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Sep

NVIDIA Shield Tablet doubles down on storage, adds 4G LTE


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NVIDIA has boosted the specs for its recently released Shield Tablet and is today announcing two key improvements. A new version of the tablet will be made available later this month which includes more storage and enhanced connectivity. Specifically, the storage doubles from 16GB to 32GB and the device comes in a 4G LTE version. Priced $399 outright, the LTE-ready tablet will also be offered with a contract (AT&T) for $299 (after credit). Pre-orders begin for U.S. and Europe with shipment expected on September 30.

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16
Sep

Lomo’s latest camera is expensive, impractical and uses 120 film


One of the great benefits of shooting with 120 film is that not only will they enlarge with much less graininess, but there’s also a much bigger depth of field. We’re not sure either of those considerations will necessarily apply to the hipsters with more money than sense amateur photographers with an eye on Lomography’s latest casual snapper, the Lomo LC-A 120. Much like the company’s 30mm Lomo camera, the LC-A is a “toy” film camera that encourages casual snapping of landscapes and the like. If your jeans are skinny, your beard is crimped to an inch of its life and you’ve got $430 lying around, then you can get your hands on one of these in November.

Correction: This story previously stated that Lomo’s new camera takes 120mm film. It actually takes 120 film, a medium-format film.

Steve Dent put on an jumper from the 1970s to take the photos for this report.

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16
Sep

Chromecast finally plays nice with Disney videos, Twitch streams


Heads up, Chromecast owners – your $35 media-flinging dongle just got a new infusion of oomph. Google announced on its official Chrome blog earlier today that users can now stream content from a slew of Disney apps (think WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD for the young’uns) as well as iHeartRadio and Twitch (which just might be a little salt in the wound since Google couldn’t quite make the deal work). You may rejoice if you’re the type to binge on cheesy, over-the-top, emotionally charged television too since DramaFever’s app have been given the same treatment — now you’ve got another way to plow through your backlog of Coffee Prince episodes on a bigger screen. Can you think of a better way to spend a lazy weekend? We sure can’t.

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16
Sep

Relonch camera case brings an APS-C sensor, f/2 lens to your iPhone


“It would be really hard to make a trashy photo.” That’s the actual tagline for a company called Relonch, which just launched (correct spelling) a camera case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 at Photokina today. Normally we’d dismiss such a product as vaporware, but this could end up being a pretty nifty gadget, if it ever makes it to market. Once you slide your iPhone into the $499 jacket, you’ll have access (via the Lightning port) to an APS-C sensor and a permanently affixed f/2 (or better) lens. The version above is just a mock-up — we did see a working prototype (it performed very well), which is simply a hodgepodge of “parts from different cameras.” The final version will also serve as an external battery for your smartphone, enabling more than four hours of use.

That all sounds great, but there are two major challenges here. First, the company is targeting “late 2015″ for orders to ship, which means your iPhone 6 will probably be a year old by the time you get this case. Given that each version is designed to fit only one phone, you’ll need to buy a new case whenever you upgrade your phone, unless the next iPhone has an identical footprint to the current model. Additionally, Relonch will charge your credit card for $499 as soon as you place an order, and given that you’re sending funds to a company with no track record of delivering products, handing over half a grand is risky at best.

Fortunately, there are other solutions on the market. Sony’s lens cameras, which, while not quite as seamless and elegant, work with just about any smartphone, and they’re available today. The QX1, which ships in November, even includes an APS-C sensor, which should get you comparable results depending on which lens you attach. You could also consider Panasonic’s CM1 smartphone, which includes an integrated one-inch sensor and an f/2.8 lens.

Photos by Edgar Alvarez.

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16
Sep

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shown Off in Early Hands-On Videos


Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won’t be available to consumers until Friday, September 19, but some devices have been trickling out early ahead of the phone’s launch. Korean site UNDERkg has managed to get both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, sharing hands-on videos and photos.

The first video focuses on the 4.7-inch gold iPhone 6, walking through all of the features including the display, the Touch ID home button, the protruding lens, and the power button, which has been relocated to the right side of the device for easier one-handed access.

In the video, the iPhone 6 is also compared to earlier models of the iPhone, like the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 3G, as well as Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5 and Alpha. The device is shown running iOS 8, with several of the apps demonstrated in the video. Authenticity is of the iPhone 6 in the video is confirmed via a FaceTime call.


UNDERkg‘s second video shows off the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, again running through all of the newly introduced design features, including the wraparound screen, relocated power button, and redesigned pill-shaped volume buttons.

As with the iPhone 6, the 6 Plus is shown powered on, with the reviewer showing off a few apps on the phone as well as the larger available home screen space. The iPad-style landscape mode is also demonstrated, showing how the device uses its additional real estate.


Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available to consumers beginning on Friday, September 19. The devices will be available in stores on that date, and that is also the date that early pre-orders will begin arriving. Official iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reviews should be available tonight.




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16
Sep

iCloud.com Now Utilizing Two-Factor Authentication


Apple’s two-factor authentication system is now enabled for iCloud.com, with the site asking for a verification code before allowing users with two-factor authentication enabled to access various iCloud.com apps.

Access to iCloud.com apps like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is restricted until the verification code is entered on the website, but Find My iPhone remains accessible.

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Users also receive an email when their Apple ID is used to sign into iCloud via the web browser, a feature that was implemented following the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts that led to hundreds of photos being shared on the Internet.

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Following the hacking incident, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to improve iCloud security by expanding two-factor authentication to iCloud and sending out security emails when a device is restored, iCloud is accessed, or a password change is attempted. Cook also said that Apple will aim to increase awareness about two-factor verification.

Originally implemented back in March of 2013, two-factor verification is an opt-in system designed to increase Apple ID account security by requiring identity verification before allowing users to make account changes or purchase content on new devices. It replaces standard security questions with a security code delivered to a trusted device.

Apple first tested two-factor authentication for iCloud.com back in June, well ahead of the iCloud breach, but the feature was not implemented until today.




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16
Sep

Official iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases Arriving Ahead of Friday’s iPhone Launch


While shipping vendors have been instructed to hold deliveries of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus until Friday’s official launch date, there is no such restriction on the official Apple cases designed for the new devices. As a result, several MacRumors readers and others who placed orders for cases when iPhone pre-orders went live last Friday have already begun receiving their case orders.

iLounge has shared some good photos of the brown leather iPhone 6 Plus case. The cases are very similar to the leather iPhone 5s cases with a microfiber interior to protect the iPhone itself, although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases have an open bottom edge where as the iPhone 5s cases are enclosed with distinct holes for the various physical features.

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At least one MacRumors reader has received his black leather case for the iPhone 6 Plus, while others are receiving iPhone 6 cases as well.

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A Reddit poster has received one of each size of case, allowing for a comparison between the two sizes. The poster has also shared some photos showing how the two cases fit in the hand.

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Apple’s leather cases are priced at $45 for the iPhone 6 and $49 for the iPhone 6 Plus, while silicone cases are also available priced at $35 for the iPhone 6 and $39 for the iPhone 6 Plus. The leather cases are currently shipping with delays of a few business days, while silicone cases are listed as shipping in October.




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16
Sep

Sprint adds HTC Desire 510; Virgin and Boost to carry handset, too


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Sprint on Tuesday announced the upcoming arrival of the entry-level HTC Desire 510. Priced $199 outright, qualified Easy Pay can spread the cost out over 24 equal payments of $8.34 each.

Key specifications include Android 4.4 KitKat, HTC Sense, a 4.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2-megapixel shooter, and 8GB internal storage. Additionally you’ll find a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, and the standard fare of connectivity.

Sprint will carry the HTC Desire 510 as soon as September 19. Both of its prepaid channels, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, are also expected to offer the phone. Arriving on the 22nd and 23rd, respectively, each will tap the phone with a $100 price tag.

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16
Sep

Ice Wear Watchface: Give your round smartwatch a colorful watch face [‘Watch’ This App]



If you’re lucky enough to own a Motorola 360 but hate the fact that there aren’t many choices of watch faces available on the market yet for round smartwatches, then get excited because the Ice Wear Watchface might just be your solution. The app allows you to pick from very simple watch faces that only… Read more »

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16
Sep

Sprint dials up LG G3 Vigor for September 19


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Sprint on Monday announced the forthcoming arrival of the LG G3 Vigor, an affordable 5-inch take on the flagship experience. Due on Friday, September 19, the handset will carry as full retail price of $299; Easy Pay breaks out to 24 payments of $12.50 per month.

Powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the LG G3 Vigor packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. In terms of apps, LG has loaded its suite of custom features: Knock Code, Knock On, QSlide Apps, Quick Memo, and Smart Keyboard.

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