Oculus Rift Facebook sees virtual reality future in $2bn deal

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technology videosIt is a decades-old promise that looked most likely to be realised in fiction rather than fact. Now, though, virtual reality might finally reach the mainstream after Facebook spent $2bn (£1.2bn) to buy a manufacturer of futuristic headsets that take control of a person’s field of vision.

Late on Tuesday night, Facebook founder – and chief executive – Mark Zuckerberg said it was time for the social network to “start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences”.

The answer, for the billionaire entrepreneur, is contained in the purchase of Oculus, the maker of the distinctive $350 Rift headset – which looks like a massive pair of opaque diving goggles.

Once strapped on to a person’s face – and supplemented by a set of headphones, and they are capable of transporting the bearer into a new field of experience .

Inside, there is a screen for each eye, displaying high-resolution video generated by a computer.

They render a 3D image taking up your entire field of view, while advanced motion tracking technology allows the eye-screens to track the movements of the head.

“We’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences,” said Zuckerberg, offering a window into his thinking.

“Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face – just by putting on goggles in your home.”

However, anyone who has heard about virtual reality will know this sort of excitement is familiar. The technology has proved tough to develop.

Previous efforts have fallen prey to bad screens, worse graphics and nonexistent motion tracking.

But worst of all is the nausea. Bad VR can play havoc with your body’s sense of location, and lead to acute motion sickness.

The Rift attempts to beat those problems with a high-resolution display, super-accurate head-tracking sensors and a range of technologies designed to minimise the sickness. And, with Facebook’s money behind it, improvements will come ever quicker.

Facebook is not alone in betting on the new wave of virtual reality. “Oculus was founded on the contrarian belief that the right people at the right time could finally deliver on the science fiction promise,” said Chris Dixon, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm which pumped early investments into both Facebook and Oculus (as well as another company bought by Facebook, the photo-sharing website Instagram).

“Hardware components had become sufficiently powerful and inexpensive, and the pioneering engineers who invented 3D gaming were eager to explore a new frontier,” Dixon said. “Last year, my partner Gil Shafir and I spent time studying Oculus and virtual reality technology more generally.

“The more we learned, the more we became convinced that virtual reality would become central to the next great wave of computing.”

Nor is Oculus the first surprising acquisition for Zuckerberg. Earlier this month, Facebook reportedly began talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered drones.

But that was easily linked to one of Facebook’s existing business: Titan’s drones can stay airborne for five years, making them a cost-effective replacement for orbital satellites and crucial for Facebook’s Internet.org project to connect the developing world to the internet. In the end, it acquired a different company, Ascenta, instead.

The Oculus purchase is the first time the company has looked so far ahead, although it remains a considerable risk in the era where 3D television has struggled to win over consumers because few people want to wear glasses at home for a technology that is not obviously better than high definition.

There are also likely to be challenges of taste too. Already, the first adult-only software for Oculus has arrived, with companies such as Wicked Paradise preparing fully motion-captured “episodic erotic games”.

That might not be the sort of “personal experience” that Mark Zuckerberg is looking for either. But he will need some sort of compelling application if the technology – and his $2bn bet – is to succeed.

Bought by Facebook

Instagram, bought in April 2012, $1bn

In 2012, Facebook astonished the tech industry with its purchase of the mobile photo app. Two years on, it is regarded as a smart move for a firm trying to redefine itself as mobile first. There has been intense competition with rival Twitter since the deal, with Instagram removing Twitter integration and Twitter blocking “find my Twitter friends” from Instagram.

Face.com, June 2012, $21m

The acquisition of the Israeli facial recognition company Face.com made a statement about Facebook’s plan to dominate the photo-sharing market. Face.com’s technology was soon incorporated into the “tag suggest” feature, allowing users to automatically tag themselves in friends’ pictures, but it also led to problems. Just months later, the company had to turn off the feature in the EU after Irish regulators ruled that infringed the privacy of users.

Branch, January 2014, $15m

Branch media was started by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone, and attempted to encourage more in-depth discussion from social media. Facebook was interested in the core technology, and acquired the team to improve its own comment features.

WhatsApp, February 2014, $19bn

The biggest acquisition to date. Facebook wanted WhatsApp’s 450 million monthly users, all attracted by the simplicity of the free, mobile-focused messaging service. Some have viewed the deal as a defensive move by Facebook, which has gained control of a competitor that may have undermined it in years to come

…and the ones that got away


Snapchat, the ephemeral photo messaging service, seemed mad to reject Facebook’s offer of $3bn for a buyout. The company, which was two years old and still “pre-profitable” in Silicon Valley parlance, decided it was worth more, and turned it down. Snapchat hopes to become a competitor to Facebook, rather than just a subsidiary of it. But in the months since, it’s been beset by security flaws, and already some are fearing that its young users may move on to something else. Should it have taken the money when it could?

Titan Aerospace

A firm that specialises in solar-powered drones that fly at high altitude seems an odd thing for Facebook to try to buy. They are capable of staying airborne for five years at a time, which makes them a suitable replacement for orbital satellites. Facebook’s plan was reportedly to use them for its Internet.org project, which aims to connect five billion people in developing nations to the web, but the company eventually acquired a different firm in the same space.

• This article was amended on 28 March 2014. An earlier version said Facebook had acquired Titan Aerospace. It did not buy Titan, but was said to be in talks to do so. The article was further amended on 4 April 2014 to edit and move a paragraph about Titan Aerospace, which had appeared under the subheading “Bought by Facebook”.

Smartphone Components Getting Harder to Find

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A new report has concluded that a sizeable proportion of modern technology (in particular smartphones, tablets and other commonly-used gadgets) is extremely over reliant on very rare materials.

If the report’s findings are accurate, the scarcity of the metals and metalloids in question, combined with a sharply increasing demand for such devices, could seriously damage design innovation, as well as the manufacture of future products.

The report, compiled by researchers at Yale University, discussed the use of 62 materials found in widely used technology. Ultimately, the study concluded that none of the 62 metals or metalloids could be replaced without damaging the efficiency of the product. In fact, 12 of the 62 materials could not be replaced at all.

The potential substitute materials simply aren’t up to the job or, perhaps more worryingly, don’t actually exist. In either instance, these material shortages could lead to an economic and technological downturn in the development of mobile technology.

All of the rare components listed are difficult and expensive to obtain.

This scarcity of product availability would limit potential profits, as well as creating something of a ‘glass ceiling’ for innovation and product improvement.

This new report marks the first time that this worrying issue has been properly researched.

In the eyes of many, this study should be seen as a warning and a wake up call. In 2010, China restricted the trading of some of the components featured in the study. It was an act that increased market prices fivefold.

As these materials become increasingly rare, tactics like this may become ever more frequent, causing increased political tension around the world.

It also needs to be stated that the mass manufacture of these devices drains the planet of natural resources and the processing of these materials seriously harms our environment.

The report itself warns that,

“As wealth and population increase worldwide in the next few decades, scientists will be increasingly challenged to maintain and improve product utility by designing new and better materials, but doing so under potential constraints in resource availability.”



Yahoo Scandal

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Yahoo!’s policy of recycling inactive email accounts has backfired on them, as new account owners are receiving personal emails that aren’t meant for them.

The policy, active since June, means that Yahoo IDs and addresses are reassigned to a new user if left inactive for a year or more. But obviously both Yahoo! and some of its users got more than they bargained for.

The emails have been reported to contain highly sensitive information. As a result, privacy experts have been called in, in order to solve the problem quickly and without further incident.

According to a Yahoo! Spokesperson, “Before recycling inactive accounts we attempted to reach the account owners [in] multiple ways to notify them that they needed to log in to their account or it would be subject to recycling,” The spokesperson went on to say that, “We took many precautions to ensure this was done safely – including deleting any private data from the previous account owner, sending bounce-backs to the senders for at least 30-60 days letting them know the account no longer existed and unsubscribing the accounts from commercial mail.”

Interviewed by BBC News, Tom Jenkins, an IT security professional and recipient of such an account, revealed just how damaging this malfunction could potentially be, “I can gain access to their Pandora account, but I won’t. I can gain access to their Facebook account, but I won’t. I know their name, address and phone number. I know where their child goes to school. I know the last four digits of their social security number. I know they had an eye doctor’s appointment last week and I was just invited to their friend’s wedding.”

As much as Yahoo! has responded swiftly to this scandal, critics who have slated the initiative from the beginning are now finding themselves vindicated. Mike Rispoli of Privacy International said, “These problems were flagged by security and privacy experts a few months ago when Yahoo announced their intention to recycle old emails, and cautioned that Yahoo’s plan created significant security and privacy risks. Yahoo downplayed these risks, and ignored critics, but now we see these concerns were legitimate,”

Mr. Rispoli went on to say that, “This email recycling scheme, an effort to re-engage old users and attract new ones, is resulting in some of our most intimate data being accessed by someone we don’t know and without our knowledge (…) We’re talking about account passwords, contacts for friends and families, medical records – this issue needs to be addressed immediately by Yahoo if they care about the privacy of their users and want them to trust the company with sensitive information.”
Our experts say that the best way to avoid this fate is actually to cancel any email account that is not currently in at least semi-regular use, having first deleted all content from the account.


Robot Astronaut

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Robots are in the news a lot lately. From Google’s mysterious plans to do something vaguely robotic over the next ten years (we’re not allowed to know exactly what), to Amazon’s proposal to build flying drones for international deliveries, it seems that the metal munchkins are everywhere, but none are as cute, nor as interesting, as Kirobo.

Resembling a cross between a mid-90’s SNES protagonist and an overgrown Lego man, Kirobo the robot stands at just 33CM tall (which is still positively gargantuan for a Lego man). His claim to fame? Kirobo is the world’s first robot astronaut and is currently orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS), where he has been since August of this year.

Kirobo was designed and built during a collaboration between an advertising company called Dentsu, the University of Tokyo and car manufacturers Toyota. He was designed as a companion for Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who is perhaps best known as the first Japanese person to command the ISS.

Kirobo’s creators hope that the diminutive robot will provide emotional support to Wakata, providing interesting sociological data regarding whether robotic companions can comfort individuals who are subjected to long periods of isolation.

Kirobo has been specially designed to navigate zero gravity environments, he can also speak and understand spoken commands. In fact, Kirobo has many of the same properties as a smartphone in that he can record video and make (very) long distance calls (although his high score on ‘Juice Cubes’ is not yet a matter of public record). Kirobo’s facial recognition software means that he can recognise and react to certain individuals (presumably empathizing with their moods).

In addition to being a cutting edge piece of technology, Kirobo also appears to be of a friendly disposition, the little guy has already called us from space, saying, “My dream is to see human beings and robots live together as friends,”
Kirobo also reportedly requested Wakata’s presence at the station, saying “I really want to see you soon”, he’ll be waiting a long time, however, as Wakata is not due at the ISS for about eleven months.

Fannon joins gadget insurance company as sales director

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John Fannon joins gadget insurance company and looks to build high street partnerships

Former T-Mobile and EE national sales manager John Fannon has been appointed as sales director of consumer gadgets insurance firm, Supercover Insurance.

Fannon spent 14 years at T-Mobile and EE, before a two and a half year stint at dealer OneCom, where he held the role of sales director and business development director.

Since leaving OneCom in December 2013, he has spent a number of months acting as a consultant for a number of companies including Supercover Insurance.

The new appointment represents a change of direction in Fannon’s career which has primarily focussed on the telecoms side of the mobile industry. He believes there is great potential in the insurance sector, particularly in developing white label partnerships with high street brands.

“Great tranches of technology owners and consumers simply don’t think about the value of the kit they’re carrying around,” he said in a statement.

Supercover Insurance, which owns the www.gadget-cover.com brand, will be hoping to tap into Fannon’s extensive industry experience and contacts book.

“John knows the telecoms and technology market inside-out, and so brings the potential to ignite even bigger and wider opportunities with both current and prospective business partners – as well as help develop Supercover’s own brands.” Supercover Insurance chief executive Carmi Korine added.

Alien Life Underground

Ms Schreckengost takes up the story

The relatively recent discovery of life deep under the Earth’s surface has led some scientists to speculate that extraterrestrial life may also live below the surfaces of other planets.

Sean McMahon, a PHD student at the University of Aberdeen and leader of a team researching this theory, believes that the scientific community should be considering more planets with liquid water beneath the surface to be potentially habitable by alien organisms. To this end, McMahon and his team created a computer model that estimates the temperature below the surface of a planet, given the body’s size and relative distance from the sun. The results were surprising.

The model demonstrates that the habitable zone of an Earth-like planet is actually three times larger than previously considered, if potential underground habitats (specifically the top 5KM) are included as a possibility.

Scientifically, this theory is very valid. There are many organisms that live below the Earth’s surface, the deepest point that life has been found under our surface was 5.3KM, but scientists believe that life could exist as far below as 10KM.

In 2011, South African miners discovered 2.4 Metre long nematodes living at a depth of 1.3KM. The so-called ‘worms from hell’ are living proof that in the words of ‘Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm “life will find a way”. Extremeophiles, organisms that survive in incredibly hostile environments, have been discovered in places as disparate as active volcanoes, deep under ground and, amazingly, below the seafloor.

Is it too crazy to assume that similar creatures exist on other planets as well?

In fact, it seems even crazier to think that nobody ever considered it before.

Dr. Norman Sleep, a geophysicist with Stanford University in the US, thinks this idea is viable. He uses Mars as just one tantalizing example “A planet like Mars was clement at the start and could have evolved photosynthesis before freezing at the surface” he told science magazine ‘Science Uncovered’.

The most exceptional thing about this theory is that NASA’s Curiosity Rover, which is currently surveying the surface of the Red Planet, could be in a position to find evidence of this.

However, it is important for scientists (and journalists!) not to get carried away by this idea. “We have only recently started to discover this type of life on Earth,” he told Science Uncovered.

What (if any) evidence can be collected to validate this amazing new theory remains to be seen.

800,000 Year Old Footprints Discovered

reported by Dave G

The earliest evidence of Human footprints (outside of Africa, where most experts believe modern Humans first appeared) has been discovered in the United Kingdom.

The prints, believed to be some 800,000 years old, were identified on the shores of Happisburgh, a small village situated on the Norfolk coastline. The footprints represent a major prehistoric find, as they are direct evidence of the earliest known Humans in Northern Europe.

Dr. Nick Ashton, of The British Museum, said of the footprints that “(They are) one of the most important discoveries, if not the most important discovery that has been made on [Britain’s] shores,”

The hollow, foot-shaped markings were discovered during a low tide last year, when unusually rough seas exposed an area of sandy beach.

Sadly, the footprints were washed away fairly quickly, but they were visible long enough to be properly recorded, photographed and studied. Dr. Aston and his team worked hard to document the monumental discovery, even as heavy rainfall filled the tracks, “The rain was filling the hollows as quickly as we could empty them,” he told a BBC reporter.

Fortunately, the team was able to obtain a 3D scan of the prints. This scan revealed that the footprints likely belonged to a group consisting of an adult male and a few children. This has led some experts to speculate that the prints are those left by a prehistoric family group. The scan was so accurate, that the adult’s shoe size was determined to have been a comfortable 8.

Dr. Isabelle De Groote of Liverpool John Moore’s University was the first to confirm that the hollows were Human footprints. She told BBC that, “They appear to have been made by one adult male who was about 5ft 9in (175cm) tall and the shortest was about 3ft. The other larger footprints could come from young adult males or have been left by females. The glimpse of the past that we are seeing is that we have a family group moving together across the landscape.”

The family, however, were not modern Humans. Experts believe that they would have likely belonged to a group called Homo Antecessor. Remains of this extinct Human species (or possibly subspecies) have been found throughout Europe, most notably in Spain. They are thought to be among the continent’s earliest Human inhabitants.

It is generally accepted that Homo Antecessor was either a relative of Homo Heidelbergensis (an early Human considered most likely to be the direct ancestor of both modern Humans and Neanderthals), or else the same species. In either instance, h. Heidelbergensis is known to have lived in Britain about 500,000 years ago, which is about 300,000 years after changing temperatures are thought to have wiped out Britain’s Homo Antecessor population.

Homo Heidelbergensis is said to have evolved into Homo Neanderthalensis (Neanderthal Man), who lived, alongside our own Homo Sapien ancestors, until about 40,000 years ago, when the receding ice (and possibly competition for food) signaled the end for our last surviving sister species.

Interestingly, in 2010, Dr. Aston and his team discovered stone tools of a kind known to have been used by h. Antecessor in Happisburgh. It is a discovery that neatly compliments that of the footprints. This find, and other supporting material, effectively confirms the presence of early Humans in Britain about one million years ago.

According to Dr. Aston, the find will rewrite our understanding of British and European prehistory. To put that into perspective a little, the Happisburgh footprints are the only such find of this age to have ever been seen outside of Africa. Even then, there are only three specimens that are considered to be older across the African continent.

800, 000 years ago the earliest Britons left a lasting mark on the landscape. In so doing, they inadvertently sent us a message from the past about who they were and how they might have lived.





Where’s my Gadget Show demo and who’s this new geezer

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The clocks have gone forward, the weather is getting nicer and everyone is out enjoying the sunshine. Well, everyone but us. It’s all good though, as we’re knee deep in code and art and it’s for a good cause, as we have a stand at the Gadget Show Live… in case you hadn’t heard! Demo is coming along nicely, levels have been polished, single player challenge and multi-player have been started and other levels are starting to progress.

As a nice boss I decided I really didn’t want to get people to work overtime on the demo, so we’ve done what we can in the time and no-one is feeling burnt out or anything (although Anya is working with a nasty cold). We need everyone in top form as we’ll be manning the stands for six days next week. Comfy shoes have been bought and certain members of staff have been eyeing up collapsible stools (of the sitting variety of course).

However, something strange happened this week…. we got 1/4 bigger. Not by eating too many burgers, but by gaining a staff member! Our new Artist, Frederic, started on Tuesday and he’s jolly good. He’s got stuck into Unity, knocking up some level ideas and is getting used to Blender. He is currently modelling a Dracula-themed robot which is one of the character variations we have for the player.

Will continues to make code, chase bugs and curse at Unity when it crashes. We now have a loading screen, shielded bots are getting nicer, spawners are spawning better (as one would hope) and players are starting to do victory dances (as this is important to us).

Anya has been getting the new boy up to speed, as well as updating levels and adding some new ones. Although her main tasks this week have been responding to my “Anya can you fix this ” or “Anya, can you make me this thing please”. She’s also been up to get eyes in getting the PR art ready for the show. Busy little bee.

I suppose my main new thing this week has been the MagNet upgrade which is looking quite spiffy as well as getting the multi-player and challenge stuff going (with all the usual UI work you have to do as well). I’ve even been getting stuck into Twitter which is something I normally find “challenging”.

We’re almost at the half-way point now in development and I’d say we’re looking pretty healthy. We were definitely a good few weeks behind last month but we’re catching up and Frederic is really going to help things move forward. We also have a new collaborator coming on-board to help us out with concept art. More on that next week.

So, that’s it for this week! Go have fun in the sun, we’ll be clocking off at 6, or as it’s known around here: beer o’clock.

Gadget Freak Review Wearable Device Reduces Migraines; LED Outlet Replacement

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This Gadget Freak review first looks at a wearable device that uses an adhesive electrode and headband to help reduce migraines and could help migraine suffers take less medication. Then we will look at a plug-and-play outlet cover that replaces traditional night lights.

This week’s vintage Gadget Freak shows off 15-year-old Gadget Freak John Duffy’s powerful LED flashlight.

Wearable device reduces migraines

Frequent migraine suffers could be in for some relief with Cefaly, a tiara-like device worn on your forehead to help reduce the frequency of migraines. Its creators say regular use has been shown to reduce migraine episodes and medication use.

The device works with an electrode to give off precise micro-impulses to stimulate the endings of the trigeminal nerve, which is typically involved in most headaches and migraines. Stimulating the nerve achieves a sedative effect, and regular sedation helps reduce the amount of migraines.

To use Cefaly, you place the adhesive electrode on the horizontal line that connects your eyebrows. Then you place the device around the electrode so it connects. Once in place, you turn it on with a button and can adjust the intensity. During the 20-minute session, you can relax or carry on with your regular activity.

Clinical studies have been carried out since 2008, Cefaly Technology says, and 81% of regular users (those who “use the device according to medical recommendations”) have been satisfied with the results. Regular users have reduced their medication use by 75%, and the frequency of their migraines is down 77%.

Due to federal law, Cefaly can be purchased only by a physician or on the order of a physician. The first devices will be shipped in April and are already sold out online. The device costs $295, and a three pack of multiuse electrodes costs $25. Each electrode can be used up to 20 times.

LED outlet replacement

The SnapRays Guidelight is a plug-and-play solution to replace standard plug-in night lights and hardwired guide lights. Designed to look like and replace the standard outlet cover plate, the device installs over a standard electrical outlet and does not require any wires or batteries.

The patented Power Extractors found on the backside of the Guidelight “slide into the electrical box and around the outlet receptacle making contact with the sides of the outlet,” the company says on its Kickstarter page. This technology “enables the device to extract power without having to hardwire, plug into, or occupy an outlet.”

LEDs illuminate through the bottom and keep the outlets clear for use. A light sensor can turn the LEDs on and off automatically. The company says the device will cost less than 10 cents a year to power.

The Kickstarter campign has well surpassed its original $12,000 goal; backers have pledged more than $400,000 with about a week to go. A pledge of $12 will get you one Guidelight, which is expected to ship in April or May.

Vintage Gadget Freak: Super LED flashlight hits 3,000 lumens

John Duffy, our youngest ever Gadget Freak at 15, has put together a powerful LED flashlight. He calls the LED a major advance over Edison’s incandescent lighting. “Nowadays we have LEDs that are significantly more powerful and efficient, and they run on low-voltage DC.”

Duffy’s super LED flashlight runs at almost 30 W and 3,000 lumens. By comparison, bright xenon car headlights reach about 1,000 lumens. He says you have to be careful building and using this gadget, because it is powerful enough to blind someone if used up close. He used welding glasses while constructing it.

Gadget lovers excited over new smartphone models

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The race between smartphone companies continues in the region. Dubai witnessed two interesting product launches on Wednesday. Samsung launched Galaxy S5 in the morning while HTC launched One (M8) in the evening.

HTC One (M8) will be available in the market from Friday (April 4) and Galaxy S5 will be available by April 11.
Featuring a number of apps, both manufactures have tall claims.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board to work on adding real value to our consumers’ lives, while giving them the best-in-class capabilities on the market,” says Hayssam Yassine, head of Telecommunications at Samsung Gulf Electronics.

The phone combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.
Featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.
The device offers the world’s fastest autofocus, with a speed of up to 0.3 seconds, and advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) that reproduces natural light and color with striking intensity under any circumstances.

The product finds its perfect companion in the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device. The device has an attractive heart-beat-counting App too.

HTC unveiled its new flagship smartphone M8, an upgrade to the award-winning HTC One that it hopes will bring back some of the market share lost to Samsung.
The device has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than its predecessor, as well as improved camera technology, a faster processor and updated software.

“With the HTC One (M8), we are taking our award-winning HTC One concept a step further,” said Neeraj Seth, head of marketing, during the launching ceremony that took place at Atlantis, in Dubai
“Our newest smartphone is the ultimate evolution of its predecessor, offering a more refined experience than ever before” he added.

The device houses Super LCD3 touch screen with Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by Quad-core 2.3 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB internal storage capacity.
The M8 has a micro SD slot which supports up to 128GB capacity.

The M8 features a metal body and number of innovations including dual rear facing camera for capturing the depth of the image and a 5MP front-facing camera as well as introducing a new version of its Android UI, Sense 6.

Available in gunmetal grey and glacial silver the product features the all-new HTC Sense 6, with a high quality metal uni-body and a smart sensor hub that anticipates customer’s needs, using motion launch controls to make everyday tasks easier.