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New Office 2016 for Mac now available for purchase

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Microsoft has released the final version of Office 2016 for Mac. The company had released a preview back in March but now you can purchase the full version from Microsoft.

Office 2016 for Mac is a complete revamp of the old Office 2011. The new app brings the new UI design seen on the Windows and mobile versions of Office while harmonizing with the new design and features of OS X. It supports features like fullscreen mode, multi-touch gestures, and also has Retina assets for all the high resolution Macs. Read more »

Google Play web design gets an update

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Google has rolled out the updated design of the website to everyone. The redesign is only focused on improved product pages more than anything else.

If you click on any item on the website now, you will be greeted by a narrow view that looks almost like someone copy pasted the Google Play app UI on to the web page. The narrow column wastes quite a bit of space on the side. Read more »

Logitech revamps brand identity and logo

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Logitech has refreshed its entire brand identity, the first major transformation in years since it launched. The new look is colorful and bolder than the more laidback design of the past.

The biggest change is the new logo that you will start seeing on future products. Along with that, there is also a new brand name – Logi – that will appear on upcoming Logitech products. Although not clear which products they are going to be, it’s likely the Logi brand will be reserved for lifestyle products while the core products will continue to have the Logitech logo. Read more »

Rayman Adventures announced for mobile

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Ubisoft has announced a new game for the mobile platform, Rayman Adventures. The game has the same side-scrolling platforming action that we have come to expect and love but new for mobile is complete freedom to move around instead of the auto move mechanism of the previous two games, Rayman Jungle Run and Fiesta Run.

If you read our reviews of the two games, you’d know we absolutely loved them. With Adventures, Ubisoft is bringing more of the console side of the gameplay to mobile. How well this works out on a touchscreen remains to be seen, as the simplified gameplay and controls of the previous two games is exactly what made them so good on mobile devices. Read more »

Truemessenger brings SMS ID, filters spam

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The makers of Truecaller have come up with yet another useful app. Truemessenger is a new SMS app for Android that lets you find out the names of people sending messages even if you don’t have their names saved in your contact list.

As with Truedialler, Truemessenger taps into Truecaller’s database and find names and photos of unidentified numbers. On top of that it can also detect spam messages and divert them to a separate folder, so your main inbox remains clean. You can also report numbers, which are added to database and helps other people using the app. Read more »

Xbox Music is now Groove

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Microsoft has rebranded the Xbox Music service in Windows to Groove. Groove will come by default as part of Windows 10 when it launches later this month.

Other than the rebranding, there is not a lot new about the service. You can either stream from the 40 million song library or upload your own to OneDrive, which can be then accessed from anywhere, with Android and iOS apps arriving in future. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best and apps that came out this week.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 preview

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The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is one of Samsung’s recent Android tablets aimed at the budget market. The tablet is aimed at non-heavy users, and the 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for reading ebooks or websites.

The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has an 8.0-inch, 1024×768 display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, LTE, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Read more »

Multiple subreddits go dark in protest over firing of reddit AMA coordinator

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reddit is in a state of turmoil after firing of one of the employees for unknown reasons. The employee, Victoria Taylor (u/chooter), was coordinator of AMA and sort of the company PR for engaging with celebrities for their AMA. This has caused several of the subreddits to go private as a protest.

After her sudden firing yesterday, several of the subreddits who were about to organize AMAs came under distress as Taylor was their only point of contacts with the people doing the AMAs and without her they couldn’t proceed. Other than disrupting activities, Taylor was also well-loved in the community and pretty much the reason why any of the AMAs took place and were a success. Read more »

Warner Bros. allegedly knew about Arkham Knight issues on PC months before launch

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Having issues playing the latest Batman: Arkham Knight on PC? Here is some salt to rub on that wound. Turns out publisher Warner Bros. knew about the terrible state of the PC version of the game for months before launch and decided to release it anyway.

According to a report by Kotaku, who talked to people who were quality assurance testers for the game and chose to remain anonymous, says that WB was well aware of the game’s state but decided to push it out anyway. This was less due to some malicious reason but more because it thought the game was good enough for release. Read more »

Olympus Air A01 wireless camera for your smartphone released

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Olympus has released its new Air A01 wireless camera, along the lines of the Sony QX1. The A01 has a 16 megapixel sensor and TruePic VII image processor as the latest OM-D and PEN cameras, and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount for you to attach to any of Olympus’ compatible lenses.

Just like the QX1, the A01 attaches to your smartphone, Android or iOS, and wirelessly interfaces with the O.A.Central app. The app allows you to control all the features of the camera, use the phone as a viewfinder, and transfer images from the camera over Wi-Fi. Read more »

CyanogenMod working on Gello, a browser based on Chromium

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CyanogenMod has been working on a new browser, called Gello. The browser is based on Google’s open source web browser project and looks somewhat similar to Chrome, but is different enough.

Not much was revealed in the Google+ post announcing the browser but a short video gives a glimpse at the interface and some of the features of the upcoming browser, including edge swipe to go forward and backward, night and immersive modes, enhanced download manager, offline reading mode, and individual site settings to access features such as camera, microphone, and also ad blocking functionality. Read more »

iTunes with Apple Music now available

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Apple finally rolled out iOS 8.4.yesterday on compatible iOS devices, which, among other minor things, brought with it Apple Music in a brand new music player.

However, if you are on the desktop, you’d have noticed that you couldn’t access Apple Music through iTunes, and that if you clicked the Beats 1 link it would tell you to install iTunes 12.2, which wasn’t out yet. Well, that’s not the case anymore. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android adds racially diverse emoji and Vulcan salute in beta

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Apple added the racially diverse emoji with iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 update. Since then, they have been part of the OS and available to all apps on both platforms. However, if you were to send anything but the default yellow face to anyone not on these platforms, they’d see the standard white face only.

Android does not have the new emoji set yet, but WhatsApp has gone ahead and added support for it within its app. WhatsApp has always been using Apple’s emoji set, so it probably wasn’t a lot of work for them to implement it in their Android app. As on iOS, emojis that support multi-color options can be pressed and held to show additional options. It will automatically do that the first time you click on a face and whichever color you choose becomes your default until you manually change it. Read more »

Truedialer gets Material Design update

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Truedialer is a dialler app for Android by the people who made Truecaller. The app goes through your call history and replaced numbers without contact information with proper names and photos from the Truecaller database.

The app has now received an update, which brings with it the new Material Design along with a dark theme. There is now also a dedicated search box where you can enter a number to get the name from the database. The app is also now faster than before. Read more »