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Sony announces the PlayStation 4, arriving this holiday season

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As was widely expected, Sony announced its upcoming PlayStation 4 gaming console at the February 20 event. While a lot was said about the console at the event, we still don’t know what it looks like or how much it would cost.

But let’s talk about what we do know, starting with the hardware. For the PS4, Sony is using an x86-64 AMD processor with an integrated 8-core ‘Jaguar’ CPU and GPU. The GPU is capable of delivering 1.84 TFLOPS of performance, which pegs it slightly above AMD’s Radeon HD 7870 desktop GPU announced last year. The PS4 will also have 8GB of GDDR5 memory with around 176GB/s of memory bandwidth. Read more »

SwiftKey 4 with Flow hits the Google Play Store

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SwiftKey has released the final version of the SwiftKey 4 keyboard on the Google Play Store. The main feature in this update is the inclusion of the new Flow feature.

What SwiftKey Flow does is that not only does it let you enter words by swiping your finger across the screen but you can also string together entire sentences without lifting your finger. Read more »

Sony announces NEX-3N, A58 and three point and shoot cameras

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Sony has just dropped five new cameras upon us that cover various categories, from the basic point and shoot to their higher end SLT cameras and even a new NEX camera.

Let’s start with the new NEX-3N (pictured above), which is Sony’s new entry-level mirrorless camera. It has a 16.1 megapixel APS CMOS sensor that goes up to ISO 16,000 and records 1080p video. There’s also a 3.0-inch LCD that flips 180ยบ and a zoom lever on the body that works with certain Sony powered lenses. Read more »

Firefox 19 released, brings built-in PDF reader

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Mozilla has released version 19 of the popular Firefox web browser. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of a PDF reader, such as the one in Chrome. This means you no longer have to rely on something like the Adobe Reader to be able to view PDF files within the browser.

Above is what the new PDF viewer looks like. You have various options such as zoom settings and the ability to print or download the file. On the left, you can also view the pages within the file in thumbnail or list view. Read more »

Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code released, here are some screenshots

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Samsung has released version 2.0 the Software Development Kit (SDK) and the source code for their Tizen operating system.

SamMobile got their hands on the SDK and have some release notes and screenshots for us. Read more »

Apple releases two new iPad ads, ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’

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After the lulzy Microsoft Surface Pro ad, Apple has now released two new ads for its own tablets, the iPad and iPad mini.

Called ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’, the two ads once again concentrate on people using their iPads to get things done, with the focus primarily being on the incredible range of third party tablet apps that the iPad has. Read more »

Google said to be working on opening retail stores by end of the year

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According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.

This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs. Read more »

Sony PS4 to reportedly support PS3 games streamed over the internet

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According to the latest report by The Wall Street Journal, Sony will be adding support for playing games streamed over the internet in the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, said to be unveiled during the February 20 event.

This shouldn’t come across as a big surprise as Sony recently acquired Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service specializing in streaming games over the internet. However, it seems the streaming feature for the PS4 will be limited to streaming previous generation PS3 titles, at least initially. Read more »

Opera acquires Skyfire Labs for $155 million

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Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.

Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »

Prototype PS4 controller leaks, has a built-in touchpad

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The PS4 rumors are swirling thick and fast, with February 20 widely being regarded as the day Sony will finally unveil its next generation console. The latest news on that front is that someone managed to take a picture of a working PS4 controller prototype, which has got some new tricks up its sleeve compared to the PS3 controller.

As you’ll notice right off the bat, there is a sizable black strip above the joysticks, which is said to be a touchpad. Read more »

Samsung provides an overview of the big.LITTLE ARM architecture of Exynos 5 Octa

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Last month, Samsung announced the Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core behemoth of a mobile processor that uses four Cortex A7 and four Cortex A15 cores on a single chip. Samsung has now uploaded a video that provides an overview of how this multi-core processor works.

The processor in the video below uses triple Cortex A7 cores and two Cortex A15 cores in the big.LITTLE configuration. The MP scheduler is able to figure out the task load and intelligently assign it to the right domain. Read more »

WhatsApp Messenger update brings Holo UI to the Android app

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Popular instant messaging client WhatsApp has gone through a major UI redesign on Android. While the former version was nothing more than just a slight revision of the iOS app, the latest update takes advantage of the new Holo UI guidelines for Android.

Right off the bat you’ll be able to see that the menu bar on top is now flat and in line with the new UI guidelines. Drop into a conversation and you will find new flat message bubbles and a redesigned text input field. Read more »

Android 4.2.2 update brings notification toggles, new sounds

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Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for some of the Nexus devices a couple of days ago. Although there was no official list of improvements released for the new version, we are now seeing reports from people who managed to get the update on their device.

Android Police has made a short list of new changes that were made in this version of Jelly Bean. The major one seems to be the ability to use the notification screen shortcuts as actual toggles, something that was not possible before (it would take you to the particular option in the Settings app). Read more »

Check out all the HTC One teaser clips in one video

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HTC has been releasing teaser clips on its official website for some time now that show bits and pieces of the upcoming HTC One, also known as the HTC M7.

Now all the clips have been released and they play one after the other on HTC’s website. But if you don’t want giant numbers in front of the video (there is a countdown on the site for the February 19 event) or the pause between them, watch the video below. Read more »

New Nexus 4 ad shows off the Google Now feature

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Google has been releasing some great ads for its products in the past couple of years. The ads for the Nexus devices in particular have been very good.

The latest in these series of great ads is this new one for the Nexus 4 that was aired during the Grammys. Although the ad is for the phone, it focuses solely on the Google Now functionality on the device. Read more »