There really is an HTC One M8 running Windows Phone 8.1 in existence, and it’s on sale as of last night in the United States. Externally, the hardware is exactly identical with the regular M8; while on the inside, it trades Google’s voice assistant for Cortana. This isn’t just a simple OS swap, as HTC has thought to bring BlinkFeed and several other Android features over to this new device. The only problem with all this is that it is currently only available to Verizon customers.
A month ago, Microsoft announced that it will be releasing a super affordable full-fledged Windows 8.1 PC laptop with its partners, in a move to stem the increasing popularity of Google Chromebooks (especially in the US). A German tech blog, MOBILE GEEKS, has retrieved a leak for what is now being called the Stream 14 by HP, which at a rumoured RRP of just $200 could be one of the many super affordable Windows laptops Microsoft will be releasing.
Remember the refreshed HTC J Butterfly, announced three weeks ago exclusively for KDDI in Japan? Well, turns out that just like the previous J Butterfly, this one’s fluttering out to international markets, too. HTC has just announced the international availability of the new J Butterfly, which will be known as the HTC Butterfly 2 in the international markets.
Vertical Drop Heroes HD (VDH) is a remake of a flash game with the same name. Originally appearing on Kongregate about a year ago, it turned the traditional side scrolling platformer genre on its side. Instead of running left to right across a screen, players travelled each level from top to bottom. When developer Nerdook decided to move the game to Steam, he abandoned the original flash and upgraded to Gamemaker Studio. Which has produced a game that is similar, and yet very different from the initial incarnation.
Remember the HTC One (E8) that was launched here in Malaysia just last week? If you plan on getting the phone for yourself soon, make sure you head on to one of selected HTC Concept Stores because HTC Malaysia will be throwing in a free Dot View case worth RM149. The promotion will run from 22 – 24 August 2014 and will only be available in selected HTC Concept stores listed in this link.
While all the other phone manufacturers out there are cramming the latest and greatest hardware into their flagship smartphones, look at what Sharp just announced in its home country – the Sharp Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal X that not only packs impressive hardware, but also features a gorgeous bezel-free design.
AMD is usually best known for making processors and graphics cards, but it appears that the company is now branching out into the Solid State Drive business. Three R7-branded SSDs will be offered soon, although the company will not be directly involved in the manufacture of the component.
Navdy, a recent startup in San Francisco, US, has opened pre-orders for its new head-up display (HUD) device, also called Navdy. It can be mounted on the dashboard of your car, and will project imagery for navigation, or feed you alerts and information while driving. Unlike other dashboard mounted head-up displays out in the market, the Navdy unit is designed to project imagery that looks as though it appears out in front of the car, rather than a simple projection on a transparent plate.
Details about the long rumoured Google music streaming service are slowly being revealed as Android Police are reporting that it will be called the Youtube Music Key. It isn’t the most interesting of names, but it will bring some changes to how Google handles music; which includes the Google Play Music service. It will also provide more than just music, as the integration with Youtube will allow for the streaming of concerts and a few other features.
September will be a busy month indeed, on top of an Apple event that is said to be happening on 9 September 2014, and Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 that will be happening on 3 September 2014, it looks like Huawei will have something exciting for its fans too. The Chinese company recently sent out an invitation for an event in IFA 2014 whereby the company will launch its next flagship smartphone that could feature a fingerprint scanner.