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Cyanogen Inc. gets a new logo

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CyanogenMod has unequivocally been the most popular custom ROM for Android devices. The company behind it became so popular that last year it received a $7 million funding and became Cyanogen Inc.

Keeping up with their new image, the company has introduced a new logo that shall henceforth be used with their name. Along with the name, the logo has a hexagon with a C and an arrow around it. The hexagon stands for the user, which is why it is prominently placed in the center as it is the focus of the brand, the C stands for company and community as it brings the two together and the arrow points forward towards the future. Read more »

Windows goes free for devices with under 9-inch displays

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Among a bevy of announcements, Microsoft had another announcement to make regarding the cost of Windows Phone and Windows to OEMs who’d want to license it for their devices.

According to the announcement, Windows and Windows Phone will now be available for free to manufacturers for use on devices with displays smaller than 9-inches. This includes all smartphones and small tablets with 8-inch displays. Read more »

Twitter web adds support for emoji

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Over the years, emoji has managed to occupy a considerable portion of our text based communication. Those with devices capable of entering and viewing emoji often use them on social networking sites such as Twitter. However, even today, several major platforms and browsers don’t natively support emoji, which leads to their users not seeing the text the way they should be.

To solve this problem to quite an extent, Twitter has now started identifying emoji in tweets and replacing them with their own custom emoji on the web that can be viewed regardless of the platform or the browser. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger gets support for stickers

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Back in February, we talked about BlackBerry’s plans to release premium stickers in its BBM service. The feature was initially released as part of the limited external beta app but is now available for all users on all the platforms where the service is available.

The stickers need to be downloaded from the official store from within the app and most of them are paid. I’m not sure how interested users will be in paying for stickers, that too on BBM, but BlackBerry clearly thinks it is doing the right thing here. Read more »

‘Surgeon Simulator’ for iPad game review

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Surgeon Simulator for iPad is a port of the popular game that was released on Steam last year. Although the game claims to be a simulator, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The game had you performing hilarious operations on an unsuspecting patient in ways that would send an actual surgeon or patient reeling in horror.

Now the same game has been ported over completely to the iPad, which is the only platform right now other than the desktop PC to have the game. We picked up our scalpel and decided to get our hands dirty before Bob’s anesthesia wore off. Read more »

Microsoft Office Mobile for Android drops Office 365 subscription requirement

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Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced the Office suite of apps for the iPad, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But along with the new announcement, Microsoft also made a quiet change to its existing Android app.

Just like its iOS counterparts, the Android version of the Office Mobile app required an Office 365 subscription to actually be used to create and edit documents. Surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped that requirement now, which means you can access the app fully without having to spend a dime. Read more »

Twitter introduces photo tagging and multiple image upload

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Taking a page from Facebook (pun definitely intended), Twitter has added two new features to its service regarding the way you upload and share features. Now you can tag people in photos and also upload up to four at once.

Before, you had to manually add usernames in a tweet to tag people, which took up precious characters (some of which were already taken by the photo). Now, you can tag up to 10 people in a photo without using any additional characters for the usernames, leaving more room for your tweet. Read more »

Valve’s ‘Portal’ announced for NVIDIA SHIELD

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NVIDIA has revealed that Valve will be releasing an Android version of the highly popular Portal game for the NVIDIA SHIELD console. Although you could play the game before on your SHIELD by streaming it from your PC this is a native Android version that probably won’t look as good but can be played anywhere without the need for an internet connection.

What we don’t know for sure if the game will be available exclusively for SHIELD, for other Tegra devices as well, on all Android devices or also on other platforms such as iOS. Read more »

NVIDIA SHIELD gets new features, Android KitKat and a lower price

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NVIDIA has announced some great new things for existing and future owners of their Android-based handheld gaming console, SHIELD. This includes stuff like remote streaming, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support, wider PC game support, improved gamepad mapping, Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and a limited time lower price.

One of the cool features of the NVIDIA SHIELD was the ability to stream PC games from your desktop PC running select NVIDIA GPU to the console over a local network. With the new remote streaming feature, you will now be able to stream PC games to the SHIELD from anywhere in the world. The feature, arriving in beta, will let you wake up your PC from sleep remotely and also log into it if it’s locked. Read more »

Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion

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Facebook has announced plans to acquire Oculus VR, the company behind the much hyped and highly anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Facebook will be spending approximately $2 billion to complete the deal, out of which $400 million would be in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook valued at around $1.6 billion currently.

The Facebook-Oculus deal comes out of nowhere and is at odds at what the two companies do. Yet, CEO of Facebook mark Zuckerberg assured on his Facebook post that the two companies share the same vision and that this acquisition will change the way we communicate and interact with each other. Read more »

Futuremark relists Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3 after company fixes benchmark boosting issue

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After Samsung’s recent benchmark boosting situation came to light, a lot was talked about how it made the process of benchmarking devices and comparing scores with other handsets irrelevant. But out of all the benchmark software developers out there, Futuremark, developers of 3DMark, were the only ones who delisted the offending Samsung devices from their benchmark scores to keep things fair.

However, in the latest Android 4.4.2 update issued to the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3, Samsung removed the code that allowed the benchmarking apps to run faster than any other normal app on the device. Following this decision, Futuremark has decided to relist the Samsung devices that are running the latest update. Read more »

Assassin’s Creed Unity shown off in new teaser

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Ubisoft has announced the latest game in the long running Assassin’s Creed series of games, Assassin’s Creed Unity. The game is arriving later this year on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The video gives a quick look at the visuals of the game by showing some of the environments and a sneak peek at the main character in the game. The game will take place in Paris during the French Revolution featuring an assassin named Arno. The video looks like it’s in-game and is absolutely fantastic but you never know if the final game will look this good, especially on the consoles. Read more »

Apple contemplates on-demand music streaming service, iTunes for Android

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Apple is considering new ways to takes its iTunes music collection to users, and also to some new users. According to the sources at Billboard, Apple is considering releasing a on-demand music streaming service that will compete with Spotify and the new Beats Music service. Apple is currently in talks with senior label executives regarding this move.

More intriguingly perhaps, is Apple’s decision to take the iTunes store to Android. The same sources have also revealed that Apple is considering releasing an iTunes app on Android, that will allow existing and new iTunes users to access Apple’s vast library of music. Read more »

Christian Bale being considered to play Steve Jobs in next biopic

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According to a report by The Wrap, Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale is being considered to play the role of the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.

The screenplay of the movie is written by Aaron Sorkin for Sony Pictures Entertainment and is based on the book ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson and will be directed by David Fincher. Sorkin and Fincher have previously worked together on the biopic on Mark Zuckerberg’s life – The Social Network. Read more »

Twitter kills #music service

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About a year ago, Twitter announced their #music service that allowed users to stream music from the dedicated #music iOS app and follow your favorite artists on Twitter.

After a lukewarm response from users and prolonged lack of development on the app side, Twitter finally announced that they are killing the service. The app has been pulled from the App Store and those who downloaded it will be able to use it till April 18, which is when the service completes its first and final year. Read more »