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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 »

Oppo Find 5 gets CyanogenMod 10.1 support

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Android custom ROM developers CyanogenMod have added support for yet another Android smartphone in their list of supported devices for their CM10.1 ROM. Starting today, you will be able to install CM10.1 on an Oppo Find 5 as well.

The Oppo Find 5 is one of the best Android smartphones available on the market today, with a 5.0-inch, FullHD display, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM and a 13 megapixel camera part of the spec sheet. The phone comes with Android 4.1.1 as standard with a custom skin on top. If that’s what bothered you about the phone then you no longer have to worry as you can now replace it with CM10.1 and have a more stock Android experience. Read more »

HTC provided RUU and full ROM for One developer edition

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Recently, HTC launched the developer edition of the HTC One in the US. This model was mostly identical to the model sold by the carriers, but comes with the network and the bootloader unlocked.

Now, HTC has provided the RUU (ROM Update Utility) and the full ROM for the HTC One developer edition on their developer website. This would allow users to restore their devices safely in case things go wrong while flashing custom ROMs. Read more »

Apple releases new iPhone ad, highlights the camera on the phone

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Apple has released a new TV ad for the iPhone. After a series of short ads that quickly ran through the various apps and features on the phone, the new ad takes a leisurely approach at showcasing just one feature of the phone: the camera.

Unlike Samsung, whose ads have now stopped making sense entirely, the new iPhone ad shows people actually using the phone. You can see people taking photos with the device in every day conditions, editing them on the phone and then sharing them. Read more »

‘Draw Something 2′ hits the App Store

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The sequel to the highly popular game Draw Something is now available for download. The game is currently available only on the App Store and for the iPhone and iPod touch. You can either go for the free version with ads or the premium version for $2.99.

For those who are not aware, Draw Something is a game where you are given a word and you have to draw it on the screen using the various tools available to you. Your opponent then has to guess the drawing and name the word using the letters available to them. Read more »

Next generation Xbox to be revealed on May 21

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Xbox fans, mark your calendars. Microsoft has announced that they will be revealing the next generation Xbox console on May 21. This information was revealed through invites that were sent out to the press.

According to the invite, the event will take play at the Xbox campus in Redmond, Washington at 10:00 AM on May 21. There is a hashtag #XboxReveal if you want to keep a track of the event on Twitter. Read more »

Swype comes out of beta, available on the Play Store for a dollar

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After what seems like an eternity, Swype keyboard for Android is now finally out of its beta stage and available for download on the Google Play Store. The app is currently priced at an introductory price of $0.99.

For those who don’t know, Swype pioneered the sliding gesture-based typing method on phone keypads back in 2010. Since then this method of typing has been incorporated by several other keyboards, including the popular SwiftKey, and even built-in to several phones as standard. Read more »