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Xperia Z5 render leak hints “greater focus” is 23MP camera

Xperia Z5 render leak hints “greater focus” is 23MP camera

When it comes to Sony's IFA 2015 event in a few days, you might be in either of two camps (not counting those who don't care). Either you're waiting with interest to see if the Japanese OEM has anything left to offer the mobile world, or you're no longer interested because you think it doesn't have a prayer. If this leak of press render images is to be taken at face value, the latter camp may have reason for their indifference, revealing nothing notable other than a higher camera sensor.

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Lara Croft GO: imagine Tomb Raider as a board game

Lara Croft GO: imagine Tomb Raider as a board game

Square Enix seems to have found a new distraction: turning existing popular game franchises into turn-based strategy games played over what feels like a diorama board set. It has happened before with Hitman and has now happened again with Tomb Raider. Or rather, "Lara Croft", as she is marketed now. Lara Croft GO, which launches on mobile as well as Windows 10, is meant to bring players back to the classic roots of the Tomb Raider games. Somewhat interestingly, it makes more sense than with Hitman GO.

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New PayAnwhere turns any iOs device into Apple Pay, credit card PoS

New PayAnwhere turns any iOs device into Apple Pay, credit card PoS

One of the biggest hurdles to the adoption of a theoretically more convenient wireless payment system is the lack of compatible terminals to support it. Migrating to the new payment system, or even just adding wireless payment in addition to conventional magnetic strip terminals is now small task. To help push that industry forward, and especially the new Apple Pay, North American Bancard had announced a new PayAnywhere accessory that turns any iOS device into a terminal that supports Apple Pay and other payment methods, both wireless and physical.

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iPhone 6s camera addendum: 4K recording, selfie flash

iPhone 6s camera addendum: 4K recording, selfie flash

We're just a few days before Apple's now confirmed September 9 event, so naturally the leaks and tips are rolling in full force. Aside from the case of the, well, case, or rather its slightly thicker size, the camera has been one of the most talked about expected features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Practically confirmed to have a 12 megapixel sensor, now sources are also saying that the smartphone will be capable of recording 4K videos from the get go. Plus, the FaceTime camera will, for the first time, have a flash.

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Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Anyone and everyone seems to be adding music capabilities to their services, whether they make sense or, as in some cases, not (hello, LINE). The latest to join the fray is Vine, but don't be afraid, this isn't a new music streaming service. Considering Vine's nature of looping videos (do I hear GIFs?), "Music on Vine" takes on a different meaning, which is to say, looping sound clips. While that has always been possible to do manually, the new Snap to Beat tool makes its, well, a snap.

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Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

It has been a year since we've last seen the Dell's Alienware X51 gaming desktop, back then in its R2 incarnation. And while that classy gaming box didn't exactly sweep us off our feet, this newest one just might. Yes, on the eve of PAX Prime, Dell has announced the new Alienware X51 R3. As you might have expected, this one boasts of the latest and choicest components, which in this case means a 6th gen Intel Skylake processor, support for a Graphics Amplifier, and for the first time ever, liquid cooling.

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Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

At first glance, Android 6.0, now known as Marshmallow, isn't as big a change as Lollipop was, but lurking under the hood is a change that could potentially break apps whose devs haven't checked for compatibility. Google has somewhat revamped the App Permissions system in Android Marshmallow and has now revealed another big change to it. Apps can now just ask users' permissions for a certain feature the very moment the app is about to use it, rather than asking for all permissions when the app is being installed.

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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Preparing for its late September launch, Samsung has just kicked off the beta testing stage for its much delayed Samsung Pay system in the US. As you would expect, however, the beta is invite-only, so you better fall in line if you want to try out what could be the holy grail of wireless payment systems. Of course, the list of potential candidates for using Samsung Pay is further narrowed down to those who own one, or at least one, of Samsung's four latest flagship smartphones.

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Huawei Honor 7 Review

Huawei Honor 7 Review

If your perception of a Chinese-made smartphone still involves plastic and cheap knockoffs, then you might not have paid attention to the market for past year or so. Quite a few names have risen above the ranks to show the might of the East and their ability to innovate and blaze their own path, a path that sometimes takes them to the West. Take for example Huawei, one of the biggest names in China. With the entry of the Huawei Honor 7 into the European market, the manufacturer is trying to stay one step ahead of its compatriots. But how does it fare? Read on to find out.

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Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

If the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 isn't big enough for you, worry not. Rumors are now pointing to the possibility that Microsoft might unveil a variety of Surface Pro 4 hybrids in October, with models differing not only in internal specs like before. This time, there might also be differences in sizes, with 13- and 14- inch variants said to also be available. This makes Microsoft just one of the latest big names to join the growing list of device makers trying to revitalize the tablet market by stretching their sizes further.

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