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by pc747 at Oct 23, 2014
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As I was thinking about pre-ordering my Nexus I pondered whether we still treat device releases the same. I look back at the Motorola Droid, the device that started it all for many of us. The Droid was so popular that it even spawned a few tech sites, DroidForums, Droid-Life, AndroidCentral, just to name a few. So you would think a device that help spawned an entire movement must have had lines of people around the block waiting for the release right?

For myself the only reason I went Droid was my iPhone 3gs kept having connection issues and At&t was doing a poor job handling the issue so I cancelled my service and went to Verizon picking up the Droid a few days after it was released. Had At&t handed me a new iPhone I would probably still have been team Apple (the irony is that I am currently waiting to buy my Nexus 6 o At&t) . I did not buy the droid...
by FoxKat at Oct 23, 2014
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So who says RAW isn't good? Don't like Sushi??? Well if we're talking about the image type that you're working with in your phone camera pictures, you may wish to "sink your teeth into" RAW images, thanks to Android 5.0, AKA Lollipop.

RAW (or DNG - Digital Negative - written by Adobe as they're known), allow you to dump all the data that was captured by the imaging sensor on the camera, and then work with it in it's unedited, lossless form and get some amazing final images. Above is a quick comparison of a JPG and the same image in DNG (after editing). As you can see, the JPG image on the left is nice, but does show washing out of the bright areas in the background (the cars and buildings towards the top of the screen), as well as a lack of detail in the darker ares. The same image to the right shows a dramatically improved image, both in balance and color pop.

In the DNG...
by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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It appears that "bizarre news Thursday" has continued and culminated in the strangest story yet! Microsoft just released two Android apps! ...and they are actually pretty good!!! :eek:

Although it is truly hard to fathom (hyperbole & some sarcasm is intended), Microsoft just put out a nifty new Lock Screen app for Android called, "Next Lock Screen." The other Android app they released is called "Journeys & Notes" which is both a traveler's companion and traveler's social app. Both are pretty impressive. Here's a description summary for each below with Google Play Links:

Microsoft Next Lock Screen - Google Play Store = Next Lock Screen - Android Apps on Google Play
by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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The above image is an example from Dangerous Things and is not an X-Ray of the person named in the story.

It looks like we are having a "bizarre news" Thursday (although this one is a bit off topic). Earlier we had the crazy "bunny smartphone cases story" and in this story we have NFC chip implants being injected into a user's hand. Apparently there is a company called Dangerous Things that sells a bio-compatible NFC chip which comes with an implant kit. The product does not have any type of certification testing for any type of use in the body by the FDA, nor from any other regulatory organization, yet one tech-obsessed individual chose to purchase and use it.

The kit includes a sterile injection syringe loaded with the company’s 13.56MHz NTAG216 RFID chip that is fully NFC compatible and measures 12mm long and 2mm in diameter. It costs $100 USD and is not considered a "do-it-yourself" product. The company actually recommends you go to a...
by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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The latest intel suggests that the LG G Watch R will actually be hitting retail shelves as early as tomorrow (October 23rd), at least in the UK. This info was leaked by the UK retailer Clove. They also shared that pre-orders will begin to ship Monday, October 27th.

The LG G Watch R is the round faced version of the LG G Watch (as you can see in the pic above). It shows that LG is listening to consumers across the web when they bemoaned the vanilla square-faced devices which hit the market first, and praised the great aesthetic of the Moto 360. Do you think the LG G Watch R could be a competitive product?

Source: Phandroid
by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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According to the latest reports, HTC does not plan to bring their new HTC One M8 EYE to western markets. The phone is supposedly only meant for China and India. Apparently, only the HTC Desire EYE will make it to North American and Europe, because HTC doesn't want to give up on their Ultrapixel technology in western markets. Strangely, some of the software features of the HTC One M8 Eye will show up for the T-Mobile version of the vanilla HTC One M8, even though it doesn't have the 13MP camera on board.

It seems ironic that a phone which is a selfie camera equipped variant of a popular flagship in the US isn't coming to the US. The selfie craze was born in the US and it could easily be argued that the US is more vain than any other country. Perhaps HTC thinks the Desire EYE focuses to that market more effectively than the One M8 Eye would... what do you think?

by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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The capacity for human beings to imagine some wildly bizarre ideas never ceases to amaze. The latest head-scratcher from Japan is a new trend in which people take pics of themselves using live and happy, fluffy bunnies (or occasionally cats) as organic smartphone cases. I know it's tough to imagine... they don't actually carry them around, from what we can tell from these pics. They simply use them at home to prop up their smartphones in their laps.

Apparently, this "trend" apparently started as a single pic called "bunny smartphone case," that was tweeted as a joke. It was picked up and retweeted almost 40,000 times, and thus a small horde of copycats were born. We didn't include all of the images found at the source of this story, but you can see a few of them in the thread below.

It seems apparent that these are happy pets, but we certainly hope that no animals get their feelings hurt during these exploitive photos! :)

by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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The Sony Xperia Z3v was officially announced for Verizon on October 9th, and the phone is now available. You can pick it up for $199.99 on a new contract, for $24.99 per month on Verizon EDGE, or for $599.99 outright. Sony's latest waterproof flagship is a big deal on Big Red. It's been years since Verizon brought one of Sony's Xperia products to their network.

You can get either the black or the white version of the device. It's interesting to note that there are a few subtle differences between the vanilla Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3v. All the internal hardware is the same, but the outer casing has some minor differences. One other thing worth paying attention to is that even though this device comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, Sony has already said they plan to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to it (probably) by the end of the year....
by dgstorm at Oct 23, 2014
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It was only a matter of time before Mr. Blurrycam made an appearance with a Motorola Droid Turbo image in tow. The latest leaked pic still gives us a great overall view of the Droid Turbo despite not being a very good photograph. Here we see both the rear and the front of the black version of the new Droid Turbo, complete with Kevlar-styled backing.

It's pleasing to see that Verizon's logo doesn't take up half the device and is a bit subdued compared to their past MO. It's also worth noting that this leaked shot confirms some of the intel we already shared, namely the QHD Display and the 3GB of RAM onboard. The Droid Turbo is shaping up to be a really good-looking device. Here at HQ, we are enamored by this phone and can't wait to see the Droid series return to its premier status of yore. Here's the Droid Turbo section of the forums: Motorola Droid Turbo Android Forums at
by pc747 at Oct 22, 2014
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If we do not have enough excitement with the Nexus 6, Droid Turbo, Note 4, and Moto X (2014), looks as if Samsung will be selling the Developer Edition of the Note 4 for Verizon. For those unaware, developer edition devices are easier to unlock the bootloader vs the carrier edition. For those interested it will set you back $662.53 plus tax and will be available soon.
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