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Microsoft’s latest Scroogled video targets the Chromebook

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After putting up a slew of videos slamming Google and actually selling merchandise on the store with the Scroogled logo on it, Microsoft is back with another video, this time making the Google Chromebook the target of their mockery.

This video actually features reality TV show personalities Rick Harrison and his father Richard Harrison from the show ‘Pawn Stars’. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s about this family who runs a pawn store where people come to sell strange and exotic items. The show is actually pretty decent, but I digress. Read more »

Google shows off Nexus 5 camera in new videos, fails to get the irony

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Google has released three new videos showing off the camera functionality on the new Nexus 5. The first video showcases the Photo Sphere feature, which was first seen on the Nexus 4, and lets you capture 360 degree panoramas. The second shows the new HDR+ feature and the last one shows the Auto Awesome feature, that generates animations from your burst shots.

All this would have been great had the camera on the Nexus 5 not been so underwhelming. The image quality is mediocre at best and the camera software itself, other than a couple of tricks, is utterly basic with a messed up viewfinder. Read more »

‘Strata’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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There are games that are fun. There are games that look great. And then there are games that do both. Strata is one such game that has been lauded for both its design and gameplay when it first released on the Mac and recently it arrived on mobile as well. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Google+ for iOS now supports for size image uploads

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Google has released an update for the Google+ app on iOS that brings a useful new feature for those who take a lot of photos and also happen to use Google+. The latest update now allows you to upload full resolution images and videos to your account without any compression or resizing. This feature is only available to those running on iOS 7.

You can now also share your location with your friends. People can now see others sharing their location on a map and you can choose who is displayed on the map. This is similar to the Find My Friends app on iOS, but instead uses the vastly superior Google Maps. Read more »

Microsoft sells over one million Xbox One in under 24 hours

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The next generation console war has officially begun and by the looks of it, it is off to a great start. After Sony announced last week that they sold over a million PS4 in the first 24 hours of launch, it’s now Microsoft’s turn to brag.

Turns out, the Xbox One also sold over a million units in the first 24 hours of the console going on sale. According to Microsoft, this is the biggest launch in the Xbox history. Read more »

Xbox One gets an iFixit teardown

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Serial opener of things iFixit is at it again with its screwdrivers and pryers, this time making the brand new Xbox One the victim of their tools. iFixit managed to get their hands on an Xbox One as soon as possible by flying to New Zealand where it launched before anywhere else to do this teardown.

The Xbox One teardown reveal some interesting things. First of all, the Xbox One is an enormous black box due to the rather poor utilization of space on the inside. Whereas Sony decided to make use of every inch on the inside, Microsoft went for a more spaced out design. Read more »

Microsoft selling anti-Google merchandise on its store

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Continuing its crusade against Google, Microsoft has launched a new initiative in their Scroogled campaign, selling anti-Google merchandise on their online store. As you may know, Scroogled is Microsoft’s campaign where they try to hammer down the point that Google is stealing your personal data in exchange for offering you free services.

Now to drive home that point further, Microsoft will sell you mugs, caps and T-shirts with Scroogled written on it so you never forget what happens to you when you use Google products. Or at least that’s what Microsoft hopes. Read more »

AOL to shutdown Winamp permanently next month

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One of the most popular music player of all time will be gone for good next month. AOL has announced that it will be shutting down the iconic Winamp player on December 20, following which you won’t be able to download it again or get any further updates.

Winamp has been available for Windows since 1997 and was one of the most popular music players back then. Not only was it insanely customizable, thanks to support for a myriads of plugins and skins, it was also known for its superb audio quality among audiophiles. Read more »

Apple updates Find My Friends app with iOS 7 UI guidelines

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Apple has finally updated the last of its own apps for the new iOS 7, Find My Friends. As you may have seen with apps like Podcasts and iBooks, Apple has been quite late in updating its own apps for its own operating system but finally they managed to get all of them updated.

The latest Find My Friends update gets rid of all the previous corinthian leather and stitching that would put the insides of a Bentley to shame in favor of clean, simple design with translucency effects for the top bar. The app maintains the orange theme of the previous app, which can be seen from the icon as well, and now is in perfect sync with other iOS 7 apps as far as design is concerned. Read more »

Humble Bundle for Android includes Ridiculous Fishing, rymdkapsel, Spell Tower and more

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Humble Bundle has released a new bundle for Android and it includes some great games. Among the standard list of games is the third person shooter EPOCH known for its intuitive cover shooting mechanism and superb visuals thanks to the Unreal Engine 3. Then there is rymdkapsel, which we reviewed a while back on iOS, that is an amazing little tower defense game.

Other games part of the standard bundle are Spell Tower, which is a popular and addictive word game and Swordigo, a side scrolling 3D hack and slash action game making its debut on Android. Read more »

‘Ridiculous Fishing’ arriving on Android

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We reviewed Ridiculous Fishing back when it was released on iOS earlier this year. The game features simple 8-bit graphics with an addictive gameplay that made it one of the best titles on the platform.

The developer Vlambeer has announced that they are now working on an Android port of the game. According to their blog post, the port is almost done and they will be announcing it shortly but no release date or pricing has been mentioned so far. We’ll be sure to let you know when the game is out on the Play Store. Read more »

‘GT Racing 2′ for iOS and Android game review

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Although Gameloft is known more for its Asphalt series of arcade racing games, there is also the lesser known GT Racing, which was more geared towards those who prefer simulation racing.

Several years after the launch of the original game, Gameloft has now released a sequel called GT Racing 2. The latest installment ups the ante in terms of cars, tracks, visuals and pretty much everything else and just like the original is free to play. It’s clear that this time Gameloft has EA’s Real Racing 3 in its sights. Let’s see how GT Racing 2 performs. Read more »

Acer C720-2848 Chromebook announced for $199

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Acer has released a slightly stripped down version of the previous Acer C720 Chromebook. Technically the C720-2848, the new model is still referred to as the C720 on Google and Acer’s website.

In terms of changes, there is just one. The new model comes with 2GB instead of 4GB of RAM, which has allowed Acer to drop the price down from $249 to $199 in the US. Read more »

Sony unveils ‘Uncharted’ for PS4 and ‘The Last of Us: Left Behind’ DLC for PS3

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Anyone who owns a PS3 and has not played Uncharted has done themselves a great disservice. Easily one of the best series on the PS3 and one of the best series of all time, the Uncharted games have won hearts and awards by their exceptional gameplay, storytelling, voice acting and visuals.

After Sony released the first three games on the ageing PS3, it was generally expected the next installment would arrive on Sony’s next generation PS4 console. And turns out, we were right. Read more »

Coin is the one card to rule them all

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Tired of carrying around multiple credit or debit cards everywhere? What about those gift cards, membership cards or loyalty cards that some of us have? The new Coin card should help you with that.

Coin stores all your credit, debit, gift, membership or loyalty card data inside it, so all you need to carry with you is the one Coin card and you automatically have all your cards with you, inside it. Read more »