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ZTE Nubia X6 has a 6.44-inch display, also features 13MP front and back cams

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The act of taking self-portrait photos using your front-facing camera and then uploading them to the web is a practice that’s pretty common everywhere in the globe, but there’s little denying that China in particular seems to be a big fan of selfies. That’s probably why most of the phones coming out of China have front-facing cameras with megapixel counts in the 5+ range.

With that in mind, ZTE’s upcoming Numbia X6 is about to blow all other front-facing cameras out of the water. The handset packs a whopping 13MP shooter on the front, with backside illumination and f/2.2 lens. On the back, you’ll also find a 13MP shooter though it has a f/2.0 lens, optical imagine stabilization and dual flash technology.

Moving past the crazy front camera, the rest of the specs are equally high-end. The Nubia X6 offers a Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3GB of RAM, and has storage options up to 128GB. There’s also a 6.44-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution and a massive 4250 mAh battery.

Probably to nobody’s surprise, ZTE has yet to announce any plans for the handset outside of China, though it’s certainly possible the device could eventually make its way to other markets in Asia, and perhaps even to Europe. Odds are it will never make it way to North America, though.

For those in China, the handset is currently up for pre-order for HK5010, or roughly 5.78. What do you think, if the handset actually made it to your local market — would you be interested or not?


    








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Huawei announces the Ascend G6, features 5MP front camera

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Last Monday Huawei’s MWC teaser revealed that the company planned to release a new smartphone with an “amazing front camera”. At their MWC 2014 press conference this morning, Huawei delivered on its promise by announcing the Ascend G6, complete with a 5MP front-facing camera.

As you may have guessed, the handset isn’t exactly aimed at the high-end market, though its faux metallic edging and rounded bottom make for an attractive enough looking device that is fairly similar to the Huawei Ascend P6’s design.

Specs and features

Under the hood the Ascend G6 offers a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU (unspecified type, likely MediaTek) with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 960×540, an 8MP rear cam, the aforementioned 5MP front cam, 8GB storage, microSD, a 2000 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The handset will also feature a 7.5-mm thick 3G version or a 7.8mm-thick 4G LTE (Cat 4) variant.

In terms of software features, Huawei hasn’t gone into too many details here, though we do know that the handset will feature the Emotion UI on top of Android. For those who aren’t familiar, this custom UI includes several changes to the stock Android experience including getting rid of the app drawer, opting for a style that is more akin to iOS (all apps on the homescreen).

Pricing and availability

This is where things get a bit fuzzy, as we don’t have an exact release dates for either the 3G or LTE version. Reportedly the 3G variant will arrive first in Q1 at an unspecified price. As for the LTE version? It is expected to arrive to Europe sometime in April with a price of €249 — or about 2.

No word on if or when the handset will arrive to the North American market just yet.


    








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Ingress gets two new gameplay features

Ingress Agents, you’ve got work to do. With the #Recursion series, two new gameplay features are being rolled out. There are more artifacts to grab, and a mini game designed to give improved portal hacking abilities. More mystery, more intrigue, and a deeper gameplay.


With regard to the artifacts, the Ingress team is hiding 17 around the globe between now and March 29th. The artifacts will be in the anomaly cities of Bangalore, India, Berlin, Germany, Zagreb, Croatia, Nashville, Boulder and Los Angeles. Once captured, Agents must work with their factions to get the artifacts to Los Angeles on March 29th.

The new Glyph mini game will take advantage of Shaper technology, where Agents can attempt to decode Glyphs for better hacking abilities. According to Niantic Labs, makers of Ingress, “Successful attempts to decode the glyphs will give players improved portal hacking abilities. Glyphs can be activated by Agents by long-pressing the HACK button.” That makes transporting those artifacts tricky, now doesn’t it?

Google’s augmented reality game just got a bit more interesting for Agents around the world. Between added hacking abilities and transportation of artifacts, we expect the lead-up to March 29th to be interesting in the world of Ingress. Artifacts will undoubtedly change hands numerous times, falling prey to artful portal hacks the world over.

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SuperTube for BlackBerry 10 gets a huge update with all new features

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The native BlackBerry 10 YouTube application SuperTube has been updated in a big way this week. It was only a short time ago that SuperTube graced us with its presence and we took a look at it on video, but straight away the developer has clearly been hard at work making some important adjustments. 

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Syllable App Update Brings New Features to Popular Speed Reading App

Halifax, Canada – Syllable by Christian Selig, the best speed reading app for iPhone, has been updated to version 2.1, bringing a slew of new features to help users learn to read faster. In addition to the wealth of pre-existing features, such as Pocket, Instapaper and Readability integration as well as an incredibly customizable reading experience, version 2.1 brings support for syncing article completion back to the service to help users chew through their reading queue, a brand new article extracting engine for more accurate and speedy article extraction from links, custom URL support, and many other improvements to the app.

Syllable helps you learn to read much faster, while helping you to finish your Pocket, Instapaper and Readability article queues you’ve been meaning to get through. With the skills you learn from using Syllable, you’ll be able to read articles, novels, textbooks or really any kind of reading much, much faster.

Syllable is built to make it really simple to learn to read faster. The most common reason people read slowly is due to something called subvocalization – when reading you say the words to yourself, which limits how fast you can read to a speed similar to how fast you can talk. Syllable helps to reduce this subvocalization by pacing through the reading at a rate you define, only showing one word at a time, forcing you to not mouth the words to yourself.

The average person reads at a speed of 200 WPM, which is very close to how fast they’re able to talk. With the reading techniques used by Syllable, doubling or tripling (or more) your reading speed to 1000 WPM is possible.

Reviews for Syllable have been overwhelmingly positive, and creator Christian Selig has been amazed at how users have responded to the app, saying “Users love the design and simplicity of Syllable, while also being allowed great customization of the reading experience. I’ve received many emails from people telling me about how much Syllable has improved their reading speed and helped them finally get through their reading queue. I’m loving how much Syllable is helping users, and I’ll be continuing to put out updates that make Syllable better and better for its users, keeping it the best speed reading app on the App Store.”

Features:
* Learn to read much faster by silencing subvocalization
* Highly customizable reading experience
* Pocket, Instapaper and Readability integration
* Automatically extract article from given URLs
* Indicator of how long it will take to read article
* Night mode
* Custom URL support
* See how long it took to read an article
* Share progress with Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 1.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Syllable 2.1 is available worldwide in the iTunes App Store for .99 USD in the Productivity category.

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Christian Selig is an independent iOS developer currently living in Toronto, Canada. He’s currently interning as an iOS Developer at Bionym Inc., but following the internship will finish up his degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He specializes in developing delightful iOS applications that make peoples’ lives easier and more enjoyable. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Christian Selig. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Waze is on the lookout for beta testers to pilot new features

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Google’s purchase of Waze was relatively big news last year, and so far we’ve seen a little bit of integration between the two services, although not as much as some may have been expecting. However, development on Waze hasn’t halted, if anything the service looks like it could be in line for some big new features in the coming months, as the company has just announce a new beta participation program.

The beta program appeared on Waze’s forum and website a few days ago, and appears to be open to anyone who’s interested. The only requirements are that you have a device with Android 2.2 or higher, a display resolution of 320×480, can speak decent enough English to provide useful feedback, and of course you’ll need time to actively participate and respond to the beta team. Waze would also like applicants to have a “technical sense”, although it’s not particularly clear what they mean by that.

If you’re interested, you can head on over to the Waze Beta signup page and fill out the profile information. Although anyone is free to apply, the beta testing group will actually be quite small. But for the lucky few who are chosen, there’s also the promise of a chance to win some cool “swag” for participating.


    








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PhotoUploader udpated to v1.1.0 bringing fixes and new features

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It wasn’t too long ago when we posted about an app called PhotoUploader. An app that allowed you to upload your photos and videos directly to Dropbox. Since the native BlackBerry 10 Dropbox app lost the ability to do so a developer has created an app for those looking for this feature. It has proven to be quite a useful app and over time it can only become better. This update comes with some bug fixes and additional features to the settings.

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OmniROM promises “unique privacy and security features” for next year

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The team behind the recently announced, but already popular, OmniROM custom ROM has taken a look back at 2013, revealing new features for next year.

One of the most interesting features – especially considering all the reports out there detailing the scope of the NSA’s spying campaigns – is the “unique privacy and security” capabilities promised for next year, “to help you fold your obligatory tin foil hat.”

However, the OmniROM team did not further elaborate what those privacy and security features will be, or what will make them unique. OmniROM is not the only custom ROM out there that will bring more privacy and security features to users interested in such powers for their phones, with the CyanogenMod team having some similar initiatives in mind for its current and future builds.

Other future features include increase device support, UI/UX enhancements and “dancing penguins doing the ‘robot.’”

In addition to plans for next year, the team revealed that in just three months from launch it has received contributions from more than 90 developers, deployed over 30 nightly builds, brought new features to the community and saw over 650,000 unique visitors check out its website and other resources.

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OmniROM nightlies downloads in 2013 | Image credit: OmniROM

The team has also provided a spreadsheet showing the number of nightly downloads for the device currently supported, with Samsung devices taking four of the first five spots.

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OmniROM looks back at 2013 accomplishments, will have privacy features soon

As customary this time of year, OmniROM takes stock of what it has managed to fulfill this year and gives its users a sneak peek at what it’s cooking up for 2014. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a long list, but considering how young the project is, it’s success is quite impressive.

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OmniROM is barely three months old, having formally launched in October. It’s birth wasn’t free of controversy, as the project itself is somewhat of a reaction to CyanogenMod‘s new commercial direction. OmniROM, then, tries to start where CyanogenMod left off, focusing on community involvement and openness, both in development and in end features, above all things.

In that short span of time, OmniROM has managed to gather quite a following. In its year end performance report, it claims to have had 90 contributors and 30 nightly builds. It has also managed to introduce new features or improvements over old ones, such as non-intrusive incoming call notifications, better audio management via an enhanced DSP manager, and the somewhat controversial per-app permission control using App Ops. It also scored some points with the open source crowd as well by announcing the OpenDetla OTA updater, which will let users download updates in smaller chunks.

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Of course, OmniROM’s work is far from done and the group will face be trying to check off a few todos next year. The custom ROM will definitely have to expand its device roster if it wants to gain mass adoption, appeal, and testing. It will likewise have to match the security and privacy features that are becoming a necessity these days. They might even inject a few UI tweaks here and there to improve the user experience as they see fit. 2014 will definitely be an exciting and busy year for OmniROM and we wish them the best of luck.

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