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Google Chromecast now officially available in India

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It took a while, almost a year and a half since it was announced in the US, but the Google Chromecast is finally coming to India.

The multimedia streaming device will be available exclusively through Snapdeal.com for a price of Rs. 2,999 ($48). Read more »

Apple releases new iPad Air 2 commercial

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Apple recently launched the new iPad Air 2, which is the company’s thinnest and most powerful tablet so far. The original Air was already a super thin tablet but the new one is even thinner while being more powerful and having similar battery life.

The company has now released a new commercial for the product. The video is similar to all of Apple’s recent ones; just concentrate on the product and features, particularly the great third party apps available for the platform and just let the product do the talking. Read more »

‘Game of Thrones – Episode 1 – Iron from Ice’ game review

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Game of Thrones is the latest series of games from developer Telltale Games, who very recently brought us titles such as The Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us series.

Game of Thrones follows the episodic release nature of Telltale games and tells the story of House Forrester that happens concurrently with the fourth season of the eponymous TV series on HBO. Telltale released the first episode – Iron from Ice – on the PC, consoles, and iOS, and as usual we are talking a look at the mobile version today. Read more »

Motorola releases an amusing series of ads for the Moto 360

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Motorola has released four new ads for the Moto 360 smartwatch. The ads focus on the design and craftsmanship of the device while stressing that despite its classic design it’s a device made for modern times.

The ads are pretty awesome and genuinely amusing. They also perfectly encapsulate the experience of using the device, that despite its sophisticated appearance you are still going to occasionally get a silly notification on it that’s just at complete odds with design. Not something that would happen with an actual premium watch. Read more »

AirDroid 3 released with new Windows and Mac apps

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AirDroid for Android has been given a major update in v3.0. The app now has companion desktop apps for Windows and Mac that brings iOS Continuity like features to your Android device.

With the new desktop app, you can get notifications from your phone on your computer. You can reply to SMS from your computer or pick up or receive calls (calls can only be answered from the phone, however). You can also mirror apps on your computer, so you can, for example, reply to WhatsApp messages from your PC. Mirroring apps only works on rooted devices for now. Read more »

Check out Wire, a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS, and OS X

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I know there isn’t a shortage of messaging apps available on mobile devices but every once in a while something new comes up that manages to grab your attention. One such app is Wire.

Wire is a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and OS X, with a browser version arriving later. The app focuses on a simple, minimalist design with a gesture based interface for navigation. The UI features large, legible fonts with inline previews for images, YouTube, and SoundCloud links. Other than one to one chats Wire also supports group messaging. Read more »

HTC One (M8 Eye) review

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The HTC One (M8) was one of the best phones to have come out this year. It excelled in many things, including the design, build quality, display, loudspeaker, software, hardware, and battery life. Yet it had a big drawback and that was the UltraPixel camera on the back.

HTC seems to have heard all the feedback about the camera and has now come up with a new variant, the HTC One (M8 Eye). The One (M8 Eye) gets a new 13 megapixel camera and a lower price. That sounds like a recipe for success but it’s not without its caveats. Let’s see what the phone is like. Read more »

Sony working on e-paper watch

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Sony is working on an e-paper display. Called the FES Watch, the watch is one of the things under the FES group of devices with e-paper displays.

The unique thing about the FES Watch is that the entire surface is actually an e-paper display. You can change the patterns on the display to change the look of the watch. Read more »

Infinity Blade Saga coming to Xbox One in China

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You may have seen console titles appearing on the mobile platform every now and then but you don’t often see the reverse happening. But apparently that is exactly what is going to happen, as popular iOS title Infinity Blade is making its way to the Xbox One.

The game will make use of the Kinect motion sensor that comes bundled with some Xbox One and let you move your arms around while holding an imaginary sword and shield, although you can also use the controller. Read more »

NVIDIA teases Black Friday deals for SHIELD portable and SHIELD tablet

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If you have been thinking of picking either of the two SHIELD devices from NVIDIA, you better wait till Black Friday. NVIDIA has announced bundles for both devices exclusively for Black Friday.

If you go with the new SHIELD tablet, you will get the wireless controller, Green Box bundle (includes Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1) and free subscription to NVIDIA GRID service to stream 20 PC games for free until July 15 2015. All of this for $399. If you choose the SHIELD portable, you get the device, carrying case, and glossy black armor for $199. Read more »

Monument Valley ‘Forgotten Shores’ update now available on Android

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One of the best games to have come out this year recently got a major update in the form of eight additional levels that could be purchased for just $2 more dollars within the app. However, the Forgotten Shores update for Monument Valley was only available on iOS, until now.

If you have purchased the game, you will get the update that downloads the additional levels. If you are not interested in the additional levels there is no point downloading the update because it downloads the additional levels that only unlock after you make the payment. However if you played the original game and enjoyed it the additional levels are highly recommended. Read more »

‘Crossy Road’ for iOS game review

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Crossy Road is a new ‘endless arcade hopper’ from developer Hipster Whale. The game is based on the 8-bit arcade game Frogger but instead of ending on the other side of the screen Crossy Road is infinitely long.

The game basically involves crossing busy streets and avoiding being run over by the vehicles, or jumping into the water. The further you go without dying, the higher the score. The game has proven to be exceptionally addictive and it was hard to put it down to write this, so let’s get on with it. Read more »

Jolla adds Australia and Canada to list of countries for Jolla Tablet

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Jolla recently started an Indigogo campaign for their upcoming tablet, which met with an incredible response, helping them achieve almost 300% of their initial target within a few days.

The company had originally decided upon China, Hong Kong, India, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, and United States as the countries that it will be shipping the tablet to. But after the overwhelming response, the company decided to ask people which other countries they would like to see the tablet being shipped to. After several votes, the company has decided to add Australia and Canada to the list. Read more »

Telltale releases trailer for upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ game

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Telltale, makers of the popular Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series of games, have been working on a new game. Based on the series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R. R. Martin, otherwise known as just ‘Game of Thrones’ due to the popularity of the TV show by HBO. The game itself is also called just ‘Game of Thrones’ and features many of the actors from the TV show providing their voice and likeness to the characters in the game.

As with the previous games they made, Game of Thrones will be a point and click adventure and in an episodic format, six, to be precise, and the first one is called ‘Iron from Ice’. The game is largely based on the fourth season of the TV show but features the House Forrestor, which is present in the later books but hasn’t yet been introduced in the TV show. You play as five of the characters in House Forrestor. Martin’s personal assistant Ty Corey Franck has partnered with the game developers for this game. Read more »

Android Lollipop’s encryption feature brings significant performance penalty

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One of the features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is encryption, which encrypts all your data and can only be decrypted when you unlock the phone using the passcode, making it unusable to someone without the passcode even if they can access the memory.

This feature is disabled by default on devices that got updated to Lollipop (such as the Nexus 5) and has to be enabled separately but the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 come with it enabled by default (which cannot be disabled). Unfortunately, that may not be the best idea, as AnandTech’s tests have shown, the encryption feature has a severe performance penalty. Read more »