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China Unicom announces that 100,000 iPhone 5s and 5c phones were pre-ordered

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It’s been days since the pre-order for the iPhone 5c started and yet Apple hasn’t bragged about the millions of iPhones it has sold in the first 24 hours. The iPhone 5, for example, scored 2 million pre-orders in the short time period, the 4S managed a million and the iPhone 4 scored 600,000 pre-orders in the first 24 hours way back in 2010.

So, what’s going on with the iPhone 5c, is it doing equally well? China Unicom, the county’s second biggest carrier, has reported that 100,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have been made (and they only started taking them today). Pre-ordered iPhone 5c units will arrive by September 21, while the 5s is listed as out of stock right now. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 could cost as little as $299 according to Chinese sources

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The LG G Pad 8.3 is a FullHD slate by LG with reasonable specs, which we saw and liked at IFA 2013.

We’ve been in the loop of its availability and know it will hit at least 30 countries by the end of the year but we haven’t heard a whisper about its pricing. Well, sources coming from China indicate a price tag of $299, which would position the 8.3″ slate as a serious contender to something like the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Read more »

Fujifilm announces the new entry-level X-A1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Fujifilm has announced the new X-A1 camera, the fourth in the line of the mirrorless interchangeable lens X-series cameras and also the cheapest one so far.

The X-A1 has a 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of up to 25,600 and can shoot videos in 1080p at 30fps. On the back is a 3.0-inch, 920k dot display with tilt functionality. The X-A1 also has Wi-Fi to wirelessly upload images to social networking websites and to mobile devices using Fujifilm’s app. Read more »

Android Device Manager will soon feature remote password changing and device locking options

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Google recently launched its own service, which allows you to locate your misplaced Android smartphone and to protect your privacy if your device is stolen. Initially, the latest service came with ability to locate your smartphone on Google Maps via the Device Manager website.

The Android Device Manager also offered you to wipe your device’s data or make your smartphone ring from the web interface. Now, it looks like Google is also set to add a few more features to its service, according to the leaked APK of the upcoming version of Google Play Service. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 will support multi-user functionality in the nearest future

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board, but unfortunately, both the slates does not come with all the goodies of the 4.2 version. It looks like Samsung omitted the multi-user capabilities for both the tablets in its final software.

However, Samsung has will be adding support for the multi-user functionality on both the tablets through their upcoming respective software updates. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger for Android leaks in APK form, doesn’t do anything yet

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BlackBerry’s BBM messaging platform has leaked for Android today on the XDA Developers forums. The app itself, while functioning, is pretty much useless as it fails to register with BBM servers and thus still doesn’t do anything.

The app is reported to currently be able of running only on whitelisted devices, which we presume are dev units inside the BlackBerry HQ. Read more »

Tokyo Apple store staff moves in to save dedicated iPhone fans waiting in line from typhoon

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We’re still several days away from the September 20 iPhone 5s/5c global release date, but dedicated customers are already out camping in front of some stores such as the Tokyo Ginza Apple, where looming typhoon warnings cleared the streets. In turns out, in Japan not even extremely bad weather can scare away the people willing to be among the first to buy one of the new iPhones.

fortunately for these dedicated would-be iPhone owners, the Apple staff was kind enough to open their doors early and bring the customers inside until the threat had passed. Read more »

Jolla announces that Sailfish OS can run on Android phones and tablets, supports Android apps too

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Jolla just announced that its Sailfish OS has reached two-fold compatibility with Android – it can run Android apps but also the OS itself can run on Android phones. This is major news as it solves the two big problems facing any upstart OS – it’s difficult to get hardware manufacturers to make devices for it and difficult to get devs to make apps for it.

By the looks of it, if a maker wishes to have a spin, it could put Sailfish on a phone or tablet that was designed with Android in mind. Read more »

Siri graduates out of Beta after nearly two years in existence

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It has been nearly two years since Apple debuted its virtual personal assistant Siri on the iPhone 4S and ever since the service has been labeled as Beta. As of September 18 that’ll be no more and Siri will finally enter its first final version.

Apple’s official rollout of the final version of iOS 7 also marks Siri’s update for all devices that support it. Siri’s graduation marks a new look inspired by the major redesign of iOS 7. Gone are the fancy graphics and in is a more flat, organized way of displaying information. Read more »

Next generation Kindle Fire press image gets leaked

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Amazon seems to be close to announcing the next generation models of their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets as the leaks and rumors are slowly gathering steam. We have heard a few things about the Kindle Fire HD in the past, including some leaked benchmark scores that pointed towards a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2560×1600 resolution display.

Now, evleaks has leaked a new press image of what looks like the standard Kindle Fire model. The design is slightly changed compared to the current model, mostly with respect to the bezel around the display. The current model has thinner bezels along the top and sides of the display and thicker one at the bottom when held in portrait mode. The new one has equally thick bezels surrounding the display. Read more »

Microsoft admits their iPhone parody videos were “off the mark”

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A couple of days ago we wrote about the iPhone parody videos that Microsoft had uploaded on their Windows Phone YouTube channel. These amateurishly shot videos depicted two Apple engineers discussing ideas for the next iPhone with what looked like the late Steve Jobs and Jony Ive.

After almost universal negative feedback, Microsoft was quick to pull these videos from their channel but there was no official word from the company back then as to exactly why they removed them. However, the company has now revealed the reason behind the move. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 for AT&T hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 made its way officially to the United States, so we managed to spend some quality time with the market-specific version of the phablet. The gigantic handset is offered by AT&T for $149.99 with a two-year commitment.

Sold under the model name SGH-I527, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 for AT&T sports the same hardware as its internationally available GT-I9200 sibling. Read more »

Canon’s new 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor can shoot fireflies in near total darkness

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Canon has developed a brand new 35 mm full-frame high sensitivity CMOS sensor, which they first announced back in March. The new sensor allows cameras to shoot in extremely low light situations where you’d have a hard time seeing even with your naked eye.

To show off the capabilities of this new sensor, Canon shot a video of Yaeyama-hime fireflies at night in near total darkness. The ambient light that you see in the video below is less than 0.01 lux, which is practically pitch dark to human eye. Read more »

SanDisk launches CFast 2.0 memory card, claims it to be the world’s fastest

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SanDisk has launched the world’s first CFast 2.0 memory card. CFast is a variation of the CompactFlash cards we usually find in high-end cameras and offers significantly faster access speeds.

The CFast 2.0 card that SanDisk launched has read speeds of around 450MB/s and write speeds of around 350MB/s. This makes it ideal for cameras that record content in resolutions as high as 4K. In fact, SanDisk claims that their CFast 2.0 card is currently the world’s fastest memory card. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 gets its first teardown treatment

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Sony officially announced its latest flagship, the Xperia Z1 at the recently concluded IFA trade show in Berlin. The cameraphone is yet to launch globally, but it looks like someone has managed to grab a unit and even give it a teardown treatment.

The disassembled images of the Xperia Z1 show that the smartphone sports a back cover that is quite similar to the Xperia Z. Read more »