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Opera acquires Skyfire Labs for $155 million

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Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.

Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »

Prototype PS4 controller leaks, has a built-in touchpad

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The PS4 rumors are swirling thick and fast, with February 20 widely being regarded as the day Sony will finally unveil its next generation console. The latest news on that front is that someone managed to take a picture of a working PS4 controller prototype, which has got some new tricks up its sleeve compared to the PS3 controller.

As you’ll notice right off the bat, there is a sizable black strip above the joysticks, which is said to be a touchpad. Read more »

Apple acknowledges Exchange bugs in iOS 6.1, promises to fix them shortly

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Its a known fact that Apple is having a horror time with its latest version of iOS, but the company has promised to fix the issues with an upcoming software update. Apple claims to have identified the issue, which was affecting the Microsoft Exchange support and will be addressing it shortly.

The latest iOS update caused various problems to enterprise users, who had connected to the Microsoft exchange servers. Microsoft even allegedly suggested that server administrators ban iOS 6.1 devices from accessing Exchange servers. Read more »

Infinity Blade is now available for free in the App Store

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Infinity Blade, the popular sword fighting game developed exclusively for iDevices, is now available for free as a part of Apple’s app of the week promotion

The action blockbuster was the first game to be built on the Unreal 3 graphics engine and it really made a splash when it released. Read more »

Apple Maps takes another hit as Oz Fire Authorities call it dangerous

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Apple Maps, the company’s in-house mapping system for its iDevices has been questioned time and time again for its accuracy. The Australian police had earlier called the Apple Maps “life-threatening” and now the Country Fire Authority in Victoria has described the mapping service as “dangerous”.

CFA’s FireReady app for iOS, which is used to report the busyfires in the state, uses Apple Maps and unfortunately the map data turned out to be inaccurate. The fire authorities seem to be failing to reach the destination due to the inaccuracies, when the fire is reported. Read more »

Google Now update brings widget, two new cards

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Google Now is pretty handy, but you need to check either the notification area or the app itself to see the cards. Not very good for at-a-glance info, is it? This is why the fourth update of Now brings the handy service in widget form.

A couple of new cards are tagging along too, they’ll make going to the movies and house hunting easier. Read more »

Samsung provides an overview of the big.LITTLE ARM architecture of Exynos 5 Octa

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Last month, Samsung announced the Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core behemoth of a mobile processor that uses four Cortex A7 and four Cortex A15 cores on a single chip. Samsung has now uploaded a video that provides an overview of how this multi-core processor works.

The processor in the video below uses triple Cortex A7 cores and two Cortex A15 cores in the big.LITTLE configuration. The MP scheduler is able to figure out the task load and intelligently assign it to the right domain. Read more »

WhatsApp Messenger update brings Holo UI to the Android app

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Popular instant messaging client WhatsApp has gone through a major UI redesign on Android. While the former version was nothing more than just a slight revision of the iOS app, the latest update takes advantage of the new Holo UI guidelines for Android.

Right off the bat you’ll be able to see that the menu bar on top is now flat and in line with the new UI guidelines. Drop into a conversation and you will find new flat message bubbles and a redesigned text input field. Read more »

HTC Butterfly lands in our office, check it out before the review ninjas take it away

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The HTC device which made a big name for itself by being the first with a 5″ 1080p screen from a major manufacturer has finally arrived in our office.

We were able to snap a few pictures and even get a quick video of the device in action before sending it off to reviewland, so join us for our first impressions of the HTC flagship and its FullHD screen. Read more »

A newly found iOS 6.1 glitch allows you to bypass the passcode lock

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The latest edition of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system hasn’t exactly has the smoothest of rides. First it was network connectivity issues and now it’s this glitch, which lets you bypass the passcode lock.

An observant user found a way to enter the menu of a pass protected iPhone in a just a few easy steps. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro torn down, found nearly impossible to repair

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Microsoft split its Windows OS into two – Windows RT on ARM and Windows 8 on x86 processors – and with that there are two sibling tablets, the Surface and Surface Pro. The RT-powered Surface was already taken apart by iFixit to judge how hard it is to repair, now it’s the Pro’s turn.

Here are some of the more interesting components found inside the Surface Pro: Read more »

Samsung adds new shade to its Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, now available in Garnet Red

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Samsung has announced a new color variant for its Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE tablet. The latest Garnet Red version of the tablet will be available in South Korean, just in the time for the Valentine’s Day.

The new color variant is presumably targeted at the female audience. Apart from the color change, the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE remains identical to the original version. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z gets xperimented on, given a bath in slow-motion

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The Sony Xperia Z is an Android-powered daredevil and three videos show it participating in so-called Xperimentations – all in slow motion, of course, everyone knows action scenes need to be shot that way.

Check out the videos after the break, they are just 38 seconds each. And don’t forget your umbrella. Read more »

Android 4.2.2 update brings notification toggles, new sounds

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Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for some of the Nexus devices a couple of days ago. Although there was no official list of improvements released for the new version, we are now seeing reports from people who managed to get the update on their device.

Android Police has made a short list of new changes that were made in this version of Jelly Bean. The major one seems to be the ability to use the notification screen shortcuts as actual toggles, something that was not possible before (it would take you to the particular option in the Settings app). Read more »

Microsoft Xbox 360 shipments exceed 76 million units as Kinect sales reach 24 million

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The sales of Microsoft Xbox 360, the successor of the popular Xbox gaming console, have surpassed 76 million units, according to Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox.

Larry Hryb announced the Xbox 360′s achievement through his Twitter page. The tweet also said that Kinect sales have reached the 24 million units and Xbox live now has 46 million paying subscribers. Read more »