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Megaupload creator starts new service called Mega

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Exactly a year ago, The US Justice Department shut down popular file sharing website Megaupload on grounds of promoting piracy, with the founder Kim Dotcom being arrested for it.

Dotcom has since then been working on a successor to Megaupload, which now a year after the original site went down, has finally gone live under the name Mega. Read more »

Microsoft announces final pricing details for Windows 8 upgrade editions

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When Microsoft released Windows 8 last year, they were kind enough to offer a considerable discount on the full price for those who would be upgrading from previous versions of Windows. However, that gesture was for a limited time and is about to expire at the end of this month.

Microsoft has now released the new prices for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrade editions. Read more »

Opera demonstrates upcoming ‘Ice’ browser for tablets

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Opera is currently working on a brand new version of a mobile browser designed specifically for tablets. Currently known only as ‘Ice’, this new browser uses a gesture-based interface quite common on apps these days and is the first Opera browser to use the WebKit engine.

As you can see in the video below, ‘Ice’ allows you to save web pages on the homescreen for quick access. It then loads these sites as you’d load a native app. The fact that it uses the WebKit engine means that it works quite well with Google’s services, such as Google Maps. Read more »

Facebook introduces VoIP calling for iPhone users in the US

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After announcing the new Graph Search feature yesterday, Facebook has rolled out yet another important feature, the ability to make voice calls from the mobile app to any of your friends.

Currently, this feature only works on the iOS version of Facebook’s mobile app and only within the US. There is no need to update the app to get this feature. Read more »

Facebook announces Graph Search for a more personalized search experience

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Facebook has announced a major upgrade to the search engine on their website called the Graph Search. Using this new tool, you will be able to enter more specific search queries and get results based on the massive amount of data that Facebook has collected over the years.

Graph Search works by taking advantage of all the information people have uploaded over the years on Facebook. Things such as their jobs, location, relationship status, photos, etc. It then uses all of this information to give you relevant results for your specific queries, something you cannot do with regular web search. Read more »

Pulse app adds support for Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube

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Popular news aggregator application Pulse got updated yesterday, which brings with it the addition of some new services.

Now, users will be able to view their Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr as well as YouTube feeds within the app, along with all the other feeds they have subscribed to. Read more »

Apple launches cellular versions of iPad mini and iPad with Retina display in China

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Apple today announced that they have started selling the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad mini and the iPad with Retina display in China.

The Wi-Fi models of both devices have been available since last month but the cellular versions have only just been released. The new models will be on sale starting Friday, January 18. Read more »

ASUS announces 7-inch MeMo Pad Android tablet for $149

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ASUS has announced a the new MeMo Pad, which is their new 7-inch low cost Android tablet and will be going on sale in the US for just $149 for the base model.

For that money, you get a tablet with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, VIA WM8950 SoC with 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU and Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB internal memory with microSD card slot. Read more »

Flipboard for Android updated with support for Daydream

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Some of you may already know about the new Daydream feature in Android 4.2. For those who don’t, Daydream allows the application to display information on the screen when the device is is idle or docked. Think of it as being the equivalent of the screensaver that we still see on desktop computers. Developers can use this functionality to display relevant information on the screen in an easy to see manner.

The developers of Flipboard have decided to take advantage of this functionality in the latest update to their app. Once enabled, Flipboard will show new items full screen from the feeds you have subscribed to. Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update starts rolling out to Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 in the US

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After pushing the update to the European version of the Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung has now begun rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the US version as well.

According to Android Police, both the 10.1-inch as well as the 7.0-inch models are now receiving the 4.1.1 update, over the air as well as through the Samsung Kies application. Read more »

Dropbox for Android gets an update

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Popular file storage and sharing service Dropbox just updated the Android version of their application, which brings with it some useful new features.

Two of the important new features are the ability to share as well delete multiple files at once. But either there is some bug or I’m missing something here, because I can’t for the life of me find any option to mark multiple files at once. Read more »

Google allows developers to respond to user reviews on the Play Store

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Up until now, leaving a user review on an app on the Play Store was a one way dialogue. Most people would express their opinions or concerns about an app and there was no way for them to get a response from the developer.

To solve this predicament, Google has now introduced the option to allow developers to respond directly to the people who leave reviews on their apps. Read more »

Google releases Chrome Beta for Android, lets you sample upcoming features in advance

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The Google Chrome browser for Android started life as a beta download from the Play Store, but was shortly promoted to the stable status. However, unlike with the desktop version, there was no separate beta channel that you could download later if you wanted to be on the bleeding edge of the browser’s development.

That is, until now. Google has released the new Chrome Beta for Android, which, just like its desktop counterpart, would let you sample all the upcoming features and improvements before they hit the stable version. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch to start shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23

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You may already be acquainted with the Pebble smartwatch. One of the best and most successful ideas to have come out of Kickstarter, the watch was an instant hit with a lot of smartphone owners for being able to pair with your phone and display important information on its e-paper display.

Now, after some delays, the watch is finally ready and will be shipping out to the Kickstarter backers starting January 23. Read more »

Google Maps accessible once again on Windows Phone browser

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Last week we reported that the mobile web version of Google Maps service was no longer accessible through the Internet Explorer browser on Windows Phone devices. Although the service wasn’t officially supported because Internet Explorer does not run on the WebKit engine that the site is optimized for, it did used to work somehow until Google pulled the plug, citing incompatibility reasons.

Now, one week and lots of outrage later, the Google Maps website is once again accessible through Internet Explorer on Windows Phone. Admittedly, it won’t run as flawlessly as it does on iOS or Android devices because it’s still optimized for WebKit but at least you can use it now. Read more »