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Vodaphone UK to grab 32GB Nokia Lumia 925, O2 gets dibs on white model for June 13

Nokia's Lumia 925 to arrive on June 13th with tktkt, O2 gets exclusive on the white model

Now that Nokia’s launched it’s metal-accented Lumia 925, you may want to know where to grab one. In the UK, Vodaphone announced on stage that they’d start carrying a 32GB version of the handset exclusively next month, while O2 said they’d be the only UK carrier with a white model — and that you’d be able to grab it on June 13th. As for the others, Three confirmed via a tweet that they’d carry the new handset and that it’d be compatible with its Ultrafast services, while EE and Orange have yet to announce anything. Meanwhile, we heard from T-Mobile that they’d be carrying the device in the US, but we don’t know yet if they’ll stock it elsewhere as well. We’ve touched base with all the carriers for more info, so check back to see if you’ll be able to grab one from yours.

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Source: Vodaphone, Three (Twitter)

Nokia Lumia 925 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 925 handson

At Nokia’s London launch event, we’ve just managed to spend a bit of time with the 4.5-inch Lumia 925. If you felt its polycarbonate predecessor was a little unwieldy in dimensions or weight, you might be pleased with what Nokia’s crafted here. Its new Windows Phone flagship marks the company’s return to metal-bodied smartphones, and in the process, it’s become both lighter and thinner. This isn’t a marginal shedding of a few grams, either — there’s a noticeable difference when compared to the Lumia 920. Likewise, the smaller frame makes the Lumia 920 feel all of a sudden rather chunky. Despite the slimmer lines, Nokia keeps the internal specifications largely the same, so you’re getting an identical dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, although this time there’s only 16GB of storage — sacrifices had to be made somewhere, we guess.

Imaging-wise, and yes, it’s still all about the camera with Nokia, there’s the same 8.7-megapixel camera sensor from the 920 model, although Nokia says it’s made countless improvements to noise-reduction algorithms and other inner workings. While the hardware has remained mostly unchanged, the company’s gone to town on the camera app, moving beyond the Windows Phone Lens system to craft a new Smart Cam interface. Our favorite part here is the ability to leap straight into it instead of the standard camera app. Once we set it up within the app itself, it launched just as swiftly as the regular option. Performance, in general, was identical to what we’ve experienced on both the 928 and 920 (the same processor will do that), keeping up with our task transitions and web-browsing tests. We’re putting the finishing touches to our hands-on video, but you can find more impressions on the hardware (and that Smart Cam) after our gallery and the break.

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Google welcomes Gladstone, MO to the Fiber family

Google welcomes Gladstone, Missouri to the Fiber family

It looks like the slow and steady fiber-fication of Missouri is well underway, as the Gladstone City Council has voted to bring Google’s speedy broadband service to the city. This comes just a few days after the Mountain View company welcomed Grandview into the fold, and we’re sure the Show Me state will soon see even wider Fiber adoption just like neighboring Kansas. Of course, Gladstone’s induction is merely honorary at this point; there’s still plenty of work to be done before its citizens can surf the fastest internet waves in the Midwest.

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Source: Google Fiber

Raspberry Pi camera module comes to the UK May 14th, lands early for some

Raspberry Pi camera module comes to the UK May 14th, lands early for some

Remember that Raspberry Pi camera module we wrote about a few months ago? It looks like UK-based electronics retailer CPC / Farnell will start taking orders for the shooter on May 14th. Users on the Raspberry Pi forums who signed up for info about the camera module have received an email from the retailer inviting them to order tomorrow. As a reminder, the five megapixel fixed-focus shooter — which only measures 25 x 20 x 9mm — can snap 2592 x 1944-pixel images and capture video at 1080p (30fps), 720p (60fps) and VGA (60 or 90fps). While the accessory is expected to cost about $25, there’s no actual pricing details on CPC / Farnell’s website. Wanna see the camera module in action? One lucky Raspberry Pi user’s received the device early and shared a video — check it out after the break.

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Via: Raspberry Pi forums

Source: CPC / Farnell

Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote (video)

Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote video

Sony’s Xperia ZR isn’t reaching the market all by its lonesome: it’s accompanied by a high-end Bluetooth headset, the SBH50. The sequel to the Smart Wireless Headset Pro mostly ups the ante with NFC — listeners just have to tap the smart remote against their Xperias (or many other NFC-aware devices) to get going. There’s still the emphasis on higher-than-usual quality for wireless audio; likewise, the remote continues to preview calls and messages, play FM radio and take the owner’s pick of wired headphones. Sony has only committed to launching the SBH50 “soon” and hasn’t mentioned prices, but we’d use the previous headset’s $150 price as a rough benchmark. Catch Sony’s overview video after the break.

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Via: Sony Mobile (Facebook)

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Lamborghini Egoista Concept centers entirely on its very fortunate driver (video)

Lamborghini Egoista centers entirely around its selfish and very fortunate driver

Many automakers talk of building driver-focused machines; for its 50th birthday, Lamborghini is taking that idea to its logical extreme through the Egoista Concept. The commemorative supercar centers on a cabin that only allows room for the driver and a bare minimum of instruments, eliminating pesky distractions such as passengers and stereos. Lamborghini isn’t exaggerating when it likens the interior to a jet fighter’s cockpit — the pilot gets a heads-up display as a matter of course, and has to climb over the car body just to crawl inside. We’d certainly like to give the narrow-purpose vehicle a spin when there’s a 600HP, 5.2-liter V10 involved, although that’s sadly unlikely. As hinted by the self-centered name, the Egoista Concept is built to let the company toot its own horn, and won’t be sold — anyone who gets a test drive will be part of a very exclusive (and likely ecstatic) club, as you might gather from the video after the break. We’ll just have to make do with an Aventador, then.

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Via: Autoblog

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T-Mobile raises iPhone 5 down payment by $50, device now costs $150

T-Mobile raises iPhone 5 down payment by $50, device now costs $150

After a month of offering the iPhone 5 for $100 down, T-Mobile has quietly increased the upfront cost by $50. Even with the price hike, it’s still less expensive than on most other carriers, but some type of warning would’ve certainly been appreciated. As for the rest of T-Mobile’s new pricing scheme, its $20-a month, two-year amortization schedule remains intact. Consider us skeptical, but hopefully this is just a case of growing pains, and unannounced promotions won’t be part of the UnCarrier’s game plan going forward.

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Via: TmoNews

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Sqigle’s Earl tablet brings Android to the wilderness with e-paper, solar power

Sqigle's Earl tablet brings Android to outdoor trekkers with epaper, solar power

Although there’s no dearth of rugged tablets, most are still built on the assumption that civilization is close at hand. Sqigle, however, suggests that its upcoming Earl tablet could work even if there’s no civilization left. The new, crowdfunded Android 4.1 slate centers on a light-up, 6-inch e-paper screen that both extends the battery life to 20 hours and makes the 5 hours of solar-powered recharging sound reasonable — theoretically, Earl never needs to see a wall outlet. It’s also built to do as much as possible without leaning on either WiFi or a PC. Along with both analog and digital radio, the design should incorporate ANT+ sensor support and preloaded topographical maps. The project isn’t ideally timed for outdoorsy types when it’s expected to reach backers in the late summer, but the $249 advance price is low enough that it might justify a camping trip in the fall.

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Via: TechCrunch

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ABC to add live-streaming to its iOS app with rollout in NYC, Philadelphia

Starting this week, ABC will live-stream shows via its Watch ABC app for iOS. This comes less than two months after The New York Times reported that the broadcast network was crafting up such a service, and ABC’s live TV on the go is indeed a first for the television industry. The new functionality comes via a “live” button in the mobile app, and it will initially be limited to paid cable and satellite subscribers in the New York and Philadelphia areas. With Hearst Television on board as ABC’s first live-stream affiliate, the network says it will expand the service to six more cities by this summer.

While it could still be quite some time before this offering hits your zip code (or OS of choice), it provides plenty of incentive for other networks to catch up — and quickly. CBS and Fox currently offer episode streaming through their mobile apps, but live TV is a huge differentiator. Notably, Aereo announced the expansion of its own live-streaming service today, but that company is already embroiled in lawsuits with several networks over alleged copyright violations.

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Via: Gizmodo

Source: The New York Times

Aereo live TV service refreshes pricing plans, expands to Boston on May 15th

Aereo live TV service refreshes pricing plans, expands to Boston on May 15th

We’ve been eager to try out Aereo’s TV streaming service, which sends live broadcast content to devices over the internet. But the service has at least one significant flaw: it’s only available to subscribers in the New York City area. Beginning May 15th, the streaming service will expand to Boston-based users, and rates will change slightly as well. The base plan, which includes unlimited streaming and 20 hours of DVR storage, will remain unchanged at $8 per month, but the $12 monthly tariff will include 60 hours of storage, compared to the 40 hours Aereo previously offered.

And that’s it — no more $1 daily or $80 yearly plans, though that latter option is still available until the new structure goes live on Wednesday. The service is supported on iOS, Chrome, IE 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Roku devices, though those geographic restrictions keep the access pool quite limited. New Yorkers can take the service for a spin today, Bostonians will get the green light come May 15th, and the rest of you can see what you’re missing in the demo video after the break.

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Source: Aereo