Every year in December, the Google Play Store picks the best apps of the twelve months previous, and today, the time has come for the 2013 round-up. With the end of the year quickly approaching, we’re going to be seeing a lot of these “best of” lists, and although you mightn’t agree with every single one of the Play Store picks, there’s still bound to be at least a few gems in there for everybody to appreciate.
A number of companies are currently working on MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers for a better all-round gaming experience on the fruit company’s flagship smartphone, and it looks like renowned peripheral maker Razer is getting on the act courtesy of an image leaked via the Twitter handle Evleaks. Check out the press images after the leap!
Apple has been working hard over the past year or so to noticeably improve the Apple Retail Store experience. The Apple Store app, for example, has been greatly enhanced, offering all kinds of free content including a Christmas-themed playlist earlier this week, and now, the Cupertino giant has rolled out its iBeacons infrastructure across the entire network of U.S. retail outlets. For the benefit of the uninitiated, iBeacons hubs will reside in various locations throughout each Apple Store, and depending on whereabouts you are at any given time, beam information about certain products within that proximity via the Apple Store app.
Starting with Glass XE9 update, Google added the ability for Glass Explorers to take screenshots, or make vignette as Google is calling it, of what you are seeing on the Glass display. Vignettes basically attaches a screenshot of what you are seeing on the Glass display over the picture you are taking using the camera, making it easier for you to show people what you see on Glass.
Google Glass is not just a significant product for the company behind it, but for several other manufacturers looking to get in on the smart glasses act. We’ve already taken a look at the Vuzix M100s, which were made available to pre-order just a couple of days back, and now, Lumus has taken the wraps off its own, very slick-looking effort. Check out its stylish frame and intriguing list of specs after the break!
When the iPhone 5s was first released, it was pretty darn hard to get hold of. And on its first day of sale, once supplies ran out, it was weeks before shipments resumed as Apple’s early inventory was completely spent. Gradually, though, things have improved, with consumers looking to purchase the latest and greatest Cupertino smartphone not being subjected to waiting periods of more than a week. As of right now, the iPhone 5s is available in the US, UK, Asia Pacific and Middle East, with shipping times for the device back down to a much more palatable 1-3 days.
Google Glass looks set to become a piece of technology of many uses, and although many of use have already seen and enjoyed watching how the Big G’s face computer will capture video, run all kinds of different apps and generally enhance our lives, New York artist David Datuna has used it to create a unique, and captivating interactive piece of artwork. The large canvas consists of the American flag covered in thousands of eyeglass lenses, but in a twist, there are hidden cameras powered by the ever-so-tiny Raspberry Pi computer, allowing those picking up the linked Glass devices at the Art Basel gathering to view a live feed of those checking out the artwork.
Even though the Xbox One bears many striking similarities to the 360, it’s still a new interface and an entirely new console, with many more powers and facilities than its predecessor could ever have offered. To help Xbox One owners with the settling in process, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson has released a three minute clip detailing some neat tips and tricks that you mightn’t have discovered already, and with insight into some of the gestures as well covering the many ways in which the Dashboard can be manipulated to suit your needs, it’s a fairly thorough video.
Web security is of paramount importance to most Web users, and every now and then, something occurs that reminds us of how the determination of a hacker can result dire consequences. In a report that does make for quite disconcerting reading, someone, using a keylogger, managed to obtain over 2 million passwords of the likes of Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo, and LinkedIn.
Every new smartphone seems to be following the same set of rules: bigger display, better processor, improved camera and a few extra mAhs of battery life to tide us over. But not every OEM is following the archetypal new handset policy. The Russian makers of YotaPhone have expressed their interest in going against the grain by teasing a dual-screen handset featuring an LCD on one side and an eInk (think Kindle Paperwhite) display on the other, and after months of nothingness, the devices is finally being released throughout many parts of mainland Europe.
Apple’s Siri voice-recognition technology might not yet have made waves among the iOS-using community, but the implementation first seen with the iPhone 4s back in 2011 shows no sign of disappearing. We’ve already seen how the likes of Honda and General Motors announce plans to include the Siri Eyes Free technology into upcoming production cars, and now, a new patent filing from Apple suggest that it too is ready to take Siri to the next level. Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, the filing outlines a speaker dock system that includes Siri integration, which would be interacted with via the in-built speaker system.
Android 4.4 KitKat gone down about as nicely as its sweet and chocolately name implies, and already, Google is plotting a minor update to its flagship operating system in the form of Android 4.4.1. The reason behind this impromptu release is to improve the performance of the Nexus 5 camera, and as you would imagine, Android 4.4.1 is only specific to the LG-made Google smartphone.
The Xbox One finally made its debut in several major markets almost two weeks ago, and since then, gamers have been busily familiarizing themselves with the new Dashboard interface, increased power, and generally reveling in that new-console feeling. The special Day One Edition of the Xbox One was offered by Microsoft in the run-up to the release, and brought with it a series of perks reserved only to those who pre-ordered it. Here at Redmond Pie, we managed to reserve our own limited Day One Edition Xbox One, and naturally, felt compelled to give it an elaborate, snap-happy unboxing for your viewing pleasure. Check out the photos of the grand unveiling after the leap!
Bluetooth, it is fair to say, isn’t too heavily lauded at consumer level. In fact, I’d hazard that many presume Bluetooth as a piece of technology that has remained the same since it first made its way to market – allowing us to wirelessly connect two, or multiple devices and or accessories to one another and beam content around at will. The fact is, Bluetooth is being improved and upgraded at arguably a faster rate than anything else, and with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) having offered better performance while sparing battery life with Bluetooth 4.0, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the forthcoming Bluetooth 4.1 standard, as well as some of the changes therein.
It’s common knowledge that Apple’s desktop computers are fairly popular, but according to research compiled by Parks Associates, the iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro comprise the most sought-after product line in the desktop market – beating off competition from Dell in second place. Although the MacBook range remains extremely popular – more so than the desktop offerings from Apple – portables weren’t considered in Parks’ study, but even so, with some reputable brands for company including the likes of HP and Acer, it would seem the lure of a computer bearing that iconic bitten-apple logo is very strong indeed.
Foursquare is undoubtedly thought of as the App Store’s premier location-based social network. In a genre that is extremely crowded with the likes of Twitter, Path, Facebook and even Instagram to a certain extent, Foursquare continues to shine bright due to their offering being all about location services. As with any premier App Store app that’s worth its weight, Foursquare has been going through a regular period of change to fall in line with the aesthetics of iOS 7, resulting in version 7.0 of the Foursquare iOS app going live today featuring a completely new interface.
Although there are plenty of action-adventure titles available for gamers to enjoy, Assassin’s Creed is arguably the most popular franchise, and having made a name for itself on console and PC, Ubisoft has just pushed Assassin’s Creed: Pirates for iOS over at the App Store, and Android on Play Store. The publisher made it known a few months back that the mobile version was on its way, and now, the simultaneous release for both of the two major ecosystems is upon us.
The phrase “selling a kidney” is often used to describe just how desperate some folks are to get a hold of the latest iPhone, and while, as far as we know, this hasn’t actually happened, it is true that in some countries, you’d need to work for over ten weeks – without any living expenses – to afford a new Apple smartphone.
Square Enix has previously been guilty of teasing mobile gamers by announcing that the much anticipated Final Fantasy VI would be coming to mobile sometime “this winter”. Developers and publishers are often understandably reluctant to commit to concrete launch dates for fear of having a spanner thrown in the works and subsequently having to renege on that promise. The winter is now well and truly upon us, and although we haven’t yet been blessed with an actual release date, Square Enix has used the annual Jump Festa expo to release two official screenshots of the visuals that gamers can expect on iOS and Android when the title launches.
The stunning new Mac Pro is set for a December 16th launch according to Germany based Conrad Electronics. The extremely powerful and redesigned Pro has caused something of a stir after it was initially teased during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Apple provided us with more intricate details of the machine during a recent media event that also welcomed the official release of OS X Mavericks, but stopped short of actually providing power-hungry technology aficionados with an official release date for the professional desktop computer.