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Review: HTC One (M8)

- April 21st, 2014

Another flagship phone from HTC with another derivative name. This HTC One, however, includes its development codename “M8″ in brackets after it so as not to be confused with the other Ones, One Xes and so on. (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)

But despite a similar name to its predecessors, the HTC One (M8) is a whole new phone.

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Was the emoticon created in 1648?

- April 14th, 2014

Blogger Levi Stahl believes he may have found the first use of the emoticon. And it’s in a 1648 poem?

In a post on his blog, Stahl writes that 17th century English lyric poet Robert Herrick uses what appears to be a smiley face in the second line of his poem To Fortune.

Robert Herrick

Sketch of Robert Herrick. (Wikimedia Commons/The Hawthorne readers/Edward Everett Hale/HO)

The poem appears in his collection Hesperides.
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Twitter revamping its desktop look

- April 8th, 2014

Your Twitter profile is getting a makeover which will make it look more like your Facebook page.

The company announced on its official blog it is redesigning the look of profile pages on its desktop browser version.

The new design lets users upload a larger profile picture which will appear as a banner over your posts, much in the same way as you can in Facebook. The updated page also includes features not previously available on Twitter:

Michelle Obama's Twitter profile page

Michelle Obama’s Twitter profile page. (SCREENSHOT)

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Google pranks the world for April Fools’ Day again

- April 1st, 2014

The executives at Google have always had fun with April Fools’ Day pranking the public with phony product launches and other fake announcements. You can check out Google’s 2013′s April Fools’ jokes here.

But this year, Google got its start a day early on March 31. Of course, some are better than others. For example, I love the idea of being photobombed by David Hasselhoff and hooking up while stuck in a traffic jam using the WazeDates app, but the video for the Google Play Signature Edition – to make your apps collections more physical – fell a little to me.

Here are Google’s 2014 April Fools’ Day pranks.

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Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

- March 31st, 2014

Before trying out the Idol X, I had never used an Alcatel OneTouch phone before.  In fact, I knew very little about the phones and TCL, the company that makes them.  So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a phone of a less recognizable brand than say, a Samsung, LG or HTC product.

But the Idol X makes quite an impression.

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