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‘Sonic Jump’ for iOS game review

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Sonic Jump is the latest installment in the series of Sonic games for the mobile platform. However, unlike the other games that came before it, this is a brand new game and not just a port from some other platform. Update: It seems this is a remake of a J2ME game released on mobile several years ago.

With Sonic Jump, the series has taken a new direction, and I mean literally at that. Instead of the previous side scrolling or the third person sprinting, Sonic Jump takes you straight up, as you vertically jump from one platform to another. We decided to take a look and see how well this new experiment works. Read more »

iPad mini pre-orders go live

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Apple has put up the iPad mini on its online store. You can choose between the Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi + 3G models. Each comes in 16, 32 and 64GB capacities. You also have a choice of two colors, black & slate and white & silver.

The Wi-Fi-only version prices are $329, $429 and $529 respectively for each of the storage capacities and it ships next week on November 2. The 3G models are priced at $449, $549 ad $649 respectively and will ship in mid-November. You can choose from three carriers in the US: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Read more »

Samsung releases new Galaxy S III ads in the US

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Samsung has released three new ads for the Galaxy S III in the US. After making fun of iPhone buyers ad nauseam in the previous ads, these new ads actually concentrate on the phone itself and its key features.

There are three ads in total, with each one focusing on the big screen, the Music Hub and the S Beam NFC sharing features respectively. The ads are short, to the point and have a good dose of humor, everything that you expect from a great ad. You can find them all below. Read more »

Letterpress, a new game for iOS from the creator of Tweetie

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If you’ve used the Twitter client Tweetie or the official Twitter apps for iOS, Android and OS X, you have one person to thank for them: Loren Brichter. Brichter rose to fame with his excellent Twitter app, Tweetie, for iOS and Android. These apps were so good that Twitter acquired him and his apps and since then he made the Twitter apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and OS X.

Last year, Brichter left Twitter to continue working for his own company, Atebits. He has been secretly working on his own app since then and yesterday it was finally released on iOS. Say hello to Letterpress. Read more »

The iPad mini software is designed to ignore your thumb resting on the display

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When Apple announced the iPad mini, one of the things I noticed was how thin the bezel is on the side. The iPad has a sizable bezel all around its display and Apple’s reason for that was to be able to hold the device without touching the screen. So why did they make the bezel so thin on the iPad mini?

At first glance it seems like a major design gaffe but turns out, it’s not. Because the bezel on the iPad mini is so thin on the sides, the software has been designed to ignore your thumb even if you rest it directly on the display. Read more »

Nikon announces the 1 V2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Nikon has announced the newest member of their Nikon 1 series of mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The Nikon 1 V2 has a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a new design, that unlike the previous Nikon 1 series cameras has a proper grip like a DSLR to make it easier to hold.

Other features include a built-in flash, notably missing on the V1, along with a hotshoe for attaching the new optional SB-N7 compact speedlight, a new Command dial, EXPEED 3A image processor, 73 point AF system, 15fps burst mode for up to 45 images or 60fps for up to 40 images, FullHD video recording and a 3.0-inch, 921k dot LCD. Read more »

Certain Apple Stores will replace your third gen iPad with a fourth gen model if bought within last 30 days

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Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad mini but along with that also introduced a fourth generation iPad, just eight months after the third generation model was announced earlier this year. And it’s not a small update, either. The fourth generation model comes with a faster A6X processor that doubles the CPU and GPU power, faster wireless connectivity and the new Lighting port.

Naturally, if you bought the third generation model recently, you’d be feeling a bit jelly. But if you happened to have purchased that model in the past 30 days, you just might be in luck. Read more »

Apple October 2012 Special Event for iPad mini now available for download

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Yesterday, Apple held an event in San Jose, California, where they announced the new iPad mini, fourth generation iPad, new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, new iMac, refreshed Mac mini and a new iBooks application.

The keynote was live streamed but was only available for viewing if you owned a Mac, an iOS device or an Apple TV but now the keynote video is available for download to everyone. Read more »

Watch the new Iron Man 3 trailer here

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After the teaser trailer was released a few days ago, I have been looking forward to the full trailer of the next installment in one of Iron Man, one the greatest superhero movie series ever.

The Iron Man 3 trailer is now out and you will find it below. If you ask me, this movie looks like it is going to be pretty awesome. The only bad thing is we’ll have to wait till April to see it. Read more »

Google to allegedly launch the Nexus 10 and 3G Nexus 7 on October 29

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You may have heard by now about the October 29 event scheduled by Google. While a new Nexus phone is what everyone is expecting, it seems Google might have a couple more tricks up its sleeve.

The first one is something we have already seen, and that is the 32GB Nexus 7 that is actually on sale in several places in the US. What we haven’t seen so far is a 3G version of the Nexus 7, something a lot of people have been waiting for, which is also something that Google is said to unveil during the October 29 event. Read more »

‘Carmageddon’ for iOS game review

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The original Carmageddon was a vehicular combat game that was released in 1997 and later ported to other platforms. Because of the violence in the game, which was too much for a game at that time, it was either heavily censored or banned in several countries around the world.

The game has now been ported over to mobile, with the iOS version out now on the App Store and an Android version supposedly in the works. We decided to take a look and see how it fares fifteen years after it originally came out. Read more »

Apple to update existing iPad at next week’s event

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Apple has scheduled an event next week on October 23, which for all intents and purposes is for the upcoming iPad mini. However, it is now being rumored that Apple will be making changes to the existing iPad as well.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple will be releasing a slightly updated version of the existing iPad, which was released back in March. Although they don’t have the details on the things that will be changed, the presence of the new Lightning connector is said to be the most likely new addition. Read more »

The 32GB Nexus 7 is real and selling at the Staples

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Remember we told you a couple of days ago about the 32GB Nexus 7 appearing on the Staples Advantage online store page with an approximate launch date of October 18? Turns out, it was the real deal. According to a tip sent to The Verge, one of their readers was able to walk into a Staples outlet and purchase the 32GB model.

This person, who seems to be aware of the launch of the 32GB model, called his local Staples store to confirm if they have it in stock, at which point he was told that they did. After that he went to the store, exchanged his recently purchased 8GB Nexus 7 for the 32GB model that costs $249 while paying the difference. Read more »

Acer Iconia Tab A110 arriving in the US and Canada on October 30 for $230

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We have reported several times in the past about the 7-inch Acer Iconia Tab A110 Android tablet. We knew that the tablet was going to be priced competitively, somewhere around the $200 mark.

Now Acer has finally announced the pricing and launch date for the US and Canadian market. The Iconia Tab A110 will be launching on October 30 and will be priced at $229.99. Read more »

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal released

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Following their biyearly tradition of releasing major updates to their OS, Canonical has released the newest version of Ubuntu, 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.

Among the chief new features is the ability to set websites as web apps and pin them to the launcher. You can have websites such as Gmail or Facebook pinned to your launcher and then open them just as you would open an application. Read more »