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Earlier this week, the SonyAlphaRumors blog posted pictures of a compete Sony camera inside a traditional-looking camera lens. On Friday, the site followed up with images from the camera manuals and found that the lenses support tripods. The interesting idea behind the Sony QX10 and QX100 is to add a high-quality image sensor and optics to an existing smartphone, turning the handset into both a viewfinder and storage device. These snap-on products would allow smartphone owners to upgrade their camera without buying a new phone.

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Does Verizon want to buy a Canadian mobile operator or does it want Canadian spectrum? Possibly both. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Verizon has sidelined any potential deal to acquire either Wind Mobile or Mobilicity. Instead Verizon is weighing whether to participate in the upcoming Canadian 700 MHz auctions. After the auctions, Verizon could pick up negotiations with Wind or Mobilicity once again.

Lumia 925

Nokia’s highly anticipated Amber update is beginning to roll out for all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8. It includes camera and browser improvements, and enables your phone’s FM radio. Read more »

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Wired tells the story of Rich DeVaul, Project Loon’s first leader, as he and Google engineers try to tackle the problem of building a network that traverses the stratospheric winds. Loon sounds crazy and the project is rife with potential pitfalls, but as Wired shows, the tasks of creating a floating, impermanent network and crunching the meteorological data necessary to steer it don’t daunt DeVaul one bit.

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