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1 week ago

RAW images and Android - everything you need to know

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Android Camera

RAW image capture brings new possibilities to Android photography, but not everyone will need or want to use it. Or can.

You've probably seen (or heard) a bit of talk about RAW images and Android lately. Some of us are pretty excited about what this brings to our smartphones, and the very cool stuff we can do with RAW images transferred to our computers. And some of us are a little confused about what a RAW image is, and why all these Android camera nerds are excited about it.

Simply put, having a camera on your Android that takes RAW images means you have a better set of image data to use when editing the picture than you would with a standard jpeg image. While the small sensor and fixed focal length on a smartphone means it won't measure up to a "real" camera, you can now capture shots with your Android that simply weren't possible before. HDR can only do so much ...

Let's get our hands dirty and look at what a RAW image is, and what you can do with one once you've captured it.

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1 week ago

Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle FCC billing complaint charges

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Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined total of $158 million to settle billing complain charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Under the terms of the settlement, Verizon will pay $90 million, while Sprint will have to spend $68 million, for a total of $158 million. At least $120 million of the total amount will go to reimbursing consumers hit with the charges.

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1 week ago

Google brings Android One devices to Turkey

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Turkey is the latest country to join the Android One initiative, following India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and several others.

Google's Android One program is hitting Turkey with a new device from General Mobile. This will be the first Android One device with 4G, and will run on the country's new LTE network.

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1 week ago

Body Glove Satin Case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Featuring a brushed aluminum texture, Body Glove's Satin Case isn't your average skin cover — it's made to take a beating and resist bacteria.

Skin covers are vital for proper protection — serving as the backbone for many cases for the Galaxy S6. Their job of absorbing impacts and enhancing grip around your device can't be matched, unless doubled with a polycarbonate shell. Body Glove's Satin Case, however, does the job all on its own while keeping a reasonably slim form.

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1 week ago

Foxconn is the latest to invest in Cyanogen

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Cyanogen has closed out their C round of investments with a strategic investment from Foxconn.

The team at Cyanogen has ended another round of investments, this time with Foxconn pitching in as well. To date the company has raised $100 million in funding, while pushing forward to break Android away from Google.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 30 winners of our ASUS ZenFone 2 event contest!

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ASUS ZenFone 2

We're a little less than a week away from ASUS' North American launch of the ZenFone 2, and it's time to announce the 30 fine folks who we're inviting to the event in New York City next Monday. (And, ya know, quite possible one those new phones will find their way into their pockets.)

And we won't make you wait any longer. Here they are:

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1 week ago

MediaTek wants to bring 10-core processors to smartphones in late 2015

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MediaTek wants to challenge companies like Qualcomm on the high-end with the announcement of the 10-core Helio X20.

The new 10-core processor from MediaTek has been designed so that the cores are arranged in three groups, or "clusters," which the company claims will allow the Helio X20 to handle different tasks more efficiently.

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1 week ago

Samsung releases SDK for next-generation Gear smartwatch to pre-registered developers

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Samsung is now sending the SDK for their next-generation Gear smartwatch to developers who signed up to receive access.

Developers who registered to receive Samsung's new Gear SDK are now able to download the development materials to get started on their apps. The SDK contains everything a developer will need, including an install manager, development assisting tools, sample apps, and platform images.

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1 week ago

Sonos beta brings PLAY:1 enhancements, new streaming tools for partners, and more

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Sonos plans to roll out Sonos 5.4 during the summer, but Android users can get in on the beta now to check out all the new features.

The next big update from the team at Sonos will be version 5.4, which is set to bring sound enhancements to the PLAY:1 speaker, improvements to the tools for streaming partners, and an easier home theater set-up. While most other speaker companies want you to upgrade to the latest speaker model to get the best performance, the Sonos team wants to make sure anyone with their speakers gets the best at all times.

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1 week ago

Verizon to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion

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Verizon has announced that it will acquire AOL for $4.4 billion, with the deal expected to bolster the carrier's advertising efforts in the mobile video segment.

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1 week ago

How to change the LG G4's lock screen app shortcuts

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It's relatively easy to change the G4's lock screen app shortcuts — but Smart Lock can throw a wrench into the works.

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1 week ago

Yu takes on Xiaomi and Lenovo in India with metal-bodied Yuphoria

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Micromax's wholly-owned subsidiary Yu Televentures launched its second handset — the Yuphoria — in India for ₹6,999 ($108), with the device going on sale from May 28.

During the launch event, Micromax revealed that the Yu Yuphoria was designed entirely in India, and that the device will be assembled in the country in the future (initial units will come from China). The highlight of the Yuphoria is a metal frame running along the sides of the phone, which is a first in this segment.

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1 week ago

Samsung's decision to remove its logo from the Galaxy S6 isn't making a difference in Japan

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The latest numbers from Japanese market statistics firm BCN show that Samsung's decision to remove its branding from the Galaxy S6 in the country is not yielding any results.

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1 week ago

Colby Brown returns in latest LG G4 video with some handy photography tricks

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LG continues to highlight the imaging prowess of the LG G4. With the 8MP front-facing selfie machine already highlighted before, it's the main 16MP shooter that's the focus in this latest video.

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1 week ago

Google's self-driving cars have been involved in 11 'minor' accidents in the last 6 years

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In a blog post today, Google's Chris Urmson said that the company's self-driving cars have been involved in 11 "minor" accidents in the last 6 years.

Chris Urmson, the director of Google's self-driving car program, took to a blog post today to talk about how the company is approaching safety with its autonomous vehicles. Urmson notes that, so far, Google's self-driving cars have been involved in 11 "minor" accidents, none of which were caused by Google's vehicles themselves.

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