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Half-Life 2: Episode One arrives exclusively on Nvidia Shield Tablet

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Half-Life 2: Episode One made its way to Nvidia Shield Tablet. The classic gaming title is available to install from Google Play for $7.99.

Half-Life 2: Episode One is exclusive to Nvidia’s latest tablet and requires a controller. Read more »

BBM takes stickers, Timed Messages, and Message Retraction to Windows Phone

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BBM for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.0 today, and there is a lot of new functionality inside. The Timed Messages and Message Retraction features that made their debut on the other mobile platforms back in October have finally landed on Windows Phone on this occasion.

The app also got the BBM Shop with stickers, which are the new cool and trendy thing for messaging apps as you may know. Read more »

Skype Translator Preview released for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Skype’s wonderful Translator functionality has finally become reality. The feature was first demoed by Microsoft back in May, and now it’s available as a preview on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

At the moment, it only works between English and Spanish speakers. But it does do on-the-fly translation of voice calls. So you speak in one of these two languages, and the person at the other end of the ‘line’ will hear the other one. There is a slight delay, of course, but it’s perhaps smaller than one might have expected. Read more »

Gestures Beta for Windows Phone automatically mutes your mic, puts call on speaker

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Aside from the Glance Screen update we just reported on, Microsoft has something else for Windows Phone fans today. It is, in fact, a new app, currently in Beta. It’s called Gestures, and it automates some tasks based on how you hold or move your phone.

It lets you control some of your phone’s functions without needing to touch the display. The first release, the one which is now available to download from the Windows Phone store, focuses on calls. Read more »

Glance Screen for Windows Phone now lets you set a background image

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The Glance Screen functionality for Windows Phones lets you see some information while your phone is in standby. The time, weather, alarms, calendar events all show up there along with info about missed calls and received messages. And today, the Glance Screen app itself has seen an update.

The new version is already available to grab from the Windows Phone app store. The main new thing that you’ll find inside it is that you can now have a background image for the Glance Screen. Read more »

Messenger app Viber introduces games with a limited launch

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Popular IM and voice call app Viber is expanding into games, following in the footsteps of its neighbors Line, WeChat and Kakao. Right now it’s a limited release with only three games and four countries, but will go in January, barring any show-stopping issues.

It’s been a busy year for Viber – it went after Skype with global landline and cellphone calls in December 2013, then it was acquired by Rakuten, launched a desktop app and even took a swing at Twitter with public chats. Read more »

Vivo X5 Max’s secrets to thinness revealed in teardown

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As part of its teaser campaign for the Vivo X5 Max, the company explained how it managed to make the handset only. 4.75mm thick – by pushing most components around the rim of the device. If that sounds a bit abstract, these teardown photos will help.

The Vivo X5 Max stole the title of “the world’s thinnest smartphone” from the Oppo R5 just a week ago. Read more »

Windows Phone apps show up in Windows 10 store

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The recent leak of a Windows 10 consumer build (9901) has provided tech-enthusiast and Windows fans alike with information on a lot of previously unannounced features of the upcoming OS release. And while Xbox and Cortana integration are obviously on their way we are yet to see one of the exciting features boasted by Microsoft – ability to run Windows Phone applications on a desktop Windows distribution.

The leaked Windows 10 build in question has given us a possible glimpse of precisely this feature. An interesting picture popped up on twitter, showing HTC’s “Make More Space” app listed in the Windows 10 Store. The application is clearly intended for Windows phone, as evident from its listing. Read more »

YouTube 6.0 for Android adds chat support for streaming videos

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One of the fun (or horribly annoying, depending upon how you see it) things about the live streaming videos on YouTube is you can post in the chat with everybody else watching the video, and the chat appears on the side and updates live as people post messages.

This functionality has been missing from the mobile apps but with YouTube 6.0 Google is bringing it to the Android app. Now when you open a live streaming video, you will find the button to live chat at the bottom, which will show you the messages from others and let you type your own. Read more »

Nest controls will soon make their way to Google Now

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You will soon be able to control you Nest thermostat from Google Now. The functionality is already baked into the search giant’s virtual assistant, though it is yet to go live.

If you ask Google Now on your device to “set Nest to 70 degrees,” it will try and complete the task. Read more »

Windows 10 build leaks, showcases Xbox and Cortana integration

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A Windows 10 consumer build 9901 leaked out to reveal some of the features that the upcoming OS will bring. Microsoft will have a consumer presentation of Windows 10 in late January next year.

The latest technical preview of Windows 10 showcases the integration of Cortana. Read more »

Office Suite 8 gets a massive update with desktop looks

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The popular Office Suite 8 for Android OS has just got a massive 8.1 update, which brings a complete UI overhaul with desktop-inspired looks and many new functionality to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF modules.

Some of the new features include hyperlinks and text-to-speech recognition in Word, support for multi-user track changes, better comments and page color support. Read more »

Oppo N3 hands-on

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We were quite intrigued to see the follow up to Oppo’s last year’s selfie-centered phablet, the Oppo N1. The Oppo N3 builds upon its creator in a way that both expands its abilities and also shrinks its footprint to achieve a better fit for everyone.

Last year Oppo N1 broke a mould or two by introducing a pivoting 13 MP camera lens – the first ever on a mobile phone. Not only that, but it also had a huge 5.9″ 1080p IPS LCD and users had a choice of either Oppo’s Color OS or a tailor-made CyanogenMod OS based on stock Android. That certainly set the bar high of follow-up. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet 2 series has a lot going for it. It’s slick, packs an amazing screen and will most likely be the coolest gadget on most conference tables.

Lenovo has once again taken a stab at redefining form factors and usage scenarios. The device is more “yoga” than ever with four distinct usage modes, including a hanging option. Throw in an integrated projector into the mix and you have got yourself the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – the shape shifter we are looking at today.

This unconventional gadget is by definition a tablet and a formidable one indeed. The Pro model is built around an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, which is quite capable of handling any office task you throw at it, all while going easy on the 9,600mAh built-in battery. Read more »

Oppo R5 hands-on

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Oppo R5 was announced shortly after the Gionee Elife S5.1 and ended its glory as the thinnest smartphone around. The 4.9mm Oppo R5 is so thin that it can’t even pack a proper audio jack.

But there is more. The R5 isn’t just thin, it’s really sturdy – Oppo recently demonstrated in a catchy video that the R5 is equally capable as a fruit cutter and a nail hammer. Razor thin and tough as rock – meet the Oppo R5. Read more »