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Galaxy Z Fold 3 cameras blocked if bootloader unlocked

Galaxy Z Fold 3 cameras blocked if bootloader unlocked

The newest in Samsung Galaxy foldable devices appears to have a few more locks on it than some past devices. As discovered this week by intrepid software engineers at XDA, a bootloader unlock of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 disables said device's cameras. This isn't the first time this has happened on an Android smartphone, but it's pretty rare.

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Scan Dimension Sol Pro 3D scanner: Is this the one?

Scan Dimension Sol Pro 3D scanner: Is this the one?

A new 3D scanner appeared in the release schedule at Scan Dimension with an aim for top performance in a desktop sized machine. This is just the latest in a line of very, very similar sorts of machines. They're small enough (and hopefully inexpensive enough) to allow creative users to place a small object on a rotating stand, press SCAN, and see that object appear in 3D space on their desktop machine. Now we get to see if the SOL PRO is up to the task.

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Future OPPO phones will be using new under-screen camera and RGBW sensor

Future OPPO phones will be using new under-screen camera and RGBW sensor

With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung officially joined the bandwagon circling around under-display cameras (UDC), alternatively called under-screen or under-panel cameras. It isn't the first to jump on it, though, with ZTE stealing the thunder by launching the first UDC-equipped phone last year. OPPO, however, was also one of the first to actually get its R&D engine running to create the perfect under-screen camera implementation.

While OPPO isn't announcing yet when that will finally be available in a smartphone, it is revealing some of the imaging technologies that will be arriving on smartphones in the next six to seven months.

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Intel RealSense camera business is winding down

Intel RealSense camera business is winding down

Once upon a time, Intel was so big and so successful that it could afford to venture into areas and businesses that were only remotely related to its core silicon business. That included, for a time, wearables as well as computer vision hardware like cameras and LiDARs. Intel is still big, but its dominance is continually challenged on almost all fronts. Refocusing on its strengths, Intel has chosen to also refocus its resources away from failing businesses, like its years-old RealSense division that produced rather interesting products and demos around computer vision.

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Pixel 6 camera could be a huge upgrade in more ways than one

Pixel 6 camera could be a huge upgrade in more ways than one

Google seemed to have beaten Apple at being stingy when it came to camera upgrades. Ever since the OG Pixel half a decade ago, Google barely upgraded the line's main camera, preferring to rely on software magic to compensate. As indicated by its new design and new processor, the Pixel 6 is a marked departure from its predecessors. A teardown of Google's Camera app for Android 12 now suggests that the same will apply to the phone's main camera in a very big way.

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Wyze Cam Spotlight security camera boosts night vision with built-in lamp

Wyze Cam Spotlight security camera boosts night vision with built-in lamp

Smart home and Internet of Things company Wyze has introduced a new security camera product designed for users who want maximum video visibility at night. The product, which is called the Wyze Cam Spotlight, is the company's cube-shaped security camera with one big upgrade: it has a built-in spotlight for thoroughly illuminating subjects and scenes.

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Nest cameras add offline storage to save clips during internet outages

Nest cameras add offline storage to save clips during internet outages

Nest is adding offline storage to its latest range of security cameras, allowing them to save video files even if their link to the cloud is temporarily interrupted. The new feature debuts on today's four-strong range of updated Nest models: the Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam with Floodlight, and Nest Cam (wired).

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Nest Doorbell and new Nest Cams official: More style, storage and smarts

Nest Doorbell and new Nest Cams official: More style, storage and smarts

Nest has launched a quartet of new smart home products, with a new Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam wired, and Nest Cam with Floodlight bringing revamped styling and more onboard-smarts. The redesigned range of home security devices include an uptick in onboard machine learning, allowing for data to be processed on-device rather than in the cloud.

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Google accidentally leaked its next Nest security cameras and doorbell

Google accidentally leaked its next Nest security cameras and doorbell

Google has once again leaked its up upcoming products via some images that briefly appeared in the Google Store. Once the apparent leak was noticed, Google removed the images from its online shop, but not before visitors managed to get screenshots of the upcoming hardware. While new Nest security camera products are anticipated, none have been announced at this time.

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Galaxy S22 could come with a 50MP RGBW camera sensor

Galaxy S22 could come with a 50MP RGBW camera sensor

The battle over the best smartphone for photography is far from over, especially with the Huawei P50 Pro once again tilting the tides in the embattled Chinese company's favor. Smartphone cameras have gotten larger, more sophisticated, and sometimes a little bit insane, but some improvements don't always come from upcoming or future technologies. Samsung's phones have shown arguably positive performance in that arena, and its next Galaxy S22 flagship could be taking lessons from the past and use an RGBW imaging sensor to improve its chances in the future.

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ZTE Axon 30 5G with under-display camera launched in China

ZTE Axon 30 5G with under-display camera launched in China

After countless leaks and an official teaser or two, ZTE has finally taken the covers off the world's second under-display camera smartphone. After the disappointing reality of its first UDC smartphone, it would be understandable if consumers held off on the Axon 30 5G UDC until the reviews come in. At least on paper, however, the phone might have enough going for it, especially for those who aren't big selfie fans anyway.

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Sony ZV-E10 ILC camera takes ZV-1 to a new level with E-mount lenses

Sony ZV-E10 ILC camera takes ZV-1 to a new level with E-mount lenses

The Sony ZV-E10 was revealed this week with abilities that eclipse the company's otherwise most impressive "creator-centric" cameras designed for video creators and vloggers. The camera works with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine inside, ready to connect to all manner of lenses from the get-go. The features on this Sony ZV-E10 camera will be familiar to those users that've already handled the Sony ZV-1, but here the machine can expand in a wide array of ways with Sony E-mount lenses aplenty.

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