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Opera acquires Skyfire Labs for $155 million

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Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.

Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »

Prototype PS4 controller leaks, has a built-in touchpad

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The PS4 rumors are swirling thick and fast, with February 20 widely being regarded as the day Sony will finally unveil its next generation console. The latest news on that front is that someone managed to take a picture of a working PS4 controller prototype, which has got some new tricks up its sleeve compared to the PS3 controller.

As you’ll notice right off the bat, there is a sizable black strip above the joysticks, which is said to be a touchpad. Read more »

Samsung provides an overview of the big.LITTLE ARM architecture of Exynos 5 Octa

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Last month, Samsung announced the Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core behemoth of a mobile processor that uses four Cortex A7 and four Cortex A15 cores on a single chip. Samsung has now uploaded a video that provides an overview of how this multi-core processor works.

The processor in the video below uses triple Cortex A7 cores and two Cortex A15 cores in the big.LITTLE configuration. The MP scheduler is able to figure out the task load and intelligently assign it to the right domain. Read more »

WhatsApp Messenger update brings Holo UI to the Android app

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Popular instant messaging client WhatsApp has gone through a major UI redesign on Android. While the former version was nothing more than just a slight revision of the iOS app, the latest update takes advantage of the new Holo UI guidelines for Android.

Right off the bat you’ll be able to see that the menu bar on top is now flat and in line with the new UI guidelines. Drop into a conversation and you will find new flat message bubbles and a redesigned text input field. Read more »

Android 4.2.2 update brings notification toggles, new sounds

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Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for some of the Nexus devices a couple of days ago. Although there was no official list of improvements released for the new version, we are now seeing reports from people who managed to get the update on their device.

Android Police has made a short list of new changes that were made in this version of Jelly Bean. The major one seems to be the ability to use the notification screen shortcuts as actual toggles, something that was not possible before (it would take you to the particular option in the Settings app). Read more »

Check out all the HTC One teaser clips in one video

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HTC has been releasing teaser clips on its official website for some time now that show bits and pieces of the upcoming HTC One, also known as the HTC M7.

Now all the clips have been released and they play one after the other on HTC’s website. But if you don’t want giant numbers in front of the video (there is a countdown on the site for the February 19 event) or the pause between them, watch the video below. Read more »

New Nexus 4 ad shows off the Google Now feature

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Google has been releasing some great ads for its products in the past couple of years. The ads for the Nexus devices in particular have been very good.

The latest in these series of great ads is this new one for the Nexus 4 that was aired during the Grammys. Although the ad is for the phone, it focuses solely on the Google Now functionality on the device. Read more »

‘Shapes & Sound: The Shape Shooter’ for Android game review

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It’s not often that we come across exclusive game titles for Android. The only other Android exclusive title we have reviewed so far was Puddle THD, which is in fact so exclusive that it only runs on NVIDIA Tegra devices.

Today we have for you the review of Shapes & Sound: The Shape Shooter, a new 2D action game available only on Android. The game looks interesting and seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback. So let’s see how good it really is. Read more »

Twitter adds Lolcat language option for the website

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It took them a while to get on the Lolcat bandwagon but get on the bandwagon they have. Twitter just added a new language option for their website, which now lets you change the language to Lolcat. Yes, that’s like a language now.

What this basically does is change the language of the entire UI to the Lolcat speak that you may must have seen in memes on the internet. So ‘Home’ becomes ‘HUM’, ‘Direct messages’ becomes ‘DIRECT MESSUJS, KTHNXBYE!’ AND EVRYTHIN JUS STRTS REEDIN LYK DIS LOLZ!! Read more »

Studio developing ‘Infinity Blade: Dungeons’ shuts down, game put on hold indefinitely

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You may remember getting a sneak peek at Epic Games’ Infinity Blade: Dungeons, the third game in the Infinity Blade series for iOS devices, during the iPad 3 launch event last year. Unlike the first two games, Dungeons adopted a top-down isometric view with proper player motion and gameplay, unlike the mindless screen swiping in the first two games.

Unfortunately, Impossible Studios, the studio developing the game for Epic Games, has been shut down, with the game now put on hold indefinitely. Read more »

EA releases Origin client for OS X

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After releasing an alpha version last month, EA has now released the final stable version of the Origin store client for Apple’s OS X platform.

The client looks almost identical to the Windows version and other than the placement of the window buttons on top you can’t really tell them apart. The big difference, however, comes in the selection of games that is currently available. Read more »

ASUS set to announce Intel-based FonePad Android tablet

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After the part-phone-part-tablet amalgamation that was the PadFone, ASUS is now set to announce the, wait for it, FonePad. Unlike the PadFone, however, this one does not slot inside any other device (not yet, at least) and is a standalone Android tablet, based on an Intel processor.

The ASUS FonePad runs on Intel’s low-end Atom Z2420 processor, also known by the name ‘Lexington’. It has a single-core, 1.2GHz CPU with Hyper-Threading, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 3 megapixel rear camera, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8, 16 and 32GB memory options with microSD card slot, 4,270mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Twitter updates Android and iOS apps, brings search and UI changes

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Twitter has released updated versions of their mobile apps, with the Android version getting the bulk of the changes. Among the list of improvements common to both iOS and Android versions is a new Discover view, which shows a single stream of tweets, trends, activity and accounts to follow.

The search has also been update and now presents you with accounts, tweets and pictures relevant to your query. The Connect tab has been updated to show only Interactions view now but you can switch it to show only mentions from the Settings menu. Read more »

OUYA to launch new version of the console every year

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The Kickstarter funded Android gaming console OUYA is finally set to go out in the hands of anxious Kickstarer backers and eventually, regular customers. But turns out, a newer version of the console isn’t too far away from now.

Talking to Engadget, CEO of OUYA Julie Uhrman said that “There will be a new OUYA every year. There will be an OUYA 2 and an OUYA 3.” What OUYA is aiming for is a smartphone-like update strategy, where they will update the console every year with newer processors and more memory. Read more »

Amazon announces Amazon Coins, a new virtual currency for purchasing apps and games on Kindle Fire

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Amazon has announced Amazon Coins for Kindle Fire owners, which will provide them a new way to purchase apps, games and in-app content on their devices.

Amazon says it will give customers tens of millions of dollars’ worth of Amazon Coins to spend on the Amazon Appstore, which in turn will help generate more revenue for the developers. The new currency will be available starting April 25 and developers need to submit and get their apps before then. Read more »