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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare posters appear at E3 venue

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The original Plants vs. Zombies is one of the most popular 2D tower defense game around regardless of the platform. A sequel in the form of Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time! is expected later this month. But it seems EA has some other plans for the series as well.

Spotted at the E3 venue were these posters of something called Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. By the looks of it, this game is going to be in 3D and may actually feature first or third person shooting elements. What the gameplay would be like is anybody’s guess but it does seem markedly different from the other two games. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 Blue screenshots show early version of a notification center

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A reddit user managed to stumble upon a developer unit of the Nokia Lumia 920 that he purchased from eBay. Much to his surprise, however, he found several features not found on the existing version of Windows Phone 8 and something Microsoft may have been saving for later.

Chief among these discoveries is an early version of a notification center. Microsoft has admitted previously to not being able to include a notification center in Windows Phone 8 because it ran out of time but you could expect to see it in the next major version and what you see above could be it. Read more »

Madfinger Games announces Dead Trigger 2

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Madfinger Games’ first attempt at a first person zombie shooter was pretty successful, judging by the 18 million downloads across iOS and Android. Now they have announced a successor in the form of Dead Trigger 2, which takes a slightly new direction with gameplay and also features improved visuals over its predecessor.

Unlike Dead Trigger, which was just a single player game, Dead Trigger 2 is actually a massively multiplayer online first person shooter. This means that you will be playing besides hundreds of other players in a common world against a common enemy. Read more »

Google Glass update brings HDR photography and captions for sharing

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Google has released a new update for Google Glass, which should make one of the most popular uses of the device an even better experience. First up is HDR photography. Now when you take a picture with your Google Glass, the device will take multiple photos at different exposures and then combine them to create an image with greater dynamic range. This will allow you to see more details in the bright as well as dark areas of the shot that are otherwise not possible with a single exposure shot.

The other feature being added is the ability to add captions to your pictures before sharing them. Now, once you are done taking your picture, you will see an option to add a caption. Select it and then simply speak your caption and it will be added to your photo.

You can check out more samples of HDR images taken with Google Glass in the link below.

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Apple releases OS X 10.8.4 update with iMessage bug fix and Safari 6.0.5

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Apple has released an update for OS X, which brings the version number to 10.8.4. The latest update brings quite a few bug fixes, particularly to the Messages app and also a new version of Safari.

One of the key fixes in this update is to iMessage. The Messages app on OS X has a horrible habit of occasionally showing messages out of order, especially when communicating across multiple devices. Suddenly in the middle of the conversation, it would start showing previous messages, which stayed until you restarted the app. The new update aims to fix that problem. Read more »

Gmail for iOS gets updated with inbox categories

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After releasing the updated Gmail app for Android, Google has released an update for the iOS version of their popular mail app. Unlike the Android version, however, the iOS version is actually out on the store and can be downloaded right now.

The big change here is the same as on the Android version. The Gmail app for iOS now supports categories in inbox, meaning you now have your mail sorted into Primary, Social, Promotions and Updates. Gmail automatically sorts your mail into the correct category by looking at their content. Read more »

Gmail 4.5 for Android starts rolling out

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Google has released the v4.5 update for the Gmail app for Android, which brings with it some UI changes, some of which are in tune with the recent changes seen on Gmail website.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Google has done away with the bottom bar that hosted buttons for new mail, search, labels, refresh and menu. Three of those have now been moved to the action bar on top and refresh has been included in the UI in the form of pull to refresh. The options in the drop down menu on top to move between your accounts, folders and labels has now been moved into a drawer on the left. Read more »

ASUS announces Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMO Pad FHD 10 and MeMO Pad HD7

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ASUS has just announced three new Android tablets at Computex 2013. The first of the trio is an update to last year’s Transformer Pad Infinity. The new one runs on the NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.9GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and the 72-core GeForce GPU.

Other features of the Transformer Pad Infinity include a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 resolution IPS display, 2GB RAM, 32GB built-in memory, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera, both with auto-focus, USB 3.0 port, SD card slot, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with Miracast support and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. Read more »

Acer announces Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet

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We have seen it leak a few times before but now it’s finally official. Acer has taken the wraps off the Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.

The Iconia W3 has an 8.1-inch, 1280 x 800 resolution display. It is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor and is available in 32GB and 64GB variants. Other features include 2 megapixel camera on the front and back, micro HDMI out, micro USB port for connecting accessories such as USB drives, keyboards and mice (with an adapter, of course), microSD card slot and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Read more »

‘Contra: Evolution’ for iOS and Android game review

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You can’t call yourself a gamer if you never played Contra. Released back in 1987 for the NES, Contra went on to become a cult classic and one of the best 2D side-scrolling action adventure games of all time that every gamer has a soft spot for.

Now, after all these years, developer PunchBox Studios has finally decided to remake this popular title for the mobile platform, starting with an iOS version. [Update: An Android version is now available on the Play Store.] Titled Contra: Evolution, the game features updated visuals and some new gameplay elements while keeping the original story and levels intact. But will it be able to recreate the magic of the original? Let’s find out. Read more »

‘Fish Out Of Water!’ for iOS game review

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Fish Out Of Water! is the latest creation from Halfbrick Studios, the people who brought us two simple but highly addictive games – Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.

In their newest game, you will be flinging fish out of the water and then depending upon how far they go you earn a score. Sounds simple, just like the other two games. But does this game have the same fun factor as well? Let’s find out. Read more »

Samsung to allegedly use Intel processors for its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablet

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Samsung is no stranger to working with a wide range of chip makers for its devices, even though the company fabricates its own chips. The reason for this have often been Samsung’s inability to produce enough chips on its own and thus had to look at other OEMs to supply the processors.

Although Samsung and Intel have worked together in the past on several products, we are yet to see a Samsung Android device running one of Intel’s processors. It seems, though, that it won’t be long before we do. According to the sources at Reuters, Samsung is working with Intel to get the latter’s Clover Trail+ series of x86 mobile processors in at least one variant of its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablet. Read more »

Razer announces 14-inch Razer Blade and 17-inch Razer Blade Pro gaming laptops

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Razer has updated their 17-inch gaming laptop – the Razer Blade – and it now comes with improved hardware and a new name. Called the Razer Blade Pro, the ultrathin gaming laptop gets some increased firepower under the hood courtesy of some next generation parts.

For starters, Razer has swapped the previous Intel Ivy Bridge processor in favor of a new 4th gen Intel Core ‘Haswell’ processor. The GPU has been updated from the NVIDIA GTX 660M on the previous model to a GTX 765M. Read more »

Apple launches new 16GB iPod touch for $229 sans the rear camera

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Out of the blue, Apple has launched a new variant of their popular iPod touch. This new model starts at $229 but loses a few features to achieve the price drop.

For starters, the iSight camera on the back has been dropped and all you get now is the FaceTime camera on the front. Other omissions include a lack of the mechanical loop on the back for lanyard and no color options other than the default silver. Lastly, the internal capacity is now 16GB. Read more »

Twitter for iOS and Android updated with new UI changes

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Twitter has updated its mobile applications on iOS and Android with some new UI changes. First of all, you will notice a new tweet compose window, which instead of a popup now appears as a new screen over the current one. You will also see larger fonts while typing but more importantly they have completely changed the way you add images and preview them.

Now, when you try to add an image to your tweet, it will pop a drawer below that shows all your images from your device in a grid. This view includes images from all your folders so if you want to go to a specific folder without having to sift through all the photos then you can still do that by launching your image gallery from within the app and selecting the folder and the file. Read more »