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Apple Buys LinX, A Camera Module Maker Promising DSLR-Like Mobile Performance

Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera tech company whose most recent offerings include multi-aperture camera models which can enable effects like background focus blur, parallax images and 3D picture capture. TechCrunch received the following from Apple, which is a statement the company …

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Extremely rare black flamingo seen in Cyprus

The flamingo, seen on the banks of a salt lake on Wednesday morning, is thought to have a genetic condition known as melanism, which causes it to generate more of the pigment melanin, turning it dark, rather than the usual pink color.<p>"From what have seen on the Internet, there was only one other …

Black Flamingo: Rare Bird Discovered In Cyprus Wetland

A black flamingo was spotted in the saltwater wetlands of Cyprus. Although the unusually colored birds are not unheard of, conservationists confirmed …

Black flamingo, possibly unique, spotted in Cyprus

An extremely rare black flamingo has been spotted on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, exciting nature lovers who said it may be the only bird of its type ever seen.<p>The flamingo, seen on the banks of a salt lake on Wednesday morning, is thought to have a genetic condition known as melanism, which …

Living with the G3: Can LG's newest flagship be as good as its predecessor?

You typically expect the latest smartphones to represent clear steps forward over their predecessors. However, I've been hearing a lot of people characterize the LG G3 as a baby step ahead of the G2, or even a step backward. That had me more than a little worried. Was I going to hate the follow-up …

Sony Xperia Go rugged smart phone battles water and dust

Sony's crafted a brand-new Android smart phone capable of surviving an accidental dive into your pint. The Xperia Go is a 3.5-inch, dust-fighting rugged phone that Sony reckons is ideal for outdoorsy types.<p>Whether you're scaling Everest or drunkenly stumbling into a lamppost while texting, the …

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Frozen In Time: The Cyprus Buffer Zone

This year marks four decades since the Cyprus National Guard staged a coup that led to Turkish military intervention and escalated the civil war between the Greek and Turkish communities on the island. After the ceasefire, a heavily restricted buffer zone, controlled by the United Nations, was …

Photos from the UN buffer zone in Cyprus show a place where time stands still

“As a photojournalist, any time you see a sign that says ‘No Photos,’ that’s like a red flag to a bull. It makes you want to find out more,” says Neil Hall, who usually works out of Reuters’ London office.<p>The “No Photos” sign that piqued Hall’s interest is on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, …

Can the island of Cyprus be re-united four decades after the UN buffer zone was established?

It is 40 years since the buffer zone was established by the United Nations between the Greek and Turkish communities on the island of Cyprus.<p>Much of what is there – like the airport has been trapped in time as peace initiatives over the four decades have come and gone, evidence of the deep split on …

Travel tips: Cyprus, romantic breaks and where to stay in Glasgow

Take me there: Akamas, Cyprus<p><b>Why go?</b> Don't let the images of binge-drinking Brits in Ayia Napa put you off Cyprus. In the far west of the island, the Akamas peninsula is a protected area of juniper and pine forests, rocky gorges and wild beaches where you're more likely to spot a loggerhead turtle …