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iPhone 5 touchscreen found to be over twice as fast as its Android-based rivals

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Touchscreen latency is the time lag between an input on the screen and the device reacting to it. It affects the user experience directly and a high latency is what causes the perception of lag on devices.

In a test conducted by a company called Agawi, we get to see how some of the current smartphones on the market fare when put in front of a high speed camera shooting at 240fps and a custom built measurement device called Touchscope. They compared the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S4, the Lumia 928, the HTC One and the Moto X. The result, Apple’s devices being way ahead of the rest. Read more »

BlackBerry pauses global roll-out for BBM on iPhone and Android

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So after a long time BlackBerry finally decided to release BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, on the iPhone and Android. The dates were set; September 21 for the Android version and September 22 for the iPhone version. And when the time finally arrived, they dropped the ball.

The first comedy arrived in the form of September 21 coming and going with no sign of the Android version. Thankfully, the company kept their word and released the iPhone version on September 22 but the Android version was still not available despite the fact that it had a one day headstart. And then finally, the company pulled even the iPhone version from the App Store. Read more »

Hackers claim to have cracked the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s

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According to a claim by the hackers of the Chaos Computer Club, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s has been successfully cracked. The biometric security system has been broken by “using easy everyday means.”

The Apple fingerprint sensor has a higher resolution compared to the ones used so far. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Star Wars II’ for iOS, Android, Windows Phone game review

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The original Angry Birds Star Wars hit the app stores last year in November and came as a breath of fresh air. Although an Angry Birds game at heart, the game featured brand new birds modeled after Star Wars characters and had their own unique new powers that made the game more exciting than what you’d expect from an Angry Birds game.

Now, Rovio is back with a sequel, with the aptly named Angry Birds Star Wars II that is based on the prequel trilogy of Star Wars movies, and once again features several new characters and environments in dozens of new levels. But after four years and several similar games, is flinging birds at pigs still going to be entertaining? Let’s find out. Read more »

Hands-on with the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One

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We managed to spend some time with the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One at a press event in NYC. The smartphone is available in the United States for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.

In the flesh, the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One actually sports a darker shade of the color than the version which broke cover during IFA. Read more »

BBM for iOS goes live, Android version arriving shortly

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The hotly anticipated BlackBerry Messenger for iOS is finally official. The app is currently available for download in the App Store.

Update: The unreleased version of BBM for Android has resulted in more than 1.1 million activations in first 8 hours, causing lot of issues for the company. So, BlackBerry has paused the global roll out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Read more »

Skype will no longer update its Windows Phone 7 app, will concentrate on Windows Phone 8 instead

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Skype, a Microsoft owned company, has officially announced that the popular instant messenger will no longer support its Windows Phone 7 app with regular updates and will instead concentrate on developing its app on the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system.

The latest move comes on the basis of the vast majority of the Skype users being on Windows Phone 8. Read more »

Valve hints at Steam Box announcement next week

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Valve’s Steam Box gaming console has been rumored for awhile now, but it seems the company is finally ready to take the wraps off and give us a good look at it. A teaser page has gone up on their site with a clock that counts down to Monday next week.

But it seems there isn’t going to be one but three announcements. The site shows three circles with cryptic icons within and the timer is only for the first of the three. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 1020 battery test

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is for the majority of the company’s fans the best smartphone to have come out of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership so far. It has presumably the best display Nokia currently makes, as well as presumably the best camera that’s even been fitted to a smartphone.

We have yet to test those on our dedicated review, but one thing we did already test is battery life.

A 2,000mAh battery doesn’t sound like much, but it powers a frugal dual-core processor and an AMOLED display. Combine this with the efficient Windows Phone 8 OS, and the Lumia 1020 promises to be a long-distance runner in our battery life test. Read more »

Grand Theft Auto V sales make it past $1 billion in only three days

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Already the fastest-selling video game in the world, Grand Theft Auto V reached yet another milestone today. The Rockstar Games creation made it past $1 billion in worldwide sales only three days after hitting the retail shelves.

GTA V’s publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. reckons that the video game title is the fastest entertainment property to reach the ten-digit milestone. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 625 battery test

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The Nokia Lumia 625 arrives as one of the final Lumia smartphones from Nokia, and looks to build on the name set forth by the budget-range Lumia 620.

This time around the device sports a larger display at 4.7-inches, but also features a 2000 mAh battery. With such a hefty battery having to only power a dual-core device, we expected great battery perfomance and the Lumia 625 delivered. Read more »

Google Translate for iOS gets a new user interface, handwriting input and new languages

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Google has updated its Translate application for the iOS platform. The latest version of the Google Translate for iPhone and iPad now comes with a couple of new features that were previous available only on the Android ecosystem.

Google Translate for iOS now comes with a re-designed user interface to compliment the new iOS 7 OS. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c goes through drop test regime, check out the video inside

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Apple recently announced its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c a couple of days ago and both the smartphones went on sale earlier today. The folks at Android Authority have already managed to get their hands on the latest iPhones and guess what, the first thing they did was to drop it.

If you are planning to pick up the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5c for yourself, then you might be interested in checking out what happens to your favourite gadget when you drop them. Read on to see how the new iPhones perform in a drop test. Read more »

Sony announces BRAVIA Smart Stick, supports Google Services and apps on BRAVIA TVs only

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Sony has just announced its answer to the Google Chromecast dongle. Dubbed BRAVIA Smart Stick, the TV accessory comes with full support of the Google Servicesр, which means Android apps on your TV. This also includes the popular Chrome web browser (with Flash enabled).

The BRAVIA Smart Stick currently only works on the company’s 2013 line-up of BRAVIA TVs and all prospects point at this not changing any time soon. Nevertheless, it comes with a set of cool features. Read more »

iFixit dissects the iPhone 5s, fingerprint scanner and all

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The iPhone 5s is just fresh out the door but it’s already going commando for the iFixit camera, where the guys are quick to undo its glass and aluminum shell and see what hides underneath.

The team deems the iPhone 5s slightly less fun to open compared to its predecessor, to some extent thanks to the short connection cable for the Touch ID sensor. We also get a look at the phone’s bigger 1560 mAh battery, the latest Apple A7 chip and more. Read more »