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Ben Kersey is a writer and contributor to SlashGear and Android Community, currently based in London, UK. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, and can be found on Twtter: @ben_kersey

Burner gives your iPhone disposable numbers

Burner gives your iPhone disposable numbers

Sharing your main number with unwanted parties can often be touchy, but carrying around a second phone just for a disposable number is also a pain. Burner is a new app that hopes to solve the problem, allowing users to create disposable phone numbers that can briefly be used for calls and texts. Users pay a small amount of money to buy credits from the company and are then able to buy numbers for different lengths of time, all accessible from the iPhone app while keeping their real phone number private.

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HTC Windows Phone 8 announcement expected in September

HTC Windows Phone 8 announcement expected in September

Not long after the Windows Phone Summit in June we heard word that HTC was putting together three Windows Phone 8 handsets that would be released later in the year. Chinese website WPDang now believes that those handsets will be officially announced during the third week of September, a few weeks after Nokia and Microsoft introduce the first Windows Phone 8 devices at Nokia World on September 5th.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition coming soon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition coming soon

Everyone is scrambling to get their hands on the cheap and cheerful Nexus 7, starting at $199 for the 8GB model, but Samsung might be looking to entice customers with its own affordable wares in the near future. A tipster has sent in a picture to Engadget showing off a student edition of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It’s the same tablet that the company already sells, but Samsung will be throwing in a keyboard and USB adapter as part of the $249 package.

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Next iPhone internals laid bare

Next iPhone internals laid bare

Case parts for the next iPhone continue to leak out of China, with the latest pictures revealing internal sensors as well as a part that may serve to protect the back of the rumored 4-inch screen. The latest collection of parts, courtesy of iColorOS, shows off some titillating internal components, such as the volume rocker and protective shielding that separates the back of the iPhone’s screen from the internals.

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HTC Endeavour C2 points to potential One X refresh

HTC Endeavour C2 points to potential One X refresh

Last week we heard word that an improved version of the HTC One X was heading to T-Mobile USA, returning to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip and pairing it with Jelly Bean. Now word comes from Stuff.tv that HTC is planning something similar with the international version of the device, with the updated model codenamed “Endeavour C2.” The HTC One X originally carried the Endeavour codename, with details of this new device suggesting it will be a small refresh of the popular handset.

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Warner mulling limited Hobbit 48fps showings

Warner mulling limited Hobbit 48fps showings

Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers took test footage of The Hobbit to CinemaCon this year, showing off the 48fps clip to attendees in the hope that they would be bowled over by the higher frame rate. The footage was instead met with mixed reactions, with viewers believing the higher frame rate only served to make things look cheap as well as shining a light on production quality issues. According to a source at Warner speaking to Variety, the studio is planning a very limited rollout of the 48fps version of the Hobbit, so much so that it might not even hit all the major cities in the United States.

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Microsoft releases new Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

Microsoft releases new Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

The photo and video editors available on Windows 7 have always been somewhat basic, but Microsoft has today decided to revamp what’s available to users. Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker have both been updated for Windows 7 and Windows 8, offering a wealth of new functionality. Movie Maker sees the biggest change, offering some video tweaks that should help you get the most out of your smartphone or camera footage.

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OUYA adds Namco Bandai, Plex, and four controller support

OUYA adds Namco Bandai, Plex, and four controller support

There’s not long to go until OUYA’s Kickstarter project is finally over, but the company is still announcing new features and partnerships left, right, and center. OUYA has taken to its Kickstarter page once again to announce that Namco Bandai is in discussions to bring its games to the Android-based console. Namco name drops some classics such as Pac-Man, Galaga, and Tekken, but it wasn’t confirmed that those specific titles would make it to the platform.

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Motorola backtracks after 4G phone guess goof

Motorola backtracks after 4G phone guess goof

Yesterday Motorola threw up a mysterious teaser image for a smartphone on its Facebook page, encouraging users to try and guess what the handset was with some clues. Many believed that the company would be unveiling a new smartphone at the end of the week, with the primary guess being the DROID RAZR HD. Turns out it was all much ado about nothing, with the company adding a new post to say that the phone being teased is already on the market.

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Nikon Coolpix S800 tipped as company’s first Android-based camera

Nikon Coolpix S800 tipped as company’s first Android-based camera

Several camera manufacturers have expressed their intention to make “smart” cameras, accessing social networking and sharing functions via embedded wireless chips. It looks like Nikon will be the first company to use Android on one of its cameras, however, with a filing at the Indonesian Communication Agency revealing the Coolpix S800 model number. Nikon Rumors believes the camera will run Android 2.3 and be compatible with just about all the apps found on the Play Store.

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