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‘Colin McRae Rally’ for iOS game review

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The Colin McRae Rally series is the epitome of rallying games. The very first game came out back in 1998 and although the series has largely stuck to consoles and the PC, there have been a few versions for handheld device along the way.

The very first Colin McRae game that I played was actually Colin McRae Rally 2005 for the N-Gage. This might sound strange for anyone who hasn’t owned an N-Gage but it was an utterly fantastic game that set the benchmark really high for me for mobile racing games. The latest iteration in the series, named simply Colin McRae Rally, is now available on iOS devices and has rather large shoes to fill. Let’s see if it manages to do that. Read more »

New Android 4.3 build now available for Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition

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Google is yet to announce its newest version of Android OS and will be doing so on July 24 in San Francisco. But, a second Android 4.3 test build is already available for Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, courtesy of a XDA developer.

The Android 4.3 version with build JWR66V has been leaked and the latest Android OS brings battery improvements, supports wireless charging even when the device is powered off and few other under the hood enhancements. Read more »

Firefox OS 1.1 is now available for Geeksphone Keon and Peak

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The first Firefox OS powered smartphones – Geeksphone Keon and Peak was officially announced earlier this year and the developer designed devices are now getting a new version of the HTML 5 based Firefox OS.

Firefox OS 1.1 is now available for Keon and Peak and the users can manually upgrade their devices to the latest version of the newest OS. Read more »

Apple acquires Locationary and HopStop in a bid to improve its mapping app

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Apple made its mapping app official with the launch of its iOS 6 OS and ever since then, the company’s in-house maps for its iDevices has been criticized and questioned time and time again for its accuracy.

It looks like Apple is seriously working to improve its mapping system as the Cupertino giant has bought a small Canadian company called Locationary. Read more »

Google Play Books and All Access Music expand to 13 new countries

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Google is finally taking the conquest of Europe more serious and has expanded the availability of its Play Books and All Access Music services to 13 new countries.

The latest ones to get access to to the Books and Music part of the Google Play Store are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. Read more »

DxO camera shootout puts Apple iPhone 5 against GoPro Hero3

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The GoPro Hero3 action camera was launched about a year ago and has gained some serious traction among extreme sports enthusiasts. Combining a rugged build with some serious video capture credentials the Hero3 has got the attention of the folks from DxO Labs, who have done their set of scientific tests on it.

As a fun experiment they even decided to compare the action camera to that of the Apple’s iPhone 5 and see which one does better with stills and videos. The comparison looks appropriate considering the fact that the iPhone 5 is still one of the more capable smartphone shooters around. Read more »

Gmail now has a full-screen compose option

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Google redesigned its popular email client in March with few new additions and tweaks. One of the notable changes was the new compose, which was available in your inbox as a pop-up window.

Now, Google has started to roll out a new full-screen compose window, which fills your entire display. Read more »

Google introduces Chrome App launcher for all Windows users

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It looks like the Google Chrome App launcher is finally out of its developers preview mode, as the app is now available for all Windows users.

The Google Chrome App launcher will place an app on the start page, taskbar and desktop for Windows 8 and in menu bar for Windows 7, which allows you to quickly access the browser, Chrome store, Gmail or any other application that works with the Google’s browser. Read more »

T3 awards shortlist announced, Apple and Samsung get the most nominees

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T3 has officially announced its nominations for its seventh annual T3 gadget awards, which recognize and honors the gadgets, software and personalities who inspire the tech world over the past one year.

As one can expect, Apple and Samsung have bagged the most nominees with each brand presented in nine categories, including four where the two meet face to face. Read more »

Specs of second-generation Nexus 7 leaked, will feature Android 4.3 and wireless charging

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The alleged images of next-generation affordable tablet from Google have already been leaked and we even saw a video of the upcoming Nexus 7. Now, the specifications of the second-gen of the slate have been revealed in a new leak.

As expected, the second-generation Nexus 7 will sport a 7-inch FullHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display and will feature a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. It will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which will be the latest version at the time of its release. Read more »

Rovio Account now available globally, syncs Angry Birds game progress between Android and iOS

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Rovio has begun the global rollout of its game progress-syncing Rovio Accounts. So far the service was available globally only on The Croods and had very limited availability on Angry Birds.

As of today Rovio Account is available on Android and iOS globally and can sync your progress of the original Angry Birds as well. Read more »

The recent Samsung Galaxy S III explosion was due to defective third-party battery

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We recently heard reports stating that an explosion of Samsung Galaxy S III had injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland, causing third degree burns. The manufacturer had done its own investigation of the cause for the unfortunate accident and has now revealed its findings to the public.

It has been found out that the usage of unofficial thrid-party battery not approved by Samsung was the main reason for the explosion. Read more »

Sony rumored to launch clip-on F/1.8 camera lens with built-in 20MP image sensor for smartphones

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Off late, cameraphones have regained much of their popularity and we are starting to see smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Nokia Lumia 1020 with impressive cameras that have changed the game altogether.

According to a report from Sony Alpha Rumors, the next big thing in mobile photography might come from Sony. The Japanese manufacturer is said to be working on a “lens camera” accessory for its smartphones. Read more »

2 year later VLC media player returns to iOS

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After being pulled off the App Store due to licensing issues, the capable VLC media player has been completely rewritten and is back on Apple’s mobile platform.

The open-source app is now bi-licensed under Mozilla’s Public License v2 and the GNU Public License v2, which VideoLAN believes won’t have any distribution issues under Apple’s rather stringent licensing regulations. Read more »

Halo: Spartan Assault lands on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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The first Halo game targeting the handheld devices has now made it to the Windows Stores. Halo: Spartan Assault is compatible with Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.

The action in Halo: Spartan Assault takes place between the Halo 3 and Halo 4 time frames and offers “new insights into the first missions of the Spartan Ops program, the history of the Human-Covenant wars, and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer.” Read more »