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iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

When it comes to a smartphone’s camera, many users side-step the flash — for day time and incognito snaps, it doesn’t serve much purpose. There are times when the built-in flash is needed, though, and in those times it usually proves inadequate, perhaps just strong enough to illuminate nearby subjects but not much else. iBlazr presented a solution to that with its first external smartphone flash by the same name, and now it is back with a refined version called the iBlazr 2.

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Samsung Galaxy J5, Galaxy J7 tout front-facing LED flash

Samsung Galaxy J5, Galaxy J7 tout front-facing LED flash

Yes, this is a selfie generation. If you're still not convinced, or are still in denial, just look at the number of features and gimmicks that even smartphone makers employ to appeal to this crowd. While the new mid-range Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 smartphones, now official in China, do not have the crazy rotating camera of an OPPO or the large sensor size of an HTC, they do have something very few have: a front-facing LED flash to illumine even the darkest of selfies.

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Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome may certainly be a capable browser, but it can also be a system-intensive one, and that's something Google is teaming with Adobe to address. Figuring Flash animations gone wild to be one of the biggest demands from webpages in Chrome, the two companies have come up with a system to hit pause on secondary content - thus easing up on your laptop battery life - while still keeping the primary content running.

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Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash brightens up your smile

Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash brightens up your smile

Even with the ever increasing megapixel counts of front-facing cameras, selfies are still hard to perfect, especially when lighting is concerned. To that end, Lenovo's latest accessory here at CES 2015 has you covered. The VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash gives you all the lighting support you will ever need for that perfect selfie or wefie, without overburdening the smartphone itself with it's own LED flash, which might be unnecessary most of the time except for those selfies. It'll be there in your pocket or bag when you need it and out of your way when you don't.

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Nova iPhone light adds external flash

Nova iPhone light adds external flash

The iPhone may already have an LED light for its camera, but a wireless flash that can fit in your wallet but make a big difference in how your photos and videos look aims to replace it. Nova squeezes forty points of LED light and a white diffuser, scaled to the size of a credit card, and with a choice of tones to suit different lighting conditions.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 to benefit from wide-FOV LEDs

Samsung Galaxy S5 to benefit from wide-FOV LEDs

A number of LEDs have been introduced by Samsung today, the lot of which will almost certainly make their way into their next-generation smartphone release, the Samsung Galaxy S5. These components are headed off by a couple of what Samsung calls "Side View LEDs", rather long-looking components with an angle to them. Also included in this set are two reflector-integrated flash LED packages.

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Flash Player locked up in OS X Mavericks

Flash Player locked up in OS X Mavericks

Adobe has corralled Flash Player in OS X Mavericks, sandboxing the much-maligned plugin in Safari on Apple's latest Mac operating system so as to minimize its potential to allow through malware. The move - which follows Adobe sandboxing its plugins when used in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox - follows Apple's increasing moves to keep Flash at arm's length, including forcibly blocking Flash Player in Safari after security issues were spotted.

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Nova moves the flash off your smartphone for superior lighting

Nova moves the flash off your smartphone for superior lighting

The problem: The camera flash on your mobile device, while good enough for lighting up quick candids, is mounted on the device itself, right next to the shutter. This inevitably washes out your photos and renders skin tones leprotic and wan. There's no way around it -- unless you move the flash off-camera. But this presents a new problem: No one wants to carry around a separate flash unless you're a hardcore photography enthusiast. That's the one-two problem combo developers Joe Walnes and Alex Lukashevich aim ed to combat in developing Nova.

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