NVIDIA Shield Portable gets an update to improve emulator performance

NVIDIA has released an update to the Shield Portable device that improves the performance of emulators on the device. The update is small, at just over 3MB, and is optional.

This is good news as the Shield Portable is an ideal device for running emulators. For those not aware, emulators allow you to run games from other platforms, such as classic Nintendo games, which otherwise won’t run natively on Android. Since Shield Portable has built-in controls, it is great for playing classic games on the move and it is good to see NVIDIA acknowledge the typical use case of the device and work on improving that aspect.

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Nokia’s Here for Windows Phone and Android gets updated map data

Today Nokia has announced a new map data update for its Here apps for Windows Phone and Android. This isn’t an app update per se, but rather an update to the underlying information that the apps use. So if you’ve downloaded maps in Here for offline use, you’ll need to update those to get all the new perks. Otherwise, if you’re only using Here in online mode, you’ll see the changes automatically.

You should get an update notification at some point, regardless of which mobile platform you use. Of course you can also manually trigger the download by going to Here’s settings (on Android) or, on Windows Phone, to Settings > Applications > Maps.

Cyprus, Mayotte, and Zimbabwe are now fully navigable, which means you can use turn-by-turn directions anywhere across their territories. Also, significant updates have been made to the maps for Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, and Somalia.

More small ponds, lakes, and rivers are now shown in Here maps, and an improved view of public transport lines has come to Kaohsiung, Taipei, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Singapore. This debuted a while back with a trial run for Chicago. It means you can now more accurately trace the paths of subways, trains, and trams – as seen in the image above. Hopefully this system will soon fully replace the old way of displaying straight lines, which normally don’t reflect the situation on (or below) the ground at all.

LG Electronics UK trolls the bending iPhone on Twitter

When it comes to Apple, phone manufacturers act as predators waiting for any hint of weakness from its latest smartphones and today it’s open season. LG has taken a jab at the latest report of the bending issues, which the iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing.

The company’s UK branch posted on Twitter a hashtag #bentgate, referring to the video showing how the iPhone 6 Plus bends. Naturally, this is the perfect opportunity for LG to plug in its deliberately bent G Flex smartphone.

The tweet is short-spoken, but most hurtful for iPhone 6 Plus customers, who will surely treat the phone with care having seen what could potentially happen. It’s yet to be seen if LG’s hashtag is going to go viral.

While waiting, we’re sure many other companies will also take the chance and make fun of Apple for this particular issue. Samsung, you’re on.


Amazon.com drops 10″ Asus VivoTab RT TF600T tablet to just $175

The Asus VivoTab RT TF600T is getting on two years old now and Amazon is clearing out its stock by slashing the original price to just $175. The Windows RT platform is drying up on the vine, but getting a 10.1″ tablet under $200 is still a pretty good deal.

Before non-US readers get excited I should clarify that the price cut is only available on Amazon.com.

The Asus VivoTab RT features a 10.1″ Super IPS+ LCD of the rather low 1,366 x 768 resolution (for 155ppi pixel density). That’s not great but at least the top layer is Gorilla Glass.

The tablet runs Windows RT on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 featuring the now-outdated quad-core Cortex-A9 processor and 2GB RAM. This model also comes with 32GB of storage, a 64GB version is available but that’s $100 extra, more than enough to buy a large microSD card.

Granted the specs of the VivoTab RT are nowhere near a modern flagship tablet, you can throw in a keyboard dock which is also heavily discounted – $61 (limited stock left) – for a proper typing experience (92% sized QWERTY), 7 extra hours of battery life and a full-size USB 2.0 port.

Note that the tablet itself weighs 525g (1.16lb) and the dock doubles that.


Nokia Lumia 930′s official flip cover surfaces


The Nokia Lumia 930 is getting ready to go on sale in Europe with several retailers listing the product and a few of them accepting pre-orders. It looks like the sales of the Lumia 930 will be accompanied by an official flip cover that has been designed to complement the phone.

Although, Nokia hasn’t officially announced any accessories for the Lumia 930, the protective case for the smartphone has surfaced in Italy. The cover has precise cutouts for all the ports, buttons and for the 20 megapixel PureView camera on the back.

Unlike the cover for the Lumia 1520, the flip cover for the Lumia 930 doesn’t fold to create a stand for your smartphone. There is no word on the pricing and the availability of the accessory, but we know that it will be up for grabs in black, green and orange color options.

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South Korea’s FTC forces Apple and Google to allow refunds for paid apps

South Korean’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to establish proper and user-friendly refund policies for the AppStore and the Play Store. This decision will probably impact many other regions as well.

The only way to get your money back from an AppStore purchase was through contacting Apple directly and opening a case. Google on the other hand allows you a full refund for an app within 15 minutes of purchase, but after that contacting Google through the proper channels is the only way.

Apparently the FTC in South Korea isn’t happy about how the two giants treat their users, so it is forcing Apple and Google to offer simpler and faster way any user could ask for a refund.

Apple will soon change the user license agreement with an option for a refund. It is even considering bringing the refund service worldwide. Unfortunately Google will be keeping the new rules for South Korea only.

Here is the official statement:

“Following the FTC orders, the Google Play webstore will design a customer refund system based on Web developers’ refund polices. Apple’s iTunes app store will have to send a notice to users when it changes the terms in its contract. We expect the measure, aimed at protecting consumers, will have a ripple effect on similar cases throughout the world.”

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8-inch Emdoor EM-i8080 tablet runs Windows 8.1, costs just $100

Windows tablets are aggressively coming down in price, having reached the $100 / €100 mark. The Emdoor EM-i8080 packs surprisingly good specs for one Ben Franklin, but also some disappointing compromises.

The EM-i8080 has an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution and is powered by a quad-core Atom processor (Bay Trail). It even has stereo speakers.

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