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Last Minute Strategy Guide for Black Friday

As we get ready for Thanksgiving Day, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the #1 Box office movie in the USA. The movie is about a game of survival on an island among randomly chosen …
Apple, Latest Technology

‘Angry Birds Go!’ launches on iOS in New Zealand

Angry Birds Go! is the latest game in the Angry Birds series from Rovio and is the farthest departure from anything that has come before it. Like many franchises before it, including Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot, Rovio turned to the go-kart racing genre for their popular franchise and now we have a go-kart racing game but with birds.

Angry Birds Go! was supposed to launch worldwide on multiple platforms on December 11 but Rovio has done a soft launch on iOS in the New Zealand region, so if you happen to be there the game is available for download for free.

Of course, every time you see ‘free’ now, you can just assume there are either ads or in-app purchases lurking somewhere within the app or the game and Angry Birds Go! has the latter. You can buy powerups and upgrades for your karts and you can buy coins that let you make these upgrades through IAP. There is also a Big Bang Special Edition car, which is priced at 64.99 NZD (53 USD).

We’ll be taking a closer look at the game when it launches internationally but for now you can download it from the link below if you’re in New Zealand.


Gaming Technology, Latest Technology
Google, Latest Technology

CyanogenMod installer app removed from the Google Play Store

The official CyanogenMod installer was pulled out of the Google Play Store. The app was voluntarily removed after the Google Play Support team contacted CyanogenMod that its creation was violating the store’s terms.

The app specifically violated the Google Play Store Terms of Service by encouraging users to void the warranty of their devices, despite being harmless in its nature. As you probably know already, void warranty is one of the biggest downsides of rooting an Android device.

Launched a couple of weeks back, the official CyanogenMod installer, in conjunction with a desktop companion, allowed you to flash the company’s custom Android ROMs to compatible devices. According to CyanogenMod, the app has seen hundreds of thousands of installs for the two weeks of its availability.

Thankfully, removal from the Google Play Store does not mark the end of the road for the CyanogenMod installer. The app is available to download directly from the CyanogenMod website and can be sideloaded to any Android device. The freshly minted company is also submitting the app to the Amazon and Samsung app stores.


Latest Technology, Misc. Mobile Phones, Reviews

Oppo N1 review: Head spin

GSMArena team, 27 November 2013.


The Oppo N1 knows it will need to fulfill the promises made by the Oppo Find 5. The latter essentially placed the company on the international map but the newcomer does look like a much improved and mature product that will aim even higher. The Find 5 was designed to impress and had an amazing screen - a solid foundation for the N1 to build on, and it doesn't fail. What's more, Oppo takes on from there with courage and creativity.

Oppo N1 official photos

Prior to release, Oppo went over and beyond to promote the upcoming smartphone with regular YouTube teasers and sneak peeks, getting CyanogenMod's top man, Steve Kondik, on board. That collaboration will bear fruit in a limited edition Oppo N1 with a CyanogenMod ROM but the one we're about to have a closer look at runs the company's homebrewed Color OS.

Android manufacturers (Chinese ones nonetheless) are keen to have their own take on Android - we've seen Meizu's Flyme OS on a few occasions, Huawei's got Emotion UI and Xiaomi has the MiUi. This is our second encounter with Oppo's Color OS, and it has improved quite a lot from what we remember on the Find 5.

Let's get into the spec sheet in a little more detail. It's a list that's meant to impress and occasionally wow and it dully delivers on those points.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; penta-band 3G with HSPA
  • 5.9" 16M-color 1080p Super IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 373ppi
  • Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Color OS; There is a limited edition with CyanogenMod
  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
  • 13 MP autofocus camera, 206° module rotation; dual-LED flash; HDR, long exposure (up to 8 seconds), shutter remote
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • Oppo Beauty capture
  • Touchpad on the back
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV-out (Miracast)
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 16GB/32GB of built-in storage
  • microUSB 2.0 port, USB on the go support
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 3610 mAh battery
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Premium aluminum and polycarbonate finish
  • O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control in the package

Main disadvantages

  • Non expandable storage
  • No LTE
  • Non user-replaceable battery
  • Hefty and big device, near impossible to operate single-handedly
  • Snapdragon 600 is no longer flagship-grade

The main focus is undoubtedly on the display and camera but Oppo did well to fill in the details - there's an immense battery, ample 2GB of RAM and a solid connectivity set. It's the Snapdragon 600 chipset that looks a bit out of place. Not that you should worry about general speed and responsiveness, but it just doesn't provide as much in terms of future-proofing as the Snapdragon 800 . And it can't manage 4K video recording, which is a potential eyebrow-raiser in a package that bets so heavily on imaging.

The camera is the most obvious attention-grabber, the lens placed on a 206°-rotating module, which has the earpiece and proximity sensor on one side and the 13MP camera with dual-LED flash on the other. A rotating camera design scores big on exclusivity in the current smartphone game, although we can't discount Nokia's early efforts in the field with the 3250 and N90. Maybe that's what Oppo meant with "Back to innovation".

More importantly though, the N1's camera has hardware you rarely see in a smartphone, and the software backing to make it count in more than just high-resolution selfies.

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Oppo N1 at HQ

It's obvious Oppo has gone all out with the N1 - the screen, the camera, the OS, the design and the marketing. The company wants to be heard and seen and it sure looks like they have something to show. We're eager to explore and our next stop is hardware. It goes without saying that the only way the N1's going to get its back scratched is by us testing the rear touchpad.

Latest Technology, Logitech

Fans of the Month

November is a month filled with thankful thoughts – thoughts for family, friends, and of course turkey for those in the United States. However, we here at Logitech are most …
Latest Technology, Sony

Sony QX on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Did you guys tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night? If not, check out the video below, where Cousin Sal shows off the power of the Sony QX lens-style camera to tourists on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Latest Technology

Why you shouldn’t buy a 4K TV this year

News Analysis November 27, 2013 01:01 PM ET Computerworld - Ultra-High Definition (UHD) 4K televisions are sure to be on many holiday shopping wish lists this season, but industry experts say now is not the time to buy. For one, they're still pr...
Latest Technology

Researchers enable computers to teach themselves common sense

News November 27, 2013 12:06 PM ET Computerworld - While some people may think they're getting dumbed down as they scroll through images of cats playing the piano or dogs playing in the snow, one computer is doing the same and getting smarter an...
Latest Technology, Sony
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Where to watch Comet ISON’s fiery journey on Thursday

News November 27, 2013 11:31 AM ET Computerworld - As Americans put turkeys in the oven on Thanksgiving, the Comet ISON will make its closest approach to the sun, skimming just 730,000 miles above its surface. Though the comet, a vestige from wh...
HTC, Latest Technology

Five Finger Download: Holiday Shopping Apps

‘Tis the season to shop ‘til you drop. Or, if you’re like us, ‘til your debit cards stop.

With Black Friday upon us and the shopping season moving into full swing, take a gander at these five shopping apps, all designed to help lift the weight off your seasonal shopping shoulders.

Ever wonder if you’re getting a rad deal, or actually getting a raw deal? Scan an item’s barcode with BarCode Scanner and immediately have comparable price results, Amazon listings, reviews, and more sent to your HTC fingertips.


DealNews.com has been named “Best Black Friday Web Site” by PC Magazine, and their App, Black Friday App, keeps up the trend. This Friday, instantly see all kinds of “leaked” and “confirmed” Black Friday deals from a wide variety of retailers, so you never miss a last-minute sale or liquidation on the busiest shopping day of the year.


To be honest, we thought this sounded almost too good to be true. No more clipping coupons, no more rummaging through your bag to find an old listing; simply browse retailer coupons with RetailMeNot, show them at checkout, and immediately reap the rewards of your own personal Black Frugal Friday.

Skip the middle-men and buy direct from the creators with the Etsy App. With “17,000,000 unique items from 800,000 sellers around the world,” endless innovations and creations are at your fingertips, whenever the shopping urge hits.


‘Tis the season… to organize your holiday lists like never before. Keep track of your recipients, budgets, shopping groups and contacts, and even gift ideas, for everyone—naughty or nice—receiving a little bit of holiday cheer from your fine-looking self this season.


What’s your favorite shopping app that keeps you jolly through the holidays?