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Vine for Windows Phone is finally here

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The much-awaited Vine for Windows Phone platform has finally launched and you can now capture and share moments in short video clips from your WP powered smartphone.

The popular service, which is owned by Twitter, allows you to create looped videos by just tapping and holding your finger against the screen of your WP device. Read more »

Tizen OS gets 36 new partners

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The Tizen Association announced today it is has started partnering with 36 major companies, which will bring a broader support for the Tizen OS at launch. The list includes notable tech companies, game publishers, electronic giants and mobile carriers.

This is great news for the Tizen platform and gives it a lot of potential for when it finally becomes commercially available. Yesterday, news broke that Tizen 3.0 will be available in the third quarter of 2014, so there’s quite some time remaining until it gets adoption beyond developers. Read more »

Windows Store boasts 1.7 million daily downloads in October

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Microsoft has released the latest Windows Store marketplace statistics, which show the number of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 app downloaded daily has averaged 1.7 million.

This includes both free and paid apps and show a 38.5% increase over June. The result is a total of 51.2 million apps downloaded in October alone – 15 million more than recorded in June. Read more »

Devices with NVidia’s Tegra 5 and Tegra 4i chipsets coming in Q1 next year

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NVidia’s Tegra 4 didn’t get the wide adoption the Tegra 3 saw and the company is already looking to 2014′s models. The Tegra 5 and the Tegra 4i already have certifications by AT&T and should bet certified by other carriers soon.

The Tegra 4i aims at the mid-range market and the first devices with it should be announced in Q1 and ship in Q2 (basically, we should see them at CES and MWC next year). NVidia’s CEO says people will be “delighted by the OEM that it comes from.” Still, it’s coming a little late since it was announced as far back as February this year. Read more »

Apple Maps usage rises as Google Maps drops sharply

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Last year, when Apple replaced the Google Maps application on iOS with their own Apple Maps, the company was blasted by everyone, including Apple fans, to the point where Apple had to issue an apology to customers and highlight other mapping apps in the App Store. A year later, however, things are looking a bit better.

Over the past year, Apple Maps usage has increased sharply whereas Google Maps has seen a corresponding drop, according to a survey by comScore. Read more »

Gmail for desktop update expands the functionality of the quick action buttons

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Google’s Gmail for desktop got treated to a subtle, yet quite useful refresh today. The update expands the functionality of the quick action buttons in the inbox.

In addition to doing things such as checking on flight confirmation or sending an RSVP via dedicated buttons, users can now view YouTube and Vimeo videos, or Google Docs sent to them via email straight from their inbox. Read more »

A duo of NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 promo videos made the rounds, check them out

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As the first slates using the platform are beginning to make their way into the marketplace, a couple of NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 promo videos made the rounds online. Announced back in September, NVIDIA’s creation aims to bring powerful internals and affordable price to the tablet realm.

The first promo video gives a broad outlook of the tablet platform’s talents. Read more »

Samsung NX-300M mirrorless camera runs Tizen, new OS features revealed

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At the Tizen OS Developer Summit in Seoul, Samsung’s executive vice president Jong-Deok Choi revealed that the company’s NX-300M mirrorless camera actually runs Tizen. The camera has been on sale for a month now, but Samsung is just now breaking the news.

Moreover, at the summit Samsung also announced some of the major new features that’ll be coming with Tizen 3.0. Read more »

Microsoft fixes mouse lag issue in Windows 8.1

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The Windows 8.1 update released a new DPI framework that caused problems in games that don’t read raw mouse data. The result was significant mouse lag across several titles like Call of Duty.

Microsoft has released a hotfix that addresses the issue, and has included a list of affected games. There are also instructions on how to extend the update to other games. Read more »

Dynamic viewing and self-healing in focus in latest LG G Flex videos

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LG has released two videos of its curved smartphone LG G Flex, which shed more light on some of its coolest features – the curved display and self-healing body.

LG also shows off three accessories for the G Flex – a Quick Window cover, Vest and 16 gig USB on the go that has microUSB and full-on USB connectors on board. Read more »

Sony makes its own unboxing video for the PlayStation 4

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Admit it, we all love watching unboxing videos. Anyone who is excited about technology just can’t resist the allure of watching your favorite gadget being removed from its brand new packaging and laid out next to all the other contents of the box.

It seems Sony is well aware of this fetish of ours, which is why they have gone ahead and made their own unboxing video before the console hits the shelves and customers get a chance to do it for themselves. Read more »

‘Rayman Fiesta Run’ for iOS and Android game review

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Last year’s Rayman Jungle Run was an absolute riot. It has pretty much everything you could ask for: Terrific gameplay, great visuals, superb music and simple controls.

Naturally with such a big hit on its hands, Ubisoft decided to follow it up with a sequel. The new Rayman Fiesta Run brings essentially the same gameplay in dozens of brand new levels with updated visuals and characters. Let’s see how it fares compared to its predecessor. Read more »

Stephen Elop reportedly mulling Xbox and Bing split if elected as Microsoft CEO

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Nokia’s former chief Stephen Elop has grand plans in consideration if elected as the next CEO of Microsoft. Already on the shortlist for the position, Elop is said to consider selling off the Xbox business and axing Bing.

In addition to the abovementioned changes, Stephen Elop is reportedly mulling over expanding the reach of the popular Microsoft Office to a broad variety of devices, including iOS and Android products. Read more »

‘Device 6′ for iOS game review

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Mobile devices have infiltrated the gaming segment in a big way to the point where they are now the primary gaming platform for a lot of people, even if they don’t realize it yet. We now have games from all genres available on the mobile platform. But while several of them try to emulate console gaming experience on the small screen, some are designed from the ground up for the touchscreen.

I have said repeatedly in the past that it is this category of games that interests me the most. The joy of playing a game designed with the attributes of the touchscreen in mind and actually takes advantage of it rather than being crippled by it is quite something. Device 6 for iOS is one such game, and today we are going to take a close look at it. Read more »

Lenovo launches IdeaPad Flex, a dual-mode Windows 8 notebook PC

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Lenovo has officially taken wraps of IdeaPad Flex, a dual-mode notebook PC with a 10 point multitouch feature. Lenovo’s newest addition comes with an ability to flip 300 degrees to instantly switch between laptop and stand modes.

With the laptop mode, you get the integrated keyboard and a touchpad, while the stand model is designed for touch usage and social functionality. Read more »