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Google launches new online store for its hardware products

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Google has been selling hardware for a while now, in the form of smartphones, tablets, Android Wear, Chromecast, Nexus Player, accessories, and so on. All of these were used to be in the Devices section of the Play Store.

The company has now launched a brand new online store that’s separate from the Play Store, just for its hardware products. Depending upon your region, you will see different products here. Read more »

Sony shutting down PlayStation Mobile

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Sony has announced that it will be shutting down its PlayStation Mobile division. Starting July 15, no further content will be published to the store and from September 10 onwards users won’t be able to re-download previously purchased titles.

PlayStation Mobile was a platform running on select PlayStation certified Android devices along with Sony’s PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV consoles. A game on PlayStation Mobile could be purchased and played on any of these certified devices. Read more »

A brief explanation of the Apple Watch Edition price

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After months of speculation, Apple finally announced the prices for the various versions of the Apple Watch. The most shocking of them was the price of the Apple Watch Edition. It starts at $10,000.

But it wasn’t really shocking, at least not to those who are aware of the cost of materials used on the watch. But just so everyone is on the same page, here is a brief explanation of the pricing of the Apple Watch Edition. Read more »

Apple updates MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster hardware

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Along with the spanking new MacBook, Apple also updated the hardware on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display, which are now much better for the same price.

The MacBook Air gets a new fifth generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 5250U processor with dual core 1.6GHz CPU (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) and HD 6000 on-board graphics. You can also configure it with an Intel Core i7 5650U with dual core 2.2GHz CPU (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) and the same HD 6000 graphics. There is also Thunderbolt 2, with twice the bandwidth of up to 20Gbps up and down simultaneously. These changes are available are common to both the 11-inch and 13-inch, but the 13-inch model also gets 2x faster flash storage. Read more »

‘Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered’ for iOS game review

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Fahrenheit, which launched in the US as Indigo Prophecy, is a 2005 interactive action-adventure game. It’s the same studio that later went on to create the PS3 game Heavy Rain, which featured the innovative gameplay mechanism introduced in Fahrenheit.

A remastered version of the game is now being released on Windows, OS X, Linux, and iOS. Today we will be taking a look at the iOS version. Read more »

Eddy Cue elaborates on payments using Apple Watch

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Apple announced Apple Pay last year, which allows you to use the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with compatible payment systems wirelessly and without using traditional payment systems. The company announced the system is coming to the Apple Watch as well but didn’t quite go into many details.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, was at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California yesterday for a game, which is using Apple’s payment system. He talked about the Apple Watch payments to Mashable. Read more »

Apple inviting select developers to test their apps directly on the Apple Watch

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Apple may have announced the Apple Watch late last year but the company hasn’t really allowed anyone near the device until it’s expected launch next week. Except maybe for a few top developers.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has allowed a select few developers to test their upcoming Apple Watch applications on the device itself. This includes the likes of BMW, Facebook, and United Continental Holdings Inc. Read more »

Google gives ‘Transformers’ for free in the US, ‘The Fast and The Furious’ in other regions

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Google has been celebrating its Play Store anniversary with some freebies and discounts. If you are in the US, you can now download the first Micheal Bay Transformers movie for free from the Google Play Store.

Outside of the US, people in Europe, Asia and Australia are getting The Fast and The Furious movie for free. Both these movies are available in HD and you can watch them on the PC, mobile (Android and iOS), Chromecast, or Android TV. Read more »

Twitter adds internal browser to Android app in the beta version

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Twitter is testing an internal browser for its Android app, which has been enabled for those on the beta channel. It’s a server side change that will automatically be enabled without having to update the app.

The current stable version of the Android app includes an optional quick read mode, that strips the page of its usual formatting and presents a simplified text and image view optimized for mobile reading. This new update will put the browser in your Twitter app, so links will look exactly like they do in Chrome. Read more »

Check out the new ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer here

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Just about two months left for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron to release and they have now released the third and arguably the most badass trailer of the film yet.

The newest trailer talks more about the Ultron Program and how it came to be. There is also more of Ultron himself in this trailer and we also get a better look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. And of course, more of the Avengers themselves. Read more »

Google changes its stance on Android Lollipop disk encryption from mandatory to optional

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Last year, when Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, one of the key features was full disk encryption that would make it impossible for someone to get data off your device even if they had the device. While this worked in a very specific scenario (it required having a passcode lock on the phone) it was still more secure than before.

Unfortunately, this came with a terrible performance penalty, as noted by AnandTech and Ars Technica in their reports, where the new Nexus 6 with disk encryption was slower than the older Nexus 5 in several tests due to its permanently enabled encryption feature. Read more »

Samsung details the process behind the glass and metal on the Galaxy S6 edge

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Behind the beautiful design of the glass and aluminum body of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, there is a lot that goes on to make the phones look and feel the way they are. Both the phones use glass on the front and back, with the S6 edge having a curved glass on the front, and both phones have an aluminum frame that goes around and inside the phones.

The glass on the S6 edge is made using a process called 3D thermoforming, where the glass is pressed between two moulds after heating it to 800 degree Celsius, which gives it the curved edges on either side and it is then polished to give it the desired finish. Read more »

Tinder Plus expected to arrive today for $9.99

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Dating app Tinder will soon be announcing its monetization plan with the launch of Tinder Plus. The updated app will bring two new feature for those who don’t mind paying for them.

One of the features is something that has been requested a lot, and that is undo for dislikes. When you dislike someone, that person is removed forever and won’t be shown again, unless maybe you reinstall the app. With the undo button, you can bring back accidentally disliked cards back with the press of a button. Read more »

Apple shows off iPhone 6 camera with dedicated photo gallery

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There is little doubt about the fact that iPhone have had some of the best mobile phone cameras for a while now, and that the iPhone 6 is easily the best camera Apple ever put on a phone. The iPhone camera is also one of the most popular, being the number one camera on Flickr (and this includes phones and proper cameras) for several years now.

The company has now made a dedicated gallery of images on its website showcasing some of the pictures people around the world have taken with the iPhone 6. Each photo is followed by a description of what’s going on in the photo, along with the name of the app(s) used to create the image. Read more »

Check out the new Xperia Z4 Tablet and M4 Aqua promo videos

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Sony announced the new Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone. The Z4 Tablet is the company’s latest flagship tablet while the M4 Aqua is more of a mid-range offering.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 10.1-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB memory, stereo speakers, 8 megapixel camera, and digital noise cancelling. It’s also IP68 certified, making it waterproof and dust resistant. Sony also made a Bluetooth keyboard for it to be used as a notebook. Read more »