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  • Galaxy Gear updated to shows notifications from third-party apps

    The Galaxy Gear, Samsung's first Android smartwatch, was poorly received by critics but still went on to sell 800 000 watches, despite an obvious software flaw: namely that third-party applications wouldn't display a full notification on the Gear, just an update telling us to check our phones for further information. This week, that irritation along with a few other minor niggles will hopefully end. Samsung is rolling out an update for the Galaxy Gear that will show all third-party notifications in full, said Engadget. The update is already live for Galaxy Gear owners in Europe and the US. A third-party app...

  • Nokia Lumia 525 official, rocks candy-coated covers and 1GB RAM

    Nokia's Lumia 525 is the nippy sibling to the Lumia 520, a budget phone with loads of nifty software and hardware features that made it genuinely stand out from the rest. The Lumia 525 adds a few more hardware updates to the 520's basic framework, such as more RAM. The Lumia 525 looks the business, thanks to its premium and ultra-glossy style. Is it thanks to the swap-in, swap-out covers, available in orange, yellow or white that makes it such a desirable candy bar phone? Nope, it's the specs which are more than fair for a phone of this price....

  • Moto G review roundup: cheap, competitive and wonderful

    Motorola's latest Moto G was launched yesterday with a few lucky tech sites getting the chance to pick it apart and share their thoughts to the world. We take a look at what the web has to say of Motorola's cheap and highly competitive new flagship smartphone thus far. The grand idea behind the Moto G is that it's meant to be a budget smartphone disguised as a high-end piece of hardware. Motorola has said that this marks it's push into emerging markets -- a smartphone that has impressive specs and a sought-after design. On that note, let's take...

  • ‘Need for Speed Rivals’ review: the endless road

    Need for Speed Rivals is the latest title to be spawned from the Need for Speed family and the first one born from the hands of new Swedish developers, Ghost Games. It was built on the new Frostbite 3 engine, the same one used for the recently released Battlefield 4. How does it fare? First Impressions As you start it up it you’re forced to watch a lengthy and unskippable two-minute intro video. The voice in this intro seems like it's trying overly hard to be philosophically deep and poignant but it just isn't. It comes off shallow, though, at...

  • Microsoft grounding users who upload cuss-filled videos to Xbox Live

    Want to be potentially banned on Xbox Live for swearing? Microsoft is going to make that nightmare come true and has recently said users of its online service, Xbox Live, could face suspensions or worse if their uploaded videos contain "excessive profanity". This knee-jerk reaction is thanks to select Xbox Live user who've discovered that their Skype privileges have been revoked, as well as the use of the Xbox One Upload Studio app. The Big M issued a full statement to TechCrunch, saying: "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications...

  • BBM for Android to be preinstalled on new smartphones in Africa, Middle East

    Much to the surprise of... no one, BBM will soon come as a pre-installed app on "a variety" of Android phones, said BlackBerry. BBM is set to drop on to manufacturers across the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America and Indonesia. From December, the BBM app for Android comes as standard for phones on these networks: Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen. It's a must-have app, said BlackBerry. “It is clear that smartphone customers see BBM as a must have app for active conversations. The uptake we have seen for BBM since the...

  • Here’s what the Xbox One’s new Kinect is capable of

    The Xbox One's all-seeing eye isn't just there for shits and giggles. While many gamers are familiar with the basic "Xbox turn on" or "Xbox turn off" commands, the new Kinect is much more capable and can recognize a host of various inputs not so well-known. Microsoft recently released a "cheat sheet" including examples of different voice prompts and gesture inputs. Why Microsoft didn't simply include this in the Xbox One's manual, remains a mystery to us all. Xbox One was officially launched last week with hope of wooing the tech industry with its innovative, next-gen features. One of its...

  • Steam Machine prototype equal parts Wii and PS4 [gallery]

    Valve's upcoming Steam Machine, a physical console which is planned to run Steam OS, lands its first official prototype images, care of custom PC makers iBuyPower. The custom PC site said to Engadget that it's got two versions of its Steam Machine up-and-running, one called "Gordon" the other called "Freeman", the name of the titular hero (created by Steam developers, Valve) in the best game ever made, Half Life 2. iBuyPower has said that its Steam Machine is planned for a 2014 launch, and both prototypes are running an extremely early build of Valve's Steam OS. A cosmetic difference separates...

  • KitKat coming to Play Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4

    While the slow rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat eventually started making its way down to Nexus devices in the last week, it has recently been announced that Google's latest mobile operating system will be coming to the Google Play editions of Samsung's Galaxy S4 as well as the HTC One. Android KitKat was announced 31 October and, as per usual, was initially introduced to those devices most loyal to Google. The Nexus 5, Google's latest flagship, got first dibs which was followed by other Nexus devices such as the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) -- some people are still waiting,...

  • Samsung ATIV Book 8 review: a costly, underwhelming laptop

    I think Samsung is playing a joke on me. Its US$1269 notebook, the Samsung ATIV Book 8 feels like a half-baked idea: one part Ultrabook and one part netbook. This recipe creates a bitterly disappointingly weak laptop that barely lives up to the exceptionally generous specifications which seem to have no effect on the performance of the Book 8. Samsung made a rather expensive turkey that looks tender and crisp on the surface, but when sliced into, deflates like an old balloon. The Setup The Book 8 is a Windows 8 (I updated it to Windows 8.1) laptop running a...