Now you can reserve a table on Facebook
Facebook has inked a deal with OpenTable that will allow US social networkers to make restaurant reservations straight from its iOS and Android apps, or the mobile version of the site. Around 20,000 US eateries are participating in the trial, which may be rolled out to the desktop version of Facebook if it proves popular. The service doesn’t require users to register with OpenTable and will use your phone’s GPS to locate nearby restaurants. [Source: Mashable]
Sony launching high quality lens-sensor attachments for smartphones
This is a real corker of a prospect: it seems Sony is prepping a pair of high quality camera modules that can be magnetically attached to Android and iOS devices. Comprising a lens, sensor, processor, Wi-Fi and NFC, these modules are controlled using your phone or tablet’s touchscreen and will allow you to take far, far better images than any built-in phone camera can deliver.
According to the rumour one model will feature a Zeiss lens and the same 20.2MP sensor as the Sony RX100 II (probably the best compact camera on the market), while the other will offer a 10x zoom lens and 18MP sensor, similar to the WX150 camera. We’ll bring you more if and when these are confirmed.
It’s also worth noting that the smartphone in the second image appears to be Sony’s long-teased Xperia Honami. If it is, this is the first time an actual image of the phone has been seen. [Source: SonyAlphaRumors]
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Nokia Lumia 1080: the first Windows phablet?
Nokia is rumoured to be working on a 5.5in device called the Lumia 1080. A screen that large would put the 1080 firmly in the “phablet” category, where it could compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the rumour suggests it’ll tote a Snapdragon 800 chip which should make it more powerful that existing phablets. There is also speculation that the Lumia 1080 will be the first device to come with Windows Phone 8.1 and that the screen will be an AMOLED display with a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. An autumn 2013 launch is mooted. [Source: SlashGear]
Is it all over for BlackBerry?
Things aren’t looking good for BlackBerry. After several years of losing ground to Android, iOS and even Windows Phone, the Canadian smartphone maker has announced that it has set up a special committee to explore “strategic alternatives” to its current path. These include the possibility of selling the company to another firm. One possibility is that rival manufacturers begin buying up parts of BlackBerry they can use – the BBM service, for instance – which would likely mean the end of the company as we know it. [Source: CNET]