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iCEnhancer mods for GTA IV take the game’s visuals to a whole new level

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Other than being a great game, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV for PC is also known for being extremely moddable, with a ton of mods released since the game was released back in the day. iCEnhancer has been one of them and focuses mainly on the game’s visuals. And what a job it does.

With the release of the v2.5 Alpha, the developers have turned the eye-candy all the way up to almost photorealistic levels. The textures, the lighting and the reflections are at a whole new level altogether, with some motion blur and depth of field added for good measure. Read more »

‘Karateka’ for iOS game review

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Old school gamers here will probably remember Karateka very well. Created by Jordan Mechner, the same guy who created the original Prince of Persia game, Karateka is one of the most popular 8-bit games of all time.

Now, 28 years after the game first debuted on an Apple II, the original developer, along with a small team, has created a remake for the Xbox, PS3, PC and iOS. The game is based on the same basic premise as the original but features revised rhythm-based gameplay and completely reworked visuals. But will it be able to recreate the magic of the original? Let’s find out. Read more »

PlayStation 2 shipments stopped in Japan after almost 13 years

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After selling over 150 million units world wide since it went on sale almost 13 years ago, the old warhorse PlayStation 2, it seems, is now finally making an exit. According to Famitsu, Sony has stopped shipping the console to retailers in Japan.

The PlayStation 2 went on sale in Japan back on March 4, 2000, and was a tremendous success for the company. Read more »

Windows 8 Store now has over 35,000 apps in its catalog

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We already saw how the Windows Phone 8 Store is doing, time to have a look at the Windows 8 store. According to MetroStore Scanner, the store for Microsoft’s new computer OS has over 35,000 apps, over 22,000 of which are available in the UK.

That’s not bad, considering that the Store had only 10,000 apps at the end of October. Read more »

Tablet web traffic sees iPad dominate again, Kindle Fire ahead of Nexus line, Surface RT barely makes a mark

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The Apple iPad is the most popular tablet hands down and unsurprisingly it dominates the web traffic share in the US and Canada with 87% in the month of December (was 88% in November).

The data comes from Chitika Insights who use it as a yard stick. Read more »

HTC HD2 spotted running Windows RT

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The HTC HD2 has quite a reputation among the developer community for managing to run pretty much every operating system out there, including various versions of Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows, Linux and Android.

The latest feather in its cap is that someone actually managed to install and run Windows RT on to the device and has screenshots to prove it. Read more »

Windows Phone Store gains over 75,000 apps in 2012

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store has steadily been making progress, at least as far as the number of applications are concerned. 2012, in particular, seems to have been a good year, with over 75,000 new applications been added to the store, roughly doubling the overall number.

Back during the launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft had said that they had over 120,000 apps on the Windows Phone Store, although no further update was provided on that number this time. What we do know is that customers are now downloading an average of 54 applications to their device, which is over half of what iOS users do. Read more »

This surely isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S IV, but it would have been pretty darn sweet if it was

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With the Samsung Galaxy S III still selling like hot cakes, it is highly unlikely that we will see its successor break cover in the nearest future. However, speculation about the next generation Samsung flagship is already picking up steam. The latest bit even comes with a hands-on video of a Samsung Galaxy S IV concept.

The device in the render you see above packs specifications, based on the latest rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S IV. Read more »

Samsung will unveil Smart Hub TVs at CES, releases a teaser video for a mystery TV

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Samsung is teasing a new TV that will be unveiled at CES early next year. The video is obscure as can be, but the company’s Flickr account has several images of the revamped Smart TVs, which will be showcased at CES too, and are slightly more generous with the details.

The new Smart Hub promises easier to use interface and it will serve as a content platform – the TVs will handle broadcast television as well as on-demand TV shows and movies, browse photos and support apps too. Read more »

Apple is expected to ship 8 million iPad mini tablets in Q4

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It appears that Apple will ship significantly less iPad mini tablets in Q4 than initially predicted. According to component suppliers in Taiwan, the Cupertino giant will ship an estimated 8 million slates in the last quarter of 2012 – not the projected 10-12 million.

The reason for the occurrence is not lack of interest towards Apple’s creation – it remains quite healthy. Read more »

HTC One VX for AT&T brought a dash of budget-friendly Android goodness to our office, here goes the hands-on

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Launched alongside the One X+, the HTC One VX for AT&T is the Taiwanese company’s budget offering in the carrier’s lineup. However, the LTE smartphone’s solid build and rather generous 4.5″ display surely give it a solid upmarket feel.

The HTC One VX features a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930 chipset with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. Read more »

Google tries to ruin Christmas with sad Santa and Snowman emoticons

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As if it was not enough that Google skipped adding December for people’s anniversaries in Android 4.2 (it was added later with an update), Google is now trying to ruin Christmas with these depressing Santa and Snowman emoticons.

In what is possibly the most amusing issue submitted to Google’s forums, a user has written a post complaining (jokingly, of course) about the depressing emoticons built-into the latest version of Android. Read more »

More details on Nokia’s 10″ Windows RT tablet emerge

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While it is hardly a secret that Nokia is hard at work on a 10″ Windows RT tablet, details on the upcoming slate are still fairly scarce. A fresh report however, has shed some more light on the upcoming Finnish tablet.

Reportedly, Nokia’s Windows RT tablet will sport a similar display to the Microsoft Surface RT. Read more »

Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet and lower-priced Windows 8 slates in 2013

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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Acer will launch a $99 Android tablet in 2013. The sub-$100 slate will go head to head with the numerous low-cost Chinese tablets which are offered in developing countries under a plethora of different brands.

The budget-friendly Acer Iconia Tab B1 will sport a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (likely a Mediatek unit), a 7″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

Samsung GT-N5100 appears in GLBenchmark, likely a new Galaxy Note member coming our way

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A yet to be revealed Samsung GT-N5100 has made an appearance in GLBenchmark, thus all but confirming that there is a new member of the Galaxy Note family coming our way. As you probably know by now, the N moniker has been used by Galaxy Note products since the launch of the original N7000 last year.

According to the benchmark data, the Samsung GT-N5100 boots Android 4.1.2 and features a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. Read more »