Samsung Electronics talks about their new image sensor and NFC IC

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Samsung seems to always look for ways to further improve their customers user experience with their devices. Yesterday the company announced an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance. According to Samsung’s VP of Systems LSI marketing:

“With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”

The 8MP image sensor will provide much better front facing camera quality with its excellent low light image quality.  BussinessWire goes on to explain how this kind of technology will benefit the user:

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Softcard mobile payment to end March 31st

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It’s no secret that Softcard wasn’t exactly the biggest hit whether it was on AT&T, T-Mobile, or even Verizon. Thus, come March 31st the service will cease to continue and will stop working. Both the app and your account will cease to exist. I’m sure you won’t exactly feel too sad as there will be plenty of other mobile payment options, namely Google Wallet (Android Pay), which will replace Softcard. For a little more info, check out the source link after the break.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S6 to be priced at $699?

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T-Mobile is currently running a contest where you can enter to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6. In doing so, the carrier outed the price ($699). We don’t know which model it’ll be, but one can assume it’s most likely the 32GB variant. Keep in mind that this is $100 more than what the HTC One M9 will cost ($599).

Either way, the pricing is pretty much what we expected. If you’d like to enter the contest, hit up the source link below after the break!

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Google Inbox updated; Adds minor UI tweaks and more functionality [APK Download]

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Google has updated their Inbox app and provides some nice UI changes along with a couple new features. First off, Android 5.0 Lollipop users will now see their status bar change to the color of their action bar. More importantly, different notification sounds can now be attached to different accounts in Inbox which enables you to decipher which account your notification came from. Other additions include shortcuts to features like composing a new message and now you can switch through your several accounts swiftly by swiping left or right.

An APK file is available for download after the break!

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According to Gartner, Apple beats Samsung in smartphones sales for first time since 2011

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Gartner, a research firm, claims that in Q4 of 2014 Apple slightly edged out Samsung as the world’s number one smartphone distributor with 74.83 million sold as opposed to Samsung’s 73.03 million. It is also noteworthy that this is the first time Apple has been atop of Samsung since 2011 and Gartner correlates that with Apple’s success with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Samsung still outsold Apple for the entire year of 2014, the drop in Q4 is still a cause of concern for the company according to a Gartner rep:

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theScore sports app gets its Material Design update

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theScore, probably my favorite sports app, just received its long awaited Material Design update. While the app itself remains unchanged, the subtle UI change to match Lollipop is always nice to see.

Out of curiosity, what are some of your favorite apps to keep up with your sports scores? QR code and a download link after the break!

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Sony to release Xperia Z4 tablet soon; Sports 2k screen

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On Sony’s own Xperia Lounge app, the company confirmed the impending release of their Xperia Z4 tablet that will sport a 2k screen. While nothing else is confirmed on the device, we are almost certain the rest of it will be top tier. The Z4 will most likely be unveiled next week during MWC, so stay tuned for further news as things develop.

source: Xperia Blog

[DEAL] Grab a new 2nd Gen Asus 16GB Nexus 7 for $135 + free shipping!

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Still in need of a good high-powered Android tablet, but have been waiting for the right deal? This might just be it as Groupon is offering Google’s 2nd Gen 16GB Nexus 7 made by Asus for a low price of $135 + free shipping (price shows $149.99 on the Groupon page, but apply the 10% off coupon code to get the price down to the $135 deal). While the tablet is ‘old’ by today’s standards, the 2nd gen Nexus 7 is still very much capable of handling any task you throw at it. With the device recently receiving Google’s latest Android software in Lollipop, you’ll get the latest and greatest at such a low price. If this deal interests you, check out the source link to purchase! For the unaware, here’s a quick rundown of the specs:

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