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Apple releases 10.8.2 update for OS X Mountain Lion

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Along with the iOS 6 update, Apple also released an important update for its newest desktop operating system, OS X Mountain Lion.

The 10.8.2 update brings with it some major new features. The first one is Facebook integration. Although this feature was announced as one of the key new additions in OS X, it was not available to users until now. Read more »

Acer officially announces Iconia Tab A110

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Acer has finally announced the 7-inch Iconia Tab A110 that we have seen multiple times in the past. There is not much new here that we don’t already know about. It has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.

The display resolution seems like a letdown compared to the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD but the Iconia Tab A110 does come with a microSD card slot as well as micro HDMI out that the other two lack. Read more »

Twitter releases new iPad app, updates iPhone and Android apps

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Twitter has released a brand new application for the iPad, which does away completely with the sliding pane design of the previous application, designed by Loren Brichter, creator of the original Tweetie app (now Twitter for iPhone).

The new application now places a single list of tweets on the screen, regardless of whether you hold the iPad in landscape or portrait. It does come across as a terrible waste of screen space, especially in landscape mode and the developers could definitely have put more effort in utilizing all that display area. Read more »

Sony announces new slimmer and lighter PlayStation 3

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Sony has announced yet another redesign to their popular PlayStation 3 console. Just like the last one that came out three years ago, this one cuts down on the size and weight by being 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the previous model.

Internally, the new console seems to be pretty much identical to the old one, with no new announced changes. Only difference is that you now have 250GB and 500GB models, selling for $269.99 and $299.99 respectively. Read more »

Alleged ASUS roadmap reveals upcoming Windows tablet pricing

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By now a lot of companies have showcased their Windows 8 and RT based tablets. We especially saw a ton of them back at IFA in Berlin. But there was one thing that was always missing from the spec sheets and that was the pricing.

Now, thanks to this alleged leaked ASUS roadmap, we know the pricing details of at least one manufacturer’s Windows based tablets. Read more »

Rovio releases gameplay video for the upcoming Bad Piggies

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We reported earlier this month on Rovio’s plans of releasing a game based on the Pigs from the Angry Birds series of games. Known as Bad Piggies, the game lets you play as the Pigs for the first time, although not much was known at that time as to what you’d be actually doing in the game.

Rovio has now released a gameplay video that gives a glimpse of some of the activities you’ll be doing in this game. If you were hoping to be able to fling pigs back at the birds then you’re going to be disappointed, as this a completely different game altogether.
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Leica announces new M, M-E full frame and S medium format cameras

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It’s raining full-frame cameras this month and everyone and their dog is releasing a model with a full-frame sensor inside. So how can Leica stay away from all the fun? So they have announced not one but two cameras in their classic rangefinder style with full-frame sensors inside.

The Leica M features a full-frame 35mm 24 megapixel CMOS sensor. More importantly, the Leica M is the first Leica rangefinder to feature a Live View mode as well as 1080p video recording. You also get Live View Zoom and Live View Focus Peaking for precise focusing on the subject. The Leica M also has a 3-inch, 920k dot LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Read more »

Canon announces EOS 6D full-frame DSLR along with PowerShot G15, S110 and SX50 HS point and shoot cameras

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Few days ago we saw Nikon announce their smallest and lightest entry level full-frame camera, the D600, at the $2100 price point. Now, Canon has announced a rival in the form of the EOS 6D, their own smallest and lightest entry-level full-frame DSLR selling for the exact same price.

The Canon 6D uses a 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels. It’s lower than the 24.3 megapixels on the D600 sensor but since the sensors are of the same size, it should theoretically give the Canon an advantage in low light situations, as the individual pixels are larger and thus will collect more light. Read more »

Fujifilm announces XF1 point and shoot camera

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Fujifilm has announced the new XF1 point and shoot camera with a stunning retro design built to fit in your pocket. The XF1 is built from aluminum and synthetic leather that Fujifilm says reproduces the feel of genuine leather.

On the front you have a 25-100mm, f/1.8 FUJINON lens with a zoom ring. The camera is activated by turning the zoom ring and when not in use you can push the ring inside the camera to make it even smaller. Read more »

‘Wild Blood’ for iOS and Android game review

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If there’s one thing Gameloft’s good at, it’s consistently bringing console quality games to the small screen. Some of these are perhaps too close to some of the console titles out there, close enough to be labelled as clones, but for those who want to experience some of the audio visual glory that they are used to seeing on the big screen in the palm of their hands, these games have rarely disappointed.

The newest title to fit this description is Wild Blood. The first Gameloft game to feature the exceptional Unreal Engine, Wild Blood promises gory hack and slash action with stunning visuals that the engine is known for. Let’s see how well it manages to do that. Read more »

Shedding some light on the Google and Acer Aliyun phone fiasco

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A situation arose yesterday where Acer’s plans to announce a smartphone in China based on Alibaba’s Aliyun operating systems were brought to a screeching halt when Google threatened to basically kick Acer out of the Open Handset Alliance if it chose to go ahead with the Aliyun phone. There seems to be a lot misinformation about this situation so let’s go through it and see what really happened.

First of all, the Open Handset Alliance is a consortium of 84 companies and was started by Google. Together these companies build and develop what we know as Android. Members get to have access to the full Android experience and use it to their liking as long as the final product is still compatible with the Android ecosystem. You don’t need to be a part of this alliance to use Android, it’s open source after all, but if you’re part of the alliance you have to play by its rules. Read more »

Microsoft gives away Surface RT tablets, Windows Phone 8 devices and Windows PCs to employees

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Microsoft just decided to go Santa Claus on all its full-time employees. At the annual Microsoft employee event, CEO Steve Ballmer announced that each of the 90,000 or so full-time employees will be getting a host of freebies, including a Surface RT tablet, Windows Phone 8 device and a Windows PC.

This is not the first time Microsoft decided to lavishly appraise its employees. The last time they did this was when Windows Phone 7 was announced and each employee received a free device. Read more »

Nikon announces the D600, the smallest and cheapest full-frame DSLR on the market

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Looks like full-frame sensors are suddenly in vogue. Yesterday we saw a whole bunch of Sony cameras with full-frame sensors, including one camcorder. Now Nikon has announced the D600, which packs a full-frame sensor in what is the smallest, lightest and cheapest camera on the market right now.

The Nikon D600 uses a 24.3 megapixel 35.9 x 24mm full-frame CMOS sensor. The camera uses Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processor and is capable of shooting at 5.5 fps. Read more »

Sony announces Handycam NEX-VG900 full-frame and VG30H APS-C digital camcorders

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Along with some digital still cameras, Sony also had a couple of new camcorders to announce today. The first of them is the new NEX-VG900, which according to Sony is the world’s first consumer 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder.

The VG900 uses the same 24.3 megapixel sensor that we saw on the A99. That sensor is big by DSLR standards and enormous when compared to other consumer camcorders by as much as as 40 times. The VG900 is also capable of taking full-frame 24 megapixel still photos in RAW format, just like the A99. Read more »

Sony announces new RX1, NEX-6 and Alpha SLT-A99 digital cameras

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Sony has announced three new cameras, the most exciting of which is the DSC-RX1 that was leaked a couple of days ago. The other two are the NEX-6, the newest member of Sony’s mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and the Alpha SLT-A99.

Let’s talk about the RX1 first. As was revealed before, the RX1 packs in a 35mm full frame sensor within a compact camera size body. The sensor is a 36 x 24mm EXMOR CMOS with a resolution of 24.3 megapixels. To go with that sensor, the RX1 has a fixed Carl Zeiss 35mm/f2.0 lens with dedicated focus and aperture rings. Read more »