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The latest Amazon Kindle Fire HDX ad takes a poke at the iPad Air

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Amazon joined the likes of Nokia and Microsoft this holiday season by throwing a punch at Apple in a commercial. The retail behemoth’s latest ad for the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX aims squaarely at the iPad Air.

As expected, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 commercial focuses on its larger-resolution display, as well as lower weight and price tag in comparison to those of the iPad Air. Read more »

iOS devices outstrip Android devices in online shopping during holidays

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If you watched the recent Apple keynotes, Apple’s retort to the argument that Android devices are outselling iOS devices is that more people are actually using iOS devices as compared to Android devices. While Apple is known to blow things out of proportion in its keynotes, it’s not completely wrong on this.

According to data collected by IBM and Adobe while tracking Thanksgiving and Black Friday online shopping this year, they have come to the conclusion that iOS devices are far ahead of Android devices for being used to make these purchases. Read more »

FIFA releases official apps on Android and iOS

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FIFA has launched official apps on the two most popular mobile operating systems – Android and iOS. Both apps are free of charge.

The official FIFA app gives you access to all sorts of information on 197 football leagues worldwide. Read more »

Apple’s Black Friday offer goes live in Europe

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Apple’s Black Friday has already gone live in Australia, where the Cupertino company is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with the purchases. However, the offers seem to vary from region as the company is offering discounts in place of gift cards in couple of other countries.

Apple’s Black Friday deals are now appearing on the UK, France, Germany and other European Apple websites. The online stores have promotional discounts on the MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPods and other accessories. Read more »

Apple offering Apple Store Gift Card with purchases this Black Friday in AU

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Apple’s Black Friday deal has gone live in Australia and slowly making its way around the world wherever the Apple Online Store is available. Unlike previous years where the company offered discounts on the products themselves, this year it is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with purchases.

The denomination of the Apple Store Gift Card depends upon the product you purchase. If you buy an iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you’ll get a A$150 gift card. An iPad Air will get you A$75 gift card and the iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch will get you A$ 50 gift card. If you buy the iPod nano, you’ll get a A$ 25 gift card. Read more »

App Store search engine now corrects your misspelled queries

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Apple has been working on improving its App Store search engine for quite a while and the latest tweak results in a better search results for misspelled quires or other minor spelling mistakes.

The App Store search engine is also enhanced to show results when you are looking for an app by its name but are unsure of the spaces in the title. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Go!’ launches on iOS in New Zealand

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Angry Birds Go! is the latest game in the Angry Birds series from Rovio and is the farthest departure from anything that has come before it. Like many franchises before it, including Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot, Rovio turned to the go-kart racing genre for their popular franchise and now we have a go-kart racing game but with birds.

Angry Birds Go! was supposed to launch worldwide on multiple platforms on December 11 but Rovio has done a soft launch on iOS in the New Zealand region, so if you happen to be there the game is available for download for free. Read more »

Apple iPad mini 2 production reaches 4 million units a month

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The launch of the Apple iPad mini 2 was delayed relative to the iPad Air launch and even with the late start, the smaller tablet still suffers from availability issues. Digitimes quotes sources who claim that the production bottlenecks responsible for the low supply have been cleared, though, and everything should be back to normal soon.

It was the new Retina display that caused Apple’s headaches – the 7.9″ 1536 x 2048 pixel display is one of the defining features of the new model. Read more »

GTA: San Andreas coming to iOS, Android and WP next month

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Rockstar has just announced the mobile version of the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto: San Andres game.

The popular game will become available on Android (both Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore), iOS and Windows Phone in December. Pricing and specific released date are yet to be disclosed. Read more »

PowerUp brings smartphone-powered amateur aviation to the masses

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A nifty new Kickstarter campaign looks to take the paper airplane a step further with the help of a new smartphone-controlled module called PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module is an ultra-lightweight attachment that works with any regular paper airplane and allows tilt, throttle and steering remote control through a paired smartphone and app. Read more »

Canalys: tablets have caught up to laptops

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The PC market as defined by analyst firm Canalys – desktop computers, laptops and tablets (devices with 7″+ screens) – is experiencing a major shift. The firm predicts that next year, tablets will make up half of the total PC market. And the PC market is growing (despite the declining shipments of desktops and laptops) thanks to a huge spike in tablet sales.

Tablets are almost there already – in the third quarter this year they accounted for 40% of the PC market and the shipments in terms of units was a hair short of the shipment numbers of laptops. Read more »

Assassins Creed: Pirates for smartphones and tablets goes official

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Shortly after Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag made its way to consoles and gaming rigs, Ubisoft took the wraps off a new addition to the popular franchise, made specifically for gaming devices. Titled Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, the game will be available for iOS and Android devices on December 5 for $4.99.

Assassin’s Creed: Pirates will utilize a new 3D graphics engine, designed specifically for mobile devices. Read more »

Apple to hold a Black Friday sale

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Apple Australia posted a teaser about an upcoming Black Friday sale it will be having. The sale will be available both online and through the retail stores.

There is no info on which products will be discounted, the only thing we know is the Apple shopping event will take place on November 29 and it will last 24 hours. Read more »

Eric Schmidt posts a lengthy guide for switching from iPhone to an Android handset

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Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt surely surprised us on this otherwise quiet Sunday. The top executive posted a lengthy guide for switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone on his personal Google+ account.

Unsurprisingly, the guide takes a couple of jabs at Apple. Read more »

‘Strata’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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There are games that are fun. There are games that look great. And then there are games that do both. Strata is one such game that has been lauded for both its design and gameplay when it first released on the Mac and recently it arrived on mobile as well. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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