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Chromecast Offers hit UK, could be elsewhere soon

New Chromecast owners in the UK have something extra to be excited about, as Google is seeding special offers to them. For a limited (but undetermined) time, Chromecast owners who reside int he UK can visit Google’s Chromecast offers site and get £4.99 in Play Store credit.

Google Trends now delivering to your inbox

Google Trends already provided a useful way of keeping up with what is hot at any given time. Trends offers details on current topics, as well as what had been hot at any given time dating back to 2004. And as of today you can now have those reports delivered directly to your inbox.

HTC snags ex-Samsung marketing chief

HTC had admitted fault in terms of neglecting the midrange market. This came after the company put more focus and effort on pushing the HTC One through 2013, but they already mentioned how they aren't planning to make that same mistake with the HTC One (M8) in 2014. Not to mention, we've already being seeing some new midrange handsets such as the HTC Desire 816.

Sony Xperia Z2 Compact surfaces in series of leaked images

We've yet to get the official word from Sony, however that hasn't stopped images of the Xperia Z2 Compact from showing up online. The pics were recently spotted on Weibo, after having been shared by a user going by the name of alfred520. Perhaps key here, the Xperia Z2 Compact appears to be living up to the name.

HTC talks smartphone camera tech

Vodafone UK recently spoke with Symon Whitehorn of HTC. Whitehorn, who is dubbed HTC's "camera expert" offered some hints in terms of where the smartphone camera market is heading, and also managed to get a few jabs in at the competition. He also talked a bit about the megapixel war and selfies.

Samsung Galaxy S5 now available with MetroPCS

MetroPCS has become the latest US carrier to announce the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5. They have the Galaxy S5 in black, and sitting priced at $649. Purchases can be made online and in retail stores. Customers can then pair the Galaxy S5 with the contract-free MetroPCS plans which begin at $40 per month.

Here’s why you shouldn’t try to find those hidden I/O tickets

If you really want to go to I/O, but don’t have the guts to wait the lottery out, it’s hunting season. Google has reportedly placed links to guaranteed I/O tickets throughout their Developer pages, which redirect to a strange page for signing up to attend I/O this year. It’s a very odd program, and one that could end up having a different effect than Google would like.  

Google’s Lens Blur vs. HTC’s UFocus

With the new Google Camera app, we gain a feature that’s become handy on the HTC One (M8). Lens Blur, or UFocus on the new One, gives us the chance to blur everything surrounding our focal point, creating a silhouette of sorts. Which is better, though — the dual-camera UFocus, or Google’s own Lens Blur? We go head-to-head to find out.
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