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Valve releases Steam for Linux beta

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We have reported in the past on Valve’s plans for releasing the Steam client for the Linux platform. Keeping true to that promise, the company has released the first beta that can be installed on systems running Ubuntu 12.04 and above.

To start off, you will be able to play Valve’s highly popular, online multiplayer, free-to-play game Team Fortress 2. If that’s not enough, there are a whole bunch of other games as well, including Amnesia: The Dark Descent, World of Goo, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Serious Sam 3: BFE and many more. Read more »

Google updates search engine results page

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Google has done some minor modifications to their SERP (search engine results page). The new design mostly involves rearranging the navigation controls around.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the navigation controls, which previously could be found on the side, have now been moved up top. This works fine for usual web search but poses new problems for image search. Read more »

iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD go head to head, inside a blender

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Continuing their tradition of blending newly released gadgets inside one of their absurdly strong and powerful blender by none other than the CEO Tom Dickson himself, Blendtec has released a new video where they blend the iPad mini.

But it’s not just the iPad mini that will be facing the blades of chaos inside the blender. Giving it company are the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. It really doesn’t matter how many contestants there are, though. In the end, the only winner is the Blendtec blender. Read more »

Microsoft said to be working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet

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After announcing the 10-inch Surface tablets based on Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft is now reportedly working on a 7-inch model. Except, this one is more purpose-built, with the purpose being gaming.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is said to be working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet designed for gaming. The device is said to include an ARM processor with high-bandwidth RAM but the specifications could be altered for an unannounced Intel SoC. This device will neither be running on Windows 8 nor Windows RT, but rather a custom Windows kernel, similar to the current Xbox console. Read more »

Rovio releases extended gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars

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We have already talked about Angry Birds Star Wars before. The game is based on the same gameplay mechanics as previous Angry Birds game but the birds have been replaced by Star Wars characters with some new abilities.

The game will be releasing this Thursday on November 8 and you can be sure we will have a review of the game for you to read. Until then, check out this new gameplay video, along with some of the other videos of the game released in the past. Read more »

Nikon announces D5200 mid-range DSLR

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Nikon has announced a new mid-range DSLR – The D5200 – that bridges the gap between the company’s aging D5100 and D7000 models. The D5200 looks similar to the D5100 but comes with a whole bunch of updates, including a new 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.

Inside there is a new 39-point AF system, along with an EXPEED 3 processor that allows the camera to capture up to 5 fps. There is also a new 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor for better exposure, autofocus and white balance. The camera also records videos up to 60fps in 1080i in stereo sound. Read more »

Belkin first to release third-party Lightning accessories for iOS devices

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When Apple launched the new Lighting connector with the iPhone 5, they immediately made all the existing accessories for iOS devices obsolete (unless you plan on using one of the optional adapters). However, it looks like it’s not going to take take long for accessory makers respond to the change and come out with new accessories designed for the new interface.

Belkin is the first out of the gate with a couple of accessories for your car that are compatible with the Lightning connector. Read more »

Apple to add movie ticket booking through Siri in iOS 6.1

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Continuing the integration with important third-party applications, Apple is said to include another new feature in Siri in the upcoming iOS 6.1 update. While currently you can get movie ticket reviews and timings with iOS 6.1, in future you will also be able to purchase tickets through Siri.

This new feature comes courtesy of Fandango. You will see a button to purchase tickets in Siri when you search for show times or movie reviews. Moreover, you can also speak directly to Siri and ask to book the tickets for a particular movie. Read more »

‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ for iOS and Android game review

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After taking the arcade racing genre by storm with the original Need for Speed Most Wanted back in 2005, EA rebooted the series this year and put the steering wheel in the able hands of Criterion Games, makers of the popular Burnout games as well as Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

This time, however, the action won’t be limited to the big screen. A mobile version of the game has been released for iOS and Android and although it’s not exactly the same game as the console version, you will find similar races, cop chases and a great roster of cars in what promises to be one of the best racing games on the mobile platform. We put our seat belts on and decided to take it for a test drive. Read more »

New security feature in Android 4.2 checks sideloaded apps for malware

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Google has introduced a new feature on Android 4.2 that aims to reduce the instances of malware running on Android device.

In their previous attempt, the company had added a feature on the Play Store called Bouncer, which checked apps on the Play Store for malicious content. This time, the service will be running on the device itself and will be checking sideloaded apps instead. Read more »

The iPad mini races the Nexus 7 towards a cold, hard surface in drop tests

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We have seen the early reviews of the iPad mini. We have seen the teardowns. Soon we will be seeing a weird guy who would want to blend this thing. Till then we have a couple of drop tests to keep us company.

The latest fad in the world of technology coverage are drop tests that drop new devices from various angles to see how well they hold up (or don’t). While the jury is still out on the accuracy of these tests, they do help paint a picture of how well your future (or present) device will fare after hurtling towards the Earth at 9.81 m/s2. Read more »

The iPad mini gets an iFixit teardown

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iFixit is continuing their tradition of tearing down every major new product and the latest product to fall in their hands is the new iPad mini.

As usual the teardown reveals some interesting pieces of information that are otherwise kept away from the general public by manufacturers. So let’s take a look. Read more »

Samsung releases Smart Dock for the Galaxy Note II

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Samsung has announced a new accessory for the Galaxy Note II called the Smart Dock. This allows you to plug your phone into the dock and then use it as a makeshift desktop PC or media center.

The Smart Dock uses the microUSB port to interface with your Galaxy Note II. On the back is an HDMI port that will output 1080p video stream to a monitor or a TV. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack for outputting stereo sound. The microUSB port on the back lets you connect the dock to a charger or a computer. Read more »

Archos 80 Cobalt is an 8-inch, Android 4.0 tablet

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Archos has announced their upcoming Android tablet on their Facebook page. Called the Archos 80 Cobalt, the tablet has an 8-inch, 1024 x 768 resolution display and runs on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Inside, the Archos 80 Cobalt runs on an unspecified SoC with a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU and a quad-core GPU with 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB of internal storage space with microSD card slot. There is a 2 megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front. Read more »

Google Search app update for iOS brings improved voice search

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Google has released a new version of the Search app for iOS and it brings with it a greatly improved voice search experience that you may have experienced on Android devices running Jelly Bean.

The new Google Search app for iOS features a prominently placed voice search button below the search bar and one tap on it lets you speak your query to the device. Your words appear on the screen as soon as you speak them and then the app searches for the answer. For questions with short answers you also get a voice response, just like on Android. Read more »