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VSCO Cam is now on Android

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Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app. Read more »

WhatsApp updated for iOS 7

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Despite its massive popularity, WhatsApp has been particularly laggard in updating its apps for new designs. So now three months after Apple released iOS 7, WhatsApp finally got around to releasing a design revision for the new OS.

As you can imagine, the new app uses the minimal white design inherent to iOS 7. You also get the new set of icons and the chat bubbles have been made flatter and less glossy. There is nothing groundbreaking here and the design sticks to the mew guidelines without attempting to do anything new. Read more »

Amazon Prime Air will some day deliver your packages through unmanned drones

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Amazon has just announced its awesomely futuristic plans of delivering packages using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. Called Amazon Prime Air, the goal of this delivery method is to ensure the product reaches the customer in under 30 minutes.

The system is designed to deliver small packages, typically those under five pounds, which tend to form over 86 percent of the orders at Amazon. Each of these will be put inside a container and then strapped to a drone, which will fly over and deliver it to your doorstep. Read more »

iOS devices outstrip Android devices in online shopping during holidays

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If you watched the recent Apple keynotes, Apple’s retort to the argument that Android devices are outselling iOS devices is that more people are actually using iOS devices as compared to Android devices. While Apple is known to blow things out of proportion in its keynotes, it’s not completely wrong on this.

According to data collected by IBM and Adobe while tracking Thanksgiving and Black Friday online shopping this year, they have come to the conclusion that iOS devices are far ahead of Android devices for being used to make these purchases. Read more »

Pebble now available on Amazon in the US, gets a $20 Black Friday discount

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The Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch, which went on to be a big hit, is now available on Amazon in the US. The watch was originally available through the website but later hit retail stores in the US. Now, you can also purchase the watch from Amazon for $148.99 in black, gray, orange, red and white.

That’s not all; Pebble is also offering a $20 discount if you order the watch from its online store, which almost covers the $25 shipping charge if you are outside the US. But the offer is only valid till today so make sure you hurry. Read more »

Apple offering Apple Store Gift Card with purchases this Black Friday in AU

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Apple’s Black Friday deal has gone live in Australia and slowly making its way around the world wherever the Apple Online Store is available. Unlike previous years where the company offered discounts on the products themselves, this year it is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with purchases.

The denomination of the Apple Store Gift Card depends upon the product you purchase. If you buy an iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you’ll get a A$150 gift card. An iPad Air will get you A$75 gift card and the iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch will get you A$ 50 gift card. If you buy the iPod nano, you’ll get a A$ 25 gift card. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Go!’ launches on iOS in New Zealand

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Angry Birds Go! is the latest game in the Angry Birds series from Rovio and is the farthest departure from anything that has come before it. Like many franchises before it, including Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot, Rovio turned to the go-kart racing genre for their popular franchise and now we have a go-kart racing game but with birds.

Angry Birds Go! was supposed to launch worldwide on multiple platforms on December 11 but Rovio has done a soft launch on iOS in the New Zealand region, so if you happen to be there the game is available for download for free. Read more »

New Google Chrome extension brings hands-free voice search to your browser

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Google has released a new extension for Chrome that will allow you to do searches within the browser using just your voice. Although voice search option has been available in Chrome for a while now, it required manually clicking on a button to activate it.

Now, using this extension, you can just say “Ok, Google” and the browser will automatically go into voice search mode, after which you can speak the rest of your query. This feature works as long as you are on the Google homepage or on a new Tab page. Read more »

Microsoft’s latest Scroogled video targets the Chromebook

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After putting up a slew of videos slamming Google and actually selling merchandise on the store with the Scroogled logo on it, Microsoft is back with another video, this time making the Google Chromebook the target of their mockery.

This video actually features reality TV show personalities Rick Harrison and his father Richard Harrison from the show ‘Pawn Stars’. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s about this family who runs a pawn store where people come to sell strange and exotic items. The show is actually pretty decent, but I digress. Read more »

Google shows off Nexus 5 camera in new videos, fails to get the irony

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Google has released three new videos showing off the camera functionality on the new Nexus 5. The first video showcases the Photo Sphere feature, which was first seen on the Nexus 4, and lets you capture 360 degree panoramas. The second shows the new HDR+ feature and the last one shows the Auto Awesome feature, that generates animations from your burst shots.

All this would have been great had the camera on the Nexus 5 not been so underwhelming. The image quality is mediocre at best and the camera software itself, other than a couple of tricks, is utterly basic with a messed up viewfinder. Read more »

‘Strata’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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There are games that are fun. There are games that look great. And then there are games that do both. Strata is one such game that has been lauded for both its design and gameplay when it first released on the Mac and recently it arrived on mobile as well. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Google+ for iOS now supports for size image uploads

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Google has released an update for the Google+ app on iOS that brings a useful new feature for those who take a lot of photos and also happen to use Google+. The latest update now allows you to upload full resolution images and videos to your account without any compression or resizing. This feature is only available to those running on iOS 7.

You can now also share your location with your friends. People can now see others sharing their location on a map and you can choose who is displayed on the map. This is similar to the Find My Friends app on iOS, but instead uses the vastly superior Google Maps. Read more »

Microsoft sells over one million Xbox One in under 24 hours

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The next generation console war has officially begun and by the looks of it, it is off to a great start. After Sony announced last week that they sold over a million PS4 in the first 24 hours of launch, it’s now Microsoft’s turn to brag.

Turns out, the Xbox One also sold over a million units in the first 24 hours of the console going on sale. According to Microsoft, this is the biggest launch in the Xbox history. Read more »

Xbox One gets an iFixit teardown

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Serial opener of things iFixit is at it again with its screwdrivers and pryers, this time making the brand new Xbox One the victim of their tools. iFixit managed to get their hands on an Xbox One as soon as possible by flying to New Zealand where it launched before anywhere else to do this teardown.

The Xbox One teardown reveal some interesting things. First of all, the Xbox One is an enormous black box due to the rather poor utilization of space on the inside. Whereas Sony decided to make use of every inch on the inside, Microsoft went for a more spaced out design. Read more »

Microsoft selling anti-Google merchandise on its store

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Continuing its crusade against Google, Microsoft has launched a new initiative in their Scroogled campaign, selling anti-Google merchandise on their online store. As you may know, Scroogled is Microsoft’s campaign where they try to hammer down the point that Google is stealing your personal data in exchange for offering you free services.

Now to drive home that point further, Microsoft will sell you mugs, caps and T-shirts with Scroogled written on it so you never forget what happens to you when you use Google products. Or at least that’s what Microsoft hopes. Read more »