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CyanogenMod 10.1 stock camera app gets high dynamic range feature

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The most popular aftermarket firmware for Android smartphones has added one of the latest features to its stock camera app. CyanogenMod 10.1 now comes with the camera app with the ability to shoot high dynamic range pictures.

The stock camera app in the CyanogenMod shoots three images shot taken with positive, negative and no exposure correction. It then blends them in a single image with expanded dynamic range. Read more »

ASUS invites you to embrace the “metallic miracle” in its latest alien-infested MWC teaser video

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In addition to its earlier teaser hinting at an upcoming device under the Infinity series, ASUS has now launched an even cooler-looking video portraying an alien invasion of Barcelona, Spain.

More specifically, the video shows an alien space ship that’s landing on top of the beautiful Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Read more »

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon BatteryGuru, an app to extend your battery life

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Xiam Techonologies Limited, a Qualcomm company has launched an application named Snapdragon BatteryGuru, which extends the battery performance and improves the overall user experience of the Snapdragon smartphone.

Snapdragon BatteryGuru is expected to deliver a long battery life and make you look for a charger less often. The app learns how to use your Snapdragon smartphone by optimizing its power consumption without affecting its functionality. Read more »

Viber for Android enhanced with stability improvements and bug fixes

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Viber is one of the most popular instant messaging services with more than 140 million users. The application which also offers free calling and saves you few bucks off your phone bill has been updated with few minor improvements.

Viber 2.3 update had earlier enhanced the messaging experience with new interface and sounds. The earlier update allowed you to share stickers with your friends and makes messaging a fun task. Read more »

Nokia blasts Google in new Nokia Maps vs Google Maps video

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Out of the blue Nokia has posted a video comparing its Maps app to Google’s own.

The video focuses on showing how the two solutions manage offline maps in a number of examples and things didn’t look too good on the Android device. Read more »

Nokia Music+ goes live for Lumia users in US

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Nokia recently unveiled its Music+ service and now the subscription is available for the Nokia Lumia users in the US market.

Nokia Music+ aims to take on the host of currently available music streaming services with a much cheaper price tag. The latest service from Nokia offers you unlimited downloads for offline use, unlimited skips and allows you to use the service on as many devices as you have, while barely affecting your credit card bill. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Nexus passcode can be bypassed by freezing the smartphone

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In one of the weirdest experiments, researchers from the University of Erlangen in Germany have achieved to bypass the security lock by cooling an Android smartphone.

The experiment was conducted on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running on the latest Android OS and the smartphone, which was cooled down to -15 degrees Celsius and then quickly restarted. Read more »

Canonical announces Ubuntu for Tablets OS, preview coming tomorrow to Nexus 7 and 10

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The Ubuntu team has been busy working on a phone OS, but it decided to take an intermediate step and create a tablet OS. The timing of the launch coincided exactly with the HTC event (leading us to question if the two are related, turns out it wasn’t) and while the new HTC One got all of the attention yesterday, it’s time to meet Ubuntu for Tablets.

Ubuntu’s interface started off as a desktop UI, but Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu – has a vision similar to that of Microsoft. They want one interface to conquer all screen sizes, from a pocketable phone to the 60” TV on your wall. Read more »

SwiftKey 4 with Flow hits the Google Play Store

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SwiftKey has released the final version of the SwiftKey 4 keyboard on the Google Play Store. The main feature in this update is the inclusion of the new Flow feature.

What SwiftKey Flow does is that not only does it let you enter words by swiping your finger across the screen but you can also string together entire sentences without lifting your finger. Read more »

HDR videos captured with the HTC One Ultrapixel camera surface

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One of the parts of the very solid specs sheet of the HTC One that has attracted the most attention is the smartphone’s Ultrapixel camera. After we got to see the first still shots, captured with the HTC One, it’s now time to see the video camera in action.

We got a trio of videos, which were captured using the HTC One camcorder’s HDR mode, a feature which is still pretty rare to come by in smartphones. The HDR mode allows the camera to fit more dynamic range, while shooting videos, avoiding the unpleasant clipping in highlights and shadows. Read more »

Sony announces NEX-3N, A58 and three point and shoot cameras

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Sony has just dropped five new cameras upon us that cover various categories, from the basic point and shoot to their higher end SLT cameras and even a new NEX camera.

Let’s start with the new NEX-3N (pictured above), which is Sony’s new entry-level mirrorless camera. It has a 16.1 megapixel APS CMOS sensor that goes up to ISO 16,000 and records 1080p video. There’s also a 3.0-inch LCD that flips 180º and a zoom lever on the body that works with certain Sony powered lenses. Read more »

Firefox 19 released, brings built-in PDF reader

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Mozilla has released version 19 of the popular Firefox web browser. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of a PDF reader, such as the one in Chrome. This means you no longer have to rely on something like the Adobe Reader to be able to view PDF files within the browser.

Above is what the new PDF viewer looks like. You have various options such as zoom settings and the ability to print or download the file. On the left, you can also view the pages within the file in thumbnail or list view. Read more »

Apple attacked by hackers, no data stolen

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Apple has revealed that it was attacked by hackers and a small group of its employees Macintosh computers were infected. The good news is no data appears to be stolen, but the company will continue to be watchful.

Apparently, the attack on the Cupertino’s was from the same hackers who had targeted Facebook last month. Read more »

Here are the first samples from the HTC One Ultrapixel camera

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In one of the bravest moves in smartphone history, HTC gave up on the megapixel war and decided to equip its latest smartphone with a 4 MP snapper at the back. The low resolution allowed each individual pixel to be much larger, which improves per-pixel detail and low-light performance significantly. So even though the HTC One sensor measures a modest 1/3″ in diagonal, each of its 4 million Ultrapixels (as HTC calls them) is much larger than that of the average smartphone (by about 300%).

So in theory, while you will be sacrificing some detail in well-lit environments, you should be getting better low-light results. Add the super bright F/2.0 lens and you should be getting the smartphone with the best low-light performance in business. And since you would be downsizing many of your images anyway, this seems like a fair trade to us. As long as the HTC One delivers on those promises, that is. Read more »

This is the extra gear HTC has prepped for your HTC One

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As usual with high-end devices, we are sure that by the time the HTC One hits the stores, there would be plenty of third-party accessories to choose from. Nevertheless, it’s still reassuring to know HTC has created several high-quality accessories, matching the HTC One colors and design language.

The list of accessories we managed to snap at the HTC One unveiling event includes several cases, a desk cradle, an external power-pack and a new white/silver version of the HTC Bluetooth stereo headset. Read more »