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Google acquires gesture recognition firm Flutter

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Today Google has bought out Flutter, an emerging gesture recognition startup that relies on gestures caught by your webcam to control various applications on your computer.

The acquisition opens up some interesting possibilities in the realm of mobile development for Android, as well as Google Glass. Read more »

Google Chrome 30 brings image search for desktop and new gestures for Android

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Google released an update for its Chrome web browser. The latest iteration of the popular application, dubbed Chrome 30 brings a few neat changes to the desktop and the version for Android devices.

Chrome users for Android will have three new gestures at their disposal. Read more »

Windows 8 adoption continues to rise as XP falls

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Adoption of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has not been without its share of speedbumps, but it continues to rise according to the latest web traffic figures from Net Applications.

The latest Windows version comes in at just over 8%, mainly eating into Windows XP’s share, which currently stands at 31.41%. Read more »

Dropbox for Windows and Mac now automatically uploads your screenshots

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Dropbox has added a new feature to its Windows and Mac application, which makes sharing screenshots a lot easier. Now when you take a screenshot, it will automatically be uploaded to your Dropbox account.

All you have to do is take a screenshot (Print Screen on Windows and CMD+Shift+3 on OS X) and the file will automatically be uploaded to your Dropbox account. Read more »

Adobe releases Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 for Mac and Windows

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Adobe has released the new Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 for Mac and Windows computers. These are updated versions of Adobe’s highly powerful professional photo and video editing software, respectively.

The new updated versions bring many new features, among which is improved synchronization with mobile devices, wherein you can now view, edit and share the same images on mobile as well as desktop devices. Read more »

Microsoft reveals pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1

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The Windows 8.1 update is a month away from release and Microsoft has revealed the pricing and packaging details for those currently not using Windows 8. Existing Windows 8 users will simply have to download the free update when it becomes available but it’s a whole different story for everybody else.

If you’re not using Windows 8, then you will have to purchase the full licensed copy of Windows 8.1. There are two versions available as before, standard and Pro. The standard version will be priced at $119.99 and the Pro version will be priced at $199.99. Read more »

Apple might start shipping Mac OS X Mavericks in October

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Apple introduced its newest version of Mac operating system – OS X Mavericks in its WWDC 2013. Ever since then, it is one of the most highly anticipated updates, for the fact that it brings improved power efficiency, multiple screens and a few other cool software tweaks.

Back at the event, Apple did not announce the availability of the consumer version of its latest operating system, but now, a report from AllThingsD, suggests that the upgrades might be arriving in the month of October. Read more »

Windows 8.1 released to manufacturers, users will have to wait until October 18 to get it

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Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have hit the RTM stage, meaning Microsoft has sent them out to device markers and with their help will do the finishing touches to the updated OS. The update will be released to the public on October 18.

Windows 8.1 is part of Microsoft’s new strategy – instead of waiting years to deliver new major features to their flagship OS, the company will move to a quick release schedule. And so, just 10 months after the initial launch of the OS comes its first major update. Read more »

Origin store introduces refund system for your games

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EA’s Origin store has forever been living in the shadow of the much more popular and beloved Steam. But now it finally has something that Steam does not, and that is a refund system.

Now, when you purchase a game, you have 24 hours to return it if you don’t like it. Read more »

Windows 8.1 arriving on October 18

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We had heard rumors that the Windows 8.1 update would be arriving some time in October this year but now we finally have the proper release date.

According to a blog post on Microsoft’s Windows blog, the Windows 8.1 update would be released to the general public on October 18 at 12:00 a.m New Zealand time. The Windows 8.1 would also be available at retail outlets and pre-installed on new devices on the same date. Read more »

Windows 8.1 to hit OEMs in August, go on sale in mid-October

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According to sources close to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update will be released to end users by mid-October.

The RTM version will start seeding in the beginning of August and after manufacturers have fiddled and optimized it for their varying hardware it’s expected to be available to the general public by mid-October. Read more »

Microsoft releases IE11 Developer Preview for Windows 7

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We got a first glimpse of IE11 when Microsoft released the preview of the Windows 8.1 update. Now, Microsoft has released a developer preview of the upcoming browser for Windows 7 users as well.

IE11 aims to improve the performance and security of your existing IE10 browser. New features like ability to render web images as well as text using the GPU, support for W3C resource priorities, SPDY network protocol and an updated JavaScript engine improves page loading performance over its predecessors as well as its rivals. In SunSpider benchmark, IE11 Developer Preview was 4 percent faster than IE10 and nearly 30 percent faster than Chrome 28. Read more »

Chromecast is smart stick for your TV that costs just $35

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Google unveiled a smart HDMI stick for TVs – unlike most sticks we’ve seen so far, Chromecast runs a simplified version of Chrome OS rather than Android. It integrates with Google services like YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Video and the Chrome app (on a phone, tablet or laptop). Long story short, it’s the Nexus Q done right.

How does Chromecast work? Say you’re viewing a YouTube video on your phone (Android or iOS) and hit the Chromecast button. The device will switch on your TV if it’s off, change the input so that the TV displays that feed and start playing. Read more »

Microsoft to enable offline access for SkyDrive files in Windows 8.1

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Windows’ native cloud storage service, SkyDrive, will allow you to have access to files even without an internet connection with the upcoming Windows 8.1 update.

The update lets you indicate which files you want to be available offline (even all of them), and downloads them to your devices automatically. Read more »

Google introduces Chrome App launcher for all Windows users

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It looks like the Google Chrome App launcher is finally out of its developers preview mode, as the app is now available for all Windows users.

The Google Chrome App launcher will place an app on the start page, taskbar and desktop for Windows 8 and in menu bar for Windows 7, which allows you to quickly access the browser, Chrome store, Gmail or any other application that works with the Google’s browser. Read more »