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Apple restocks first-gen iPad mini with Space Gray color option

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Out with the old, in with the new doesn’t look like Apple’s strategy regarding the iPad mini, which premiered a year ago. Instead Apple is now restocking the Black and Slate version with the Space Gray, which debuted on the iPhone 5s.

Select Apple retail stores has been receiving stock of the Space Gray iPad mini since Tuesday. Read more »

Microsoft show how cool the Surface Music Kit is on video

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The Surface Music Kit was announced with the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro slates back in September. It is a detachable cover that will let you create and remix songs on your Surface.

The pricing and availability is yet to be announced, though, but now you can learn in detail how the creative process works via nine demo videos. Read more »

Study finds iPhone 5s and 5c touchscreens inaccurate

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So, iPhone touchscreens are fast in terms of responsiveness but are they accurate? They are not, says test automation firm OptoFidelity. Using a couple of home-brewed machines the company found that the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are quick to react to user input but can’t track your finger as accurately as a 18 months-old Samsung Galaxy S III.

The test was performed by an accurate robotic finger that touched the screen at specific coordinates and compared it to what the phone reports as the touch coordinates. You can see one of their machines here. Read more »

Tizen tablet available for developers in Japan

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An under-the-radar company called Systena has launched a 10.1″ Tizen tablet in Japan. Don’t get too excited though as the slate is aimed exclusively at developers working with the OS.

The Systena-made tablet is part of a larger developer toolkit, which includes manuals, consulting services from the company and miscellaneous software tools. The tablet itself is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Read more »

Microsoft posts record revenue, Surface sales double

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Microsoft announced a record quarterly revenue for Q1 of its fiscal year and along with that the tech giant announced some good news about the Surface tablets – sales for the quarter have more than doubled. Granted, sales were less than spectacular to begin with but it’s great that things are picking up.

Microsoft as a whole announced $18.53 billion in revenue for the quarter that ended in September with operating income of $6.33 billion. This includes a $113 million deferral of revenue from Windows 8.1 pre-sales. Read more »

Mac App Store bug legalizes counterfeit iWork, iLife and Aperture

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Apple recently made its iWork suite of applications, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, along with the iLife suite of apps including iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband free for buyers of new Macs. However, if you’re using a counterfeit version of these applications on your Mac then now there is a way you can update to the latest legit version right through the Mac App Store.

Call it a bug or a feature, but if the Mac App Store detects an older version of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband or even the $79.99 photo editing application Aperture, it will tell you that an update is available for download in the Mac App Store, regardless of where you sourced the app from. Once you update, the application is permanently associated with your Apple account and can be downloaded for free from Apple any time you want, just like any other app you bought. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 camera improves markedly after recent update

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Sony Xperia Z1 recently got a firmware update that brings improved camera algorithm for better all-round performance. Sony has also improved the Smart Social Camera platform that boosts the performance of features such as Burst Mode, Superior Auto, AR Effect and Sweep Panorama.

The new update is already seeding to the Xperia Z1 units worldwide and the first samples showing the improvements are now online. Read more »

Nokia going back to natural colors for its PureView cameras

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Nokia is going to launch the Nokia Black update (previously known as Bittersweet Shimmer) with the Windows Phone 8.1 (GDR3) firmware early next year. The update will be compatible with all WP8-running Lumia phones, but 1020 will benefit the most.

The oversampling algorithm in the Lumia 1020 was altered compared to the 808 PureView phone resulting in oversaturated colors and noisier images. Well, Nokia is bringing back the old algorithms with the Nokia Black update. Read more »

The AMD Radeon R9 290X brings lots of bang for your bucks

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AMD has just released its R9-series Radeon 290X graphics card with the clear intent to propel die-hard gamers on a budget to gaming Utopia.

How so? Well the R9 290X is a GPU has the potential to knock the already well established NVIDIA GeForce GTX780 out of its comfort zone while costing $100 less. Read more »

Samsung ranks second in R&D spending for 2013

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Booz & Company has released its annual study of Research & Development expenditure and has identified the top 20 biggest investors in the world. Car maker Volkswagen tops the chart with $11.4 billion spent in 2013, but Samsung is close behind with $10.4, taking the second spot.

The research covers the period between June 2012 and June 2013, so the data isn’t strictly for 2013. Mind you, Samsung isn’t spending that kind of money on its Mobile division alone, but rather on its whole business which covers a vast number of areas. Read more »

Steve Wozniak wants more storage on the iPads

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When the Apple iPad Air was being announced, Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak was, well, in the air. When his plane landed he took a look at the two new phablets and didn’t like what he saw. “When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs,” said Wozniak, who emailed his wife “Nope, I don’t want one of those.”

The iPad Air (that’s the 9.7″ model for those who haven’t caught up with the new naming scheme) is thinner and lighter, but what Woz really wanted was more storage. Read more »

Surface Pro to cost $699 after another $100 price cut

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Back in August Microsoft dropped the price of the Surface Pro tablet by a $100, bringing it down to $799. Now, after the launch of the new Surface Pro 2, Microsoft has made another price cut.

Starting today, the older Surface Pro will be sold for $699, which is another $100 off the price tag. That might still seem a bit steep for a tablet but when you consider that it is practically a notebook underneath it is not all that bad. Read more »

Watch all the new Apple videos, including the keynote, in one place

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Did you miss the Apple keynote couple of days ago? What about the new product videos? Well don’t worry cause we got you covered. You can watch all the new videos, from the iPad Air to the new Mac Pro and even the hour and a half long keynote here in one place.

The videos have previously been available on Apple’s website but required QuickTime to be played. Apple has now uploaded all the videos on their YouTube channel so you can watch them on almost any device. Read more »

‘Dead Trigger 2′ now available for mobile and desktop platforms

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Madfinger Games has released the sequel to the popular first person shooter Dead Trigger. Called Dead Trigger 2, the new game features the same first person zombie killing action but this time you won’t be playing alone.

While the original game was single player only, the new one is actually a multiplayer game, an MMOFPS, if you will. Here, you join several other players around the world to take down on the zombies. The game is never-ending as such as the story progresses in real time, whether you are playing or not. Read more »

Does the animation toggle in iOS 7.0.3 make a difference?

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Apple changed around many things with the iOS 7 update, one of which was introducing a whole new set of animations for unlocking the phone and closing apps and folders .

But many users have complained that about the speed of the new animations is just too slow, and once the iOS 7.0.3. update allowed them, disabled them outright. When you do that the transitions are replaced by a fade in effect that many hoped will be much faster. But are they really? Armed with a high-speed camera and our iPhone 5S, we’re ready to find out! Read more »