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HTC One M9

One of the phones being rumored to be shown off next week at CES 2015 is the latest from HTC, the HTC One M9. Basically the specs are pretty similar to other flagship phones, touting a 20.9 MP camera and SnapDragon 810 CPU among other high-end features. BGR has some "possibly leaked" pictures and some rumored details.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been seeing a steady stream of leaks on the next HTC flagship, referred to as both the HTC One (M9) and the HTC Hima. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but a new set of photos that leaked on Zol.com.cn might be our best look yet at the unreleased device.

Monoprice at CES 2015 - More than just cables

CES 2015 continues to roll on and today we had the chance to stop by and see the folks at Monoprice and some of their new products they've introduced for the upcoming year. Monoprice was at one time best know for their cables and accessories, but they've continued to add new products, lots and lots of new products. Monoprice was proudly showing off their new 28" 60Hz 4K monitor. There have been a good number of 4k monitors hitting the market in recent months, however, Monoprice is offering theirs for $499 USD which is going to be tough to beat. 

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In addition to Monoprice's new 28" 4K monitor, they were also showing off their 30" 2560x1440 which retails for about the same money. This panel has higher quality color reproduction which justifies the higher price-per-pixel.

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Forza Motorsport 6 is Coming Starring Ford GT

Ford is making a push to get some serious screen-time in the next installation of the Forza franchise. In addition to the all-new Ford GT, they will be showing off the Shelby GT350 Mustang, the F-150 Raptor and more. This will almost be enough for me to go buy a Xbox One - the only platform on which the game will be available.

Today, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios officially announced Forza Motorsport 6, which is in development and will be arriving exclusively on Xbox One. The news came alongside the announcement of the worldwide debut of the all-new Ford GT, which will serve as the cover car for Forza Motorsport 6.

Source: Xbox

Google Enabling Boot OS from USB on Chromebooks

If you use a Chromebook and feel somewhat limited and tied down to Google's cloud, things are getting a little easier here in the near future. It looks like Google is allowing the ability to boot into a sort of debugging mode where you'll be able to boot an image - or a different OS from a USB stick and even be able to install that OS. Of course, you'll be on your own if you happen to hose the system, but if you're brave, it will be a little bit easier.

The chromium team is currently adding the ability to easily enable Debugging Features¹ when the device is booted in Developer Mode. These features will allow enthusiastic developers like you to:

  • Remove rootfs verification² so you can modify OS files
  • Enable SSH access to the device using the standard test keys so you can use tools such as cros flash
  • Enable booting from USB so you can install an OS image from a USB drive
  • Set both the dev and the system root login password to a custom value so you can manually SSH into the device

Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

Apple vs. GoPro

Looks like Apple's next target might just be GoPro as Apple has successfully received a patent for a mounted camera designed for outdoor sporting equipment. Much like GoPro, Apple's patent will be for a camera that can record sounds and take pictures underwater but Apple's will be controlled via smartwatch. There are other mountable camera products on the market, but when Apple starts getting patents people take notice and GoPro's investors did just that and GoPro has watched their stock drop from ~$60 earlier this week to around $45 on Friday. OutsideOnline has the full story.

GoPro shares dropped 12 percent on Wednesday after Apple received a patent for a mountable camera designed for outdoor sporting equipment.

In its patent filing, Apple cited weaknesses in GoPro’s camera design, such as “excessive wind resistance” and being “susceptible to damage from vibrations.” Similar to GoPro’s cams, Apple’s version will be capable of recording sounds and taking underwater pictures. But it can be controlled via smartwatch.

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