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Canon announces PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera

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Canon has announced the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera, the latest in their series of G-series cameras that are high-end point-and-shoot cameras for those who are a bit more serious about photography. The G1 X Mark II has new optics and sensor along with connectivity options such as NFC and Wi-Fi.

Inside the G1 X Mark II is a new 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel 3:2 aspect ratio CMOS sensor, which is way bigger than what you get in most point-and-shoot cameras, and even bigger than the 1-inch sensor in Sony’s excellent RX100 II. Read more »

Sony D6503 Sirius KitKat lockscreen UI leaks

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Yesterday, we saw some screenshots from the upcoming Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ smartphone, said to unveil at the MWC 2014. The screenshots showed us the camera interface with the option to record videos in 4K and 1080p60 and stills in 20 and 15 megapixel.

Today, we have the screenshots of the lockscreen interface on the D6503. The lockscreen has been redesigned in KitKat to display the album art fullscreen but Sony is sticking to its own interface design, showing the album art in a tiny square next to the playback controls. One new addition is the progress bar to skip through the track and the addition of camera button at the bottom. Read more »

Chromecast now works with embedded YouTube videos as well

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One of the cool features of Chromecast is that you can open any video on the YouTube site and then cast it to your Chromecast connected to your TV. Unfortunately, this feature only worked for videos on the YouTube website and not those embedded on other sites.

That seems to have been changed now as you can now cast any YouTube video on to your Chromecast, from any website. Google mentions support for ‘most’ videos to leave a little wiggle room but according to Android Police every embedded YouTube video can be cast now. Read more »

‘Flappy Bird’ taken off the stores permanently

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Dong Nguyen, creator of the popular indie game Flappy Bird, yesterday announced that he will be permanently taking down the game from both the App Store as well as the Play Store. As promised, the game is now off both the stores for good.

The Vietnamese developer never gave a particularly convincing reason for shutting down something so lucrative, other than saying it ruined his simple life and that he cannot take it anymore. Either that or he tried playing it himself and got so frustrated he had to remove it from the store. Read more »

‘Threes’ for iOS game review

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Threes is the latest puzzle game from developer Sirvo LLC for iOS. The game has you adding numbers in pairs by swiping on the screen with an adorable visual design. We took some time from playing Flappy Bird to bring you this review.

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Panasonic announces DMC-GH4 4K camera

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Panasonic has announced a new interchangeable lens mirrorless camera called the DMC-GH4. The camera has a 16.05 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with a quad-core Venus Engine Image processor that can shoot at up to ISO 25,600 along with 12fps single auto-focus or 7fps continuous auto-focus burst mode. But none of those are its main feature.

The GF4 is the first camera in its class to support 4K video. It can record in the Cinema 4K resolution of 4096×2160 at 24fps or QFHD resolution of 3840×2160 at 30fps. The camera can also record 1080p video at up to 200Mbps bitrate at ALL-I or at 100Mbps IPB. The GF4 can do so without any time limits and in either MP4, MOV, ACHCD or AVCHD Progressive formats at 59.94Hz, 50Hz or 24Hz. You can also output 10-bit 4:2:2 raw footage through HDMI out to an external monitor or a recorder. Read more »

Sony announces plans to sell off VAIO PC division to Japan Industrial Partners

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After rumors of Sony selling off its VAIO PC division surfaced yesterday, Sony has now gone ahead and made it official. The company will be selling its famous line of personal computers to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) for an undisclosed amount.

According to Sony, this is to bring its focus on what it thinks are now its core businesses: imaging, gaming and mobile, with mobile being the highest priority right now. JIP will soon take over the VAIO business and will begin selling them under the same VAIO brand in Japan and possibly in other regions in future. Sony, meanwhile, will cease all design, planning and development of the PC products along with sales in every market. However, those who currently own VAIO PCs will continue to get aftersales support from the company. Read more »

Paper by Facebook is now on the App Store

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A few days ago, Facebook announced their new mobile app called Paper. Paper combines your regular Facebook feed along with news from different sources in a radical new design that is a complete departure from anything Facebook has ever made. The app is now available for download for free on the iPhone in the US.

Paper is that new Facebook app that you always wanted but it does more than just give you a new design. The developers have found a way to also incorporate news from different sources, similar to the Flipboard app. You can add categories you want to get posts from and you’ll get a curated list of content that fits the bill. Click on a post you want to read and it flips open like a newspaper. If you just want to go through your Facebook feed, you can do that as well. Read more »

Windows 8.1 Update 1 gets leaked

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We recently talked about the upcoming Update 1 for Windows 8.1 that was expected to arrive in March and bring with it several UI changes that would make Windows 8.1 more usable for keyboard and mouse users by avoiding the new Metro style start screen at launch and making the Metro-style apps behave a bit more like traditional desktop apps.

Now, that update has leaked on file sharing sites well ahead of official release. Read more »

‘TripTrap’ for iOS game review

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Cut the Rope started a trend of several casual games where the objective is to collect three items scattered throughout the level while solving puzzles or dodging obstacles. The latest game to use this formula is TripTrap, which features a mouse and your objective is to collect the pieces of cheese placed strategically around a maze.

Although one might think the formula has become old now, in the end it all depends upon the execution and TripTrap does seem to have some new gameplay mechanics. So let’s take a look and see how this new game is. Read more »

‘Flappy Bird’ for iOS and Android game review

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For some of you, Flappy Bird needs no introduction. The game has garnered a lot of attention these days and it seems everyone and their grandmother is playing it. The game is known for its extremely simple gameplay that takes no time to learn but nearly impossible to master. Thanks to this, Flappy Bird will have you pulling your hair out in no time at all.

Flappy Bird was originally launched on iOS but recently made an appearance on Android as well. So we thought we’ll take a closer look at the game for the four of you who still haven’t installed and played it, yet. Read more »

SwiftKey Note now available on iOS

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Few days ago we talked about the SwiftKey Note app for iOS, which was leaked on Twitter. Now the app has been officially unveiled and is available for download for free on the iPhone and iPad.

SwiftKey Note is a simple note-taking app for your iOS device. But where it differs from other note-taking app is that it has its own custom keyboard, that uses the same algorithm as the SwiftKey keyboard on Android. This means you will get the same telepathic level of prediction and almost always accurate auto-correct system at your fingertips. Read more »

Sony QX10/QX100 software update brings new camera settings

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Sony has released v2.0 firmware for the QX100/QX100 cameras. One of the key new feature in this update is the change in resolution for video recording. The maximum supported resolution now is 1920×1080, instead of the 1440×1080 in the previous firmware.

Other change is the presence of Shutter Speed Priority shooting mode for the more expensive QX100 to manually control the shutter speed. Both the cameras also get a boost in the maximum supported ISO, with the QX10 now supporting ISO 3200 from ISO 1600 and the QX100 going as high as ISO 12800 from ISO 3200. Read more »

Next update to Windows 8.1 will allegedly make booting to desktop the default

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Continuing its crusade of making a U-turn on pretty much every decision it made recently, Microsoft will now let boot directly to the desktop mode in Windows 8.1 bypassing the generally disliked Metro-style Start screen altogether. Although this feature was added in Windows 8.1, the next update to it will make it the default option.

Microsoft has apparently been taking user feedback into consideration that suggested majority of Windows 8.1 users are still on keyboard and mouse setup and prefer to go to the desktop mode directly instead of the Metro-style interface that is more optimized for touchscreen devices. Read more »

Xbox One white and Titanfall edition leak

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It seems Microsoft will be releasing two new variants of the Xbox One later this year. One of them will be a white variant of the current console, which is essentially the employee edition that was only given to, well, employees. The white console comes with a matching white controller. It is said to launch around October.

Another variant is a special edition Titanfall bundle, that comes with Titanfall theme decals on the body and controller along with a copy of the game. Read more »