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RumorTT: OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 set to release any day now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 2, 2014 6:04 pm

If recent rumors are true, we could see Apple release the next major update to its OS X operating system. This morning several sources are reporting that Apple has finalized its 10.9.3 update for OS X Mavericks and will be releasing it in the coming days as a free update. This update will mark the third milestone for Mavericks since its 2013 release.

 

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This release will also signify that Apple has managed to remove most of the bugs from the operating system as signified by the companies increased frequency of updates. OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 will usher in improved 4K display support, as well as improved 4K video support. Apple has also added in the ability to sync contacts and calendars between Mac and iOS devices via USB. Additionally the update will include Safari 7.0.3.

Adidas' MiCoach Smart Run fitness tracker gets Spotify offline support

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 2, 2014 5:11 pm

Music has become one of those must have things when it comes to what many consider a successful workout, and Adidas knows this. Today the company announced that it would be adding the ability to play Spotify offline tracks to its MiCoach Smart Run wearable fitness tracker. While the fitness tracker has had Spotify support for some time now, offline track playback was not enabled.

 

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Several websites have confirmed from Adidas that the offline functionality will be enabled and that more features will be coming to the MiCoach Run before the end of the year. Most likely the software update will arrive for users to download around the holiday season later this year. No word was given on what the new features may be, but we are sure that they will be awesome!

Snapchat gains chat feature, finally lives up to its name

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: May 2, 2014 2:30 pm

Snapchat is an app that gained fame for allowing people to take pictures of themselves that promised to delete themselves shortly after viewing. The idea was to let you send images that you might not want to be around indefinitely, but it turned out to be pretty easy to store those pics early on. Snapchat turned out to be particularly popular with those who wanted to send nudie pics with less fear of them being posted online.

 

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One thing that Snapchat has never had was the ability to actual chat in real-time. That has now changed with Snapchat gaining a chat feature. Chat is initiated by swiping on a friend's name. Once the user leaves the chat screen, the chat messages are automatically deleted.

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Blu Life Pure XL smartphone rocks a Snapdragon 800 processor for $399

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2014 1:30 pm

Blu Products has been making all sorts of smartphones that run Android and are affordable to buy off contract for a while. The latest offering from the company has surfaced and it is called the Blu Life Pure XL. This phone is notable because it has a high-end Snapdragon 800 processor.

 

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Often Blu's devices have lower performing hardware inside. The phone has a 16MP rear sensor that is 1/2.3-inch for higher quality photos. The front camera on the smartphone is an 8MP auto focus unit. The Snapdragon 800 processor is paired with a quad-core Krait 400 GPU. The OS is Android 4.2.

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iPhone 5/5s BuQu Tech PowerArmour case extends runtime and protects

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2014 12:32 pm

If you own an iPhone 5 or 5S smartphone and are looking to get more talk time and use out of your device with each charge, a new power case is available. The case comes from a company called BuQu Tech and is called the PowerArmour Extended battery case. Inside the case is a 2300 mAh battery.

 

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The company promises that the battery will add 36 hours of music playback, nine hours of video, 7 hours of 3G internet use, and up to 9 hours of Wi-Fi, LTE, or 4G time. The case has its own 2.1A USB port that allows it to recharge 20% faster than other battery cases.

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Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace app available on the App Store

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: May 2, 2014 12:08 pm

When Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars films, we all knew that lots of new movies and other items were going to hit the market. Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced that it is launching a series of apps for iOS users called Star Wars Journeys. These apps are episodic stories with heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe features.

 

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The apps include fast-paced activities and game play and are designed to introduce people new to the franchise to the Star Wars universe. I am sure more than a few old school fans that have been around since the original Star Wars hit theaters will like the apps as well.

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Dell unveils new Inspiron laptops and AIO computers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 2, 2014 11:35 am

Dell has pulled the wraps off some new computer systems including new Inspiron notebooks and All in One PCs. The new notebooks include the Inspiron 14, 15, and 17 5000 series notebook computers. Dell is aiming these machines at students that need a laptop they can take around campus. The 15 and 17-inch machines in the series have backlit keyboards and full HD touch displays.

 

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Those touch screens support 10-finger touch and have scroll, zoom, and tap. The laptops have various 4th Gen Intel Core processors and battery life of up to 8 hours for the Inspiron 14. The Inspiron 15 is good for runtime of up to 7 hours and 33 minutes. The new AIO machines include the Dell Inspiron 20 and 23. The 23 uses 4th generation Core processors and have full HD displays.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game now available on consoles and PC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2014 11:03 am

Fans of super hero movies probably know that the next Spider-man film hits theaters today. That movie is called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and we already know that it will have a companion video game of the same name. Activision has announced that the game is now available to purchase.

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game promises refined game play compared to the original with an open world that lets gamers roam and fight evil around the city. The city in the game is remade with new visuals, architecture, challenges, and surprises to discover as the city is explored.

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NeoGeo Metal Slug shooter returns as tower defense app for mobile

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2014 10:36 am

Old school gamers who remember the NeoGeo will probably remember one of the games for that system that was called Metal Slug. The game was originally a 2D shooter title and it is back for mobile gamers.

 

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Metal Slug Defense is no longer a standard 2D shooter, the new version of the game is a tower defense and strategy game. Metal Slug Defense is available on the iOS and Android platforms. Game play with the updated version of the game is completely different from that original game, but the mobile app has the same blocky dot pixel graphics that the original boasted for a retro feel.

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Eve: Valkyrie moves from the Unity engine to Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2014 5:29 am

Eve: Valkyrie is set to become one of the biggest games of the year, especially since it will launch alongside the Oculus Rift when it arrives to consumers (hopefully) before the year is out.

 

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CCP, the developer behind the game, has just announced that the game has moved from the Unity engine, over to Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. CCP has ditched everything it had from the Unity engine, building the game from the ground up on Unreal Engine 4. Eve: Valkyrie's Lead Game Designer, Chris Smith, explains: "It gives us familiarity. It gives us a great engine, I've worked in Unreal before. It gives us ready made accessibility into the market".

 

He continued: "I'm not a business person, so for me it's just a great engine that renders a great game. It allows me to express what I need to express on a tool I'm familiar with. On the code side, everyone seems to be adapting very quick. What you're seeing today is from nothing in January to now. We had a great demo before, but turning it into a real boy? Something that you want to play a thousand times that has systems that can be expanded upon... this is the game now".

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