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XBMC for Android revealed, download the leaked APK here

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XBMC is a popular media center application for the desktop known for its 10-foot UI and the ability to customize using plugins and skins. Now the developers have announced on their blog that they are working on a full-fledged version of the application for Android.

In the blog post, the developers mention that the app has been designed for Android-based devices such as set-top boxes, televisions, tablets and smartphones. Read more »

Facebook for Android update brings front camera support, new messaging features

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Facebook has issued a new update to the Facebook app for Android, which adds some minor new features. First of all, you can now take self portraits using the front facing camera from within the app itself. You will notice a tiny button will appear in the bottom left/top left of the screen within the camera view.

Next, there are some new messaging features, which let you switch between conversations, include friends of friends, share bigger photos and see who is available online. Read more »

Nexus 7 gets an unboxing video, starring UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and the ninjas

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Google has a tradition of doing unboxing videos of each of their Nexus devices. The videos aren’t made by Google themselves, merely sponsored, with Patrick Boivin being the real mastermind behind them.

In each of these videos the theme has been a bunch of toy ninjas unboxing the phone, shot in stop motion animation. But for this video, Boivin managed to rope in GSP, the mixed martial artist and the current Welterweight Champion of the UFC, Georges St-Pierre, who takes part as Dr. Paul. Read more »

Tweetbot for Mac now out in alpha

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The ridiculously anticipated Tweetbot for Mac is nowhere near its final stage yet but the developers have taken note of the incredible demand and so they probably decided to release an alpha version for now.

As you can expect, this version of the app will be buggy as it is still being developed but those who have used the app have already proclaimed it as the best Twitter client they have ever used. Read more »

Nexus 7 gets Android 4.1.1 update, adds support for Google Wallet

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Google has released a new OTA update for the Nexus 7 tablet, which was so far running an early version of Android 4.1 that was installed on the devices provided at Google I/O.

The new update bumps the version number to 4.1.1, which is the same version that will be rolled out to other Nexus devices this month. There is not much known about this update other than the fact that it adds support for Google Wallet. Read more »

Amazon planning to launch Kindle Fire successor in Q3 this year

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The Kindle Fire has been quite a success thanks to its humble pricing and the might of Amazon’s online store, which puts the tablet front and center on the homepage of the world’s most popular online store. But it’s been seven months now since it’s been on sale and by now Amazon should be working on a successor. The fact that Google just launched a rival in the form of the Nexus 7 and that Apple might be working on one as well means that Amazon cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

Fortunately, it hasn’t. According to a report by AllThingsD, Amazon is planning to release the successor to the current Kindle Fire some time in Q3, this year with the announcement coming some time in the second half of this year. Read more »

‘Dead Trigger’ for iOS and Android game review

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From staring at a black, pixellated line that was supposed to be a snake to impressive high definition 3D graphics being powered by equally impressive multi-core processors, mobile gaming has come a long way in the past ten years. Today, we are going to take a look at a game that falls firmly in the latter category, called Dead Trigger.

Dead Trigger is developed by Madfinger Games, the same people who have given us the excellent Shadowgun and Samurai II: Vengeance. Dead Trigger is a first person shooter that involves everyone’s favorite pastime, shooting zombies in the face. Read more »

‘Where’s My Perry?’ for iOS and Android game review

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Where’s My Perry? is the latest game from Disney for iOS and Android. The game is based on the previous and highly popular title Where’s My Water? but uses modified gameplay mechanics and different characters to warrant its existence as a separate game.

Where’s My Perry? stars Perry the Platypus, also known as Agent P from the Disney animated show Phineas and Ferb. Now those of you who are not six years-old would probably not recognize him but apparently he’s quite popular among the kids, which is why Disney chose to make an entire game around the character. Read more »

CyanogenMod provides details regarding Jelly Bean and CM10

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With the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, everyone is now looking at popular custom ROM makers CyanogenMod to provide details as to when will they be releasing an update to CyanogenMod.

The team has taken to Google+ and although they did not provide an ETA for the update, they did provide a few details about the update itself. Read more »

Official Android 4.0.4 ROM leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S II

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If you are a Galaxy S II user, chances are that you have been running Android 4.0 for a while now. However, the current version of ICS on the Galaxy S II is Android 4.0.3, and not the latest 4.0.4 found on phones like the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S.

The guys over at SamMobile.com have come across an official Android 4.0.4 ROM for the Galaxy S II. No proper changelog is available at the moment but if you have used it on the Galaxy Nexus you’d know that 4.0.4 only brings minor improvements. Read more »

Certain Nexus 7 displays suffer from severe image persistence issue

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Image persistence is a problem with LCD and plasma displays where if a certain image is displayed continuously on the screen for a long time, it gets “burned in”, which means even after the contents of the screen change, you can still faintly see the previous image on top of the current contents of the screen. Unlike screen burn-in, this effect is temporary but can still be annoying.

This issue was common on plasma displays but was greatly reduced on LCDs. It seems, however, the display on the new Nexus 7 is not one of them. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 to possibly get the new Arc Soft keyboard

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Single handed typing on smartphones can often be a slow and frustrating process (unless you have something like Swype). It seems, though, that Microsoft may have a solution for this problem in the form of the new Arc Soft keyboard for Windows Phone 8 devices.

As you can see above the keyboard is curved so that all the keys are well within your thumb’s reach. In addition to that, the keyboard reduces the number of keys by assigning multiple characters to a single key. Read more »

Microsoft offers existing Windows users to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

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So far we have learnt a lot about Windows 8 since Microsoft announced it last year but the one thing we did not know so far was the price. Now Windows has been historically been a fairly expensive piece of software so people were worried that Microsoft might overshoot it again this time. Thankfully, that does not seem to be the case.

Microsoft has announced on its Windows blog that those who are already running a legitimate version of Windows on their current PC, whether it is Windows 7, Vista or even XP, are eligible to a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for only $39.99. Read more »

VLC media player gets updates to 2.0.2, brings Retina display support on OS X

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The popular VLC media player for Windows and OS X has received another update, which brings it to version 2.0.2. Among the chief changes in this version is support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro. This means that the application interface will be displayed at native resolution instead of being upscaled as before.

Another important change is that VLC will no longer ask users on OS X to wait while updating the font cache. As users of this player will know, you had to wait for a lengthy loading animation as the player built the font cache after every update, but that stops with 2.0.2. Of course it will still build the font cache, just that you won’t have to stare at a dialogue box for ages. Read more »

Apple paid $60 million to Proview to settle dispute regarding iPad trademark

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The battle between Chinese company Proview and Apple regarding the ‘iPad’ trademark is not new but it has now finally come to an end, with both parties deciding to settle and with Apple having paid $60 million to Proview to use the iPad trademark.

This whole thing started two years ago when Proview sued Apple for purchasing the rights for the ‘iPad’ trademark through a subsidiary named IP Application Development Ltd. for £35,000. Read more »