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Apple to add movie ticket booking through Siri in iOS 6.1

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Continuing the integration with important third-party applications, Apple is said to include another new feature in Siri in the upcoming iOS 6.1 update. While currently you can get movie ticket reviews and timings with iOS 6.1, in future you will also be able to purchase tickets through Siri.

This new feature comes courtesy of Fandango. You will see a button to purchase tickets in Siri when you search for show times or movie reviews. Moreover, you can also speak directly to Siri and ask to book the tickets for a particular movie. Read more »

‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ for iOS and Android game review

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After taking the arcade racing genre by storm with the original Need for Speed Most Wanted back in 2005, EA rebooted the series this year and put the steering wheel in the able hands of Criterion Games, makers of the popular Burnout games as well as Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

This time, however, the action won’t be limited to the big screen. A mobile version of the game has been released for iOS and Android and although it’s not exactly the same game as the console version, you will find similar races, cop chases and a great roster of cars in what promises to be one of the best racing games on the mobile platform. We put our seat belts on and decided to take it for a test drive. Read more »

Apple updates its UK homepage with a new statement, admits the first was inacurate

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Just as the UK Court ordered, Apple has now put a proper statement on the bottom of its UK homepage saying (in exactly 11pt font) that the previous statement didn’t comply with the order the court had issued.

There’s also a link which takes you to the new page, where Apple states that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 didn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents. Read more »

New security feature in Android 4.2 checks sideloaded apps for malware

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Google has introduced a new feature on Android 4.2 that aims to reduce the instances of malware running on Android device.

In their previous attempt, the company had added a feature on the Play Store called Bouncer, which checked apps on the Play Store for malicious content. This time, the service will be running on the device itself and will be checking sideloaded apps instead. Read more »

The iPad mini races the Nexus 7 towards a cold, hard surface in drop tests

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We have seen the early reviews of the iPad mini. We have seen the teardowns. Soon we will be seeing a weird guy who would want to blend this thing. Till then we have a couple of drop tests to keep us company.

The latest fad in the world of technology coverage are drop tests that drop new devices from various angles to see how well they hold up (or don’t). While the jury is still out on the accuracy of these tests, they do help paint a picture of how well your future (or present) device will fare after hurtling towards the Earth at 9.81 m/s2. Read more »

HTC Desire X reports for duty, we have the impressions inside

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The HTC Desire X is a midrange offering from the Taiwanese, which brings some dual-core, Sense’d ICS bang for a reasonable buck.

We have a 4-incher at the front of WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, and a 5 MP auto-focus camera around back. A dual-core processor and Beats Audio are among the innards of note. Read more »

Amazon released Cloud Drive Photos app for Android with 5GB of free storage

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Amazon has just launched the Cloud Drive Photos app in the Google Play Store. It’s free and can be installed on any device running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread or higher.

With this app you can easily upload photos from your Android devices and computers to the Amazon cloud. You can also easily share those photos to various social services, via email, etc. Read more »

Mission Highly Possible: Notification center in Windows Phone 8

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Android was first to introduce pull-down notifications, to be later adopted by iOS too, and now Windows Phone is about to follow suit.

Windows Phone 8 now has USB mass storage mode under its belt, along with DirectX graphics support, among other new services and integrations, but it seems a notification center is to land soon too via an upcoming update. Read more »

iPad mini launches today, Apple eyeing 1.5 million units sold over the weekend

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Despite being a couple of weeks behind schedule, the iPad mini sales open today, but only in the US and only in black.

Never mind the delay, Apple is expected to sell around 1.5 million units of its 7.85″ slate. Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray has made the projection and he believes Apple will hit that number before the weekend’s over. Read more »

The iPad mini gets an iFixit teardown

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iFixit is continuing their tradition of tearing down every major new product and the latest product to fall in their hands is the new iPad mini.

As usual the teardown reveals some interesting pieces of information that are otherwise kept away from the general public by manufacturers. So let’s take a look. Read more »

HTC One X+ stops by the office, flexes its quad-core muscle for our camera

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Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the HTC One X+. HTC’s latest Android flagship has blessed our office with its presence and we are about to examine it in excruciating detail in our upcoming review.

Before that, however, let’s get a bit more cozy with the One X+ and get to know it a bit better. Simply put, it’s One X on steroids, as it features the same Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, but with the CPU overclocked to 1.7GHz. Read more »

Google Drive now offers easy sharing and embedding to popular social networks

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Google Drive has been updated with a few new features. They are supposed to make the Google’s cloud storage service more popular and hopefully steal some users from the leading Dropbox.

The new capabilities include easy sharing (or embedding) of your Drive files to popular social networks such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, etc. Read more »

UK Court slams Apple for the “Samsung/Apple UK judgement” text, orders changes to be made in 48 hours

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Following the UK Court of Appeal ruling, Apple had to put a clear statement on its website saying that Samsung didn’t infringe on the iPad patents. And Apple did, but in a way that wasn’t what the judges really had in mind.

According to the official ruling, the guys from Cupertino had to clearly state on their UK website that “Samsung didn’t copy” the company’s designs. Instead, Apple posted a few paragraphs explaining in long how despite the UK’s ruling, courts in the US and Germany acknowledged that Samsung did infringe the company’s highly popular tablet. And that’s not what the court ordered. Read more »

US database for stolen phones is now live, to join the international blacklist soon

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The Wireless Association (CTIA) has announced the US database for stolen phones is now up and running. In case a phone gets in there it won’t be allowed to connect to any of the US networks.

The participating carriers in the database are AT&T, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. They already deployed their IMEI databases of stolen phones and the merge should be completed within a year. Read more »

Megan Fox talks to dolphins with the help of the Acer S7 ultrabook in a cool ad

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Acer has launched a new ad featuring Megan Fox. She uses the company’s latest Windows 8 flagship notebook – the S7 – to fulfill her dream of talking with dolphins.

For good or bad, the ad doesn’t feature the Acer S7 ultrabook as much as Megan Fox, but I am not complaining. Read more »