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LG shoots the aurora borealis with the new G Pro 2

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LG recently announced the G Pro 2, which features an improved version of the 13 megapixel camera on the G2, and is one of the main features of this phone. So LG decided to show off its low light capabilities by photographing the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.

Although visible clearly to the naked, the aurora borealis is not the easiest thing to capture on a mobile phone camera as it requires a long exposure shot to capture properly. With the help of optical image stabilization, the G Pro 2 can clearly expose much longer than most phones, although the photographers used tripods to take these shots, which sort of defeats the purpose. Read more »

Google Currents reaches end of the road, directs you towards Newsstand

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Google Currents was Google’s content aggregating service along the lines of Flipboard for Android. The app was recently replaced by the much better Newsstand but still existed on the Play Store for users to download.

The app has now finally reached the end of the road, as Google has released an update that will essentially hide the app from your device. After you install the update, launching the app will direct you towards the new Newsstand app and the Currents icon will disappear from your app launcher. Read more »

Sony sells 5.3 million PS4 worldwide

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Sony has announced that it sold 5.3 million units of its PlayStation 4 console worldwide since launch. The company had previously announced that it plans to hit the 5 million mark before it reaches the end of the fiscal year, which ends in March. Needless to say, Sony blazed past its own target with more a month to spare.

What makes Sony’s sales figures even more impressive is that the PS4 is yet to launch in Japan, Sony’s home country. Previous consoles have traditionally showed strong sales in Japan and the PS4 is likely to follow suit. The number would have been even higher had the PS4 been available in Japan since the time it launched last year in the US. Read more »

Apple and Google rejecting apps cashing in on the Flappy Bird name

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So Flappy Bird turned out to be a major success, more than even the developer had imagined, causing him to eventually take the game down. Naturally, then, everyone and their dog since then has tried to cash in on the aerodynamically challenged bird’s fame with several ‘Flappy’ games now on both the App Store and the Play Store.

It seems, after quite some time, both Apple and Google have noticed this trend and are now clamping down on developers who are submitting apps with ‘Flappy’ in the name. Several developers have reported recently that their apps were rejected simply for ‘attempting to leverage a popular app’. Read more »

Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones Review

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Bose is one of the most popular names in the world of audio equipment. Known for its premium range of products including home theater systems, desktop speaker systems, sound docks and headphones, the brand is known for its brutally simple and ingenious product designs and high brand image associated with equally high price tag. And although some audiophiles might disagree, most people would also say that Bose products do sound pretty good.

Today we are taking a look at one of their headphones, more specifically the AE2w Bluetooth Headphones. Let’s see how well they perform. Read more »

Microsoft starts rolling out update for the Xbox One

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Microsoft has started rolling out a new software update for the Xbox One gaming console. The update will be downloaded automatically by your console when you switch it off and it goes into a low-power state.

The latest update brings with it several additions and improvements. One of them is the ability to see and manage the storage space left on your Xbox One. Microsoft has also made it easier to manage your download queue with separate queues for My Apps and My Games. There is also a new battery power indicator for the controller that appears on the homescreen at the bottom right corner. You can now also connect a USB keyboard to your Xbox One. Read more »

Microsoft sells 200 million Windows 8 licenses

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Microsoft has revealed that the company managed to sell 200 million licenses of its latest Windows 8 operating system. The number consists only of licenses that Microsoft sells to OEMs to install on their system and not fresh copies that customers can buy off the shelf or online.

While the number might seem large, the truth is it is actually lower than that of Windows 7. Microsoft revealed in May last year that they sold 100 million licenses and now 16 months from the launch of the OS, they hit the 200 million mark. In comparison, Microsoft sold 240 million licenses of Windows 7 in the first year alone. Read more »

Google Play Music 5.4 update brings offline radio and much more

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Google will soon start rolling out v5.4 of the Google Play Music app for Android and it brings with it several useful changes. One of them is the addition of offline radio feature that lets you cache radio stations within the app for offline playback. Just choose the ‘Keep on device’ option for a station to save it on to your device.

The Play Music app will also let you manage all your associated devices. The online service has a limit of 10 devices and to add more you need to deauthorize old ones, which previously had to be done through the web interface but can now be done from within the app itself. Read more »

Firefox ‘Directory Tiles’ will bring sponsored content to your New Tab page

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Mozilla has announced plans on further monetizing the Firefox desktop browser, and this involves adding sponsored content through a feature called Directory Tiles. This feature will suggest sponsored content to new users after they install the browser.

Currently, the new tab page on a freshly installed Firefox shows blank tiles on the New Tab page (as seen above), which eventually get populated by your frequently browsed websites. What Directory Tiles will do is instead of showing blank tiles, it will show you content from Mozilla ecosystem, popular websites from your geographic location and sponsored content from selected Mozilla partners. The sponsored content will be explicitly marked as such so you know what you’re clicking on. Read more »

‘Super Hexagon’ creator makes a ‘Flappy Bird’ fan game

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Terry Cavanagh, creator of the ridiculously difficult and addictive Super Hexagon, has created a Flash-based fan game called Maverick Bird as a tribute to Flappy Bird, which after a bout of tremendous popularity, was pulled off the stores by the developer.

Since this is the developer of Super Hexagon we are talking about here, the game features the same flashing colors and basic geometric shapes, bass-heavy EDM and a steep learning curve. In fact, this game is even more difficult than Flappy Bird, and that’s saying something. Read more »

Canon announces EOS 1200D entry-level DSLR camera

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Canon has announced the new EOS 1200D DSLR (also known as Rebel T5 in the US), their latest entry-level DSLR that replaces the previous 1100D. Just like the 1100D, the 1200D is aimed at first time DSLR buyers and tries to dumb things down considerably by focusing on easy to use presets and simple menus.

The 1200D uses an 18 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor and DIGIC-4 processor. It has an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) and a nine-point auto focus system. You can shoot images in burst mode at 3fps or a 1080p video at 30fps. Read more »

Canon announces PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera

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Canon has announced the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera, the latest in their series of G-series cameras that are high-end point-and-shoot cameras for those who are a bit more serious about photography. The G1 X Mark II has new optics and sensor along with connectivity options such as NFC and Wi-Fi.

Inside the G1 X Mark II is a new 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel 3:2 aspect ratio CMOS sensor, which is way bigger than what you get in most point-and-shoot cameras, and even bigger than the 1-inch sensor in Sony’s excellent RX100 II. Read more »

Sony D6503 Sirius KitKat lockscreen UI leaks

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Yesterday, we saw some screenshots from the upcoming Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ smartphone, said to unveil at the MWC 2014. The screenshots showed us the camera interface with the option to record videos in 4K and 1080p60 and stills in 20 and 15 megapixel.

Today, we have the screenshots of the lockscreen interface on the D6503. The lockscreen has been redesigned in KitKat to display the album art fullscreen but Sony is sticking to its own interface design, showing the album art in a tiny square next to the playback controls. One new addition is the progress bar to skip through the track and the addition of camera button at the bottom. Read more »

Chromecast now works with embedded YouTube videos as well

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One of the cool features of Chromecast is that you can open any video on the YouTube site and then cast it to your Chromecast connected to your TV. Unfortunately, this feature only worked for videos on the YouTube website and not those embedded on other sites.

That seems to have been changed now as you can now cast any YouTube video on to your Chromecast, from any website. Google mentions support for ‘most’ videos to leave a little wiggle room but according to Android Police every embedded YouTube video can be cast now. Read more »

‘Flappy Bird’ taken off the stores permanently

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Dong Nguyen, creator of the popular indie game Flappy Bird, yesterday announced that he will be permanently taking down the game from both the App Store as well as the Play Store. As promised, the game is now off both the stores for good.

The Vietnamese developer never gave a particularly convincing reason for shutting down something so lucrative, other than saying it ruined his simple life and that he cannot take it anymore. Either that or he tried playing it himself and got so frustrated he had to remove it from the store. Read more »