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Sony announces a wide range of new mobile accessories for its Xperia smartphones

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Sony’s IFA 2013 press event concluded just a while ago and as expected, the company announced the Xperia Z1, its latest flagship smartphone. The announcement also saw the unveiling of the QX lens-style cameras and a wide range of high-tech accessories.

The list of notable accessories includes the Smart Imaging Stand, Smartphone Tripod and the SmartTags. There is also an enhanced magnetic charging dock, Bluetooth music receiver, Wireless headset and a smart Bluetooth handset. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 official promo video tells you the key features of the 20.7MP smartphone

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The Sony Xperia Z1 (previously dubbed Honami) is now official and with one of its promo videos now out in the wild, the company has now launched a second one, showcasing some of the phone’s capabilities.

Naturally, the main accent falls onto the smartphone’s 20.7MP camera with Sony’s G Lens and Exmor RS CMOS Image Sensor. Its demoed on a number of occasions including low-light scenarios as well as a short trip underwater for some adventurous video shooting. Read more »

Sony promo video leaks before Z1 announcement, reveals all

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A video has leaked just before the Sony Xperia Z1 (previously Honami) goes official at IFA 2013 (Sony’s event is under way as I type this).

The video shines a light on the phone’s 5″ Triluminos X-Reality FullHD display, the 20.7 MP 1/2.3″ sensor camera with ExmorRS, the water resistance, the lot. Read more »

ASUS Zenbook UX301 sports 2560 x 1440 touch-enabled Gorilla Glass 3-protected display

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Moments before the ASUS IFA 2013 event kicks off, we get a little tasty treat in the form of a promo video, ASUS posted itself on YouTube. The video’s main focus is the precision-crafted ultrabook Zenbook UX301 and all its mouth-watering features.

The ultrabook will sport a 2560 x 1440 resolution atop that 13.3″ screen, which results in a really nice 220 ppi. Not only that, but the panel will be touch-enabled, which will play nicely with the touch-optimized Windows 8 that sits at the helm. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note III camera’s first S Orb photo sample surfaces

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The much-awaited third-generation Samsung Galaxy Note phablet will be officially announced in the next couple of hours. However, that does not stop the leaks coming in, and we now have the first S Orb photo sample from the Galaxy Note III’s camera.

The image comes from the Galaxy Note III with the model number SM-N900T (T-Mobile variant). It looks like S Orb is a special app that allows you to take 360 degree panorama shots from your Galaxy Note phablet. Read more »

Sony’s QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras” will work with Android and iOS, cost $500 and $250 respectively

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Sony isn’t doing a great job of keeping those QX cameras secret – the press release for them plus the complete specifications have leaked, including pricing, and it’s still hours before the announcement event even starts. And yesterday we saw the promo video, too.

Most of the specs we’ve seen already, but there are questions regarding video recording and dimensions that had so far gone unanswered. And by the way, just for the record, the QX10 and QX100 are called “lens-style cameras”. Read more »

Amazon launches next-gen Kindle Paperwhite, in the US at least

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Amazon has announced the second generation model of last year’s Kindle Paperwhite. The update focuses on improving existing features instead of introducing something dramatically new.

First of all, the display has been improved. The e-paper display now features higher contrast and improved reflectivity so text looks clearer. Amazon is also using second generation of the backlighting that they introduced with the last year’s model, which is now improved, somehow. Read more »

Nestle parodies Apple in their latest Kit Kat commercial

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In a rather surprising turn of events, Google decided to partner with Nestlé to come up with the name for the next version of their mobile operating system, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

But while Google is talking about Kit Kat the operating system, Nestlé is taking the opportunity to promote Kit Kat the chocolate in a very different way, projecting it as some sort of new gadget on their new website. And they have a video to go with it as well. Read more »

Promo video for Sony’s QX100 and QX10 attachable cameras confirms what we already know

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A disobedient promo video for Sony’s attachable camera modules, the CyberShot QX100 and QX10, has jumped over the virtual fence and gives us a minute and a half look of one of Sony’s big announcements tomorrow (the other being the Xperia Z1 / Honami).

The QX devices are cameras that have been stripped down to the basics – lens, sensor and power to keep it all going. Read more »

Is Microsoft buying Nokia too cheaply? Here’s how the deal scales against other recent acquisitions in tech

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Microsoft is buying Nokia’s Devices & Services division, along with Sales&Marketing for $4.99 billion and will pay an extra $2.17 billion to license Nokia’s patents for 10 years. Yup, I still can’t bend my head over the fact that it’s unlikely we would see a new Nokia smartphone ever. After all, in some regions, the word Nokia is synonymous to a mobile phone.

And $4.99 billion? This certainly sounds like a lot of money, but is it enough?

With big-buck deals such as this one, it’s easier for normal people like us when we put things into perspective. For instance, do you remember how much Microsoft paid for Skype? Or how much did Google pay for Motorola Mobility? No, well, we’re here to remind you the numbers, and in both cases it’s more than what Microsoft is paying for Nokia’s Devices unit. Read more »

Samsung’s Q3 smartphone sales outlook looking good

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Back in Q2, there were several analysts that predicted grim future for Samsung’s mobile division, with many worried that the Korean giant’s Galaxy S4 smartphone will suffer poor sales in Q3 2013.

The latest prognosis for Q3 however has Samsung Securities predicting some 80 million smartphone sales in Q3 2013. Read more »

Amazon introduces “Kindle Matchbook” – buy cheap e-book versions of print books you already have

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Amazon has officially launched a new campaign, dubbed “Kindle Matchbook”, for its consumers. The newest introduction offers you to buy Kindle edition of print books that you had purchased from Amazon ever since it started its online bookstore.

The trick is that the deal is possible only for titles of books, whose publishers had enrolled them explicitly in the Kindle MatchBook program. At present, you can purchase over 10,000 books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free depending on the titles. Read more »

Lenovo introduces new range of ThinkPads before IFA

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The IFA festivities have yet to officially get underway in Berlin, but that’s not stopping anyone for joining in the announcement fest that usually takes place before such major events.

Lenovo has today introduced its latest line of ThinkPads, 5 in total, including the company’s first 15″ Ultrabook targeted at business users. Read more »

Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition: coverage from across the web and a look at what happens next

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It’s hard to say it was unexpected, but it still came as a shock when earlier today Nokia announced it’s selling its Devices & Services division to Microsoft. The announcement of this move caused a tsunami across the internets and we’ve seen countless comments by fellow tech journalists, industry analysts, past and current Nokia employees and regular users alike.

Even though Nokia held a dedicated live press conference in Finland to announce the move, there are many burning questions that weren’t answered and currently are subject to interpretation. What will happen to the Nokia phone brand, will Stephen Elop replace Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, what current and ex-Nokia employees think of the deal, how will the deal affect other Windows Phone makers, what does the deal mean for the WP platform itself and what will become of Nokia? Well, by going through all the available information, hopefully, we have some of the answers here now. Read more »

Press images for Sony’s QX100 and QX10 detachable camera modules leak, reveal two attachment options

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Sony’s QX detachable lens modules should be unveiled tomorrow at the company’s IFA event, but what they look like will not be a surprise – with today’s leak, virtually all press images of both models have leaked.

Besides looks, the images give out some of the vital specs and reveal a new way to attach the module to an Xperia Z1 (Honami). Read more »