RadioShack to offer Sprint HTC One for $199.99+$50 Google Play gift card, T-Mobile offering free car kit on $99 down

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PhanDroid has received a promotional flyer from RadioShack that shows the price of the upcoming HTC One for $199.99. The interesting part about the flyer is that RadioShack offers a $50 Google Play gift card with the purchase of an HTC One on a 2-year contract. The flyer doesn’t give any word on a release date, but the HTC One is expected to launch sometime in April.

T-Mobile on the other hand offers a deal of its own: Order the HTC One online and receive a free car kit. The kit allows you put your phone on your car’s windshield or dashboard to use as a GPS. T-Mobile offers the HTC One for $99 down plus an extra $20 a month.

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Bing vs. Google: Competition gets turned up on April Fool’s Day (Video)

While Google has played several light-hearted April Fool’s jokes today, Microsoft’s search engine Bing took things to the next level by pretending to be Google.

To see the somewhat harsh joke, go to Bing’s website and then search for “Google.” A Google-like search page will appear with the header “Bing.” The fake search page features floating squares that criticize Google, but it most notably changed Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button to “I’m Feeling Confused” with link to a blog post that fully explains the joke. 

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According to Bing.com’s blog:

So today we’re running a special test, where if you visit bing.com and enter a certain telltale query, you’ll get something a little more bland. We decided to go back to basics, to the dawn of the Internet, to reimagine Bing with more of a 1997, dial-up sensibility in mind. We may see some uptick in our numbers based on this test, but the main goal here is just to learn more about how our world would look if we hadn’t evolved.

So, Microsoft has basically slammed Google’s look and deemed it dated. Yeah. Way to keep things light, Redmond. Don’t worry, though: Google has lashed back.

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Google April Fool’s Day Roundup: ‘Nose’ scent search,YouTube closing, Gmail Blue, Treasure Hunt Maps, Google+ Photos +Emotion, SCHMICK, more

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Google has begun its yearly unveiling of April Fool’s Day jokes with some clever new ideas that probably come up in strategy meetings throughout the year.

Google Nose. Searching a query on Google and clicking the ‘Nose Beta’ button can only find this ‘service’. The service isn’t real of course, but you can read about its features on Nose’s homepage. Funniest bit?

Don’t ask, don’t smell: For when you’re wary of your query – SafeSearch included.

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Best Buy to give Samsung Apple-style store-in-store facilities

Geek.com reports that Best Buy plans to introduce Samsung ‘store-in-store’ facilities: an area of the store devoted exclusively to Samsung products and with specially trained staff on hand to demonstrate features.

Apple is so far the only company to be featured in this way:

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An unspecified number of Best Buy stores are said to introduce the Samsung areas to coincide with the launch of the Galaxy S IV.

Ouya Android-based gaming system gets reviewed, begins shipping to backers, June 4 retail launch

We’ve discussed the Ouya before. It was initially an incredibly well-funded ($8.5 million from 65,000 backers) Kickstarter Game console project based on Android that costs $99. The hardware is similar to a Nexus 7 with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via USB), but that outputs to a 1080p display.

Along with games (which are all free to try), Ouya allows streaming apps such as Twitch.tv, Crunchyroll, iheartradio, TuneIn, XBMC, Plex and Flixster, so your $99 is getting some solid features right off the bat.

Reviews are in today, and it appears that it is still a little rusty but has serious potential.

Hit up reviews at VergeWiredCNETAllThingsD, and others.

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Facebook smartphone with HTC launching soon, ad campaign in the works

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Follow years of rumors and speculation, Facebook is finally readying an entry into the mobile phone market. The social network is again hooking up with HTC which will design the hardware. The two companies have been working on a major marketing campaign in Southern California in recent weeks.

According to people familiar with the development of the marketing campaign for the Facebook/HTC phone, the advertisements are designed to focus on the potential user of the device, not on the hardware or software. As a nod to this phone being a much expanded version of the Facebook application found on iOS and standard Android devices, one of the tag-lines for the device is “more than just an app”.

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