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Instagram adds caption edition, improved discovery options

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Instagram has released an update for its iOS and Android apps that adds two new features. The first is the ability to edit captions, which was sorely missed before.

Previously, if you made some typo in your caption or wanted to change it, the only way was to delete it and then add it again as a comment, which only worked if someone else hadn’t commented yet on your photo. Or, just reupload the photo altogether. Now an option appears in the menu below the image that will let you edit the caption of your photo whenever you want. Read more »

‘The Sailor’s Dream’ for iOS game review

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The Sailor’s Dream is the latest game from Simogo, the developer who made highly rated titles such as Year Walk and DEVICE 6.

The Sailor’s Dream is in typical Simogo style of interactive story telling. The game is already receiving rave reviews from people so let’s see how it is. Read more »

See how the PS4 version of GTA V will look compared to the PS3 version

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GTA V is releasing on the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18. As you can expect, there is a significant overhaul to the way the game looks on the new current gen consoles compared to the last gen ones where the game debuted last year.

Now, Sony and Rockstar have released a new video that compares the visual quality of the new GTA V on PS4 compared to the PS3. The new version runs at full 1080p with higher resolution textures, improved draw distance, improved reflections and higher characters on screen at once. Read more »

GTA V on PC, PS4, and Xbox One to have first person mode, 4K support on PC

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If you were waiting to play GTA V because it wasn’t available on PC or planning to purchase it again now that it is also arriving on the PS4 and Xbox One, there is some more good news (or news, if you are not into this stuff).

Rockstar has confirmed that the PC, PS4, and Xbox One version of the game will have a new first person mode. The game goes beyond just having a different camera angle but has been optimized for playing through first person mode, including new first person weapons mode alone with interior view of all the cars and other vehicles you will be driving. Read more »

Jawbone announces UP3 and UP MOVE

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Jawbone has announced two new fitness trackers, the entry-level UP MOVE and the top of the line UP3.

The UP3 is a fitness band that incorporates a wide range of sensors, including a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedence sensors, and skin and ambient temperature sensors. The sensors allow the band to track your heartbeat continuously throughout the day. Read more »

Gmail 5.0 for Android leaks, brings Material Design

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We have seen the 5.0 version of Gmail app for Android a while back. The app has already been included in Android Lollipop update but those of us who are still on KitKat and older versions of Android can now get the 5.0 update, albeit through a leaked APK.

Android Police has managed to get their hands on the APK and uploaded it for the rest of us. Read more »

Microsoft releases new Outlook for Mac

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Recently, a new version of Office for Mac was leaked. Although that is still in development, Microsoft has gone ahead and released the Outlook mail client for the Mac.

The new Outlook features a redesigned UI, new features, and improved performance. It is now available for download to Office 365 users. Read more »

YouTube planning on subscriptions for music videos, ad free streaming

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YouTube is planning on introducing subscription models for music videos and ad-free browsing. The company CEO Susan Wojcicki confirmed in an interview with Re/code that the team is “working on it”.

We had seen traces of a subscription model in a leaked YouTube app earlier but since then haven’t heard much about it. Fortunately, the idea hasn’t been dropped and YouTube will be introducing it at a later date. There could be different price points for the subscriptions, based on what Wojcicki said. Read more »

Fitbit announced Charge, Charge HR, and Surge fitness bands

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Fitbit has announced three new fitness bands to replace its current Fitbit Force. The new range includes the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge.

The Fitbit Charge is the base model and is priced at $129 and tracks basic information, such as steps taken, distance travelled, sleeping pattern, etc. It features an improved design that is less irritating on the skin than the Force. The device pairs with your smartphone and syncs the information with the Fitbit app, and also shows caller information on the OLED display. The Charge has a battery life of 7 days. Read more »

‘Republique’ for iOS and Android game review

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Republique is a stealth game that was released on iOS earlier late last year. The game was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features an episodic format that is gaining popularity these days and so far three out of the five episodes have been released.

The developers released the Android version of the game along with the third episode for both the platforms. I missed the game when it was released on iOS earlier but now that it’s out on Android it seems like a good time to take a look at it. So read on to find out more. Read more »

‘RETRY’ for iOS and Android game review

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RETRY is the latest game from Rovio. The game has often been mistakenly been compared to Flappy Bird, despite the two having very little in common.

RETRY puts you in the cockpit of an out of control airplane that you have to guide through a series of obstacles to reach the finish line. Everything about the game suggests that it’s going to be difficult, so let’s see how difficult it really is. Read more »

Pixelmator now available on the iPad for $4.99

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Popular image editing application for OS X – Pixelmator – was announced for the iPad back at the iPad Air 2 launch event. The app is now available on the App Store and can be purchased for $4.99.

Pixelmator on OS X is a full fledged image creation and editing application. It can do most of the things that you can with Photoshop but at a fraction of the cost. But most importantly, it is beautifully made and works seamlessly with the OS as if it’s a native app. Read more »

Microsoft makes a lockscreen app for Android

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Microsoft is on a roll these days… making apps for Android. Made by the same Microsoft Garage division that brought us this comes the new Next Lock Screen.

As you can tell from the name, it’s a lockscreen app. It presents notifications on the lockscreen similar to the way Android Lollipop does. You can see them at a glance or swipe them away. But more than showing notifications, the lockscreen also shows relevant information from your apps directly on the lockscreen so you don’t have to go hunting inside the app. Read more »

Latest Note 4 promotional videos use real artists

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Samsung has released two new promotional videos for the new Galaxy Note 4 on YouTube, that feature real artists. The first video shows British artist Jon Burgerman, known for his ‘doodle style’ of paintings, while the second video features Helsinki-based illustrator and graphic designer Janine Rewell.

Neither videos show the artists actually drawing on the phone itself but they are used to suggest that the phone can be used to quickly draw something whenever an idea or inspiration comes to you. Read more »

Nexus 6 compared to iPhone 6 Plus, found to be bigger than bigger than bigger

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The Nexus 6 is a big phone. You can tell that from the display size or from reading the dimensions. But nothing drives the point home than watching it being compared with phones that we are already familiar with.

TechCrunch did a hands-on with the Nexus 6 and there are two images from the article that are worth focusing on. The first is the image above, where the Nexus 6 sits next to the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more »