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Refurbished iPad mini with Retina display is now available in the Apple Store

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A refurbished iPad mini with Retina display is now available to order in the US Apple Store. Depending on the built-in memory on board, the refurbished slate is priced 15 or 16 percent less than an equivalent brand new model.

With a $339 price tag (down from $399), the refurbished 16GB, Wi-Fi-only iPad mini with a Retina display was the first to sell out. Read more »

Pioneer and Apple team up to bring CarPlay to the masses

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Pioneer announced that its in-dash car multimedia systems will support Apple CarPlay. This means that you no longer need to purchase a brand new car to enjoy Cupertino’s latest, automotive-centered creation.

Apple CarPlay will be available to Pioneer’s NEX family of multimedia receivers via a firmware update. Read more »

Age of Empires coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone this summer

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One of the most popular computer games ever, Age of Empires is coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone this summer.

The mobile version of the blockbuster is being developed by KLab Games and the entire battle system is re-imagined for mobile phones. Read more »

‘Impossible Road’ for iOS and Android game review

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Impossible Road is a very minimal arcade game with really tough gameplay, similar to games like Super Hexagon, Flappy Bird and Pivvot, that are easy to play but ridiculously hard to master. The game was released on iOS last year and received a positive response from gamers.

The developers have now released the game on Android so we thought we’ll finally take it for a spin and see how it plays. Read more »

Nokia X gets first vanilla Android ROM

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Nokia X owners can now enjoy its first custom ROM based on the Android Open Source Project. Up until now, you could only root and sideload Google apps, including the Play Store, but now you can run a vanilla Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean altogether.

The build packs Qualcomm specific optimizations and is based on Code Aurora branch jb_rel_2.0.3. It comes from the XDA senior member dhacker29, who previously ported AOSP to the Moto G. Read more »

Dropbox announces Dropbox for Business, Carousel, Mailbox for Android

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Dropbox had a lot of announcements to make yesterday, starting with a new service and two new apps. First is the Dropbox for Business service, which lets companies get a Dropbox account for all their employees, who can then manage their personal and business accounts from the same device and using the same account.

Dropbox for Business gives admins features like remote wipe, account transfer and sharing audit logs. One new feature arriving later is Project Harmony, which lets you see who is editing a file and chat with other users, similar to Google Drive. Read more »

Pocket update brings additional languages, immersive mode on Android

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Popular reading app Pocket has pushed a new update on iOS and Android that brings some useful new features, especially on Android. One of the features common on both platform is support for additional languages, as the app now also supports Chinese, Dutch, Korean, Polish and Portuguese.

The Android version also get a new fullscreen mode that supports the immersive mode on devices running KitKat, which means the app will now go truly fullscreen, hiding the controls and the navigation bar completely. Read more »

Apple to out iWatch in Q3, targets 65 million shipments in 2014

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The latest rumors out of Taiwan indicate that the anticipated Apple iWatch is headed for a Q3 2014 release, with several Asian manufacturers entering the supply chain.

LG, the company that was initially rumored to have exclusive production rights of the wearable, will instead be replaced by longtime Apple rival Samsung. The crosstown Korean manufacturer will be handling processor and outsource actual production. Read more »

Adobe releases Lightroom for iPad

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Adobe has released a mobile version of its popular photo editing software – Lightroom – for the iPad. Lightroom for iPad lets you work on your Lightroom files stored on the cloud as well as locally stored files on the iPad.

Lightroom for iPad needs an Adobe account and a subscription to Photoshop Photography Program. Once that is done, you will be able to access the files you worked on and stored on Adobe’s cloud service through your desktop PC. Lightroom for iPad will let you work on any file you uploaded, including full size RAW files. Any changes you make are saved to the file stored online, which can then be accessed again when you get back to your desktop PC. Read more »

WhatsApp prepaid cards now selling through E-Plus in Germany

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WhatsApp now offers its own prepaid service through E-Plus in Germany, letting you use the popular messaging app for a fixed monthly amount. The offer also features unlimited usage of the app even if you don’t have any standing traffic left.

The package with the SIM card is on offer for €10 but features a starting balance of €10 itself making the SIM practically free. Otherwise a call or text will set you back €0.09 to all German carriers whilst 1 MB will cost €0.24. Read more »

‘Monument Valley’ for iPad game review

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Monument Valley is a brand new game for the iPad designed around the concept of impossible objects. The game combines beautiful visuals, soothing music and clever and challenging puzzles based on manipulating the environments and your perspective of them.

We have been playing the game on the iPad for some time now and these are our thoughts. Read more »

12 million iPads now have Office installed

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It has only been a week since Microsoft launched its Office suite on the Apple iPad but it has already been downloaded more than 12 million times.

Microsoft seems really pleased by this so it went on Twitter to boast a little. Office offers free viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. In order to edit and create, however, one would need to shell out $10 a month for Office 365 subscription. How many of those has Microsoft secured since the apps became available on the iPad isn’t disclosed. Read more »

Fingerprint scanner battle: Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s

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Apple didn’t introduce fingerprint-scanning technology in handhelds but it did make it hip again when it transformed the iconic iPhone home button into a Touch ID scanner in the iPhone 5s.

It must have generated the needed attention because other manufacturers were quick to add in their own fingerprint scanning tech. More recently, Samsung also made the leap with its Galaxy S5 flagship’s home button. But how do both technologies stack up? Read more »

Tiny Thief expansion launches on iOS and Android

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Rovio, known for the Angry Birds franchise, has released an expansion for Tiny Thief and it’s free to play. Tiny Thief features cute, cartoony characters once again, but instead of flinging birds at pigs, the player takes the role of a cunning thief who has to brave pirates, witches, the Dark Knight and even a robot.

Check out a short game play video after the jump or visit the Tiny Thief web site. It’s beautifully designed and side-scrolling through it gives you an immersive peak into the game’s world. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger gets support for stickers

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Back in February, we talked about BlackBerry’s plans to release premium stickers in its BBM service. The feature was initially released as part of the limited external beta app but is now available for all users on all the platforms where the service is available.

The stickers need to be downloaded from the official store from within the app and most of them are paid. I’m not sure how interested users will be in paying for stickers, that too on BBM, but BlackBerry clearly thinks it is doing the right thing here. Read more »