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Pegman returns to Google Maps with new update

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You may have noticed that after the latest major Google Maps update for desktop browsers, an important figure suddenly went missing: Pegman. This move made many users frustrated by their inability to quickly access Street View and nearby images by dragging the icon onto the map, and more than a few people opted to continue using Google Maps’ classic view.

Now, the latest update brings back Pegman, and makes viewing images, panoramas, and even indoor areas even easier by having all of them appear on the map whenever you grab hold of Pegman. Read more »

‘Rayman Fiesta Run’ now out on iOS and Android

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Ubisoft has released the successor to the terrific Rayman Jungle Run on iOS and Android. Called Rayman Fiesta Run, the new game brings brand new levels, revamped visual design and music to the much loved gameplay.

We reviewed Jungle Run back when it came out on iOS and had loved the incredible visuals, fast paced gameplay and amazing music. Fiesta Run maintains the single tap gameplay mechanism, where all you have to do is use a single finger to tap on the screen to jump at the appropriate moment and not have to worry about any other controls. This is great for touch devices as too many controls makes the experience worse, not better and one of the reasons why Jungle Run was so well received. Read more »

Check out the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 in our hands-on video

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 moniker is really the name of three different phones – one is a regular entry level Android phone, the other is a dual-SIM handset and the third one packs 4G LTE connectivity.

Today we have the dual-SIM variant on hand in our studio, so join us as we take a look at what makes the latest entry-level Samsung droid work. Read more »

Pebble gets huge update, including iOS 7 notifications and SDK v2.0

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The Pebble smartwatch has been gaining in popularity since its release, and the promising Kickstarter project has led to a full-fledged company now with some 190,000 Pebbles sold worldwide. With this latest update, Pebble has announced full support for iOS 7 notifications.

Alongside extended notifications support for, Pebble has also announced the release of version 2.0 of its SDK. Read more »

Massive Wall of Sound speakers return with version 2.0, say goodbye to your eardrums

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The first Wall of Sound speakers were unveiled back in 2009, touted as the largest available speakers for iOS devices. Despite the hefty weight and $4500 price tag, they were able to sell out fairly quickly.

Now, the second edition of the powerful speakers dubbed “Wall of Sound 2.0″ have gone official. They are heavier, bigger and louder than the previous model, containing 44 speakers with individual chambers, two sub-woofers and a tube amplifier. Read more »

Apple iPad Air is cheaper to build than iPad 3

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The Apple iPad Air is a major redesign of Apple’s 9.7″ tablet and is unquestionably more advanced than all their previous models. But did it cost Apple more to make? AllThingsD and researchers from IHS report that the Air is cheaper than the iPad 3 (the last big iPad they have examined), despite the cost of the display going up.

It’s really the screen that is the biggest change to the internals. A new design has allowed Apple to use just one layer of glass instead of two, which has reduced the thickness from 2.23mm to 1.8mm. Read more »

Rumored Microsoft CEO shortlist

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Reuters claims it has insider information regarding the choice of the next Microsoft CEO. The shortlist of people that could replace Steve Ballmer includes Ford chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

In fact, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by Reuters, currently Microsoft has five people outside the company in mind for the position. There are also at least three internal candidates including former Skype CEO Tony Bates (currently in charge of Microsoft’s business developments) as well as Satya Nadella, Cloud and enterprise chief at the company. Read more »

Archos announces 101 XS 2 Android tablet

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Archos has launched a new large Android tablet, the 101 XS 2. It has a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display and Archos Coverboard keyboard that snaps magnetically to the tablet and acts as a cover, keyboard and a kickstand.

On the inside is a quad-core Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz and Mali 400 MP4 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage space with microSD card. The tablet has 2 megapixel cameras on the front and back. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Google Now for iOS update brings hands-free voice control and notifications

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Google Now for iOS got treated to a major update today. The latest version of the app got a host of new features which brought its functionality in line with that of its Android sibling.

The most notable new feature which the app update brings to iOS is the ability to receive notifications. Read more »

Nexus 5 gets torn down by iFixit, walks away with a high repairability score

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As usual, the folks from iFixit gave the LG Nexus 5 a proper teardown shortly after its announcement. The latest and greatest Google smartphone achieved an impressive repairability score of 8 out of 10.

The Nexus 5 is held together by plastic clips which are stubborn, yet easy to open with a simple tool. Read more »

Verizon Ellipsis 7 with quad-core processor goes official

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After appearing in rumorland, the Verizon Ellipsis is now official. Verizon’s first tablet is 4G LTE enabled and will rub its shoulders against the likes of Google nexus 7.

As the name suggests, Verizon’s Ellipsis is a 7-inch slate with a 720p IPS LCD display. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 review

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The recent trend smartwatches has been popularized in part by Sony, who have already seen enough time go by since their first iteration to see a SmartWatch 2 device to market.

The SmartWatch 2 features a stylish Xperia-inspired design complete with color touchscreen, and aims to compete directly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Read more »

Asphalt 8: Airborne for Android goes free prior to its first big content update

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Asphalt 8: Airborne is a great new addition to the popular Gameloft franchise of rubber-burning games and up until now has been $0.99 on the Google Play store. Now Gameloft has made the game free on Android just like it did for iOS not long ago.

Gameloft is also en route to deliver the first major update to the game, bringing along the new Renault Clio R.S. car, Limited Time Cups and more. The update is already live on the title for iOS so it’s expected to hit droids soon too. Read more »

Infographic boils down Apple’s iPhone history

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The iPhone is perhaps the most recognizable smartphone in the world, but it was a long journey to get where it is right now. Maybe you’ve been tracking Apple’s best-selling handset since it launched in early 2007 or maybe you haven’t – in either case, this infographic gives a nifty look at the iPhone’s history.

It all started with the iPhone later dubbed “iPhone 2G,” which can be a little confusing – 2G refers to the second generation wireless tech it used (GSM/GPRS/EDGE), not the second generation of iPhone. Read more »

Beats Pill XL by Dre Bluetooth speaker hits the FCC

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A larger Beats Pill wireless speaker has appeared in the FCC website. Dubbed the Beats Pill XL, the latest sound bar from Dr. Dre packs more punch and a similar design to the first Pill.

The speaker is yet to be officially announced, but the FCC docs reveal it boasts Bluetooth connectivity and NFC for easier pairing. Read more »