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Unicode 7.0 to bring 250 new Emoji

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The Unicode standard will be upgraded to version 7.0 this year. Along with the additional of several new scripts, it will also be adding 250 new Emoji to the already long list.

Almost all of these are objects, with things such as ‘Thermometer’, ‘File Cabinet’, ‘Right Speech Bubble’, ‘Hammer And Wrench’, etc. but there are also some gems, such as ‘Man In Business Suit Levitating’ and ‘Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended’. Read more »

Towelroot gives one-click root access to AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5

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Notable software developer George Hotz or ‘geohot’, known for jailbreaking the iPhone and the PS3 console (for which he even got sued by Sony) has developed a new one-click root app for the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5.

Called Towelroot, the app will let you root your Galaxy S5 simply by clicking on one button. Although the app is designed specifically for the Galaxy S5, geohot says it will also work with almost any phone with a kernel built before June 3 (prior to Android 4.4.3). Read more »

OnePlus confirms the One is not waterproof

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A few days ago a guy made a video showing him dipping his OnePlus One in shallow water for a few seconds, after which he immediately concluded that the phone is waterproof and the internet simply chose to believe him, as it is ought to.

To set the record straight, Android Police contacted OnePlus regarding the phone, and the company confirmed that the phone indeed is not waterproof and any damage caused due to water won’t be covered by the warranty. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Epic’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone game review

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There is no doubt that Angry Birds is to Rovio what Mario is to Nintendo and Sonic is to SEGA. The company has tried to dabble with other IPs in the past but hasn’t had the same level of success so it keeps going back to the Angry Birds well.

After countless Angry Birds games based on the same original formula, Rovio has tried to diversify it a bit recently, starting with Angry Birds Go, which was a kart racing game (*cough* Mario Kart *cough* Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing *cough*). The latest game in the Angry Birds series is Angry Birds Epic, which like Angry Birds Go has very little to do with the original games and is actually an RPG. Read more »

Fitbit is working on a Windows Phone 8.1 app

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Fitbit has revealed in a post on their forum that the company is working on an app for the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. The app was so far only available on iOS and Android, which meant those on Windows Phone devices couldn’t use the accessory.

Accessory makers have general avoided the Windows Phone platform like the plague, mostly due to the lack of popularity of the platform, which doesn’t make the cost of developing and maintaining the app worthwhile. There have also been technical limitations on the previous versions of Windows Phone that prevented developers from making such apps, which have seemingly been taken care of in the latest 8.1 update, so one could expect more apps in future. Read more »

Samsung showcases the Smart Bike concept

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Samsung’s Maestro Academy has come up with a new Smart Bike concept. This bicycle connects to your phone and attempts to create a safer riding experience for bikers.

The Smart Bike comes with features such as built-in camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You connect your smartphone wirelessly to the bike and it shows you what is going on bend you on the screen using the camera mounted on the back. Read more »

Panasonic announces LUMIX DMC-FZ1000, world’s first compact camera with 4K video

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Panasonic has announced a new compact or point and shoot camera, called the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The company claims it is the first camera in its class to feature 4K video recording.

The FZ1000 has a 1-inch 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, same as the one on the Sony RX10. It also has a massive 25-400mm (F2.8 – F4.0) zoom lens. The camera can shoot up to ISO12,800 with relatively low noise. The FZ1000 has an ultra fast auto focus with Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus technology that allows it to focus in 0.09 seconds at the wide end and 0.17 seconds at the tele end. Read more »

SwiftKey goes free on Android, brings a new premium theme store

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Popular Android keyboard application SwiftKey today decided to drop its $3.99 price tag and go free on the Play Store. The change comes with the latest update, that also brings with it many other features.

One of the features is a new content store that will let you download premium themes for the keyboard. SwiftKey previously came with a handful of themes built-in, but now you can download more from their store. Those who previously purchased the keyboard will get premium themes worth $4.99 for free. Read more »

1Password now available on Android

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Popular password manager app 1Password has finally been released on Android in proper form. The app is available on iOS, Mac and PC but the previous Android version was completely outdated and not fully functional.

For those that are not aware, 1Password generates strong passwords that you can use on websites. The app automatically enters them for you as well and logs you in with one click on websites so you don’t have to remember them. It protects your passwords with a master password and syncs them across platforms using Dropbox. Read more »

Watch this jaw-dropping gameplay video from ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’

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Most of us who played and enjoyed the previous Batman Arkham games are greatly looking forward to playing developer Rocksteady’s next installment, Batman: Arkham Knight. The final game in the series, the game will feature the Dark Knight facing off against a brand new villain called the Arkham Knight, along with several of Batman’s old nemeses.

The game, unfortunately, got delayed and will be arriving next year but we do have a tantalizing new E3 trailer that shows some fantastic footage of the new Batmobile in action, along with some new combat moves. There is also new Iron Man-esque Batsuit to ogle at. Read more »

‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ trailer revealed

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Last year Naughty Dog released a teaser for the next Uncharted game on the PS4, the fourth and possibly the last game in the series. Since then a lot has happened and many people working on the project who should not have left, left.

But just when the future of the project looked in jeopardy, Sony released another teaser for the game at E3 this year, this time actually showing a clip from the game. And we have the official name, too. Read more »

GTA V coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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Several months after the launch on the last generation consoles, Rockstar is releasing the game on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

As you can expect, the game now runs at a higher resolution, with improved detail, greater draw distance and denser traffic. Despite the thoroughly outdated hardware of the last gen console, Rockstar managed to make the game look good so you can image how good it would look on the current gen and PC. Actually, you don’t have to imagine. There is a video for you to watch after the break. Read more »

Checkout the new time-lapse mode in iOS 8

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One of the new features in iOS 8 is time-lapse mode in the Camera app. For those who don’t know, time-lapse mode takes a series of photographs with a few second interval and in the end combines all the images into a video, which when played looks like a fast-forwarded video.

It’s not something you’d use often but it’s a cool thing to have and definitely gives some cool results as we will see now. Read more »

Qualcomm shows off Samsung tablet with 4K display

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We already have phones and tablets pushing Quad HD resolutions so it was only a matter of time before someone managed to shoehorn a 4K UHD display into a tablet. During the French Open at Roland Garros, Qualcomm had an unnamed Samsung tablet with a 4K display.

The device in question was a prototype and meant to showcase the LTE Broadcast but it was certainly running a 12.2-inch, 4K display. The design was almost identical to many of the current Samsung Galaxy tablets. On the inside, it was said to be running the Qualcomm 801 SoC. Read more »

Samsung teases upcoming tablet event in new video

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Samsung is all set to announce its next generation Galaxy Tab S. The event will be held on Thursday, June 12 in New York City in Madison Square Garden.

The focus so far has been on the display on this tablet. The Galaxy Tab S is said to have a 2560 x 1600 resolution Super AMOLED display in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes. On the inside, the Galaxy Tab S will be running an octa-coreExynos 5420 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera, 32GB internal memory, fingerprint sensor and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Read more »