lordofthering 10 640x480Come 10th of September Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. One of the more interesting features about the iPhone 5S would be its rumored fingerprint scanner, which alleged leaked packaging photos have “confirmed”. Of course the photos weren’t exactly the clearest, but thanks to designer Martin Hajek, who was cooked up multiple Apple product renderings in the past, he has created a concept rendering that shows us what the iPhone 5S with the fingerprint scanner running on iOS 7 might look like.

Since Apple has yet to confirm anything yet, there are some questions that we’re sure would-be iPhone 5S owners are asking, such as how the ring would look like, and whether it’ll just be a simple band around the home button, or will it actually glow when in use? Hajek has attempted to create renderings showing it as a normal metal band, and additional renderings where the ring actually glows a nice blue/turquoise. The glow actually looks pretty good, but what do you guys think? We’re only a couple of days away from Apple making the announcement but do you like what you see so far?



Bildschirmfoto2013 09 08um151916 zps75ff7542If you were planning on picking up a Sony A65 camera, you might be out of luck as Sony has recently put up a notice on its website, claiming that the A65 camera is no longer available. The device has been officially listed as discontinued, leaving us to speculate that perhaps a newer model could be announced soon. This is typical of camera manufacturers who discontinue older camera models ahead of a new model’s release. What this means for the consumer is that whatever stock is left in Sony’s stores or third-party retailers will be pretty much all that’s left, so if the A65 is a camera you’ve had your eye on, you better hurry before they are sold out!

Back in July this year, we reported on a rumor that Sony had a bunch of new cameras in the works, and that the Sony A69 was rumored to be one of them alongside the A59 and the A79. If this is true, it definitely explains why the A65 has been discontinued. Sony Alpha Rumors has also noted that the Sony A77 has had its deal extended on Amazon, which could be Sony’s way of unloading remaining stock before the A79 is announced. Either way we’re not sure when these new cameras will be announced, but check back with us later for the details.



GD3 920 640x359It is said that you are able to find just about anything on the internet, so why not second hand phones that run a copy of Windows Phone that has yet to be released to the public? According to a person going by the handle of xs2k, he bought a Nokia Lumia 920 device off Craigslist and to his surprise, found that the phone was not completely wiped or reset, and was instead running on Windows Phone OS Build 10484 which is supposedly that of the GDR3 Windows Phone update.

According to the folks at Windows Phone Central, they claim that the screenshots are legit and that this is the real deal. The device appears to be running on firmware based from India and based on the screenshots, it looks like the GDR3 will play host to a bunch of new features, not just supporting hardware upgrades to Full HD displays and quad-core processors.

These features include a screen orientation lock, a driving mode that will ignore calls and texts to prevent distraction while driving, custom sounds for text, voice mails, emails, and reminders, and more. No word on when Microsoft is expected to debut Windows Phone GDR3, but it is speculated to be unveiled alongside the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520.


lumia1520photos8 1020 verge super wideThe Nokia Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s upcoming phablet device which has also gone by the “Bandit” codename in the past. We’ve seen images and press renders of the device make their way onto the internet, and now thanks to a handful of photos obtained by The Verge, the handset has made yet another appearance, this time sitting alongside the Sony Xperia Z. For those unfamiliar with the Xperia Z, it’s Sony’s Android smartphone device that was unveiled earlier this year at CES 2013 and sports a 5” display.

Clearly the photo above shows that the Lumia 1520 is the larger of the two, and according to previous leaks and further confirmed by the person who submitted the photos to The Verge, the Lumia 1520 will sport a 6” Full HD display. Previous photos didn’t really show how big a device the Lumia 1520 is, so we guess the new photos should clue you in. Other specs reportedly “confirmed” includes 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 32GB of storage, an SD slot, and will run on the Windows Phone GDR3 update. What do you guys think? Could this be Nokia’s swan song before the brand is dropped by Microsoft?


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Xiaomi is a Chinese company. Even though it is quite popular in its home country, its smartphones sold out the iPhone, it doesn’t have much reach outside the country’s borders, particularly in the West. That might be about to change though, since Xiaomi poached former Google Android executive Hugo Barra to head its growth in the international market. The company has launched a new “smart TV” which touts impressive specs for a relatively low price tag. Called MiTV, it has a 47 inch 3D LCD display made by Samsung or LG, a quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. The software is powered by Android. All this is packaged in a nice sleek design and sold for under $500.

At this point in time, it appears that the product is limited to the Chinese market, where it is being sold for 2,999 Yuan. It remains to be seen if the MiTV, with all of its impressive specs, will make an entry into the global market. Android powered smart TVs are nothing new, though most are often limited to the Chinese market. Still, the Xiaomi MiTV offers one heck of a package. Though these are just specs on paper, which don’t reveal how the TV stacks up against the competition. If you’re interested in owning the MiTV, importing one from China is the only option right now.


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AT&T has finally started to carry a tablet made by ASUS. The carrier is now offering ASUS MeMO Pad FHD LTE 10 for $299.99 with a two year contract. If you don’t want to get tied to a contract, you can purchase the tablet by dropping $399.99 up front. One may wonder how many customers will sign up for this contract, given that it only provides a subsidy of $100 while maintaining its hold on the customer for a full 24 months.

The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD LTE 10 has a 10 inch full HD display. Under the hood there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro quadcore 1.5GHz processor, a five megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, 6,760mAh battery and 16GB of storage. Customers have the ability to externally expand the storage as well through microSD cards. ASUS SonicMaster audio technology is also on-board. The tablet is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Rear camera is capable of recording video in 1080p, battery is said to be good for 10.5 hours with 720p video playback. The tablet is available immediately from AT&T’s online store. It will also be sold through the carrier’s retail stores which are likely to have it in stock over the next couple of days, if they don’t have it in already.


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It has been consistently rumored over the last few weeks that China Mobile, the largest mobile carrier in the world, will be launching the new iPhones soon. Apple CEO Tim Cook had a meeting with the carrier’s chairman recently, who said that China Mobile is keen on selling the iPhone. It was rumored recently that Apple is ready to start shipping units to the carrier, however as per famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, China Mobile’s iPhone launch might be delayed till November.

China Mobile has over 700 million subscribers, analysts believe that Apple might sell as many as 20 million additional units if the iPhone is launched on this carrier. Before China Mobile can do that though, it needs to complete the roll out of its TDD-LTE network, which might cause the launch to be delayed. In a note to investors, Kuo says that the carrier’s TDD-LTE network hasn’t been properly prepared as yet. He also predicts that China Mobile will use the iPhone 5S as the flagship device for promoting its own TDD-LTE network, so its essential to get the network in place first before it starts blowing the trumpet. The new iPhones are expected to be launched in China, on two of China Mobile’s rivals, on September 20th.


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The NBA has announced that it is going to install motion tracking cameras this season in all arenas. This is being done to provide fans, players and coaches with improved stats and data. NBA is using Stats’ SportVU motion tracking system, which basically uses a six camera setup to collect various types of data. All 30 NBA teams will use the system to calibrate and measure movements of all players and the ball on the court.

For targeted and detailed analysis of both teams and players, the system will generate a continuous stream of data that’s based on factors such as ball possession, player separation, speed, and distance. The data will be used by NBA Game Time app, nba.com and NBA TV to provide fans with detailed breakdown of every game and to enchance the statistics that the league currently offers. The algorithms that are used to collect data will constantly be refined, they’re already able to identify certain plays as well as defensive rotations. Previously only 15 teams were using this technology, so the database wasn’t comprehensive. Now, the data about every team and every player will be collected every night, thus enabling the NBA to offer a more comprehensive database to both teams and fans alike.


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A couple of weeks ago rumors were circulating that Verizon might finalize a deal with Vodafone to buy the latter’s 45 percent stake. Last week Verizon finally announced that the deal had been reached to the tune of $130 billion. Under the deal, Verizon pays the British telecommunications giant $59 billion in cash and another $60 billion in its stock and other considerations. A lawsuit has now been filed in a New York state court by Natalie Gordon. She claims that Verizon’s shareholders are being “shortchanged” by the purchase of Vodafone’s stake, adding that Verizon has overpaid and that “Wall Street analysts concur.”

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and 12 directors have been named as defendants in this lawsuit, they’ve been accused of breaching their fiduciary duties. The lawsuit seeks class-action status, the aim is to get Verizon to either improve the terms of this deal, rescind the purchase or compel individual defendants to pay damages. This lawsuit mentions drop in the carrier’s share price on September 3rd, when it was trading for $45.08 a day after the deal had been announced. On August 29th, when it was rumored that Verizon had initiated talks with Vodafone, the share price was trading at a peak of $48.60. This 7.2 percent decline has been defined as “almost 10 percent” in the lawsuit. Executive vice president and general counsel of Verizon, Randal Milch, said in a statement that the lawsuit is “entirely without merit, and Verizon intends to defend itself vigorously.”


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Over the past few weeks we’ve heard a lot of stories about faulty iPhone chargers causing serious damage. A flight attendant in China was electrocuted while charging her iPhone 4S, the incident caused her death. A man in China was also electrocuted which put him in a coma, an iPhone 4S and a charger were involved in this incident as well. It is believed that they might have been using counterfeit chargers. Apple posted a notice on its Chinese website, warning customers that counterfeit chargers were circulating in the market. The latest incident report comes out of Croatia, where a woman claims her iPhone 4S exploded on the bedside table.

According to Ljubica Maric, she had plugged in her iPhone 4S to charge overnight using the charger that came with the device. During the night she received a call, which she wasn’t able to pick up on the first ring. On the second ring something in the iPhone 4S exploded, causing the speaker to blow out and glass to crack. Even though the device was in a case, debris is said to have scattered around the floor and table. No burning is said to have occurred at the electrical outlet and the iPhone 4S is apparently in working condition. It is unclear what might have caused this incident, a counterfeit charger doesn’t seem to be the case. Apple hasn’t issued a statement as yet.