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GTA: San Andreas coming to iOS, Android and WP next month

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Rockstar has just announced the mobile version of the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto: San Andres game.

The popular game will become available on Android (both Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore), iOS and Windows Phone in December. Pricing and specific released date are yet to be disclosed. Read more »

PowerUp brings smartphone-powered amateur aviation to the masses

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A nifty new Kickstarter campaign looks to take the paper airplane a step further with the help of a new smartphone-controlled module called PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module is an ultra-lightweight attachment that works with any regular paper airplane and allows tilt, throttle and steering remote control through a paired smartphone and app. Read more »

Samsung ChatOn gets SMS support

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Samsung has added SMS and MMS support to its own chat client – the ChatOn. The app comes pre-installed on every Galaxy smartphone since the Galaxy S II and has extensive IM functionality.

I think the SMS/MMS support is long overdue though, since both Viber and Hangouts already have this functionality. Even the Facebook Messenger has had it until recently, but it was dropped due to low user interest. Read more »

Nokia Chat powered by Yahoo! beta 1.3 is now faster with offline support

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Nokia has launched a beta version 1.3 of its Chat powered by the Yahoo! messaging app. Available for Nokia Lumia smartphones, the messaging app brings a few new features and a boost in performance.

Naturally, the newer version also fixes some glitches of the previous iteration of the app, and improves the startup times. Upon launching the app users will immediately have access to the contacts list and will be able to read old messages. Read more »

Canalys: tablets have caught up to laptops

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The PC market as defined by analyst firm Canalys – desktop computers, laptops and tablets (devices with 7″+ screens) – is experiencing a major shift. The firm predicts that next year, tablets will make up half of the total PC market. And the PC market is growing (despite the declining shipments of desktops and laptops) thanks to a huge spike in tablet sales.

Tablets are almost there already – in the third quarter this year they accounted for 40% of the PC market and the shipments in terms of units was a hair short of the shipment numbers of laptops. Read more »

Xbox One drive defect will get you a free game

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Microsoft has promised to reward new Xbox One device owners suffering from broken disc drive issues with one of four exclusive launch titles.

Xbox One owners who replace their faulty units through Microsoft’s Xbox One advance exchange program will be eligible for free digital copies of Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, Zoo Tycoon or Dead Rising 3. Read more »

Futuremark delists HTC, Samsung handsets for cheating

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Futuremark, the software developer behind 3DMark, has removed the performance scores of four Samsung and two HTC devices from its benchmark database. The reason is simple – the devices were suspected in altering their behavior during testing thus breaking the Futuremark rules and are considered cheating.

The six devices that were delisted from the Futuremark scoreboard are Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Octa), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (S800), HTC One, HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (Octa) and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (S800). Read more »

Google shows off Nexus 5 camera in new videos, fails to get the irony

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Google has released three new videos showing off the camera functionality on the new Nexus 5. The first video showcases the Photo Sphere feature, which was first seen on the Nexus 4, and lets you capture 360 degree panoramas. The second shows the new HDR+ feature and the last one shows the Auto Awesome feature, that generates animations from your burst shots.

All this would have been great had the camera on the Nexus 5 not been so underwhelming. The image quality is mediocre at best and the camera software itself, other than a couple of tricks, is utterly basic with a messed up viewfinder. Read more »

Assassins Creed: Pirates for smartphones and tablets goes official

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Shortly after Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag made its way to consoles and gaming rigs, Ubisoft took the wraps off a new addition to the popular franchise, made specifically for gaming devices. Titled Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, the game will be available for iOS and Android devices on December 5 for $4.99.

Assassin’s Creed: Pirates will utilize a new 3D graphics engine, designed specifically for mobile devices. Read more »

Apple to hold a Black Friday sale

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Apple Australia posted a teaser about an upcoming Black Friday sale it will be having. The sale will be available both online and through the retail stores.

There is no info on which products will be discounted, the only thing we know is the Apple shopping event will take place on November 29 and it will last 24 hours. Read more »

New Tegra 4-powered Nook leaked from GFXBench

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Barnes & Noble has had a hard time recently (heck, most manufacturers have had a hard time recently) competing with the runaway success that has become Amazon’s Kindle tablets.

In an attempt to pry away some market share, B&N looks to be working on new versions of its popular Nook tablets line as revealed by the popular GFXBench GPU benchmarking tool. Read more »

Gameloft shows the benefit of MediaTek’s octa-core CPU

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MediaTek announced its latest true octa-core MT6592 chip last week and now the company has teamed up with Gameloft to showcase what the hardware is capable of.

More specifically, Gameloft has enhanced its Modern Combat 5 shooting game to take advantage of MediaTek’s latest octa-core CPU. Because of the additional oomph, the game maker is capable of adding a lot more textures, visual candy and effects to the gaming engine. Read more »

Latest Nokia Lumia 2520 ad mocks the iPads

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Nokia has just released a new commercial about its first slate – the Lumia 2520 running on Windows 8.1 RT. It is one minute long and takes a few jabs at the Apple’s iPad.

The ad highlights the smart keyboard, the fast charging battery and the pre-installed Microsoft Office. Read more »

Next-gen Kindle Paperwhite to feature 300ppi display and lighter body

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The next generation of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-Book reader is going to feature a 300ppi screen and a lighter shell, insider sources claim. The higher pixel density display of the next Kindle Paperwhite is also going to be complemented by enhanced typography.

In comparison, the current Paperwhite packs a 212ppi display, so the update should definitely make a difference. Moreover, there will be additional hardware improvements over the current model. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2020 8″ tablet rumored to come out in Q1 2014

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Nokia is expanding into new categories with a tablet and two phablets, but talk from Digitimes is that Nokia will soon follow up with a new slate dubbed Nokia Lumia 2020. There’s not a lot of info available for the tablet other than that it will run Windows 8.1 RT and that it will have an 8″ screen.

Digitimes sources say the Lumia 2020 will target the mid- to high-end segment, so it most likely won’t cost $200and compete compete with the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX. Read more »