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‘AG Drive’ for iOS game review

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AG Drive is a racing game featuring anti-gravity space ships that you race around a futuristic race track set in the year 2260. The game is a combination of Wipeout and F-Zero, and pretty much what you’d expect that to be like if you’ve played those games.

AG Drive is now available on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad and has been given the Apple’s Editor’s Choice, which, to be honest, doesn’t really mean much if you see the history of some of the previous games that got this honor. Let’s see if this one’s any good. Read more »

‘Alto’s Adventure’ for iOS game review

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Alto’s Adventure is procedurally generated endless snowboarding game. You play as Alto and his friends, going down snow covered slopes on snowboards, catching llamas, grinding on rooftops, and pulling off stunts in mid-air.

The game is now available on the App Store and promises beautiful visuals and an exhilarating gameplay experience. Let’s see if it delivers. Read more »

YouTube policy change prevents partners from including sponsored content

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For years, people have been doing sponsored videos on YouTube on top of having YouTube ads enabled for their account. This allowed them to earn money from their sponsors that they endorse during the video, along with the earnings from the ads that play before and during the video.

Unfortunately, Google is not quite happy with that. You see, when people have sponsors for their videos, it leaves Google out of the loop, unable to earn anything from the revenue that people are generating on YouTube. So Google has now decided to stop people from having sponsored content on YouTube with its new policy change. Read more »

IFTTT renames itself to just IF, launches three new Do apps

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IF This Then That, otherwise known as IFTTT, is an extremely useful service that lets you create and download ‘recipes’ that automatically performs a task for you when a preset event occurs.

The company has now changed its brand name from IFTTT to simply IF. It still performs the same basic functions, but just has a new name. Read more »

Sony announces SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 augmented reality glasses

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Sony has announced its new augmented reality glasses, called the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1. The glasses pair with your Android smartphone and show information from the phone on the glasses, along with showing information relevant to your surroundings using augmented reality applications.

The SmartEyeglass uses holographic waveguide technology to create 3.0mm augmented reality lenses with a transparency rate of 85%. This means you don’t need a display in front of your glasses, like on Google Glass, and the lenses themselves act as a display. Read more »

Google Talk for Windows to be deprecated on February 25

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After about ten years since it was first introduced, Google will be deprecating the Google Talk application for Windows. Google stopped allowing people to download the app long time ago but you can still continue using it, that is, until February 25.

Google already has a replacement in the form of Hangouts, which has been around for over a year now, and includes a lot more features, such as group messaging, audio and video calls, and emoji support. Read more »

NVIDIA Shield Portable gets an update to improve emulator performance

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NVIDIA has released an update to the Shield Portable device that improves the performance of emulators on the device. The update is small, at just over 3MB, and is optional.

This is good news as the Shield Portable is an ideal device for running emulators. For those not aware, emulators allow you to run games from other platforms, such as classic Nintendo games, which otherwise won’t run natively on Android. Since Shield Portable has built-in controls, it is great for playing classic games on the move and it is good to see NVIDIA acknowledge the typical use case of the device and work on improving that aspect. Read more »

Internet.org app launched in India, provides access to 38 sites for free

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Facebook and Reliance Communications have launched the Internet.org application in India. Through this app, Reliance users will be able to access 38 sites for free from their phones, i.e., without incurring data charges.

The list of sites includes Aaj Tak, AccuWeather, BBC News, Bing Search, Cleartrip, Daily Bhaskar, Dictionary.com, ESPN Cricinfo, Facebook,Hungama Music, IBNLive, India Today, Maharashtra Times, NDTV, OLX, Times of India, Wikipedia, wikiHow, and many more. Read more »

Nikon announces D810A for astrophotographers

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Nikon has launched a modified version of its D810 DSLR, the D810A. The D810A is the first full frame camera in the world optimized for astrophotography.

Most cameras have an IR cut filter that is designed to allow only those wavelengths of light that the human eye can see, so that the resulting image looks similar to what it looks to the human eye. However, the light emitted by far away stars and galaxies are often well beyond our visual range, and in order to capture them properly, you need a camera designed specifically for such application. Read more »

HTC allegedly working on Android tablet based on Nexus 9

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After making the Nexus 9 for Google, HTC is allegedly working on its own branded tablet, which will be based on the Nexus 9.

According to upleaks, the tablet will have similar dimensions as the Nexus 9, meaning a 9-inch display, probably with the same 4:3 aspect ratio. However, the hardware specifications will be different. Read more »

‘Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 2′ for iOS and Android game review

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Telltale has released the next episode in its Game of Thrones series of games. Called The Lost Lords, it is the second episode in the six part series based on the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, which itself is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books by George R. R. Martin.

The episode 2 continues from where the first episode left off, which we reviewed here. Episode 1 started off on a strong mark, so let’s see if episode 2 can keep the momentum going. Read more »

Canon announces EOS M3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Canon has launched the EOS M3, the successor to its first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the EOS M. The M3 features a brand new 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s latest DIGIC 6 image processor.

Other than that, there is also a new 49-point AF system with new Hybrid CMOS AF III, which is said to be 6.1x faster than the original EOS M, which had a notoriously slow autofocus system. Read more »

Canon announces EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

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Canon has launched two new high-end DSLRs, called the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R. The difference between the two cameras is that the former has a low-pass filter, which blurs the image slightly to reduce moire, while the 5DS R lacks it, resulting in sharper images at the cost of increased moire.

Both cameras have a 50.6 megapixel sensor, the highest for any Canon DSLR or for any full-frame DSLR. There’s also a 61 point AF system, with 41 cross-type AF points. Both cameras use the new DIGIC 6 image processor. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR to be available Best Buy stores starting February 8

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Samsung will be selling the Galaxy VR headset through 100 Best Buy outlets across America. This will be the first time the Gear VR is sold offline, which was until now only sold through Samsung, AT&T, and Best Buy online stores.

Best Buy stores will also be getting demo units so people can try out the device before purchasing them. Other than that, it also lets the company get feedback on the product, and if it gets enough positive response it will expand it to more Best Buy stores, and vice-versa. Read more »

Microsoft acquires Sunrise Calendar for $100 million

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Microsoft has acquired the popular Sunrise Calendar application for a reported amount of $100 million dollars.

Sunrise is a free calendar application for iOS and Android. It featured an attractive interface design and synced with a wide variety of services such as Google calendar, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange and even Facebook for your events. The app also has other clever features, such as LinkedIn integration, weather forecast for your location, built-in Google Maps navigation for going to events, and timezone support. Read more »