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Real Racing 3 brings live multiplayer mode on iOS

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Real Racing 3 has been offering a multiplayer mode, which allowed you to race against the time of your friend’s ghost car, but today’s iOS updates adds another, more compelling dimension to the mode. The new multiplayer mode allows for up to four players to race against each other in real-time.

The new multiplayer mode will be available for iOS users only, but the update also brings a couple of new cars. Android and iOS users alike will be treated to the latest McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid and the next-gen Lamborghini Veneno. Read more »

Viber for Windows 8 now available

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The popular free calling and chat service Viber has expanded its availability today and has now hit the Windows 8 Store.

The release comes 7 months after the company released Viber for PC and Mac and the new app is fully optimized for the Windows 8 touch interface. Read more »

Opera Max will help you save data on all your apps

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Opera is working in a new service called Opera Max that will help you save data on all your apps, not just the browser. It compresses data for every image, video and text file downloaded to your device regardless of the application downloading it.

It works by installing the Opera Max application on your Android device. The app configures a VPN server on your device and routs all your data through it. The server will compress all data before sending it to your device, thus saving your data and time. This works for all apps except those that use https, so any secure content such as online payments and mail services won’t be compressed. Read more »

New Facebook Messenger stickers give you the dislike button you always wanted

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Facebook has introduced a new set of stickers for the Facebook Messenger service. These are all variations of the famous Facebook Like icon showing a thumbs up gesture, with the hand showing other gestures, including a much requested thumbs down or Dislike gesture that Facebook would probably never implement on their site. So you can’t yet Dislike a post but now you can at least send them a sticker on Messenger.

For those not aware of Facebook stickers (or are possibly embarrassed to admit), these are small static or animated images that you can insert in your chat. Read more »

LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop goes official with 21 inch display and Chrome OS

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LG unveiled the Chromebase – an all-in-one 21” desktop running Google’s feather-light Chrome OS. The device will be showcased next month, during CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

The LG Chromebase is powered by Intel’s fourth generation Celeron CPU. Read more »

The original Tomb Raider is now available for iOS

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The original Tomb Raider is now available for iOS devices. The legendary video game title is offered in the App Store for the highly acceptable 99 cents.

The developer behind the release, Square Enix, promises the full Lara Croft experience which took the gaming world by storm in 1996. Read more »

Announcing the GSMArena Smartphone Champions League

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This is why we decided to launch the Smartphone Champions League – a knockout tournament to determine which phone you, our beloved readers, like the best. Read more »

LG announces 4K UltraWide monitor line-up

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LG has officially announced its new UltraWide 4K family of monitors, which currently consists of three members – 29″, 31″ and the 34″ flagship.

The 29″ (29UM95) and the 34″ (34UM95) will pack a 3,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG claims they support 99% of the sRGB gamut and will include its True Color calibration software for free. Read more »

Windows Phone Store reaches 200,000 apps

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The continued efforts from Microsoft is paying off as the Windows Phone Store hit 200,000 apps just a few days ago. From modest beginnings in 2010, to 100,000 apps in June last year to double that just in time for the holidays this year.

Microsoft will be releasing $100 million worth of gift cards to 100 retailers across 41 markets to make it easier for users to buy apps (i.e. receive a gift card for the holidays). Read more »

Spotify coming to LG Smart TVs

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LG has announced that the popular music streaming service Spotify will soon be coming to its Smart TVs. The app will be compatible will all the 2013 models and the service is expected to go live in the next couple of days.

However, you would require a premium Spotify subscription to stream the music. The paid membership gives you access to use the service across smartphones, tablets and other platforms such as TV’s and connected devices. Read more »

Qualcomm and others reportedly caught off guard by Apple’s 64-bit A7

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When Apple introduced the A7 SoC with the iPhone 5s, much ado was made about the chip’s 64-bit support. That is, by everyone other than the rival chip makers, who either, like Qualcomm, pronounced it as a “marketing gimmick” (only to retract the words later) or like Samsung, who was quick to announce its own plans of releasing a 64-bit chip.

But turns out, deep down inside everyone was caught with their pants down when Apple announced 64-bit support in A7. According to an unnamed employee at Qualcomm, the company was caught off guard by Apple’s decision to make the switch so early. Read more »

Apple releases new iPhone 5s holiday ad: ‘Misunderstood’

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Apple has released a new holiday ad for the iPhone 5s with a Christmas theme. The ad shows an extended family getting together to celebrate Christmas under one roof.

The ad features a boy who is shown being busy on his phone, while everyone around him is taking part in the festivities. This is a common sight now that we see everywhere, with people having their faces buried in their smartphones even when they are in the company of others, being socially reclusive. However, in this video, that’s not really what is happening. Read more »

24K gold plated Xbox One showcased

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Recently, we have seen gold plated iPhone, HTC One and a couple of other smartphones go up on sale. Now, we have a special edition of Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, which is covered in 24 carat gold.

Harrods, a popular high-end retailer in the UK has showcased the gorgeous looking gaming console. The impressive handmade gadget is up for grabs for £6,000 (about $9,774). Read more »

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Game Pad hits UK this week

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The Smartphone Galaxy Note 3 is a smartphone of a couple of personalities – it’s great at making your productive and helping you get stuff done, but it’s also quite good as a gaming console. The first role is backed up by the S Pen and now the gaming area is getting its much needed accessory in the form of the official Samsung Game Pad for the Galaxy Note 3.

Featuring one-touch NFC pairing via Bluetooth 4.0, the Galaxy Note 3 Game Pad is great for Android gamers who want to experience their games with a traditional gamepad. Read more »

Nokia Camera app comes to low-end and mid-range Lumias in beta form

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The Nokia Camera app unified the creative features of Smart Camera and the manual controls of Pro Camera. It was made available for high-end Nokia Lumia phones a couple of months ago, but now the app is available in Beta for the low- and mid-range Lumias too.

This means support for the following phones: Lumia 520, Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 720, Lumia 810, Lumia 820, and Lumia 822. Note that you need at least Nokia Amber installed, preferably Nokia Black. Read more »