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Nokia's extreme 41-megapixel zoom camera with phone

Nokia_Lumia_1020_41_megapixel_image_sensorCellphone company Nokia unveiled a new camera that also works as a phone.

You might be thinking that this concept already exists – phones have cameras. You can take quite good pictures with your smartphone, without needing a camera.


But Nokia has taken things to the extreme with the new Lumia 1020.

An intense 41-megapixel image sensor has been attached to the device. By comparison, the Canon 5D Mark III pro DSLR camera has a measly 22.3-megapixel sensor.

The Lumia 1020 camera also has quite the lens, with razor-sharp  Zeiss optics.

There is no zooming, per se, but with a gazillion-megapixel image sensor and PureView technology, Nokia says people can use digital zoom to frame in their subjects without needing a real zoom.

It also has optical image stabilization to steady your shots and keep them sharper.

Oh, and this device is also a Windows 8 phone.

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Kidding aside, this is one of the coolest smartphones on the market. To be honest, Nokia has always made rock-solid phones with great cameras – a combination that no other company can deliver on - except with the HTC One.

The Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch screen on the back and the whole phone is powered by a 1.5-Ghz dual-core processor.

What was somewhat buried in the announcement was that Nokia said some great app such as Flipboard, Vine and Path will be available on the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Canadian pricing and availability is not yet available.

Is a good camera an important feature for a smartphone? Or is 41-megapixels overkill?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets



Microsoft (finally) hits reboot on Windows 8

Windows81Previewloc_PageMicrosoft his hitting the reboot switch with Windows 8, releasing a preview edition of the operating system that seeks to please those turned off of the drastically different operating system.

Starting now, anyone can download a preview version of the new operating system to see what all the fuss is about.

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Windows 8.1 to bring back Start button - but not the menu

It looks as though Microsoft finally listened to public opinion about Windows 8. The company is launching a new version of its software, and bringing back the start button.

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Move over games, new Xbox One focuses on the big screen

Microsoft’s new Xbox One is billed as a gaming console. But the ability to play games seems incidental to many of the features – and hoopla – about the new device.

If you watched the unveiling closely on Tuesday, the tech company was keen to tout how well the Xbox One will work with your TV in the living room – whether you’re watching live sports or the latest episode of Mad Men.

Gamers, meanwhile, seem a little disappointed about some features.

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Will next version of Windows let you boot to the desktop?

On the heels of a post about an Apple leak, there's a Windows 8.1 leak to tell you about.

The next version of Windows, aka Windows Blue, might let users start up their computer directly into the traditional desktop mode as opposed to the tile interface Start screen that the current iteration of Window 8 does.

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Microsoft enables Windows 8 Flash support in IE 10

Windows 8 users who often encountered broken websites due to Flash content being blocked in Internet Explorer 10 are in for some relief.

Microsoft says the latest version of IE 10, now available, will display Flash videos and games by default.

Flash content was always available for anyone who used the browser in Windows’ ‘Desktop mode’ however that meant many of us – myself included – would just use the operating system in the traditional view rather than the “immersive” live-tile view.

The update will also enable Flash for IE 10 on the watered-down version of Windows 8, better known as Windows RT.

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Pokki: an app that brings the start button back to Windows 8

Many people’s most common complaint with Windows 8 is that it doesn’t have a start button. Sure, there are dozens of live tiles you can swipe across and get updates pushed to your fingertips.

But meanwhile when in Desktop mode, there is no Start button. There’s no way to pop open a menu and jump to different programs, or pull up files you need to work on.

That’s where Pokki comes in. This is the app that brings back a sense of comfort to Microsoft’s latest operating system.

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Microsoft Surface Pro a mixed bag

Microsoft_surface_proWhen Microsoft rolled out Windows 8, it did so alongside its first tablet – the Surface.

But that device wasn’t running the most powerful hardware, and the operating system was actually a watered-down version of Windows 8 called Windows RT.

The concept was a good effort, but I was hopeful that a tablet with more horsepower running a full-blown version of the operating system would be better.

Here we are, a few months later, and Microsoft has rolled out the Surface Pro. With more power under the hood and an operating system that can run Windows 8 apps along with traditional Windows 7 programs, is the Pro any good – and is it better than the basic Surface?

For those not familiar with the Surface, it’s a tablet with a little (and sturdy) kick stand that helps it stand at a slight angle on its own. Users can use a keyboard to type and click away at things. When it’s not a necessity, the keyboard can snap off or fold backward.

The Surface Pro has significantly faster hardware behind its rock-solid VapourMg case. Behind the 10.6-inch screen sits an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, the same type of computing brains you’d find in many laptops and desktops. Microsoft has this tablet configured with 4 GB of RAM.

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Much-anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro release date set

Microsoft_Surface_Pro_with_Type_coverMicrosoft announced when the new, powerful version of it's Surface tablet will be released, as well as details on pricing and other accessories.

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How to get more apps in Windows 8 by changing the location

While Microsoft is pumping a lot of money into Windows 8 app development, not all titles are accessible to Canadians.

It's not like we're getting short-changed on purpose. 

It seems many app developers, when selecting the region for their apps, pick the United States instead of the rest of the world...or even North America.

This, unfortuantely, rules out many apps from the Store that we get access to in Canada. 

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.