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Google patent filing shows off multi-flash smartphone camera

Google patent filing shows off multi-flash smartphone camera

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in a relatively short period of time, progressing from sub-1-megapixel sensors incapable of taking images in anything but the brightest locations to modern sensors that are challenging the point-and-shoot camera market. Earlier today, a patent filing from Google cropped up showing a multi-flash camera model for smartphones, an intriguing idea that may never see the light of day.

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Apple TV shows up at the FCC as the smaller model A1469

Apple TV shows up at the FCC as the smaller model A1469

An FCC filing has popped up showing a new Apple TV model smaller than the current version, dubbed model A1469. As far as design goes, not much appears changed besides the smaller dimensions, although there isn't much to go on at this point. Not surprisingly, Apple hasn't said anything about the device. You can check out its diagram after the jump.

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Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 pops up in FCC filing

Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 pops up in FCC filing

When it comes to Alcatel's new tablet line up, the One Touch Evo 7 HD is arguably the more exciting one. Today, however, its standard resolution sibling is making an appearance at the FCC, with all kinds of information about the tablet on display in the filing. Most of this is stuff that we already knew, but if you've been waiting for the One Touch Evo 7, this FCC filing means that it's one step closer to release.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today we heard that Samsung may use MWC 2013 to unveil a new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is certainly exciting to say the least. According to new rumors, Verizon may be shipping the Samsung ATIV Odyssey on January 24, while a new Apple job listing suggests some major Siri improvements coming in the future. Instagram said today that it has 90 million monthly active users who are uploading 40 million photos per day, and even though Intel's earnings for Q4 2012 were down, the company still managed to pull in $13.3 billion in revenue.

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Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

This week the folks at Dish Network have made it clear that they're going to go hardcore with their business tactics when it comes to attaining Clearwire - their methods including hitting the competition where it hurts: Sprint's merger with Softbank. Several months ago Softbank made a bid to attain US-based Sprint while Sprint made a bid to attain Clearwire, their ability to purchase Clearwire being based on they themselves being purchased by Softbank. Because Dish Network sees Softbank's acquisition of Sprint as contingent on Sprint's future purchase of Clearwire, they've filed for the whole stack of cards to come tumbling down.

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FCC will crack open unlicensed spectrum to speed up wireless Internet

FCC will crack open unlicensed spectrum to speed up wireless Internet

The FCC has unveiled its plan to open an unlicensed spectrum that it says will relieve a wireless internet traffic jam. The announcement came via the Federal Communications Commission's Chairman Julius Genachowski at CES earlier today. Reportedly, this move will not only make things faster at your local Starbucks, library, and anywhere else you'll find public wifi, but also in your home.

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Mysterious BlackBerry 10 device arrives at FCC

Mysterious BlackBerry 10 device arrives at FCC

Those who have been following the development of BlackBerry 10 might like to know that a new device has arrived at the FCC. Its model number is RFH121LW, but other than that, we don't know much about this phone. The documents that accompany the filing are merely an exposure report and its appendices, along with some letters and a test report. This means we don't get any images and hardly any idea of the phone's specifications.

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FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

For now, airlines have to go through a lengthy hassle in order to get in-flight Internet access established. The airline has to get the FCC's go-ahead to utilize the satellite-delivered airwaves that bring wifi to aircraft, as well as approval from the FAA. To decrease the red tape and streamline the process, the FCC has approved an application process that will let airlines more easily get licensing.

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