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Microsoft releases IE11 Developer Preview for Windows 7

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We got a first glimpse of IE11 when Microsoft released the preview of the Windows 8.1 update. Now, Microsoft has released a developer preview of the upcoming browser for Windows 7 users as well.

IE11 aims to improve the performance and security of your existing IE10 browser. New features like ability to render web images as well as text using the GPU, support for W3C resource priorities, SPDY network protocol and an updated JavaScript engine improves page loading performance over its predecessors as well as its rivals. In SunSpider benchmark, IE11 Developer Preview was 4 percent faster than IE10 and nearly 30 percent faster than Chrome 28. Read more »

Google releases Play Games app for Android

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Google has released a new dedicated app for all the games on the Play Store, called Google Play Games. This app puts focus on discovering new games as well as tracking your achievements and scores as well as playing multiplayer games with your friends. It’s more or less the Game Center equivalent for Android.

The Play Games app looks quite similar to the new Play Music and Play Movies apps. You can see a list of your friends from Google+ with details about the games they have and their achievements. Currently, not a lot of games support this feature so you’re likely to see mostly empty profile pages. Read more »

Beats announces new Studio headphones for $299

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Beats headphones aren’t the most popular among the audiophile community for their exaggerated bass response and high price tag (considering the sound). Despite that, they continue to be some of the most popular brand of headphones around because let’s face it, most people can’t tell good sound even if it hit them in the face.

The original Studio headphones released back in 2008 are one of the most popular model in the Beats range. The company has now revamped it after all these years with some new features and allegedly improved audio quality. Read more »

Next generation Nexus 7 goes up for pre-order on Best Buy

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It just seems like yesterday when we were looking at its leaked press images (then again, it probably was). Now the next generation Nexus 7 tablet, which still hasn’t been formally announced, is already up for pre-order.

As you can see from the image above, Best Buy has decided to jump the gun and put up the tablet for pre-order even before Google officially announces it. As we had heard before, there are two models in 16GB and 32GB capacities respectively. Oddly missing is a 3G model, for now at least, but since we definitely saw a SIM slot on one of the press images we can only assume it would be arriving later. Read more »

Next generation Nexus 7 gets hands-on treatment

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Google’s next generation Nexus 7 tablet has been steadily leaking for the past few weeks. First we saw some leaked specifications, followed by some press images. Now, some hands-on images and even a video of the device have surfaced on the internet.

The images above show more of what we have already seen in the press images. The front of the device is more or less similar to the current generation Nexus 7, with the only addition being the LED notification light below the display. Read more »

Apple’s developer website hacked, now getting a complete overhaul

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Last week Apple’s developer website mysteriously went down on Thursday. The reason for that has now been declared by Apple in a mail sent to developers. Turns out the website was hacked and someone tried to access personal information. Following this, the website was shortly taken down.

Apple claims that all the personal information is encrypted and cannot be accessed but says that there is a chance that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. Read more »

‘Colin McRae Rally’ for iOS game review

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The Colin McRae Rally series is the epitome of rallying games. The very first game came out back in 1998 and although the series has largely stuck to consoles and the PC, there have been a few versions for handheld device along the way.

The very first Colin McRae game that I played was actually Colin McRae Rally 2005 for the N-Gage. This might sound strange for anyone who hasn’t owned an N-Gage but it was an utterly fantastic game that set the benchmark really high for me for mobile racing games. The latest iteration in the series, named simply Colin McRae Rally, is now available on iOS devices and has rather large shoes to fill. Let’s see if it manages to do that. Read more »

Microsoft still posts a profit despite $900 million in quarterly loses due to poor Surface RT sales

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It’s clear by now to everyone that the Surface RT has been a failure. The first Windows tablet to run on the ARM platform was doomed to obscurity when people realized they could not run legacy Windows applications on the device and had to rely on their lackluster ARM counterparts from the Windows Store.

The latest earnings report has revealed that the tablet has cost Microsoft some $900 million in loses, but the company was still able to post a revenue just shy of $20 billion – a 10% increase over the same quarter last year. Read more »

Android 4.3 update for the Nexus 4 detailed, shown on video

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The Android 4.3 update has been floating around for a while, with the first ROM being leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, ironically even before Google’s own Nexus device.

As you probably known, the same update has now been leaked for the Nexus 4 and we now get to learn what has changed since Android 4.2 in more detail. Admittedly, there is not a lot of new stuff here but here’s what has been discovered so far. Read more »

Google Chrome for iOS update brings interoperability with other Google apps

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Google has released an update for the Chrome browser on iOS, which introduces interoperability with other Google apps installed on your device. Now, you can choose to open links in YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive applications. So, for example, you click on a location, you can now open it in the Maps app instead of within the browser.

Other changes include improvements to voice search, fullscreen mode on iPad, access to browser history (which was shockingly absent until now) and a new data saving mode, which compresses pages to reduce bandwidth usage and page load times. Read more »

Google Maps update for iOS brings iPad support

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Ever since the Google Maps application got separated from iOS and started life as a standalone app on the App Store, it has only been available on the iPhone with iPad users having to rely on Apple Maps for navigation. The latest update, however, fixes that and Google Maps is now available on the iPad as well.

The iPad version makes good use of that big beautiful canvas and hides all the controls and just keeps the search bar in the top left corner. The UI is similar to the one on the new web version and the Android app. Additional options are hidden in a drawer on the left, accessed by tapping a button on the top left. Read more »

Google redesigns Play Store on the web

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Google has pushed out a new visual update for the Play Store on the web and it is the most comprehensive UI overhaul so far. The store features a brand new interface throughout and also brings along some much needed speed improvement.

On the homepage you can see they have gotten rid of the slideshow for apps on top and you simply start with recommended apps, games, movies, etc. tailored for you. If you want to see more, just click ‘See more’ on the side. The lists on the left have also been removed in the redesign. The homepage also tends to load content as you scroll down, as seen on the recent Play Store for Android update. Read more »

Carbon for Twitter gets a major update

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It has been a tough start for Carbon. The app started life as a promising Twitter client for Android that a lot of people were waiting for but due to issues with the developers unable to publish it to the Play Store as a paid app from their region, it had to be released for free.

The development then seemingly stopped and for a long time now Carbon has been an abandonware. Although a great little app, The presence of deal-breaking bugs and lack of updates meant you couldn’t really use it even if you wanted to. Thankfully, all that changes with today’s update. Read more »

‘Tiny Thief’ for iOS and Android game review

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The name Rovio has long been associated only with the Angry Birds series. Although the company has tried to branch out a bit by releasing titles such as Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies in the past, neither managed to emulate the success of Angry Birds, which also meant Rovio kept going back to the well and kept releasing more Angry Birds game to the point where it’s now hard to tell which one’s which.

Thankfully, the game we are reviewing today, although from Rovio, is not another Angry Birds title. Born out of the Rovio Stars program, Tiny Thief is far away from the Angry Birds universe as it can be. Let’s see what Rovio’s latest experiment is like. Read more »

Pacific Rim game arrives on iOS and Android

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Warner Bros. Pictiures’ epic giant monster vs. giant robot action movie Pacific Rim released in theaters this week. As has often become the case these days, a movie tie-in game is not far behind thus we now have the Pacific Rim game on iOS and Android.

Developed by the Indian company Reliance Games, the Pacific Rim game is naturally based on the movie and brings some of the robot vs. monster action to the small screen. Read more »