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Canon’s new full-frame CMOS sensor for video cameras has whopping 19-micron pixels

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Canon has developed a high-sensitivity, low-noise, full-frame 35mm sensor specifically for video capture. The new sensor opts for 19-micron pixels, which are 7.5 times bigger than those on the EOS-1D X.

The use of large pixels here results in a sensor that can capture video without losing any resolution or space between the pixels gaining incredible high-sensitivity in low-light. It’s a similar thing to what HTC tried to achieve with the One Ultrapixel camera, except on a much bigger sensor. Read more »

Mobiroo lets you download unlimited paid Android apps for a monthly fee of $4.99

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There’s a new service on the Android block that allows you to download as much premium apps as you’d like and for a fixed monthly fee. It’s called Mobiroo and for $4.99 per month, it’ll give you access to a wide library of premium Android apps.

The service is brand new, and as you’d imagine the number of apps on tap isn’t very long. Neither is it made of very popular apps, sadly. Read more »

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update leaks

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The latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus has leaked courtesy of a XDA member. The leaked ROM is said to be pulled directly from the Google OTA server, which also suggests that the official rollout might just be around the corner.

Since, the leaked Android 4.2 Jelly bean update is the actual OTA file, it is for the stock and un-rooted smartphones. The latest update has a build JDQ39, but it remains to be seen if that is the final version. Read more »

LG launches Quick Covers for its Optimus G Pro

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LG has officially launched special cases called the Quick Covers, for its Optimus G pro phablet, which was unveiled at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress.

LG’s latest accessory for its flagship device is said to be inspired by Apple’s Smart Cover. The Quick Cover for LG Optimus G Pro uses a magnetic material and automatically turns on the screen, when opened and shuts it down when closed. Read more »

Record-breaking video wall at MWC was made out of 196 Sony Xperia ZL smartphones

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Sony had an impressive video wall at its MWC booth, which was built entirely out of Sony Xperia ZL smartphones (196 of them). And it’s a candidate for a world record – it’s not official yet, but the current record is held by a setup with only 72 phones. Guinness is expected to confirm the record.

The video wall was created by Visionmill and one of the guys who worked on it, Matt Mapleston, shared some details on the wall on his blog. Read more »

Opera releases beta version of new WebKit based browser for Android, we go hands-on

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.

Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »

Nikon announces Coolpix A, compact DX-format camera and Coolpix P330

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Nikon has announced two new compact cameras, the Coolpix A and the Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A is the company’s first compact camera with a DX-format sensor. DX-format is essentially Nikon’s name for APS-C sensors that they usually reserve for their DSLR cameras and having it in a compact camera is quite impressive.

The DX-format CMOS sensor has a resolution of 16.2 megapixel and a 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The Coolpix A is capable of shooting at 4 frames per second. Other specs include a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD, 1080p30 video recording, built-in flash, hotshoe and RAW shooting mode. Read more »

Here is how the displays of the global Sony Xperia Z and its sibling for NTT DoCoMo in Japan fare side by side

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It looks like the Sony Xperia Z SO-02E for the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is using a display unit with noticeably better quality than its globally available C6603 counterpart. A photo shoot, comparing the screens of the two devices side by side reveals the difference.

As you can see in the image above, the Sony Xperia Z SO-02E sports a display visibly punchier colors and arguably better viewing angles. Read more »

Apple’s market cap drops below $400 billion for the first time in ages

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Apple’s stock has a taken a hit and the company’s market cap have dropped below $400 billion for the first time since January 2012. The Cupertino’s stock has been wobbling ever since the launch of the fifth-generation iPhone and according to few reports, the investors are concerned about the company’s contracting profit margins.

Apple’s upcoming products and innovations along with the superabundance of the assets have all raised a cause of concern among the investors, resulting in the drop of company’s share price and overall market cap. Read more »

A cool infographic shows the rise of Samsung to the top of smartphone food chain

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Over the past several years, Samsung has gradually risen to become one of the top ten most valuable brands, and one of the top dogs in the mobile realm.

To get a taste of how exactly they accomplished this, dutch site typhone.nl has created a nifty new infographic of Samsung’s evolution. Read more »

Evasi0n jailbreak now powers more than 14 million iOS 6.x devices

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Evasi0n’s jailbreak has been one of the most popular tools to jailbreak any Apple device. The recently launched jailbreak tool for iOS 6.x had been used to hack more than 7 million iOS devices in just about four days and the tool now runs on over 14 million Apple devices.

According to a tweet from pod2g, one of the team members of Evad3rs, who are responsible for the jailbreak, has revealed the latest stats of the tool. The tweet also disclosed that the Evasi0n jailbreak (all versions) is now running on more than 23 million unique iDevices. Read more »

HTC One promo video shows off Zoe’s capabilities

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HTC’s Zoe is one of the defining new features of Sense 5.0, which will debut as the company’s One flagship hits stores.

Тhe Taiwanese are quite proud of it and have made a special promo video using exclusively the powers of Zoe. Read more »

A glitch found on Samsung Galaxy devices, allows you to bypass the lock screen for a brief moment

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A newly discovered vulnerability on Samsung Galaxy devices, allows you to bypass the lock screen. The security breach lets you have a sneak peak at the home screen of the smartphone and the flaw does not expose any sensitive data on the device.

The latest security breach was found on the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III smartphones, but the glitch might be present in other smartphones running on Android 4.1.2 OS. Read more »

ASUS begins rolling out Android 4.2 for the Transformer Pad TF300T in the US

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ASUS has been remarkably quick in the past year or so in rolling out Android updates for its devices. Now the Taiwanese company has become the first to roll out the elusive Android 4.2 update for its Transformer Pad TF300T tablet.

The update is currently available only in the US but is expected to roll out in other regions in March. The update is said to bring performance improvements and features such as multi-user accounts. Read more »

Opera Turbo-like functionality spotted in Chrome for Android

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You may be familiar with the Opera Turbo functionality, first seen in the Opera Mobile web browser, that compressed some of the data on a web page, such as images using proxy servers and then sent that to your client, thereby reducing the data consumption on your device. This functionality was later adopted in the desktop version of Opera as well.

Turns out, Google is working on incorporating something similar on the Android version of the Chrome browser. In fact, they already have; it’s just not enabled yet. Read more »