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Valve hints at Steam Box announcement next week

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Valve’s Steam Box gaming console has been rumored for awhile now, but it seems the company is finally ready to take the wraps off and give us a good look at it. A teaser page has gone up on their site with a clock that counts down to Monday next week.

But it seems there isn’t going to be one but three announcements. The site shows three circles with cryptic icons within and the timer is only for the first of the three. Read more »

Quickoffice goes free on iOS and Android

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Google recently acquired the company behind the Quickoffice app for iOS and Android devices. And just like with Snapseed, they have now made the app free and available on both platforms.

Quickoffice is a mobile productivity app that lets you create, view and edit Microsoft Office files, such as your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The new app now also integrates with Google Drive and if you download and log into your Google account from the app, you also get an additional 10GB of Google Drive storage space for the next two years. Read more »

Google Wallet now available on the iPhone

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Google’s ambitious Wallet service has largely been ignored by everyone since it launched a couple of years ago. The service was available only on a handful of carriers and Android devices with NFC built-in and thus was unavailable to a majority of people out there.

Google partially solved the problem earlier this week by lifting the NFC limit and making the Wallet app available on every Android device and US carrier. But starting today, you can now also use the Google Wallet service on your iPhone. Read more »

Sony kicks off new marketing campaign with the Xperia Z1

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Sony has started its brand new marketing campaign for the Xperia Z1. Called the ‘the best of Sony, for the best of you,’ the new campaign highlights the new features of the device, such as the camera and the waterproof functionality.

The campaign will be launched simultaneously in 25 markets around the world and begins with a new TV commercial. Read more »

Apple gets colorful with the new iPhone 5c and iOS 7 commercial

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Apple has released a new TV commercial that showcases the new iPhone 5c and the iOS 7 update together. Apple already mentioned during the 5c keynote how both the 5c and the iOS 7 have been designed to work well together and this ad shows just that.

When iOS 7 was first unveiled, it may have seemed just a tad bit too colorful for some tastes but it’s clear now that it was designed clearly with the new iPhone 5c in mind, which is definitely Apple’s biggest product this year and one that’s going to sell the most. Read more »

BBM arriving on Android and iOS this weekend

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Good news for those who have been waiting for BBM on iOS and Android (yes, all four of you). BlackBerry has finally announced the dates when you will be able to download the app for your iOS or Android device.

Android users will be getting their hands on BBM first on September 21. iPhone users, meanwhile, will have to contain their enthusiasm for a day longer, and can download the app on September 22. Both apps will be available for free from their respective stores. Read more »

Microsoft reveals pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1

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The Windows 8.1 update is a month away from release and Microsoft has revealed the pricing and packaging details for those currently not using Windows 8. Existing Windows 8 users will simply have to download the free update when it becomes available but it’s a whole different story for everybody else.

If you’re not using Windows 8, then you will have to purchase the full licensed copy of Windows 8.1. There are two versions available as before, standard and Pro. The standard version will be priced at $119.99 and the Pro version will be priced at $199.99. Read more »

Infinity Blade III now available for download on the App Store

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The third and final installment in the popular Infinity Blade series of games has finally arrived on the App Store. The game was announced and demoed at last week’s Apple keynote running on the new iPhone 5s but you can now try it out for yourself on your existing iOS devices.

Infinity Blade III is the conclusion of the story that began with the original game. The basic gameplay remains the same, where you swipe on the screen at key moments to attack or defend, a gameplay mechanic introduced by the original Infinity Blade and then borrowed by countless others over time. Read more »

Fujifilm announces the new entry-level X-A1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Fujifilm has announced the new X-A1 camera, the fourth in the line of the mirrorless interchangeable lens X-series cameras and also the cheapest one so far.

The X-A1 has a 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of up to 25,600 and can shoot videos in 1080p at 30fps. On the back is a 3.0-inch, 920k dot display with tilt functionality. The X-A1 also has Wi-Fi to wirelessly upload images to social networking websites and to mobile devices using Fujifilm’s app. Read more »

Next generation Kindle Fire press image gets leaked

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Amazon seems to be close to announcing the next generation models of their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets as the leaks and rumors are slowly gathering steam. We have heard a few things about the Kindle Fire HD in the past, including some leaked benchmark scores that pointed towards a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2560×1600 resolution display.

Now, evleaks has leaked a new press image of what looks like the standard Kindle Fire model. The design is slightly changed compared to the current model, mostly with respect to the bezel around the display. The current model has thinner bezels along the top and sides of the display and thicker one at the bottom when held in portrait mode. The new one has equally thick bezels surrounding the display. Read more »

Microsoft admits their iPhone parody videos were “off the mark”

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A couple of days ago we wrote about the iPhone parody videos that Microsoft had uploaded on their Windows Phone YouTube channel. These amateurishly shot videos depicted two Apple engineers discussing ideas for the next iPhone with what looked like the late Steve Jobs and Jony Ive.

After almost universal negative feedback, Microsoft was quick to pull these videos from their channel but there was no official word from the company back then as to exactly why they removed them. However, the company has now revealed the reason behind the move. Read more »

Canon’s new 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor can shoot fireflies in near total darkness

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Canon has developed a brand new 35 mm full-frame high sensitivity CMOS sensor, which they first announced back in March. The new sensor allows cameras to shoot in extremely low light situations where you’d have a hard time seeing even with your naked eye.

To show off the capabilities of this new sensor, Canon shot a video of Yaeyama-hime fireflies at night in near total darkness. The ambient light that you see in the video below is less than 0.01 lux, which is practically pitch dark to human eye. Read more »

SanDisk launches CFast 2.0 memory card, claims it to be the world’s fastest

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SanDisk has launched the world’s first CFast 2.0 memory card. CFast is a variation of the CompactFlash cards we usually find in high-end cameras and offers significantly faster access speeds.

The CFast 2.0 card that SanDisk launched has read speeds of around 450MB/s and write speeds of around 350MB/s. This makes it ideal for cameras that record content in resolutions as high as 4K. In fact, SanDisk claims that their CFast 2.0 card is currently the world’s fastest memory card. Read more »

Sharp’s unannounced AQUOS SHL23 tops Basemark X chart

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Sharp is yet to announce the AQUOS SHL23 in Japan but someone has managed to get their hands on a device and run some benchmarks. And not only did the device run them well but also managed to top the charts.

What we have here is the benchmark score from Basemark X, which is a gruelling GPU benchmark for mobile devices. The AQUOS SHL23 running the Snapdragon 800 processor blazed straight to the top of the chart with a score of 13.1, narrowly beating the LG G2 that runs on the same processor. Read more »

Microsoft releases series of anti-iPhone videos, only to pull them later

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Microsoft joined the Apple-bashing bandwagon after the launch of the new iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s. Their new series of videos released on YouTube were aimed to purely make fun of the new iPhones without any promotion of their own products.

The videos titled ‘A fly on the wall in Cupertino’ show two Apple employees brainstorming with what looks like Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, discussing ideas for their next iPhone. They talk about making the new phone in various color, the choice to go with plastic and the fingerprint scanner. Read more »