Not to be left out of the April fool’s fun, the Google+ team has conjured up an April fool’s joke of their own involving the auto awesome feature on Google+ and none other than David Hasselhoff.

    






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Remember those stories about HTC introducing a new wearable product this year? That day has arrived! HTC has just announced the HTC Gluuv – “the first wearable tech that doesn’t sacrifice size for comfort. Beyond a tiny eyepiece, the HTC One Sense-powered full-feature set displays in brilliant HD 1080P resolution. …


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HTC can’t let everyone else have all the early April Fool’s fun, and they just had to show us a pair of smartgloves of their own.

Unlike Samsung’s imaginary smartgloves, HTC’s imaginary smartgloves feature an industrial design and Boomsound. And tiny holograms of cats. [HTC]

    






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Republic Wireless has added Moto Maker customization for the Moto X. Beginning on April 1 at noon EST, customers will be able to customize the look of their phone. Additionally, starting at 11:00 EST, the first 2,000 customers to visit Republic’s promotional website will receive a promo code for an upgrade to a wood finish back. Customers can choose from Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony, and Teak wood finishes (or any of the dozen other standard color options), which normally cost an extra $25 to add to the Moto X.

The Moto X is currently available from Republic Wireless for $349 for the 16GB model, and $399 for the 32GB model.

    






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And so it begins.

Google’s always loved April Fools’ Day and has used the opportunity for more than a few well-produced jokes. And, just like Black Friday deals and CES announcements, the new April Fools’ Day is the day before April Fools’ Day. And so Google’s kicking things off with the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge. Says the YouTube description announcing the Pokémon challenge:

To catch ‘em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, “press start,” and begin your quest. And, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers.

Clearly we’re getting an early start on April Fools’ Day this year, and if Google’s past pranking behavior is anything to show, we’ve got plenty more coming today and tomorrow.

Source: Google Maps (YouTube)

    






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The HTC One (M8) has been on sale for less than a week, but we’re starting to hear reports that demand for the new flagship handset are exceeding supply levels. Since the handset’s launch, orders for the phone have doubled every day. While the new HTC One (M8) hit store …


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HTC first introduced the feature to add custom feeds into HTC BlinkFeed with the HTC One (M7) of 2013 when HTC Sense jumped from version 5 to version 5.5. We know the HTC One (M8) is all the rage these days, but we haven’t covered the topic yet so we …


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In early March we mentioned that the streaming video service Vudu was working to get Chromecast support baked into their Android app, and the recent update quietly did just that. Early reports and user reviews seem positive, and it looks like plenty of folks are enjoying the service through the Chromecast.

    






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Dropbox (or any other service) complying with DMCA takedowns isn’t really a new thing

There’s a bit of a to-do this weekend over Dropbox and the DMCA and whether your files are being scanned, even though they’re your files. Twitter user Darrell Whitelaw’s post is getting shared all over the place, noting that sharing was disabled under some DMCA rules. The folder was private, contained copyrighted material, and a share link to the folder was shared, albeit not publicly.

Here’s the thing, though:

Yes, Dropbox can limit sharing access to your files. And, no, this isn’t exactly new.

    






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Probably my favorite part of covering a major new device isn’t the long-form review. It’s not the “hands-on,” and it’s certainly not the gratuitous unboxing videos. It’s not the page-view whoring “drop test” — spoiler: phones break when you drop them — and it’s not battery tests that in no way reflect real-life use. No, for me where things really get fun are when we start to break down a phone feature by feature, explaining them in even more detail than we do in reviews.

We do it this way for a number of reasons. One of them is “space.” Our HTC One M8 review weighed in at 6,000 words. (In the newspaper world I came from, stories were measured by length in column inches. I’d joke, badly, that really long stories had to be measured in pounds.) It simply becomes too unwieldy to go into great depth about every feature that needs to be explored for any phone. So, we break things out into separate stories. Volumes of reference material, if you will.

A side-effect of this is that anytime a new phone launches, there’s a deluge of stories on that one device. It’s happened before, it’s happening now with the HTC One M8, and it’ll happen again — in two weeks, in fact, when the Samsung Galaxy S5 goes on sale. It’ll happen again later this year with new fare from Motorola and LG and, we presume, new Nexus tablets and phones.

    






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