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HTC One M8 GPE removed from store, leaves future unknown

We've seen Google Play Edition devices come and go from Play Store, usually in order to pave way for newer models. Today, the HTC One M8 GPE silently left the Play Store shelves just as had others before it. But this removal is quite noteworthy because of what it could imply. With the One M8 GPE's exit, there are no more Google Play Edition devices left on Play Store, leaving only the Nexus line to hold the fort and calling into question the survival of the GPE idea.

Design your own games with this “pay what you want” course set [DEALS]

You may have gotten some programming chops from our previous Android app development courses, but that's only half the tools you'll need when making a game. The other half, game design, requires a different kind of mindset, a different set of tools. Luckily, we now also have a few courses just for that very purpose, and you get to pay what you want for these four courses from our Game Design Bundle.

Samsung tipped to be ditching Qualcomm due to overheating

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seems to be off to a rocky start. Previously rumored to be delayed, the mobile chip maker has assured the industry that its first octa-core 64-bit chips will ship on time, as seems to be implied by recent new smartphone announcements. But now according to an insider source, the chip was found to have some overheating issues based on Samsung's test, forcing the Korean OEM to switch out the processors for its upcoming Galaxy S6, expected to be unveiled in March.

Acer C910, C740 Chromebook hands-on: built to endure students

Acer has just unveiled two new Chromebooks that have been designed with educational use squarely in mind. But aside from the usual strappings of a budget-friendly, cloud-backed portable, these devices have one special feature to boast of: durability. Since these notebooks are targeted for use in schools and by students, Acer has equipped them with a few features that improve the hardiness of the Chromebooks to withstand the wear and tear of everyday academic use.

Last chance to buy Google Glass from Google

An era, short as it was, is coming to a close. At the end of the day, Google Glass will be no more. At least the Google Glass that is being offered on Google Play Store. It also marks the formal end of Google Glass' Explorer program, which means that the smart eyepiece as we know it is, for all intents ans purposes, practically dead. Of course, Google officially isn't calling it quits on the idea and simply calls this a "graduation" of the device.

CM12 nightlies bring Lollipop to eight Xperia devices

Early this month, CyanogenMod turned on the engines that will produce the nightly builds for CyangeonMod 12, which is based on the Android 5.0. As much as 31 devices and models were the first to receive the candy goodness, but now 8 more devices from Xperia's ranks are joining the fray. From the most recent Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact to the older Xperia T and V, Xperia fans can now try out the latest Android version on their devices, provided they're willing to take the risk.

Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 comes with its own camera [DEALS]

Haven't had enough mini drones yet? Then this new Android Community Deal might just be for you. The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 is as its name says, micro, but don't pan it just because of its size. Unlike some other super small drones we've had before, this one comes with its own swiveling camera, making it ideal not just for tricks and mayhem, but for capturing those moments as well. And now it comes with a pretty sweet price tag as well.

CyanogenMod Theme engine starts the trek towards CM12

Theme makers, on your mark, get set, and go start porting your masterpieces over to the new CyangeonMod theme engine. The popular Android custom ROM has just ported over its shiny new theme engine to Google's shiny new Android Lollipop version and now it is putting out a call to theme designers to do their part to port their designs over there as well. That said, given the large leap from Holo to Material Design, the transition presents a few stumbling blocks for theme designers to take note of.

Com2uS Dragon Knights: RPG in name, dungeon crawler in deed

Mobile gaming, for all its benefits and strengths, has somewhat diluted the definition of the RPG genre lately. What was once a class of games with rather clear borders have started bleeding into the description of any game that involves a crew of characters with sword and magic. This new Dragon Knights game from Com2uS is one such game that masquerades as an RPG but really comes closer to a dungeon crawler. That said, RPG or not, that doesn't mean that this game can't be fun.

Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik chimes in on OnePlus, Micromax row

Although India seems to be quickly becoming the new darling of the mobile industry after China, it isn't without its own share of controversy. So far the latest and biggest involves Indian OEM Micromax and Chinese startup OnePlus and it all revolves around the software provided by Cyanogen, Inc. While our limited outsider perspective would have us assign roles of villain and victim in this drama, things are, as always, not as clear cut. CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik gives a few insights into some of the things that have happened behind the scenes.
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