Smartphones

Apple Offers iSight Replacements

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Apple opens an iSight camera replacement program for the iPhone 6 Plus-- one involving the replacement of a faulty rear-facing camera module of a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices.

iPhone 6 cameraAccording to the company a number of iPhone 6 Plus units sold between September 2014 and January 2015 might have a faulty Optical Image Stabilisation unit causing blurry photos. The issue only affects the larger iPhone, since the regular-size iPhone 6 lacks Optical Image Stabilisation.

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Google Delays Modular Ara Phone

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It might still be some time before the modular smartphone concept hits the market-- an unexpectedly long prototyping phase leads to Google delaying trial plans for the Project Ara to at least 2016.

Project ARaThe device was originally set to debut in Puerto Rico sometime on 2015. However according to a series of tweets from the development team such trials will take place next year at a different US location.

"Project Ara isn't going anywhere," the tweets say. However the device has been set back by "lots of iterations… more than we thought."

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Google Delays Modular Ara Phone

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It might still be some time before the modular smartphone concept hits the market-- an unexpectedly long prototyping phase leads to Google delaying trial plans for the Project Ara to at least 2016.

Project ARaThe device was originally set to debut in Puerto Rico sometime on 2015. However according to a series of tweets from the development team such trials will take place next year at a different US location.

"Project Ara isn't going anywhere," the tweets say. However the device has been set back by "lots of iterations… more than we thought."

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Samsung Intros Galaxy S6 edge+, Note5, Gear S2

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Samsung shows off its latest smartphone flagships at Unpacked 2015-- the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5. Also revealed are more details on the Samsung Pay payments service and the round-faced the Gear S2 smartwatch.

Galaxy S6 Edge+The S6 edge+ and Note5 are fairly similar, being equipped with 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2560x1440 resolution displays, octa-core 64-bit processors, 4GB RAM, 16MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras and 3000mAh batteries. The S6 edge+ retains its predecessor's curved display, while the Note5 includes a stylus.

The two devices get an interesting accessory in the shape of a keyboard case-- a hardware keyboard user snap on the bottom half of the display. The device recognises the case and adjusts the UI accordingly, essentially turning into a BlackBerry-style phone.

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LG Flip Phone Arrives in Europe

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The LG Wine Smart, an entry-level Android smartphone combining a touchscreen with hardware buttons in retro flip phone stylings, arrives in the European market following its S. Korean debut back in September 2014.

LG Smart WineSupposedly enhanced with "more advanced multimedia features," the Wine Smart is has a physical 3x4 numerical keypad for users wanting "easy and accurate typing." It also has hotkeys for frequently used features such as phone dialer, address book, SMS and camera.

Other features include a 3.2-inch 480x320 resolution display, 1.1GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, microSD slot and a 1700mAh removable battery. The OS of choice is Android 5.1.1.

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