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Your iPhone is a pretty formidable camera on its own, but there are plenty of affordable ways to make it even better without attaching any additional hardware. Forbes contributor Amadou Diallo has concocted a list of the four best camera apps for the iPhone, all of which you can download for less than $10 to make your photos look better than ever. The first app Diallo chose, Camera+, is an App Store mainstay which has been around in various incarnations for years. It’s kept up with the times as well, receiving a major visual overhaul alongside the release of iOS 7 last year. With Camera+ you can independently control the focus and exposure of a shot, lock in white balance, change

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The iPhone 6 isn’t even out yet and Samsung is already making fun of the device in TV ads, while inadvertently reminding potential smartphone buyers that a bigger iPhone is coming. Following Samsung, Conan O’Brien was next to take shots at the unreleased iPhone 6 smartphone during a monologue on Tuesday. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ “A lot of speculation out there about the new iPhone… People wondering what it’s going to be,” Conan says. “The new iPhone is expected to have a larger screen and better operating system.” “Yes. The new iPhone will be called ‘last year’s Samsung Galaxy,’” he adds, with the crowd going wild. “We showed them, huh?”

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Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "The Call of Cthulhu," the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet. "The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us," writes the developer.

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HELSINKI (AP) — There is life after mobile phones for Nokia.

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HELSINKI (AP) — There is life after mobile phones for Nokia.

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WeChat is China's most popular messaging service, with a user base larger than the entire population of the United States. Now, Razer is hoping to score big by producing the first smartband to incorporate the 400 million user platform, emojis and all. This fall could see a wearables war as Apple and Microsoft are each expected to release wrist-mounted devices.

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There is really no question that Google Now is one of the best things to happen to mobile devices in the past few years. Google’s intelligent personal assistant service gives you important information before you even realize you need it, and it is constantly improving as Google adds more great functionality to the service. Of course, Google Now isn’t all business — it can also have some fun from time to time just like Apple’s Siri, and there are some cool Google Now easter eggs that you really have to check out. FROM EARLIER: We didn’t think it was possible, but Google Now just got even smarter Mental Floss recently put together a list of 11 cool Google Now easter eggs

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The stars! The cosplayers! The lines! This week, Comic-Con is taking over San Diego for the annual celebration of fandom. Casey Newton, preparing for his first-ever trip to Hall H, explains what's about to happen.

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The stars! The cosplayers! The lines! This week, Comic-Con is taking over San Diego for the annual celebration of fandom. Casey Newton, preparing for his first-ever trip to Hall H, explains what's about to happen.

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Samsung has already started making fun in a TV commercial of the unreleased iPhone 6, telling potential buyers that its Android handsets had bigger displays for quite a while in an obvious attempt to kill the iPhone 6 buzz and divert attention to its own 2014 flagship handset. But the company appears to actually have a real iPhone 6-related problem, Digitimes reports, which may affect its own smartphone launch plans. Apple’s massive metal chassis orders with suppliers are apparently preventing Samsung from placing its own metal chassis orders for a future iPhone 6 killer that would ditch plastic in favor of metal. FROM EARLIER: Report from solid source points to iPhone 6 release in mid-September Recent image leaks showing the

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Samsung's coming for you. Last week, Samsung launched a new lineup of products in the US called Level. Beginning with four products — over-ear, on-ear, and in-ear headphones, and a Bluetooth speaker — the Level lineup is about the least subtle Beats competitor ever created. It's a move with obvious incentive: Beats is much-derided but massively popular, and is presumably about to become an integral part of Apple's music offerings.

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Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone features "gimmicks" - such as 3D effects and object scanner - that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple Inc iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said. Among the features of its first smartphone, Amazon has introduced "Dynamic Perspective", four cameras that track a user's face and simulate a 3D effect on the screen. The phone also touts a "Firefly" scanner that allows users to point the phone at an object and be directed to Amazon's online store to buy it. "Look, Ma, no hands!"," Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler said.

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By Ronald Grover , Jennifer Saba and Liana B. Baker LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chase Carey, Twenty-First Century Fox's president and chief operating officer, may be feeling pressure to stay in his job for several more years both from his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and from the company Murdoch is trying to buy, Time Warner Inc. As Murdoch mulls his next step following Time Warner’s rejection of his $80 billion offer, some Time Warner investors say they are concerned about who might succeed the 83-year-old chairman and chief executive. In particular, they're not sure whether Murdoch's sons, James, 41, and Lachlan, 42, are ready to manage the integration challenge. The 60-year-old New Yorker, who's been working for Murdoch since 1988 and earned a reputation for a no-nonsense leadership style, signed a two-year contract with Fox in June that gives him the option to opt out after 18 months.

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As I walked through Times Square on my way to the office one day last week, something odd caught my eye that made me do a double take. A sizable line had formed outside of the AT&T store as it prepared to open. I have seen people line up outside of that store before, of course, but typically only when a fresh batch of recently launched iPhones is waiting on the other side of the doors. This time, however, people weren’t lining up to buy a new iPhone. They were lining up for the just-released LG G3. And truth be told, this is a phone worth lining up for. The G3 is LG’s latest flagship smartphone and it couldn’t come

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Demand for iPads in particular is cooling but that doesn't mean that tablets are going out of fashion, and sales are expected to continue to grow over the course of the year, albeit at a slower rate. Preliminary data from research and analytics firm IDC actually shows that the worldwide tablet market has grown by 11 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2014 -- some 49.3 million devices have been shipped over the past three months -- but that things are starting to slow down. "As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets.

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I’m also excited to announce that my friend Dieter Bohn will be our new executive editor. The Verge at its best is a window into the future — the future of technology, design, science, and culture. Every story is a technology story;

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Last night, Legendary Pictures gave us a brief look at how it wants to bring the worlds of Pacific Rim and Guillermo del Toro's upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak closer to real life. For Pacific Rim, the company teamed up with Oculus to put fans inside a virtual Jaeger. Legendary created Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot to let us experience — to some extent — what it would be like to pilot a giant robot. Del Toro went wild on the convention floor

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Earlier this week, we told you about a fantastic new feature coming to the Google Maps Mobile app that could potentially change the way you explore the areas around you. Well, Google on Wednesday afternoon announced that its terrific new Explore feature has now rolled out to its iOS and Android mobile apps. “On vacation and want to know where the locals go? Looking for a new place to grab food on your lunch break? Waiting on the platform for your next train and wondering when it’s scheduled to arrive? Starting this week, you can spend less time searching for your answer and more time exploring the world with the Google Maps app for Android and iOS,” Google Maps project manager Taj Campbell

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Instagram seems to have accidentally posted a link to its new "one tap photo messaging app" Bolt inside Instagram for Android. Tapping the "free" button yields a dead end in the Google Play Store. Instagram hasn't responded to a request for comment.

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NEW YORK (AP) — It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit.

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