Front panel to Sony’s Xperia Z4 leaked, shows a similar size to the Z3

xperia-z4-lcd-touch-digitizer-4We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.

Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
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Google working on image recognition that can describe scenes and objects

google image recognitionGoogle is cconstantly working on improving their image search and recognition algorithms, and the latest research shows some really impressive results. Thanks to some recent advances in translation technology, Google’s image recognition can actually see a photo and describe what’s going on in the picture, like you can see above.

Not only is the algorithm able to recognize individual objects, but it can describe scenes and phrases. This could potentially help users to search for images based on a very specific phrase, or on the opposite end, help users see understand a picture when they can’t see the image, like when a slow data connection can’t manage it.
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Google will be screening all Android TV apps in the Play Store

google-play-logoOne of the best (or worst) features of Google’s Play Store is that Google doesn’t screen any apps before they’re released to the masses. There are a few requirements that the apps have to pass so they aren’t malware, but otherwise, Google doesn’t monitor quality control for third-party apps.

Within the Play Store, it’s a mostly effective strategy. Low quality apps get low reviews and are generally filtered to the bottom, while better designed apps get more and higher review scores, so they become more visible to users. It looks like Google is taking a different approach when it comes to Android TV apps, however.
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OmniVision announces two new high megapixel camera sensors for Android phones

omnivisionOmniVision has announced two new camera sensors for Android devices that boast some incredibly high megapixel counts. The two modules boast 23.8 megapixel and 21.4 megapixel counts, both of which are much higher than what we typically see on Android devices.

Fortunately, both sensors feature all of the other high end features that we’ve come to expect from flagship devices, including real-time HDR and 4k video recording, although the real-time HDR is exclusively for video capture, not photo stills.
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Skype now available in a web browser without downloading any apps

skype_bannerSkype has announced that they’re finally detangling the video chat service from its traditional Windows or OS X desktop program and offering it in beta through a web browser.

Skype for Web will let you quickly sign into the service on Skype’s web page and immediately begin making video calls without having to download any apps or programs. According to the Skype page, you can get the service started on any modern web browser, but it specifically mentions Chrome for Windows. That’s good news for Chrome users, but the wording of the support page makes it sound like Chromebooks are going to be excluded. 
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Samsung details the selling points of the Galaxy Note Edge’s side screen

galaxy note edge flip case'Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is a weird device. The curved screen on the side of the device definitely puts a unique spin on a smartphone, but some people might be put off by how unorthodox the screen is. Samsung knows that, so they’ve released a brief article going over some of the finer details of the Edge’s screen to try and sway buyers that might be on the fence about it.
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How to manage which folders are automatically backed up to Google’s Photos app cloud storage

google photo backupOne of the best features of Google+ is the streamlined photo backup service that’s baked right into the social media app. Once it’s turned on, it keeps all of the photos on your device backed up to cloud storage on your Google account so you can easily access the photos and never have to worry about losing them in case something happens to your phone or tablet.

The backup service is great, but sometimes you may not want Google backing up every photo on your device, especially the stuff in your downloads or screenshot folder. Fortunately, there’s a way to control exactly which folders do and don’t get backed up, even if it’s not completely obvious to find. 
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