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Best iPhone camera apps:

What I am seeing? Point and shoot cameras are out of the way. Yes, smartphone cameras are just too convenient and surprisingly with awesome results. The iPhone had helped to kick off the smartphones era in 2007. Moreover, the camera of iPhone 4S released in 2011 was one of the best on the market as of 2012. The stock camera app for iPhone is by far the best one but there are tons of camera apps on the App Store that add the features and options of pricier dedicated cameras.

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Following are some great iPhone camera apps that you must check out if you like shooting pictures and videos with your phone.

1. Camera Genius

(Buy from App Store, $2.99)

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Top 5 file managers for Android

You have frequently browsed through the file system of your Android device to manage or locate some files. At the end you’ve come to the verdict that the native file explorer is lacking in its capabilities and in most cases you will not find the File Manager though like on my HTC One mini.

Happily, if you ever look into Google Play Store, you’d find plenty of file manager apps designed to make the finding, editing, syncing, and managing easier on you Android Device. Finally, to save your time and hassle, I’ve tested personally following file managers for Android.

Note: They are ordered on which I liked the most.

1. X-Plore

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X-Plore has taken a unique split-screen approach to file management, giving you two interfaces to swipe between. You wonder to see that its dual explorer setup make it quite easy to switch between copy/paste files and directories.

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Digital voice assistant: Siri, Google Now or Cortana?

Love it or hate it, voice-activated digital assistants have become quite popular on smartphones now. They allow us to control various things on our phones without the use of hands, offer a speedy alternative to ask questions and they feel like the future. As smartwatches like Pebble, Galaxy Gear or G Watch and other wearables like Google Glass take off, which lack the big touch screens we find on our phones, voice controls are going to get even more important.

However, Microsoft had offered basic voice commands in the old Windows Phone since, but now they appeared in bandwagon of rivalries with the name of Cortana (an intelligent assistant) that offers basic commands just like Siri but also draws on your calendar, contacts, location and browsing history to offer personalized experience just like its big rival Google Now. Lets take a deeper look to measure all three.

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We live in a world where nearly everyone now and then has constant access to camera of some sort of. These days passionate photographer get their hands dirty on DSLRs but however not everyone can afford it. However, following are the best photography apps for your Android. Having tested these apps on my  HTC One. You may use these apps to improve everything from how you take photos to how you organize and edit them.

Top 5 photography apps for Android:

1. Photoshop Touch

Download from Google Play Store

As far as Adobe Photoshop is concerned, the grand daddy of all photo editors now has a feature full option for Android that is Photoshop Express.

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It offers advanced features. Layers, item selection and other complex operations are easy to use in large part because they’ve been reworked for touchscreen interfaces. However, Photoshop Express does not give all features as Adobe Photoshop. But it is surprisingly the best photo editing tool and its clean interface is fun to play with.

2. Camera 360

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Remember the Radeon R7 SSD launch we told you about a few days back? Well, the official launch happened earlier today. The Radeon R7 SSDs are basically an initiative of AMD and OCZ to sell OCZ based Solid State Drives under the AMD brand name, therefore reaching more customers and targeting a specific market (gaming). I have the entire slide deck with me, but I am afraid I still don’t have word on what the pricing will be and how it will compare to the rest of the SSDs.

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AMD Officially Announces OCZ Based Radeon R7 SSDs – 120G, 240G and 480G

The Radeon R7 SSDs slot in between the ‘Mainstream’ Vertex 460 Series and the ‘Workstation’ Vector 150 SSDs. The R7 SSDs use the same controller as the Vector 150 and the only difference lies with the flash. Where the Vector 150 uses the 19nm MLC (Toshiba Multi Level Cell) node, rated for 50GB of write per day for 5 years, the R7 uses A19nm MLC (notice the added A) rated for 30GB of write for 4 years. The interface is ofcourse SATA III 6GB/s and the form factor is 2.5 Inches with an ultra slim 7mm width. The disk is 256 Bit AES path compliant and contains the usual features such as SMART and has an expected life span of 4 Years (30GB per day) or 42.7 Terabytes of write. It consumes a marginal 2.7W of power and can operate from 0c to 70c. The Radeon R7 SSDs can withstand shocks of upto 1500Gs and an operational vibration of 7-800Hz. Here are the specs and the complete slide set of the Radeon R7 SSDs.

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Max Write470MB/s530MB/s530MB/s
Max Random Read IOPs85,00095,000100,000
Max Random Write IOPs90,00090,00090,000
Steady State Random Write IOPs12,00020,00023,000

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Smartphones are great. They’ve managed to give us an unprecedented level of freedom and accessibility any where right at our fingerprints. Whats even better is open source software, not limited to any particular device. And the market has responded accordingly, with Google’s Android have the greatest market share in smartphone Operating Systems. But with such popularity, threats are natural. Just like Windows and the PC, hackers and programmers with malicous intent are busy coding software and hacks to harm the eveyday smartphone user.

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Google’s Android has always been a little bit more about style rather than pure, raw performance. If you’re an Android fan, you probably like the various style features that Android has to offer. These include transition animations and so on. Well, as pretty as these animations look, the unfortunate fact is that they do end up taxing your processor. And if you’re a heavy smartphone user, then all this does contribute to lesser streamlined performance. So if you’re experiencing similar lag on your device and thinking of upgrading your smartphone, even though it would be better if you rather didn’t, then stop. There’s actually a way around this and it will help speed up your device.

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Former Beatles legend Paul McCartney has joined the number of artists coming to the app store for their music releases. The historic songwriter and singer has reissued five of his albums to the app store. The albums have been transformed into native iPad apps by Paul McCartney and his record label. The albums reissued are those released by Paul McCartney after he left Beatles and the time he spent as part of Wings. This launch of apps is part of an increasing trend catching on with many artists. Among this list are pop-artists like Lady Gaga and Jay-Z. It is seen largely as a trend to get new content out for these artists.

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With the dawn of the smartphone era, the way we look at and interact with our phones has been changed forever. Phones nowadays aren’t restricted only to making calls and sending text messages. Thanks to advances in functionality, you can now do countless tasks on your phone, ranging from taking pictures, making videos, browsing the internet and playing games. However, the one area that smartphones currently lack is a long lasting battery life. Battery timings on most of the devices out there is far from impressive. So today we have good news for all the Samsung Galaxy S5 users out there. We’ve made a list of things that will make the battery on your Samsung Galaxy S5 last longer. So lets start!

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A new ‘RAT’ or a Remote Access Tool has been discovered running on the Android platform. While RATs are common on the open source software, this one has serious damage wrecking potential. Security experts at Fireeye have discovered a new remote access tool running on the popular operating system. According to the experts, this tool has the potential to wreak great havoc. Malwares on the Android OS generally run in the background and are controlled by a Remote Access Tool, namely RAT. This particular RAT pretends to be a ‘Google Class Framework’ and automatically kills the antivirus software on the device.

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Structure Of HijackRAT Malware

HijackRAT Malware Combines Several Malicious Tasks Into One Package. Framework To Carry Out Bank Hijacking Also Discovered

The HijackRAT discovered by experts combines several malicious tasks into one package. These include executing privacy leakages, stealing banking credentials and having a remote access to your data/device. In addition, experts have discovered a more worrying problems. A framework was found which is designed for bank hijackings. Starting from South Korea, currently eight banks are on the attacker’s list. But the hacker has the potential to expand to new banks with just 30 minutes of work. Both the developer of the malware and its victims are Korean speakers. Even more worryingly, this malware has an extremely low detection rate. Only 5 out of 54 antivirus programs were able to detect the malware. This is primarily due to its ability to change its command and control servers.

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Apple has just released the update for it iOS operating system. The iOS 7.1.2 has been released over the air and includes several bug fixes and security updates. This includes several fixes. The email attachment security bug, improved connectivity for iBeacon and data transfer for third party devices are some features which have been affected and improved by the update.

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iOS 7.1.2 Includes Fixes For Email Encryption iBeacon Locksreen And Others

iOS 7.1.2 completely addresses the email attachment encryption issue which cropped up a while back. Even though a jailbreak tweak solution was available for the issue, the problem has been officially patched of now. In addition to the email encryption bug, connectivity for barcode scanners that connect to the iPad or the iPhone through iBeacon has also been improved. Data transfer for third party accessories which include barcode readers has been improved in the iOS 7.1.2. In addition, there was a lock screen vulnerability in the previous version as well. This allowed the passcode screen to be bypassed by simply giving a miss call to the device. This issue has been patched up by Apple as well in the iOS 7.1.2.

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Apple’s latest announced OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be publicly released this fall. The software brings in an all-new design with an inspiration taken from iOS 7 and will replace the current OS X Mavericks. If you want to check OS X Yosemite compatibility with your Mac, this post will help you out.download OS X Yosemite compatibility

OS X Yosemite compatibility with Macs:

Following with previous year’s OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X Yosemite is also compatible with all the Macs that were

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Apple has, mere seconds ago, officially released the new Mac OS X 10.10 codenamed ‘Yosemite’ at the World Wide Developers Conference 2014. Now interestingly Yosemite was actually leaked few hours before launch and even the features of the same were revealed in the same leaked screenshot. So here it is folks, the Mac OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’ update. ‘

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Mac OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’ Announced by Apple at the WWDC 2014

So the first thing you will notice is that even though the design has been tweaked a little, the complete aesthetics overhaul that was expected did not arrive. We have somewhat of a streamlining happen here with a few tweaks here and there make a subtle overall difference. However one of the major differences that the new Mac OS X Yosemite actually has is the new ‘Control Center’ which looks quite similar to the one in iOS. The new control center’s aesthetics are almost completely similar to the iOS counterpart and it will slide in from the left (the notifications center slides in from the right).

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A Story About My Uncle Review – A Tale Not to be Missed

This year has been a great one for the small studios with big ideas and even bigger talent. Sitting down, looking at my ever-growing Steam library, I am constantly reminded that, more and more, the experiences had with the titles from the twenty man (if that) teams are time and again trumping that which we are seeing from the three-hundred man teams and their million dollar marketing budgets.

After finishing A Story About My Uncle, I am happy to say that it can count itself among those of that list. What more, I may have just found my current favorite title of the year thus far. The game places you in the young shoes of a nameless protagonist on the search of his recently gone missing uncle, Frederic. The story is told by a now older version of the protagonist to his daughter in the way of a bedtime story. This way of presenting the story to the player doesn’t just present itself and then let the game take care of itself. The more mature version of the character in question acts as narrator through the entire experience, giving context not only to the events taking place, but also to separate, secondary elements of the universe; used to help build a better sense that the locales you find yourself in are that of a real, living, breathing place.

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The next Unreal Tournament is finally in the making. North Carolina based developer Epic Games has announced that the next version of the classic first person shooter game is finally in the making. And of course, the game will be powered by Epic’s own Unreal Engine 4. Epic also hopes to develop the game with the aid of it’s loyal fan base and Unreal Engine 4 development community.

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Unreal Tournament Development to Take Place in the Open After Nearly a Decade Since the Last Title.

This development of the Unreal Tournament is indeed very different from the development of any game out there. The game will be developed as a collaborative effort between Unreal Engine 4 developers, Epic and Unreal Tournament fans. Epic said on its blog that Unreal Tournament’s development by a few veteran of the game has already started. “From the very first line of code, the very first art created and design decision made, development will happen in the open, as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers.” -Epic Regular updates regarding the game will be conveyed by Epic via Twitch streams. This concept of having fans participate in the Unreal Tournament’s development through direct communication with the fans and developers is really very interesting. It just might provide Epic with more content ideas than would have been possible through the regular development progress. It will also allow loyal fans to have the satisfaction of knowing that their opinion was honored in the creation of the sequel of a classic title.



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