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First images of OPPO Find 9 surface

Posted by wicked April - 5 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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The first alleged images of the forthcoming OPPO Find 9 have surfaced revealing some new features for OPPO’s successor to their OPPO Find 7 smartphone. One of the first things that has been spotted in the leaked images is the presence of a dual camera setup on the rear of the device. HTC started the trend of dual cameras and OPPO appears to be joining the movement.

You may also notice a large button located centrally on the back cover of the OPPO Find 9. The button could be a power button that emulates the placement LG uses for the LG G2 and LG G3. The button could also be a fingerprint sensor, another popular feature showing up increasingly often on flagship devices.

On the front of the device we can see very thin bezels. The display will supposedly be a 5.5-inch 2k screen and if the thin bezels are accurately shown, the Find 9 should look spectacular.

Previous leaks indicate the Find 9 will come equipped with a Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.

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source: GizmoChina

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More images of Xiaomi Mi5 chassis appear

Posted by wicked January - 11 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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A couple days ago an image of the forthcoming Xiaomi Mi5′s chassis leaked that seemed to indicate the new smartphone will be very thin when released later this week. That image was a printout describing the chassis with a drawing or image. Today some new images have surfaced of an actual aluminum chassis that are reportedly the chassis for the Mi5.

When the Mi5 launches, which is scheduled to happen later this week on January 15th, it is expected to come with a screen in the 5.5-inch to 6-inch range, although it is not yet known whether it will be a 1080p resolution or bumped up to QuadHD. Likewise, the processor and amount of RAM are not yet known, though many are expecting 3 – 4 GB of RAM and at least a Snapdragon 805 chip.

Look for more leaks to surface over the next few days leading up to the expected January 15th release in China.

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source: MyDrivers
via: AndroidHeadlines

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Snapchat images may have been breached through third-party service

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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According to reports, some 4chan users are claiming that a a third-party app used to access the Snapchat service has been breached giving access to over 200,000 images matched with usernames. The app in question is named SnapSaved and is used to get around Snapchat’s system that alerts users when someone grabs a screenshot of an image that has been posted. Apparently SnapSaved was using a cloud architecture to save the images being grabbed from Snapchat, along with everything else that was being passed to a user, like usernames. According to posters on 4chan, the image database will be posted online by this Sunday, October 12th.

Original reports claimed the service that was hacked was Snapsave, which does the same thing as SnapSaved – grab Snapchat images without the sender being notified. However, a representative for Snapsave, Georgie Casey, says Snapsave “had nothing to do with it and we’ve never logged username/passwords.” Casey also indicated Snapsave does not use a cloud system to save images.

Snapchat itself has also issued a statement regarding the claimed breach:

“We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.”

The SnapSaved web site is currently down and reports indicate that it has been for a while. The web site was the portal to the service and there are some suspicions that it was setup for the sole purpose of collecting the images for eventual “leaking” by hackers. A report also indicates that the image database file was initially made available through viralpop.com which was installing malicious software on the computers of users who were trying to access the file.

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sources: Engadget, Business Insider

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Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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When a leaked Lenovo roadmap was discovered a little over a week ago, one of the devices listed was the Lenovo Vibe X2, a sequel to the Lenovo Vibe X. The roadmap document seemed to hint at the device being available in a wide variety of colors. Some newly discovered photos of the device add a little more information to what Lenovo is getting ready to bring to market. The images show what appears to be a metal chassis for the device. A view of the side also shows what appears to be layers of metal used for construction of the smartphone, though it is difficult to tell if that is just a faux look.

Sources expect Lenovo to pack the Vibe X2 with a MediaTek octa-core processor, though it is possible a variant running a dual-core Intel processor may also be produced. The screen should be a 5-inch display running at full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Vibe X2 is also expected to come with 16 GB of internal storage and will run Android 4.4.2.

Lenovo’s roadmap put the release of the Vibe X2 before October, so we may not have to wait long to get more details. Lenovo may even unveil it during IFA 2014 next week.

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source: Weibo
via: G for Games

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More images of Samsung Galaxy Alpha surface from Russian source

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Yesterday we saw where Samsung had quietly slipped the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in as a sponsor for a yachting regatta in Moscow. Today, more images of the device have surfaced thanks to a Russian source. One of the interesting shots shows the results of an AnTuTu benchmark run on the device that puts it above the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5. While an Exynos 5 octa-core processor that supposedly powers the device helps, much of the performance gain could be due to the lower resolution screen of the Galaxy Alpha. This frees up the processor for other chores outside of producing graphics and makes a strong case for full HD screens being overkill on devices like smartphones that have small displays.

Outside of the screenshot of a benchmark test, the images are consistent with previously leaked photos of the Galaxy Alpha showing apparent inspiration from Apple.

According to sources in the Netherlands, the device is expected to be available for purchase there starting in September for at least €500 ($668 USD). Other reports from the U.K. have pegged the price at €700 ($935 USD). Samsung is anticipated to make an official announcement about the Galaxy Alpha tomorrow. However, pricing and availability information may not be released until later, possibly at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

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source: Hi-Tech News
via: GSMArena

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Could we see the Moto X+1 at Google I/O today?

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Moto X+1 has literally been everywhere since the rumors began just a few months ago. It will certainly be Motorola’s next flagship, and is definitely coming soon.

More rumors today, naturally.

We have a press images for the device, seen above. There are also rumors of a front-facing speaker on the bottom of the device, something that’s worked out quite well for HTC’s One M8.

It’s also possible that we might get a first glimpse of it at Google I/O today (or some point this week), but it seems unlikely. (But who knows? Anything can happen.)

Source: 9to5 Google

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OnePlus One camera samples posted

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Keeping up with the regular stream of teasers, OnePlus has shared a set of images taken with the soon to be announced One. We know the handset will make its debut on April 23rd, but perhaps more important — these officially shared images come as a nice follow up to the recent leak.

A few of the images are sitting in the gallery below, with more over in the OnePlus user forums (link below). These are described as being random pictures from a walk around campus. And interestingly, some of these images measure in at roughly 10MB in size. You can judge the image quality for yourself. To clarify where these came from; they were on the OnePlus forums, but as having been shaded by user Martinrm. He was one of the winners of the photomania contest.

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Looking back a little bit — OnePlus did confirm some of the camera specs. This is a six lens setup so they could “properly correct for low aperture.” Other details include the camera being a 13MP CMOS sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. OnePlus had also mentioned how they were not looking to compete with DSLRs, but were instead trying to provide “a portable product that performs well in real-life conditions (without an ugly protruding camera).”

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There was also some additional talk of the OnePlus One invite system that is going to be used. Well, more accurately — some additional teasing about the invite system. OnePlus has shared the image you see sitting above. And along with talk about being one of the first 100 — they linked to another forum thread.

SOURCE: OnePlus Forums, Google+

Flickr for Android 3.0 update brings new look, improved editing and more

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Yahoo has rolled out the latest update for the Flickr app. This update has the app jumping to v3.0, and users will likely notice the redesign. Details coming from Yahoo bring mention of the app having been “completely” rebuilt and redesigned. And for those who may not have used the app in a while, that bit alone may be reason to give it another look.

You’ll also be able to capture images, edit images and of course, have those images shared on Flickr. Another highlight here is the auto-backup option. Users will be able to turn Auto Sync on in the settings. You will also be given the option when you first launch the app after updating.

Auto Sync also allows you to choose whether you want to backup over any connection or over WiFi only. And for those worried about roaming charges — there is also the option to disable uploads when roaming. Again, this is all available in the Settings menu which can be found using the icon in the upper right corner.

Otherwise, the Flickr app has options for search, friends, your account and notifications across the top. Those run from left to right, and looking further to the right is the camera icon, which as one would assume, will let you capture new images. The camera interface is on the basic side, but does have options to switch between the front- and rear-facing camera, as well as turn the flash on and off.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup.

In addition to easily inserting an image backed up from their smartphone, users can insert an entire album, useful if one has gone through the effort to organize images into albums. Google also says images can be resized in the compose window using dragging handles.

The update will start rolling out today.

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source: Official Gmail Blog

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Dropbox Carousel: a cloud-based mobile image gallery

Posted by wicked April - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Along with the introduction of Mailbox for Android, the folks at Dropbox also announced Carousel. This is another Android app that will be available beginning today. But instead of email, the Carousel app is for images and videos.

Carousel will handle a few tasks. To begin with, it will automatically backup any new images and videos taken with your device. All uploaded files will then be sorted by event, so you can scroll back and enjoy those memories. And because the app makes use of the cloud as well as the device storage — you shouldn’t be nearly as limited in terms of the amount of time you can look back.

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Along with backing up and browsing Carousel will also allow you to share images. Dropbox mentioned how “those memories are meant to be shared.” But unlike other apps where everything is shared public on social networks, Carousel offers a private conversation option. Users will be able to share a single image, or an entire event in the “same amount of time it’d take to send just one by text.”

Carousel also takes sharing a step further. There was mention about how you can “capture an event from every angle by saving the photos others share with you.” Dropbox is also releasing Carousel for iOS which means you can share with your iPhone carrying friends. As mentioned, Carousel will be available for Android users beginning today.

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SOURCE: Dropbox