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HTC details the process behind issuing Android updates in an infographic

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There is a long and complicated process behind issuing Android updates to devices. A lot happens behind the scenes between Google releasing the source code and the update being pushed to your device. The process is even longer if yours is a carrier branded device.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of this process, which results in unrealistic expectations when it comes to how soon we can receive the latest Android updates on non-Nexus devices. Fortunately for us, HTC has released a giant infographic that details every step in this process for our reading pleasure. Read more »

‘Left 4 Dead 2′ is free today on Steam

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Valve is giving away one of its games for free on Steam this holiday season. If you hurry, you will be able to pick up the popular Left 4 Dead 2 for $0 from Steam. L4D2 is a first person co-op zombie shooter that is known to be great fun whether you play with friends or random people online. The game is available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Meanwhile, the Steam winter sale continues, with today’s deal including Deas Ex: Human Revolution ($4.99), Football Manager 2014 ($24.99), Terraria ($2.49), Endless Space: Emperor Edition ($7.49), Payday 2 ($13.49), Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum ($5.99), Europa Universalis IV ($19.99), Tials Evolution: Gold Edition ($4.99) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($7.49). Read more »

Humble Bundle 8 adds Bad Hotel, Solar 2, and The Bard’s Tale

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Those familiar with Humble Bundle would know that other than having a great bunch of games for a really low price, they usually also tend to add more games later at no extra cost to those who purchased the bundle by paying over the average amount.

Humble Bundle has now updated their latest bundle for Windows and Android with three new games: Bad Hotel, Solar 2, and The Bard’s Tale. This is in addition to Little Inferno, Gemini Rue, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Jack Lumber, Hero Academy and Anomaly 2 already present in the bundle. Read more »

Get $5 store credit on purchase from Amazon Appstore

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Amazon is giving away $5 store credit to app shoppers this holiday season. And all you have to do is download an app from their Appstore.

To get the $5 store credit, all you have to do is go to the Amazon Appstore app on your Kindle Fire or any other compatible Android device and download any app, including a free one. You’ll soon get an email informing you that $5 credit has been added to your account, which can then be used to purchase more apps or games from the Amazon Appstore. Read more »

XOLO Play Tegra Note review

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After releasing the Android based portable gaming console, Shield, NVIDIA is now entering the popular 7-inch tablet category with the Tegra Note. Just like the Shield, the Tegra Note tablet focuses on gaming but also bundles in stylus functionality at a very attractive price point.

Unlike the Shield, NVIDIA won’t be selling the Tegra Note tablet directly. Instead, it will be manufactured for NVIDIA by OEM partners across the world and sold under their own brands. What we are looking at today is the XOLO Play Tegra Note, which is manufactured and sold by XOLO for NVDIA in India and is similar to the Tegra Note tablet offered by other OEMs such as Gigabyte, EVGA and ZOTAC in other markets. So let’s take a closer look at NVIDIA’s first tablet. Read more »

Google Play Music app gets updated for iOS 7

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Google has released an update to the recently launched Google Play Music app on iOS. The latest update brings minor UI changes to keep it in sync with iOS 7 design guidelines.

Other than the refreshed UI, the update also features the I Am Feeling Lucky radio function, which produces an auto playlist based on the music you listen on your phone. Read more »

‘Temple Run 2′ finally arrives on Windows Phone 8

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After what seems like an eternity, Temple Run 2 has finally made its way to the Windows Phone Store. The game is now available to download for free on devices running Windows Phone 8 and have at least 1GB of RAM.

Temple Run 2 is the much acclaimed sequel to the original Temple Run that pretty much started the endless running genre on the mobile platform. It (ahem) runs on a new engine and features completely revamped visuals and some new gameplay mechanics while retaining the basics of its predecessor. Read more »

Google MyGlass app now available on iOS

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Google has released the MyGlass app on iOS. This app, which was previously exclusively available on Android, is designed to work with you Google Glass.

Now with this app, you will be able to use Google Glass even with an iOS device. The app lets you screencast your Google Glass screen on to your iOS device, use turn-by-turn navigation and access your contacts and Glassware. Read more »

Opera Max will help you save data on all your apps

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Opera is working in a new service called Opera Max that will help you save data on all your apps, not just the browser. It compresses data for every image, video and text file downloaded to your device regardless of the application downloading it.

It works by installing the Opera Max application on your Android device. The app configures a VPN server on your device and routs all your data through it. The server will compress all data before sending it to your device, thus saving your data and time. This works for all apps except those that use https, so any secure content such as online payments and mail services won’t be compressed. Read more »

New Facebook Messenger stickers give you the dislike button you always wanted

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Facebook has introduced a new set of stickers for the Facebook Messenger service. These are all variations of the famous Facebook Like icon showing a thumbs up gesture, with the hand showing other gestures, including a much requested thumbs down or Dislike gesture that Facebook would probably never implement on their site. So you can’t yet Dislike a post but now you can at least send them a sticker on Messenger.

For those not aware of Facebook stickers (or are possibly embarrassed to admit), these are small static or animated images that you can insert in your chat. Read more »

Qualcomm and others reportedly caught off guard by Apple’s 64-bit A7

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When Apple introduced the A7 SoC with the iPhone 5s, much ado was made about the chip’s 64-bit support. That is, by everyone other than the rival chip makers, who either, like Qualcomm, pronounced it as a “marketing gimmick” (only to retract the words later) or like Samsung, who was quick to announce its own plans of releasing a 64-bit chip.

But turns out, deep down inside everyone was caught with their pants down when Apple announced 64-bit support in A7. According to an unnamed employee at Qualcomm, the company was caught off guard by Apple’s decision to make the switch so early. Read more »

Apple releases new iPhone 5s holiday ad: ‘Misunderstood’

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Apple has released a new holiday ad for the iPhone 5s with a Christmas theme. The ad shows an extended family getting together to celebrate Christmas under one roof.

The ad features a boy who is shown being busy on his phone, while everyone around him is taking part in the festivities. This is a common sight now that we see everywhere, with people having their faces buried in their smartphones even when they are in the company of others, being socially reclusive. However, in this video, that’s not really what is happening. Read more »

Valve gets classy with a wooden crate for Steam Machine and Controller for testers

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Earlier, we had reported that Valve had started sending out test units for a lucky group of 300 people who will be testing the hardware and the controller. The units have since then been received by those who signed up and one of them was kind enough to give the rest of the eager internet a look at what Valve had in store for the testers.

As you can see above, the test machine, along with the controller, comes in a large wooden crate, with foam cutouts inside for all the components. On the top is the large Steam Machine, with the controller, the instructions manual and all the peripherals placed underneath. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Go!’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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After teasing the game a few months back and doing a soft launch in New Zealand, Rovio finally launched Angry Birds Go! internationally across all major mobile platforms. Angry Birds Go! is the first 3D Angry Birds game and features go-kart racing along the lines of Mario Kart and Sonic Racing.

Rovio certainly has a popular franchise on its hands. Let’s see if it can successfully shoehorn it in a completely different genre the way Nintendo and SEGA did. Read more »

‘The Room Two’ for iPad game review

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Last year we reviewed the brilliant The Room for iPad. The game features clever puzzles built-into intricately designed 3D objects with stunning visuals and a mysterious story that sucked you in and didn’t let go right until you finished the game.

Now the developers are back as promised with a sequel that feature more puzzles that are even more elaborate than before and even better visuals. Let’s take a closer look. Read more »