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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 »

‘Tiny Thief’ for iOS and Android game review

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The name Rovio has long been associated only with the Angry Birds series. Although the company has tried to branch out a bit by releasing titles such as Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies in the past, neither managed to emulate the success of Angry Birds, which also meant Rovio kept going back to the well and kept releasing more Angry Birds game to the point where it’s now hard to tell which one’s which.

Thankfully, the game we are reviewing today, although from Rovio, is not another Angry Birds title. Born out of the Rovio Stars program, Tiny Thief is far away from the Angry Birds universe as it can be. Let’s see what Rovio’s latest experiment is like. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases by Spigen hands-on

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The Korean mobile accessories powerhouse Spigen SGP offers a range of protective cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4, rivaled only by their Apple iPhone 5 range. From tempered glass screen protectors, all the way to magnetic flip cases, there’s a model to cater to everyone’s taste.

Over the years, Spigen SGP has established a reputation for offering products with premium design and quality. Therefore, when I got to the chance to spend time with some cases from the Samsung Galaxy S4 range, I had nothing but high expectations. Read more »

Nokia gives us 10 reasons to get excited about the Lumia 1020, all but one photographical

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a lot of camera for a smartphone and Nokia likes to remind of that. It its latest piece the Nokia Conversations Blog has detailed 10 reasons why the Lumia 1020 is the most exciting name of the season.

The first seven reasons revolve around the brilliant 41 MP PureView sensor and its software. They detail the Pro Camera suite that captures photos “like a pro”, the next-generation optical image stabilization, the versatile shutter speed, which is great for quick shots and bulb photography with long exposure. Read more »

Pacific Rim game arrives on iOS and Android

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Warner Bros. Pictiures’ epic giant monster vs. giant robot action movie Pacific Rim released in theaters this week. As has often become the case these days, a movie tie-in game is not far behind thus we now have the Pacific Rim game on iOS and Android.

Developed by the Indian company Reliance Games, the Pacific Rim game is naturally based on the movie and brings some of the robot vs. monster action to the small screen. Read more »

US T-Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z bootloader not cleared for unlocking

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Sony Xperia Z was just made available with the US T-Mobile and unfortunately, there is some bad news for all the tech enthusiasts who would love to play around with custom ROMs. The T-Mobile Xperia Z will come with a bootloader that cannot be unlocked.

This means that the developers and enthusiasts who love to play with customs ROMs will not be able to tweak around. Read more »

Rovio teases its new Angry Birds game, says big news is coming on Monday

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It looks like Rovio is all set to extend its collection of Angry Birds franchise, as the makers of the popular game say there is big news coming next week on July 15.

The teaser published by Rovio suggest a brand new game is coming next Monday and the game developers are teasing the biggest character line-up ever, awesome new powers and of course, a few surprises. Read more »

Turn your Lumia 1020 into a fully-functional surveillance drone for 4,990 Euro with the Lehmann LA300

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This one is for straight-up supergeeks with way too much cash to burn so if you don’t fit into the category you may want to skip it. Only a day old, the PureView-driven Nokia Lumia 1020 has got itself the most expensive accessory it could have asked for.

Built by Lehmann Aviation the LA300 is a drone, to which the Lumia 1020 attaches, that can fly as high as 15 kilometers (that’s about 9.3 miles for you Imperial users), for as long as 30 minutes, at speeds of 20-80 km/h (12/49 MPH) and will withstand temperatures between -25 °C up to +60 °C (-13 °F to 140 °F). The only bad thing is the price tag – you’ll need to shell out a whole €4,990, and no that does not include the Lumia 1020. Read more »

First native torrent client for Windows Phone 8 now available, beta only

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A native torrent client for Windows Phone 8 in its beta stage has shown up on the Windows Phone Central forum. The application is available for all the enthusiasts who would like to try and test the features of the upcoming app.

The beta version of the native torrent client comes with full features and media playback. Read more »

Nokia Cinemagraph updated, lets you create 720p animated GIFs now

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Nokia has updated its Cinemagraph camera lens app, which lets you create animated GIF right from your WP8 smartphone. The latest version of the Nokia Cinemagraph comes with support for higher-resolution 1280 x 720 pixel GIFs, which is a notable improvement over the 800 x 448 pixel animated images the app produced before .

The update also brings a crossfading transitions and a color pop feature that makes it easier to restore original colors of your images. Read more »

Vine for Android updated with capture widget

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Vine, one of the popular services for creating short, looping videos to share among your social network buddies has updated its Android application. The latest version of Vine for Android comes with a host of new features along with few performance improvements and bug fixes.

The update brings the Android app on par with the iPhone version and also comes with a unique feature, which goes by the name “capture widget” that lets you jump straight to the recording screen from your home screen. Read more »

Microsoft drops base Surface RT price to $349

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The Surface RT tablet, which was announced last year, met with lukewarm response from customers and reviewers alike. Burdened with a fairly outdated processor and an OS with few apps, not to mention priced the same as the iPad which has neither of those issues, the Surface RT was never going to set the sales charts on fire.

Microsoft seems to have realized their mistake and intend to solve at least one of those problems, by dropping the price by a cool $150 across the board. The base 32GB Surface RT now costs $349.99 whereas the 64GB model costs $449.99. If you want to get the Touch Keyboard, you’ll have to add $100 to these prices. 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 Lumia 1020 camera grip official, to launch alongside the smartphone

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Nokia has officially launched the camera grip, designed exclusively for Lumia 1020 smartphone. The accessory makes it easier for you to get the shot you want with a single hand and even lets you use tripods with the smartphone.

The Camera grip is about 27.2mm thick and comes with a rechargeable 1020mAh battery built-in that should help extend the power autonomy of your Lumia 1020. 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 »