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Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Despite what seems to be nothing but losses on the mobile front, Intel isn't ready to call it quits just yet, at least not formally. While some companies (HP and Sony come to mind) are divorcing their businesses in order to remain profitable in at least one area, Intel isn't about to let someone else take its mobile and tablet business elsewhere. Instead, it will be merging that loss-making unit into its division in charge of making chips for PCs, in the hopes that they will finally hit some sweet spot in the end.

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Sony’s new stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones: HDR everywhere

Sony’s new stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones: HDR everywhere

Today, Sony is unveiling a new stacked sensor that could greatly improve smartphone photography as we know it. The stacked CMOS sensor from Sony is the latest in a long line of mobile photography improvements from Sony, and will likely make its place on their incoming Xperia Z4 handset. Though it has the same pixel count as the Xperia Z3’s EXMOR sensor, this new hardware makes better use of those pixels. The stacked sensor isn’t new, but it’s the first time Sony is bringing it to a mobile platform.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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Xperia Z4 details spill: Evolution, not Revolution

Xperia Z4 details spill: Evolution, not Revolution

Sony's next smartphone may well be the first to leak its parts this season as we prepare for the whole 2015 batch. What we're seeing here is said to be the Sony Xperia Z4, the next in a line of devices that look so extremely similar, you'd be forgiven for mistaking one for any one of the others. This device is tipped to be working with a front panel here so similar to its predecessor that it's even more difficult to tell them apart than the last two.

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Nokia: What’s in the box?

Nokia: What’s in the box?

Tomorrow Nokia is set to have an event. They're going to reveal something that either is inside a box like you see here, or IS the box itself. If it IS the box, we're likely looking at something for the living room. Something like a smart TV box that'll take on the likes of Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV. If it's just a box - very possible - then it's going to be something mobile. Think about Maps, think about Android, think about strange stuff you'd not have expected Nokia brand - not Microsoft - to attempt.

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Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Most if not all of the modular smartphone spotlight has been taken up by Google's Project Ara, but they aren't the only ones working on that front. Though the relationship might be a bit unclear to onlookers, Phonebloks and Project Ara work together for a common goal, with the former having more of a community-driven voice. Phonebloks, not Project Ara, has partnered with Sennheiser to bring sound to the modular smartphone and now the two are sharing some of the interesting ideas and mockups they've come up with.

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Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony has just announced a new EXMOR RS sensor and it is poised to take smartphone photography to the next level. Although the new IMX230 has almost the same effective 21 megapixel count as the camera found on, say, the Xperia Z3, this new sensor uses a stacked design that allows it to cram high-end camera functionality in a 1/2.4 size CMOS sensor. Such functionality include an image plane phase detection autofocus system and HDR imaging not just for videos but for still photos as well.

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Aeternum gives jailbroken iPhones the Apple Watch UI

Aeternum gives jailbroken iPhones the Apple Watch UI

Those enamored with the Apple Watch's UI can now bring it to their iPhone, as long as it is jailbroken. Called Aeternum, this Cydia app builds upon previous offerings to present users with the Apple wearable's smooth floating interface, complete with solid animations, the ability to rearrange and remove icons, and a nice dock at the bottom of the display. Aeternum isn't the first tweak to do this, with WatchSpring before it bringing about a similar version, but it is arguably the best available thus far.

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Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

We've seen a resurgence in interest for printed photographs, with different services ranging from ZenCam to Polaroid's Socialmatic offering printed images as part of their features. Adding itself to the list is the Prynt Case, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a smartphone case that prints photographs, only with a unique twist. Using the app, one can hold the printed photograph in front of their phone's camera to see it turn into an animation, giving it the Harry Potter universe's living portrait feel.

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AT&T to stop tracking mobile Internet use

AT&T to stop tracking mobile Internet use

AT&T customers were probably totally, blissfully unaware they were being tracked by the carrier. In attaching a unique identifier to your mobile Internet activity, AT&T was culling all kinds of data about what sites you visited, and what apps you use. The tracking number was untouchable, too, and left users without the ability to delete it. At AT&T spokesperson now says the tracking scheme “has been phased out” of their network, but it could come back in the future.

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