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Sony Xperia Z4 teased thanks to WikiLeaks' dump of internal Sony docs

WikiLeaks released over 30,000 internal Sony documents recently, a dump that included presentation files, financial information and what looks to be some details on the upcoming Xperia Z4 smartphone.




Thanks to the new information and leaks, we can hope to receive a full-metal design on Sony's upcoming flagship handset. It looks like we can also expect a fingerprint sensor on the Xperia Z4, bringing it up to the same level as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from Samsung, and the iPhone 5, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus from Apple.


The leaked images show a bigger power button, which looks like it might be the fingerprint sensor too, as well as the all-metal back and front of the Xperia Z4. The internal documents and early renders are using words such as "seamless" and "solid", which means we can expect a beautiful new design from Sony for its Xperia Z4 smartphone.

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Apple rumors fly as DSLR-quality iPhone camera is on the horizon

Thanks to a recent acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., Apple has been strongly rumored to begin producing DSRL-quality iPhone cameras for their next releases. This Israeli-based firm focuses on depth-sensing camera technology and has been picked out by Apple as important enough for a $20 million buyout as pointed out by The Wall Street Journal.




LinX utilizes an array of sensors in order to take many images at the same time, using this information to produce better imagery.


However, Apple has claimed that they will purchase companies every now and then but chooses not disclose why it has taken place - making the DSLR-quality camera claim simply a rumor at this stage.

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Apple's Rusian Siri deemed homophobic

A country that is historically known to be fairly hostile against anyone who identifies as being part of the LGBT community, Russia hasn't always stood in the best light when it comes to equality as seen by the outer world.



In recent news, Alex, a London-based man fluent in Russian, tested out Apple's digital assistant (Siri) with some LGBT related questions - receiving some interesting responses. The most prolific being when he asked "is gay marriage normal?" to which Siri replied "I believe this emotion should be considered negative."


These answers have now been patched out by Apple after the BBC's exposure of the issue, with Apple claiming that these responses "were part of a bug that has been fixed."

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Samsung can't keep up with the crazy demand for its Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung released its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones last week, but the S6 edge is selling many more units than the South Korean giant had initially expected, according to reports out of Korea.




Before the launch, the Galaxy S6 edge was poised for around 20-30% of the sales of the Galaxy S6, but the numbers are closer to 50% of the Galaxy S6, worldwide. Korean publication Yonhap News reports that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales "have been much higher than expected", with the new smartphones due to real an all-time high when compared to the launch of any of the other Galaxy S smartphones.


We've reviewed the Galaxy S6 edge and fell in love with it, so it comes as no surprise to us that the S6 edge is doing so well.

The closest look at the LG G4 is thanks to the retired @evleaks

It's no secret that LG is getting close to its official unveiling of the G4 smartphone, with previous teases and leaks, but now notorious and is-he-retired-or-not leaker @evleaks giving us the best look at LG's latest handset yet.




Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks, revealed the G4 on his Twitter page with the simple tweet of: "Say hello to the LG G4". We can expect the G4 to have multiple back cover options, a super-fast f/1.8 camera, 5.5-inch QHD display, a removable 3000mAh battery and a microSD card slot. This should keep fans happy, considering fellow South Korean rival Samsung and its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge don't have a removable battery or microSD card slot.


The G4 will be officially unveiled at LG's event on April 28.

Google has a team working on future battery tech in its Google X labs

Google has one of the most exciting exploratory labs in its Google X division, but a specific team of four are working on the future of battery technology according to The Wall Street Journal.




The Wall Street Journal reports: "In late 2012, a team led by former Apple Inc. battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj began testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices. About a year later, the group expanded to look at battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to people familiar with the matter".


We all want to see the battery life on our smartphones and tablets increase by large amounts, with the Google X team working on just that. The Wall Street Journal continues: "At Google, Dr. Bhardwaj's group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices, such as Glass and Google's glucose-measuring contact lens, according to the people familiar with the matter".

Samsung launches the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge with new commercials

Samsung has officially launched its two new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, celebrating the launch with a new commercial - which you can view below.



Samsung explains: "We are all united by the desire to find out what's next. And we live for the moment when possibility becomes reality, when the future becomes real. Because that's when we feel most alive. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are what's next from Samsung. And Next Is Now". The South Korean giant is pushing the whole "Next Is Now" slogan, and next really is now. We have a Galaxy S6 edge in our possession and it is a damn gorgeous handset. Expect our first impressions over the weekend.

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Samsung rumored to splash 4K display on the Galaxy Note 5

Just as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have launched, rumors are flying that the forthcoming Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung would feature a 4K display - providing a record-breaking number of pixels on a smartphone.




According to new reports, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 5 later this year with a 3840x2160 resolution. We should expect an official unveiling in August, which is about the time IFA kicks off for the year. If the Galaxy Note 5 arrives with its rumored 5.89-inch screen and 4K display, we can expect an insane 748 pixels per inch (PPI).


We're also hearing that a dual edge variant will be unveiled, which will arrive with a 5.78-inch curved panel that would rock 762 PPI. Now we just have to play the waiting game.

Apple release Emoji update to community outrage when no taco is found

Sitting almost 32,000 supporters strong, a petition by Taco Bell themselves proudly states "The Taco Emoji Needs To Happen" to the applause of the online audience.




Apple recently released an Emoji update to their iOS platform, with further reports claiming there are currently 37 candidates set for the next overhaul in mid-2015. Internet users are seemingly outraged by the current lack of Taco's in the Emoji mix, thus petitioning for their APple overlords to add it in impending update.


"Tacos are love, tacos are life" is something that you're likely to see over your social media feeds over the next few weeks.

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Apple dealing with continued issues while expanding Apple Pay

Apple Pay has helped develop a robust mobile payments infrastructure, with a growing number of retailers and banks jumping on the bandwagon.




However, the country is finding it difficult to expand Apple Pay into international markets, as each country has different government regulations, credit card associations, wireless carriers, and business relationships that Apple must accurately handle.


"Every market will have different local players, different partnerships, different local standards, different economics, different levels of cooperation," said Andrew Humphrey, technology analyst at Morgan Stanley, in a statement to Reuters.

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