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You can now use your Google+ profile name as your YouTube name

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Most of us who created our YouTube accounts all those years ago have some embarrassing words followed by random numbers as our usernames. Unfortunately, as is often the case with usernames, there was no way to change this. That is, until now.

Back in March, Google introduced the option to use your existing Google+ profile name as your YouTube ID to those who created a new YouTube account. But now they are bringing that option to existing users as well. Read more »

This is the new Easter egg in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Google has a traditionally been incorporating an Easter egg inside every version of Android, that can be viewed by repeatedly tapping the Android version number within the Settings app. In Ice Cream Sandwich, you could find the Android Ice Cream Sandwich logo and if you touch and hold it, it would expand and eventually you’d see a Nyan Cat style animation of the logo.

In Android 4.1, you see a Jelly Bean with the tell-tale Android antennae on the top and if you press and hold the image, a large number of cel-shaded jelly beans appear on the screen and you can flick them around as much as you like. You can catch a video of this in action after the break. Read more »

Google updates Play Store website, adds remote update and remote uninstall options

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The Google Play Store website already offered a super convenient way to just push apps to your device but now Google has taken it a couple of steps further.

Google has updated the ‘My Android Apps’, which until now only displayed some of the apps that you have downloaded on your device, to include the option to remotely update apps as well as uninstall them. Read more »

Google updates YouTube and Google+ apps for Android

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The Google Maps app isn’t the only one getting a major update today. Google has also released updates for the YouTube and Google+ apps on Android that bring some slick new interface design to both the apps.

Let’s start with the YouTube app, which you’ll notice has a new UI that looks similar to the recently released Google+ apps. The app shows you new videos from your subscribed channels with large thumbnail images spanning the width of the display. Read more »

Apple releases new Podcasts app for iOS

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Those of you who are using iOS 6 developer beta may have noticed the lack of a podcasts section within the iTunes and Music player apps within the OS. The speculations suggested that Apple will soon be releasing a separate app for podcasts. And it has.

Now available on the App Store is a brand new Podcasts app for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app lets you download and playback audio as well as video podcasts and comes with a gorgeous new UI. Read more »

Apple launches iTunes Store in twelve Asian countries

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Unlike the practically omnipresent App Store, Apple’s iTunes Store has always been available in only a few locations, and in a crippled form in others, where all you could download from it is free content such as podcasts and some ebooks and none of the music, movies, TV shows and other excellent paid content that the iTunes Store serves elsewhere.

The Asian countries in particular got the short end of the stick when it came to getting the iTunes Store. So to make things a bit right, Apple is now releasing the iTunes Store in some of the Asian countries, twelve to be precise, starting today. Read more »

Microsoft to acquire Yammer for $1.2 billion

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Microsoft has announced its intention to acquire Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash. The company will be part of the Microsoft Office Division and will be headed by the division President Kurt DelBene.

For those who are not aware, Yammer is an enterprise social networking service. Think of it as Facebook for the corporations. The company was started four years ago and currently has 5 million corporate users, which includes employees from 85 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Read more »

AMD releases Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, takes back the performance crown from NVIDIA

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When AMD released the HD 7970 last year, it was the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the market. That was until NVIDIA launched their GTX 680, which took the crown from AMD and left the 7970 with a bloody nose.

Now AMD is back with a tweaked version of the HD 7970, called the HD 7970 GHz Edition, to take back what’s now rightfully theirs, the title of the fastest single-GPU graphics card. Read more »

Flipboard for Android comes out of beta, gets Google+ and YouTube integration

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Flipboard first made an appearance on Android exclusively on the Galaxy S III through a partnership with Samsung. Soon after that they released a beta for other Android phones to those who had signed up on their websites.

After a couple of months of beta testing, the final build of the app is now available on the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore and the Barnes & Noble Nook store. On the Galaxy S III in the US, the app will come pre-installed from all the carriers. Read more »

Nintendo announces 3DS XL for North America

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Nintendo has announced a brand new version of its portable gaming console, called the Nintendo 3DS XL. The name makes it sound like a bigger version of the existing Nintendo 3DS, and that’s because it is.

The new 3DS XL has a 4.88-inch display compared to the 3.53-inch display on the 3DS and uses the same stereoscopic 3D wizardry found on its smaller sibling that lets you view 3D content without using any kind of glasses. Read more »

Windows Phone user sends a disappointed letter to Stephen Elop, gets a response

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the newest version of their mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. But while it’s a solid upgrade over the current Windows Phone 7.5, those who own the current devices have been left in the lurch, with just the new homescreen and a couple of minor features being offered as part of the Windows Phone 7.8 update.

Naturally, the people are upset about it, since companies like Nokia were launching their flagship products like the Lumia 900 based on Windows Phone 7.5 not too long ago and people bought these thinking that they will be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 in future and get all the new features. One such customer was Luke who had bought a Samsung Focus in the past and then switched on to a Nokia Lumia 900. Read more »

Asphalt 7: Heat released for iOS

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Gameloft has released the iOS version of the next game in their Asphalt series, Asphalt 7: Heat. We first spotted this game in a press image for the Galaxy S III but ironically it ended up on iOS first, as they usually do.

Asphalt 7: Heat is a street racing gamed much like it’s predecessors. You drive on the streets of various locations around the world in 60 different cars from exotic car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Pagani, and even the Legendary DeLorean DMC-12 from the ‘Back to the Future’ series. Read more »

Dolphin Browser HD beta for Android released with new Dolphin Engine, we pit it against its rivals

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Dolphin has released a new version of its popular Dolphin Browser HD for Android. The browser, currently in beta state and available only from the official website, uses a new version of the Dolphin Engine, which it claims makes it the highest performing HTML5 browser available today, not just on mobile but on any platform.

Its main claim to fame is the absurdly high HTML5 test score, where it scores an astounding 450 points (plus 3 bonus points), more than any other browser that is currently available, including those on desktop. Dolphin says it has paid special attention to canvas elements, 2D context and text rendering and that the Dolphin Engine made significant GPU technology improvements around GPU accelerated canvas rendering and optimized CPU / GPU parallel computing. Read more »

Google releases I/O 2012 app for Android

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The Google I/O developer conference is starting next week and just like last year Google has released an app for Android that would allow visitors to find their way around the conference and know what’s happening at what time.

The following are some of the things you can do with the Google I/O 2012 app: Read more »

Sony Tablet P gets Andriod 4.0.3 update

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Back in March, Sony had announced that its two tablets, the Tablet S and the Tablet P, will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update by April. Sony stuck to its schedule for the Tablet S but the smaller Tablet P was left out in the cold, until now.

If you are one of the few people who bought the Tablet P, you will be glad to know that Sony has now started rolling out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Read more »