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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 »

Dropbox sets up an app data backup API; now has 175 million users syncing 1 billion files a day

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Drobpox is holding its first developer conference today dubbed DBX where the company’s CEO announced that the cloud storage service is now responsible for the files of 175 million users. They are syncing more than a billion files every day. Impressive, indeed.

Additionally, there are over 100,000 apps that use the Dropbox API set. More interestingly, It is getting updated with an interesting Datastore API, which will allow users to backup their application data, which means that settings, bookmarks, contacts, to-do lists and game scores can get backed up to the Dropbox cloud. Read more »

Foursquare brings its app to Nokia S40 phones

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Foursquare has expanded its reach, by launching its mobile app for Nokia S40 phones, which means the Asha lineup will finally get to taste it.

Foursquare for Series 40 app will give 35 million of people around the globe, who still use the S40 phones, to have access to the service. Read more »

StatCounter: Samsung overtakes Apple in overall web browsing for June 2013

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According to a research conducted by StatCounter, Samsung smartphones have overtaken Apple iPhones and iPod Touches in web browsing for June and now account for 25.5% of worldwide pageviews. Apple is still close behind at 25.1%, though.

The analyst company puts Nokia in third place with a 22% share. StatCounter has been monitoring web usage of smartphone brands across a network of 3 million websites to compile the report. Read more »