Pretty in pink: Galaxy S5 commences sales in Japan with a flashy new color

After making a victory lap of 10 million units sold in the course of three weeks or so, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now landing in Japan. The NTT DoCoMo carrier version carries the same specs as the international variant, save for the branding at the front, and the carrier-specific services, like Xi LTE, VoLTE, One-Seg and NOTTV, which allow you to watch broadcast TV stations on the phone’s 5.1″ display.

The kicker is, however, that in addition to the usual black and white versions of the handset, the Galaxy S5 there is also available in pink. It’s not Hello Kitty pink, but still … (Source)


Sony Xperia Z2 Compact aka Xperia A2 is official in Japan, comes mid-June in lavender and orange

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is titled Z1f there, and codenamed as SO-2F internally. Today DoCoMo started taking preorders of some Xperia A2, which is coincidentally coded as SO-04F. Given that the Xperia Z2 is marked as SO-03F by the carrier, we’ve every reason to believe that the A2 is the expected Xperia Z2 Compact.
The specs seem to be more similar to the Z1 Compact, rather than the Z2, as the A2 sports a 4.3″ 720p LCD Triluminos display, a 2.2 GHz quad-core MSM8974 Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Sony’s 20.7 MP camera sensor on the back. … (Source)

Yahoo buys Blink, a secret messaging app founded by an ex-Googler

The app shopping season never closes for Yahoo. This time, the company bought itself Blink, an Android and iOS app that rides on the popular, self-destructing messaging trend. The sum of the acquisition was not disclosed, but Blink’s creators from Meh Labs (which does sound a lot like Meth Labs, but in reality, it’s not), announced the acquisition and confirmed that they’ll be shutting down the app. 

Yahoo has not disclosed what it wants to do with Meh’s technology. Last year, the company gulped up many start-ups, including the likes of Alike, GoPollGo, Jybe, MileWise, and … (Source)

Sony Xperia A2 SO-04F is official on Japanese NTT DoCoMo

Sony announced the Xperia A2 SO-04F for the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The phone made a trip to the FCC recently carrying the codename "Altair".

Judging by its model name, the Sony SO-04F is expected to be Japanese version of the Xperia Z2 Compact. Its design is similar to the Z1 Compact with very subtle differences. The back is all matte, which should prevent fingerprints from sticking around. The edges of the phone now sport a cleaner look than those on the Z1 Compact.

The Xperia A1 features the same 4.3" 720p display of the Z1 Compact in addition to the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset. At the back, there's a 20.7MP Exmor R camera with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and LED flash. The battery remains the same 2,300mAh as the Z1 Compact.

The phone measures 128 x 65 x 9.7mm, a 0.2mm difference in thickness compared to the Z1 Compact, but other than that, everything else seems to be virtually unchanged.

Check out a promo video of the phone below. There, you can see the new orange and dark pink hues of the phone, too.

We're yet to see if the international version of the Z2 Compact is going to sport any major differences over the Xperia A2. It's possible that Sony has decided to slightly alter the looks of its small flagship than make major changes to the hardware.

Thanks for the tip, Ben… (Source)

Fan Apologizes for Cynical Selfie With Fallen Cyclist



BREAKING: 2014 is a very strange time to be alive.

After German cyclist Marcel Kittel won stage two of the Giro d’Italia race in Dublin, Ireland, last weekend, he collapsed to the ground out of sheer exhaustion

But when fan and junior cyclist David McCarthy saw Kittel on the ground in victorious suffering, he didn’t lend the winner a helping hand. No, he took a selfie with Kittel instead — then bragged about the decision on Instagram

“Kittel collapsed after the line today so instead of giving him a hand up I took a selfie #selfieking #selfiesunday,” McCarthy captioned this since-deleted photo Read more…

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Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 names appear in Chromium code

Google’s Nexus series stand out with their amazing value for the money, and that’s one of the main reasons behind all the excitement surrounding them. This year, Google is expected to unveil at least two new Nexus devices, and now, for the first time, the names Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 surface to corroborate all earlier rumors. The two model names were uncovered in the Chromium Code Review by German developers Florian Kiersch and Carsten Knobloch, and chances are that these will turn out to be the official names of the new Nexus gadgets.

The Nexus 6 is widely expected … (Source)

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