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Dell makes 18-inch Windows 8 tablet, throws logic out of an equally large window

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We are no strangers to ridiculously large tablets. We saw a few at CES, including a particularly enormous 20-inch Panasonic tablet. Although one would assume this is just some quirky thing that would go away if you don’t pay attention to it, it seems OEMs aren’t quite willing to let go of it.

Dell is the latest to join the ranks of these comically large tablets (at this point they are more tables than tablets). Unlike others, however, Dell has made slightly more effort to justify the size of this device, by making it turn into an All-in-One at a pinch. Read more »

Google Now for iOS discovered in a leaked video

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In the recent past, Google has been showing a lot of love for Apple’s iOS platform. It makes sense really, considering Google is in the business of advertising and collating user information, so supporting one of the biggest platforms out there is a no-brainer.

Few months back, Google added the voice search functionality to the Google Search app for iOS. Although quite useful, it’s not quite on par with the excellent Google Now feature currently found only on Android Jelly Bean devices. But it looks like that’s about to change shortly. Read more »

Apple releases two new iPhone ads, Discover and Brilliant

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Apple has released two new TV ads for the iPhone, called Discover and Brilliant. Both the ads follow the same theme as the iPad ads that we saw a few weeks ago.

The ads concentrate on the wide variety of apps that you can get on the App Store, from education apps, to entertainment apps, utility apps and games. Read more »

Updated Apple TV brings an even smaller die-shrunk A5 processor

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Earlier this year, we learnt that Apple has been quietly working on an updated version of the Apple TV. The difference? The processor got bumped from the A5 in the third generation mode to an A5X. Or at least, that’s what everyone thought.

Turns out, however, that is not the case. Mac Rumors got their hands on a production device of this new tweaked Apple TV that has just hit the retail stores and decided to take it apart. And much to their surprise, it is still running an A5 chip, albeit a much smaller one. Read more »

‘Temple Run: Oz’ for iOS and Android game review

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The original Temple Run hit iOS back in 2011. The game was an instant success, reaching the top of charts around the world. It arrived on the Play Store last year and saw similar response from Android users as well.

It was also last year when Imangi released Temple Run: Brave, a variation of the original game made in collaboration with Disney for their movie ‘Brave’. It featured a new character and different level design but was essentially the old game in a new wrapper. But earlier this year, Imangi released Temple Run 2 that brought with it completely redesigned visuals and some new gameplay mechanics.

Now, shortly after the release of Temple Run 2, the developers have released Temple Run: Oz. Like Temple Run: Brave before it, Temple Run: Oz is based on an upcoming Disney movie, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and carries forward the visual and gameplay enhancements from Temple Run 2 but with new level designs keeping with the theme of the movie. Let’s see how this latest installment has turned out. Read more »

Samsung exec disparages Windows 8, says it’s no better than Windows Vista

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Ever since its launch, Windows 8 hasn’t exactly seen an overwhelmingly positive response, with many criticizing the new direction Microsoft took with the UI design of the OS. We have even seen companies like Acer, ASUS and Fujitsu bemoan the lack of demand for Windows 8 products.

Now, Samsung’s head of memory chip division – Jun Dong-soo – has joined the rank of people complaining about Windows 8, saying it’s no better than Windows Vista, an OS known best for being one of the biggest failures in the history of technology. Read more »

NVIDIA gives a sneak peak at the upcoming Riptide GP 2 optimized for Project SHIELD

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The original Riptide GP released two years ago was one of the first games to be optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra series of mobile GPU. The game featured advanced visual effects, such as water splashes and motion blur that were exclusive to devices running Tegra processors.

Now, NVIDIA and Vector Unit have announced a sequel to this jet-ski racer, called Riptide GP 2 and it will be optimized for the upcoming Project SHIELD running the Tegra 4 processor. Read more »

Angry Birds goes free on iOS for a week

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Angry Birds needs no introduction. If you managed to somehow get on the internet, find this site and are reading this there is almost a 100% chance that you know what Angry Birds is.

The original game went on sale on iOS back in December 2009. Since then, it has always cost a dollar for the iPhone version and three on the iPad. Now, for the first time since it went on sale, the original Angry Birds has gone free for a limited time. Read more »

Google teases upcoming I/O 2013 event with a website full of Easter Eggs

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Google’s annual I/O event for developers is approaching and the company has begun preparations with a new website. But then this is Google, so you can expect them to do something fun with the website.

And as it happens, they have. The website shows large clickable I and O images. When you click them, you will see 1 and 0 appear below. Click them in a particular order and a new page opens with an Easter Egg. Read more »

Temple Run: Oz now available on iOS and Android

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There is a new Temple Run game in town and this one is based on a movie. Made in partnership Disney, Temple Run: Oz, like Temple Run: Brave before, is based on one of Disney’s upcoming movies, in this case Oz the Great and Powerful.

The game is not far too different from previous Temple Run games and seems to be using the same engine as Temple Run 2. You will notice some similarities, such as the flowing level design, where the track gently bends, rises or dips unlike the flat, straight tracks on older Temple Run games. However, there are several differences that set this game apart. Read more »

Google Maps for iOS gets its first update

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Nearly three months after releasing the much awaited Maps application for iOS, Google has finally released an update for it, which brings with it some useful new features.

One of the key new features is the ability to search through your Google contacts. All you have to do is sign into your Google account and then just type the name of the contact into the search field. The app still gives preference to locations but if you wait a while the contact name will appear. Read more »

The Humble Bundle with Android 5 released

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A new version of the popular Humble Bundle is out and brings with it some exciting new games. For those who are not aware, Humble Bundle is a bundle of games that you can purchase for much less than the total price of all the included games. In fact, you are given the option to name your own price and decide how it is distributed among the game developers, The Humble Bundle team and a charitable organization.

Now on to the latest bundle, the Humble Bundle 5 includes Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, NightSky HD and EFF. If you pay above $6.64 average price, then you also get Dungeon Defenders along with all its DLC and Super Hexagon. And and as usual, they have included all the soundstracks to the games. Read more »

Updated Chrome for Android beta brings password and autofill sync, data compression

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Google has updated the beta version of Chrome for Android with some useful new features. v26.0.1410.26 now comes with password and autofill sync, which as you can tell, syncs your passwords and autofill information from the desktop version of the Chrome browser with your phone and vice-versa. This feature, however, only works with Chrome 26 for desktop for now, which is still in beta.

But another hidden new feature is the ability to compress web page data, Opera Mini style. We talked about this feature a couple of days ago but back then it involved a convoluted procedure to enable. Although it’s still not as easy as just going to the Settings and enabling it, you can still enable it without having to use the Android SDK. Read more »

Opera releases beta version of new WebKit based browser for Android, we go hands-on

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.

Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »

Nikon announces Coolpix A, compact DX-format camera and Coolpix P330

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Nikon has announced two new compact cameras, the Coolpix A and the Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A is the company’s first compact camera with a DX-format sensor. DX-format is essentially Nikon’s name for APS-C sensors that they usually reserve for their DSLR cameras and having it in a compact camera is quite impressive.

The DX-format CMOS sensor has a resolution of 16.2 megapixel and a 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The Coolpix A is capable of shooting at 4 frames per second. Other specs include a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD, 1080p30 video recording, built-in flash, hotshoe and RAW shooting mode. Read more »