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"Three" has joined the list of carriers in the UK that offer pre-orders for the HTC One (M9). The phone is available starting at £39 a month with an upfront cost of £19.

 

For the price you can get 1GB of 4G data and unlimited calls and SMS. There are also 2GB 4G data and unlimited 4G data options for £42 and £47 per month but the £19 upfront cost for the device remains. The HTC One (M9) can be had in either Silver/Rose gold and Gunmetal Gray.

 

And if you weren't familiar yet the HTC One (M9) can also be pre-ordered in Gold from EE UK, from Vodafone UK, O2 UK and also through Carphone Warehouse with deals from O2, Vodafone and EE.

 

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Recently, there have been a lot of rumors about the Galaxy S7 and its possible screen size. Some sources hinted at a mammoth 6 inch screen while others "confirmed" a more standard 5.5 inch device. Some even fuelled our imagination with the lures of a curved Super AMOLED UHD display!


We decided to clear up the confusion as best as we could and according to ITSKINS, the rumors are mostly true. There will be three size variants; a 5.1 inch version, a 5.5 inch version and a gigantic 6 inch version. In order to make things less confusing for its customers, Samsung will not provide a curved display with the 5.1 inch Galaxy S7. The 5.5 inch phone in the meanwhile will only sport a curved display. The 6 inch Galaxy S7, which is bordering on tablet category, will be available both in curved as well as flat display options.


After experimenting with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Note Edge, it looks like the Korean Electronics giant might be shuffling its designs once again. Whether the curved displays will see more success than the "Edged" screens, we will find out in a few months' time.


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The Galaxy S8 is going to be officially revealed at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in just three more days but that hasn't yet stopped the leaks from coming in though! On that note, let's check out the two leaks we have for you today.


Take a look at the renders above which seem to be legit leaks by V3. From what we can see near the edges, this seems to be the Blue Coral variant, although it might be called something else this year. Other color options revealed so far include Black Sky, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Violet and Gold.



If you have had enough of pictures, we also have a video for you where someone seemingly tries his best to freeze the S8 by typing random keys on the keyboard. Considering that the S8 and the S8+ will be powered by the world's most powerful processors and GPUs, I would say that was an effort in futility! Nevertheless, it gives us a look at a variant of the S8 or S8+ that has a white front. Take a look yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)




"Taking a photo of Christmas tree" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Takashi(aes256)


We can all be guilty of getting into the Christmas spirit a little early. Festive marketing - which usually begins in November - can be a little bit infectious. But Selfridges in London took the cake for overexcitement this year, opening the doors of their Christmas shop on the first day of August - the peak of British summertime.


For regular folk, Christmas usually begins in mid-November, ahead of the last (or second-to-last) wage of the year. You know, the point when questions about trees, markets, presents, John Lewis adverts and Coca-Cola trucks become unavoidable. We're almost at that point once again, so here are a few mobile apps to get you in the mood for Santa's arrival.


NORAD Tracks Santa (iOS, Android)


NORAD, otherwise known as the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is arguably the last organisation on Earth you'd expect to run a regular Santa-tracking service over the festive period. However, the event has been a fixture of Christmas in the States since 1955, when a child tried to call Santa and ended up speaking to Colonel Harry Shoup instead.

'NORAD Tracks Santa' has made the leap from helpline service to a Google Maps-style website over the last few decades. But most modern users will experience Santa's journey on Android or iOS in 2016. The event is incredibly popular, with volunteers fielding 117,000 phone calls from children and nearly 20million people following Santa via the app or website in 2013.


The Elf Adventure Christmas Story (iOS, Android)


Many of the most popular Android and iOS games out there have Christmas themes, such as Doodle Jump Christmas Special or A Christmas Carol by Bitcasino, a slots-style game available here. However, some festive titles are just palette swaps of an original, sticking a woolly hat on a protagonist or swapping a palm tree for a fir tree.

One for the kids, the Elf Adventure Christmas Story is a 24-episode saga and digital advent calendar that revolves around a quest to awaken a sleepy frost giant before Christmas. It's nothing too taxing - each day requires the completion of a task like cleaning a window or putting biscuits in an oven - but it's a fun distraction before school for the little ones.


Secret Santa Tombola (iOS)


Whether it's a pair of socks or a sew-your-own plush cactus, Secret Santa has always been a celebration of the cheapest and weirdest presents on the market. With office-based versions of the game, the likelihood is that you won't know anything about the person you're buying a present for. So why not leave it up to fate?


Secret Santa Tombola is an app with the uncreative and just plain lazy in mind. All you have to do is specify whether the recipient is male or female, set a budget, and choose the type of gift you'd like to see as a suggestion (cute, funny, or cheeky). It's the mobile equivalent of closing your eyes and choosing something at random from the Argos catalogue.


So, there you go; three apps to make Christmas a little easier and a lot more exciting. A good month before Santa pulls on his boots.


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The British company, Hutchison Whampoa, which owns the UK carrier Three "3", is considering a purchase of Telefonica's carrier O2 UK for around 9 billion pounds which is about $13.6 billion, according to a report from The Sunday Times, which also notes that talks are at an early stage, and nothing is yet confirmed.

 

A deal makes sense for both companies given that Hutchison is looking to expand in Europe, while Telefonica is in need of cash to help pay down its debts. The latter even came close to selling O2 UK to BT last year, but the deal didn't go through as the telecommunications giant eventually agreed to acquire EE.

 

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In addition, Three's acquisition of O2 would also make it the biggest carrier in the UK it is currently the fourth largest network in the country. However, any such deal between the two could cause regulatory concerns as it would bring down the number of major mobile operators in the UK from four to three.

 

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick

 

SanDisk has launched a newer version of the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The device connects to your computer like a regular flash drive so you can transfer data to it. It then becomes a wireless drive that you can connect to from a smartphone or a tablet and access the saved data within.

 

The SanDisk Connect lets you connect up to three devices at a time to it and can maintain a stream for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. All you need to do is install the SanDisk Connect app on your phone or tablet to access the files saved on the drive.

 

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The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is available in 16/32/64/128GB capacities, with prices ranging from $29.99 to $99.99 and is available at Amazon, BestBuy, and SanDisk website.

 

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Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones this year and they are all going to be borrowing design elements from the current gen iPhone X, according to famous Apple leakster and KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. All of what you are going to be reading next, comes from MacRumors and is backed up by ET News from Korea.


There will apparently be an iPhone X (2nd Gen), iPhone X Plus and an iPhone X SE. The 2nd Gen iPhone X will be exactly the same as the current one in terms of display and form factor, but with more updated specs. The iPhone X Plus will sport a much larger 6.5-inch display, but the rest of the internals will probably match the iPhone X (2nd gen). The iPhone X SE will serve possibly as a low-end device in the middle with its 6.1-inch display. The batterie on these three devices are expected to be 2800mAh, 3,400mAh and 2,950mAh for the iPhone X, iPhone X Plus and the iPhone X SE respectively.


If you think that the iPhone SE sounds perfect, you would be unpleasantly surprised because despite sporting the same form factor as its more premium brothers, it won't have an OLED display, 3D Touch or even the dual camera setup. The already ridiculously expensive Apple phones are going to become even more expensive in 2018 with the iPhone X starting at $1,000 and the iPhone X Plus from $1,200 possibly. The "cheap" iPhone X will start at $700 - $800 in all likelihood. If you thought Samsung flagships were getting expensive, it's time to rethink the situation!

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



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As mobile gaming ages and creates a vast library of exclusive games for itself, it also borrows plenty of classic titles that originated on consoles or computers. Secret of Mana, Grand Theft Auto, Crazy Taxi Classic and Bully are just a few of the old gems you can download onto your phone, but even with all of the games that have made the transition, there's still a few that we'd like to see as an app and we haven't yet.


Let's take a second to look at these entries and talk about what makes them worthy choices.



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Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)


Widely regarded as one of the best games of all time and certainly the best out of the three titles developed by Team Ico, Shadow of the Colossus definitely needs to make its first handheld appearance. With the E3 2017 announcement that there will be a SotC remake in 2018, it only seems appropriate to make a port for phones so that people can slay on the go.


With the dynamic gameplay of climbing up colossi opened up to touch screen, we might see some interesting changes to the classic controls - such as swiping up to scale a monster's back and double tapping the screen to plunge your sword into the beast's weak point. Although the final fight did suffer from serious frame dropping, the problem was virtually fixed in the PS3 port - a blueprint that developers should be sure to use when building the game for iOS and Android.



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Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)


From the same people who brought you GoldenEye 007 and Banjo & Kazooie comes Grabbed by the Ghoulies. The whimsical horror game has the player taking on hordes of Halloween baddies as they traverse a haunted mansion in search of the main character's girlfriend. While the game received mixed reviews upon its release, it was eventually re-released in the Rare Replay bundle for Xbox One, and has even gone on to inspire similar titles such as Grave Grabbers https://www.slots.io, a five-reel, 20-payline slot game that borrows heavily from the comedic and animated horror themes featured in Rare's classic.


Grabbed by the Ghoulies also features a soundtrack by legendary video game composer Grant Kirkhope, the same man who created the highly regarded Donkey Kong Country series soundtracks. And with the recent boost in augmented reality games, thanks to Pokemon Go, Grabbed by the Ghoulies can take advantage of the same technology to bring the monster mashing madness right into your home.



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Super Mario Kart (SNES)


Since Nintendo has finally gotten with the times and started releasing app games, there's a whole slew of old gems that need releasing on the phone, but none more deserving that Super Mario Kart, a franchise that has sold 90.50 million copies worldwide according to vgchartz.com. With an added online multiplayer mode where people could play with others in their proximity and the addition of tilt controls similar to the Wiimote, Super Mario Kart could be modernized for a whole new generation of gamers.


Although Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 7 are already available portable titles, not everyone owns a system to play them on. However, practically everyone owns a phone. Before we know it, we could be back in the '90s playing the first ever released Mario Kart online off of our phones. Now that's a nostalgia overload.


Regardless of what games are released for phones, the mobile gaming industry will be stronger than ever. It would just help for more console-based gamers to have familiar options at their fingertips in an age where our phones are on us nearly every passing moment of the day. If technology really is going to be the downfall of mankind, the least we can do is make it fun for everyone.


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