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Roundup: HTC One preorders, 40 years of mobile phones, Samsung shops within Best Buy, more



HTC One preorder starts today: The HTC One smartphone, which is coming out on April 19, is now available for preorder at AT&T. The phone will start at $199 for a 32GB model, and $299 for a 64GB (which is only available at AT&T). Preordered phones with the carrier will come with an HTC Media Link HD wireless HDMI adaptor. The phone will also be available through T-Mobile ($99.99 plus 24 payments of $20), but its release date hasn't been announced. Sprint will also sell the phone, but details are not yet officially announced.

Happy birthday, mobile phone: It has been 40 years since inventor Martin Cooper made his first call on a mobile phone, a prototype Motorola DynaTac.   USA Today

Look for laptop deals: Microsoft's Window's 8 sales has been sluggish. That means you might be able to find some good deals out there on Windows 8 licenses, or even laptops.   deal

Samsung teams up with Best Buy:
Samsung is bringing its Samsung Experience Shops to 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the United States, beginning this month. And the St. Petersburg store, at 6600 22nd Ave. N, is among them. The Experience Shop will have a full range of mobile Samsung's mobile devices, laptops, cameras and accessories for you to check out.

Voice clarity: Smartphones may soon feature HD Voice, also known as wideband audio. This technology is designed to make a the caller's voice and other sounds as close to hearing them in person.

Kids on the Internet:
With more and more youngsters going online via the computer or mobile devices, it's difficult as a parent to keep an eye on what they're doing. Along come some new apps that can help parents monitor and control their kids Internet use.

Apps for kids: If you kids love animals, check out these three apps: Petting Zoo, Eye Paint and Over in the Jungle. USA Today

Apps for adults:
The new subscription-based Playboy app for iOS delivers non-nude content to meet Apple's guidelines that prohibit pornographic material. The app is free, but there's a monthly subscription of $1.99 or $19.99 a year.   USA Today

Dust bunny:
The Nokia Lumia 920, known for taking great pictures and videos, is now becoming notorious for attracting dust on the front-facing camera and the proximity sensor. This can lead to dropped calls and other problems.

Fit for a regular user: Consumers have a wide variety of screen sizes to choose from in smartphones that are out today. But what's the best size?

[Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:57pm]


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