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Android Silver may not be dead after all

By James Rogerson

Android Silver may not be dead after all

You’d be forgiven for thinking Android Silver wasn’t going to happen – one of its ‘chief architects’ has left Google and the company reportedly put it on hold not so long ago.

But there might be hope yet. According to TKTechNews both Motorola and HTC have built devices that were originally planned to be among the first Android Silver handsets, and the site goes on to say that according to its sources Google may yet launch them under Android Silver.

So it might be on hold but it’s possibly not been abandoned altogether. An alternative possibility is that these new phones will be sold as Google Play Editions instead.

Don’t get your hopes up

The idea that Motorola had already developed and manufactured an Android Silver phone makes sense, given that the company is also rumoured to have a large and somewhat confusing product line up, with some phones possibly not launching.

We’re not entirely hopeful about Android Silver’s prospects, as other rumours suggest that Google was struggling to get interest from device makers.

But this new information at least suggests that there’s a chance, so if you were holding out for a wider selection of high-end stock Android devices you probably shouldn’t give up on the idea just yet.

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Microsoft apparently skipped Windows 9 name due to third-party code conflict

By Kane Fulton

Microsoft apparently skipped Windows 9 name due to third-party code conflict

Microsoft’s decision to name its new operating system Windows 10 (rather than Windows 9) certainly came as a surprise, with many people suggesting that it was done to place more distance between itself and the not-so-well received Windows 8.

Now, one Reddit user has claimed to know the actual reason behind the curveball. Posting in the /r/technology subreddit, a self-proclaimed Microsoft developer going by the name of Cranbourne wrote that it was done to avoid conflict with third-party code that searches for “Windows 9*”.

Cranbourne reckons that such code isn’t referring to Windows 9, but rather Windows 95 and Windows 98, with the asterisk acting as a wildcard.

Early testing by Microsoft developers apparently revealed it would cause enough of an issue due to the oodles of programs that would search for code related to those two platforms, causing the company to take the “pragmatic solution” by moving to Windows 10.

Here is the post in full:

“Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:

if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9″))

{ /* 95 and 98 */ } else {

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.”

Mystery unsolved

It seems like a plausible explanation, though we are taking it with a pinch of salt, but the question looks set to run judging by Microsoft’s non-answer that it gave to Gizmodo, which recieved the following statement when questioning the claim:

“Windows 10 carries Windows forward into a new way of doing things. It is not an incremental change, but a new Windows that will empower the next billion users.”

That totally clears that up, then.

Via Neowin

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Source:: Tech Radar

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White BlackBerry Passport set to land in November

By Jeff Parsons

White BlackBerry Passport set to land in November

The BlackBerry Passport is certainly causing a stir around the smartphone world. Some like it, some hate it, but the the Canadian company has already announced there’ll be a follow-up to the device.

It now appears the Passport’s white version – which we already know exists, as BlackBerry has already provided us a press image – will arrive in November.

There’s no official line on availability but sources speaking to n4bb have hinted that’s when the white Passport will drop. The site notes there’s already a UAE-based website offering the white Passport for sale but isn’t counting it as an official distribution channel.

When the white BlackBerry Passport does arrive, it’s likely to carry the same price tag as its black alternative.

…read more

Source:: Tech Radar

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Review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV

By Mike Jennings

Review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV

Introduction and design

Few companies are as experienced or prolific as Toshiba when it comes to mid-range laptops, and its Satellite L50-B-1DV ticks most of the right boxes. It’s got a Core i5 processor, plenty of memory and a 15.6in screen, and it costs a reasonable £500.

Toshiba has factored some keen design into the budget, too – the lid is covered with glossy red plastic that bears a smart lined pattern, and the interior is brightened up by the same colourful material.

Good looks

The L50 looks better than its rivals. Toshiba’s own Satellite S50D-A-10G was saddled with dull, metal-effect plastic throughout, and the Lenovo Flex 2 15 didn’t stand out because of its subtle brushed effect.

Toshiba’s latest is more portable than the competition, too. Its 4.85lb (2.2kg) weight undercuts the 5.24lb (2.38kg) S50D and the 5.51lb (2.5kg) Lenovo, and the red-tinged Toshiba is 0.94in (24mm) thick – the same as the S50D, and a little thinner than the Flex.

There’s one area where the L50 is only level pegging with its competitors, though, and that’s build quality. There’s only a little flex in the wrist-rest, which is good for this level of system, but the rest of the Toshiba isn’t as sturdy – the underside is easy to depress, and the screen is unusually flexible, with too much wiggle-room across the whole panel and a dose of desktop distortion when we pressed the rear. It may not weigh much, but we wouldn’t leave the house unless the L50 was coddled inside a sleeve or case.

Toshiba L50 keyboard

Typing troubles

The reasonable strength on the wrist-rest carries over to the keyboard, which has a sturdy base. The layout is decent, with a numberpad, and sizeable Return and spacebar keys. It’s not all good news, however: the keys suffer from a drastic lack of travel, which means that typing feels distant and unsatisfying. The lack of responsiveness from the typing gear means that the L50’s keyboard is only good enough for emails, IM and web browsing, rather than serious work.

The trackpad suffers similarly. The surface is large and reasonably responsive, but the two buttons incorporated into the red plastic weren’t light or responsive enough for us – they required too much pressure to click.

A standard selection of ports are scattered around the Toshiba’s edges. Two USB 3.0 connections are joined by a slower USB 2.0 port, and display outputs are handled by HDMI and D-SUB. There’s a card reader, but only one audio jack.

Toshiba L50 close up

Specs appeal

On the inside, the Toshiba is dominated by an Intel Core i5-4200U. It’s got two cores and is clocked to 1.6GHz, which is 100MHz slower than the i5-4210U inside the Lenovo system. It doesn’t sound able to keep up with the other Toshiba, either, which has an AMD A10-5745M APU that runs at 2.1GHz.

Elsewhere, Toshiba deploys 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. That’s 2GB more memory and double the amount of storage space as the Lenovo, and exactly the same amounts that are offered inside the AMD-powered Toshiba. There’s little to shout about in terms of connectivity: dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet is now a conventional selection.

Performance

  • PCMark 8 Home: 1,878
  • PCMark 8 Home battery life power saver 25% screen: 3 hrs 0 mins
  • PC Mark 8 Home High Performance 100% screen battery life: 2 hrs 19 mins
  • 3DMark: Ice Storm: 37,216; Cloud Gate: 3,884; Fire Strike: 512
  • Cinebench R11.5: CPU: 117cb; Graphics: wouldn’t run
  • Cinebench R15: CPU: 1.54; Graphics: 11.08fps

The Core i5 chip and its 8GB of memory scored 1,878 points in PCMark 8’s Home performance test. That’s a reasonable result, but it’s not able to match the competition: the Lenovo Flex 2 15 and its slightly faster Core i5 scored 2,254, and the AMD-powered Toshiba Satellite S50D-A-10G cantered to 2,611. There’s enough power inside the L50’s processor to get daily computer and general work done without complaint, but more grunt is available elsewhere.

This is no gaming system, either. In 3DMark’s easiest test, Ice Storm, the Toshiba scored 37,216. That’s almost 2,000 points behind the Lenovo, but it’s a long way behind the 44,210 scored by the other Toshiba, which benefits from an AMD Radeon integrated graphics core. You’ll be restricted to retro and indie games with the Toshiba.

The L50’s battery life falls in line with the competition. We ran PCMark 8’s Home test with the laptop in High Performance mode and the screen at 100% brightness, and the Toshiba lasted for 2 hours and 19 minutes. We were able to hit exactly three hours by using Power Saver mode and reducing the screen’s brightness to 25%. The Toshiba’s longevity is on a par with the Lenovo and a little behind the AMD-equipped Toshiba – and it’s not enough for long stretches away from a plug.

The upside to modest, efficient components is decent thermal performance. During our tough stress tests the Toshiba didn’t make a peep of noise, and the processor never exceeded 65°C. None of that heat made it to the outside of the chassis, either.

Toshiba L50 rear

Screen problems

The 15.6in non-touch screen has a glossy finish and a resolution of 1,366 x 768. That’s standard on budget notebooks, but it’s still an annoyance – it’s simply too few pixels for full HD films and proper work. It also falls behind the Lenovo, which has a 1,920 x 1,080 panel.

The Toshiba’s basic screen is further highlighted by benchmark results. It gets off to a good start with a 250cd/m2 brightness level – enough to cut through the glossy coating – but the 0.72cd/m2 black level is poor, and renders deep black shades as dull greys. The contrast ratio of 347:1 is a little better than the AMD-powered Toshiba, but it’s still poor.

Colours aren’t just hampered by a lack of depth and contrast, either. The 7,004K colour temperature is too cool, and …read more

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Review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV

By Mike Jennings

Review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV

Introduction and design

Few companies are as experienced or prolific as Toshiba when it comes to mid-range laptops, and its Satellite L50-B-1DV ticks most of the right boxes. It’s got a Core i5 processor, plenty of memory and a 15.6in screen, and it costs a reasonable £500.

Toshiba has factored some keen design into the budget, too – the lid is covered with glossy red plastic that bears a smart lined pattern, and the interior is brightened up by the same colourful material.

Good looks

The L50 looks better than its rivals. Toshiba’s own Satellite S50D-A-10G was saddled with dull, metal-effect plastic throughout, and the Lenovo Flex 2 15 didn’t stand out because of its subtle brushed effect.

Toshiba’s latest is more portable than the competition, too. Its 4.85lb (2.2kg) weight undercuts the 5.24lb (2.38kg) S50D and the 5.51lb (2.5kg) Lenovo, and the red-tinged Toshiba is 0.94in (24mm) thick – the same as the S50D, and a little thinner than the Flex.

There’s one area where the L50 is only level pegging with its competitors, though, and that’s build quality. There’s only a little flex in the wrist-rest, which is good for this level of system, but the rest of the Toshiba isn’t as sturdy – the underside is easy to depress, and the screen is unusually flexible, with too much wiggle-room across the whole panel and a dose of desktop distortion when we pressed the rear. It may not weigh much, but we wouldn’t leave the house unless the L50 was coddled inside a sleeve or case.

Toshiba L50 keyboard

Typing troubles

The reasonable strength on the wrist-rest carries over to the keyboard, which has a sturdy base. The layout is decent, with a numberpad, and sizeable Return and spacebar keys. It’s not all good news, however: the keys suffer from a drastic lack of travel, which means that typing feels distant and unsatisfying. The lack of responsiveness from the typing gear means that the L50’s keyboard is only good enough for emails, IM and web browsing, rather than serious work.

The trackpad suffers similarly. The surface is large and reasonably responsive, but the two buttons incorporated into the red plastic weren’t light or responsive enough for us – they required too much pressure to click.

A standard selection of ports are scattered around the Toshiba’s edges. Two USB 3.0 connections are joined by a slower USB 2.0 port, and display outputs are handled by HDMI and D-SUB. There’s a card reader, but only one audio jack.

Toshiba L50 close up

Specs appeal

On the inside, the Toshiba is dominated by an Intel Core i5-4200U. It’s got two cores and is clocked to 1.6GHz, which is 100MHz slower than the i5-4210U inside the Lenovo system. It doesn’t sound able to keep up with the other Toshiba, either, which has an AMD A10-5745M APU that runs at 2.1GHz.

Elsewhere, Toshiba deploys 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. That’s 2GB more memory and double the amount of storage space as the Lenovo, and exactly the same amounts that are offered inside the AMD-powered Toshiba. There’s little to shout about in terms of connectivity: dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet is now a conventional selection.

Performance

  • PCMark 8 Home: 1,878
  • PCMark 8 Home battery life power saver 25% screen: 3 hrs 0 mins
  • PC Mark 8 Home High Performance 100% screen battery life: 2 hrs 19 mins
  • 3DMark: Ice Storm: 37,216; Cloud Gate: 3,884; Fire Strike: 512
  • Cinebench R11.5: CPU: 117cb; Graphics: wouldn’t run
  • Cinebench R15: CPU: 1.54; Graphics: 11.08fps

The Core i5 chip and its 8GB of memory scored 1,878 points in PCMark 8’s Home performance test. That’s a reasonable result, but it’s not able to match the competition: the Lenovo Flex 2 15 and its slightly faster Core i5 scored 2,254, and the AMD-powered Toshiba Satellite S50D-A-10G cantered to 2,611. There’s enough power inside the L50’s processor to get daily computer and general work done without complaint, but more grunt is available elsewhere.

This is no gaming system, either. In 3DMark’s easiest test, Ice Storm, the Toshiba scored 37,216. That’s almost 2,000 points behind the Lenovo, but it’s a long way behind the 44,210 scored by the other Toshiba, which benefits from an AMD Radeon integrated graphics core. You’ll be restricted to retro and indie games with the Toshiba.

The L50’s battery life falls in line with the competition. We ran PCMark 8’s Home test with the laptop in High Performance mode and the screen at 100% brightness, and the Toshiba lasted for 2 hours and 19 minutes. We were able to hit exactly three hours by using Power Saver mode and reducing the screen’s brightness to 25%. The Toshiba’s longevity is on a par with the Lenovo and a little behind the AMD-equipped Toshiba – and it’s not enough for long stretches away from a plug.

The upside to modest, efficient components is decent thermal performance. During our tough stress tests the Toshiba didn’t make a peep of noise, and the processor never exceeded 65°C. None of that heat made it to the outside of the chassis, either.

Toshiba L50 rear

Screen problems

The 15.6in non-touch screen has a glossy finish and a resolution of 1,366 x 768. That’s standard on budget notebooks, but it’s still an annoyance – it’s simply too few pixels for full HD films and proper work. It also falls behind the Lenovo, which has a 1,920 x 1,080 panel.

The Toshiba’s basic screen is further highlighted by benchmark results. It gets off to a good start with a 250cd/m2 brightness level – enough to cut through the glossy coating – but the 0.72cd/m2 black level is poor, and renders deep black shades as dull greys. The contrast ratio of 347:1 is a little better than the AMD-powered Toshiba, but it’s still poor.

Colours aren’t just hampered by a lack of depth and contrast, either. The 7,004K colour temperature is too cool, and …read more

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Review: QNAP TS-470

By Alan Stevens

Review: QNAP TS-470

Introduction and build

With a price tag of just over £700 (around $1,180, AU$1,270) before taxes and without any disks, the QNAP TS-470 is a far from cheap four-bay NAS appliance, very much aimed at the small business rather than home user market. Even then it’s expensive and for that money we expected a quality product with lots of extras beyond basic network file sharing. We weren’t disappointed, but felt that some of the options were beyond the needs of the intended small business audience.

Quality shows

We knew we were dealing with a quality product as soon as we unpacked the TS-470. Weighing in at a substantial 10 pounds (4.5kg) it’s both solid and extremely well built, designed to sit on a desk or shelf with power delivered through an external AC adapter. Power consumption peaks at just over 62W dropping to around 30W in standby and there’s a single large fan for cooling which, even when pushed hard, makes the QNAP appliance quiet enough for use in an open plan office – although you wouldn’t want to sit next to it.

QNAP TS-470 rear

The QTS operating system needs to be loaded onto the appliance before you can use it and we particularly liked the way this can be done via the cloud, simply by browsing to the URL printed on the label on top of the device and entering the unique key provided. The required software is automatically downloaded and quickly configured using a startup wizard, with the only negative being the need to then update to the latest release, rather than installing this version to start with.

QNAP QTS desktop

We were using the business-ready QTS 4.1 operating system which, with its desktop look and feel, is very much like the DSM software employed by market leading rival Synology on its DiskStation products. Equally easy to learn, this provides support for both cross-platform file sharing and iSCSI SAN connection to remote servers, and is packed full of features to manage storage as well as take backups of the NAS appliance itself and servers and desktops on the LAN.

The QNAP appliance can also act as a domain controller on a Windows network and, just as with the Synology platform, host additional apps to further extend the available functionality. Some, like a web server and antivirus scanner, come pre-installed. Others, like the WordPress CMS and QNAP’s own Surveillance Station app for use with network cameras, need to be downloaded from the QNAP App Centre and may require additional licensing.

Storage options

Add-on apps are all well and good, but the main reason for buying the TS-470 is storage, with four disk bays located at the front with lockable slide-in carriers to take either 3.5-inch or smaller 2.5-inch SATA disks. Some sellers bundle disks with the appliance but we chose to fit our own, opting for 4TB Western Digital Red drives expressly designed for NAS use. In theory this gave us 16TB of raw capacity but, as with similar appliances, the default RAID 5 configuration applied by QNAP’s QTS operating system takes a fair chunk of that to protect against drive failure.

QNAP TS-470 front

A set of default shares is created during setup, but adding to these and managing access rights is very straightforward, and you can now build storage pools made up of multiple arrays from which virtual volumes are provisioned.

We tested on a Windows network and, although four Gigabit network ports come as standard on the TS-470, for our initial tests we connected just one to a suitable switch which, using the Atto benchmark, enabled us to record read and write throughput rates of around 118MB/sec. That’s about as much as you can expect on a single Gigabit link, and when copying real files this figure fell to around 90-100MB/sec depending on file size (large files being quicker to copy).

With a 2.6GHz dual-core Celeron processor the TS-470 is capable of delivering this kind of throughput across all four Gigabit interfaces, with a choice of port trunking options to make setup easier. Most of these, however, had little effect on throughput with the best dependent on having a compatible switch capable of supporting the 802.3ad link aggregation protocol. An alternative and easier solution would be to connect each of the four interfaces to a different VLAN for concurrent access by multiple workgroups.

Faster and bigger

Another option is to swap out Gigabit ports three and four, which are on a plug-in adapter, and fit a dual-port 10GbE card instead. This would certainly improve throughput, but requires the purchase of a card costing almost as much as the original appliance. Not to mention a 10GbE network switch and 10GbE interfaces in selected servers and workstations to take advantage of the extra bandwidth. Few small businesses are likely to see this as a cost effective option.

Similarly, it’s possible to forgo the extra network ports in favour of a QNAP SAS card enabling up to two 16-bay disk racks to be attached to the TS-470. However, we doubt many small businesses will take up this option which is, again, costly and seems a little out of place on a desktop NAS.

Some may well opt to take advantage of SSD caching, accessible if SSDs are installed instead of hard disks in up to two of the four bays. However, some caution is needed as this reduces capacity and will only improve performance for applications with heavy I/O requirements. It had a negligible impact on our simple file sharing tests.

Verdict

We liked

The TS-470 is an impressive desktop NAS with an enviable build quality that inspires confidence in the technology contained within. Performance is well up to expectations and can be further enhanced either by applying a choice of port trunking options across the four Gigabit network ports or by upgrading to 10GbE.

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Review: QNAP TS-470

By Alan Stevens

Review: QNAP TS-470

Introduction and build

With a price tag of just over £700 (around $1,180, AU$1,270) before taxes and without any disks, the QNAP TS-470 is a far from cheap four-bay NAS appliance, very much aimed at the small business rather than home user market. Even then it’s expensive and for that money we expected a quality product with lots of extras beyond basic network file sharing. We weren’t disappointed, but felt that some of the options were beyond the needs of the intended small business audience.

Quality shows

We knew we were dealing with a quality product as soon as we unpacked the TS-470. Weighing in at a substantial 10 pounds (4.5kg) it’s both solid and extremely well built, designed to sit on a desk or shelf with power delivered through an external AC adapter. Power consumption peaks at just over 62W dropping to around 30W in standby and there’s a single large fan for cooling which, even when pushed hard, makes the QNAP appliance quiet enough for use in an open plan office – although you wouldn’t want to sit next to it.

QNAP TS-470 rear

The QTS operating system needs to be loaded onto the appliance before you can use it and we particularly liked the way this can be done via the cloud, simply by browsing to the URL printed on the label on top of the device and entering the unique key provided. The required software is automatically downloaded and quickly configured using a startup wizard, with the only negative being the need to then update to the latest release, rather than installing this version to start with.

QNAP QTS desktop

We were using the business-ready QTS 4.1 operating system which, with its desktop look and feel, is very much like the DSM software employed by market leading rival Synology on its DiskStation products. Equally easy to learn, this provides support for both cross-platform file sharing and iSCSI SAN connection to remote servers, and is packed full of features to manage storage as well as take backups of the NAS appliance itself and servers and desktops on the LAN.

The QNAP appliance can also act as a domain controller on a Windows network and, just as with the Synology platform, host additional apps to further extend the available functionality. Some, like a web server and antivirus scanner, come pre-installed. Others, like the WordPress CMS and QNAP’s own Surveillance Station app for use with network cameras, need to be downloaded from the QNAP App Centre and may require additional licensing.

Storage options

Add-on apps are all well and good, but the main reason for buying the TS-470 is storage, with four disk bays located at the front with lockable slide-in carriers to take either 3.5-inch or smaller 2.5-inch SATA disks. Some sellers bundle disks with the appliance but we chose to fit our own, opting for 4TB Western Digital Red drives expressly designed for NAS use. In theory this gave us 16TB of raw capacity but, as with similar appliances, the default RAID 5 configuration applied by QNAP’s QTS operating system takes a fair chunk of that to protect against drive failure.

QNAP TS-470 front

A set of default shares is created during setup, but adding to these and managing access rights is very straightforward, and you can now build storage pools made up of multiple arrays from which virtual volumes are provisioned.

We tested on a Windows network and, although four Gigabit network ports come as standard on the TS-470, for our initial tests we connected just one to a suitable switch which, using the Atto benchmark, enabled us to record read and write throughput rates of around 118MB/sec. That’s about as much as you can expect on a single Gigabit link, and when copying real files this figure fell to around 90-100MB/sec depending on file size (large files being quicker to copy).

With a 2.6GHz dual-core Celeron processor the TS-470 is capable of delivering this kind of throughput across all four Gigabit interfaces, with a choice of port trunking options to make setup easier. Most of these, however, had little effect on throughput with the best dependent on having a compatible switch capable of supporting the 802.3ad link aggregation protocol. An alternative and easier solution would be to connect each of the four interfaces to a different VLAN for concurrent access by multiple workgroups.

Faster and bigger

Another option is to swap out Gigabit ports three and four, which are on a plug-in adapter, and fit a dual-port 10GbE card instead. This would certainly improve throughput, but requires the purchase of a card costing almost as much as the original appliance. Not to mention a 10GbE network switch and 10GbE interfaces in selected servers and workstations to take advantage of the extra bandwidth. Few small businesses are likely to see this as a cost effective option.

Similarly, it’s possible to forgo the extra network ports in favour of a QNAP SAS card enabling up to two 16-bay disk racks to be attached to the TS-470. However, we doubt many small businesses will take up this option which is, again, costly and seems a little out of place on a desktop NAS.

Some may well opt to take advantage of SSD caching, accessible if SSDs are installed instead of hard disks in up to two of the four bays. However, some caution is needed as this reduces capacity and will only improve performance for applications with heavy I/O requirements. It had a negligible impact on our simple file sharing tests.

Verdict

We liked

The TS-470 is an impressive desktop NAS with an enviable build quality that inspires confidence in the technology contained within. Performance is well up to expectations and can be further enhanced either by applying a choice of port trunking options across the four Gigabit network ports or by upgrading to 10GbE.

Storage can be expanded …read more

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Farming Simulator 14 v1.2.1 Apk

By apkdreams

Farming Simulator 14 v1.2.1 Apk

Farming Simulator 14 Apk - gives you double the number of farm machines to control, all authentically modelled on equipment from real agricultural manufacturers, including Case IH, Deutz Fahr, Lamborghini etc.

Key Features:-

  • New highly detailed 3D graphics and a slick user interface take your game experience to the next level
  • Play with a friend in a free roaming open world in the brand new local multi player mode for WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Plant wheat, canola or corn and sell it in a dynamic market
  • Mow grass, tedder and windrow it to create hay bales to feed to your cows, then sell their milk to the highest bidder
  • Make money by selling grass or chaff at the Biogas plant
  • Hire computer controlled assistants to help you with your work

What’s New in v1.2.1 Apk

  • New items available in the shop
  • New category. Plows
  • An ever bigger cultivator
  • Medium Fliegl Tipper
  • Bug fixes
  • The pick up truck now may attach more trailers and the milk tank

Farming Simulator 14 v1.2.1 Apk

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1Tap Quick Bar Quick Settings v2.2 Apk

By apkdreams

1Tap Quick Bar Quick Settings v2.2 Apk

1Tap Quick Bar Quick Settings Apk - is a wonderful and one of the best customization app for Android. It helps you to do most common tasks in a shorter time such as change WiFi settings, call your WiFi, add an event, launch a favorite game just in one click. It also offers a way to create a beautiful notification bar.

Key Features:-

  • Direct dial
  • Direct message
  • 1Tap direct web page launcher
  • Application shortcut
  • Application launcher
  • Direct Email label
  • New event, new message
  • Hidden system activities
  • RAM Booster
  • Media control

What’s New in v2.2 Apk

  • Fixed minor issues

1Tap Quick Bar Quick Settings v2.2. Apk

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Color Effect Booth Pro v1.4.3 Apk

By apkdreams

Color Effect Booth Pro v1.4.3

Color Effect Booth Pro Apk - is a wonderful image app for Android users. Color Booth allows you to take any image and manipulate the colors to allow you to easily visualize what a room, landscape or object would look like as a different color. You can change your hair color or your car’s color even your eyes color. This app has been optimized for tablets, especially for Nexus 6.

Key Features:-

  • Pinch zoom
  • Scalable brush size
  • Share your images on Facebook
  • Preview mode
  • Masked and colored view options
  • Color history

What’s New in v1.4.3 Apk

  • Minor bug fixes

Color Effect Booth Pro v1.4.3 Apk

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Smart Memory Booster Pro v1.9 Apk

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Smart Memory Booster Pro v1.9 Apk

Smart Memory Booster Pro Apk - is a wonderful Android RAM optimizer to speed up your devices as well as prevent battery drain. It reclaims lost memory for your programs by defragmenting your smartphone’s memory as well as stop apps that runs on the background and drain your battery.

Key Features:-

  • Boost level. Select among 5 boost levels
  • Ignored apps. Apps will not be stopped when boosting
  • Report style define how to show reports
  • Boost automatically. Auto boost, come with minimal memory threshold and boost interval
  • A haptic feedback when touch on boost widget
  • Floating widget position, size, transparency
  • Show memory info with report auto/refresh settings

What’s New in v1.9 Apk

  • Fixed minor bugs

Smart Memory Booster Pro v1.9 Apk

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Meltdown Premium v1.5 Apk

By apkdreams

Meltdown Premium v1.5 Apk

Meltdown Premium Apk - become the most skilled soldier, choose your weapons, get the best upgrades, buckle up and start your mission. Be careful, each enemy has its own combat style, special AI and gear. Adapt to them to survive.

Key Features:-

  • 30+ random generated levels
  • 10+ upgradeable ranged weapons
  • 5+ Melee weapons to cut down enemies
  • Online cross platform Co. op multi player up to 4 players

Meltdown Premium v1.5 Apk

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Goat Simulator v1.0.8 Apk

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Goat Simulator v1.0.8 Apk

Goat Simulator Apk - is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat.

It has been compared to an old school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you are a goat and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

Key Features:-

  • You can be a goat
  • Get points for wrecking stuff, brag to your friends that you are the alpha goat
  • Millions of bugs. We are only eliminating the crash bugs, everything else is hilarious and we are keeping it
  • In game physics that spazz out all the time
  • Seriously look at goat’s neck

What’s New in v1.0.8 Apk

  • Fixed matrix goat
  • Fixed compatibility on some devices
  • Added controls Menu option to pause Menu
  • Fixed game pad issues

Goat Simulator v1.0.8 Apk

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Taskbar Premium v3.9 Apk

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Taskbar Premium v3.9 Apk

Taskbar Premium Apk - is a wonderful app for Android users. It comes in handy when you want to launch apps, common settings, favorite contacts quickly.

Key Features:-

  • Start button. Tap on the start button to open Taskbar. Scroll up and down to launch apps. If you add folders, contacts, settings click on the theme to execute
  • Change start button location. Click an hold for a while, then move around to change its location
  • Smart start button. Start button will be dimming if taskbar does not open in two seconds. It also learns the way you use Start Menu arear and Taskbar, then smartly adjust them for you
  • Reorder apps. Open settings- Edit start Menu item, then drag the icon in the right and move to change item order
  • Hide apps. Open Settings- Edit Stat Menu item, then click on action bar- Hide to exclude apps
  • Create folder. Edit start Menu item, then click on action bar- Add new to add folder. Type folder name, select icon and folder type

What’s New in v3.9 Apk

  • Updated language packs
  • Updated icon assets

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Paper Artist v2.0.2 Apk

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Paper Artist v2.0.2 Apk

Paper Artist Apk - is a wonderful app for Android users. Turn your photos into personalized works of art. Fun and simple to use, anyone can be an artist.

Key Features:-

  • Choose from over 30+ original artistic styles to transform your photo
  • Modify your existing photos or use the built in camera
  • Paint with the brush to add a splash of color and other magical effects
  • Write with the pen to add a personal message or a fun design
  • Add a frame or border for that finishing touch

You would not believe how your precious memory will be transformed into something unique and special. Share your masterpiece on all your favorite social media sites. Everyone will be amzaed.

What’s New in v2.0.2 Apk

  • Bug fixes
  • Improvements to UI

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BSPlayer v1.19.172 Apk

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BSPlayer v1.19.172 Apk

BSPlayer Apk - is a wonderful music player for Android users.It is the best media player for Android smartphones and tablet PCs, supporting hardware accelerated video decoding.

Key Features:-

  • Hardware accelerated video playback, significantly increases playback speed and reduces battery consumption
  • Support for almost all media files such as avi, divx, flv, mkv, mpeg, mp4, m4v etc
  • Aspect ratio adjustments and more
  • Multiple audio streams and subtitles
  • Supports gestures for seek, jump, brightness and volume control
  • Playlist support and various playback modes
  • Support for audio headsets
  • External and embedded subtitles ssa/ass, srt, sub etc
  • Playback media files such as videos and mp3 directly via WiFi from your LAN shared folders
  • Playback files directly from uncompressed RAR files and much more

What’s New in v1.19.172 Apk

  • Small bug fixes

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Binge time: SBS On Demand offering 400 movies for free

By Rob Edwards

Binge time: SBS On Demand offering 400 movies for free

In a move that could hasten the final nail in the local video store’s coffin and make IPTV providers nervous, SBS has announced that its SBS On Demand service will now boast a library of 400 movies.

You can spend your home entertainment pennies elsewhere, as the films are completely free, available for up to 12 months, and cater to a wide range of tastes.

Thrillers, comedies, and those naughty films SBS is infamous for are all ready to go right now, although we suspect Michael Bay fans may still choose to look elsewhere.

How do I get it?

They’re easy to access as well, with apps for Android, iOS, smart TVs and video game consoles. For a full list of SBS On Demand access points head to the SBS website.

The move follows the Film Festival of 100 Clicks back in March, when SBS experimented by offering 100 movies online. It was so successful that SBS has chosen to quadruple the library.

With 400 films to choose from are you unsure where to begin? If you’re yet to see Pan’s Labyrinth we think that’s a good place to start.

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Could Australia have HD free to air TV from 2016?

By Nick Broughall

Could Australia have HD free to air TV from 2016?

With football finals season upon us, the annual calls for the free-to-air TV broadcasters to show key matches in high definition is reaching fever pitch.

The good news is that it may potentially happen within the next few years, with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull claiming the forced closure of community television could free up some bandwidth for HD.

Of course, the extra bandwidth isn’t guaranteed to make HD broadcasts a reality, with Turnbull quoted in The Age as stating that “In the longer term the sixth channel may be allocated for uses other than broadcasting, such as telecommunications and mobile internet.”

MPEG 4 the masses

The other technological advance that could make HD broadcasts a reality is the switch from the MPEG-2 standard for broadcasting to MPEG4.

The MPEG4 standard – which was trialled during the country’s brief infatuation with 3D TV – offers a much more efficient use of the available bandwidth, potentially allowing broadcasters to both switch to HD for main channels as well offering more channels.

The government is keen to encourage a transition to the MPEG4 standard for broadcasting, although any such transition would see some older televisions or set-top boxes lose the ability to receive a signal.

Most devices released in the past 10 years, including FreeView badged devices and DVRs like Fetch TV will likely be fine though.

  • Forget HD. The future is all about Ultra HD

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Puffin Web Browser v4.0.1.828 Apk

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Puffin Web Browser v4.0.1.828 Apk

Puffin Web Browser Apk - is a wonderful browser for Android users. Puffin Web Browser is a wicked fast web browser. With the help of cloud servers, Puffin Web Browsers brings the web desktop web browsing experience to tablets and smartphones.

It renders the full versions of web pages quickly and reliably. Flash with excellent performance on iPads and iPhones.

Key Features:-

  • Render the full version of web pages extremely fast through cloud computing
  • Multi tab UI to switch tabs between web pages with a single tap
  • Popup blocker

What’s New in v4.0.1.828 Apk

  • New Puffin world. Portal of web apps, games and educational contents
  • New incognito tab. Auto clean your browsing activities in the app
  • Smart search suggestion guide you to web sites before search result page
  • Smart search tag enables you to get search results from a different search engine with one tap
  • Improved page rendering speed
  • Download to Google drive
  • Improved flash video game quality and reduced latency
  • Adjustable flash quality

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