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Moto X shipping to Rogers stores today

Moto X shipping to Rogers stores today

Those of you in Canada who are anxious to get your hands on the MOTO X have reason to rejoice. A leaked internal document from Rogers stores indicates a small amount of inventory will be available today. While there is currently no indicator as to how many units will be available and at which stores, it’s a good idea to check out the Rogers Reservation System to reserve yours and/or give a call to your local Rogers store if you want to get your hands on one today.

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Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada just released a video showing off the FlexCam, a new panoramic camera that combines a flexible OLED viewfinder with a camera array. The lenses are located on the back of the device, allowing users to bend and flex it to take panoramic photographs. The original research was published in 2012 but a video detailing its function just showed up on YouTube.

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Qualcomm in legal hotspot in Germany over “Smartbook”

Qualcomm in legal hotspot in Germany over “Smartbook”

Qualcomm ran into some legal trouble today when Smartbook AG filed a restraining order against them in Germany. Apparently, Qualcomm does not have the right to use the "Smartbook" moniker in that country.

If the company doesn't quit it pronto, they will be fined $358,000 or even arrested for contempt. Qualcomm is currently in the works of creating smartbooks, which will be combination of netbook and smartphone.

Smartbook AG says they have the copyright to the name, so that might present problems for Qualcomm. But we'll just have to see how this plays out. Either Qualcomm goes with a different name in Germany or face heavy fines.

Panasonic Lumix GF1 gets ad reveal

Panasonic Lumix GF1 gets ad reveal

Panasonic is slowly revealing their Lumix GF1, perhaps a bit ahead of schedule. On UK sites, the GF1 is showcased in an ad--even though it hasn't been officially launched just yet.

The camera is set to be available in white, black, silver and red and will have a Micro Four Thirds lens system. It also has a hot shoe rather than a viewfinder or built-in flash. It will capture 720p video and sport an LCD screen.

It is expected that a 45mm macro lens will come with it, though nothing is confirmed yet. This new ad seems to point to a release date coming soon, though we'll likely just have to wait and see.

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