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Toshiba dual-camera module for mobile devices offers object erasing

Toshiba dual-camera module for mobile devices offers object erasing

Erasing unwanted objects (read: photobombs) out of images is possible, but usually involves some after-the-fact digital editing and nearly always leaves traces of the object's absence in its wake. A dual-camera module Toshiba has developed for mobile devices -- smartphones and tablets, namely -- takes on the subject from a different angle, allowing unwanted objects to be erased from photographs.

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HP rumored to launch two Android phablets by year’s end

HP rumored to launch two Android phablets by year’s end

Hewlett-Packard may or may not release two brand new smartphones by the end of 2013, reported The Information today by way of The Verge. That gives the computing company eight days to make rumors come true. The phones -- for which no leaked or officially sanctioned images exist to our knowledge -- are expected to be a 6-inch "phablet" and a 7-inch phablet.

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OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

Google this week approved CyanogenMod's operating system for pre-installation on the OPPO N1 smartphone, a CyanogenMod developer announced yesterday. The CM operating system is an open source project that changes Google's Android OS in a wide variety of ways. The OPPO N1 will be the first major handset to ship with a CM pre-installation option. [UPDATE: CM has released a demo video of its OS running on the N1; read on and click play when you get there!]

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Spotify sees rapid growth following free streaming launch

Spotify sees rapid growth following free streaming launch

On December 11, Spotify opened the doors to a gaggle of mobile users by allowing free mobile streaming in exchange for advertisements and some limitations. Now, a week later, the numbers show the benefits of such a business move: mobile users growth has skyrocketed for the service, with downloads increasing by a factor of four over the course of the first week. The announcement was made by Spotify yesterday in a statement.

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Snooperscope is a night vision camera for your smartphone, hits Kickstarter goal

Snooperscope is a night vision camera for your smartphone, hits Kickstarter goal

Soon joining the likes of olloclip's Macro 3-in-1 iPhone clip-on lens and similar products will be the Snooperscope, a night vision camera that attaches to the back of one's handset and offers recording in a no-light environment. The Snooperscope is being funded on Kickstarter, where it's funding campaign has hit and exceeded its goal. Mass distribution is planned for June 2014.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 Mini Review

Samsung GALAXY S 4 Mini Review

The world of Samsung smartphones runs the gamut from one size to another. Want a phone that doubles as a small tablet? There's a Galaxy for that. Not everyone finds phablet-sized smartphones of adequate size for a tablet, however, and so they opt for a larger dedicated tablet and, conversely, a smaller smartphone to complement it. Others simply want a small easy-to-hold-and-pocket offering. Regardless of your reasons for leaning towards the diminutive end of the spectrum, Samsung aims to have your back, rolling out the svelte GALAXY S 4 Mini -- a miniature version of its popular handset by the same name. How does the smartphone hold up to its larger brethren? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.

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Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola has officially teased the addition of a wood backing option for its Moto X smartphone. The option has long been rumored to debut at some point before year's end, with the first estimates of Thanksgiving being a bit quick on the trigger. A revised, Q4 release date range for wood backs surfaced around then, and it looks like that one is going to pan out sometime in the next few days.

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Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson, maker of all sorts of portable and professional batteries for a variety of gadgets, has introduced its latest offering: the Bookmark, said to be the thinnest backup battery ever. As its name suggests (and title confirms), the Bookmark is roughly shaped like a bookmark, and, while not as thin, is still slim enough to be tucked away in a pocket or sleeve. Adding to the features is a touch-activated functionality.

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