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Lifetime collection of vintage cameras up for grabs on eBay for $50,000

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A Californian photographic enthusiast is selling his vintage collection of cameras, which he has been accumulating for the last 50 years. The entire collections accounts to 1000+ units and comprises of brands including Canon, Nikon, Polaroid, Yashica and Mamiya.

The lifetime collection contains the widest range of SLR’s, RF, TLR, medium format and twin-lens reflex models you are likely to see in one place. According to PetaPixel, who has uncovered the entire collection, most of the models are in working condition, but the listing specifies that few units are partially working. Read more »

Google said to be working on opening retail stores by end of the year

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According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.

This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs. Read more »

Sony PS4 to reportedly support PS3 games streamed over the internet

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According to the latest report by The Wall Street Journal, Sony will be adding support for playing games streamed over the internet in the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, said to be unveiled during the February 20 event.

This shouldn’t come across as a big surprise as Sony recently acquired Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service specializing in streaming games over the internet. However, it seems the streaming feature for the PS4 will be limited to streaming previous generation PS3 titles, at least initially. Read more »

Kernel source code for the Jelly Bean update of the Samsung Galaxy S II released

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Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II to give it the same Nature UX experience as its successor. Now, the Koreans have open sourced the kernel used for the update, which will help developers of custom ROMs.

Samsung has steadily been releasing source codes for the kernels used on its phones (the Galaxy S II ICS kernel was released in March), trying to play nice with the developer community. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 confirmed by Bluetooth.org, MWC announcement seems likely

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which was confirmed by the Samsung head, is very likely to be launched at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, as the tablet has been officially listed on the Bluetooth.org website.

The listing confirms the model number to be SHW-M500W, though that is only the South Korean version. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z used as an underwater cam, makes a cool 3 minute video

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Most smartphones don’t usually fancy dipping their toes in swimming pools, but not the Sony Xperia Z. The flagship smartphone was taken for some underwater action by an early adopter.

With its IP57 certification, the Xperia Z doesn’t even break a sweat shooting the 3-minute underwater video. Read more »

Archos officially announces 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 11.6-inch Platinum tablets

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Archos made its new line up of Platinum tablets official. And yes, the name does sound familiar as one of them was even showcased at CES last month, but obviously the French manufacturer consider that unofficial. Anyway, all the latest tablets in the Platinum range have high-end hardware and mid-range pricing so they might turn out to be quite interesting offerings.

As expected, all the tablets will be powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 8-core GPU along with 2GB of RAM. They will all offer rear and front cameras, HDMI and microSD support. Read more »

Dropbox 2.1 for iOS released, has a PDF viewer on board

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Dropbox has updated its app for the iOS platform to version 2.1, adding some cool new features to it.

The most notable improvement is the ability to view PDF files through the app’s very own PDF viewer. This mean you don’t have to use the smartphone’s preinstalled PDF viewer anymore. Read more »

Opera acquires Skyfire Labs for $155 million

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Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.

Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »

Prototype PS4 controller leaks, has a built-in touchpad

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The PS4 rumors are swirling thick and fast, with February 20 widely being regarded as the day Sony will finally unveil its next generation console. The latest news on that front is that someone managed to take a picture of a working PS4 controller prototype, which has got some new tricks up its sleeve compared to the PS3 controller.

As you’ll notice right off the bat, there is a sizable black strip above the joysticks, which is said to be a touchpad. Read more »

Apple acknowledges Exchange bugs in iOS 6.1, promises to fix them shortly

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Its a known fact that Apple is having a horror time with its latest version of iOS, but the company has promised to fix the issues with an upcoming software update. Apple claims to have identified the issue, which was affecting the Microsoft Exchange support and will be addressing it shortly.

The latest iOS update caused various problems to enterprise users, who had connected to the Microsoft exchange servers. Microsoft even allegedly suggested that server administrators ban iOS 6.1 devices from accessing Exchange servers. Read more »

Infinity Blade is now available for free in the App Store

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Infinity Blade, the popular sword fighting game developed exclusively for iDevices, is now available for free as a part of Apple’s app of the week promotion

The action blockbuster was the first game to be built on the Unreal 3 graphics engine and it really made a splash when it released. Read more »

Apple Maps takes another hit as Oz Fire Authorities call it dangerous

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Apple Maps, the company’s in-house mapping system for its iDevices has been questioned time and time again for its accuracy. The Australian police had earlier called the Apple Maps “life-threatening” and now the Country Fire Authority in Victoria has described the mapping service as “dangerous”.

CFA’s FireReady app for iOS, which is used to report the busyfires in the state, uses Apple Maps and unfortunately the map data turned out to be inaccurate. The fire authorities seem to be failing to reach the destination due to the inaccuracies, when the fire is reported. Read more »

Google Now update brings widget, two new cards

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Google Now is pretty handy, but you need to check either the notification area or the app itself to see the cards. Not very good for at-a-glance info, is it? This is why the fourth update of Now brings the handy service in widget form.

A couple of new cards are tagging along too, they’ll make going to the movies and house hunting easier. Read more »

Samsung provides an overview of the big.LITTLE ARM architecture of Exynos 5 Octa

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Last month, Samsung announced the Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core behemoth of a mobile processor that uses four Cortex A7 and four Cortex A15 cores on a single chip. Samsung has now uploaded a video that provides an overview of how this multi-core processor works.

The processor in the video below uses triple Cortex A7 cores and two Cortex A15 cores in the big.LITTLE configuration. The MP scheduler is able to figure out the task load and intelligently assign it to the right domain. Read more »