Amazon to implement product-oriented, ‘Google Goggles-like’ 3D object recognition in upcoming Amazon phone

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More and more information has been getting out about Amazon’s upcoming smartphone— we now have details suggesting the device will feature real-word 3D object recognition, much like Google’s “Goggles” application.

Amazon’s version, however, would link images of 3D objects to product pages on Amazon, obviously prodding users to purchase the item they’re looking at.

In Amazon’s patent application for the service, it is called “user guided object identification.”

This will obviously all depend on actual user implementation— it could just be a cool little gadget, or something that people actually use to shop. My guess is the former…

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Nexus 5 could have an embargo that lifts on October 25


Well here’s something interesting to start the new week. An Amazon user review for the RINGKE SLIM Nexus 5 Case had something very interesting to say. Other than saying that the case “works well” with the Nexus 5, S. Power also stated, “I have 6 more days of embargo before I can say anything about the next Nexus phone.” In case you’re not familiar with an embargo, it’s an agreement between a media outlet and the source in which the media outlet is granted access to a product or information, but cannot divulge anything until a specified date. In this case, the product would be the Nexus 5, the source would be Google (or LG), and the specified date would be October 25, since the review was posted on October 19.

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Press image for Sony Xperia Z1S leaks

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This phone remains a mystery. While the Z1 was released not that long ago, it’s unlikely that the Z1S is another Sony flagship. This could, however, be the US version of the Z1 mini. The Japanese version is known as the “Z1 f.”

Other rumors suggest that this is the T-Mobile version of the Z1, because of the styling of the 4G LTE logo on the screen.

An official announcement is expected to come in the next few weeks, with more details as well. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: @evleaks

HTC One Max press images for AT&T and Verizon leak



While we already saw press images of the Sprint and Verizon HTC One Max variants, it was unknown if any other carriers would be getting the latest phablet. But now according to Twitter’s @evleaks, AT&T will also get the One Max. In the image above, you may notice something different. Just like Verizon, AT&T will opt to stamp their logo on the bottom bezel. This differs from the Sprint version as HTC’s logo will remain. And as we eluded to the last time, notice the dates on the devices. That may hint the release date for the different carriers. Hit the break for the Verizon press image (it is identical to last week’s).
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Photos leak of upcoming white Nexus 5, iPad 5, iPad mini 2

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Incoming news from China this afternoon— some press images of a white Nexus 5, the iPad 5, and the iPad mini 2. It is expected that Apple announces the upcoming tablets on October 22nd.

If you’re interested, it looks like the iPad 5 will have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, while the iPad mini 2 will not— the mini will also not feature a Retina display.

You can find the iPad photo after the break.

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Google Play “Newsstand” discovered in version 4.4 teardown

google-play-logoGoogle Play has grown to have capabilities to sell you apps, music, movies, magazines, books games, and a who lot more. It seems like the store is going to be able to sell you something new in the near future. Android Police tore down the upcoming Google Play version 4.4, and found interesting hints to a new portal called “Newsstand.” It’s actually not the first time “Newsstand” has been spotted – it showed up as “Play News” in the online code of Google Play earlier this year, but this discovery has to lead us to believe that “Newsstand” is coming sooner rather than later.

There’s nothing definite yet, but a deeper look at the code reveals that the “Magazines” section of Google Play could merge into the “Newsstand” section, which would make sense considering that is how iOS’s NewsStand is designed. The code also says there will be a free trial offered of some sort, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Android Police

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini and Snapdragon 800-powered flip phone pass through FCC

Galaxy S 4 mini VerizonTwo Verizon Samsung devices appeared at FCC recently, indicating that a market launch is approaching. The first of these devices is the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, which has also already passed through Bluetooth certification, leading us to believe that a launch, along with the AT&T and Sprint versions, will come very soon. The second device is the SM-W2014, an unnamed flip phone by Samsung  that SamMobile believes will only arrive in South Korea and China. It has high-end specs, including a Snapdragon 800 chip, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

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Nexus 5 retail packaging leaked, white variant smiles for the camera


After last night’s suprise cameo in the Play Store, possible retail packaging of the Nexus 5 has leaked as well. And the retail packaging isn’t just catching eyes because of its design. Yes, that is a white backing being shown on the Nexus 5. It was unknown that there would be a white variant; however, this and another image (after the break) completely show the Nexus 5′s back in white. The images were snapped by Korean site UnderKG (but were removed shortly after). Two Google+ users were able to obtain the the photos and re-posted them this morning. As you can tell, LG’s logo has been stamped on the side. Hit the break for the other two images, one of which clearly show the possible white backing.
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Say hello to the Nexus 5, full press render leaks on Google servers [Update: Priced at $349]


Earlier today a leaked press render of the Nexus 5 with Telus branding surfaced. A lot of people think it’s fake, but it doesn’t matter now because the real deal just leaked on Google servers. The folks over at Android Police happened to stumble upon it in the Play Store. You can clearly see the new icons for the camera, phone, Gmail, and the launcher. Below is the direct link to the image on Google’s server that is likely to go down very soon.

Update: We have another link (already dead) that showed the Nexus 5 with this tagline, “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349.” Of course we don’t know if this is the final price, if it is, it’s probably for the 16GB version.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could feature eye-scanning technology

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We started seeing facial recognition in devices a few years back. It was a cool idea, but the technology wasn’t really ready yet. This year, fingerprint scanning technology has become more prevalent. Smart-watches are now becoming more mainstream, with Google expected to unveil their own smart-watch relatively soon.

Our society is slowly becoming more and more like the fictitious worlds depicted in many science fiction novels, shows and movies from the past— would it surprise you if I told you that Samsung is working on eye-scanning technology, and it could be featured in the Galaxy S5?

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