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NVIDIA Shield April software update released with new features

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The April software update for the NVIDIA Shield has arrived. The update bumps the Shield from Android 4.4 KitKat to 4.4.2. New in the April update are betas for Remote GameStream and laptops, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, and an updated TegraZone.

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1 week ago

StoreDot's Nanodot bio-organic nanochrystals will charge you phone in 30 seconds flat… in 2016

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We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014.

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1 week ago

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

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Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $210 million will see Cincinnati Bell's customers transferred to Verizon "or other wireless providers" over the next 8-12 months, during which time the carrier will lease back that spectrum and those towers for "a nominal fee".

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1 week ago

Blurring the background: Understanding focus, defocus, refocus and Ufocus

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Lumia 1020, HTC One M8 and Lytro

Your HTC One M8 isn't a Lytro, but that doesn't mean you can't create some neat-looking effects

Background defocus effects are the hot new feature for smartphone cameras this year. Sony, Nokia, LG, Samsung and HTC are all offering DSLR-like bokeh effects in photos through software trickery. These effects have even been likened to the Lytro, the first mainstream light-field camera, which lets users refocus their photos after capture.

Instant after-the-fact refocusing from a smartphone camera isn't truly upon us just yet, however, and each manufacturer's approach to defocusing and refocusing shots after taking them has its individual quirks. That includes the HTC One M8's Ufocus feature, which while capable of producing some striking depth-of-field effects, has its limitations. And the same goes for single-camera refocusing effects from competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G Pro 2 and Sony Xperia Z2.

Let's take a closer look after the break.

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1 week ago

Qualcomm announces 64-bit Snapdragon 808 and 810 chipsets

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Qualcomm today announced its next-generation mobile processors for the Snapdragon 800 family – 810 and 808. These new chips are designed to deliver even better performance and delight compared to what’s currently available to handset vendors today. The main improvements with these two chips is the 64bit architecture and Cat 6 LTE.

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1 week ago

HTC Q1 2014 earnings show sizeable losses once more

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HTC's unaudited earnings for Q1 2014 are out and it doesn't make for particularly positive reading. The Taiwanese firm has announced a net loss of NT$1.88 billion on revenue of NT$33.12 billion. This is way down on the modest profit made in the final quarter of 2013, though there are factors to consider.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 now available to order in UAE

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 official global launch day is almost upon us, but it has just popped up for sale somewhere else. Following the early launch in Korea, the phone is now available to order over in the UAE for 2,599 AED. Black and White versions are to be available, and while one retailer is stating the phone is in stock it's apparently unlikely folks will get them in hands before April 11.

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1 week ago

S-OFF for HTC One M8 paves way for further hackery

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HTC One M8 S-OFF

S-OFF exploit for M8 released by Firewater team, Google Play edition conversion now possible for GSM handsets

Good news for those wanting greater freedom to hack and tinker with the HTC One M8, as the Firewater dev team has released its method for gaining S-OFF ("security off") on the device. The method is relatively straightforward if you're handy with a command line — first your device will need to be rooted, then disable any lockscreen security, push the files to your device and let them work their magic.

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1 week ago

Oppo Find 7a international pre-orders go live

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The folks at Oppo caused a stir with the recent Find 7 launch, and now the – only slightly – less spec happy Find 7a has gone up on international pre-order. Folks across Europe and the U.S. can now place their orders for the new phone, and you'll be parting with €399/$499. And you're getting more than just the phone for that, too.

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1 week ago

North Korean Arirang AS1201 and Chinese Uniscope U1202 turn out to be twin phones from different zones!

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While North Korea originally trumpeted the indigenous technology of their Arirang AS1201 Android phone, turns out it's actually the spitting image of China's Uniscope U1201.

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