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Hangouts 2.0 on iOS brings new UI, stickers, location sharing and short video messages

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Google has released a major update to the iOS version of the Hangouts mobile app. Whereas the previous app left a lot to be desired and didn’t look or work as you’d expect from an app on iOS, the updated version completely changes that and also adds some new features.

One of the most noticeable changes in the new version is the new UI redesigned for iOS 7. Read more »

Google Now Launcher from Nexus 5 now available for other Nexus devices

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One of the features that was exclusive to the Nexus 5 so far was the Google Now Launcher, that allowed you to go to the Google Now screen just by a swipe on the homescreen and to bring up the voice search simply by saying “Ok Google”.

Google has now released the Google Now Launcher on the Play Store and made it compatible with a wider range of devices, For now this includes only the Nexus devices and the Play Edition devices. Which means you can officially install it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Galaxy S4 GPe, HTC One GPe, Moto G GPe, Xperia Z Ultra GPe and the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe. Read more »

Apple releases OS X 10.9.2 update

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Apple has released the second major update to OS X Mavericks since it was released last year. The 10.9.2 update brings with it some useful new changes, along with a major security fix.

One of the changes in this update is a fix for the SSL/TLS bug that allowed an attacker to access sensitive information on machines on a network. This bug was also present in iOS, which was patched in iOS 7.0.6 and has now been patched in OS X as well. Read more »

Nikon announces D4S flagship DSLR

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Nikon has finally announced its latest flagship DSLR, the D4S. The camera was shown off a while back at CES while it was still in development but it is now finally official launched.

With the D4S, Nikon has taken a page out of Apple’s book by taking their current flagship camera, the D4, and making it faster and adding an S to the name instead of making any dramatic changes. Read more »

BBM coming to Nokia Lumia [Update: And Nokia X]

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Nokia has taken to the stage at the MWC 2014 and the announcements are coming in thick and fast. One of the first announcements is some new apps for the Lumia platform, including BBM for Lumia.

BBM or BlackBerry Messenger has traditionally been limited to BlackBerry devices until it was made available on iOS and Android last year. Now BBM will also be available on Lumia devices, bringing it to an even wider audience. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo leak [Updated]

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Unfazed by the lackluster demand for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung is (ahem) gearing towards launching its successor. And it seems there are going to be not one but two new Galaxy Gear smartwatches this year.

Evleaks just tweeted a photo of two new Samsung smartwatches that look quite similar to the current Galaxy Gear, called Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo. Taking Samsung’s recent naming convention into consideration, the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo is bound to be simpler of the two new watches with more aggressive pricing. Read more »

BBM to soon get premium sticker packs

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BlackBerry has revealed that their BlackBerry Messenger or BBM service will soon get premium stickers for use in chats. Like, paid stickers. Involving actual money. For stickers. On BBM.

The stickers will be available for purchase from the new BBM Shop, which will be launched simultaneously. The store will be within the app itself and for now will feature several premium sticker packs containing 20-25 stickers each along with a free BBM sticker pack including stickers of current BBM emoticons. Read more »

Qualcomm Toq price dropped by $100

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Qualcomm has announced a sweet $100 off the price of their smartwatch, the Qualcomm Toq. The device was originally priced at $349.99 but will now be available at $249.99 for both the black and the white versions.

The Toq is Qualcomm’s first attempt at the nascent smartwatch category. The unique feature about this watch that set it apart from the Pebble was the presence of a color Mirasol display, also developed by Qualcomm. Although a decent smartwatch, the price was clearly too high for many aspiring buyers, so it’s no wonder Qualcomm dropped it not too long after launch. Read more »

iOS 7.0.6 update released

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Apple has released a tiny update for iOS devices running iOS 7. This will bump up the version number to iOS 7.0.6 and brings with it just one small change.

The update provides a fix for SSL connection verification, preventing an attacker with a privileged network position from capturing or modifying data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android update brings updated privacy settings

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WhatsApp has released a new update (v2.11.169) for Android that brings with it some new privacy options. You can now choose who can see your ‘Last seen’, profile photo and status message. You can let everyone see it, only your contacts see it or set it so no one can see it.

The iOS version of WhatsApp has had the ability to hide the Last seen status since forever but it’s only now that the Android version received it. But along with it, it also got the ability to hide the profile photo and status message, that iOS version does not yet have. Read more »

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition arriving on PC, PS3, 360 and Wii U

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Last year Warner Bros. released Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. The game is based on Batman: Arkham Origins that was released on the consoles but featured a different, 3D side-scrolling gameplay (also known as 2.5D).

Warner Bros. will now be releasing the game on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii U. This is essentially the same game, called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, but redone in HD for the more powerful systems and will also feature a new map, hint system and 5.1 channel surround sound. Read more »

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 »