Apple Follows In Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Footsteps, Makes OS X Updates Free

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Apple announced today at its event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens that its forthcoming update to OS X, Mavericks, will come at no cost to consumers. This is a change for Apple, a company that in the past charged for updates to its desktop operating system.

Those fees were low — less than $50 — but they existed. And by dropping the cost of OS X updates to zero, Apple is following in Microsoft’s footsteps. Microsoft, of course, recently released its Windows 8.1 update to Windows 8 for free to all Windows 8 users.

If Apple were to charge for the update to OS X after Microsoft — a company notorious for high software prices — made its own update free, Apple would appear quite miserly.

Now, there are some small pieces to keep in mind. Given that Apple only sells OS X as a component of its PC…

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX

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Amazon announced two new tablets joining their already existing line. These two new top-of-the-line tablets are named HDX. They come in 7 inch and 8.9 inch versions and feature a new tech-support feature called “Mayday”. This “Mayday” feature let you video-chat with an Amazon support representative at any time of day about any trouble you are having with the tablet. It is available around the clock on every day of the year and can be accessed through a button in the quick settings bar.
The tablets themselves have gotten a slight boost in everything compared to older models, but it is not anything extraordinary. The OS itself has gotten a v .1 update  and some minor kinks were fixed. Other then that, it is believed that the only reason for these tablets even appearing is to promote the “Mayday” feature and provide a basis for future tablets, if this feature…

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Sony Xperia Z1 Review

Sony Xperia Z1 Review

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Sony announced their latest flagship in the form of the Xperia Z1 – a 20 megapixel-packing smartphone that runs 5-inch full HD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Certainly a beast but does it have enough to lure people away from competition. Let’s find out by reading our full review.

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Phoneblocks – A Phone Worth Keeping

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If I am honest, the Apple iPhone launch this week did not really set my pulse racing. While Apple products are certainly still cool, I just wonder if there is still such a huge appetite to replace last year’s phone, or even the one bought just a few months ago?

In contrast to Apple’s launch, I thought I would share this inspired video made by Dave Hakkens. The video is well worth watching for the concept it is aiming to help promote and fund – an open platform for building a new type of smart phone which is built on a LEGO type board. When one element fails, there is no need to replace the whole phone, just that particular part. Wonderful.

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FoodieQuest App-In-The-Making Wants To Gamify Food Photos

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FoodieQuest is an app in the making that wants to turn the craze for taking photos of food — second only to the selfie in the photo-sharing hierarchy — into a sticky social game. The app, being demoed in alpha form at startup alley here at TechCrunch Disrupt, will let users snap a photo of their dinner and then pit it against another dish pic taken by someone else. It’s like hot or not for food — or piping hot/undercooked, to stick with the culinary theme.

Users will be able to compete against friends or any other app user, but all shots are anonymised until you vote on the dish you like the look of best to keep the competition pure. Once you’ve voted, you get to see who took the shot and where it was taken — assuming the snapper tagged it with that info.

The app will also let users extend their…

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