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Canonical turns to crowdfunding for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone

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The Ubuntu Edge, the dual-booting Android/Linux smartphone which was teased today in a promo video, needs a little help getting off the ground.

Canonical, the people behind Ubuntu, have launched an Indiegogo campaign to try and get a hefty $32 million to get their device to market. Read more »

Canon testing EOS-1D X successor with alleged 75MP sensor

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Yes, you read that right – Canon is supposedly testing out a new DSLR camera which will have a monstrous sensor with over 75 million pixels.

It will retain the look and build quality of the EOS-1D X, but with a ultra high-resolution rear screen to go alongside the unheard-of sensor. Read more »

South Korean smartphone ownership triples in 2 years, now highest in the world

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The latest figures coming out of Asia indicate that South Korea has continued its dominance as the country with the highest global smartphone ownership, with some 73% of users polled owning smartphones.

This is close to triple the number in 2011, when the country had just 27% smartphone penetration. Read more »

2 year later VLC media player returns to iOS

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After being pulled off the App Store due to licensing issues, the capable VLC media player has been completely rewritten and is back on Apple’s mobile platform.

The open-source app is now bi-licensed under Mozilla’s Public License v2 and the GNU Public License v2, which VideoLAN believes won’t have any distribution issues under Apple’s rather stringent licensing regulations. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s handwriting recognition tested with coin, pen and knife

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra was announced last month as the company’s first foray into the realm of phablets with its robust 6.5-inch screen.

Besides the new Triluminous display engine, the Z Ultra features Sony’s handwriting recognition technology, which lets you write on the display using nearly anything with tip less than 1mm in diameter. This latest video takes a closer look at exactly what does and doesn’t work as a writing device – from a set of keys to Stanley knives. Read more »

Samsung announces a new enterprise SSD that does 3000MB/s, blows away the competition

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Samsung is demonstrating its prowess beyond the mobile sector with the new NVMe SSD 2.5″ SSD, which can achieve the incredible read speeds of 3000MB/s.

According to Samsung, this is some 14 times faster than conventional enterprise HDD’s, and ten times faster than standard high-end SSD storage. Read more »

First official video of the HTC One mini arrives

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The new compact HTC One mini has just went official, and as tradition dictates, HTC has released a promo video on YouTube to mark the occasion.

The HTC One mini looks just like a minuaturized version of the HTC One flagship, all the way down to its aluminum body and UltraPixel camera (even if the Optical Image Stabilization has been stripped). Read more »

Truecaller collaborative phone directory hacked?

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The Truecaller global phone directory, a service which finds contact details for a given name or telephone number via crowd-sourcing, has had its main database hacked according to a report by BGR. The hackers have reportedly had access to some 450GB of data, most of it not really intended for public usage.

The hack was pulled off my the Syrian Electronic Army, who claim to have the data of over a million users, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts. Truecaller has since released a statement refuting that any sensitive data has been compromised. Read more »

BitTorrent Sync enters Beta, introduces Android app

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Back in January, we reported on the Alpha version of the new personal cloud storage service from the creators of the popular peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol.

BitTorrent Sync, which lets you share and transfer large files in the same way that BitTorrent does, has just entered Beta, and has released an Android app to allow users to share files between mobiles as well. Read more »

WhatsApp to start charging $0.99 per year now

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WhatsApp, the hugely popular cross-platform instant messaging app that lets you message other users for free over the internet, is starting to charge an annual fee for its service.

It will now cost $0.99 per year for you to be able to message your friends on WhatsApp. Read more »

Sony highlights water resistance in latest series of Xperia videos

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Ever since the release of its IP57-certified Xperia Z flagship, water resistance has been on Sony’s lips almost every time the word Xperia gets mentioned.

The latest series of ads aims to emphasize just that by showing a cute water droplet looking for friendship. Read more »

Nokia releases HERE Drive+ for non-Lumia devices, voice-guided navigation comes for a fee

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If you’re of the small demographic who own Windows Phone 8 devices devices not made by Nokia (which is now under 20% of WP users), you’d be glad to hear that Nokia is making its HERE Drive+ navigation service available to all WP8 smartphone.

Until now, HERE Drive+ and its global, offline turn-by-turn navigation was exclusive to high-end Lumias, and one of the key advantages to owning a Lumia over other WP8 devices. Read more »

Moto X to sport a gesture-controlled Clear Pixel camera

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The upcoming “All-American” smartphone from Motorola, dubbed Moto X, has had a few more of its details leak, this time regarding its camera.

Taylor Wimberly of androidandme.com posted that the new Moto X “will feature a Clear Pixel Camera with gesture controls.” Read more »

Sony’s my Xperia app comes out of beta – to be available globally soon

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Back in February, we brought you word of Sony’s beta test for its new ‘my Xperia’ app, a service which allows you to locate a lost Xperia smartphone.

Initially, only available in select Nordic regions, my Xperia is set to come out of beta and launch globally for Xperia handsets manufactured 2012 or later, in the coming weeks. Read more »

New octa-core K3V3 processor from Huawei confirmed

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Huawei is reported finalizing development of its new octa-core processor, dubbed Hisilicon K3V3.

It will reportedly feature a new technology that improves power efficiency and also cools the processor when running at high temperature. Read more »