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XBMC renames itself to Kodi, developers now have more legal control over branding

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XBMC is one of the most popular media center applications out there and a personal favorite among our team members and it now will have a new name – Kodi – once its next major version is out. The reason behind the re-branding is dictated by two major reasons – legal issues and relevance.

In 2002 when the application came into existence, it carried the name Xbox Media Player, but since it did a lot more than mere media playback, it was renamed to Xbox Media Center. You can now see where the legal issues come from. Read more »

Weekly poll: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini 2

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We’re taking a little detour from our regular routine with poll making and will be pitting two slates against each other instead of smartphones. Well, maybe not such a big detour after all.

In this weekly poll installment we’re putting the two best-equipped portable slates around – the newly-arrived Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 against the market-leading Apple iPad mini 2. Read more »

Ask Ooloo is an app that gets real people to be your personal assistant

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Ok Google, Siri, Cortana; these personal assistants have been helping us with our search queries, appointment scheduling, and navigation needs on a daily basis. But what if we wanted our smartphone’s personal assistants to be a little more personal?

Enter Ask Ooloo, a mobile assistant application that gets your questions answered by an actual person. Read more »

Flappy Birds ‘Family’ flying to Fire TV

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The Flappy Bird story is one that still leaves lots of mobile users scratching their heads: the insanely popular game was quickly removed from mobile App stores due to the developer’s personal issues.

If you didn’t get a chance to download the game before it was taken offline then have no fear, because you’ll be able to play a new version of the title on Amazon’s Fire TV. Read more »

Google allegedly planning on separating Photos from Google+

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After unlinking Hangouts from Google+ in the recent past, it seems Google is now planning on doing the same with its photos service. Currently available as part of the Google+ social network, the Photos service will soon become independent, according to Bloomberg.

After it becomes an independent service, users can access it separately without needing to have a Google+ account. It would still continue to be available to Google+ users. Read more »

Google Now Launcher is available to download by all Jelly Bean 4.1+ devices

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Google has launched its Now Launcher for all devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. This makes it easier for anyone to get access to Google Now with just a swipe on the homescreen.

Google’s homescreen replacement features all the basics you’d need: you can add or remove widgets and app shortcuts, change wallpapers and reorder homescreen panes. Read more »

Flying Delta? You can now stream movies on your flight courtesy of the airline

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Long flights, delays on tarmacs, and travelling-by-air in general is a huge pain; keeping yourself occupied while your strapped in your seat is a tedious affair and having to load your devices with music and movies is SO 2009.

Well Delta has released Delta Studio, which is the airline’s attempt at providing more in-flight entertainment for its passengers. Read more »

Surface Pro 3 in core i3 and Core i7 flavors on their way to US and Canada

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When the Surface Pro 3 debuted, you were pretty much stuck with the Core i5 version of the device if you wanted to purchase one.

Well fret no more, as the Core i3 and i7 versions of the laptop/tablet/mobile computing device are on their way. Read more »

Meet HP’s premium smartwatch

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Smartwatches aren’t really known for being sexy, although this trend is starting to be corrected by the likes of the Moto 360 and the OnePlus One Watch.

Well it looks like HP is entering the smartwatch game, with a smartwatch that classes is up above all current offerings. Read more »

16GB iPad Air can now be had for just $399.99

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The iPad Air is now $100 cheaper than usual if you buy one from Best Buy. The price cut takes the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi model to $399.99, which is the lowest amount you’ve ever needed to pay for it.

Granted, the iPad Air is bound to get a successor within the next two months or so, at least according to many recent rumors. But the iPad Air 2 won’t be a huge update compared to the currently available model, and this one is now more affordable than ever. Read more »

Google Workshop: create custom cases for your Nexus 5

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The Moto X has been getting a lot of love for it’s Moto Maker custom phone option, but what about customzing the main “strictly” Google phone- the Nexus 5?

Well Big G isn’t letting you change the body of the phone, but Google will be serving up customized cases for its latest Nexus phone with an upcoming service called Google Workshop. Read more »

BBM for Windows Phone beta version now available

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Are you a Windows Phone user who’s been jealous of all the BBM love iPhone and Android and owners have been receiving lately?

Well you’re in luck as the Canadian tech manufacturer has just released the BBM beta for Windows Phone. Read more »

30-second rechargeable batteries are reality, need your help to kickstart them

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Waiting for a battery to charge is the second worst thing you have to do (after filing taxes, I guess). Thanks to the engineering prowess of Shawn West, however, the former task could be done in just 26 seconds.

West has created a battery that can replace normal AA, AAA, C and D-sized batteries with super fast rechargeable ones. He also says that tech this could be adapted to work in mobile phones as well. Read more »

Wikipedia is now available on iOS as a native app

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Wikipedia is now available as a full-blown app on the Apple App Store, following its release on the Google Play Store more than a month ago.

Previously, Wikipedia relied on wrapping its mobile website in an app format, but now the largest online encyclopedia is available for the two most popular mobile operating systems as a native application. Read more »

Moto 360 rumored to be made out of plastic, measures 48mm in diameter

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Motorola announced the Android Wear running Moto 360, but was mum about a lot of details, including a launch date. The company also showed a bunch of photos of the smartwatch, on which it appears to be made of metal. Well, not so fast with the conclusions.

The latest rumors have it that the phone will actually be made out of plastic. Additionally, because of the wireless charging feature, the Moto 360 is rumored to be 13.5mm thick. In comparison, it’s brethren the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are 9.9mm and 8.9mm thick, respectively. Read more »