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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 »

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 »

Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 caught in the wild, system dump available for download

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Android 4.3 cropped up on the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One first but you shouldn’t doubt that the Nexus 4 will get it too. Some already have it – one Jeff Williams apparently bought a Nexus 4 from a Google employee and to his surprise the phone was running Android 4.3 JWR66N, the same build number we saw on the Galaxy S4 GPE.

With some help, he managed to get a system dump of the phone. There’s no radio and bootloader yet (Jeff promised to get those soon), but reports say you can use TWRP to restore the dump and get it to work. Proceed with caution (and full backup) as there’s no guarantee of the result. Read more »

We go hands-on with the HTC One mini, compare it with its big bro

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The HTC One mini just went official and we were lucky enough to get to handle the new diminutive handset. The One mini takes the aluminum unibody, UltraPixel camera, BoomSound stereo speakers and Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 of the regular One and compacts them into a smaller package with a 4.3″ 720p screen.

So, how much smaller is it? It’s 5mm shorter and 5mm narrower (about 0.2″ on a side) and lighter too – 122g vs. 143g for the big One. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the thickness. Read more »

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note III benchmark surfaces

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The third-generation Samsung Galaxy Note phablet will be one of the hottest devices of the Fall and naturally it is getting its fair share of leaks and rumors. Now, an alleged benchmark result of the Samsung Galaxy Note III (what seems to be coming from a Hong Kong variant) has surfaced.

The score card reveals the presence of an Exynos octa-core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz and the according to the benchmark results, the device is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini battery life test is over, check out the scores

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We’ve already finished our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and it’s live on our homepage. And since we got to spend enough time with the Galaxy S4 mini, we also made it jump through the hoops of our traditional battery test routine.

The Galaxy S4 mini is powered by a 1900 mAh battery that should provide enough juice for the dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset and the Super AMOLED qHD screen. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 520 claims top WP8 phone spot worldwide, Nokia dominance almost unchallenged

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Which is the most popular, Windows Phone handset you ask? The Nokia Lumia 520 is after raising from fifth place a month ago according to numbers by AdDuplex. The entry-level handset holds 13.3% of the worldwide WP market, ahead of the flagship Lumia 920′s 11.8% (the 925, 928 and 1020 are too new to have made a dent).

The climb of the modest Lumia 520 was rapid – it gained percentage points by the week. Meanwhile Windows Phone 7 devices are on the way out, but still make up a significant portion of the install base. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera compared to a Canon 60D DSLR, comes out on top

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A lot of people were asking how the new Nokia Lumia 1020 stacks up against a DSLR. Unfortunately, the software on the 1020 isn’t fully complete yet so Nokia doesn’t allow samples to be published, so it’s early for a proper comparison. But it doesn’t hurt to take a peek – a quick comparison of photos on the device itself gives a preliminary answer.

After the unveiling, Nokia had set up a small lab with resolution charts so MyNokiaBlog was able to do the comparison of Lumia 1020 against a Canon 60D. Read more »

HTC teases One Mini with “Little things” infographic

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HTC has posted an infographic dedicated “little things that pack a big punch”. Needless to say, it’s a well done attempt at teasing the public for its One Mini smartphone.

The phone itself has appeared multiple times on camera and HTC’s start of the One Mini’s marketing campaign is a good sign we can expect it to debut soon. Read more »

Disassembly manual for Nokia Lumia 1020 shows how to take the cameraphone apart

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the new great hope of the Finns but like any other phone it might break and you might need to disassemble it. Or you could just be curious to see how the pros do it. Either way, the disassembly manual with step by step instructions and photos is worth a look.

All you need to take the Lumia 1020 apart is a “Nokia Standard toolkit version 2″. Failing that you can use a TORX+ screwdriver in several sizes, needle nose pliers and a plastic opening tool to pry open the smartphone. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition battery life tests are done, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was met with a lot of excitement – one of the hottest official pure Android smartphones sent shivers down geeks’ spines. How has ripping out the TouchWiz mods affected the battery life? It brought it down as it turned out in our review.

Now, we know Nexus devices get a lot of jokes about battery life, but this isn’t technically a Nexus phone. Also, it was only the talk time that really changed, everything else seems to be as expected. Read more »

Nokia reveals the Lumia 1020 premium leather case, classic meets classy

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Leather is certainly not your everyday choice for cellphone cases, but given the Nokia Lumia 1020 photographic background, Nokia has obviously thought it’s only natural that they pair the cameraphone with a classic-looking leather case.

While Nokia’s camera grip is certainly a mouth-watering accessory to have for a capable cameraphone, when it comes to classiness, this leather case is in a league of its own. Read more »

The first Nokia Lumia 1020 camera samples are here

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The first camera samples from the newly announced Nokia Lumia 1020 are in. Nokia published a plethora of photos in both full resolution and the 5MP oversampled mode a.k.a. PureView mode.

Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 41MP camera sensor which is capable of taking 7152 x 5368 pixels pictures in 4:3 mode (that’s 38MP effective resolution) and 7728 x 4354 in 16:9 aspect (34MP). As with the Nokia 808 PureView, those huge photos can be oversampled to 5MP, producing shots with excellent per-pixel quality. Alternatively, you can use the extra resolution for loseless zoom – you’ll be giving up on the oversampled super pixels, but you’ll be getting real 5MP resolution while zooming – something beyond the powers of any other smartphone. Read more »

Nokia announces an Imaging SDK for developers, now available for download

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At today’s unveiling event of the Nokia Lumia 1020 in New York, Nokia has also announced the immediate availability of a new Imaging Software Development Kit (SDK). The new SDK would give developers a “powerful code library of exciting image manipulation tools, which will make creating the next generation of imaging apps for Windows Phone 8 devices quicker and easier. ”

The intriguing bit is that the SDK can be used for developing camera/image manipulation apps not just or Lumia phones, but for any Windows Phone 8 device. Read more »