HTC One puts ultrapixels over megapixels

HTC's flagship smartphone has new camera features, Google is reportedly looking into opening retail stores, and Hotmail is being moved onto Outlook.com.

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Tuesday's tech news roundup looks into the HTC One, the company's new flagship smartphone. To help HTC stand out again, the One has an aluminum body, a redesigned Sense interface, and an animated photo mode called Zoe. Most notable is the rear camera with 4 megapixels -- but HTC uses the term "ultrapixels" because the photos can pick up more light. Most top smartphones boast 8-megapixel cameras, but HTC says megapixels are a misunderstood metric for consumers. The HTC One will be available in March at AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile for $200 with a two-year contract.

Could Android phones be sold at a future Google store? Reports indicate that Google plans to open U.S. retail stores sometime this year. Perhaps Google is feeling left out of all the fun that Apple and Microsoft get to have with its stores.

Hotmail is entering its final chapter, as the service is moving to Outlook.com . Microsoft is pushing its new free Outlook email service and phasing out Hotmail. But fear not, Hotmail users -- you can keep your account name, but you'll just have to access it from Outlook.com.

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