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‘Portal’ and ‘Half-Life 2′ now available on the NVIDIA Shield

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We talked about the imminent arrival of two popular Valve titles, Portal and Half-Life 2, on the NVIDIA Shield in the past. Thankfully, NVIDIA didn’t make us wait too long and both games are now available on the Play Store.

For the three of you who still haven’t heard of either Portal or Half-Life 2, the former is a futuristic first person shooter where you primarily solve puzzles in a lab and the second is a first-person action game. Both games are ridiculously popular and for good reason. Half-Life 2 revolutionized the first person shooter genre with its terrific story, characters, gameplay and weapons. And when you though it couldn’t get better, Portal came in and again did something completely different. Read more »

Samsung unveils 1.5TB wireless media drive for smartphones

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Samsung and Seagate have joined forced to create a new wireless media drive. The drive lets you store all your media content, which can then be wirelessly streamed to a mobile device or a computer.

The device has a 1.5TB hard drive that should provide plenty of space for most of your content. You can connect a mobile device running Android 2.3 and above directly to it to stream the content. You can also stream to a Windows or OS X computer. Read more »

Twitter finally adds mute support

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Twitter is a great way to keep in touch with people and all that goes around in the world. But often, you may be following someone whose tweets you may not want to read on occasions but don’t want to unfollow them either. Muting, a functionality offered by many third party Twitter clients, enabled users to mute these people so that their tweets would be hidden from your timeline without their knowledge and without you having to unfollow them.

Not a lot of people use third party clients, however, and those who use the website or the official app have been asking for an official mute functionality from Twitter for a long time now. After years of requests, Twitter has finally obliged. Read more »

‘Botanicula’ for iPad game review

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Botanicula is a puzzle game from the makers of the popular Machinarium. The game was originally released on Steam and won many awards for its visuals and music.

Since then it has made its way to the small screen and is now available on the iPad. We decided to take a look. Read more »

‘Half-Life 2′ arriving on NVIDIA Shield

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It seems the popular Half-Life 2 series is set to arrive on the NVIDIA Shield gaming console. After announcing Portal for the Shield, which will be available starting May 12, it’s Gordon Freeman’s turn to make an appearance on the mobile platform.

Half-Life 2 is an extremely popular series of first person games that includes the original Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. The series famously ended on a cliffhanger seven years ago and since then fans have been waiting for Half-Life 3 that is yet to be announced. Read more »

Samsung explains the camera on the Galaxy S5

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We have talked about the ISOCELL sensor in the Galaxy S5 in the past, but there are also other aspects of the phone’s camera that Samsung is intent on talking about.

One of them is real-time HDR feature. This lets you see the an HDR version of the image live on the viewfinder, even before you take the photo. This gives an idea of how the photo will look like, even before it is taken. Read more »

Slim PS Vita with Borderlands 2 pack now available in the US

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Sony has finally released the second generation slim PS Vita console in the US. As you can guess, it is a slimmer and lighter version of its predecessor with a few other changes.

Along with being 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter, the new Vita has 1GB internal memory, improved battery life, LCD instead of AMOLED display, and slight redesign of the shape and buttons for more comfort. Read more »

ASUS announces C200 and C300 Chromebooks

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After Lenovo announced two budget Chromebooks, It’s ASUS’ turn. The company announced two new models of its own, the C200 and the C300, that start at just $250.

C200 has a 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution whereas the C300 maintains that resolution but goes to 13.3-inch. Both models run on Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 2.42GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and an SD card slot.

Both models will start shipping in North America by the end of June, starting at $250 for the base model.

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Google Now adds cards to show products in a nearby store

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Treading the fine line between convenient and creepy, Google has added yet another feature to Google Now that goes through your personal information and suggests something relevant.

This time, it’s cards that tell you when a certain product is available in a store near you. If you walk past a store, Google Now will show a card with items and their pricing available in that store, items that you have looked up in the past and are interested in purchasing. Read more »

Lenovo releases two new Chromebooks

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Lenovo has announced two new Chromebook models, the Lenovo N20 and N20p. Both machines are nearly identical in terms of specifications, but while the N20 has a standard design, the N20p display flips backward and has a touchscreen.

Both machines come with a 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution display, Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space. Read more »

Swatch fighting to acquire ‘iWatch’ trademark before Apple

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It’s no secret that Apple is working on a smartwatch/wearable of some sort that is expected to be unveiled some time this year. But while the competition is trying to get their own smartwatches out before then, actual watchmaker Swatch is after something else.

The Swiss company is trying to acquire the trademark for the name iWatch, widely believed to be the name of Apple’s smartwatch. Swatch already has a range of watches called iSwatch and thinks a competitor having the iWatch name will cause confusion, so it will either acquire the trademark or block Apple from doing so. Read more »

‘Leo’s Fortune’ for iOS game review

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Leo’s Fortune is a 2D platforming game for iOS. It was awarded Editor’s Choice by Apple on the App Store and has won many accolades since it went on sale.

The game follows the story of Leopold, the green furball with the luxurious mustache you see in the image above, as he follows the trail of his stolen treasure and tries to get it back. Read on for the full review of the game. Read more »

Galaxy Note 3 faces the Canon 5D Mark III in video comparison

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4K video recording is slowly starting to become a standard feature in high-end Android phones, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will remain the first phone to have this feature. And it wasn’t just a number on the spec sheet but a well executed feature, which is why it’s not surprising to see it being compared to a DSLR.

In this video, the 4K video of the Note 3 was compared to the 1080p video of the Canon 5D Mark III, a highly proficient camera as far as video recording is concerned. Read more »

Google updates Search, Play Music and Play Games apps for Android

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Google has released a flurry of updates for some of its key apps on Android, including Google Search, Play Music and Play Games.

The first is the Search app (version 3.4.15.1143430.arm), which gets a cool new addition. The app will now try and determine the position of your car when you park it, so when you return you know where to find it on the map. Read more »

Snapchat to add innovative video call and texting options

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Popular photo messaging service Snapchat is adding two new features to its repertoire. The service is known for being able to send photos across that automatically disappear after a short time. Now, users will also get the option to do video calls and send text messages, in a way that fits Snapchat’s personality.

The new app will have the same basic interface design as the current version, but if you were to swipe right on the name of a contact in your inbox, you start a text chat with them. Here you can type and send messages, which disappear automatically when the other person reads them. Similarly, the messages they send disappear from your phone after you read them, unless you tap on them to save them. Read more »