Introducing Slickwraps for the HTC One (M8)

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If you’re checking out this blog, chances are you’ve already purchased the HTC One and are looking to stylize it with Slickwraps. Or, you’re on the fence about getting this hot new device. Either way, we’ve got you covered. We’re taking a look at the all new Slickwraps available for the HTC One (M8), as well as the features of HTC One’s newest gadget!

Introducing Slickwraps for the HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) is innovation at its finest, and we want to make sure we’re enhancing the experience, not interfering. Every wrap you get will be precision cut, to guarantee an interference-free experience with your phone. We’re hands on every step of the way with your wrap, from the production process to packaging. The best part? You can keep the sleek, intended design of the thin, curved HTC One (M8) and still get the protection and style you want. At Slickwraps we use a high-quality adhesive, and commercial grade material, to give you the most protection with the least amount of bulk.

What you can expect from Slickwraps: HTC_One_M8_back_carbon_black

  • Dozens of styles to choose from – Apart from our popular series like Carbon Fiber, Metal and Wood, expect even more choices with the HTC One (M8). We’re releasing plenty of extras for you, including the Cork and Real Leather Series’. Plus, brand new styles you’ve not seen before!
  • Precision cutouts for ports and buttons
  • 360-degrees of protection – Front, Back and Side wraps
  • Custom Fit XD Screen protector with every wrap
  • Removable and reusable, guaranteed not to leave any residue on your phone

Now that you’re an expert for the newest edition to the Slickwraps line-up, it’s time to take a look for yourself! Follow the link below to check out all the great styles and colors available for the new HTC One (M8).

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HTC One (M8)

HTC_One_M8_side_carbon_blackIf you’re still reading, chances are you’re on the fence about the HTC One (M8). Maybe you’re hesitant to upgrade or just aren’t sure to make the investment. Let us help you out! We’re taking a look at some of the tech specs of this latest device.

What to expect from HTC:

  • Gorilla-Glass display
  • 1080 x 1920 HD Resolution with wide angle viewing, LCD Screen
  • U-Focus: Allows you to edit the focus of photos after they’ve been taken
  • Next-Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor – TRANSLATION – blazing fast!
  • Dual, Front-facing HTC Boomsound speakers
  • 9.35 mm thin, with curved design for comfortable grip
  • Simple, user-friendly camera, with customizable features

Tech Specs courtesy of HTC.com

So there you have it, a closer look into one of the newest devices on the market  – and better yet – the dozens of possibilities you have to customize it. Make sure to keep checking back to Slickwraps.com, as we’re constantly releasing new colors and styles to suit every personality!

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TBT: Apps recreate favorite games from the past

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Technology has made leaps and bounds over the past few decades, but there’s just something about the games from our childhood that will always hold a special place in our heart; and app creaters know it! Now, you can downloads apps on your smartphone and tablet for some of the best games of your past. Ironically, these apps, installed on some of the most advanced devices on the market, use the same cheesy sound effects and simple graphics as the original arcade games, keeping them exactly the way you loved them as a kid!

So what better for a throwback Thursday then to take a look at some of the games we spent hours of our day on. Let the memories come flooding back!

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Anyone with a Nokia phone in the 90s knows exactly how addicting this game can be. The goal is simple; chase the dots on the screen to feed the snake. The more you eat the longer he grows, until you eventually hit a wall or run into your own back end! The app features the best parts of the Retro game, with a monochrome green background that looks exactly like the old Nokia phone. Test your luck to see if you can beat your old high score!

iPhone app   Android app

 

Tetris

tetrisAnother on the list of addicting entertainment is this EA game. This simple retro game of building      blocks requires you to fit together pieces in order to eliminate lines. The longer the game continues, the faster the blocks will drop. But make one simple mistake, and these blocks add up fast, and the more you panic, the faster the blocks seem to hit the stack! Make too many mistakes, your blocks will hit the ceiling and its game over. While graphics have been improved from the original, taking away from the nostalgia the game could bring, you still get some of the same music to accompany your challenge!

iPhone app  Android app

 

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Dodging traffic, jumping from log to turtle; just the every day life for a frog. This app brings back the beloved 80s game, where you must survive the treacherous journey across city streets and ponds. Capture the frogs at the end to level up. The game keeps the graphics and music original, transporting you back to when you used to play as a kid!

iPhone app   Android app

 

 

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Originally introduced in the 70s, this game is the ultimate “seems easy but can be ridiculously frustrating” game! It may require less hand coordination and stamina than actually Ping Pong, but this game still requires your full attention, especially since you’re trying to beat the computer. This app will take you back to the days when Ping Pong was your favorite arcade game, with a retro version full of all of the classic graphics.

 iPhone app   Android app

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Pac-Man

Who didn’t love Pac-Man as a kid? Now you can relive those days on your smartphone with the Pac-Man app. Roam around the maze eating pellets and avoiding the ghosts. Once you’ve eaten everything, you’ll level up. Contrary to what it looks like, the enemies don’t just randomly roam around the maze. Each ghost, with its own name (Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde), also has its own personality in the maze, keeping the game from getting too monotonous. These apps have kept the same graphics, taking you back to your arcade days!

iPhone app   Android app

 

This list only scratches the surface of the endless fun you can have with retro games these days. But one thing’s for sure, nothing beats the sites and sounds of the games that once filled some of our best childhood days!

What are some of your favorite games from the past?

 

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Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant Cortana

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First, there was Siri for the iPhone and then Google Now for Android. Soon, there will be a new digital assistant available for Windows phones. Previously Windows only offered Bing as a search engine but with their upcoming digital assistant named Cortana, they’ll be offering their own attempt at giving users the best of both worlds.

Microsoft’s goal with Cortana was to deliver the personality of Siri with the predictive power of Google Now but with a more personal touch. They actually took the time to speak with high-level personal assistants to find out what techniques they use, one of the techniques was carrying a notebook with all of the interests and important information regarding their clients. Windows has applied this concept to Cortana which will be featured on their Windows 8.1 update scheduled to be available this summer. The notebook will take in information from user habits and searches, everything it knows is shown to the user, who can then decide what they do or do not want Cortana to know.

 

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Cortana also features contextual reminders, for example, you can set a reminder for it to ask your sister about her new dog the next time you speak, whether it be by call, text or even email. Cortana can also work with other apps and add specific shows to your Hulu Plus queue just by telling it to. There is also the ability to set quiet times as on other digital assistants but Cortana will allow those important texts or calls from your inner circle to come through.

There are so many options it really seems like Windows is going in the right direction with this, what are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below!

 

Information courtesy of: gizmodo.com, verge.com

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Google Talks Android Wearables

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The idea of smart watches have been around for a while, as a kid I recall watching Inspector Gadget and wanting Penny’s “utility watch” that she would use to video chat with her dog. Smart watches had been a part of popular culture since the 1940′s with Dick Tracy’s two way wrist radio. As time has progressed, so have the ideas and capabilities of smart watches, more recently with the Pebble and Pebble Steel but now Google is wanting in on the action.

This year at SXSW google announced that their take on wearables should be available  ‘later this year’. While vague on their release date, they’ve not shied away from who they’ve been working with. Name dropping device heavy hitters like LG, HTC, Motorola, Samsung & Asus for design  as well as companies like Qualcom, Intel, Broadcom, Imagination & Mediatek on the chip side of things. Fossil is even rumored to be working on a more fashionable take on the smart watch with Google.

 

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The folks at Imagination Technologies (MIPS) revealed a Newton platform based on it’s MIPS architecture that is built by Ingenic. The power-sipping chip is about the size of a quarter and is rumored to add an extra 30+ hours to smart watches and wearables it’s used in. All that being said, it looks like we’ve got some exciting possibilities in the works. Are you excited about new wearable products? Leave your comments below!

Information courtesy of: imgtec.com, engadget.com, wikipedia.org

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Facebook has decided to acquire Oculus VR for $2 Billion

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It seems like Facebook wants to be everywhere these days. They recently purchased messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion and just this week have decided to acquire Oculus Rift, a Virtual Reality firm for $2 billion. The deal is currently pending regulatory approval but includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million common shares of Facebook, valued at $1.6 billion, as well as an additional $300 million assuming Facebook reaches certain milestones. According to a statement released by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever.”

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That being said, what is Oculus anyways? And while we’re at it, what’s Virtual Reality even?

 

Virtual Reality, sometimes referred to as “immersive multimedia” or “artificial reality”, is a way to transport the user to another place using sights and sounds. It can be conveyed on just a computer screen using 3D images and sound or even a headset like the Oculus Rift. The Oculus, which is still in development stages, is a virtual reality head-mounded display with a 7″ screen that gives the user a 90 degree view and tracks head positioning with little to no lag.

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The Oculus was brought to us by a then 19-year-old Palmer Luckey and began with a Kickstarter that raised an impressive $250,000 within 4 hours of the announcement and in less than 36 hours the campaign had surpassed $1 million in funding. It’s been an underground gaming phenomenon for a while now. The creator of MineCraft was even working with Oculus for a VR version of the game until the news that Facebook was going to be purchasing it came out. The creator, Markus “Notch” Persson was even quoted on twitter as saying “I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.”

 

“Imagine not just sharing moments with friends online but entire experiences.” was another quote from Zuckerbergs’ statement. There are so many theories about where this deal could go sprouting online, share yours in the comments below.

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