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Vine for Android updated with capture widget

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Vine, one of the popular services for creating short, looping videos to share among your social network buddies has updated its Android application. The latest version of Vine for Android comes with a host of new features along with few performance improvements and bug fixes.

The update brings the Android app on par with the iPhone version and also comes with a unique feature, which goes by the name “capture widget” that lets you jump straight to the recording screen from your home screen. Read more »

Microsoft drops base Surface RT price to $349

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The Surface RT tablet, which was announced last year, met with lukewarm response from customers and reviewers alike. Burdened with a fairly outdated processor and an OS with few apps, not to mention priced the same as the iPad which has neither of those issues, the Surface RT was never going to set the sales charts on fire.

Microsoft seems to have realized their mistake and intend to solve at least one of those problems, by dropping the price by a cool $150 across the board. The base 32GB Surface RT now costs $349.99 whereas the 64GB model costs $449.99. If you want to get the Touch Keyboard, you’ll have to add $100 to these prices. Read more »

The first Nokia Lumia 1020 camera samples are here

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The first camera samples from the newly announced Nokia Lumia 1020 are in. Nokia published a plethora of photos in both full resolution and the 5MP oversampled mode a.k.a. PureView mode.

Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 41MP camera sensor which is capable of taking 7152 x 5368 pixels pictures in 4:3 mode (that’s 38MP effective resolution) and 7728 x 4354 in 16:9 aspect (34MP). As with the Nokia 808 PureView, those huge photos can be oversampled to 5MP, producing shots with excellent per-pixel quality. Alternatively, you can use the extra resolution for loseless zoom – you’ll be giving up on the oversampled super pixels, but you’ll be getting real 5MP resolution while zooming – something beyond the powers of any other smartphone. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1020 camera grip official, to launch alongside the smartphone

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Nokia has officially launched the camera grip, designed exclusively for Lumia 1020 smartphone. The accessory makes it easier for you to get the shot you want with a single hand and even lets you use tripods with the smartphone.

The Camera grip is about 27.2mm thick and comes with a rechargeable 1020mAh battery built-in that should help extend the power autonomy of your Lumia 1020. Read more »

Nokia announces an Imaging SDK for developers, now available for download

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At today’s unveiling event of the Nokia Lumia 1020 in New York, Nokia has also announced the immediate availability of a new Imaging Software Development Kit (SDK). The new SDK would give developers a “powerful code library of exciting image manipulation tools, which will make creating the next generation of imaging apps for Windows Phone 8 devices quicker and easier. ”

The intriguing bit is that the SDK can be used for developing camera/image manipulation apps not just or Lumia phones, but for any Windows Phone 8 device. Read more »

Flipboard, Vine and Path app coming to Windows Phone 8

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During the launch event of the Lumia 1020 smartphone, Nokia has revealed that some major third-party applications will soon be joining the Windows Phone Store.

Among the most prominent names to be joining the Microsoft ecosystem are Flipboard, Vine and Path. They have all made quite a stir on the other platforms they are available so their arrival to WP8 is certainly great news for the Modern UI loving geeks. Read more »

Nokia releases Lumia 1020 promo videos, understandably focuses on the impressive camera

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 just went live with a 41 MP PureView sensor and 6-element ZEISS lens with optical image stabilization. There’s also a slew of improvements to the Windows Phone camera package to go along with the impressive hardware.

And as you could expect, Nokia wasn’t shy bragging about its new flagship and released no less than four promo videos for the Lumia 1020. But, being the good guys we are, to spare you the need to go all the way to YouTube and we’re ready to share them with you right now. Read more »

Tizen 2.0-powered Systena tablet gets a quick hands-on

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Samsung integrated its Bada OS into the Tizen OS project earlier this year and we even saw few screenshots of the brand new mobile operating system that was developed by the global market leaders. Now, the hands-images and the video of what seems to be the first Tizen powered tablet has been leaked.

The Tizen 2.0 powered tablet goes by the name Systena and sports a 10.1-inch full HD display. Systena is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor along with 2 GB of RAM. Read more »

Foxconn posts 2Q 2013 revenue of $30 billion, up 0.6 % YoY

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Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer has posted its financial report for the second quarter of the year and surprisingly, the revenues have surpassed the estimates and the company has managed to generate $30 billion.

The second-quarter revenue of Foxconn is up by 0.6% over the same period a year ago. Foxconn saw its revenue decline by 19.2% decline in its revenue for the first quarter of 2013 due to the decline in the iPhone orders from Apple. Read more »

If This Then That service launches on iOS, lets you automate your iDevice

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If you haven’t heard of the If This Then That service, now is as good time to familiarize yourself. The concept is pretty simple – if a condition is met (forecast says it’s going to rain tomorrow) then do a task (send me an SMS with the text “get an umbrella”).

Thankfully, the power of IFTTT isn’t limited to just the web app anymore, as its creators have launched an iOS app available on the Apple App Store free of charge. Read more »

Google brings offline caching back to its Maps

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Google Maps was updated with a refreshed UI as announced at Google I/O 2013 and the update had dropped the offline map support, which wasn’t particularly well received.

Fortunately, Google engineering team has heard the pleas and has brought back the offline caching in its new Maps app. A large “Make this map area available offline” button has been added below the search box. Read more »

Skype for Android updated again, squashes all bugs brought by previous version

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Skype for Android was recently updated with a major UI overhaul and few new features, but unfortunately, the update also brought a fair share of bugs with all the latest goodies.

Skype has found out the bugs that have its share in the malfunctioning of the app and has rolled out an update that squashes them all. The update addresses a bug that was not allowing users to go online or make, receive calls when their status was set to offline. Read more »

Rovio releases ‘Tiny Thief’ for iOS and Android

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Rovio has released a new game for iOS and Android called Tiny Thief, the first game to come out of the Rovio Stars initiative. The game is now available for download on the App Store and the Play Store for $2.99.

Tiny Thief is a puzzle solving game, involving the adventures of a thief who is trying to escape from the authorities. It’s a point-and-click (or tap, in this case) game, where you interact with objects on screen by tapping on them and solving the puzzles. If you’ve played Machinarium before you know what the gameplay would be like. Read more »

Chrome for Android update brings fullscreen mode on tablets, translator

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Google has updated the Android version of the Chrome browser with some useful new features. Chrome now has a fullscreen mode on tablets, which means the toolbar on top hides when you scroll down, a feature that was present on smartphones before and is now on tablets as well.

Another useful addition is the translate feature that was present on the desktop version of Chrome. Now if you open a page that is in a different language from your system language, the browser will offer to translate it for you. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy NX review: Necessary EVIL

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The Samsung Galaxy NX is the third Android-powered digicam by Samsung and the first electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens (EVIL) camera to run Android. It is, in essence, a Galaxy Camera with a large APS-C sized sensor and lens mount.

The Galaxy NX promises to be the most versatile camera ever – Android gives it unmatched flexibility in terms of connectivity and sharing options and the large sensor and interchangeable lens combo is an all-round solution for different photography styles and shooting scenarios. Read more »