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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts shipping, already on backorder

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It’s been over two months since the Amazon event on September 6, where they announced their new range of Kindle and Kindle Fire devices. The Kindle Fire HD, in particular, was not supposed to ship till November, even though it went on pre-order pretty much instantly.

Well, that day has come and if you are one of those who ordered a Kindle Fire HD you should be glad to know that Amazon has started shipping the tablet. Unfortunately, if you order now, you will have to wait another month before you can get it due to backorder. Read more »

Leaked Android 4.1.2 ROM for Galaxy S II brings Jelly Bean goodness, updated UI

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Hot on the heels of the leaked firmware for the Galaxy S III, the upcoming Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM from Samsung for the Galaxy S II has also been leaked. The ROM is said to be very stable, which indicates it was in its final stages and that Samsung would probably start rolling it out soon.

Being a Jelly Bean ROM, it brings with it the usual Jelly Bean features, such as Project Butter and Google Now. You will also notice that the TouchWiz interface on the S II has been updated and is now identical to the one on the Galaxy S III and the Note II, down to the bloop bloop sound when you touch the screen. Read more »

Rockstar releases new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V

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Rockstar has released a new trailer for the upcoming GTA V. The video does not feature any gameplay sequences but gives a look at the general setting of the game.

GTA V will take place in the fictional location called Los Santos in San Andreas. It will be Rockstar’s biggest open world game yet and feature three new protagonists, all of whom will be playable. The three characters have different stories that intertwine as the game progress and eventually you will be switching between the characters as they work together to accomplish a single goal. Read more »

Sony mocks clueless DSLR users with new ad campaign

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Sony has released a new ad campaign for its NEX range of cameras that mocks DSLR users. But not just any DSLR users, clueless DSLR users in particular.

The ads basically concentrate on DSLR users who carry a ton of equipment around for their cameras and don’t know the first thing about how to use them. Most of the situations shown in the video are places where a simple point and shoot camera would be more appropriate but the people are seen carrying around complicated DSLR rigs that are more trouble than worth. Read more »

Samsung denies increasing Apple processor prices

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A couple of days ago we reported on the news that Samsung’s chip making division had increased the prices of the processors that it supplies to Apple for use in their iOS devices by as much as 20%. Turns out, that wasn’t true at all.

According to an unnamed Samsung official who spoke to the Korean newspaper The Hankyoreh, Samsung has not increased the prices of the processors. He also said that prices are agreed upon at the beginning of each year and aren’t changed easily. Read more »

Samsung reportedly hikes manufacturing costs by 20% for Apple’s processors

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According to reports coming out of Korea, Samsung has apparently increased the manufacturing cost of processors that it supplies to Apple by 20%.

As you may know, Apple custom designs its own chipsets for use in iOS devices but these chips are then manufactured by Samsung to Apple’s specifications. Samsung has now increased the prices of these chips by 20% and Apple, faced with the lack of immediate alternatives, has agreed. Read more »

Google announces new Acer Chromebook, available for just $199

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After announcing the aggressively priced $249 Samsung Chromebook last month, Google has now announced an even more aggressively priced Chromebook.

This new model is manufactured by Acer and is sold for just $199 in the US. For that price you get a machine that has a 11.6-inch display, an Intel Core processor, 320GB hard drive with additional 100GB free storage on Google Drive, 3.5 hour battery life and of course, Google’s Chrome OS. Read more »

Microsoft releases Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8

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It’s been one and a half year since Microsoft acquired Skype and we are finally starting to see the fruits of the acquisition. After releasing the new Skype client for Windows 8, Microsoft has released a new Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 devices.

This new version brings some much needed features over the Windows Phone 7 version. The biggest feature is that Skype can now run in the background and always stay on, just like the new Windows 8 app. This allows you to get messages like any other instant messaging service and calls come in like regular phone calls. Read more »

Apple pays $21 million for using the new clock face in iOS 6

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Couple of months ago, we heard that Apple got into a minor kerfuffle with the Swiss Federal Railways for pretty much ripping off the iconic clock face that the railways uses on their platforms, designed by watchmaking company Mondaine.

Eventually, the two companies decided to settle the matter and come to an agreement. We have now learned that Apple had to pay the Swiss Federal Railways $21 million for using the clock face within iOS. The two companies have now signed a licensing agreement allowing Apple to continue using the clock face within their application. Read more »

Apple releases two new ads for the iPad mini

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You may have already seen the excellent iPad mini ‘Piano’ ad that was shown during the launch keynote and aired on television after the device launched in the respective countries. Now Apple has released two more ads that follow a similar format called ‘Books’ and ‘Photos’.

As you can expect from their names, the first one shows the new iPad mini going through several books with the bigger iPad and the second one shows how photos look on the iPad mini. With both these ads, Apple’s message seems to be that the iPad mini is every bit as good as doing things as the bigger iPad and other than the screen size you’re not compromising on anything. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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What do you get when you combine two franchises that have been done to death? Why the Angry Birds Star Wars, of course.

Angry Birds Star Wars is, as Rovio likes to call it, Angry Birds’ biggest adventure yet. The game is based on the story of the Star Wars franchise and has birds dressed as the characters from the Rebel Alliance whereas the pigs are dressed as the Galactic Empire. After that it’s your usual bird flinging action but with some new abilities. But will that be enough to bring back gamers who have clearly flung enough birds to last a lifetime? Let’s find out. Read more »

Microsoft Surface users facing audio and Touch Cover issues

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It’s just been a couple of weeks since the Microsoft Surface went on sale and as usual for any new product we have started hearing complaints from the early adopters. The two most prominent issues for now relate to the sound and the optional Touch Cover.

According to The Verge, who experienced these issues first hand, the audio occasionally stutters or mutes when the Surface is in use or in standby. Read more »

Google and ASUS provide money back for 16GB Nexus 7 buyers in the US

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If you bought a 16GB Nexus 7 in the US 15 days after it received a price drop, you are in luck. According to Google’s Price Protection policy, if you purchased the 16GB model 15 days after the price cut was announced, that is on October 14, then Google will refund the price difference to you ($50). Unfortunately, no such offer is available to those who purchased the 8GB model.

Meanwhile, ASUS also has its own scheme going on for buyers in Europe who purchased the tablet before October 29. Read more »

Humble Bundle 4 for Android released

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The Humble Bundle is back on Android and brings with it some great new games never before seen on the platform. If you don’t know what Humble Bundle is, it’s a collection of games where you get to decide what the final price should be. Once you pay, one part of the money goes to the developers, one part to charity and the remaining to the people at Humble Bundle. Along with being able to choose the price, you can also select who gets how much share of the money.

In the latest Humble Bundle 4 for Android, you get a collection of five great games, including Splice, Eufloria, Waking Mars, Crayon Physics Deluxe and Superbrothers: Swords and Sworcery EP. Moreover, if you pay over the average amount of $5.96, you also get Machinarium. Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars now available for download [Update]

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After teasing it for over a month, Rovio has finally released Angry Birds Star Wars. The game is available for download on iOS, Android and OS X and although a Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions are promised neither are currently available for download. [Update: Now available for Windows Phone 8]

The game is priced at $0.99 on iOS for the iPhone version and $2.99 for the iPad version. Meanwhile, Android has two versions, one that is free but comes with ads and another ‘HD’ version, which despite the name looks identical to the standard version but costs $2.99 and does not include ads. The OS X version costs $4.99. Read more »