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Apple updates iTunes 11 with new mini player

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Apple has released a new version of iTunes for OS X and Windows. Among the chief new features is an updated mini player. The mini player got a refresh in v11 but 11.0.3 makes it a bit more usable. There is now a progress bar so you don’t have to switch to the full mode to scroll through the track. Also, clicking on the album art thumbnail expands it.

Other changes include improved Songs view, where you can now view the album art even in the Songs view and multi-disc albums now show as one album in the Album view. There is also a new Update tab for the Apps section where you can view updates for your downloaded iOS apps. Lastly, there are some performance improvements while searching and sorting large libraries. Read more »

Google asks Microsoft to take down Windows Phone YouTube over lack of ads

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A few days ago we reported on the release of the brand new YouTube app for Windows Phone 8. Unlike the previous ‘app’ that was basically a link to the YouTube mobile site, the new app developed by Microsoft was a proper client that let you watch videos within the app itself.

It seems, however, Google isn’t particularly fond of this app and has asked Microsoft to take it down. The point of contention is the lack of ads in the app, which Microsoft has disabled. As you may know, Google earns its revenue from ads, as do some of the content creators who earn revenue from the YouTube videos through AdSense. Read more »

Updated Google Maps for desktop leaks ahead of official launch

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An updated version of Google Maps for desktop is in the works and it managed to leak out before its official release, most probably at the Google I/O keynote today. The updated Maps was live for a short time and was pulled down later.

Among the list of new features is a map that adapts to your searches. The map learns from your past searches and provides a custom map for you based on your search history, highlighting places you might be interested in. The more you use, the better the suggestions will be. Read more »

Google to announce a music streaming service at I/O 2013

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It seems Spotify is going to have some tough competition soon. According to The Verge, Google is all set to unveil its own music streaming service today at the Google I/O event.

According to their sources, Google has already signed deals with two of the biggest music labels in the industry, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Google had also reportedly struck a deal with Warner Music Group earlier this year. This means that they have sizable content to kick off the service. Read more »

Nokia releases camera samples from the Lumia 925

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Nokia just announced the Lumia 925 in an event in London. The phone is basically a thinner, lighter version of the Lumia 920 with aluminum frame and some new software features.

Among the new software features are several new additions to the camera. Even though the hardware seems identical to the one on the Lumia 920, the new features do let you play around with it a bit more and get some interesting results. Read more »

Magic Lantern software tweak enables 24fps RAW video support on Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Just like its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is known for its quality video recording performance that rivals professional video cameras. Now, thanks to a little software tweak by Magic Lantern, the Mark III can not just rivals them, but even exceeds them.

Magic Lantern is a custom software for Canon DSLRs that runs alongside Canon’s firmware and adds additional features not present by default. In case of the Canon 5D Mark III, this firmware adds the ability to record RAW video in 24fps at 14-bit quality per frame. Read more »

Ubisoft releases new ‘Watch Dogs’ gameplay video

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We have already seen some gameplay videos of Ubisoft’s upcoming open world action-adventure game Watch Dogs. It is easily one of the most interesting games that is currently in development due to the incredibly detailed gameplay environment and the ways in which you can interact with it. The fact that it looks great also helps.

Ubisoft has now released a new gameplay video that shows us a bit more of the gameplay. At its heart Watch Dogs is an open world action-adventure game much like the Grand Theft Auto games but here you can hack into the city’s various electronic devices and control them through the game’s interface to your advantage. Read more »

‘Circulets’ for iOS and Android game review

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Circulets is the newest two-player game from India-based Hashstash Studios. The game is now available for both iOS and Android.

Circulets involves collecting circles or ‘circulets’ towards your side of the screen. The one with the most points in the end wins the game. The game sounds simple and fun in theory and also looks quite pretty, so we decided to take it for a spin. Read more »

HTC releases two new commercials showing BlinkFeed

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HTC has released two new commercials for the HTC One. Both ads focus on one feature of the phone, and that is the controversial BlinkFeed found in the latest Sense 5.

With these videos HTC is trying to show how you can use the BlinkFeed feature to collaborate all your social network feed in one place. But it won’t be fun without taking a dig at the competition. Except, here the competition itself is doing the digging. Read more »

Flipboard updates Android app, adds custom magazine feature

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Flipboard recently updated their iOS app when the service reached 50 million users. That updated introduced the custom magazine feature, which let you create magazines out of content you find within the app.

Flipboard has now updated their Android app, which finally joins in all the custom magazine creation action. It works the same as it does on iOS; you create a custom magazine with a name of your choice and then when you see an article on Flipboard that you’d want to add to it, you tap on the + button. You can then share these magazines with your friends and also subscribe to those created by others. Read more »

Olympus launches PEN E-P5, flagship Micro Four Thirds camera

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Olympus is celebrating 50 years of its PEN F camera with the launch of the flagship PEN E-P5 Micro Four Thirds camera. As you’d expect from a flagship, the E-P5 comes with a ton of bells and whistles but maintains the beautiful, retro design of the original PEN F.

The new E-P5 borrows the 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, super fast AF and 5-axis image stabilization from the OM-D E-M5 camera. The E-P5, however, goes one step beyond and offers a stunning 1/8000th of a second shutter speed, the highest for a compact camera. Read more »

Nokia releases official hands-on videos for the Asha 501

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The Nokia Asha 501 has just been announced in India and Nokia has already released two new hands-on videos that show the phone in greater detail.

Both the videos do a good job of showcasing the new hardware and the software on the Asha 501. The Asha 501 comes in five colors and looks quite stunning, especially in the bright orange and green shades. The back covers are removable and you can change them to a different color. Read more »

Microsoft to release Windows 8.1 public preview at Build conference in June

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We have been hearing about Windows 8.1 for quite some time now. Known originally as Windows Blue, the next update to Microsoft’s desktop operating system is soon expected to be available as a public preview.

Speaking at the Wired Business Conference in New York City, Windows chief Julie Larson-Green revealed that Microsoft will be releasing a public preview of Windows 8.1 in its upcoming Build conference in June. A final version of the OS is expected to be released near the end of the year, as we had originally heard. Read more »

Nokia compares Lumia 928 video quality with iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III

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The new Nokia Lumia 928 is this close to being officially announced but for now Nokia has out up a teaser page on the site with a video that demonstrates the video recording quality difference between the 928, the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III.

The video is shot on the ‘The Hurricane’ roller coaster in New York through two Lumia 928, one recording the roller coster going around the tracks and one that is on the roller coaster itself. The video then goes on to show comparisons with the other two phones, by freezing the frames at convenient points. Read more »

Windows Phone YouTube app gets a major update, no longer just a link to the mobile site

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If you happened to install the YouTube ‘app’ on your Windows Phone device, you’d have been disappointed to learn that it was nothing more than a link to the mobile version of YouTube and not an actual app, such as the one you’d find on Android or iOS.

Microsoft has now updated the app and now it behaves the way it’s supposed to. First of all the app has been redesigned and now sports a completely redesigned UI. You can now access your videos, playlists and subscriptions from within the app and also pin them to the Start screen as a Live Tile. Read more »