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Sony announces SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 augmented reality glasses

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Sony has announced its new augmented reality glasses, called the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1. The glasses pair with your Android smartphone and show information from the phone on the glasses, along with showing information relevant to your surroundings using augmented reality applications.

The SmartEyeglass uses holographic waveguide technology to create 3.0mm augmented reality lenses with a transparency rate of 85%. This means you don’t need a display in front of your glasses, like on Google Glass, and the lenses themselves act as a display. Read more »

Google Talk for Windows to be deprecated on February 25

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After about ten years since it was first introduced, Google will be deprecating the Google Talk application for Windows. Google stopped allowing people to download the app long time ago but you can still continue using it, that is, until February 25.

Google already has a replacement in the form of Hangouts, which has been around for over a year now, and includes a lot more features, such as group messaging, audio and video calls, and emoji support. Read more »

NVIDIA Shield Portable gets an update to improve emulator performance

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NVIDIA has released an update to the Shield Portable device that improves the performance of emulators on the device. The update is small, at just over 3MB, and is optional.

This is good news as the Shield Portable is an ideal device for running emulators. For those not aware, emulators allow you to run games from other platforms, such as classic Nintendo games, which otherwise won’t run natively on Android. Since Shield Portable has built-in controls, it is great for playing classic games on the move and it is good to see NVIDIA acknowledge the typical use case of the device and work on improving that aspect. Read more »

Internet.org app launched in India, provides access to 38 sites for free

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Facebook and Reliance Communications have launched the Internet.org application in India. Through this app, Reliance users will be able to access 38 sites for free from their phones, i.e., without incurring data charges.

The list of sites includes Aaj Tak, AccuWeather, BBC News, Bing Search, Cleartrip, Daily Bhaskar, Dictionary.com, ESPN Cricinfo, Facebook,Hungama Music, IBNLive, India Today, Maharashtra Times, NDTV, OLX, Times of India, Wikipedia, wikiHow, and many more. Read more »

Nikon announces D810A for astrophotographers

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Nikon has launched a modified version of its D810 DSLR, the D810A. The D810A is the first full frame camera in the world optimized for astrophotography.

Most cameras have an IR cut filter that is designed to allow only those wavelengths of light that the human eye can see, so that the resulting image looks similar to what it looks to the human eye. However, the light emitted by far away stars and galaxies are often well beyond our visual range, and in order to capture them properly, you need a camera designed specifically for such application. Read more »

HTC allegedly working on Android tablet based on Nexus 9

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After making the Nexus 9 for Google, HTC is allegedly working on its own branded tablet, which will be based on the Nexus 9.

According to upleaks, the tablet will have similar dimensions as the Nexus 9, meaning a 9-inch display, probably with the same 4:3 aspect ratio. However, the hardware specifications will be different. Read more »

‘Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 2′ for iOS and Android game review

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Telltale has released the next episode in its Game of Thrones series of games. Called The Lost Lords, it is the second episode in the six part series based on the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, which itself is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books by George R. R. Martin.

The episode 2 continues from where the first episode left off, which we reviewed here. Episode 1 started off on a strong mark, so let’s see if episode 2 can keep the momentum going. Read more »

Canon announces EOS M3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Canon has launched the EOS M3, the successor to its first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the EOS M. The M3 features a brand new 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s latest DIGIC 6 image processor.

Other than that, there is also a new 49-point AF system with new Hybrid CMOS AF III, which is said to be 6.1x faster than the original EOS M, which had a notoriously slow autofocus system. Read more »

Canon announces EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

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Canon has launched two new high-end DSLRs, called the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R. The difference between the two cameras is that the former has a low-pass filter, which blurs the image slightly to reduce moire, while the 5DS R lacks it, resulting in sharper images at the cost of increased moire.

Both cameras have a 50.6 megapixel sensor, the highest for any Canon DSLR or for any full-frame DSLR. There’s also a 61 point AF system, with 41 cross-type AF points. Both cameras use the new DIGIC 6 image processor. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR to be available Best Buy stores starting February 8

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Samsung will be selling the Galaxy VR headset through 100 Best Buy outlets across America. This will be the first time the Gear VR is sold offline, which was until now only sold through Samsung, AT&T, and Best Buy online stores.

Best Buy stores will also be getting demo units so people can try out the device before purchasing them. Other than that, it also lets the company get feedback on the product, and if it gets enough positive response it will expand it to more Best Buy stores, and vice-versa. Read more »

Microsoft acquires Sunrise Calendar for $100 million

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Microsoft has acquired the popular Sunrise Calendar application for a reported amount of $100 million dollars.

Sunrise is a free calendar application for iOS and Android. It featured an attractive interface design and synced with a wide variety of services such as Google calendar, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange and even Facebook for your events. The app also has other clever features, such as LinkedIn integration, weather forecast for your location, built-in Google Maps navigation for going to events, and timezone support. Read more »

Telltale’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 ‘The Lost Lords’ arriving on iOS and Android on February 5

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Telltale Games is releasing the second episode of its ‘Game of Thrones’s game on the mobile platform on February 5, two days after it releases on the desktop and consoles. Unlike the first episode, Episode 2 will launch simultaneously on iOS and Android.

Episode 2, The Lost Lords, continues from where the first one left off and is the second in the six part series. The game takes between the end of season three and the beginning of season five of the show, which itself is based on the books by George R. R. Martin. Read more »

Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R specifications leak

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Canon is expected to announced the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R full-frame DSLR cameras this week. The specifications for both models have already been leaked.

Both models have 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 61 point AF system with 41 points being cross-type, dual DIGIC 6 processor, ISO 100-6400 range (expandable to ISO 50 – 12800), 5fps burst mode, 1.3x and 1.6x crop modes, 100% field of view, 150,000 pixel RGB-TR metering sensor, 252 zone TTL metering, 1080p30 video, mini HDMI output, microphone input, and 3.2-inch LCD with 1.04 million dot resolution. Read more »

‘The LEGO Movie Video Game’ for iOS game review

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The LEGO Movie Video Game is a video game based on the LEGO Movie (shocking, I know). It’s essentially a top-down isometric action-adventure game based on the story and characters of last year’s successful LEGO Movie.

A version of this game was released on the PC and consoles but is different from the iOS version, which has been made from the ground up for the mobile platform. The gameplay is somewhat similar but it is mostly just cutscenes from the movie interspaced with several short levels featuring the movie’s characters. Read more »

WhatsApp starts rolling out calling feature

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WhatsApp’s much requested calling feature has been rumored for a while now but the company has finally flipped the switch on it. One reddit user was able to get the feature activated on his number and it is now rolling out to others as well.

For now it seems WhatsApp is going slow with the rollout, with the only people who have the feature being those who were called by someone who already has the feature. So although it helps to have the latest version of the app installed on your device (for Android users, it’s usually the APK available through the website), you’ll still have to wait for it to roll out to you or someone with the feature to call you. Read more »