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Sony World Photography Awards 2015 adds smartphone pics category

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 adds smartphone pics category

Major camera makers like Canon have been feeling the sting of smartphone cameras for a while now, and the increasing quality of mobile phone cameras means that more people are electing to forgo buying a traditional camera in favor of a higher end handset. Perhaps the best example of how far smartphone cameras have come is the World Photography Organisation's latest award category: Mobile Phone. Says the organization, "Photography now exists in our pockets, and we want to celebrate this."

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Samsung’s Q4 earnings report shows company down but not out

Samsung’s Q4 earnings report shows company down but not out

Many companies have dropped their latest earnings report today, and included among them is Samsung. The Korean company saw profits of 5.35 trillion won/$4.9 billion in its fourth quarter (ending December 31), an unfortunate decrease from the previous year of 27-percent. The results aren't all that surprising given the company's struggles in the recent past, but there was a glimmer of light through it all: the quarter's revenue was on the upswing with an 11-percent quarter-on-quarter increase to 52.73 trillion won.

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Seek XR thermal smartphone camera brings optical zoom

Seek XR thermal smartphone camera brings optical zoom

This past September, Seek Thermal introduced its Seek camera for smartphones, which gives the handsets the ability to look at the world around them based on its heat levels. Keeping in step with its biggest competitor, FLIR ONE, Seek has now introduced a new updated thermal camera called the Seek XR, and with it comes a boost in functionality via the inclusion of optical zoom. This increases the camera's usefulness for those who, for example, use the camera for spotting wildlife at night rather than just scanning a wall for water pipes.

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Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps has been updated for both Android and iOS, bringing users both new features and improvements. This takes iOS users up to version 4.2.0 (the version varies for Android users), and while there are a couple similarities between the two updates, both give users different new features on their respective platforms. The most notable new feature for iOS users is the ability to see weather for cities around the globe; Android users, meanwhile, can see their contacts when they're searching for addresses in Maps.

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Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1. This relatively modest smartphone is the first running Tizen that will be offered to users in India, and it will be bringing with it things like regional entertainment apps and a simplified UI. The handset is tailored to certain needs found in emerging markets, including elements that help keep data use to a minimum. The handset is available as of today for INR 5,700 (about $92 USD).

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Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Are the commonly flashy colors of Lumia handsets not entirely to your liking, but black and white too plain? If so, Microsoft has introduced a couple special editions of the (Nokia branded) Lumia 830 and 930 Windows Phone handsets with gold trim along the edges. The Nokia 930 special gold edition will be arriving first followed by the Nokia Lumia 830 rendition some time next month, both of them being offered in black and white with an extra gold flair.

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Kodak IM5 is a mid-tier Android smartphone

Kodak IM5 is a mid-tier Android smartphone

Following rumbles that such a device would be incoming, Kodak has shown off its new decidedly mid-tier smartphone, a handset packing Android KitKat with a promised upgrade to Lollipop and, as you might have guessed, a slight focus on mobile photography. Unfortunately, that photography focus is not particularly strong, so don't get your hopes up about a smartphone tailored to your inner photographer. Rather, the Kodak IM5 smartphone presents users with a relatively average handset that'll meet the average user's needs.

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Blu Studio G takes on the budget range: 4G, Lollipop and more

Blu Studio G takes on the budget range: 4G, Lollipop and more

Blu has blatantly taken on the Moto G with its new Studio G smartphone, a handset that has a design greatly resembling the aforementioned Motorola phone while tossing in a price tag that undercuts it just a tad. As with other Blu smartphones (including the others recently introduced at CES), the Blu Studio G is sold unlocked and targets those aren't concerned about toting around any particular brand name or carrier's handset. The phone is set to arrive the end of this month on Amazon, and will be priced at $89 USD when it does.

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Blu introduces new smartphones at CES 2015

Blu introduces new smartphones at CES 2015

Blu, following its recent unveiling of new phones, has again introduced some new offerings, this time at CES 2015. Among these new phones is the ultra-thin and attractive Blu Vivo Air, which seems like Blu's obvious attempt at pulling off an Apple-like design, as well as the Blu Studio Energy which gives several weeks worth of standby time on a single charge and days worth of talk time. There's also the the second-generation Life One phones, which are all-around everyday handset for those with general needs.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

Yesterday word surfaced that Apple would begin offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today with a SIM-free option, allowing those buying off-contract to get a model without a T-Mobile SIM card included. Fast-forward to this morning, and such an option is indeed now available on Apple's website. This follows a relatively long wait for such an option, and will also be available to those who buy one of the handsets in-store rather than online. The price is the same as the with-SIM version.

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