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Watch these three hilarious Apple Maps parody videos

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The deficiencies of the new Apple Maps app may not a laughing matter for the iOS users, but the rest of the world is not going to stop making jokes just because of that.

The latest portion of hilarity at the expense of the Apple Maps are three videos based on popular movies – The Dark Knight, The Hunger Games and The Shining. Read more »

Upcoming Gmail 4.2 for Android will brings pinch to zoom and swipe to delete gestures

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An upcoming version 4.2 of the Gmail app has been spotted in the wild and has two new features, one of which was right on top of the most requested features for this app.

Yes, v4.2 finally allows you to pinch to zoom within an email. If you’re someone like us who receives a ton of press releases every day or simply mails that are formatted for the big display on desktop computers, you’d know how useful this feature is. Read more »

Shadowgun: DeadZone public beta now available for NVIDIA Tegra 3 devices

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Madfinger has released the public beta of Shadowgun: DeadZone, a multiplayer version of the superb Shadowgun currently available on iOS and Android. Shadowgun: DeadZone is currently available for free (until the beta test lasts) and is only available on Android devices running NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset.

DeadZone is an exclusive, multi-player only version of the standard Shadowgun. You play in similar environments as Shadowgun but you now have multiple characters to choose from and instead of dumb AI enemies you will be against much tougher human ones. Read more »

Google releases new Play Store update, brings some much needed changes

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Google has released v3.9.16 of the Play Store application for Android and with it come some useful new features. One of the new features is the ability to delete apps from your ‘All’ apps list within ‘My Apps’. Anyone who has been using Android for a while will know that this list is cluttered with useless apps that you only downloaded once and then deleted but are now permanently part of that list. Well, not anymore.

Applications in this list that are currently not installed on your device will now have a delete button next to them, so you can instantly remove them from the list. Moreover, you can now press and hold over these items and delete a whole bunch of them simultaneously. Read more »

Lumia 820 and 920 wireless charging accessories pricing revealed

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Since the next generation Lumia announcement lots of people have been wondering on the pricing of those shiny wireless charging accessories. Well, the good news is that it has now been revealed, but the bad news is that you probably won’t like it.

Clove UK is already taking pre-orders for the wireless charging shell, plate, stand and pillow. The accessories will be released alongside the Lumia 820 and 920, whenever the two smartphones launch. Read more »

Google updates Street View with more than 250,000 miles of new imagery

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Google has substantially updated its Google Maps Street View service, updating 250,000 miles of roads around the world.

The Street View coverage is now extended to cover Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. Google is also launching special collections in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico, among others. Read more »

This iPhone has been sleeping with the fishes for 6 months and it still works

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Modern day smartphones are great at many tasks, but unfortunately, swimming is not among them. Ken Hovanes learned this the hard way when he accidentally dropped his iPhone in a lake about six months ago. The water in the lake was 2m deep and murky back then so Ken gave up on retrieving the device and bought a new iPhone.

Fast forward to more recent times. After finding the lake waters have slightly receded, Ken went to search for his iPhone again. And he found it, still sitting on the bottom. What surprised him most however, is that it still worked. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10 M2 now available to a wide range of devices

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The CyanogenMod 10 M-Series is a stable version of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based AOSP ROM, which is supposed to be good enough to server as a daily driver.

The CM team has released M2 to the general public and it is available for download for a bunch of popular smartphones with support for even “on the way”. Read more »

Nokia City Lens for Symbian and MeeGo beta trial over, support for the platforms axed (WP app is still a go)

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Nokia City Lens is one of the “most well received new applications” from the Finnish company (they also used it to generate buzz for the WP8 Lumias before unveiling them). The Symbian and MeeGo users weren’t left out – they got to participate in the beta trials, which are now over.

There’s some bad news though – City Lens is becoming Lumia-exclusive. Read more »

Google+ app updated on iOS and Android

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Google has pushed out a new update for their Google+ app on iOS and Android. One of the key new features in the iOS version is support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Another new feature is Google+ page owners now being able to view, post and comment from the mobile app.

Lastly, you can also edit your posts, save photos to camera roll and search for people and posts on the iPad. Read more »

Motorola RAZR i battery life test concludes, results are inside

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We’ve just concluded our in-depth review of the Motorola RAZR i and its Intel Atom Medfield chipset inside and now it’s time to shine a light on its battery performance.

The Motorola RAZR i achieved some pretty good scores in all of our tests, but its talk time endurance was partucularly impressive. Read more »

Black and white LG Nexus 4 pop up in Carphone Warehouse inventory

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The rumors that the next Nexus device is going to be LG-made, got yet more backing today as an LG Nexus 4 was spotted in Carphone Warehouse’s inventory listing.

In fact we’ve got two different items in the list – one for each of the available color versions. Read more »

Four Windows 8 ads show up ahead of time, show the flexibility of the new OS

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The launch of the new Windows 8 OS (and probably Microsoft Surface tablets right along with it) is coming later this month and the first crop of Windows 8 ads is already out – even if Microsoft didn’t intend it to be.

The videos showcase some of the new gestures and features of the new OS, check it out after the jump. UPDATE: The videos have been pulled. Read more »

HTC Desire V goes through our battery test, see how it fared inside

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HTC Dual-SIM Android smartphones aren’t something we come by every day, so when the HTC Desire V came by our office, we were eager to test how it’ll fare in our battery test. Especially since its main selling point is the ability to facilitate two SIM cards.

The HTC Desire V gets its juice from a standard for its kind 1650mAh Li-Ion battery, so you shouldn’t expect it to run circles around the heavyweight champions like the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Motorola RAZR MAXX HD. Read more »

GoPro releases iOS app, lets you remote control your HD HERO2

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GoPro has released an app for the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S and 5), iPad (1, 2 and 3) and iPod Touch that lets you “Connect. View. Control.” an HD HERO2 remotely.

The app is free but you’ll need to get a $99.99 Wi-Fi BacPac add-on accessory for your GoPro camera in order to use it and it isn’t compatible with the older HD HERO model. Read more »