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Sony creates curved photo sensor, promising better images and cheaper lenses

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Sony revealed the world’s first curved photo sensor last week, and have today followed it up with a sample image showcasing a new display technology that the company hopes will result in cheaper photo sensors while delivering higher-quality images.

Curved sensors are expected to solve problems that flat sensors have with light falling in front of their focal plane in certain conditions, and can also reduce noise while reducing their manufacturing complexity. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now out, brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for download on selected devices. For the first time, the Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius), Xiaomi Mi2 (aries), Oppo Find 7a/s (find7) and OnePlus One (bacon) are graced by the popular third-party ROM.

One of the most major pieces of news regarding the update is that it’s based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. In addition to its enhancements to the core of the OS, it brings a ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (accessible through Settings > Notifications). Read more »

Sony tells the history of the selfie, self-promotion since 1839

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To celebrate the launch of its selfie phone, the Xperia C3, Sony has dived into the history of the selfie and distilled the info into an easy to digest infographic. If you think “selfie” is a recent fad, you’ll be wrong – one Robert Cornelius took the first selfie in 1839.

This Victorian selfie wasn’t snapped with a cell phone in the bathroom mirror, obviously, Cornelius used the daguerreotype process. Read more »

$36 million worth of goods stolen at gunpoint from Samsung factory in Brazil

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A group of around 20 men armed with submachine guns raided a Samsung factory in Campinas, Brazil, late last night.

The thieves entered the factory disguised as part of the night shift, loaded up seven trucks worth of smartphones, tablets and notebooks, and got away with some $36 million worth of goods. Read more »

Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia C3 Dual promo videos arrive

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The Sony Xperia C3 went live today, promising to reinvent the whole selfie business with its 5MP front-facing camera that comes with an LED flagsh.

As the tradition goes on such occasions, the manufacturer has released a couple of videos dedicated to the new device, highlighting its key selling points. The single-SIM and dual-SIM versions got a video each. Read more »

BBM arrives on Windows Phone, sort of

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BlackBerry has released their BBM application for the Windows Phone platform. After being exclusive to the BlackBerry OS since its inception, the app was released on iOS and Android last year but it took its usual time to arrive later on Windows Phone.

But even though the app is on Windows Phone now, you may not be able to download it. BlackBerry, in its infinite wisdom, as decided to keep it a private beta for now, so you will need an invite to be able to use the app on your Windows Phone device. Read more »

Make your own Game Boy with a Raspberry Pi and 3D printer

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If you’re a classic Game Boy enthusiast then you might be happy to hear about this DIY project.

All you’ll need is a 3D printer, a Raspberry Pi, a SNES remote, and some knowledge of how to solder and work a circuit board and you’ll be able to build your own classic Game Boy! Hit the jump for more details. Read more »

Kinect v2 for Windows goes up for pre-order, ships on July 15

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Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for its second generation Kinect sensor for Windows. It’s priced at $199, and it will be released on July 15 (which is next Tuesday).

The new device aims to succeed the original Kinect for Windows that went on sale in 2012. The Kinect v2 is based on the corresponding sensor for the Xbox One. Read more »

Skype 5.2 for iPhone once again lets you send and receive voice messages

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A new update to the Skype app for iPhone has been released today, and it brings back a feature that’s been missing for about a month.

Ever since the grand Skype 5.0 redesign debuted on the iPhone in June, support for voice messaging has been missing. Not anymore, though, since Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings that back. Read more »

Mobile device shipments to exceed 2.4 billion in 2014 – tablets almost reach PCs

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This year will see another big rise among smart devices shipped to retailers and sold to customers – by its end more than 2.43 billion units will have left the manufacturing facilities which compares nicely to to 2013′s 2.34 billion.

The numbers come from Gartner which breaks them down by traditional PCs, ultrabooks and premium laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Interestingly the PC market will account for 308 million devices with tablets closing in at 256 million. Gartner’s projection for 2015 is that tablets will overtake PCs with roughly 4 million more shipments. Read more »

South Korea’s FTC forces Apple and Google to allow refunds for paid apps

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South Korean’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to establish proper and user-friendly refund policies for the AppStore and the Play Store. This decision will probably impact many other regions as well.

The only way to get your money back from an AppStore purchase was through contacting Apple directly and opening a case. Google on the other hand allows you a full refund for an app within 15 minutes of purchase, but after that contacting Google through the proper channels is the only way. Read more »

Amazon.com drops 10″ Asus VivoTab RT TF600T tablet to just $175

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The Asus VivoTab RT TF600T is getting on two years old now and Amazon is clearing out its stock by slashing the original price to just $175. The Windows RT platform is drying up on the vine, but getting a 10.1″ tablet under $200 is still a pretty good deal.

Before non-US readers get excited I should clarify that the price cut is only available on Amazon.com. Read more »

Foxconn to bring in 10,000 robots as iPhone 6 production ramps up

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Foxconn, Apple’s primary Chinese manufacturer for its iPhone smartphones , is allegedly incorporating some 10,000 robots into its assembly line process in anticipation of heightened iPhone 6 production.

Foxconn is still currently in the final testing stages of the robots, which are each expected to produce 30,000 smartphones. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930′s official flip cover surfaces

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is getting ready to go on sale in Europe with several retailers listing the product and a few of them accepting pre-orders. It looks like the sales of the Lumia 930 will be accompanied by an official flip cover that has been designed to complement the phone.

Although, Nokia hasn’t officially announced any accessories for the Lumia 930, the protective case for the smartphone has surfaced in Italy. The cover has precise cutouts for all the ports, buttons and for the 20 megapixel PureView camera on the back. Read more »

LG starts rolling out G Pad 10.1 in global markets

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LG unveiled a trio of new G Pad tablets – G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1. The slates were showcased at the MedPi 2014 trade show in Monaco earlier this year, but there was no word on the availability of these devices.

Today, LG has announced the global launch of G Pad 10.1. The company’s largest tablet will be up for grabs in United States followed by other markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America later this month. The pricing hasn’t been detailed as they are said to vary from each market. Read more »