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Archos announces 7-inch GamePad 2 with quad-core processor

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Archos brought its first 7-inch Android tablet with hardware gaming controls, dubbed GamePad, a year ago and now the company has revealed its second-generation GamePad in a brief post on a retail website.

Archos GamePad 2 comes with a 7-inch display just like its predecessor, but the resolution has been increased from 1024 x 600 pixels to 1280 x 800 pixels. Read more »

Valve announces SteamOS

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We wrote last week about an impending announcement by Valve. Turns out, that announcement was the new SteamOS.

So what is this SteamOS? SteamOS is an operating system that will run on computers meant to be connected to your TV and let you play your Steam games there. The trick here is that the games don’t necessarily have to run on that computer itself but can run on another computer with Steam and then get streamed over local Wi-Fi network. Read more »

Microsoft outs Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro and dedicated accessories

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Microsoft has just announced its second generation Surface tablets – the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro. Both slates are thinner, faster and lighter, with better displays, USB 3.0-enabled, and powered by the latest 8.1 version of Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro.

As expected Microsoft is also launching a new lineup of Surface accessories including a new Type Cover with backlit keys. Read more »

New Oppo N1 promo videos reveal making-of process

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The just-announced Oppo N1 came out with its fair share of fanfare at its unveiling in China, and the manufacturer has posted a few videos detailing the device.

Both highlight Oppo’s design strategy for its new flagship, with one paying particular homage to its manufacturing process. Read more »

Oppo announces its new Color OS running on the new Oppo N1

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Oppo, at its Beijing event for the camera-centric N1, showed the latest update to its latest Android OS overlay which it calls Color OS. As before, the proprietary UI follows the basics of Android but has a deeply overhauled look – from icons to its heavily gesture-based functionality.

According to Oppo the OS was developed with lots of research from users and is accompanied by some 43 patents. Read more »

Korean media: Samsung is in the final stages of its 64-bit mobile CPU, to be seen in smartphones and tablets

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According to a reports by a Korean media outlet, Samsung is into the close to completion of a 64-bit mobile processor intended for use in its own smartphones. The report further speculates that the chip will be first used in the company’s next flagship.

The chip will also be used for products beyond smartphones, such as tablets. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Samsung were to use the 64-bit chip in its upcoming line-up of Chromebooks destined for 2014. Read more »

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 »