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  • Titanfall and Battlefield: Hardline are YouTube’s first 60FPS videos

    If it wasn't mandatory before, it's recommended now because watching videos at 60 frames per second just become a whole lot easier. Earlier this week, YouTube made some important changes like adding in an audio library, a Create Studio app and a fan funding option (think of it like Kickstarter for videos) says its official blog. The most important change though are videos that playback at 60 and 48 frames per second. Yup, that's next-gen video right there, folks. Here's what U-tewb says: We're starting to roll out video support for 48 and even 60 frames per second. See how high...

  • ASUS is readying the Robin, its sub-$150 Android Wear smartwatch

    If a Techcrunch report is to be believed, we could see ASUS joining Samsung, LG and Motorola in the ever-growing smartwatch sector. The selling point for their device? It could very well be the most affordable smartwatch of the year. The wrist wear (codenamed "Robin" according to @evleaks) will undercut the competiton, retailing for between US$99 and US$149 post release. This would make it nearly US$100 cheaper than both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. Slated for a September release, the Robin's launch may spoil the Moto360's party, which will set consumers back a now steep-looking US$249. While...

  • HTC Desire 816 Review: the mid-range phablet that makes sense

    HTC’s focus on its high-end One line-up of smartphones didn’t work out very well. Now, the embattled Taiwanese phone maker is renewing its focus on mid-range smartphones in the hope of increasing the cash flow and keeping the cash cow running as long as it can. To counteract this, HTC's revealed a new range of mid-range Android smartphones, including the Desire 210, Desire 310 and Desire 816. The Desire 816 looked like the most attractive option of the bunch, especially when I compared it to some other options in its price range. Its closest competitors are the Samsung Galaxy Grand...

  • Android L cometh: everything you need to know about Google’s latest OS

    It's here. The most anticipated release of Android for quite sometime, codenamed "L" was showcased earlier at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco. One-billion devices worldwide run a version of Android, and L may further increase that number. Launched to much fanfare, and an unwanted protestor, Android L hasn't been given a name or version number yet, but Google's Sandar Pichai notes that this is "one of the most comprehensive releases" of Android ever made. The iOS- and Windows Phone-beating platform comes with a host of improvements and game changers, but one of them will not be a software addition. Material Design Matais Duarte,...

  • Android TV brings casual games, videos and ‘okay Google’ to the big screen

    Android TV joins the roughly billion-and-a-half smart TV and streaming set-top boxes on the market, such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV but with one small difference: namely that Google's positioning Android TV as a casual gaming console too, in the hope that it will decimate the Ouyas of the world. Those familiar with set-top boxes like Roku's will know what Android TV's all about. Download apps from Google Play, stream video from YouTube or Netflix and play games with a brand new Google gamepad that looks like it was modeled after the pad from the original Xbox....

  • Google showcases Android Wear on Samsung, LG, Moto360 smartwatches

    Alongside the much anticipated launch of Android L, Google's wearables-specific OS dubbed Android Wear also had its moment in the San Francisco spotlight. Although announced back in March with developer access shortly before that, the platform was officially unveiled last night running on the gorgeous Moto360, Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, the latter two available for pre-order from today. Both will retail for under US$230, while the Moto360 will only launch in the "Northern Summer" (the North remember). Google, like many manufacturers, are implementing the cross-device design languages -- in the same way that OS X shares design...

  • Sony Xperia Z2 review [video]

    One of the best Android phones, or smartphones of the year is the Sony Xperia Z2 and we've got an in-depth review of it. From its all-metal frame to a fantastic camera, the Xperia Z2 is the sort of Android phone everyone loves to use and we have an exclusive review of it. GearTV is a weekly show that features gadget and game reviews, tips, how-to's and anything useful that we think can help you improve your connected life. It's a show we've designed for you, our readers, so if there are any specific requests you have -- such as...

  • 7 things you really ought to know about Apple’s iPhone 6

    In 2007, a Steve Jobs-led Apple announced "Project Purple," the codenamed operation that would eventually spawn the original iPhone. After its official launch a year later, the device became a mixed bag of sweet sales success and salty near-sighted design flaws. The world has since seen four additional iPhone models, with the sixth and most important version since coming later this year. Thanks to the usual barrage of Apple stories both fictitious and fact, we have a pretty fair idea of what to expect from Cupertino. Here's what consumers could, should and ought to expect from the firm's next super...

  • The Last of Us: Remastered ‘looks like it was originally created for the PS4’ tweets Naughty Dog

    Remastered games on the PS4 have been both limited in success and volume. Tomb Raider and Call of Duty: Ghosts are two of the more successful PS3 upgrades, but what gamers have been salivating for is The Last of Us Remastered, a visually upgraded port of one of the best games to come from Sony's ageing console. The Last of Us Remastered is currently being tested by creators Naughty Dog and the company's senior designer, Benson Russell, tweeted out a special message for his followers. Testing #TheLastOfUsRemastered, holy cow it looks like it was originally created for the #PS4. One...

  • Meet Cardboard: Google’s free VR headset for anyone with an Android phone

    Google's sidestepped Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and a bucket-load of other virtual reality headsets by doing the impossible: it's released Cardboard, the DIY VR headset everyone can build right bloody now. With an Android smartphone and "everyday items you can find in your garage, online or at your local hardware store," says the official site. Announced on Wednesday at Google's I/O Conference, Cardboard looks like a late April Fool's joke but is cold-stone reality. Most users reading this article, in fact, have all the hardware they need to make their VR dreams come true. Step 1: download the app It's a...