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Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

We saw a lot of new devices at the Mobile World Conference 2015, but we were disappointed when Sony didn't unveil a new flagship. Sony gave us glimpses of their Xperia tablets, but we saw nothing about a flagship phone. Maybe it's part of a strategy by Sony. As Sony continues to hold back information about its latest developments, it seems to just make me want it more. We got our hands on the newest leaked 3D renderings of the not-yet-released Sony Xperia Z4. Let's take a look at what we can expect from the next Sony flagship.

Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

If you’ve been wanting to switch from an Android phone, windows mobile device or — shudder — BlackBerry to an iPhone, you may soon have incentive to do so. A new report says Apple is readying a program that will allow older devices to be traded in via Apple Stores, which will in turn provide gift cards towards the purchase of new iPhones. Apple currently does this with older iPhones, where store associates use their best judgement to decipher a trade-in value.

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Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Perhaps the easiest way to grab what’s happening on the screen of your Mac is Quickcast. The video screengrab app is easy to use, and even hosts your snippets so you can share a link with anyone who might want to check out what’s going on. It’ perfect for troubleshooting, where a customer might need help from an expert. Today, a company with a similar aim, Lookback, has announced they’ve acquired Reissued Ltd, makers of Quickcast, which is helping to power Lookback’s new Android and Mac apps.

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Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

While Google Now has grown a following thanks to its timely suggestions and relevant information, it hasn't exactly grown by leaps and bounds, partly because of the limited supply of apps that actually integrate with Google's smart assistant, if you could call it that. Things might change soon, now that Google has, at least informally, revealed that it plans to open up the API for Google Now for other app developers. It's a feature that is truly a long time coming, something that Google Now could have suggested to its own masters.

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Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Back in late January, it was reported that Microsoft was eager to invest as much as $70 million in Cyanogen, the developers behind a customized version of the Android operating system. This would've been a move by Microsoft to help strengthen the competition against Google's standard Android versions, even it wasn't directly benefitting their own Windows platform. However, it appears things have changed in the last six weeks or so, as Cyanogen is said be raising roughly $110 million in a new funding round, but without any participation from Microsoft.

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MOS Kick revisited; version 2.0 improved in time-lapse

MOS Kick revisited; version 2.0 improved in time-lapse

The last time we talked about the MOS Kick, it was in the late stages of a crowdfunding campaign. Though it fell just short of its goal, the team behind MOS Kick weren’t going to give up. The tiny stand also made its Kickstarter debut at an odd time, when the iPhone 6 was all but confirmed and most were suspending any purchases until they got their hands on a new phone. Refined, we’re taking a second look at an old favorite.

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Samsung confirms “premium” smartphones coming soon

Samsung confirms “premium” smartphones coming soon

This afternoon co-CEO of Samsung Electronics Shin Jong Kyun spoke at a shareholder meeting about the future of their smartphone business. It was there that he suggested that the plan for Samsung's smartphone future included high-definition displays (of course), as well as metal casings (as they've begun to here with the newest wave) and slim designs. "Samsung Electronics aims to consolidate its leadership in the premium market," said Shin Jong Kyun, "and plans to newly change the smartphone line-up to strengthen competitiveness."

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theScore eSports aims for total coverage on iOS and Android

theScore eSports aims for total coverage on iOS and Android

The fastest growing sporting environment today is - unequivocally - video games. It's a segment called "eSports", and the folks at theScore are aiming to bring a one-stop-shop for following the biggest and the best games in the world to mobile devices. Recently launched on Android and launched on iOS just this week, "theScore eSports" is an app that's aiming to bring all eSports scores, data, and connections to live feeds to your fingertips. Have a peek at the app here and listen in as its creators speak on the future.

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YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

Today Google activated 360-degree video on YouTube. This system works with a number of 360-degree or otherwise bubble-lens camera video media available to consumers now, and will be coming your way via SlashGear imminently. We've got a couple on hand, that is to say, and we'll be presenting large amounts of video from events, hands-on experiences, and much more in the near future. For now you're going to want to check out some of the most basic media uploaded to YouTube by a variety of artists.

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