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Play Store 4.6.16 update brings batch install and much more

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Google has started rolling out an update for the Play Store app on Android. Version 4.6.16 brings with it some much needed features, along with some UI changes.

One of the major additions is the ability to batch install apps from your apps history. This will come extremely handy when you get a new device and want to install all your apps on it. You just go to the All tab in My Apps section and press and hold apps to start marking apps you want to batch install. Also, the app won’t take you to the top of the list anymore after you remove an app from your list. Read more »

Razer announces updated 14-inch Razer Blade

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Razer has announced a new version of the 14-inch Razer Blade that was introduced last year. A lot of the components have been retained in the new model, including the quad-core 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor and 8GB of RAM. But now you get a stonking 3200×1800 resolution display instead.

The new display replaces the 1600×900 resolution display on the previous mode. It uses an IGZO panel and has multitouch support so you can experience Windows 8.1 the way it was intended to be. Powering the new display is a new GPU: an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB DDR5 VRAM, along with the standard integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics. Read more »

VLC beta now available on Windows Store

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After a fair bit of delay since it was first announced, the developers of the popular VLC Player application have finally released a new beta on the Windows Store, designed specifically for the Modern UI.

This is mostly the same VLC that we know but in a fresh new design. This means it will still play pretty much everything you throw at it. This is, however, a beta and the developers haven’t been cagey in describing all the issues in the latest version. There is a pretty long list, including lack of hardware acceleration, subtitle and audio issues, lack of playlists and stream support and general stability issues. Read more »

Nikon 1 V3 announced

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Nikon has announced its latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 V3. The V3 has a new 18.4 megapixel 1″ CX-format CMOS sensor, and a new EXPEED 4A image processor. The camera also has a new Hybrid AF system, that allows it to have full autofocus while taking 20 shots per second, the fastest for any camera.

Other features include 1080p60 video recording mode, 720p 120 fps slow motion mode, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3-inch tilting LCD with touch panel. Read more »

‘Flappy Bird’ developer considering bringing the game back

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Not long after it was pulled off the stores, developer of notoriously popular Flappy Bird game Dong Nguyen says he is considering bringing the game back.

For those who are not aware, Flappy Bird was a popular arcade game for iOS and Android that featured guiding a bird through a series of tightly spaced out pipes. The game was quite difficult but also quite addictive so despite the frustration it caused people kept playing it, which resulted in its astounding popularity. Even though the game was free to play with only the in-game ads being the source of revenue, Nguyen was said to be earning close to $50,000 per day from his game. Read more »

New Chromebook buyers to get 60-days of free access to Google Play All Access

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Google will be giving away buyers of select models of the Chromebook free 60 days subscription to their Google Play music All Access service. Normally, users would get to try the service for 30 days but with this promotion you can get twice of that if you choose to go with a Chromebook. The offer is available on all Chromebooks, except the Cr-48, Acer AC700, and Samsung Chromebook Series 5.

All Access is Google’s music subscription service where you can pay $9.99 per month and get access to over 20 million tracks and radio stations from Google Play. Once subscribed, you can access the music from any platform the service is available on, including the web, Android and iOS. Read more »

‘Smash Hit’ for iOS and Android game review

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Smash Hits is the latest game from the folks who brought us Sprinkle, Sprinkle Junior and Sprinkle Islands. If those games tell us anything, it’s that Mediocre knows how to emulate physics in games.

In Smash Hits you throw balls at glass structures, which earns you points and keeps you moving forward. The game makes extensive use of physics for the movement of the balls and the glass and it all looks very nice. If that sounds interesting to you then you should read on for the full review. Read more »

Pebble appstore now available on Android

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Pebble has announced that their mobile appstore is now finally available on Android. Users who wish to access it will have to download the Pebble Android app from Google Play Store.

The Pebble appstore is part of the new Pebble 2.0 app that also has a new design. You will be able to access the entire store from the app, download the app and then push it to your Pebble watch. The Pebble appstore previously made an appearance on the iOS version but it took Pebble some time to get it working on Android. Read more »

Google celebrates two years of Play Store with discounted games

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The Play Store is celebrating its second birthday and daddy Google is giving away some discounts on select games. If you open the Play Store, you will find the special anniversary menu right in front of you.

The discounts so far are only on games and are actually quite terrible. Instead of going with popular paid games Google has chosen games that most people haven’t heard of (except a few) and are already free. The discounts then are not on the actual game but on in-app purchases. In some cases, you also get additional in-game items for use. Read more »

QuizUp is now on Android

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Popular iOS trivia game QuizUp is now available on Android. A private beta of the game was released a few weeks back but now the stable version has been released on the Play Store.

QuizUp lets you play one-on-one online multiplayer quiz matches against your friends or other QuizUp players. You can choose from hundreds of topics, with new ones constantly being added. When you start a quiz, you have to answer and depending upon how quickly and how many you answer correctly you are given points. The one with the higher points at the end of the game wins. Read more »

Microsoft to announce DirectX 12 on March 20

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Microsoft will be giving game developers a closer look at the next version of its graphics API set on March 20 at Game Developer Conference or GDC. Microsoft didn’t reveal much about it right now and all we know for sure is that AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and Qualcomm are onboard with it right now.

But while Microsoft did not reveal much on its website, the GDC schedule for the DirectX event does give a good hint at what we can expect. According to the description, it seems DirectX 12 will offer lower-level access to hardware, similar to AMD’s Mantle API. Having low-level access to your hardware means you are able to get the most out of it and make better use of it. Read more »

Gmail for iOS update brings background refresh and one-click login

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Google has released a new update for the Gmail app for iOS. The latest version brings with a much requested feature: background refresh. This feature takes advantage of the new APIs in iOS 7 and will refresh and keep your inbox updated in the background, so when you launch the app it will be up to date.

Another addition is one-click login. A lot of the Google apps on iOS have one-click login, which means when you log into one Google app, the other Google apps will just borrow that data and will allow you to login with just one click instead of having to sign in separately. Read more »

Samsung drops benchmark optimizations in latest Android 4.4 ROMs

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Few months ago, we saw reports of Samsung running special code on its phones, viz. the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, that detected when you ran certain benchmark software on the device and would then run them at full processor clock speed. This was considered cheating as the phone, under normal circumstances, would never run at those speeds in other apps and thus the benchmarking scores were not representative of the actual device performance.

After much ado was made about this situation, it seems Samsung has finally decided to backtrack on its stance on messing around with benchmark scores. According to a new report by Ars Technica, Samsung has removed its code responsible for maxing out hardware on benchmarking apps. This was also confirmed by an independent developer on Twitter. Read more »

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year

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Warner Bros. has announced the fourth and final installment in the successful and critically acclaimed Batman Arkham series of games. Called the Batman: Arkham Knight, the game will release on October 14, 2014 and will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and the PC.

Batman: Arkham Knight takes place in Gotham city after the events of Batman: Arkham City. This time, Batman will be facing some of his old enemies, including Two-Face, The Penguin, Scarecrow, Riddler and Harley Quinn along with a brand new villain that was created specifically for this game. Read more »

Voice Dictation allegedly coming to Google Drive

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It seems Google will soon be adding it’s excellent voice dictation feature to Google Drive. This will let you dictate, say, notes without having to type them in manually.

The voice dictation feature has been present in Android for quite a while now but there was no way to use it on the desktop version of Google Drive née Docs. This will put a handy voice button on the Drive menu and speak your text out loud. And Google’s voice recognition feature is virtually flawless so I can tell this is going to work out very well. Read more »