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Intel announces next-generation Silvermont mobile CPU microarchitecture

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Intel has announced the next generation of its CPU architecture designed primarily for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, called Silvermont. Silvermont will be replacing the Saltwell CPUs that have been used in the recent Medfield, Clovertrail and Clovertrail+ SoC.

With Silvermont, Intel will be starting the same tick-tock cadence they use for their desktop processors. Silvermont is based on a 22nm architecture and will be succeeded by Airmont next year, which will be based on 14nm. Devices running Silvermont CPUs are expected this year, with tablets running the new Atom processors by the end of 2013. Read more »

Adobe renames Creative Suite apps to Creative Cloud, switches to subscription model

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Adobe announced a major change to its range of Creative Suite of applications, which consists of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premier Pro. Starting with the next update for these applications, which will be released on June 17, these applications will be classified under the Creative Cloud brand.

But that’s not all. Adobe is also shifting to a subscription model for its apps, which means instead of paying full price for them upfront, you will now have to pay either a yearly or monthly fee for using them. Read more »

Amazon lists 8-inch Acer W3-810 Windows tablet ahead of launch

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about an upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Acer in the 8-inch form factor, which is a first for this platform. The tablet in question is an Acer W3-810, which has now reached a semi-official status after a listing on Amazon ahead of the official announcement.

The listing, which has since been pulled, priced the tablet at $379.99. Read more »

‘Badland’ for iOS game review

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Badland is a 2D action adventure platformer where you control one of the game’s unnamed creatures through a maze of deadly traps.

The game has already won several accolades, along with Apple’s Editor’s Choice award on the App Store. We decided to find out for ourselves how good the game really is. Read more »

Samsung shows off Galaxy S4 features in a new commercial

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Samsung has released a new commercial for their latest Galaxy S4 smartphone. Unlike the previous one where you could barely see the phone, the new one actually takes you through some of the key features of the device.

The video goes through a select few features of the phone, with Air Gesture getting the most importance. You see the characters picking up calls with a wave of their hand and the call automatically going into speakerphone mode. Read more »

Google Keep gets its own Chrome app

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After announcing the service last month and releasing an app for Android, Google has now released a web app for Google Chrome.

The Chrome Google Keep app can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and works like any other Chrome app. Once installed you will see the icon on your homepage and clicking it will launch the Keep pop up window. From here you can create new notes and manage existing ones. Read more »

Barnes & Noble adds Google Play Store support to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+

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Barnes & Noble have announced that they will be adding support for the Google Play Store on their NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Android tablets. So far these devices have been restricted to downloading content only from Barnes & Noble’s content store but are now open to the entire Google catalog as well.

Along with the 700,000 apps and games, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ users will also be able to access music, movies, books and magazines from the Play Store. Other than that, Barnes & Noble is also adding the Google Chrome browser and Google services such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Google Search. Read more »

Instagram 3.5 update brings photo tagging, minor UI changes

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Instagram has released v3.5 of their mobile app for iOS and Android and along with that introduced a new feature to the service. Now, you will be able to tag your friends in your photos and see all the pictures you have been tagged in in your profile.

To tag someone in a photo, click on the ‘Add People’ option after you take a photo. You will them be asked to tap anywhere on the photo you want to tag someone and then type their profile name. You then select the ID and the photo gets tagged. You can not just tag new photos but also existing ones by clicking on the options key in the bottom right of each photo. Read more »

Apple to offer $10,000 App Store Gift Card to 50 billionth app downloader

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The enormously successful App Store is about to cross another milestone – 50 billion downloads. As usual, Apple will be celebrating the event by giving back to those who made it possible, that is, the users.

To the person who will be downloading the 50 billionth app, Apple is offering $10,000 App Store Gift Card. But that’s not all. This time, the next 50 app downloaders will also be getting something, which in this case is a $500 App Store Gift Card. Read more »

Intel details GPU options in Haswell, announces Iris

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Intel has provided additional details about it’s upcoming fourth generation of Core processors (codenamed Haswell) specifically related to the GPU that will be running in these chips. But most importantly, they have also announced a new brand of high-end integrated mobile GPUs called Intel Iris.

Intel Iris is the name of a new series of graphics processors that will be integrated into the upcoming Haswell processors. Mind you, not all integrated GPUs on the Haswell processors will be designated with the Iris name. Intel is reserving this name for only their highest performing mobile GPUs, which will be integrated into the top of the line Core i7 models. Read more »

‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ announced, watch the teaser trailer here

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After a bout of rumors, leaked images and a teaser on Instagram, Activision has finally announced the next installment in the Call of Duty series – Call of Duty: Ghosts.

After a cadence of alternatively releasing Modern Warfare and Black Ops games, one would have expected the next game in the series to bear the Modern Warfare name (since the last game was Black Ops II). However, developer Infinity Ward has decided to go in a new direction, and as such Ghosts is a completely new series altogether. Read more »

Google releases how-to video for the Google Glass

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Google started shipping the early developer version of the Google Glass to early adopters last month but the rest of us still don’t have much of an idea how the device is even operated. Thankfully, there is a new Google video which demonstrates just that.

In the Google Glass how-to video, you are told that the UI is made up of cards arranged horizontally, with the ones on the left being new. You scroll through the cards by swiping along the touch sensitive side of the Glass. When you want to select a card, you tap on the side; to go back, you swipe down. Read more »

‘Switch to Windows Phone’ app helps you find your favorite Android apps on Windows Phone

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Microsoft has been asking users of other platforms to switch to Windows Phone for a long time now but so far the biggest hurdle has been the lack of a good quality apps on the platform. Or at least that’s what it seems like. Things aren’t that bad in reality, though, and there are Windows Phone versions of several of the popular apps out there right now.

To bring this to everyone’s notice, Microsoft has now released a new app for Android, called Switch to Windows Phone, which scans your Android phone for all the installed apps and then shows you which ones are available on the Window Phone Store. Read more »

Microsoft adds ability to make Skype calls from Outlook.com

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Microsoft has finally integrated its Skype service with the recently updated Outlook.com website. This will allow users to make video calls from the website without having to install the client on their computers.

To enable this functionality, you will first have to install a plugin for your browser. After that, it works pretty much the same as Skype does on your desktop client. You can hover over your contact names and use the video call option to initiate a Skype call right within the browser. You can make voice as well as video calls or just send messages. Read more »

‘Drop’ will test your typing skills, patience

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Fond of minimalist but ridiculously challenging games? Here’s another one for you. Created by Marcus Persson, the guy who made the insanely popular Minecraft, Drop is a browser-based game that will test your familiarity with your keyboard and your patience.

The premise of the game is simple. You have a constant stream of letters appearing before you and you have to type the letters on your keyboard. Enter it correctly and you can move on to the next letter. Read more »