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Samsung exec disparages Windows 8, says it’s no better than Windows Vista

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Ever since its launch, Windows 8 hasn’t exactly seen an overwhelmingly positive response, with many criticizing the new direction Microsoft took with the UI design of the OS. We have even seen companies like Acer, ASUS and Fujitsu bemoan the lack of demand for Windows 8 products.

Now, Samsung’s head of memory chip division – Jun Dong-soo – has joined the rank of people complaining about Windows 8, saying it’s no better than Windows Vista, an OS known best for being one of the biggest failures in the history of technology. Read more »

NVIDIA gives a sneak peak at the upcoming Riptide GP 2 optimized for Project SHIELD

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The original Riptide GP released two years ago was one of the first games to be optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra series of mobile GPU. The game featured advanced visual effects, such as water splashes and motion blur that were exclusive to devices running Tegra processors.

Now, NVIDIA and Vector Unit have announced a sequel to this jet-ski racer, called Riptide GP 2 and it will be optimized for the upcoming Project SHIELD running the Tegra 4 processor. Read more »

Angry Birds goes free on iOS for a week

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Angry Birds needs no introduction. If you managed to somehow get on the internet, find this site and are reading this there is almost a 100% chance that you know what Angry Birds is.

The original game went on sale on iOS back in December 2009. Since then, it has always cost a dollar for the iPhone version and three on the iPad. Now, for the first time since it went on sale, the original Angry Birds has gone free for a limited time. Read more »

Google teases upcoming I/O 2013 event with a website full of Easter Eggs

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Google’s annual I/O event for developers is approaching and the company has begun preparations with a new website. But then this is Google, so you can expect them to do something fun with the website.

And as it happens, they have. The website shows large clickable I and O images. When you click them, you will see 1 and 0 appear below. Click them in a particular order and a new page opens with an Easter Egg. Read more »

Temple Run: Oz now available on iOS and Android

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There is a new Temple Run game in town and this one is based on a movie. Made in partnership Disney, Temple Run: Oz, like Temple Run: Brave before, is based on one of Disney’s upcoming movies, in this case Oz the Great and Powerful.

The game is not far too different from previous Temple Run games and seems to be using the same engine as Temple Run 2. You will notice some similarities, such as the flowing level design, where the track gently bends, rises or dips unlike the flat, straight tracks on older Temple Run games. However, there are several differences that set this game apart. Read more »

Google Maps for iOS gets its first update

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Nearly three months after releasing the much awaited Maps application for iOS, Google has finally released an update for it, which brings with it some useful new features.

One of the key new features is the ability to search through your Google contacts. All you have to do is sign into your Google account and then just type the name of the contact into the search field. The app still gives preference to locations but if you wait a while the contact name will appear. Read more »

The Humble Bundle with Android 5 released

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A new version of the popular Humble Bundle is out and brings with it some exciting new games. For those who are not aware, Humble Bundle is a bundle of games that you can purchase for much less than the total price of all the included games. In fact, you are given the option to name your own price and decide how it is distributed among the game developers, The Humble Bundle team and a charitable organization.

Now on to the latest bundle, the Humble Bundle 5 includes Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, NightSky HD and EFF. If you pay above $6.64 average price, then you also get Dungeon Defenders along with all its DLC and Super Hexagon. And and as usual, they have included all the soundstracks to the games. Read more »

Updated Chrome for Android beta brings password and autofill sync, data compression

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Google has updated the beta version of Chrome for Android with some useful new features. v26.0.1410.26 now comes with password and autofill sync, which as you can tell, syncs your passwords and autofill information from the desktop version of the Chrome browser with your phone and vice-versa. This feature, however, only works with Chrome 26 for desktop for now, which is still in beta.

But another hidden new feature is the ability to compress web page data, Opera Mini style. We talked about this feature a couple of days ago but back then it involved a convoluted procedure to enable. Although it’s still not as easy as just going to the Settings and enabling it, you can still enable it without having to use the Android SDK. Read more »

Opera releases beta version of new WebKit based browser for Android, we go hands-on

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.

Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »

Nikon announces Coolpix A, compact DX-format camera and Coolpix P330

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Nikon has announced two new compact cameras, the Coolpix A and the Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A is the company’s first compact camera with a DX-format sensor. DX-format is essentially Nikon’s name for APS-C sensors that they usually reserve for their DSLR cameras and having it in a compact camera is quite impressive.

The DX-format CMOS sensor has a resolution of 16.2 megapixel and a 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The Coolpix A is capable of shooting at 4 frames per second. Other specs include a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD, 1080p30 video recording, built-in flash, hotshoe and RAW shooting mode. Read more »

ASUS begins rolling out Android 4.2 for the Transformer Pad TF300T in the US

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ASUS has been remarkably quick in the past year or so in rolling out Android updates for its devices. Now the Taiwanese company has become the first to roll out the elusive Android 4.2 update for its Transformer Pad TF300T tablet.

The update is currently available only in the US but is expected to roll out in other regions in March. The update is said to bring performance improvements and features such as multi-user accounts. Read more »

Opera Turbo-like functionality spotted in Chrome for Android

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You may be familiar with the Opera Turbo functionality, first seen in the Opera Mobile web browser, that compressed some of the data on a web page, such as images using proxy servers and then sent that to your client, thereby reducing the data consumption on your device. This functionality was later adopted in the desktop version of Opera as well.

Turns out, Google is working on incorporating something similar on the Android version of the Chrome browser. In fact, they already have; it’s just not enabled yet. Read more »

Evernote loses usernames, emails and passwords in security breach, resets passwords as a precaution

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Popular cloud-based note taking service Evernote experienced a security breach, where the company confirms it lost information such as usernames, associated email addresses and passwords to the hackers. No data, however, was said to be lost or changed and no payment information was accessed.

Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company is not taking any chances and is requiring users to reset their password before logging in again to their accounts. The company will also be releasing updates to its apps over the next few hours to make the password change process easier. Read more »

Chrome for Android update brings improved scrolling performance, background audio playback

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Google has updated the Android version of Chrome with several new features. Now at version 25.0.1364.123, the latest update concentrates mostly on improving the performance, with some useful new additions.

The list of improvements in this update includes improved scrolling performance, increased responsiveness to pinch-to-zooming and the latest version of the V8 javascript engine, which results in faster interactive pages. Read more »

Real Racing 3 sees a wider release on iOS and Android

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After curiously launching only in New Zealand on the App Store, EA has now finally released Real Racing 3 globally for both iOS and Android devices. The game is free to download and weighs in at 716MB on iOS.

For those who are not aware, Real Racing is a series of (fairly) realistic racing games that first debuted on iOS and then arrived on Android with Real Racing 2. In the latest iteration, EA is promising even more realism than before. Read more »