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New Mac Pro is a power-efficient beast, drops in December starting at $2999

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Apple unveiled a number of new Mac products and top-notch productivity is the name of the game. There’s the MacBook Pro for computing on the go and the Mac Pro for the absolute maximum in performance. It uses the latest Intel Xeon E5 chips with 4, 6, 8 or 12 cores.

The increase in power comes with a decrease in power consumption, which in turn leads to less heat and fewer fans needed. The new Mac Pro has only one instead of the eight that the previous model used. Read more »

Apple refreshes 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops with Intel Haswell

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Apple has just announced its refreshed 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro notebooks, which now flaunt Intel Haswell CPUs as well as Retina displays. On top of that, they’ve been put on a diet and are now lighter and slimmer.

In addition to the Haswell CPUs, the new MacBook Pro notebooks sport Iris graphics, like the latest MacBook Air. Performance is further improved thanks to PCI Express SSD storage for both models. Read more »

Apple OS X Mavericks is now available as a free upgrade

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Apple announced today that the long-awaited OS X Mavericks will be available today. Even more importantly, Appleā€™s latest desktop OS will be available as a free download.

Introduced back in June during WWDC 2013, OS X Mavericks is a major update in comparison to its predecessor, which includes refreshed native apps, as well as look and feel which bring it close in line with the iOS 7 aesthetics. Read more »

Apple App Store surpasses 1 million apps, 60 billion downloads

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At today’s iPad-centric Apple event, company’s CEO Tim Cook took the time to share exciting news regarding the App Store. Back in June at the WWDC, the apps in the App Store were more than 900,000 and now they’ve already passed the 1,000,000 mark.

Moreover, total number of downloaded apps is now more than 60 billion. The main rival of the App Store – the Google Play Store passed the 1 million apps mark in July, but at that point it only had 50 billion downloads accumulated. Read more »

Windows 8.1 introduces mouse lag, gaming issues

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As it turns out Windows 8.1 update may cause some trouble with popular action games. If you update to Windows 8.1 you may experience severe mouse lag on Call of Duty, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metro 2033 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

Various users are reporting on Reddit they’ve started to experience mouse lag after they updated to Windows 8.1. Read more »

Microsoft resumes seeding the Windows RT 8.1 updates

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The official Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 updates kicked off on October 17. Shortly after that the RT update was pulled from the Store, because it was reportedly failing the installation on a small percentage of RT devices, leaving them unbootable.

It seems Microsoft has found the problem and resolved it, because the Windows RT 8.1 update is back in the Store. Read more »

Create bullet time scenes with the HTC One…sort of

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Happen to have 130 HTC One units laying around? If yes, then you can create your very own Matrix-style bullet time effect. At least that’s what Qualcomm did to demonstrate its latest Snapdragon SoC.

Dubbed the Snapdragon Booth, some 130 HTC One handsets were set up on a rail to provide a virtual 540-degree bullet time video effect. Read more »

AnTuTu benchmark reveals 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8084 chipset

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 family of chipsets are among the fastest currently on offer but as an AnTuTu benchmark leak suggests, the company is hard on work testing a turbocharged version of it.

According to the popular benchmark suite, the Snapdragon APQ8084 is capable of reaching a maximum frequency of 2.5GHz, which is 200mHz more compared to the Snapdragon APQ8074 (the current flagship of the Snapdragon 800 family), which tops 2.3GHz. There are four cores, but it’s not yet clear if they are of the Krait 400 variety or something new. Read more »

Growing up with PlayStation since 1995 condensed to 3 minute ad

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Sony wants to tickle your nostalgia bone with a promo video of the PlayStations over the years that shows how many avid players grew up with the console. “This is for the Players” says the video as it shows quick peeks of games you’ve played in the past and the games you’ll play on the upcoming PlayStation 4.

The video is very well made (a long tradition for PlayStation ads), with no apparent cuts – the camera just spins around showing a growing London through the window and growing friends in the room, who bond over playing the latest PlayStation games. Read more »

Nokia’s Refocus camera app would professionally defocus any of your Lumia shots

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Today at the Nokia World 2013 held in Abu Dhabi, Nokia announced their new Refocus camera app for the Lumia 1520. Refocus promises users the freedom to selectively change the area of the photo, which is in focus.

The Nokia Refocus is a separate camera app for Lumia phones (unlike what we first heard). The camera app aims to reproduce the shallow depth of field that pro cameras have and it does that in a really high-quality way. Details about how it works are scarce at the moment so we are not quite sure whether it snaps a series of images and stacks them into an image, where you can dynamically manipulate the active focus point or if it maps out the depth of the image and subsequently creates the lens blur purely artificially but in a nice looking way. Read more »

WhatsApp grows to 350 million monthly users

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Nokia World is in full swing and while it’s mostly about Nokia’s products, some important app announcements were made, including a quick visit from WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum. Mr. Koum announced that the highly popular instant messenger has now reached 350 million monthly active users.

In mid-April this year the CEO announced that WhatsApp is bigger than Twitter with 200 million monthly active users and that number was 300 million in August. Read more »

New version of Google Play Store now rolling

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Google has started pushing out a new version of its Play Store app. It brings minor UI changes and will most probably premiere as part of the Android 4.4 KitKat.

Play Store 4.4.21 brings a sliding-out navigation bar for easier exploration of the Store. It also prepares your device for the upcoming Newsstand that will replace Magazines soon. Read more »

Nokia flashes its new Ashas on YouTube

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The just-announced Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 have made their way to YouTube, with the latest video ads showing up by the boatload.

The new phones were unveiled at Nokia World today in Abu Dhabi, and unlike their Asha 501 predecessor, feature new “ice shell” exteriors that complement the characteristic flashy Nokia colors. Take a look! Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 treated to an official hands-on video, couple of ads

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The Lumia 2520 is the first ever tablet to come from the Nokia and understandably, the Finns are very excited about it.

They have released a trio of videos, the first of which features Nokia’s Adam Giles, who touches upon the slate’s key features. The 10.1″ slate runs Windows 8.1 RT and packs a microSD card as well as a microSIM card tray for the full 4G LTE support. Read more »

Here come the Nokia Lumia 1520 promo videos

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Nokia finally took the wraps off its first phablet, the Lumia 1520 and now it’s time for the promo videos to pop up on YouTube.

The phablet got three of those, focusing on its smart side, artistic side and also on its hardware. Read more »