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Facebook’s Paper taking on Flipboard and Currents on February 3

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Facebook unveiled its own news delivering app called Paper. It’s a minimalist app that’s heavy on eye candy and is mostly swipe-operated. It’s also quite immersive by bringing a full-screen clutter-free interface.

Instead of bringing you your news feed the app will let you chose from a list of curated genres – photography, design, sports, food and science. Big names in said categories will get their fair share of showing off but Facebook also promises to shine a light on emerging voices, letting you subscribe to their feeds as well. Read more »

16.3 MP Fujifilm X-T1 combines APS-C sensor and weather resistance

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Fujifilm has premiered the latest member to its X line of cameras – the X-T1. The device is premium-built, highly portable and very advanced. First off it features 80 points of weather sealing so that it’s water and dust resistant and can work up to -10 degrees Celsius. For the sealing to work you’d need to use one of three weather-repellent zoom lenses Fujifilm is releasing this year.

Although lacking a mirror (and thus not counting as a DSLR), the X-T1 has a 16MP APS-C sized sensor and its 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder is said to be the fastest in the world and “almost indistinguishable” from an optical viewfinder thanks to its 0.005s lag-time. The viewfinder also has the “world’s highest magnification (0.77x) for a digital camera” and three modes – Full, which shows a complete view of the scene, Normal which gives the optimum shooting view and Dual, which is designed for manual focus and shows a slit screen of Normal and focus area. Read more »

HTC Desire 700 dual-SIM hands-on

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If you’re a fan of HTC’s One flagship but can’t afford the hefty price tag, then we’ve got something special for you. The HTC Desire 700 dual-SIM takes after its flagship counterpart’s, and as the name suggests, even has dual-SIM capabilities thrown in.

The Desire 700 dual-SIM sports a design that was clearly inspired by the HTC One, only instead of a premium aluminum body the Desire 700 opts for plastic. The latter is unfortunately quite smudge-prone due to its glossiness, and the specs also fall short of HTC’s flagship, but the device is more than just a follower in the footsteps of greatness. Read more »

Apple celebrates 30 years of Macs in a creative way

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Apple is celebrating 30 years since the creation of the Mac lineup of computers. Before Apple was synonymous with the iPod, iPad and iPhone Macs were the reason the company survived. Well that and Steve Jobs’ relentlessness.

In honor of the 30th anniversary Apple has created a whole subsection of its website dubbed 30-years which focuses on people whose lives were influenced by the Mac. Various artists, musician Moby, designers and many more, each representing a different year and subsequent Mac device. Read more »

Google’s Street View car goes around the Top Gear track

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Google and BBC have teamed up for a little reasonably-priced car challenge at Top Gear’s track – the Dunsfold Aerodrome. The project involved the most popular tame racing driver, the Stig, and the Street View Opel (that’s Continental Europe for Vauxhall) Astra.

Aside from the standard Street View walkthrough of the famous track there’s also a video of the Street View car and a rampant Mercedes SLS AMG driven by the Stig going alongside it. Read more »

Desktop and Metro to play nice in upcoming Windows 8.1 update

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Thanks to some images that popped up over in Russian leakster WZor we get a glimpse of what Microsoft is working on for the first update to Windows 8.1.

In said leaked shots we see metro apps (in this case the Store) pinned on the taskbar in Windows 8.1 update 1 Desktop mode. An option dubbed ‘Show Store apps on the taskbar’ seems the likely culprit here – pictures after the break. Read more »

iOS leader in mobile ad consumption, despite Android’s market lead

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The latest State of Mobile Advertising coming from browser-maker Opera shows that while Android leads iOS in terms of browsing on smartphones 36% to 29% and when factoring in tablets, where Apple’s iPad is dominant the numbers are 38% for Android and 43% for Apple. Android is bringing in 32% of Opera revenues, while iOS churns in a massive 56%.

The numbers show that mobile ads are much more valuable on iOS devices. The numbers come from Opera’s Mediaworks, which serves over 60 billion monthly page impressions to some 425 million users. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 unofficial renders look credible, pretty hot

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is hot news these past couple of months – never mind that it’s not official. We’ve heard reports, whispers and even outright shouts about the upcoming flagship device and now, based on those, a Dutch website has created a render of the device, which we happen to find really hot.

The render is based on leaked information concerning the hardware but also the software of the device. It features an aluminum body, transparent TouchWiz on top of Android, the now familiar faux leather on the back and more. Read more »

Samsung teams up with illy, not going to make coffee machines though

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Samsung has teamed up with popular espresso maker illy in the UK but the partnership doesn’t have coffee machines planned. Instead Samsung and illy will represent their products in each other’s stores, starting on London’s Regent Street.

Samsung VP Yoinghee Lee has revealed to Pocket-Lint that “this partnership is about sharing a communality between two brands.” – hopes are that by the end of this year Samsung devices will be in two illy coffee shops and illy coffee in two Samsung flagship stores in the UK. Read more »

Skype brings HD video calling on iPhone 5s, forgets non-A7 devices

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Skype for iOS has received an update which mainly benefits Apple’s A7-capable devices. The iPhone 5s, iPad’s Air and iPad mini 2 will get two-way HD video calls, receiving messages while Skype is minimized while other iOS devices will also get faster syncing across all devices.

It’s a big step as the iPhone currently relied heavily on Apple’s FaceTime service, which is limited to the unimpressive HVGA (480px by 360px) resolution. Read more »

Nokia releases three DNG color profiles for Adobe Lightroom

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After enabling RAW shooting support for the Lumia 1020 and 1520 with the Lumia Black update Nokia is now helping those that use it to get better results with Adobe Lightroom.

DNG stands for Digital Negative and is basically a file containing all the information that the sensor has captured (rather than the JPEG images which use lossy compression) and give you more options in post processing. The DNG file has its own color profile and you can tinker with it in order to get interesting or more accurate results but to save you time Nokia has released three color profiles that can be inserted straight into Adobe Lightroom. Read more »

What do you know – iPhone 5c helped boost the iPhone 5s sales

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Immediately after the iPhone 5s and 5c unveiling a theory was formed here at HQ and it was that Apple deliberately placed the iPhone 5c, removing the premium-feeling iPhone 5 with a thicker plastic phone, so that if you wanted the top experience you’d have to go with the more expensive, latest iPhone 5s.

And after two months of selling across the globe the numbers behind both the iPhone 5s and 5c seem to justify that theory completely. The iPhone 5c captured less sales compared to the iPhone 4S from a year ago, while the iPhone 5s outdid last year’s flagship by almost 10%. Did the iPhone 5c push buyers to go for the higher-end, more expensive handset? Read more »

Here’s the Android gallery by the CyanogenMod team

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It’s a well documented fact that the stock Android gallery isn’t the most feature-rich out there. Many have resorted to third party apps (like QuickPic and others) and now the CyanogenMod team has entered the conversation with its very own concept of what the gallery on stock Android should look like.

GalleryNext can be installed through the free-for-all community for beta testers, which can download the beta app on Google Play and begin testing. For now features include a gallery with cloud integration (Flickr, Picasa, Google+, Facebook and Dropbox), grouping images by Moments, video playback, GIF support (yay!) and more. Read more »

Android KitKat-powered LG G2 demoed on video

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While native Korean owners of the LG G2 have basked in KitKat glory for some time now the rest of the G2 faithful around the globe are still waiting for the update to drop in this year’s first quarter.

To help the time pass, you can check out a video of the fresh new software running on an LG G2, recorded with Android SDK’s ADB utility. Check it out after the break. Read more »

Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of CES 2014

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This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.

While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »