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Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

Lenovo A7000 Preview

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The Lenovo A7000 is one of company’s budget smartphones, slotted between the A6000 Plus and the new K3 Note. But while we will be taking a look at the latter in a future post, it’s time to take a closer look at the A7000.

Despite its budget positioning, the A7000 does come with a good set of features, including a 5.5-inch HD display, 64-bit octa-core processor on a MediaTek chipset, 2GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera, LTE, dual SIM support and a 2900mAh battery. It’s also the world’s first phone to have Dolby Atmos-certified audio. Read more »

Lenovo’s David Hill reimagines a retro style ThinkPad with modern hardware

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Remember the old-school IBM ThinkPad notebooks (or laptops as we used to call them back then)? This was before the brand was acquired by Lenovo, who still makes ThinkPads but they have now evolved with the times.

In his blog post, David Hill, Vice President, Lenovo Corporate Identity & Design, wonders about the possibilities of making a retro-style ThinkPad again, but with modern hardware. It will have all the trappings of the older models, including a blue enter key, 7 row classic keyboard, 16:10 aspect ratio screen, multi-color ThinkPad logo, dedicated volume controls, rubberized paint, exposed screws, lots of status LEDs, and more. Read more »

Steam suspends ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ sales due to performance issues [Update: WB issues apology]

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We are only halfway through 2015 and it’s already clear which game is going to be the biggest disaster of the year. Despite being the most anticipated game of the year, developer Rocksteady dropped the ball hard on the PC version of the game, to the point where Steam had to suspend sales.

The issue is related to the atrocious performance of the PC version. First of all, the game is capped at 30fps, which makes no sense. Even if you manage to bypass the restriction by editing config files, the game still performs poorly on high end graphics cards. On top of that, the PC version has poorer graphics than the PS4 version, possibly a first in the history of gaming, with several of the visual effects not present on the PC release. Read more »

Fitbit products up for pre-order in India

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Yesterday, we reported on Fitbit planning on entering the Indian market with Amazon as its launch partner. The company had said that the products will be up for sale starting July 1.

Amazon has now put up the entire range of Fitbit products for pre-order. Read more »

WhatsApp voice calling comes to Windows Phone

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After launching it first on Android and the later bringing it to iOS, WhatsApp has finally brought over its voice calling feature to the Windows Phone version. You can now finally call your buddies using Android or iOS devices on WhatsApp, instead of Viber, or Skype, or any of the other dozen services.

Along with voice calling, the update also brings with it the ability to send voice notes, which is only available on devices running 8.1 and above. Other than that there is not much else new in this update. Read more »

Fitbit to launch in India on July 1

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Fitbit has announced its plans to enter the Indian market. The company will be introducing its range of fitness products and will be selling it first through Amazon India, who is the launch partner.

Steve Morley, Vice-President and General Manager Asia Pacific for Fitbit, told The Indian Express that, “We are establishing an Indian entity and the first employees will be joining soon. We are here for a proper brand launch and Amazon will be our launch partner.” Read more »

Google lets you disable Google+ notifications from the web

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Ever noticed how there is always an unread notification every time you use a Google web service in the top right corner, and when you click it, it’s some random person who has added you to their circles? Never mind how legit this actually is, it’s just annoying to click on that and just find a Google+ notification, especially when you could be expecting a notification from one of Google’s other services, such as YouTube.

Google has now pushed an update that will let you choose which notifications appear there. Google+ is available by default and depending upon which other services you use you might get additional options. But best of all, you can finally disable Google+ notifications from appearing here. Read more »

Taylor Swift slams Apple for not paying artists, Apple reverses policy

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In case you haven’t heard about it yet, Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple regarding their iTunes store policies, specifically regarding the new iTunes streaming service that Apple is about to launch soon.

The letter, published on Swift’s personal Tumblr, talked about why she is not allowing her new album ’1989′ to be streamed on iTunes. She mentioned how Apple is not paying artists for first three months of the launch of the service. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

HTC One M9+ preview

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The HTC One M9+ is the estranged big brother of the One M9 that grew up in Asia and learned a few new tricks. It is literally bigger, thanks to its 5.2-inch Quad HD display, has a fingerprint sensor, a MediaTek helio X10 processor, and even brings back the Duo Camera sensor from the M8.

The M9+ is only available in select Asian markets where the standard M9 isn’t available, and will be coming to certain parts of Europe later this year. If you were thinking of picking this up over the standard M9 or just stuck with this one option in your region, read on to find out more. Read more »

The best of E3 2015, all in one place

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We already covered most of the major company launches at E3 2015 this year in separate posts before. You can read our posts about Microsoft, Sony, and Square Enix.

Now here’s a recap of some of the best stuff that was announced this year, along with stuff that we may have missed. Read more »

Check out all the trailers from Sony’s E3 2015 event

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Microsoft may have stolen the show with its Xbox announcements, but Sony also had a few gems up its sleeve. There were no hardware announcements but there were a bunch of new games to show.

The first of the lot is probably the one you have been waiting for the longest. Read more »

Check out all the trailers from Microsoft’s E3 2015 event

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E3 2015 has started and companies have already announced a whole bunch of new games. Microsoft took to stage and made some really big announcements, including backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games for the Xbox One and a new Xbox Controller, that will also work with Windows 10.

But there were also a lot of games that were announced, so in case you missed the event, here are some of the interesting ones that were showcased yesterday. Read more »

Check out the new Doom in action

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Bethesda and id Software finally took the wraps off their upcoming Doom game at their pre-E3 conference. Launching in 2016 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the new Doom is the fourth game in the series and releasing after eleven years since Doom 3.

The E3 videos show off a lot of gameplay footage, including singleplayer and multiplayer, as well as the official launch trailer for the game. The game stays true to the Doom roots and will please a lot of the fans of the series while bringing in some new gameplay elements, especially a lot of cool finishing moves in melee combat. Read more »