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Gmail API gets push notification support

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Finally. After a long time, Google has finally added support for push notifications in the Gmail API.

Until now, if an application wanted to add support for Gmail, it would have to resort to polling the service after set intervals to see if there were any new changes. Polling is a bad idea on mobile, as it consumes a lot more power than push notifications, which are pushed directly to the device without it constantly having to check for changes. Read more »

Check out the gameplay of the upcoming survival horror game ‘SOMA’

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SOMA is an upcoming survival horror game by Frictional Games, the people who made Amnesia and the Penumbra series of games. The game will be out on PC and PS4 on September 22.

SOMA takes place in a remote underwater research facility. The 12 minute long gameplay video features the main character in first person mode going around, trying to figure things out, which also hiding from… something (I’m not sure). Read more »

‘Leo’s Fortune’ now available on Windows Phone and Windows

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Popular 2D side scrolling game Leo’s Fortune is now available on both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1. The game is a universal app and you just have to purchase it once and it will work on either platforms.

Leo’s Fortune won many awards when it came out last year on iOS and Android. It is one of the better looking games on either platform and has good level design with some fun platforming puzzles. Leo, a tiny little furball, also brings a lot of character to the game. Read more »

Project Tango Tablet Development Kit now available on the Google Store

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If you remember Project Tango, it was this crazy device that could scan a room using multiple cameras and create a 3D model of it. Google had released a development kit for developers to purchase but it was $1024 and invite only.

The tablet recently got a discount to $512 and Google is now selling it on the Google Store without needing an invite. It’s interesting that this happened just a day before the I/O event, so there might be something related to this at the keynote. Read more »

Moto 360 gets a $100 price cut

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Motorola has slashed the price of the Moto 360 by $100. Those interested in picking one up can now get it for $149 instead of the previous rather steep $249 for the leather band version.

The Moto 360 is one of the first Android Wear devices and the first to have a circular display. It’s still the best looking Android Wear device on the market and has a premium watch feel thanks to its stainless steel body and leather bands. Read more »

Pioneer launches AVIC – F970BT CarPlay audio system in India

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Pioneer has launched the first Apple CarPlay enabled car audio system in the Indian market. The AVIC – F970BT has a 6.2-inch multi-touch display and can pair with your iPhone 5 and above to access functions such as Siri, voice navigation, music playback, calls, and messaging on your phone through the audio system display.

In case you are not aware, CarPlay is a new standard from Apple for car audio systems that allows them to seamlessly integrate with your iPhone and access the aforementioned functionality through your audio system’s display. All you have to do is plug in your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 7.1 and above into the system and you’re good to go. Read more »

QuizUp 2.0 brings new design and features, web version

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Popular quiz app QuizUp got a major update. The new version, available on iOS and Android, brings a new design. It also focuses more on the community and almost feels like a social networking app now.

You could always follow people through the app but now it shows you people around you, or in the same country or even the world who like the same topics as you and then you can add them and play against them. There is also a topic page for each topic where people can share stuff related to the topic and chat with other people. Read more »

Google’s upcoming Photos app leaks

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We have been hearing rumors of the Photos app in Android for a while now but Android Police finally has some solid information on it, including lots of screenshots.

As you may know, the current Photos app in Android is part of the Google+ app, and you need a Google account to use it. However, Google has been working on separating it from Google+ and making it a standalone gallery app (and service). Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are the best apps and games that came out this week.

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YU Yuphoria Review

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The Yuphoria is the second device to be launched in India by YU, a division of Micromax made in collaboration with Cyanogen Inc. Yuphoria is an entry level smartphone, priced even lower than the Yureka that came before it.

Despite the entry level pricing, the Yuphoria does pack in a lot of features, including a metal body, 720p display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, and 8 megapixel camera, not to mention Cyanogen OS 12 that comes out of the box. But all of that’s on paper. Let’s see what it’s like in the real world. Read more »

‘Need for Speed’ teaser trailer surfaces

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It’s been almost two years since the last NFS game out and just in case you thought EA has given up on the series, a new one is coming this year.

So far called only Need for Speed without any other fancy suffix, the new game will feature “deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.” Read more »

Viber app now available on Chromebooks

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Free VoIP and messaging app Viber is now available on Chrome OS. To download the app, you’d have to head over to the Chrome Web Store on your Chromebooks.

For those not aware, Viber is an app that allows you to call over the internet to anyone using the app and also to landline numbers and also send messages. The best things about this app is it’s one of the most universal apps you can find, because it’s available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, OS X, BlackBerry and even Nokia Symbian phones. And now there’s a Chrome OS version as well, making it easy to call someone regardless of which platform they are. Read more »

Apple allegedly planning to switch to San Francisco as default font for iOS and OS X

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Apple has been working on its new font – San Francisco – for a while now and we saw it debut on the Apple Watch announced last year. But soon you might be seeing it as the default font on iOS and OS X, replacing the current Helvetica Neue.

San Francisco is a heavier typeset designed to emphasise visibility, especially on smaller displays of the Apple Watch. The font also scales well to larger displays and works quite well on iOS and OS X. In comparison, many people find the current Helvetica Neue to be quite light and hard to read, especially on iOS. The switch to San Francisco is supposedly the solution to this problem. Read more »

Nubia allegedly caught astroturfing negative comments about Meizu online

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Astroturfing is the practice of pretending to be a genuine person on internet forums, comments sections, and online reviews and posting positive or negative comments about a company while actually being on the payroll of a competitor. As unfortunate as it is, it’s also quite common, which makes it hard to take any comment or online review seriously.

Sooner or later though, somebody gets caught doing it, and this time it seems it’s Nubia. The sub-division of ZTE that recently made its way in India is already off to a not so great start. The email you see above is allegedly from a social media influencer apparently working for Nubia PR, requesting others to post negative comments about Meizu, who also recently opened shop in India, on Meizu’s Facebook profile, as well as post negative reviews on the their Amazon page. Read more »

Apple announces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad and cheaper iMac with Retina 5K display

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Apple has launched updated versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The key new feature is the Force Touch Trackpad first introduced with the new MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Along with the new trackpad you also get faster flash storage and longer battery life. It comes in two models, one with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.4GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, 16GB RAM, and 256GB flash storage and the other with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.7GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 16GB RAM, and 512GB flash storage. Read more »