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Swiftkey For Android Release Some Ugly New Skins

Anyone who likes to use Swiftkey as their keyboard will be happy to hear that new skin have been released. On the downside they are kind of ugly, but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

While there are some people who will think that the skins are nothing but gaudy looking others will welcome them. They could even be compared to what was on Windows 95 when that first arrived and people thought at the time it was cool looking.

So if you are the type of person who wants to have the 90s look on your keyboard on your phone go ahead and check out the new skins for Swiftkey.

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2015 Toyota Hilux Review: Why Is It A Facelift?

The Hilux has long served Toyota as a bestselling pickup truck on a global scale. Next year, the Hilux will be updated with a facelift model and it is only going to get better for the consumers.

Like previous Hilux, the upcoming model will be offered with multiple engine choices. Consumers can opt for the 2.5L diesel, the 3.5L diesel or the 4L V6 engine. Regardless of the choice and the large engine displacement, Toyota assured consumers that the Hilux will be super fuel economical.

Of course, the company has yet to announce the fuel consumption figures but judging by the sound of things, there is a chance for it to be better than the RAM pickup truck.

In addition to that, the Hilux Facelift will be equipped with a host of new technologies. This will surely improve the performance of the pickup truck.

As for the design, the Hilux is said to be larger than before as it exhibits more muscles. Toyota claims that the Hilux carries the American pickup truck DNA, thus explaining why it is bolder than before. After all, the US will be the Hilux’s main market despite it being planned for a global release.

In short, it is amazing on the amount of changes, additions and improvements coming to the Toyota Hilux Facelift. Perhaps, Toyota should call it a successor instead of a facelift as it contradicts to the definition of things.

Nexus 6 vs OnePlus One: How Big Is The Gap?

If there is one thing OnePlus can be proud of, it is the One smartphone. The device created a global madness due to its high-specs and super low cost. The OnePlus One is already regarded as a smartphone that is more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S5 but is it better than the Nexus 6?

The brand new smartphone from Google was released last month and it came out with a large 6” display that runs on QHD resolution. Just by the display, the Nexus 6 is already one step higher than the OnePlus One. The latter has a 5.5” screen that runs at 1080p resolution.

In terms of performance, the One operates on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. The device comes with internal memory that ranges from 16GB to 64GB. Unfortunately, there is no support for microSD.

The Nexus 6, on the other hand, is powered by the latest Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.5GHz. This is paired to 3GB or RAM and memory can be expanded till 128GB via microSD. This is certainly faster than the OnePlus One. Furthermore, the Nexus 6 came out with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. The One runs on the older Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

Then again, the Nexus 6 failed to impress in the field of photography. While both the OnePlus One and Nexus 6 might have the same 13MP camera, it is the former that captures better pictures. Also, the One has a 5MP front shooter, which is miles better than the 2.1MP offered with the Nexus 6.

Of course, camera quality does not mean victory for the OnePlus One. Obviously, the Nexus 6 is still the better smartphone overall but considering the price gap between the two, the OnePlus One can still be viewed as a revolutionary device.

2015 Acura TLX Review: One Flaw Spoils The Party

For a luxury carmaker, Acura can be said as the least popular of them all. Their latest TLX might exhibit some of the best features in the luxury sedan segment but it failed to capture the public’s interest.

There is simply little wrong with the TLX. The car is powered by a V6 engine that offers adequate power as it drives on the FWD system. In addition to that, the TLX arrived with a host of new technologies that is provided by the parent company, Honda.

After testing the vehicle, we discovered a major flaw with it and this could be why many are avoiding the Acura TLX. The issue is with the 9-speed regular automatic gearbox that does not match well with the powerful V6 engine.

For a car that generates 290hp, the least Acura could do is equipping it with an 8-speed dual-transmission clutch, together with the SH-AWD technology. Then again, it is rare to come across a Japanese-made vehicle that features dual-clutch. The mechanism is simply not favourable by the Japanese carmakers.

Nevertheless, the poor transmission can be described as the biggest setback for a potentially great luxury sedan. It is no wonder that the TLX is always the second choice when compared to other luxury sedans in the market.

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Fallout 4 Cancelled From Production!

There is a big rumour doing the rounds suggesting that Fallout 4 has been cancelled by Bethesda. The highly anticipated title is expected to be the next big thing to come from the game developer but now, things are in doubt for the sequel.

More surprisingly, the rumours came out even before Bethesda had anything to share on the status of Fallout 4. The word is that Bethesda is facing an obstacle they can’t tackle when attempting to turn Fallout 4 into an MMOPG. To be specific, the obstacle is actually Fallout’s original creator, Interplay Entertainment.

The game developer is clearly frustrated and decided to drop Fallout 4 once and for all. It is really easy to understand Bethesda’s decision here. After all, the company has already purchased full ownership for the Fallout franchise and they are clearly gutted by the constraints faced when developing Fallout 4.

Then again, the above is still based on rumours so it is best taken with a pinch of salt. The Fallout franchise is a profit maker and it is difficult to see Bethesda dropping it over some disappointment in turning Fallout 4 into an MMORPG.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler F-Edition: Different Design, Same Offering

It wasn’t that long ago when Jeep launched the Wrangler Sahara and now, the American 4×4 king revealed that they will be developing the Wrangler Freedom Edition.

The car is confirmed to be in its final stages of production and it will look to debut in mid-next year. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Jeep from revealing that the Freedom Edition will retail at $23,390. The car will be powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox as it drives on the AWD system.

In detail, the Freedom Edition Wrangler will look to offer 285hp and 260ft-lbs of torque. Despite having so much power, the vehicle is able to return a decent fuel consumption of up to 21mpg.

Design-wise, the Freedom Edition Wrangler wears a blue paint that is completed with Oscar Mike symbols at every corner. Furthermore, the vehicle sports 17-inch by 7.5-inch aluminium wheels, P255/75 R17 OWL on/off road tires, power convenience group, heated mirrors and power windows.

While the Freedom Edition Wrangler might have a different design to offer, it will still be a lot similar to other Wrangler makes and that is the ability to off-road. The vehicle is simply splendid on the off-road trails and will surely appeal to off-road fans worldwide.

Titanfall 2 Tipped To Debut On PS4

Titanfall is the latest AAA title around but it is unfortunate that the game is an Xbox-exclusive title. Titanfall has so much fun to offer that gamers on the PS4 are hoping for Respawn Entertainment to end its exclusivity and launch the game on the Sony console.

Well, that may just happen with Titanfall 2. Rumours are suggesting that Respawn Entertainment will pull out on the exclusivity with Microsoft in the sequel and thus, ensuring Titanfall 2 as a cross-platform title.

While the game developer has yet to announce anything on the matter, their presence at the recent PlayStation Experience event raised a lot of eye brows. Certainly, it is odd to see a Microsoft exclusive game developer hanging out at a Sony event.

That aside, there is also the leak which saw Respawn head hunting for a new senior system designer. The job advertised requires the candidate to possess “Experience working on 3rd person action/adventure games, demonstrating major contributions in the areas of hero control schemes, enemy design, navigation mechanics, and combat.” Clearly, this person will be working on Titanfall 2 for the PS4.

Then again, the signs are not strong enough for it to be certain. As such, it is best to take this bit with a pinch of salt. When Titanfall 2 gets announced, only then can gamers confirm on whether it will be an Xbox-exclusive title.

GTA 5: Day One Update Take Its Toll On The Players

The problem with most digital games is with the frequent updates needed to ensure a smooth running experience. GTA 5 is no different. The title has just been ported over to the Xbox One and PS4, and it raised many criticisms over the day 1 update.

For those that are unaware of this, players that have pre-purchased a digital copy of GTA 5 will have to undergo an update when running the game. With the vast amount of gamers performing the update at the same time, the speed of the download dropped drastically.

Clearly, the next-gen GTA 5 community is disappointed by this as they have to wait a long while before the game is playable on the Xbox One and PS4. It gets worse when gamers from UK and Australia reported that the download button directs them to the download history page. Rockstar has been notified of the bug and are working on a fix for it.

Until that the fix is released, the affected gamers will be put on a wait before they can start playing GTA 5 on the Xbox One and PS4. This is truly disappointing and frustrating for the players. After all, there is no point to getting the game early if it is playable at a later date.

New Mazda CX-5 Interior Facelift Will Complete The Perfect SUV

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The Mazda CX-5 is undoubtedly the best SUV this year and soon, it will be updated with a brand new model. Mazda confirmed that a facelifted CX-5 is in production and it is due to arrive in 2016.

Despite that fact, fans of the CX-5 shouldn’t expect too much since the design changes are confirmed to be minimal. Mazda made it clear that most of the changes will be on the CX-5’s interior, which many feedback suggests that it could have been better.

The changes were unveiled in a concept model that was exhibited at the previous LA Auto Show. It confirms that the upcoming CX-5 will come with a more premium interior. In detail, the seats stitches will be exposed for a more promising look. Also, the infotainment system will pop out of the dashboard instead of being embedded.

In short, the future CX-5 facelift will have an interior that is comparable to the BMW. This will surely appeal the masses as the CX-5 looks to bag the SUV of the year award again, in quick successions.

Verizon Offering The iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 For A Cheap

Back in September, two great smartphones got released and they are the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Of course, being powerful and new means that both devices are equally expensive as well.

Then again, both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 can now be owned for a cheap as they are going on a promotion at Verizon. The Big Red carrier is offering 20% discount for the 16GB iPhone 6 and Note 4. When the discounts are applied, the price tag drops from $299 to only $239.

The offer can be picked up at any Target outlet and of course, customers will have to sign a 2-year contract with Verizon. Also, customers are required to register a free account over at Target Cartwheel mobile app to be eligible for the 20% discount.

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GTA 5: Robocop Introduced To Fight Crime?

GTA 5 is undoubtedly one of the best games the world has ever since. The huge map of San Andreas has so much to offer to the players and the possibilities are endless with the new contents that are constantly added to the game.

The latest addition that caught our attention is none other than Robocop characters acting as police officers in the game. Of course, the content is fan-made and it can be found in the GTA 5’s content creator page.

When running the content, players will see robots chasing after them whenever they get a wanted level. On the other hand, players can also play as Robocop himself in GTA 5. The final mode allows the player to call upon the robots to act as their bodyguard in the game.

By far, Robocop is among the most entertaining fan-made content found on GTA 5. Then again, the idea is still unofficial so it lacks depth. Perhaps, Rockstar could consider getting Robocop characters into GTA 5 to make it more interesting than it already is.

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2015 Ford Bronco: Renamed For The Future

The arrival of the Ford T4 Troller in South America created a huge buzz in the automotive industry. This is because the vehicle features many characteristics that were once seen on the legendary Ford Bronco.

Now, the rumours are suggesting that the Troller is being re-developed to be compatible for a US release. The word is that the car will be worked by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team. The SVT is well-known for handling special vehicles and this further suggest that the Troller is indeed the reincarnated Bronco. Otherwise, the Troller will just be regarded as an average pickup truck.

If the rumours are true, then the Troller is the next-generation Bronco. It does not need Ford’s confirmation to prove this point. When the Troller arrives, it will come completed with Ford’s latest technologies like 360-degrees camera to assist drivers when in tight situations and parking.

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2016 Ford Ranger: Trailer Clip Already Out!

Ford Asia Pacific had just launched a new teaser video for the upcoming Ford Ranger. The pickup truck looks set to arrive in 2016 and judging from the clip shared on YouTube, the Ranger seems to be heavily inspired by the Ford Atlas.

In detail, the pickup truck comes with headlamps and a shape that is near-identical to the Ford Atlas SUV. Furthermore, the Ranger Facelift will also come with a new grille, fog lights and creases on its hood.

On the downside of things, Ford failed to share on the Ranger’s tail section and interior. Also, the pickup truck won’t be released in the US. Nevertheless, the Ford Ranger is going to be better than its predecessors.

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Moto G: Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Confirmed

Back in 2013, Motorola launched the Moto G and it is regarded as one of the best smartphones around. Earlier today, the smartphone manufacturer announced that the Moto G will be updated to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Moto G will be joining the second-generation Moto X, the Moto X and other smartphones from Motorola in receiving the update. It is also notified that the Android 5.0 Lollipop will be pushed out via OTA to the flagship devices before being rolled out to the Moto G.

On the downside of things, Motorola failed to clarify on when the update will take place but users can expect it coming before the end of January next year.

The Motorola Moto G is also expected to run perfectly on the Android 5.0 Lollipop. After all, the smartphone manage to meet the OS minimum specs requirement as it runs on the Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM.

2016 Audi Q7: Can It Compete With The XC90?

Come 2016, Audi will be launching the all-new Q7 and today, car junkies can already get a rough idea on how the SUV will appear like. This is possible thanks to the spy shots, which shows the vehicle being tested by Audi.

The spy shots surfaced earlier today and it confirms that the Q7 will come with a larger grille, angular headlamps and more haunches above the wheel arches. On the downside of things, the Q7 is heavily covered in camouflage so there is no way for us to go into details with the SUV’s design.

Nevertheless, we are a little bit excited with the Q7 as it poses with a bolder stance that emits an aura of confidence. While no further details were shared, we can expect the Q7 to draw its power from a 3L TDI diesel engine.

On the downside of things, the Q7 does not offer any exceptional design at all. This is disappointing after considering that it will be competing with the very promising Volvo XC-90. Let’s just hope that the finalized Q7 has a lot more to offer.

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2016 Shelby Mustang: Sticking To A Traditional Shaft

Fans of the Ford Mustang are in for a treat. A spy shot image of the 2016 Shelby Mustang has leaked online and it shows off the interior of the vehicle.

When analysing the spy shot, we were greeted with a typical Mustang dashboard and racing steering wheel. What aroused our curiosity is the big red button that lay behind the steering wheel. After some digging, we realized that the big red button is meant for emergency stop during testing.

Of course, the red button won’t be coming in the final product. The picture is actually taken to confirm that the Shelby Mustang will be operated with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Obviously, the traditional transmission system is in place to ensure an authentic driving experience.

This is certainly exciting since the Shelby Mustang will uphold the racing heritage that is legendary in the automotive industry. Of course, details on the sports car is still scarce at the moment but fans can look forward to more reveals in the coming year.

ASUS ZenWatch Review: The Coolest Smartwatch Yet?

ASUS has just released their first ever smartwatch and it is known as the ZenWatch. Unlike the wearables offered by Samsung and LG, the ZenWatch is more like the Moto 360 as it arrives to make a fashion statement.

In detail, ASUS made the ZenWatch to come with a stainless steel clock face with a single button hiding underneath it. The screen runs on 320x320p resolution and a battery that drains very slowly. The ZenWatch runs on the Android Wear OS and it is truly a stylish smartwatch to own.

As for the functions, the ZenWatch comes with unlock the phone feature, picture viewing, Wellness applications and a remote Camera function. The clock face operates via touch sensors so users don’t have to continuously rely on the OK Google voice commands. This certainly helps in preventing users from looking all geeky when using the smartwatch.

The downside to the ZenWatch is with its customizability. The device simply lacks colour option as it is only offered in brown and grey. ASUS will have to introduce more colour variants with the ZenWatch if they wish to appeal to the masses.

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2015 Porsche Panamera ST: Correcting The Mistakes From The Past [PICS]

The Porsche Panamera is undoubtedly a great performance vehicle but it is unfortunate that it came out with a horrendous design. The criticism was loud on this and Porsche even admitted to their faults.

Now, the German carmaker intends to do some correction as it looks to update the Panamera with an Sports Turismo variant. The upcoming Panamera ST is confirmed to make its debut next year and it will come with a brand new design.

In detail, Porsche claims that the Panamera ST will be taking inspirations from the Macan. However, the styling will be tweak in a manner where the car is still be recognizable as part of the Panamera family.

Furthermore, Porsche shared that the Panamera ST will be built on the MSB platform. The luxury company admitted that it has been a long while since the Sports Turismo badge was applied on their vehicles and with it returning to the Panamera, it also confirms that the latter won’t be a convertible.

For the fans, they are surely hoping that the Panamera won’t be an epic fail. Anything below will be unacceptable but judging from the sound of it, there is a lot of confidence for the Porsche Panamera ST.

2015 Subaru WRX STI vs 2014 Porsche Cayman: An Unexpected Race!

The latest Subaru WRX STI is undoubtedly one of the best sports cars in its segment. Then again, the same can be said for the all-new Porsche Cayman. While it might sound ridiculous, both vehicles have actually taken part in a drag race against each other.

By far, this is a contest that has nothing to accomplish. It is a straight out brawl between the $38,190 WRX STI and the $70,160 Cayman. On papers, it looks like the STI is the better vehicle.

The latter is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged F4 engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This allows it to generate 305hp and 290lb-fts of torque.

The Porsche Cayman, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.7L F6 engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This generates 275hp and 213lb-ft of torque.

Despite all that, the race is not based on papers. The minute-and-the-half long clip apparently has a lot of surprises to offer. You can check out the video above. Trust us when we say every part of it is worth the watch.

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Kingdom Hearts 3: The List Of Possible Characters Coming

Kingdom Hearts 3 is currently being developed by Square Enix and the expectations are high for the upcoming title. Aside from the fact that Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be the first title in the franchise to debut on the next-gen consoles, the game will also be introducing tons of new characters.

Of course, Square Enix has yet to mention anything specific on the matter but they did tease on bringing in the likes of Iron Man from Marvel Heroes, Darth Vader from Star Wars and Elsa from Disney’s latest hit movie Frozen.

On the other hand, there are plenty of other names doing the rounds and the list includes Snow White with her seven dwarves, Hunch Back of Notre Dame alongside Peter Pan, Mulan, The Lion King and even Tarzan or Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Then again, the aforementioned names are still unconfirmed and based on the many rumours on Kingdom Hearts 3. As such, it is best to take this with a pinch of salt. If there is one thing fans can be sure of, it is that Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be massive and a magnitude better than previous titles.