Sony officially releases perfume-esque selfie camera

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Sony seems to have latched on to the concept of smartphones being used for selfies and sees it as a way to market devices. Last week we saw Sony move to start selling their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone in Russia. We also saw a bizarre looking device that had the distinct appearance of a perfume bottle that we eventually determined was a camera. That device turns out to be the Sony DSC-KW1 and it is a real thing.
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“Ready to note?” Samsung teases upcoming Galaxy Note 4 and S Pen in new video

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The Galaxy Note 4 is set for launch on September 3 and Samsung is busy preparing its marketing campaign for the masses.

A new video shows off the S Pen, which will come with the Galaxy Note 4 — nothing really new or exciting in the video, but for those who haven’t laid their eyes on a Galaxy Note before, it may be of some interest.

Stay tuned this week for more information on the device, and be sure to hit the break to watch the video.


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Google Chromecast regains Rootability

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Google had all but locked down its media-streaming device, the Google Chromecast, soon after its release, but if you’ve been waiting for root access to your device since then, your time has officially come. According to the XDA developers forum, developers GTVHacker, Team-Eureka, and fail0verflow have exploited a new vulnerability which allows root access to the current software build and new models.
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Google pulls all Swing Copters knock-offs from Play Store

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Fans of Flappy Bird may have been excited to download its sequel, Swing Copters, and then were either greeted by a cheap knock-off or disappointed to find that they had to sift through dozens of clones that were released before the official app even saw the light of day. Thankfully, Google has taken matters into their own hands and have removed all of the clones from the Play Store. 
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Convenient, but is it efficient? Samsung’s upcoming USB cable charges three device at once

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It’s any techie’s dream. One charger for all (most) of their devices.

We’ve seen devices piled up on power-mats, but nothing really close to a three-way USB charger.

The USB plugs into the wall charger (as usual) on one end, and on the other, there three micro-USB plugs split from the original cable. With the $39.99 device, you’ll be sufficiently able to charge three devices at once — but is it worth it?


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Details on upcoming Samsung Gear 3 leak, could debut in two weeks

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Many have argued that the market isn’t yet ready for a massive influx of smartwatches, but Samsung would disagree — and perhaps that’s all that matters.

We’ve already seen the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live come from the manufacturer, and it appears that we should be expecting the arrival of the Gear 3 relatively soon.


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Photos of Samsung’s upcoming Gear VR have surfaced showing off sleek design

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Virtual reality is a hot topic these days, and it seems Samsung is dunking their toes in early. Some images of what appears to be Samsung’s rumored Gear VR have made their way onto the internet, conspicuously close to the upcoming IFA 2014 event. Bearing the model number SM-R320, the Gear VR is expected to compete with Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus headset. The headset boasts the advantage of being developed in collaboration with Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift, and is rumored to feature an OLED display.


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Mophie battery case for the Galaxy S 5 shipping on September 8

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Owners of the Galaxy S 5 in need of even more battery life can look to next month for an important purchase. On September 8, Mophie will ship its battery case for the Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S 5 has a 2800mAh battery and Mophie’s battery case will add an additional 3000mAh. It will be available in both black and white color options to match the device’s color.

It costs $99 and, as previously mentioned, will ship on September 8. Mophie has the accessory up for pre-order today.

Hit the break for the introductory video and the gallery.


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Samsung videos show the difference between Samsung Level and conventional audio products

Samsung Level LineEver since Samsung announced its Level line of audio products, the Korean tech giant has been trying to tell consumers how brilliant and high-quality these products are. However, in case you weren’t enthused thus far, Samsung has decided to switch from telling to showing. Watch these video explanations (after the break) for why Samsung’s audio line is different from the competition.
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Verizon isn’t actually planning its own app store

Verizon_Wireless_Logo_01_TAJust yesterday we heard rumors that Verizon was planning on launching a new app store for Android devices with the help of other wireless carriers and manufacturers. This wasn’t actually the first time that Verizon tried to make its own app store work (remember Vcast Apps, anyone?), but their last attempt was unsuccessful, to say the least. Despite that rumor, it looks like Verizon can see the writing on the wall, and they’re claiming they have no intention of creating any more app stores.

A Verizon spokesperson said they don’t want to bother creating another app store, saying the carrier has “been there, done that.” It’s very clear that consumers don’t want or need a carrier app store, so good on Verizon if they’re being truthful about this.
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