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iOS 7 now running on 60% of iGadgets

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It’s been a bit over a week since iOS 7 became officially available to download and install on older iPhones and it has already hit around 60% adoption rate. Only a small part of that is due to newly purchased iPhone 5s and 5c units, as both combined account for around 2% of all iPhones according to Mixpanel.

Mixpanel has iOS 7 adoption at a hair over 62%, having surpassed the dwindling iOS 6 share sometime on September 20 (just a couple of days after release). Read more »

Google turns 15, announces upgrades to its search engine

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Well, Happy birthday Google and Google Search! The search giant (along with its bread and butter) turned 15 this month but showed that it’s not just eating cake and celebrating – there was serious work done before the actual party.

Inside the same garage that spawned it in the far 1998, Google announced its new search algorithm, dubbed Hummingbird, which affects 90% of all searches, says Amit Singhal, senior VP of Google. Read more »

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 photos and renders leak

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The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 leaks are intensifying now that the iPhones are out from under their secretive wraps. The new iPads will reportedly follow the iPhone 5s’s lead and come in space grey, silver and gold.

A couple of new leaked photos show us a peek at the space gray iPad mini 2, while good looking renders imagine what both new tablet will look like in all three color options. Read more »

Nokia takes a dig at Apple Maps on Twitter

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The latest Apple Maps flaw that resulted in several users driving onto the runway at Fairbanks airport has reignited the now infamous iOS 6 Apple Maps fiasco.

Nokia has taken to Twitter with a small dig at Cupertino, along with an image promoting its HERE Maps and Navigation suite. Read more »

iPad mini 2 to allegedly have A7 processor, Touch ID and new colors

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Sonny Dickson, known for his proficiency in acquiring and leaking Apple hardware well ahead of time, has managed to get his hands on the upcoming iPad mini 2 and has a lot of things to say about it.

First of all, the iPad mini 2 will have the same A7 processor with the new 64-bit architecture and 1GB of RAM found on the iPhone 5s. It will also have the M7 motion coprocessor, which will allow applications that require access to motion sensors to run in the background without waking up the A7 processor. Read more »

Has your iPhone 5 or 5c developed a battery drain issue on iOS7? Some of ours have

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Several people in the office along with some of our friends and family experienced a sudden battery drain on their iPhone 5 phones after the iOS 7 update and we noticed the same thing happen to the iPhone 5c (which has virtually the same internals as the iPhone 5). The iPhone 5s has not developed such a problem though.

It’s not just us, people have complained on the Internet that they’ve had the same issue with their iPhone 5/5c units. Read more »

Instagram for iPhone updated for iOS 7

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Instagram has released a new update for the iPhone version of their app, which has been redesigned to go with the new iOS 7 update that started rolling out last week.

The first thing you’ll notice in this update is that the design is now flatter with the gradients being replaced by solid uniform colors. Oddly, though, the camera interface still is the same, with the curved glossy shutter button, not to mention the icon, which is also the same and inconsistent with other iOS 7 icons. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s is in the house, the hands-on video shows its Touch ID glory

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This is it – Apple’s flagship device for 2013 – the iPhone 5s. The new phone comes to sweep iFans off their feet with a new Touch ID home button, a 15% larger camera sensor, the spanking new Gold color option and a 64-bit Apple A7 processor.

At first glance the iPhone 5s looks identical to the iPhone 5 but when you look closer, you start seeing the differences. There’s a dual LED flash, the Space Gray version replaces the Black one of old (and looks grayer indeed), while on the front the home button now has a sapphire glass-covered sensor with an aluminum ring around it. Read more »

Apple iPad 5 in Space Gray leaks on video

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Yet another leak of the upcoming iPad 5 has emerged. This time, we’re treated to high resolution photos of the Space Gray color variation of Apple’s fifth generation slate.

From all the leaks so far we expect the iPad 5 to look a lot like the iPad mini, sporting the same design for its edges and narrower bezels than the iPad 4. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5c arrives at the office, the hands-on video is inside

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Today Apple iPhone 5c arrived at our office and as the tradition goes, we unboxed it in front of our camera and took a quick tour around its UI.

The iPhone 5c comes in a brand new colorful and plastic shell, but its internals are identical to the already discontinued iPhone 5. The battery capacity is the only thing that got bumped by a hair. Read more »

EA Sports FIFA 14 is now available for Android and iOS

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EA Sports FIFA 14 got a grand release in NZ App Store a couple of days ago and the latest action blockbuster game is now available for both Android and iOS platforms across the globe.

FIFA 14 is up for grabs on App Store and Play Store for free of cost, but the game requires you to make in-app purchases to unlock its premium features. Read more »

BlackBerry pauses global roll-out for BBM on iPhone and Android

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So after a long time BlackBerry finally decided to release BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, on the iPhone and Android. The dates were set; September 21 for the Android version and September 22 for the iPhone version. And when the time finally arrived, they dropped the ball.

The first comedy arrived in the form of September 21 coming and going with no sign of the Android version. Thankfully, the company kept their word and released the iPhone version on September 22 but the Android version was still not available despite the fact that it had a one day headstart. And then finally, the company pulled even the iPhone version from the App Store. Read more »

Hackers claim to have cracked the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s

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According to a claim by the hackers of the Chaos Computer Club, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s has been successfully cracked. The biometric security system has been broken by “using easy everyday means.”

The Apple fingerprint sensor has a higher resolution compared to the ones used so far. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Star Wars II’ for iOS, Android, Windows Phone game review

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The original Angry Birds Star Wars hit the app stores last year in November and came as a breath of fresh air. Although an Angry Birds game at heart, the game featured brand new birds modeled after Star Wars characters and had their own unique new powers that made the game more exciting than what you’d expect from an Angry Birds game.

Now, Rovio is back with a sequel, with the aptly named Angry Birds Star Wars II that is based on the prequel trilogy of Star Wars movies, and once again features several new characters and environments in dozens of new levels. But after four years and several similar games, is flinging birds at pigs still going to be entertaining? Let’s find out. Read more »

BBM for iOS goes live, Android version arriving shortly

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The hotly anticipated BlackBerry Messenger for iOS is finally official. The app is currently available for download in the App Store.

Update: The unreleased version of BBM for Android has resulted in more than 1.1 million activations in first 8 hours, causing lot of issues for the company. So, BlackBerry has paused the global roll out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Read more »