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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 »

SwiftKey beta adds emoji support and number row

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SwiftKey has released a new beta version of its popular keyboard that adds support for the much requested emoji feature. Previously, the emoji keyboard was only available on Nexus devices running 4.1 and above, even though emoji was available system-wide on other devices as well. A lack of keyboard meant you could only view them and not enter them, which thankfully SwiftKey fixes.

Now you can just press and hold the new line key and access the emoji keyboard. The emoji will appear black and while on devices running 4.1-4.3 and color on 4.4 devices. SwiftKey also recognizes key words, such as “sleepy”, “pizza”, “broken”, “cheers” and “kiss” and presents the appropriate emoji as a suggestion. Read more »

‘Plants vs. Zombies 2′ gets a major update

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EA/PopCap has pushed a major update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 for the holiday season. One of the changes is an upgrade to the map to make game progression quicker and easier. If you read our review of the game, you may remember we mentioned that although the game is fun, it makes you go back and play older levels (although with different gameplay) to earn stars to unlock the next world, which could get a bit tiresome. Thankfully, the new update fixes that.

Other changes include new Piñata Party levels, ability to invite friends and gift them in-game items and a new Turbo mode that makes the game faster by speeding up the planting but also the zombies, which is sure to make the game even more frantic. Lastly, there is also a new zombie, the Gargantuars. Read more »

Steam Machine and Controller shipping to beta testers on December 13

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We have talked about Valve’s ambitious plan to enter your living room with the SteamOS and Steam Machines. The company had announced a beta testing program back then for a handful of testers, who will now be receiving their Steam Machine along with the Steam Controller on December 13.

The production of these units is close to complete and they will start shipping to 300 lucky beta testers this Friday. The beta testing program is only limited to US citizens due to regulatory issues but the final units will be shipping internationally. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Go!’ now out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8

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Rovio has finally released Angry Birds Go! internationally across all major mobile platforms. The game is now available for download for free on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The latest installment in the prolific Angry Birds series – Angry Birds Go! – takes a different approach from killing pigs to beating them in a go-kart race in a whole new dimension, making it the first 3D Angry Birds game. Read more »

Twitter updates iOS and Android apps, brings new UI and photo DMs

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Twitter has rolled out version 6.0 update for its iOS and Android mobile applications, which bring with it some big new changes. The most obvious one is the redesign on both versions, unique to their platform. The iPhone version gets a new white themed bar at the bottom unlike the black on the previous version. The ‘Connect’ tab has been replaced with ‘Notifications’ (essentially the same thing) and ‘Discover’ tab has been replaced by ‘Messages’.

Twitter is pushing their Activity and Discover section in a big way with the latest updates, that show you activity of the people you follow and other people on Twitter respectively. On the iPhone, you now swipe on your timeline to go to the new sections, indicated by the three dots at the top. Read more »

Razer ‘Kazuyo’ gamepad for iPhone 5/5s leaks

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Ever since Apple announced support for gamepads in iOS 7, we have been seeing a few designs that have been made for the iPhone 5 and the 5s. There is the MOGA Ace Power gamepad that snaps around your iPhone, along with the new Logitech PowerShell.

Now, it seems Razer, who is renowned for making accessories for gamers, will be throwing its hat into the iPhone gamepad ring. What you see above is an image by evleaks and is codenamed ‘kazuyo’. Read more »

Indian winners of Android KitKat Nexus 7 giveaway being given last year’s model

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If you remember, Google and Nestle had started a promotion contest for Android 4.4 KitKat, where they were giving people a chance to win a 2013 Nexus 7 tablet. All you had to do is purchase the special KitKat packs with the Android logo on them and message the code inside to a particular number.

Now that the contest is over, the winners are getting their hands on a brand new 2013 Nexus 7. Except for one country, where Nestle, who organized the contest, thought it was cool to give last year’s model instead. People from India who participated in the contest were promised the same 2013 model as everyone else in the promotional material but when it came to actually giving away the device, Nestle pulled a fast one and decided to give away the 2012 model. Read more »

‘Assassin’s Creed Pirates’ for iOS and Android game review

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It’s not uncommon for developers to release a companion game on mobile whenever they release a major title on the consoles. These mobile versions often share the same name but offer nowhere near the same experience, with a different, watered-down version of the story and gameplay found on the console version.

Following the release of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has released a companion game called Assassin’s Creed Pirates on iOS and Android, with a Windows Phone 8 version coming later. Other than the pirate theme, the mobile game doesn’t have a lot in common with its console counterpart. But is it still fun to play? Let’s find out. Read more »