The Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One M8

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This case gives the HTC One M8 some grip it’s sorely lacking

We sometimes joke about using a large phone to bludgeon someone. Or sometimes you’ll pack your phone in one of those large “rugged” shells and see what kind of damage you can do. But rarely do we look at one of those form fitting cases as a blunt instrument.

That changes today, with the Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One M8.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha available for UK pre-order starting August 28

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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Alpha will be available for pre-order in the UK beginning next Thursday, August 28. Customers can order either from the Samsung UK store or selected retail partners. The phone will be available in the UK beginning September 10 at the Samsung Experience Stores and the Samsung Store at Westfield Stratford City, while going on sale from retail partners such as Carphone Warehouse beginning September 12. imageimage
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Operation Clean Slate: clearing your history in YouTube

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How to cover your tracks and clear your YouTube history

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Your YouTube history is fairly easy to find and clear out if need be, but what about the search history? Do you want it to autocomplete to “red hot baby mommas” every time you’re looking for a Red Hot Chili Peppers video? Did you forget to switch accounts before handing it off to your little ones and now your recommendations are littered with those mind-numbing toy demos?

Or, yes, worse. Much, much worse.

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Weekly sidebar poll results: Is $250 the right price for the Moto 360?

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Numbers don’t tell the whole story

Everyone’s a little excited about the Moto 360, and when it was leaked that the price may be $250, we had to ask and see what everyone thought of that. We made the poll simple, and asked if you would buy a Moto 360 for $250.

Over 67-percent of us would.

So it appears that Motorola found a price point that people could swallow (if that $250 price is right). We also asked for folks to spill it all in the comments and let us know if they will be buying a Moto 360 if they said “yes”, or why they won’t be buying one no matter what their answer. Some interesting conversation going on in there. imageimage
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Updated Project Ara modular phone to get new processor

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Google has announced that its updated Project Ara is getting a new processor that will be even better. The processor from Rockchip is described in a Google+ post as being a “trailblazer” for the modular smartphone, which allows users to upgrade individual components rather than having to upgrade their entire phones as technology changes and progresses. imageimage
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Upcoming Secret update removes ability to access photo library or post real names, adds Flickr search, polls

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The popular anonymous social sharing network Secret may be under fire in Brazil, but in the U.S. and abroad the software lives on, and today received a big new update on the Android platform, with the iOS version expected to be released sometime over the next few days. The new version both adds and removes several capabilities to the app.

One of the most important changes in the new build is the removal of the ability to access photos saved to a device’s photo library. The camera is still fair game, but Secret is attempting to cut down on personally-damaging photos by taking away the option to upload older images.

That’s not to say that the camera is the only way to upload photos, though. The app now supports Flickr search so users can still find just the right photo for their posts without the need to go through their photo libraries.

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Another capability that’s been  removed in the update is the ability to post secrets containing names. Secret is once again trying to avoid any personally-damaging info getting out on its network, so any posts that are detected to contain a person’s name are now blocked.

The final change in the new version of the app allows users to create simple, two-option polls and ask for advice or feedback from friends and strangers alike. Poll results can be sorted to show feedback from only friends of the author, or from everyone who answered the question.

The update to the Secret app will be available for free on the iOS App Store soon.
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Android Central 199: Phunk Edition

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The HTC One M8 is now running Windows Phone, Uber’s API may see it come to all the apps, we break down the latest FUD of the week, and we edge ever close to the release of the Moto 360, and Motorola’s next smartphones. Plus, where we stand with the next Nexus, and we answer your questions live!

Thing 1: The HTC One M8 now runs Windows Phone

* Verizon-exclusive HTC One M8 with Windows Phone is official

* Verizon gets its HTC Ones confused in new commercial

Thing 2: Last week’s FUD scare

* Understanding Google’s Android location tracking

Thing 3: Uber in all the things

* Uber offers developer API to integrate car service in third party apps

Thing 4: Other stuff

* Another Android ‘fragmentation’ report misses the point
* Flappy Bird developer returns with new frustrating game Swing Copters
* LG bringing L Fino and L Bello to IFA, targeted at teens and emerging markets
* Verizon said to be taking on Google Play with its own misguided app store
* Everything you need to know about Android and Wifi
* 'Moto X+1' leaks again ahead of Motorola event on Sept. 4th

* Coin, the one credit card to rule them all, now available for backers, sort of

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Having iPhone 5 battery problems? You could be eligible for a free battery replacement

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Apple initiated a new Battery Replacement Program on Friday, acknowledging a small percentage of iPhone 5 units may be having battery problems. If you purchased an iPhone 5 between September 2012 and January 2013, and if you’re experiencing short battery life, then you might be eligible for a free battery replacement…. Read the rest of this post here
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Gecko Design acquisition would help Google commercialize advanced research projects

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Google is showing that it may be moving more into the hardware space thanks to the acquisition of Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering and product design firm, that was announced today. Though details of the deal were not disclosed, Gecko’s design team will be joining Google X, the Internet search giant’s laboratory for advanced technology research projects. imageimage
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