Published on February 28 2014

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From 2007, every year, Apple will release at least one iPhone. In the past 2013, Apple has released two new iPhones, iPhone 5S and 5C. After the release of these two iPhones, many people dropped their old iPhone and get the new iPhone 5S or 5C.

After switching from old iPhone to new iPhone, there is one thing you need to do is to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. If you have not so many photos, then, you can transfer photos from iPhone to another with iTunes, However, even with it, you can only transfer photos in camera roll.

The fastest and easiest way to transfer photos (either in Photo Library, Camera Roll or non camera roll photos) from one iPhone to another is to use Wondershare TunesGo. Besides, it can also transfer other files such as videos, contacts, messages and music from iPhone to iPhone.

Tips: If you are using a Mac, you can turn to TunesGo for Mac.

Step by step to transfer photos from one iPhone to another

Step 1: Connect your two iPhones to the computer

Download TunesGo, install and run it. And then, connect your two iPhones to your computer with USB cables at the same time. TunesGo will detect the two devices automatically, and you will see the following interface:

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

Tips; To do the transfer, you need to install iTunes on your computer.

Step 2; Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

Click “Photos” tab on the left directory tree. All albums will be displayed on the right side. Select your desired albums. Or open the albums you want to export photos and choose your wanted photos. After that, click the little triangle under “Export to“. In its pull-down list, choose“Export to your iPhone”. Then TunesGo moves photos from iPhone to iPhone automatically.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

Tips; Be mind that don’t disconnect either of your iPhone during transfer.

You can also use Wondershare MobileTrans to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.

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Published on February 27 2014

The Mobile World Congress, one of the most important annual events for the mobile industry, is in full swing in Barcelona.

The event, which is typically a key staging ground for new product releases, has already seen its fair share of high profile new devices that are preparing to hit the market in the year ahead. And in that same spirit, South Korean smartphone giant Samsung also used the MWC to debut the latest version of its high end smartphone lineup – the Galaxy S5. 

As one of the best-selling high end smartphones on the planet, the Galaxy line of phones is always a threat to smartphone dynamo Apple. However after seeing what the Galaxy S5 brings to the table, Apple investors can breath a sigh of relief.

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In perusing the initial reactions to the Galaxy S5, the tech community as a whole appears to be wholly underwhelmed with Samsung's efforts here.

That's not to say that the Galaxy S5 isn't a better phone than its predecessor the S4. It is in several ways. However, Samsung failed to offer more than just incremental improvements with the device and still appears to be trailing Apple by about half a year in its product development cycle.

Samsung fails to top Apple with its Galaxy S5

Looking at the hardware, the Galaxy S5's 5.1 inch display is only slightly larger than the 5 inch display from last year's model and what should be an indistinguishable difference in picture quality. The Galaxy S5 is powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 chipset. Samsung upped the specs of its rear-facing camera, improving it from 13 megapixels on the S4 to an impressive 16 megapixels in the S5, although the front-facing camera offers only 2 megapixels.

One of the coolest features of the Galaxy S5 is that its apparently highly water resistant. Samsung claims the S5 can withstand 30 min in as deep as 3 feet of water, which although not a game-changer, is a certainly a nice plus. Beyond that, the S5 will come in four colors, three of which Apple already offers with its 5s (black, grey, and gold) plus a blue backing as well.

Samsung did play catch up with the S5, adding a fingerprint scanner like the one Apple introduced on the iPhone 5s last September. And in a nod to the emphasis on biometrics we've seen from many consumer tech names, the Galaxy S5 also features a heartbeat monitor integrated into the rear camera's flash as well.

Overall, it appears Samsung's Galaxy S5 is another strong offering that compares well with other high end smartphones like Apple's iPhone 5s and HTC's One. However, these annual product updates offering each player in the smartphone space a key opportunity to leapfrog its competition with either a new feature or some other kind of differentiator. And in that respect, the Galaxy S5 clearly falls flat.

The door is still wide open for HTC and Apple
As the first major high end smartphone launch in 2014, Samsung failed to raise the bar, which bodes poorly for the Korean electronics giant in the rest of the year.

According to reports, Apple is fast at work on the typical form factor redesign expected from the iPhone 6. Most reports agree that Apple will follow the general trajectory of the high end smartphone market with a screen size increase in this year's iPhone, which could in theory diminish one of the key differentiators between the iPhone and the Galaxy S5.

There's little question that the Galaxy S5 will sell well. According to analysts, Samsung shipped well over 60 million of the Galaxy S4 last year. However, with Apple shipping 51 million iPhone last quarter alone, it's looking like Samsung isn't doing much to try to steal share from the likes of Apple at the highly profitable high end part of the smartphone market. And that should certainly disappoint its investors.

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Published on February 25 2014

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s largest smartphone makers and it’s time to update your flagship device? If you’re Samsung, you trot out the new Galaxy S5, a refined and updated take on last year’s wildly successful Galaxy S4. Like the new Gear wearables, the Galaxy S5 looks and feels familiar, but offers a number of improvements over last year’s edition.

The Galaxy S5’s design is a minor evolution of the Galaxy S4 — in fact, the two are almost indistinguishable from the front. The S5’s display is ever so slightly larger at 5.1 inches, but it’s still a 1080p, Super AMOLED panel that doesn’t look very different from the S4’s screen. Below the display is a new home key with integrated fingerprint scanner and capacitive keys for multitasking and Android’s back button.

Samsung has retained the familiar metal-looking plastic surround on the S5, though the charging port (now USB 3.0) comes with an integrated port cover for waterproofing. The S5 is IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, meaning it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Though the S5 is extremely familiar-looking from the front, things take a turn around back, where Samsung has replaced the S4’s slimy, glossy plastic battery cover with a dimpled soft-touch finish. The company is calling this a "modern glam" look, though if you’re familiar with the original Ne​xus 7 released in 2012, it’s very similar to that. The new back offers a significant upgrade in they way the device feels — it’s much more comfortable to hold and doesn’t slide off of surfaces nearly as much as the S4 — but it doesn’t look as tacky as the fake-leather patterns used on Samsung’s Note line of devices.

Samsung is offering the S5 in four different colors — black, white, blue, and gold — but the black and white are the most attractive options. The first complaint usually levied at Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones is their abundant use of glossy, cheap feeling plastic, but the S5’s new finish reverses this trend and is one of the most significant upgrades introduced this year.

A FAMILIAR DESIGN, BUT WITH LESS GLOSSY PLASTIC

But despite the refined design and new patterned finish, the S5 is unmistakably a Samsung smartphone. The S5 is launching with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s user interface fully intact. Though earlier reports had said that Samsung intended to tone down its software due to pressure from Google, the S5 retains much of the signature pieces of the Galaxy line.

There are S-branded apps in many places, including the S Voice personal assistant, and Samsung’s signature bloops and whistles are present every time you interact with the device. The My Magazine feature, Samsung’s Flipboard-like news reader that debuted on the Note 3, is accessible directly to the left of the home screen, but the main display is a very familiar assortment of folders, app shortcuts, and a weather widget. The most notable change is found in the settings menu, where Samsung has swapped out the tabbed interface for a single, vertical scrolling screen with round, flat icons.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design

Samsung is making a huge push into fitness tracking this year, and the Galaxy S5 benefits from a revamped S Health app and new heart-rate sensor on its back. The new S Health app can sync with Samsung’s Gear line of wearables, including the Gear Fit fitness band, and it offers guided coaching and feedback while you work out. Developers will be able to tap into the data offered by the service through an SDK that will be out later this year.

The heart rate monitor is a unique addition and is located just below the camera and reads your fingertip to grab your pulse in about five to ten seconds. In our brief tests, the sensor worked as advertised and was able to give me a reading in just a few seconds.

HEART-RATE MONITORS AND FINGERPRINT SCANNERS

Less successful is Samsung’s take on the fingerprint-unlock system made popular by Apple with the iPhone 5S. Like the 5S, the S5’s home key features an integrated fingerprint scanner, which can be used to unlock the phone or authenticate purchases online (Samsung is partnering with PayPal to enable this feature, though it doesn’t validate purchases from the Google Play Store).

Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to activate the scanner, and we found it to be quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand. It can store up to three different digits, but it was very particular about the speed and orientation of the swiping motion used — if we weren’t doing a perfectly straight swipe down, it would refuse to unlock the phone.

Samsung didn’t ignore the other vital components of the S5 — it has a faster, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a larger battery with the promised 20 percent better stamina, as well as a new low-power conservation mode to get the most battery possible when you’re running low. The S5 is as fast as you’d expect — Samsung has ensured that its flagship phone is one of the most powerful on the market for a number of years now, and the S5 is no different.

The camera has been upgraded to a 16-megapixel sensor with 4K video capabilities, and it now supports real-time HDR processing for better photos in mixed lighting. It’s now possible to apply Samsung’s unique camera effects after a picture has been taken, so you don’t have to worry about what mode you’re in when shooting pics. Samsung has also greatly simplified the camera interface, and in our brief tests, it was pretty snappy and responsive.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design

THE S5 BUILDS ON WHAT WORKED WITH THE S4

Samsung had a successful formula with the Galaxy S4, and for the most part, it looks like it has retained that with the S5. Things are faster, nicer feeling, and easier to use, but it’s still a Samsung smartphone through and through, and will likely be just as successful if not more so than its predecessor.

The Galaxy S5 is scheduled to launch globally on April 11th and will be available on all major US carriers, though Samsung isn’t yet ready to talk pricing. Chances are, the price won’t matter — Samsung has built a very recognizable and successful brand with its Galaxy smartphones, and there’s no reason the S5 won’t continue the company’s success.

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Published on February 24 2014

Apple iOS devices iPhone, iPad, iPod are the most popuar devices that are widely used around the people. Nowadays, it is rare to find someone who don’t own a iOS device.

However, sometimes, people may delete or lost files on their iOS devices either due to accidetnal deleting, device crashing or broken, device loss, jailbreak, iOS upgrade and factory reset etc.

Don’t worry, you can still recover deleted files from your iOS device iPhone, iPad, iPod. What you need is a powerful iOS Data Recovery such as Wondershare Dr .Fone for iOS.

Dr. Fone for iOS can recover can recover more than 10 types of different files such as videos, photos, contacts, messages, notes, calendar, remindar, call history, Safari bookmark, message attachment, WhatsApp history, WhatsApp attachments, App documents, App photos, App videos, voice memos and voicemail etc on iOS devices.

Dr .Fone for iOS is compabile with all iOS devices such as iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, iPad Air/iPad Mini with Retina display/iPad Mini/iPad with Retina display/The New iPad/iPad 2/iPad, iPod Touch 5/4.

Dr .Fone for iOS offers three ways for you to recover deleted files on iOS devices, you can directly recover deleted files on iOS, recover deleted data from iTunes backup or recover deleted files from iCloud backup. Depending on your situation, you can choose the proper one.

Step by step to recover deleted files from iOS iPhone/iPad/iPod

Part I: Directly recover deleted files from iOS devices

1) Recover deleted files from iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S, iPad Air/ iPad Air/iPad Mini with Retina display/iPad Mini/iPad with Retina display/The New iPad/iPad 2, iPod Touch 5.

You can directly recover deleted contacts, messages, notes, calendar, reminder, call history, Safrai bookmark, WhatsApp history, App documents from iPhone 5S/5C/4S, iPad Air/ iPad Air/iPad Mini with Retina display/iPad Mini/iPad with Retina display/The New iPad/iPad 2, iPod Touch 5.

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to the computer

Run Dr .Fone for iOS and then connect your iOS device to the computer.You will see the following interface:

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 2: Scan your iOS for deleted files

Click the “Start Scan” button to scan your iOS device.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted files on iOS device

After the scan, you can preview all the data found in the scan result. Mark those you want and click “Recover”, you can save them on your computer with one click.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

2) Recover deleted files from iPhone 4/3GS, iPad and iPod Touch 4

You can recover all kinds of files mentioned above on your iPhone 4/3GS, iPad and iPod Touch 4

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to the computer

Download, install and run Dr .Fone for iOS, you can see the following interface.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 2: Scan your iOS for deleted data

You need to download the plug-in by clicking the “Download” button, and then, get into the device’s scanning mode before scanning following the instructions below:

1. Click the “Start” button on the window after connecting your iPhone.

2. Next, you need to press “Power” and “Home” buttons on your iPhone at the same time for 10 seconds.

3. Then you can release the “Power” button after 10 seconds passed, but keep holding the Home button for another 15 seconds.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

When you’re informed that you’ve successfully entered the device’s scanning mode, Dr.Fone for iOS will automatically begin scanning your device for data on it as follows.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted data on iOS

After the scan, you can preview all the data found in the scan result. Mark those you want and click “Recover”, you can save them on your computer with one click.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

Part II: Recover deleted files on iOS with iTunes backup

You can recover deleted files from iTunes backup for all iOS devices

Step 1: Choose the right recovery mode

Run Dr. Fone for iOS, and choose “Recover from iTunes Backup Files”, you will see the following interface:

Select the backup of your iOS and click “Start Scan” to scan and extract the specific contents of the backup file.

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Step 2: Recover deleted files on iOS

After a few seconds, all data in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories. You can preview them one by one before recovery.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

The data found here includes deleted data and those still on your iPhone. If you only want back your deleted ones, you can refine the scan result by using the slide button on the top to only display the deleted items

Part III: Recover deleted data on iOS with iCloud backup

Don’t worry, if none of the two above can help you recover deleted files on iOS. Then, turn to the third way, recover deleted data from iCloud backup for any iOS device.

Step 1: Choose the right recovery mode and sign in your iCloud

Run Dr. Fone for iOS, and choose “Recover from iCloud Backup Files”, you will see the following interface. Enter your iCloud account and password to login.

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Note: Wondeshare takes your privacy seriously. We never keep a record of any your Apple account info or content at any time during your sessions.

Step 2: Donwload and scan your iCloud backup

When you logged into iCloud, Dr .Fone for iOS can find all iCloud backup files in your account. Choose the one where you’re going to recover data and click “Download” to get it downloaded.

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After that, you can scan the iCloud content. Click “Scan” to begin. It will take you some time. Just wait for a while.

iOS Data Recovery, recover deleted files from iPhone/iPad/iPod

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted files on iOS

After scan, you can preview almost all data in your iCloud backup file, Check them one by one and mark those you want. Then click “Recover” to save them on your computer with one click.

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Published on February 23 2014

Samsung will soon put on sale two new smartwatches, the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, which both run its Tizen operating system instead of Android.

Samsung launches two Tizen-based smart watches

Last year saw Tizen struggle as Samsung was unable to put out a smartphone running the operating system. But the company now seems to have come up a different tactic to get the platform up and running on smartwatches, instead.

That may make more sense than using the platform on smartphones, because the competition isn't as fierce and the platform's reliance on HTML5 would be less of an issue with fewer and less advanced apps running on smartwatches.

"It would be an interesting way for Samsung to keep Tizen alive. Android is incredibly hungry in terms of memory footprint and battery consumption. Therefore a more efficient OS might appeal to vendors because they can reduce the bill of materials and address one of the big shortcomings of wearables right now, which is battery life," said Ben Wood, director of research at CCS Insight in a interview on Friday.

Samsung on Sunday said the two new models will run for two to three days of "typical usage" and up to six days with "low usage" before requiring a battery recharge, which would be an improvement over the original Galaxy Gear.

Both devices are powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and have a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 320 by 320 pixel resolution. They also have 512MB of RAM and 4GB of integrated storage. The Gear 2 has a 2-megapixel camera while the Gear 2 Neo doesn't have a camera at all. The two products are dust and water resistant and also come with a number of fitness features, including a heart-rate sensor and a pedometer.

The main difference between the models is the weight: the Gear 2 weighs 68 grams and the Gear 2 Neo comes in at 55 grams. That makes them both lighter than the Galaxy Gear, which weighed 73.8 grams. The original phones only has a 800MHz single core processor.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April, according to Samsung, which didn't announce the price.

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Published on February 21 2014

HTC is facing quite a challenge in 2014. Last year, it released the best Android phone the world has ever seen, but it still wasn’t enough to combat Samsung’s massive marketing budget. Now, in 2014, it looks like the company is planning an iterative update that adds better specs and some new features, possibly including the ability to capture 3D photos and videos. From the look of things though, it will largely be the same phone. Rumors suggest it may even have almost the same name.

Will consumers bite this time around?

HTC plans to unveil its new HTC One model during a press conference in late March. That’s a full month after Samsung’s Galaxy S5 unveiling, which takes place next week at Mobile World Congress. So in all likelihood, the Galaxy S5 will be available for purchase around the same time HTC shows off its new flagship phone for the first time, and well ahead of its release.

“Uphill battle” doesn’t even begin to describe the road ahead for HTC this year.

Win or lose, HTC’s new 2014 flagship model looks like yet another gem that will feature the same great design as the current HTC One, which I personally still use quite often to this date. For someone with a closet full of shiny new smartphones to be using one that’s almost a year old, you know it has to be something special.

According to leaks, the new HTC One’s specs include a quad-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 2.3GHz, a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0. It will also reportedly beavailable in gold, which we saw on Wednesday, as well as black and silver.

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Published on February 18 2014

You don’t often see companies practically giddy with glee in their press releases, but Sony certainly has something to smile about after announcing that 5.3 million PS4s have been sold worldwide since launch.

This is far past Sony’s expectations for the console, as they predicted the PS4 would reach 5 million units sold by the end of March. These new figures mean the console has moved another million units since the new year alone. And yes, for the wary, these figures are units sold, not shipped.

The most impressive part of this is that the original five million prediction was taking into account the system’s launch in Japan on February 22nd, which hasn’t even come to pass yet. Once the PS4 goes on sale there, expect even more sky high sales numbers out of Sony.

All of this inevitably leads to comparisons between Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft . Sony has been bursting with these sorts of figures, and can’t get out their good news fast enough. The other two companies have been a bit more reserved.

Nintendo revealed 5.86 million in total Wii U’s shipped (not sold) over its lifetime, with predictions that number will hit 6.2 million in March. With shipping totals like that, it stands to reason that if sold-through units are considered, Sony’s PS4 may have already caught up with Nintendo’s Wii U even after a year’s head start.

And while Microsoft broke many of its own records with the launch of the Xbox One, it’s becoming clear that Sony is firmly in the driver’s seat at the moment in their head-to-head next gen war. Microsoft announced that 3.9 million Xbox Ones had been shipped by the end of 2013, with more than 3 million sold. The system has been released in fewer regions, but also carries a $100 higher price tag at $500 which could explain most of the disparity.

Of course, the price gap is due to the Kinect, and I agree with Polygon’s Ben Kuchera who says it’s time for Microsoft to debundle the Xbox One from the peripheral:

This is the ultimate test: If the pack-in were to be sold by itself, would 90 percent of players pick it up? The answer is yes for a controller or power cables. The HDMI cable is needed to connect the system to your television. Would most people buy a $100 Kinect along with the system? Absolutely not. They have one because they don’t have a choice, and that’s a brutish way to build a product.

The defense to this argument is that it’s too early to make a judgment call on the Kinect being bundled with the system, as it’s only been a few months. I would argue that though “Kinect 2.0″ is an upgrade over its predecessor, Kinect as an entity has been tested for years already, and consumers simply haven’t warmed to it. At least not to the point where most would buy one if actually given the choice, as Kuchera says.

The arrival of Titanfall could start to shift the winds back in Microsoft’s direction, as by all accounts the game is the first “must have” across either system, and it’s an Xbox One/PC exclusive. While Sony has Infamous: Second Son coming out around the same time, I don’t think the two are comparable in terms of potential sales or their ability to sell systems by proximity. Titanfall may be able to move Ones by itself, but I’m not sure if Second Son could. Granted, it would be a lot easier for Titanfall to sell Xbox Ones if it was $400 and free from a Kinect which the game doesn’t use, but that’s already been addressed.

These numbers from Sony are truly impressive, especially so when there are almost no exclusives for the system at this point, with only the promise of worthwhile games to come. It shows how ready consumers were for the next console generation, and that Sony gave them seemingly exactly what they wanted, while Nintendo and Microsoft may have not.

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Published on February 16 2014

Now that the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One have launched in a large number of territories, attention turns to whether or not these systems will deliver the content necessary to create long-term success. As the Wii U from Nintendo has demonstrated, hardware launches are often followed by long periods of software drought. Take this fact and combine it with the tendency of the first-quarter release window to be the weakest of the year from both the quality and the commercial standpoints and there is reason to suspect that 2014 will fall victim to undesirable trends. On the contrary, this year's first quarter will see the release of some very big games. One of them could even shape the outcome of the console wars.

5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Developed by Nintendo's talented Retro Studios, Donkey Kong's latest outing is a big title for the ailing Wii U. The game is a sequel to the 2010 Wii game that saw the great ape's platforming adventures revived. Scheduled for North American release on February 21, the title bears the unfortunate responsibility of driving the Wii U platform until Mario Kart is released in the second quarter. The game will not match its predecessor's commercial performance, but it stands apart from the Wii U's otherwise-dismal first-quarter lineup.

4. Minecraft
In the age of triple-A software development, the explosive success of Mojang's Minecraftchallenges modern design fundamentals and demonstrates the growing importance of fostering community for the industry. Likely the most successful indie game in the history of the medium, Minecraft has already been released on a large number of platforms, with PC sales in excess of 13 million and sales on the Xbox 360 surpassing 10 million. The game is slated to hit the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in March, where it will undoubtedly put up big numbers and extend the title's cultural relevance. Whereas young gamers were once weaned on the likes of "Mario," Minecraft is the current craze among that demographic.

3. Infamous: Second Sun

The 5 biggest games of the first quarter of 2014

PlayStation 4 exclusive Infamous: Second Son is a non-numbered sequel in the series that developer Sucker Punch started on the PlayStation 3. Slated for release on March 21, the game is the first big retail exclusive for the PlayStation 4 since the system's launch. Much like PS4's premier launch shooter Killzone: Shadowfall, Second Son represents an opportunity for Sony to broaden the appeal of one of its solid but not spectacular IPs. The fact that Second Son will be the biggest exclusive game released on the PS4 since its launch should provide it added opportunity to flourish and prolong the life of the series.

2. Dark Souls 2
Releasing on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11, Dark Souls 2 is the sequel to a game that has had a significant impact on the industry. Developed by From Software and published by Bandai Namco, the series actually came to life as a spiritual successor to an otherwise separate IP, Demon's Souls. The resultant series launched on a greater number of platforms and found an adoring fan base thanks to its old-school design elements and challenging difficulty. The "Dark Souls" series is also notable for being one of the most significant new IPs to come out of Japan in the last decade. According to the most recent GameSpot Trax survey from CBSi, the game has the best awareness and intent-to-purchase tracking of any first-quarter title.

1. Titanfall

The 5 biggest games of the first quarter of 2014

Launching on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on March 11, Titanfall has been touted as the game that will usher in the next generation of first-person shooters. While the game's availability on last-gen hardware may complicate that messaging somewhat, there is no doubt that it is a huge release for Microsoft's platforms.

The product of an exclusive partnership with Electronic Arts, the title is being positioned to revolutionize the genre in ways not seen since 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare from Activision Blizzard. Titanfall is being headed up by the creative minds that helped "Call of Duty" become the last console cycle's most-successful series. Given the historical importance of shooters on the Xbox platform, a high-quality and highly successful Titanfall is important for improving Xbox One's broader value perception.

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Published on February 15 2014

While Apple's iPhones compete with numerous smartphones running Google's Android, Samsung's Galaxies stand out as Apple's biggest competition. Samsung's phones have been generally well-received, but certain design decisions have had tech critics favoring Apple's handsets.

Samsung is widely expected to unveil its next flagship later this month. In the process, it's fixing a few major issues that have long been the bane of reviewers. Both Apple and Google investors should follow the announcement closely, as it could have immense ramifications on the entire mobile space.

Ditching plastic
Unlike Apple, which has used a combination of glass and metal on its flagship iPhones since 2010, Samsung has stuck to lightweight plastic -- and has been heavily criticized for it. The Verge's David Pierce, reviewing Samsung's Galaxy S4, wrote that the phone "has [put] Samsung back in the land of cheap, plasticky handsets." CNET said much the same, remarking that "its plastic design gives it a cheap look."

Samsung hasn't ignored its critics completely; the Galaxy Note III, released last fall, is made of faux leather -- still plastic, but much different than the cheap-feeling, bendable backs of Samsung's prior phones.

Samsung is expected to take it a step further with the Galaxy S5. Samsung is expected to offer a version of the phone made out of metal, and if it does, its critics would have less one argument to make.

Improving Touchwiz
Besides build quality, the other issue that has long plagued Samsung is Touchwiz -- the modified version of Google's Android that ships on all of Samsung's mobile devices. With Touchwiz, Samsung doesn't alter Android fundamentally (all of Google's services are still there) but it does change the look and feel of Google's operating system, mostly to its detriment.

Farhad Manjoo, writing for Slate, called Samsung's take on the dialing app "hideous" and "less functional," characterizing it as "garish shock of mismatched colors." Manjoo, a loyal Apple customer, ultimately concluded that Samsung's poor decisions had him missing his iPhone.

Of course, it isn't just the dialing app -- Samsung does this to practically everything, from the messaging app to the browser -- and it goes beyond aesthetics: Samsung's Android skin is less optimized than Google's pure version, resulting an interface that occasionally stutters and bugs out.

According to Re/code, Samsung plans to tone down from its Android tweaks, sticking to a more pure version of Google's operating system. If that's the case, Samsung's next flagship might ship with an operating system that looks and runs better than ever before.

Fewer gimmicks
In addition to toning down the tweaks to Google's operating system, Samsung also plans to include fewer gimmicky features, according to The New York Times. In the past, Samsung's handsets have included a number of additional features other Android-powered phones lack.

Some, like running two apps side-by-side, are nice. Others -- like Air View and eye-tracking -- are largely useless. And while they can mostly be ignored, their presence has hampered Samsung's phones in a number of ways.

The settings menu in the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III is nothing short of a nightmare, so complex it's almost impossible to navigate. With the Note III, Samsung went so far as to include a settings search bar, suggesting that the company is well aware of the complex, maze-like nature of its settings menu. And all that extra software takes up space -- the 16GB version of the Galaxy S4 includes just 8GB of usable storage.

All of this stands in stark contrast to Apple's more functional, easier-to-use operating system. Getting rid of all that bloat would bring Samsung's handsets closer to Apple's in terms of ease of use, and in the process, improve them immensely.

No glitz and glamour
Last year, Samsung made its Galaxy S4 announcement a spectacle, hosting a major press event at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Samsung's next flagship won't receive the same flashy introduction, but ultimately could be a far more significant handset.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is shaping up to be a major improvement from the company's prior phone, with a better body, a more streamlined version of Google's Android, and light on gimmicks.

If that proves to be the case, Apple's iPhone will see it's greatest competition yet.

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iPods are extremely popular MP3 players. They are well known for their easy and low maintenance file storage capabilities. Moving files from an iPod to a computer, however, is a different matter altogether. With earlier generations of iPods, transporting files off of the device to another location is an action that has been met with difficulty. Follow these steps to move files from an iPod to a computer.

Instructions

1. Connect your iPod to your computer. To do this, use the same cord that you would use when writing files to your iPod. The cord needed for this step depends largely on the generation of iPod you own. Earlier models utilized a special FireWire cord, while later generations have incorporated USB and more widely compatible connection formats.

2. Locate the "Control Panel." On your computer's "Start" menu, find the "Control Panel" and open it. In the Control Panel screen double click on the icon for "Portable Media Devices." This will open a screen that will allow you to access your iPod. Double click the icon for your iPod.

3. Locate the "Tools" menu. Once you have double clicked on your iPod's icon, click on the word "Tools" at the top of the screen. A list of options will appear. Click on the words "Show Hidden Files." This should make the files on your iPod's hard drive appear.

4. Find your music. In the midst of all of the files and folders that have appeared on your screen, you will eventually find the location of your stored music files. To find these files click on the folder for "iPod Control," and once inside, click on the folder labeled "Music."

5. "Copy" and "Paste." Now that you have found your stored music files, you can simply copy and paste them into any folder that you wish on your computer's hard drive. If you are unable to access the copy function, simply highlight the music you wish to transfer and drag it into another folder.

6. Install iTunes. The music files that you transfer from your iPod to your PC will usually be irritatingly unorganized. You will need to have iTunes installed on your PC to easily organize them back into the same format you had on your iPod.

Tips: You can also use TuneGo for Windows to transfer files from iPod to computer.

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