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Microsoft OneNote now available on the Mac, goes free on Windows

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Microsoft has released a Mac version of their powerful note-taking application service, OneNote. For those not aware, OneNote is the Swiss Army knife of note-taking applications with more features than you’ll ever need. And with it’s native OneDrive integration, it also syncs your notes across multiple devices.

OneNote was previously available on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android but now those on the Macs can also join in the note-taking fun. But to make sure more people on Windows can also take part, Microsoft has released a standalone OneNote app for Windows, free of charge, that was initially part of the Microsoft Office suite. Read more »

Angry Birds Epic now available in Australia, Canada and New Zealand on iOS

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Rovio has released the latest installment in the popular Angry Birds series of games, called the Angry Birds Epic. Although based on the same characters that we have been seeing for the past several Angry Birds games, this one is actually an RPG title and not the usual bird-flinging action game.

As is the case with RPG games, you have a lot of flexibility with your weapons and abilities. You can craft your weapons and unlock and upgrade your abilities, including character, armor, weapons and potions, as the game progresses. It’s a turn-based RPG and the game switches back and forth between the birds that you control and your enemies, the pigs. Read more »

The LTE Surface 2 drops tomorrow for $679

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There have been rumors about an LTE enabled Surface 2 for a while, and it seems like it’s finally hitting the market.

FCC documents point to a device named “Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE).” Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 to be considered a “leisure” medical device in Korea

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With its latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, Samsung decided to ramp up the health tracker angle, so much so that they included a heart rate sensor – the first of its kind on a mainstream smartphone.

In certain countries this qualifies it to be considered as a medical device, and Samsung’s home country of Korea is among them. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds now available for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds are now available for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This is the first CyanogenMod treatment the Xperia Z1 Compact is getting since its launch earlier this year.

CyanogenMod 11 is based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat version. The custom ROM weighs about 250MB and you can have it right now. Read more »

Google said to be working on an 8.9″ Nexus tablet

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Google may follow the trend and launch an 8.9″ tablet as its first tablet project for this year, reports Digitimes. The affordable 7″ form factor is dominant at the moment, but makers have been experimenting with various sizes for a while.

This includes Samsung’s 12.2″ tablets, while Asus is reportedly working on a 13.3″ tablet based on an Intel chipset and a dual-boot setup. Read more »

PS4 gets $50 price hike in Canada

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It is not often we see a price hike for consoles but it has happened in Canada. According to the Toronto Sun, Sony will be hiking the price of the PlayStation 4 console from $399.99 to $449.99.

According to Sony, the price hike is “to respond to changes in the market environment”, although it is likely due to the weak Canadian dollar compared to its US counterpart, which makes it harder for companies to sustain profit without a price hike. Read more »

Sense 6.0 demoed on HTC One on video

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We’ve caught glimpses of HTC’s Sense UI through leaked HTC M8 / All New One videos, but HTC’s current flagship will get it too eventually. Here’s a screen recording of Sense 6.0 running on the HTC One.

You’ll spot several changes to how things look in the new UI starting with the lockscreen. Note that it’s a beta ROM and might not have been finalized. Read more »

Jony Ive says we’re surrounded by anonymous poorly made products

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In a rare interview with the Sunday Times Sir Jony Ive, considered by many to be the mind behind the bulk of iconic Apple product designs, says “we’re surrounded by anonymous, poorly made objects”.

He then goes on to say that “it’s tempting to think it’s because the people who use them don’t care – just like the people who made them.”. Apple’s VP says Apple’s design is “not just about aesthetics” and that “it’s a victory for purity, integrity – for giving a damn.” Read more »

Galaxy S5 gets a full review before launch

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The first official review of the Galaxy S5 is out, even though the phone is still some way off from being officially available. The review touches upon various aspects of the phone’s performance, talking about some of the new features and how it fares compared to its predecessor.

Starting with the design, the S5 is physically larger than the S4 but it more than makes up for being water resistant. Although Samsung made it clear that the phone is only water resistant and not waterproof, as you can see in the image above the phone can safely be left underwater for a while without damaging it. Read more »

Lava, Karbonn, and Xolo Windows Phone handsets detailed

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As you probably know Indian manufacturers Karbonn, Xolo, and Lava are all gearing up to create new Windows Phone handsets. Now, thanks to Times of India we also get to learn some details on what they’ll be about.

They’re all very competitively priced and we’ve got a bit of info on their specs, too. Read more »

Valve shows off latest Steam Controller design

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Valve has shown the latest design of the Steam Controller that it announced late last year. The controller is part of the living room gaming project, involving the Steam OS and Steam Hardware.

If you remember the first prototype design that Steam showcased, it had these massive touchpads on either side (that also work as speakers) with a touchscreen in the middle flanked by four keys. In the latest design, the touchscreen has been canned and in its place are four direction keys and four action buttons, marked A, B, X and Y. Read more »

Weekend poll: LG G Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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We’re writing an LG G Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 article, but before we are done we decided to get some input from you, our readers. Both phablets pack some of the best technology available on the market, they are very evenly matched.

We have several key categories – design, screen, software and camera – for you to vote on. Read more »

Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of MWC 2014

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You’ve had a week to vote for your favorite hardware from the MWC, now it’s time to review the results. The Mobile World Congress saw brought us several new flagships and expanded the wearables category, but there were plenty of other interesting devices too.

Most results from the polls are very clear – those were some good devices, but the companies still have a lot to work on. Read more »

Samsung’s new S Band wearable fitness tracker surfaces

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The Samung Galaxy S4′s companion, the S Band, never saw the light of retail day, but it looks like Samsung is trying again to bring the S Band to market with the release of the Galaxy S5.

The S Band fitness tracker should be released in a few months. Hit the jump below to learn more about the wearable’s features. Read more »