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Sony announces five new point-and-shoot cameras, all pack 360-degree panorama mode

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The new Xperia Z and ZL were the stars of the Sony show yesterday, but the Japanese company also unveiled a number of digital cameras. Five new point and shoot cameras debuted and they are all pretty feature-packed.

Potentially the most popular of the new cameras will be the CyberShot WX80 – a $200 camera with a 16.2MP sensor, 8x optical zoom (25-200mm), 1080i60 video capture and built-in Wi-Fi. Read more »

Asus ME301T MemoPad 10, a $365 10-inch Android tablet, could show up at CES

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According to rumors, Asus has plans to introduce two cheap 7″ Android tablets at CES (maybe as cheap as $129). A leak from retailer Icecat.us points to a cheap 10″ tablet that might be joining them at the Asus CES booth.

The tablet is known only as Asus ME301T MemoPad 10, will apparently pack a Tegra 3 chipset (like the one in the Nexus 7) and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Here’s the story of the first Android mascot and how the dessert-based naming scheme came to be

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Android’s mascot, affectionately known as Bugdroid, has become instantly recognizable in the mobile world and it has already gone several transformations to match the dessert a given Android version is named after. But Bugdroid wasn’t the first mascot.

These loopy-looking robots were. They were created by Dan Morrill, who worked in developer relations, when he decided that slides for a presentation to Google’s dev team needed eye candy. Read more »

Corning to showcase Gorilla Glass 3 at CES, says it’s three times tougher

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Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become synonymous with scratch-resistance for mobile devices (both phones and tablets), so we’re excited to see the third iteration of the product. Corning will showcase it at CES and its president will give a talk about the future of specialized glass for the video and gaming industry.

Gorilla Glass 3 promises a 3x increase in scratch resistance and fewer visible scratches. Read more »

Official Nexus 7 dock should go on sale this Sunday, can be yours for $40

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The official dock for the Google Nexus 7 tablet was first announced in early August last year, but we’ve barely heard from it since (the Asus Japan site has it listed, but it’s currently out of stock). So, here’s some good news – B&H Photo Video has the dock listed on their site as coming soon.

The Nexus 7 dock features a microUSB port used for charging and data connectivity along with a 3.5mm audio jack to plug in external speakers. Read more »

Enable Smart Stay and Smart Rotate on any Android with the GMD Smart Rotate app

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Samsung put a number of exclusive features on their high-end Android devices, like Smart Stay and Smart Rotate. Now, using the GMD Smart Rotate app you can replicate both of those features on a non-TouchWiz device (or on a lower-end Samsung).

The free version of the app implements Smart Rotate – it uses the front-facing camera instead of the accelerometer to rotate the screen. The advantage is that there are situations where the accelerometer gets it wrong – e.g. when you’re lying on your side or if the phone/tablet is on a flat surface. Read more »

Windows 8 Store now has over 35,000 apps in its catalog

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We already saw how the Windows Phone 8 Store is doing, time to have a look at the Windows 8 store. According to MetroStore Scanner, the store for Microsoft’s new computer OS has over 35,000 apps, over 22,000 of which are available in the UK.

That’s not bad, considering that the Store had only 10,000 apps at the end of October. Read more »

Tablet web traffic sees iPad dominate again, Kindle Fire ahead of Nexus line, Surface RT barely makes a mark

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The Apple iPad is the most popular tablet hands down and unsurprisingly it dominates the web traffic share in the US and Canada with 87% in the month of December (was 88% in November).

The data comes from Chitika Insights who use it as a yard stick. Read more »

Samsung will unveil Smart Hub TVs at CES, releases a teaser video for a mystery TV

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Samsung is teasing a new TV that will be unveiled at CES early next year. The video is obscure as can be, but the company’s Flickr account has several images of the revamped Smart TVs, which will be showcased at CES too, and are slightly more generous with the details.

The new Smart Hub promises easier to use interface and it will serve as a content platform – the TVs will handle broadcast television as well as on-demand TV shows and movies, browse photos and support apps too. Read more »

Aptina announces 8MP camera sensor that shoots 1080p@60fps video and does oversampling

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California-based camera sensor maker Aptina announced a couple of 8MP sensors that promise high-quality, high-speed video recording. The smartphone-bound AR0835 sensor does oversampling (a technique used by the Nokia 808 PureView) to provide what the company claims is broadcast quality video capture.

And it can do it at 60 frames per second, if you’re shooting 1080p video, and 120fps for 720p. Read more »

Specs of two 7″ Jelly Bean tablets by Asus leak, announcement might come at CES

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Asus seems to have two low-cost Android tablets in the works, carrying the model codes ME371MG and ME172V. Their specs were dug up by an Italian website and promise two 7″ tablets with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at a low price. The duo should make an appearance at CES.

The lower-end tablet, the Asus ME172V, will have a 7″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, built with TN tech rather than IPS (so viewing angles probably won’t be great). Read more »

LG makes an ad for the Nexus 4, shows all the awesome Jelly Bean features

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While the Nexus 4 hardly needs introduction, it’s still nice to see LG take a swing at promoting the new Google phone. The two minute ad is set to some light music and goes over all the features that the Nexus 4 can be proud of.

You can check out the ad after the jump – for some this is the closest they can get to a Nexus 4, considering just how quickly (and often) it goes out of stock. Read more »

Next iPhone to have dual-LED, dual-color flash?

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The rumor mill wastes no time when it comes to “the next iPhone”. We received an anonymous tip that the next Apple smartphone (whether it’s the iPhone 6 or 5S) will have a dual-LED flash, but it’s going to be unlike any other dual-LED flash we’ve seen before. It’s going to have LEDs of two different colors.

The rumor came with no evidence (certainly no photos) but it’s seemingly too odd to be made up. Read more »

Samsung does a teardown of the Galaxy Note II, tells us all about its internals

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most feature-packed devices on the market right now, but have you ever wondered what components are used to make all of those features work? Well, Samsung has torn the device down, giving us an idea of what things do and it’s coincidentally a good opportunity for it to remind you how awesome the Note II is.

First there’s the beautifully arranged collage of all the components, followed by detailed description of each of them. For example, you can see what the digitizer that detects the S Pen at a distance looks like. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets software update brings support for 128GB SDXC cards

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S recently went back on sale after Sony fixed the issues that caused its IPX-4 certified splash-proof tablet to leak. Now they’re issuing a small software update that adds SDXC support.

The update means that 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards will work. Keep in mind that we’re talking full size SD cards here, not microSD cards like on most other tablets. Read more »