-free Xperia Z2 for pre-order on all of its regional websites. That said, it’s still possible to place pre-orders on certain carrier versions.

So what does all this mean exactly? It could certainly mean that Sony hasn’t been able to produce enough units to meet demand, but we still can’t confirm that a manufacturing issue is behind all of this. For all we know, pre-order interest may have simply been higher than Sony originally planned for, or for that matter, the removal of pre-order information might be a temporary situation that could change again within a matter of days.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for more information about the Xperia Z2’s launch and the possibility of a delay. What’s your take on the situation? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


    








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Creating Character “in Tweens” now available in the Apple App Store

Dayton, Ohio – Character Counts, LLC today is proud to announce the release of Creating Character “In Tweens,” its second mobile application in a series of apps that are designed to instill good behavior, responsibility, discipline and morals in children and young adults. The first app, which was released in the Fall, entitled Creating Character “in Kids” is for children ages 5-9. The second app, Creating Character “in Tweens” is specifically designed for children ages 10-14.

What is Creating Character “in Tweens”?
“Think of this app as the combination of a chore and behavioral chart delivered on a 21st century mobile platform” said Todd Duplain the company’s founder. This app is the tool parents need to establish clear rules and expectations with their children who are in their middle school or early high school years.

Duplain went on to say “As a society, we spend a significant amount of time and resources educating and measuring our youth in academic, athletic and other worthwhile endeavors. However, rarely do we focus much effort on morals, values, personal accountability and overall character building. The Creating Character apps do just that.”

Why Creating Character “in Tweens”?
As a father of four boys, Duplain says the first app was created out of necessity for his own family. “After several years of the typical family chaos in our home, my wife and I decided we needed to create a more peaceful environment where our children understood our expectations and started to reflect our value system. So after much trial and error we created a tool that would very clearly and concisely define daily responsibilities & behavioral expectations and measure progress toward those goals. This tool became Creating Character “in Kids” which has significantly improved our children, our home and our own lives.”

However, once our older boys were no longer “kids” and wanted to be treated more like teenagers, we created Creating Character “in Tweens” which reflects a whole new set of age appropriate Goals, Rewards and Consequences specifically designed for children in middle school and early high school. The Goals, Rewards and Consequences in the “Tween” app reflect a child’s need to have a more mature tool that aligns increased abilities and responsibilities to increased freedom and privileges.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 17.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Creating Character “In Tweens” 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Future Creating Character apps will be geared toward Toddlers (Ages 2-5) and Teenagers (15-18).

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Character Counts LLC is a company dedicated to teaching and instilling good behavior, responsibility, discipline and morals in children and young adults. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Character Counts LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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