Forget Flappy Bird. We're all hooked on 2048

CNET Update is much loving Doge2048:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why 2048 is the new Flappy Bird, and say goodbye to productivity when you discover the parody game Doge2048. But if you want a game with more substance, check out "Papers, please," which won top honors at the Independent Games Festival.

- Know your Gmail is always encrypted, now that Google requires HTTPS.

- Gawk at the price of Samsung's 110-inch 4K television.

- Head to CNET on Tuesday to follow the live unveiling of the new HTC One smartphone.

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HTC One M8 launch in NYC: Join us Tuesday at 8 a.m. PT (live blog)

In a season full of phone launches, HTC hopes its new One device will stand above the rest.

The company will unveil the successor to last year's HTC One, rumored to be named the HTC One M8, on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT at a press event in New York.

Watch CNET's live coverage of HTC's March 25 event.

There's a lot riding on HTC's new flagship phone, with the company's profits and sales continuing to fall. While the HTC One was well regarded and won critical praise for … Read more

Google may be aiming for 8.9-inch Nexus tablet

Google is planning an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet for release later this year, IHS Technology tells CNET.

The product is expected to be "high-performance," said Rhoda Alexander, director tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology in an email to CNET.

"Volume production is expected to start in July or August," she said. "The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications."

Alexander does not the know the pricing but said she "would not be surprised if it is higher than $299." … Read more

HTC Sense 6 interface appears in video leak

With roughly one week until HTC formally unwraps its next-gen the new HTC One, more details on the smartphone have leaked.

This time, instead of dealing with hardware details, the leak du jour focuses on the software experience. More specifically, we're looking at the Sense 6.0 custom interface.

A video which surfaced today (embedded above) shows a redesigned interface featuring a stripped-down approach, with "flat" icons and a new design language.

What's more, Sense 6.0 could include motion gesture controls for launching apps, as well as other shortcut functions. Assuming the video is correct, … Read more

The HTC Desire 601 brings 4G and flagship stylings on a budget

With its all-metal design and full-HD screen, the HTC One is a stunning piece of kit, whether you're a hardened tech nerd or a casual phone fan with deep pockets. If your budget is a bit tighter -- or you simply have better things to spend your money on -- the Desire 601 might be more up your street.

It has a 4.5-inch display, a capable dual-core processor, 4G LTE connectivity, and a decent 5-megapixel camera, all wrapped up in a body that's taken design cues -- such as the front-facing Boomsound speakers -- from its bigger, … Read more

New HTC One sees double with two rear cameras

CNET Update is double the fun:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn the purpose of the two backside cameras on the new HTC One, according to a flier published by GSM Arena.

- Keep up with the streaming radio race to see which services are more popular in the U.S.

- Pair a Jawbone Up24 fitness bracelet with an Android phone for the first time.

- Update the original Kindle Paperwhite to get the software perks of the second-generation model.

- Broadcast your Titanfall battle (or any other game) with the Twitch app for Xbox One.

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New HTC One 'Duo Camera' explained

The successor to the HTC One is rumored to come with two cameras. Now, there might be some explanation on how those cameras will be put to use in the new phone.

The folks over at mobile-industry tracker GSM Arena discovered on Tuesday a leaked ad for the upcoming HTC One from Australian carrier Telstra. That ad shows the same handset featured in countless leaked images and reveals details on the device's "Duo Camera."

According to the ad, the Duo Camera uses the handset's two cameras to: "Create vivid images even in low light and … Read more

Google paves the way for more wearable apps

CNET Update finds these drones stunning:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for more Android apps that work on smartwatches. Google is launching a software development kit for Android on wearable gadgets.

- Update to iOS 7.1, now that Apple added new features and bug fixes to its mobile operating system.

- Spoil the official reveal of HTC's new flagship phone with new leaked photos popping up online.

- Listen to what Edward Snowden said at SXSW. It was his first time speaking to a public audience since he left the country for exposing classified documents … Read more

HTC One successor pops up again via online photo gallery

The all new HTC One has showed itself off yet again, albeit unofficially, through new photos leaked online.

Posted Sunday on a Chinese Weibo site as reported by French tech news site, the latest series of photos reveal the front, back, and sides of the next HTC One with close-ups of the camera and other features. The phone is also displayed in comparison with its bigger brother, the HTC One Max.

On Saturday, known leaker @evleaks tweeted images of purported covers for the new HTC One that apparently can display the time and other information. Code-named the HTC … Read more

HTC harvests smartphone power to help solve world challenges

HTC is looking to harness the power of users' cell phones to engage in some altruistic pursuits, like finding a cure for cancer, researching climate change, and bringing food to the world's hungry.

Working to solve complex world issues often means crunching massive amounts of data. Analyzing this data takes supercomputers and time -- and this is where smartphone-maker HTC fits in with its "Power to Give" initiative.

The company has partnered with a host of scientists and research institutions to give them unused processing power from Android smartphones. This means scientific data can be crunched faster. … Read more