‘Wild Blood’ for iOS and Android game review

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If there’s one thing Gameloft’s good at, it’s consistently bringing console quality games to the small screen. Some of these are perhaps too close to some of the console titles out there, close enough to be labelled as clones, but for those who want to experience some of the audio visual glory that they are used to seeing on the big screen in the palm of their hands, these games have rarely disappointed.

The newest title to fit this description is Wild Blood. The first Gameloft game to feature the exceptional Unreal Engine, Wild Blood promises gory hack and slash action with stunning visuals that the engine is known for. Let’s see how well it manages to do that. Read more »

Samsung guns at the iPhone 5 in its latest Galaxy S III ad

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Well, that one surely didn’t take long, guys! With the world still gushing with emotions over the Apple iPhone 5 launch, Samsung released an ad for its Galaxy S III smartphone, which aims right at Apple’s latest and greatest offering.

Under the slogan you see above, which gently (or not?) refers to the employees in the Apple stores, Samsung have listed a spec for spec comparison between the US Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5. Read more »

Shedding some light on the Google and Acer Aliyun phone fiasco

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A situation arose yesterday where Acer’s plans to announce a smartphone in China based on Alibaba’s Aliyun operating systems were brought to a screeching halt when Google threatened to basically kick Acer out of the Open Handset Alliance if it chose to go ahead with the Aliyun phone. There seems to be a lot misinformation about this situation so let’s go through it and see what really happened.

First of all, the Open Handset Alliance is a consortium of 84 companies and was started by Google. Together these companies build and develop what we know as Android. Members get to have access to the full Android experience and use it to their liking as long as the final product is still compatible with the Android ecosystem. You don’t need to be a part of this alliance to use Android, it’s open source after all, but if you’re part of the alliance you have to play by its rules. Read more »

13MP mobile camera sensor from Samsung in the works

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Samsung is in the process of developing a 13 MP camera sensor for use in mobile phones and tablets.

The S5K3L2 CIS is set to be able to capture stills with a maximum resolution of 4208 x 3120 pixels, 30 fps video. Read more »

JAYS of Sweden adds Scandinavian flavor to your headphones, we go ears-on

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JAYS of Sweden brings a rare, but welcome Scandinavian approach to personal audio products. The Stockholm-based company offers headphones which along with being well-made, sport an affordable price.

Quite frankly, my only experience with Scandianavian-flavored headphones has been trying out Bang & Olufsen headphones in a store. The goodies from the Danish company are well known for their quality and design, but also come with hefty price tag. In the case of JAYS of Sweden, I got a chance to try out the a-JAYS One+ and the a-JAYS Four. Both headsets are priced slightly above the $50 range, which was enough to get me curious. Read more »

FaceTime over cellular confirmed by Verizon for iPhone 5

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As you may or may not recall from the recent iPhone 5 announcement from Apple, the new iPhone was claimed to support FaceTime video calling over cellular networks, although it wasn’t clear for which networks.

Verizon has since confirmed that FaceTime on the iPhone 5 will be available to customers on any of their data plans. Read more »

Essential call-enabling update for Viber gets stuck in the Windows Phone Marketplace

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Ever since the popular messaging and voice calling app Viber hit Windows Phone devices, it only supports messaging. Happily, the Viber team has worked closely with Nokia to iron the issues out and add voice calls as well.

However, there’s a problem. Today, Viber posted a Facebook status explaining why the app update hasn’t been pushed – it’s been delayed by the Microsoft publishing process for the Windows Marketplace. Read more »

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the updated Fire are available now, basic Kindle e-reader too

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The new 7″ Kindle Fires that were unveiled earlier this month are available right now on Amazon.com. That includes the revamped Kindle Fire and also the new 7″ Kindle Fire HD.

The basic Kindle e-reader is also out now. Read more »

Apple will soon release compatible VGA and HDMI to Lightning cables

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Since the new Apple iPhone 5 comes with a brand new connectivity port called Lightning, many users were disappointed their old accessories won’t work.

After the announcement Apple unveiled two adapters – Lightning to 30-pin and Lightning to microUSB. As it turned out, though, the Lighting to 30-pin ridiculously overpriced gadget won’t support TV-out. Read more »

Microsoft gives away Surface RT tablets, Windows Phone 8 devices and Windows PCs to employees

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Microsoft just decided to go Santa Claus on all its full-time employees. At the annual Microsoft employee event, CEO Steve Ballmer announced that each of the 90,000 or so full-time employees will be getting a host of freebies, including a Surface RT tablet, Windows Phone 8 device and a Windows PC.

This is not the first time Microsoft decided to lavishly appraise its employees. The last time they did this was when Windows Phone 7 was announced and each employee received a free device. Read more »

Here’s what the public had to say about the “new” iPhone 5

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Yesterday, we expressed our slight disappointment over what the iPhone 5 turned out to be, causing quite a discussion in the comments section. Well, perhaps we are a bit too spoilt when it comes to smartphones. At the end of the day, it is up to the regular consumers to determine what the new device is all about.

The popular comedian and TV show host Jimmy Kimmel and his crew have prepared a handy video of what the public thinks of the “new” iPhone 5. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 rumors roundup: what came true and what not

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Naturally, prior to its announcement, the iPhone 5 was surrounded by hundreds of rumors. Somewhat unexpectedly though, this time round most of them turned out correct and we knew almost all there was to know about the latest Apple flagship, long before Tim Cook took the stage.

The amount of leaks of hardware parts and accessories as well as reports of iPhone 5′s features that turned out to be true was staggering. In fact we knew more about the iPhone 5 than we knew about the iPhone 4 and back then a real unit escaped the R&D center. There were still a few persistent rumors that turned out incorrect, so we thought we might do a quick round up and see if we’d actually miss any of them. Read more »

Check out the first iPhone 5 360-degree spin

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A 360-degree spins is the easiest way to check out how a smartphone looks from every possible angle. And as luck would have it the guys from 3D-desk.com already have an animated gif of the Apple iPhone 5 rotating around its axis.

This render should give you a better idea of what the new iPhone 5 looks like from all sides. Read more »

Apple says iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, turns out it isn’t

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Apple’s Phil Schiller called the new iPhone 5 “the world’s thinnest smartphone”, but many makers have made that claim for many phones. It happens often and sometimes it’s not true. So, how does the new iPhone stack up against the competition?

I’ve prepared a table with every “world’s thinnest” smartphone we could dig up plus various high-end phones that are competing with Apple’s latest flagship. Read more »

Detailed Nintendo Wii U specs leak, official pricing revealed as well

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The Nintendo Wii U, the successor of the highly successful Wii, has been officially announced with pricing and a launch date for Japan. Later today there will be a Nintendo event where they’ll reveal the worldwide launch plans. The exact specs of the new game console are still not clear though.

Luckily, someone posted a pretty extensive specs sheet based on the site for Wii U developers. Read more »