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A new hilarious Nokia Lumia 925 ad focuses on low-light shooting

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We all know that Nokia Lumia 925 packs a pretty decent 8.7 megapixel camera that comes with optical image stabilization and f/2.0 aperture. The latest Lumia 925 ad, which is quite hilarious and engaging, promotes the low light performance that those last two bits bring.

The promo video that runs for just over half a minute, tells the story of four friends trying to capture a shot at night using a phone. Read more »

See the Ubuntu Edge in flesh, this might be your only chance

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge smartphone project is losing steam and at the time of writing have raised close to $10 million. Sadly, with the pace the campaign goes, it’s impossible to reach the 32 million target by August 22, when it ends.

Good thing then that a prototype of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has been showcased at the XDA DevCon 2013 in Miami. As a result, you can now see the phone in the flesh. This might as well be the only time you’ll be able to do so. Read more »

Google Glass now updated with more Google Now cards, voice commands and video player controls

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Google has issued a new update for its Glass smart eye-wear, which adds new Google Now cards as well as bringing updates for already existing ones. Furthermore, there are a bunch of new voice commands as well as the ability to fast forward/rewind videos you’re watching in order to get to a certain part that you’re interested in.

The new Google Now cards now include ones for restaurants, hotels and events that allow you to book and get reminded of already existing reservations. Another new card is in charge of movies and brings information for upcoming titles and their screening times in nearby theaters. The last newly added Google Now card to Glass is for emergency alerts – it’ll only show up when there’s a severe thunderstorm or flash flood warning in your area. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom cameras go head to head

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be featured in a lot of head to head battles and today it’s time to tackle the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom. The Lumia 1020 has its large, high resolution sensor (1/1.5″ 41MP) to rely on, while the S4 zoom boasts 10x zoom that’s something you just don’t see on a device with full phone capabilities.

Those lead to different strengths, like much better bokeh effect from the Lumia 1020, while the S4 zoom is true to its name and wins hands down when it comes to zoom. Read more »

Windows 8.1 to hit OEMs in August, go on sale in mid-October

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According to sources close to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update will be released to end users by mid-October.

The RTM version will start seeding in the beginning of August and after manufacturers have fiddled and optimized it for their varying hardware it’s expected to be available to the general public by mid-October. Read more »

Microsoft changes another Xbox One policy, Kinect no longer mandatory

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In the long list of policy changes made to the Xbox One since its announcement comes another one. Microsoft has now confirmed that the Kinect sense, which was previously mandatory and always needed to be connected to the console, will no longer be required unless a game needs it specifically.

To be clear, Microsoft will still ship the Xbox One with the Kinect sensor, so don’t expect a Kinect-less version for a lower price, although the rate at which Microsoft is going, that option might be coming shortly. Read more »

New Nexus 7 suffers from multi-touch display issues

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After recently having being diagnosed with GPS connectivity issues, owners of the new Nexus 7 tablet are now complaining about the erratic performance of multi-touch functionality on the display.

According to reports, the display often registers phantom touches on the screen when you try to use more than one finger. This is most easily observed while typing as the device presses wrong keys on the keyboard. Read more »

Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 smartphone lens-cameras leak out alongside the upcoming Honami i1

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Sony’s soon to be revealed attachable smartphone lens-cameras have appeared in high-resolution images. Dubbed DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100, the gadgets pack a lens, sensor, card slot and image processor.

The lens-cameras will attach to a smartphone, therefore transforming it into a high-end point and shoot snapper via a wireless connection. The handset’s display will work as a viewfinder (a dedicated app will more than likely be involved in the process). Read more »

HTC Desire 600 dual sim battery life test finishes, results inside

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Carrying premium design features is always welcome for any dual-SIM smartphone out there, but the HTC Desire 600 dual sim isn’t just for show. Its main purpose is to be available when needed especially considering its call for double duty.

At first glance the dual-SIM droid from HTC doesn’t seem likely to impress here, as it packs a relatively modest 1860mAh battery. Hopefully, HTC has done the necessary Android and Sense 5 UI optimizations to make the most out of the available juice. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5S leaked parts point to a dual LED flash

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Apple is tipped to unveil its next-generation iPhone and the much anticipated low-budget iPhone, on September 10. The two smartphones are reportedly going to be called iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, respectively, and have already stared in numerous leaks. The latest rumors, includes a few photos of the spare parts that are allegedly destined for the iPhone 5S and confirm the presence of a dual LED flash.

The leaked images show us the elongated hole for the flash that are widely used to house dual LED flash. The port is very small for the usual Xenon flash, so if the leaked images are to be trusted, the iPhone 5S will indeed come out with a dual LED flash. Read more »

Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch packs a 41MP camera [UPDATED]

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Your Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 41MP image sensor? That’s cute – so does the Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch. Also, the specs sheet is so long it will make your head spin (and in the dizziness you’ll wonder if this is just vaporware).

The watch has a Swiss-made movement and that’s the only thing that will remain constant – Hyetis is promising to update the rest as time goes on. Read more »

Skype for iOS updated to v4.1, brings HD video calls and better in-call quality

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Skype pushed out an update for its iOS app, which brings only a few improvements the most important of which is support for HD video calling. It only works on the iPad 4, though.

Owners of other iGadgets also have reason update – the Skype v4.1 brings improvements to the call quality and stability. Also, the country code picker has been redesigned. Read more »

RHA takes its in-ear headphones lineup upmarket with the newly launched MA600i and MA750i

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The British designer and manufacturer of headphones Reid Heath Acoustics announced two new additions to its lineup of in-ear headphones. The RHA MA600i and MA750i aim to sit in a decidedly more upmarket segment compared to the rest of the company’s offerings.

The MA600i and MA750i are designed to work with Apple devices, so each of the headsets sports a three-button remote. A version of both headphones without remote will be available in September. Read more »

20 people injured at an LG G2 marketing event in Korea

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The LG G2 is one of the hottest phones of the year and people’s desire to get a hold of it can easily go out of control. So much so, that at a launch event in Korea, twenty people were injured during a not-too-well thought marketing stunt.

LG decided it was a good idea to put vouchers for free phones in balloons full of helium amidst an open area full of people. You can guess what ensued. Read more »

Robert Downey Jr. revealed in HTC’s latest ad campaign

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We have seen short teasers of HTC’s new ad campaign ‘Here’s To Change’ before. Now HTC, has released the third video in the series and the mysterious man in the first two ads is revealed to be none other than Robert Downey Jr.

We had heard rumors of RDJ being hired by HTC to promote its brand and this is the first in what is clearly a series of videos that will star the Iron Man himself. Read more »