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‘Cat on a Diet’ for iOS game review

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We all like to see console-quality games on the mobile platform. But while these games look great in demos, they often don’t play very well on a touchscreen due to the lack of physical controls. I have personally been more fond of simple, casual games on mobile that manage to be fun without being too heavy on graphics and employ a simple control scheme that takes advantage of a touchscreen rather than be crippled by it.

Cat on a Diet on a diet is a new casual title from Chillingo, the people who brought us games like Cut the Rope in the past. This one is along similar lines, but features a new character and gameplay elements that are different enough to warrant a new game. Let’s take a closer look and see how this one fares. Read more »

New color options coming on the Lumia Glance screen with GDR3

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The Glance Screen is a really great feature of the Lumia range. It’s a tribute to the MeeGo lockscreen (and Symbian smartphones), where you can always see a clock and get any missed events listed right on the standby screen.

Until now the Glance Screen, which premiered with the Amber update, had two color options – the default white font and the optional night theme that paints the clock red. Read more »

Chrome for Android beta brings homescreen bookmarks and new tab page

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Google has updated the beta version of the Chrome for Android browser and added two new features to the mix. The first one is the ability to save any web page as a shortcut on the homescreen.

What this feature does is lets you have a shortcut to any webpage on your homescreen so you can quickly launch it in Chrome without having to open the browser first. This feature has been available on the stock Android browser but is now available to those devices that don’t have the stock Android browser, such as the Nexus and Google Play edition devices. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s battery life test

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The tech season is as heated as it gets and with our Apple iPhone 5s review now served, it’s time to turn our heads to the battery life of Apple’s latest smartphone. On the outside, not much has changed compared to the iPhone 5, but on the inside there’s an all new A7 64-bit processor as well as a slightly larger battery – 1,560 mAh compared to the iPhone 5 1,440mAh.

We are yet to see how those affect real live performance, and how they perform under iOS 7, which is said to be as power-efficient as possible. Read more »

Samsung denies accusations of Galaxy Note 3 benchmark cheating

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was caught boosting the benchmark results, a couple of days ago. But, as one can expect, Samsung has denied all reports suggesting that the Galaxy Note 3 ups the performance when the phablet recognizes the benchmarking apps.

Samsung continues to defend itself over the recent reports that reveal that almost all the smartphone manufacturers cheat on the benchmark scores. Read more »

Google Now can be used in all languages that Android support

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A developer at XDA Forum has found a way to access Google Now in all almost every language supported by the Jelly Bean OS. Sletmo, the coder behind the tweak, has created a modified version of the Google Now application, which is compatible with any system language.

To start using Google Now in your language, all you need to do is to replace the original system app with the modified version. Of course, you will have to root your smartphone in order to complete the process successfully. Read more »

Siri’s original voice belongs to voice actress Susan Bennet

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Ever since Apple launched its virtual personal assistant, many have wondered who the person behind the Siri US voice is. Not anymore, as voice actress Susan Bennett has confirmed in a CNN feature that it was her voice that every iPhone user since iOS 5 has heard at some point in time.

It all began quite unassuming, according to Bennet. In July 2005 she was called for a job to record her voice for an undisclosed project. For four hours a day, every day for a month, the actress has been recording all Siri lines and responses. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 undergoes a drop test

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Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the most elegant smartphones in the market. The Xperia Z1 design has a metal casing and has both its front and back covered in glass. It’s almost a pity that a smartphone as pretty has to go for a ride in a drop test, but that’s the fate of every high-end device these days.

The Sony Xperia Z1 goes crashing against the pavement three times and does it manage to survive a shattered glass? Well, check out the video to find out. Read more »

Apple outs OS X Mavericks Golden Master for developers, will be available to users later in October

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OS X Mavericks, the latest edition of Apple’s desktop operating system, is now available to registered developers as a Golden Mater pre-release version.

The Golden Master release for OS X Mavericks is the one where Apple has finished working on this version and distributes it to developers in order for them to optimize their software. Users will be able to download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store by the end of October. Read more »

Photos of Nokia-branded wristband hint at smartwatch

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Have you heard the rumors? Everyone is making a smartwatch – Sony and Samsung already have theirs out, but Apple, Google and now Nokia are in the mix too. The first evidence of a Nokia watch are two photos of a Nokia-branded wristband.

Here’s something funny – a group of ex-Nokia employees put a smartwatch project on Kickstarter, while a former Nokia exec (VP, Entry Business Line) of is chairman at another smartwatch company. Read more »

Some 2.9 million accounts compromised in Adobe Creative Cloud hack

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Cyber attackers have breached Adobe’s new Creative Cloud customer subscription model, and have gained access to some 2.9 million user accounts.

This includes customer names, encrypted credit card numbers, expiration dates, as well as information related to customer orders. Read more »

LTE Nexus 7 receives Android 4.3.1 update

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Google has started seeding a new update for Nexus devices, which updates the version number to 4.3.1. The first device to receive this update is the LTE version of the new Nexus 7.

It’s unclear what’s new in the update but considering the size and the point point version number it will likely be minor bug fixes. Read more »

Instagram to start featuring photo and video ads

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The Instagram service has been free of cost to users ever since it launched three years ago on the iPhone. After it became immensely popular, the service was acquired by Facebook for a billion dollars last year, which signalled that there might be a change in the way the company made money. In this case, by starting to make money.

So Instagram has now announced how they will be making money. In the next couple of months, Instagram users in the US will start seeing promoted photos and videos from top brands on their timeline. These photos will appear on your timeline as if you were following that account. If you don’t like a particular photo or video, you can choose to hide it and report it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery life test

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The latest BIG thing from Samsung is already here. We are done with our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the battery torture test has completed, too. Samsung made sure the beast has enough juice to last for quite a bit, supplying a huge 3200mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note 3 features a supposedly very efficient 5.7″ Super AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and runs on the fastest chipset available – the Snapdragon 800. Android 4.3 is charge of operation, though Samsung’s customizations run deep and the TouchWiz goodies are all over the place. Read more »

Archos refreshes its Platinum lineup with a trio of Android tablets

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After launching the Platinum line in the beginning of this year, Archos pulled the cover of three new members with updated internals. The ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD, ARCHOS 101 Platinum and ARCHOS 80b Platinum aid to take on the established players on the market by sporting a lower price tag to go with premium looks.

Leading the way is the ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD pictured above. Read more »