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Snapchat introduces geofilters

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Snapchat has added a new filter setting in the app called geofilters.

Now when you take a picture, just slide right and you will see a bunch of text filters that correspond to your location. You’ll only see filters for your location and it’s mostly just colorful text in fancy fonts and some images overlaid on your photos. If that’s something you’re into, then you have that option now. Read more »

Microsoft shows off Lumia 1020 and cloud services in latest video

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Microsoft has released a new video that show the Lumia 1020 in action, along with its various cloud services working together.

The video shows a guy trying to restore an old bike for his dad and how he uses Microsoft products to achieve that. We see the Lumia 1020, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, OneDrive and even OneNote in action. Read more »

Upcoming Play Store update with Material Design revealed

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Android Police have revealed some screenshots that showcase what the next major version of Play Store on Android is going to look like. The design changes are based on the Material Design language that Google introduced at I/O this year.

What you see here are just product pages for all the different categories and how they will look on tablet and smartphones. Read more »

‘Mighty Adventure’ for iOS game review

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Mighty Adventure is a simple platforming game with a little twist. The game features three characters and you can switch between them any time during the game instantly depending upon the situation and their abilities.

Let’s see what the gameplay is like. Read more »

‘The Wolf Among Us’ for iOS series overview

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The Wolf Among Us has been a hugely successful game for developer Telltale Games. Makers of the famous Walking Dead series, TWAU followed a similar gameplay pattern but with a completely different story and characters.

We reviewed the first episode when it released on iOS in December last year. Now that all five episodes are out, we decided to take a look at all of them together. Read more »

Watch how VFX turn an ordinary world into the extraordinary scenery of ‘Game of Thrones’

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We all know CGI is used a lot these days. Especially in shows like Game of Thrones with dragons, direwolves and walking skeletons (among other things). But those sets, those look pretty real, right? And the castles and the ship? That can’t be CGI. Except it is.

VFX studio Mackevision has uploaded a video and, at the cost of sounding like BuzzFeed, you won’t believe how much of what you see on screen is CGI. Read more »

Screencasting feature now available on select Android devices

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Google has flipped the switch on the screencasting feature in Android KitKat devices, which means a select few handsets running this OS (4.4.1 and above) will now see the Screencast option available in the expanded notifications screen as well as Display options in the Settings app.

The feature currently is available on Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), HTC One M7, LG G Pro2, LG G2, and LG G3. If you have one of these phones the screencast option will appear automatically on your device without having to install anything. Read more »

LG KizOn wearable will let you keep track of your kids

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LG has announced a new wearable device called KizOn that will let you keep a track of your children. The device includes built-in wireless and networking functionality and is worn on your wrist like a watch.

KizOn includes GPS, Wi-Fi and calling functionality that will let you keep a track of your children’s whereabouts on your smartphone. You can configure the device to call one particular number that can be changed from your smartphone. You can also call the device from a phone and if the child does not answer the call within ten seconds from one of the pre-configured numbers, the call is automatically accepted so that the parent will be able to use the microphone on the device and listen to what their kid is up to. Read more »

BBM arrives on Windows Phone, sort of

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BlackBerry has released their BBM application for the Windows Phone platform. After being exclusive to the BlackBerry OS since its inception, the app was released on iOS and Android last year but it took its usual time to arrive later on Windows Phone.

But even though the app is on Windows Phone now, you may not be able to download it. BlackBerry, in its infinite wisdom, as decided to keep it a private beta for now, so you will need an invite to be able to use the app on your Windows Phone device. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons ‘South HAMerica’ update review

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South HAMerica is the latest update to Rovio’s Angry Birds Seasons game, which is updated every now and then for a festival or season specific level pack. The South HAMerica update is odd, in that it doesn’t directly relate to any season or festival, and other than some vague reference to the football matches being held in Brazil isn’t as topical as the previous updates.

As usual, you get a pack of couple dozen levels. We haven’t played the regular Angry Birds in a while so we decided to give this a try. Read more »

USB audio coming to stock Android in ‘L’ release

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Audiophiles rejoice. Google will be adding support for USB audio out in the next version of Android, currently known as the ‘L’ release. The feature briefly appeared on screen during the I/O keynote but Google has now closed the issue added on its support forum asking for USB audio that was added two years ago.

For those not aware, USB audio out allows you to connect devices such as headphone amplifiers to the USB port of the phone and get superior audio quality out of it. Most smartphones these days are capable of outputting clean audio through their headphone jack. However, in most cases, there is not enough power from the built-in amp to drive more power hungry headphones. Read more »

WP8.1 dynamic lockscreen caught on video

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When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 back at its BUILD conference, one of the features that was mentioned included dynamic lockscreens, which would allow developers to make custom lockscreens. Unfortunately, this feature was not included on the test build that was released to developers.

Now, a new video has surfaced that shows one example of customizable lockscreens. The lockscreen has fullscreen album art and music player controls that allow complete control over the playback from the lockscreen. Read more »

Android Wear app now live on the Play Store along with a dedicated section

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Google has released the Android Wear application on the Play Store. Although there is not much you can do with it right now, the app will become useful once those who ordered their Android Wear devices start receiving their orders next week.

Google has also added a new section in the Play Store for Android Wear applications. Note, that these are not exactly separate apps that will run on your watch but your usual apps meant for your phone or tablet but now with Android Wear support to push relevant information on to the device. Read more »

OnePlus One is the first smartphone to record in DCI 4K, check it out in action

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4K video recording has started to become a staple feature of all the flagship Android smartphone these days. But the version of 4K that these phones record in is the UHD resolution, or the ones used by 4K televisions, and is exactly four times the resolution of full HD.

But there is another version of 4K and that is DCI 4K, which is what the professional cinema cameras use while recording in 4K. The difference here is the added width; whereas UHD is 3840×2160, DCI 4K is 4096×2160. But while several smartphones record in UHD, the OnePlus One is the first to record in DCI 4K. Read more »

New iPhone 5s ad – ‘Parenthood’

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Regardless of whether you like their products, you can’t deny Apple makes some of the best ads in the industry. Always to the point and with some emotional value, Apple videos are the Pixar movies of the ad world.

The latest ad for the iPhone 5s focuses on parenthood and how people use their phone (or the iPhone 5s, in this case) for help while dealing with their kids. It’s a lovely ad as usual and more than the phone itself it showcases the wide variety of apps that are available for it, which has been a recurring theme of all their recent iPhone and iPad ads. Read more »