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Frontback Android app released: surprise, you have a front-camera

Frontback Android app released: surprise, you have a front-camera

Did you know that you have a camera on the front of your smartphone? The folks behind the app Frontback know you do, and they’re aiming to bring the app - already a hit on iOS (per usual) - to Android. This app takes a photo with your phone’s back-facing camera, another photo with your phone’s front-facing camera, then attaches the two for a single tall photo you can share.

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HTC One M8 Dual Lens SDK unlocks bokeh camera for devs

HTC One M8 Dual Lens SDK unlocks bokeh camera for devs

HTC is allowing developers to tap into its depth data from the twin cameras on the HTC One M8 smartphone, releasing the Dual Lens SDK that Google has already relied upon to make the Google Play edition of the flagship. The SDK Preview allows access to the depth information the second lens on the back of the One M8 grabs with each shot, and will initially allow for bokeh-style refocusing and HTC's pseudo-3D DimensionPlus manipulation in third-party apps.

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Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.

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iPhone 5C 8GB smartphone hits 11 more countries

iPhone 5C 8GB smartphone hits 11 more countries

Apple online stores in several more countries have been updated with a new version of the iPhone 5C smartphone. That new version is the iPhone 5C 8GB and it is now available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, and Norway. Apple online stores in those countries were reportedly down briefly before coming back online with the new device listed.

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I can finally recommend Windows Phone

I can finally recommend Windows Phone

It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.

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