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Huawei Chairman taunts Apple with the thin bezels of the Ascend Mate7

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Marketing is perhaps best left to the PR department but Huawei Chairman and CEO of the consumer division Yu Chengdong (aka Richard Yu) took to his Weibo account to tout his company’s products over the newly announced Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Of course the Huawei Ascend Mate7 was used for the comparison, the 6″ flagship phablet that was announced at IFA. Read more »

Eyefi announces cloud service for its Mobi cards

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Eyefi announced a private cloud service specifically for its Mobi SD cards. Eyefi cards have built-in Wi-Fi modems in them so they upload photos over the Internet even if your camera can’t. Anyway, with Eyefi Cloud photos will be uploaded and synced to any of your connected devices.

Even if you use multiple cameras everything will be synced in one place. This is both for cameras with Eyefi Mobi cards installed and for smart devices with the app installed. Read more »

Samsung hires Kristen Bell for its latest Galaxy Tab S ad

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Samsung has taken a short break from it jokes on Apple’s behalf and has launched a new Galaxy Tab S ad campaign featuring Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard.

The ad goes through the couple’s daily activities and shows how the Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Tab Pro are integral parts of their lives. Read more »

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 on sale for just $229 on eBay

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Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablets are currently part of eBay daily deals and carry a pretty cool price tag. For $219.99 with free shipping, customers in the US can enjoy the 8.4″ 2560 x 1600 pixels LCD of the slate. The regular price of the tablet is $400.

Sadly, the free shipping deal is only valid for the United States, but eBay will be glad to offer you shipping abroad at about reasonable prices and will calculate the import taxes for you. Read more »

Leica announces the M Edition 60, goes for nostalgia over logic

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Leica has announced a limited edition M Edition 60, a digital camera that wants you to reminisce about the good old days of film photography by throwing away everything great about digital photography.

In case you didn’t notice, there is no display on the back. This means there is no interface to adjust things, which is fine because there are dials and knobs which can do that. What they can’t do is let you review your photo once you’ve taken on it, to ensure everything from the composition to the focus, white balance, and exposure are accurate. Read more »

Google Play Newsstand now available in India, Netherlands, Russia, and Spain

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Following the announcement of Android One in India yesterday, Google also opened the Newsstand section in the Play Store in the country, with free one year subscription to paid content.

But India is not the only country to get the Newsstand section; it is now also available in Netherlands, Russia, and Spain. Previously, these countries could only access the free content through the Play Newsstand app but now they can purchase premium content through the dedicated section in the Play Store. Read more »

Canon announces PowerShot G7 X, SX60 HS, and N2

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Photokina is here and Canon has announced three new point and shoot cameras. The best of the lot by far is the new PowerShot G7 X, which features a new one-inch sensor.

The new 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor has an ISO range of 125-12800 and is paired with Canon’s new Digic 6 processor. The camera has a new 31 point AF system and a continuous shooting mode of 6.5fps. The lens is a 24-100mm equivalent with an aperture range of f/1.8 to f/2.8. The lens features a nine-blade aperture diaphragm and a built-in ND filter. The G7 X can record videos in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Read more »

Microsoft sends out invites for a Windows 9 event on September 30

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In line with past rumors, Microsoft sent out invites for a dedicated Windows 9 press gathering. The hotly anticipated event will take place in San Francisco.

Redmond’s upcoming announcement will also focus on enterprise. Read more »

Canon EOS 7D Mark II gets official

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Just as was leaked a few days ago, the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II was officially announced at Photokina. The DSLR has been years in the making, and it will be in stores in November.

It comes with a 20.2 MP APS-C sensor, which can record 1080p video at 60fps. The camera has Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, and Canon’s first 65-point All Cross Type autofocus. Read more »

A luxury smartwatch from TAG Heuer is in the works

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Word is that French luxury group LVMH is planning to release a smartwatch through its TAG Heuer brand.

The latest news is confirmed by Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, where LVMH exec and former Swatch and Hublot board member Jean-Claude Biver confirmed that TAG Heuer is working on a smartwatch. Read more »

Microsoft buys the company that made Minecraft for $2.5 billion

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Microsoft has purchased gaming company Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, for the cool $2.5 billion. The company shares that its partnership with the game maker began when the two discussed the Xbox One version of the game.

Since Minecraft’s launch in 2009, it has been downloaded by more than 100 million users. As Xbox boss Phil Spencer states, Microsoft will continue to make Minecraft available across non-PC and Xbox platforms, such as iOS, Android and PlayStation. Read more »

Samsung NX1 smart camera with 28MP APS-C sensor, DCI 4K video unveiled

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Samsung unveiled the Samsung NX1, a mirrorless shooter with a 28MP BSI APS-C sensor. It’s a smart camera with 15fps burst shooting and DCI 4K video capture.

The company also unveiled a new telephoto lens, the NX 50-150mm f/2.8 with OIS. Read more »

4K video recording app for iPhone 5s now available, costs $999.99

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This isn’t a joke! Apple has approved the Vizzywig 4K app for iPhone 5s, which enables 4K video recording with 24 fps on the 2013 smartphone. It costs $999.99 (€899.99) and works only on iPhone 5s with 32GB or 64GB storage.

The app captures 24 burst images per second in 4K resolution and then stitches them together in just 1s footage. This means you’ll lose about 72MB for each second of your video. This explains the requirement for the 32GB+ iPhone model! Read more »

Samsung makes another infographic detailing Galaxy Note 4 specs

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Samsung is really fond of making infographics, and there is usually one for every new product they release. The latest one is for their newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4.

The infographics runs through the various specs, such as the phone’s dimensions, display resolution, camera, software features, hardware, connectivity, and all the sensors. Read more »

Xiaomi developer launches stock Android 4.4 ROMs for the Mi 3 and Mi 4

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A developer at Xiaomi has published an AOSP version of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4. This is a strong indication that the company intends to officially release stock, vanilla versions of Android for a select number of phones for users to flash.

The ROM is compiled using the official kernel and as a result is stable and without too many bugs. In fact, just now, the latest published ROM includes support for over-the-air updates and the Xiaomi developer in question says upcoming updates will be available via the OTA. Read more »