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Windows Phone 8 Review

Windows Phone 8 Review

Now that Microsoft is back and in the limelight, it's time to take a look at the new Windows Phone 8. A smartphone and mobile OS that by all means is excellent and continues to improve, but hasn't yet reached the levels that Redmond envisioned. With Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, Windows Phone 7.8 and more the overall look and feel hasn't changed dramatically, but this is an all new and more personal mobile OS. What we'll do below is give you a refresh on Windows Phone, and show you what to expect and what's new with Windows Phone 8.

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Windows 8 Review

Windows 8 Review

I have a confession to make: I never tried the Windows 8 consumer preview. You see, I’ve been a lifelong Windows user (I can remember my parents making a big deal out of our switch to Windows 3.1), and as a lifelong Windows user, I’ve been burned plenty of times in the past. Most recently, this happened with Windows Vista, so when Windows 7 came along, I decided that it was the only Windows version I needed for the foreseeable future. Sure, I watched plenty of videos and read plenty of articles about Windows 8, but none of those convinced me that OS was something I needed to have on my machine. Yet here I am, reviewing Windows 8 for SlashGear. Can Microsoft’s latest version of the OS persuade this stubborn Windows 7 user that the grass really is greener on the other side? Read on to find out.

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SlashGear Android App of the Week: Auralux with Tegra-exclusive expansion

SlashGear Android App of the Week: Auralux with Tegra-exclusive expansion

The NVIDIA TegraZone has brought on many next-level shooters, racing games, and graphic-heavy beasts that show the power of Tegra processors plainly - with Auralux, it's not quite so simple to see. What you've got here developed by Wardrum Studios is not a shooting game with rippling puddles of blood, nor is it a water shooting game where you put out realistic looking fires - instead its the most minimalistic vision of what Warcraft addicts fell in love with back in the 1990s with strategy and troop controls, but this time it's in space. And it's fought with bubbles.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Google's newest version of its mobile operating system Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is what essentially equates to a fine tuning of the version that came immediately before it. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pushed the Google mobile OS world together, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, made for tablets and smartphones respectively, making a single system that's made for all devices, regardless of their screen size. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean takes what Ice Cream Sandwich has and bumps it up a notch in a handful of ways.

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Foursquare 5.0 Review for iOS and Android

Foursquare 5.0 Review for iOS and Android

This week the folks at Foursquare have decided to take all of the fabulous data they've been collecting from you and yours for the past several year and smash it into a lovely new version of their mobile application for iOS and Android. While you've seen this application before, and indeed you've been checking in for months if not years here in basically what appears at first to be the same environment, you're actually in a brand new world. Here is Foursquare 5.0 and there goes your decision-making out the door - so to speak.

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Renaissance Blood THD Review

Renaissance Blood THD Review

This week the folks at NVIDIA have teamed up with BRIDEA and NCsoft to bring a twisted first person shooter by the name of Renaissance Blood THD for Android devices working with Tegra 3 quad-core processors. This game sets you up with a crossbow, a spiked mace, and what's essentially a steampunk machine gun. You've got infinite arrows, a limited amount of bullets, a strong arm, and hall after hall of gladiators, mummies, machine/man hybrid beasts that want nothing more than to cut you down and devour your flesh.

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SlashGear Android App of the Week: Gifboom

SlashGear Android App of the Week: Gifboom

This weeks' Android App of the Week, Gifboom, is one of a burgeoning family of camera-focused programs that have suddenly come into prominence upon the sale of Instagram to Facebook. It has a simple camera interface, photographs a series of images through your smartphone or tablet's main camera, and combines them as frames into a single GIF, an animated image made to be presented exclusively on the web. GIF images were amongst the first forms of high (or low, however you want to view it) art on the internet, well before Flash and the onset of Web 2.0 and beyond. Has it reached a new level of greatness here as an undeniably simple-to-create beast via mobile app?

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Dark Meadow: The Pact THD for Android Review

Dark Meadow: The Pact THD for Android Review

It's time once again to get hardcore with some next-level mobile gaming thanks to NVIDIA's Tegra Zone and their initiative to bring developers like Phosphor Studios into the optimized-for-Tegra world of gaming. What happens with games like these is that a developer group will meet up with NVIDIA and shake hands saying yes, we've got an awesome game and yes, we want to work with you to optimize gameplay for the Tegra line of processors for Android. Dark Meadow comes out this week for Android for free with no cost to you to play the whole game through.

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Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

The reason why Google Drive will succeed is its instant ties with the rest of Google's heavily branded set of services. That's all I really should have to say in this review, as all Google's web-based applications end up powering through with the brand power of Google (with a few choice examples of apps going the way of the appasaurus rex.) When it was announced that Google would be hosting a cloud-based data storage service, it wasn't because everyone expected they'd somehow be able to store data better than anyone else that there was a lot of excitement, it was because it was Google!

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Instagram for Android Review

Instagram for Android Review

Today the folks responsible for one of the most popular social photography apps in the world, Instagram, have brought that entertainment to Android - and here we're going to review it! What you'll find is that this app is extremely similar to the iOS version, it having the ability to snap photos, edit them in brief, and send them out to several social networks. This Android version is said to be superior to the iOS version in several ways by its developers - let's see if they're right!

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