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Apple introduces Mac OS X Mavericks with improved power efficiency and multiple screens

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Apple just announced a brand new version of its Mac OS X operating system and the biggest challenge the dev team had to overcome was that they ran out of felines to name the OS versions. So, meet Mac OS Mavericks (new versions will be named after places in California).

The new version focuses on extending battery life and UI responsiveness. Part of that is moving to OpenGL 4 to optimize graphic drawing, but also other tricks like compressed memory and more. With optimizations Apple promises up to 72% lower CPU usage. Read more »

Adobe Lightroom 5 released, priced at $149

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Adobe has released Lightroom 5, the next major version of its photo editing software for Windows and OS X. A beta was released back in April and since then Adobe has fixed more than 400 bugs to bring you this final version.

The latest version brings along several new features, such as advanced healing brush, upright function to adjust tilted subjects, smart previews, video slideshows, highlight and shadow recovery, improved photo book creation, location based organization and much more. Read more »

Opera Next 15 based on WebKit engine now available for download

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Opera has released the beta version of the next major iteration of their desktop browser, Opera Next 15. By far the biggest change in this update is a switch from Opera’s longstanding rendering engine Presto to the more ubiquitous WebKit based rendering engine.

Other major changes in this version include a completely revamped interface. You’ll notice that the address bar and the search bar have finally been combined into one. The speed dial screen has a new look with support for folders and there are two more tabs for Stash and Discover. Read more »

Adobe Photoshop Express is now available in the Windows Store for all Windows 8 and RT users

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Adobe has officially launched its Photoshop Express on-the-go photo editing tool for Windows 8 and RT users.

Photoshop Express comes with the ability to crop, straighten, rotate, flip, remove red eye and other basic functions. The auto-fix feature in the app allows you to adjust brightness, exposure and shadows in one-touch. Read more »

Apple updates iTunes 11 with new mini player

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Apple has released a new version of iTunes for OS X and Windows. Among the chief new features is an updated mini player. The mini player got a refresh in v11 but 11.0.3 makes it a bit more usable. There is now a progress bar so you don’t have to switch to the full mode to scroll through the track. Also, clicking on the album art thumbnail expands it.

Other changes include improved Songs view, where you can now view the album art even in the Songs view and multi-disc albums now show as one album in the Album view. There is also a new Update tab for the Apps section where you can view updates for your downloaded iOS apps. Lastly, there are some performance improvements while searching and sorting large libraries. Read more »

Google conversational search to make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS as Knowledge Graph gets four new languages

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As hinted several times, Google’s popular voice-operated search is making its way to the Chrome browser and Chrome operating system.

The new feature comes with support for Google’s Knowledge Graph for four additional languages, bringing the total up to 13. Read more »

Rovio announces Angry Birds Seasons: Abra-Ca-Bacon, to hit your appstore on May 16

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Rovio has just announced the latest update for the Angry Birds Seasons game. Dubbed Abra-Ca-Bacon, the new release is set to bring some interesting features to the franchise.

One of them is the addition of Magic Portals which allows you to teleport Angry Birds, Bad Piggies and everything else in the game. Furthermore, there are 30 new levels joined by six bonus levels for your unlocking pleasure. Read more »

Samsung’s SideSync melds a Windows computer and an Android phone into one

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You have to hand it to Samsung – it really, really cares about features. The Samsung Galaxy S4 for one is the most feature-rich phone ever and Samsung just keeps coming up with new features. SideSync allows a computer and a smartphone to work as one.

When you hookup a Galaxy phone to a computer running SideSync, files on the phone will be backed up and then the magic starts to happen. Read more »

Microsoft to release Windows 8.1 public preview at Build conference in June

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We have been hearing about Windows 8.1 for quite some time now. Known originally as Windows Blue, the next update to Microsoft’s desktop operating system is soon expected to be available as a public preview.

Speaking at the Wired Business Conference in New York City, Windows chief Julie Larson-Green revealed that Microsoft will be releasing a public preview of Windows 8.1 in its upcoming Build conference in June. A final version of the OS is expected to be released near the end of the year, as we had originally heard. Read more »

Viber for desktop surfaces, available for Windows and Mac

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Viber has just been outed for Windows and Mac PC’s, bringing the popular cross-platform VoIP service to desktops.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Skype, Viber now gives users the ability to place calls not only to other mobile users, but also to desktops. Read more »

Microsoft reaches 100 million Windows 8 sales, hints at upcoming Blue update

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It’s been six months since Microsoft launched Windows 8 for the masses and yesterday the company shared that it has already reached a significant milestone – 100 million sales.

The 100 million sales mark isn’t groundbreaking, as the software giant has been selling Windows 7 at a similar rate. Even Microsoft acknowledges there’s room for improvement. Read more »

Adobe renames Creative Suite apps to Creative Cloud, switches to subscription model

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Adobe announced a major change to its range of Creative Suite of applications, which consists of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premier Pro. Starting with the next update for these applications, which will be released on June 17, these applications will be classified under the Creative Cloud brand.

But that’s not all. Adobe is also shifting to a subscription model for its apps, which means instead of paying full price for them upfront, you will now have to pay either a yearly or monthly fee for using them. Read more »

Google 4 times safer than Bing, a new study shows

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According to a study by German Security firm AV-TEST Institute Google is a safer search engine than Bing. The study spanned across 18 months and included more than 40 million search results (read sites) and pit together Google, Bing and others like the popular Russian search engine Yandex.

Microsoft’s Bing delivered more than four times as many infected with malware websites than Google. The chart above shows the results – from almost 11 million results on Google around 272 were infected, while the same number of search results on Bing contained 1285 potentially dangerous pages. Read more »

References of Google Now found in JavaScript code that loads in Google homepage

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Google Now is headed for the desktop version of Chrome as an extension (in Russian only, not fully functional yet), but it seems that the mind-reading information service will make its way to the Google homepage as well. References to Now and cards have been discovered in a JavaScript file loaded by Google.com, but the functionality isn’t there yet.

The customizable iGoogle homepage was retired a while back, but Now might prove to be a worthy successor. Read more »

Windows 8.1 previewed on video, check out the new features

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The first major update to Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system is on the way, and a leaked video of its beta has shown off some of the planned improvements.

And while those of us hoping against hope that a Start button could once again make an appearance will be left out in the cold, there are a few improvements here and there that are worth taking a look at. Read more »