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SwiftKey goes free on Android, brings a new premium theme store

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Popular Android keyboard application SwiftKey today decided to drop its $3.99 price tag and go free on the Play Store. The change comes with the latest update, that also brings with it many other features.

One of the features is a new content store that will let you download premium themes for the keyboard. SwiftKey previously came with a handful of themes built-in, but now you can download more from their store. Those who previously purchased the keyboard will get premium themes worth $4.99 for free. Read more »

1Password now available on Android

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Popular password manager app 1Password has finally been released on Android in proper form. The app is available on iOS, Mac and PC but the previous Android version was completely outdated and not fully functional.

For those that are not aware, 1Password generates strong passwords that you can use on websites. The app automatically enters them for you as well and logs you in with one click on websites so you don’t have to remember them. It protects your passwords with a master password and syncs them across platforms using Dropbox. Read more »

Watch this jaw-dropping gameplay video from ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’

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Most of us who played and enjoyed the previous Batman Arkham games are greatly looking forward to playing developer Rocksteady’s next installment, Batman: Arkham Knight. The final game in the series, the game will feature the Dark Knight facing off against a brand new villain called the Arkham Knight, along with several of Batman’s old nemeses.

The game, unfortunately, got delayed and will be arriving next year but we do have a tantalizing new E3 trailer that shows some fantastic footage of the new Batmobile in action, along with some new combat moves. There is also new Iron Man-esque Batsuit to ogle at. Read more »

‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ trailer revealed

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Last year Naughty Dog released a teaser for the next Uncharted game on the PS4, the fourth and possibly the last game in the series. Since then a lot has happened and many people working on the project who should not have left, left.

But just when the future of the project looked in jeopardy, Sony released another teaser for the game at E3 this year, this time actually showing a clip from the game. And we have the official name, too. Read more »

GTA V coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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Several months after the launch on the last generation consoles, Rockstar is releasing the game on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

As you can expect, the game now runs at a higher resolution, with improved detail, greater draw distance and denser traffic. Despite the thoroughly outdated hardware of the last gen console, Rockstar managed to make the game look good so you can image how good it would look on the current gen and PC. Actually, you don’t have to imagine. There is a video for you to watch after the break. Read more »

Checkout the new time-lapse mode in iOS 8

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One of the new features in iOS 8 is time-lapse mode in the Camera app. For those who don’t know, time-lapse mode takes a series of photographs with a few second interval and in the end combines all the images into a video, which when played looks like a fast-forwarded video.

It’s not something you’d use often but it’s a cool thing to have and definitely gives some cool results as we will see now. Read more »

Qualcomm shows off Samsung tablet with 4K display

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We already have phones and tablets pushing Quad HD resolutions so it was only a matter of time before someone managed to shoehorn a 4K UHD display into a tablet. During the French Open at Roland Garros, Qualcomm had an unnamed Samsung tablet with a 4K display.

The device in question was a prototype and meant to showcase the LTE Broadcast but it was certainly running a 12.2-inch, 4K display. The design was almost identical to many of the current Samsung Galaxy tablets. On the inside, it was said to be running the Qualcomm 801 SoC. Read more »

Samsung teases upcoming tablet event in new video

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Samsung is all set to announce its next generation Galaxy Tab S. The event will be held on Thursday, June 12 in New York City in Madison Square Garden.

The focus so far has been on the display on this tablet. The Galaxy Tab S is said to have a 2560 x 1600 resolution Super AMOLED display in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes. On the inside, the Galaxy Tab S will be running an octa-coreExynos 5420 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera, 32GB internal memory, fingerprint sensor and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Read more »

iOS 8 gets FaceTime audio conference calls, Yosemite gets iMessage screen sharing

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When we discussed some of the best new features in iOS 8, we did mention that there will be a lot more in the OS that Apple forgot to mention and will be revealed as people use the OS. One such new feature (for iOS) that has come to light is the presence of FaceTime audio conference calls.

It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Instead of just having a call with one person, you can now add other people with iOS or OS X devices to the call. Unfortunately, there is no support for FaceTime video conference call yet. Read more »

Windows gets support for Xbox One controller

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Ever since the Xbox One released, PC gamers have been asking Microsoft to be able to use the new controller with their machines. The Xbox 360 controller has been available for PC for years now and it is one of the best controllers ever made but the new Xbox One controller is even better, so naturally people wanted to use it with their PC.

Up until now, there was no way to use the new controller with Windows due to a lack of drivers but Microsoft has taken care of that issue. Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb, more commonly known as Major Nelson, posted on his blog drivers that you can download on your PC to enable support for the new controller. Read more »

Google updates YouTube app for Android with resolution options

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Google has released an update for the YouTube app on Android. The only major change is that you can now choose what resolution you stream the video at rather than have the app select it for you.

Now, when you click on the menu button in the video and tap on the gear icon, you will get a list of resolution options, from the eye-watering 144p all the way to 1080p. The max resolution will depend upon the video, of course. Even if you do come across a 4K video, however, the max setting is still 1080p. Read more »

Apple to introduce new MFi specification that allows headphones with Lightning connector

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Apple will soon be introducing a new MFI (Made for iPhone) specification that will allow headphone manufacturers to make headphones using a Lightning connector instead of the standard 3.5mm jack.

Right now, the Lightning connector already supports audio in/out, which is how sound docks work, but to be able to make headphones for it, manufacturers need that particular specification from Apple which allows them to go forward. Read more »

iOS 8 lets you AirPlay to your Apple TV without connecting to Wi-Fi

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AirPlay is one of the easiest ways to send media content from your Mac or iOS device to your Apple TV. However, it requires both the device as well as the Apple TV to first be on the same network. This is fine for when you’re at home but so convenient when you’re trying to show something on someone else’s Apple TV.

Apple has removed that limitation with the new iOS 8. Now, your device will connect directly to an Apple TV without having to connect first to the Wi-Fi network.

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Google releases 64-bit Chrome Canary and Dev builds

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Google has finally released a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows. Currently only in beta form, the latest build can be downloaded from Google’s Canary and Dev channels.

According to Google, the 64-bit version is faster than the 32-bit version, with an average 25% improvement in performance. It is also more secure than the 32-bit version, and takes advantage of features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8. Finally, the 64-bit version is also more stable with almost half the crashes of the 32-bit version. Read more »

Best new features in iOS 8 that you should know about

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Yesterday, Apple took the wraps off iOS 8 at its WWDC keynote. Considering the paucity of leaks before the event, no one really had any high hopes from the update as far as new features were concerned, which is why everyone was pleasantly surprised when Apple started firing one great new feature after another during the event that would have made even users of other platforms sit up and take notice.

Today, we are compiling some of the truly great new features that Apple introduced with iOS 8. Note, when I say “new”, some of these may not be new in general but just new to iOS. Still, for current users of iOS, this is the kind of stuff that will keep them interested in the platform and for those on the fence or looking to switch over, these are the features that could serve as the final push. Read more »