Wednesday's tech news roundup cures the colorful phone shakes:
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new Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8
comes in red and yellow and the camera has "floating lens" technology, meaning it helps stabilize shaky movements and allows the shutter to stay open longer for more light to enter. It also has photo editing tools that remove someone walking by your picture, or you can animate part of a still photo as a cinemagraph. (Check out these examples.) It also has a charging station, so it doesn't need cords. The JBL Power Up Bluetooth wireless speaker system is just one of several colorful accessories Nokia showed.
Following up on Tuesday's story, the FBI has said there is no evidence that the AntiSec group hacked into a FBI laptop or that the FBI had the Apple device ID data. But
CNET has verified the numbers posted online are real device serial numbers
, so the question remains on how hackers got Apple user data. On Wednesday afternoon,
Apple said it did not give the FBI
or "any organization" device IDs, and released this statement to AllThingsD:
"The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID."
Also new from Nokia is a
free music streaming app for U.S. Lumia owners
. It launched with 150 programed playlists, and users can also create custom playlists, listen offline and track down local concerts with Gig Finder.
RadioShack is offering more contract-free phones. New options on Cricket Wireless
include a Huawei Android phone for $150
, and plans start at $50 a month.
If a Kickstarter project fails, ever wonder what happens to the donations? The crowd-funding service addressed the concern in a blog post, saying that the project creators are
legally required to give refunds
if they can't fulfill the promise of their project.
Move over Carly Rae Jepsen. The music video for the Korean pop song "Gangnam Style" is the latest YouTube viral video sensation of the summer with more than 106 million views. The artist Psy just signed a deal with Schoolboy Records, run by the same talent manager that discovered YouTube star Justin Bieber. If you're unfamiliar with the latest Internet culture craze, be sure to learn the dance before before the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night, where he'll be making an appearance.
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