Camera test: Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 versus the iPhone 6 Plus

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 is the most impressive phone the company has ever made, and a large part of that is thanks to its new camera. It’s fast, reliable, and takes great photos. It’s easily the best camera on any Android phone ever. But how does it compare to the iPhone 6 Plus, the reigning champ of smartphone photography?

To find out, we put the S6 head to head with the iPhone 6 Plus to see how it fared in a variety of situations. As it turns out, the S6 can hang: it’s very close to the iPhone in terms of image quality and detail. The S6 shots are a little warmer, but not offensively so, and the two phones handle low-light a bit differently.

On the whole, the S6 holds its own against the iPhone, and we wouldn’t hesitate for a second…

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Google Maps now lets you turn any location into a game of Pac-Man

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Your neighborhood just got a lot more interesting. Google has released a new feature for Maps that lets you turn any location into a game of Pac-Man — all you have to do is click the new Pac-Man button that resides in the lower left corner of the screen. When you do, whatever section of the world you’re looking at will transform into the pixelated arcade classic, complete with four colorful ghosts and the iconic music. While developers have created similar hacks before, this version of Google Maps Pac-Man comes directly from Google, and even supports mobile devices. This isn’t the first time Google has mixed video games and Maps in time for April Fools’ Day, as last year the company let you catch Pokemon using its mapping tool. As for P…

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Autofill error accidentally revealed passport data for 31 world leaders

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Most of the time, autofill mistakes in your email’s “to” field will cause some mild embarrassment or a bit of confusion. The mistake an Australian government official made is a bit worse. Passport and visa details for 31 world leaders who attended the last G20 summit (including President Obama) were sent to the wrong recipients.

Instead of finding its way to another government agency, the data was sent to organizers of the Asian Cup, who quickly alerted the Australian immigration department of the embarrassing blunder. Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, and David Cameron were among the other leaders who unknowingly had their personal information slip out.

In a letter obtained by The Guardian, it was determined that the mistake could’ve…

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A closer look at Project Spartan, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer killer

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The Spartan army was the centrepiece of an ancient Greek city-state that grew into a powerful military land-power in roughly 650 BC. Today, Microsoft is putting Spartan, its new browser, at the center of Windows 10 to slay off the old, weak, and beleaguered Internet Explorer.

Microsoft might not be fully killing off Internet Explorer the app, but a new brand name will herald a new era for the company’s browser prospects and a signal to web developers that Internet Explorer will soon be part of ancient history.

Project Spartan is just a codename for now, but I’ve had a chance to experience Microsoft’s new browser in Windows 10, the successor to Internet Explorer.

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Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

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StarOfService French startup StarOfService plans to provide a solid Thumbtack alternative for the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, StarOfService is opening its marketplace in 80 countries and just raised $1.2 million (€1.1 million) from Point Nine Capital, Kima Ventures, Oleg Tscheltzoff and other business angels. When I talked with co-founder and CEO Lucas Lambertini, he doesn’t even hide… Read More

Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

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WATCH 1 The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs

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android-apps Google announced this morning a range of new advertising options for Android app developers designed to increase the number of app installations. The most notable change rolling out today is that developers can now more easily advertise their applications on the Google Display Network, including via video app promo ads. The Google Display Network today reaches 2 million publisher websites,… Read More

Frame.io Is Cloud-Based Collaboration For Everything

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Surfers@1x Given the world’s shift toward video, both in terms of consumption and creation, it’s almost surprising how tedious and painstaking the process of post-production collaboration can be. Lots of services focus on pieces of the problem, like accelerated file sharing or review in-progress collaboration, but there isn’t really a service that covers everything, end-to-end.… Read More

Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

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place_bg Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let you stick it where it’s most convenient. The Dash Button is a natural extension… Read More

Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

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pac-maps Google has created a new Easter Egg for Google Maps (pretty much just in time for actual Easter) which lets you play Pac-Man in real-world locales on the company’s Maps apps for desktop and mobie devices. It’s easy to play, by either navigating to the Google Maps website or opening the app on your Android or iOS device, and then just searching for a location where Pac-Man might… Read More

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