A short while ago, Google took the wraps off Android Wear, a smartwatch-tailored version of its famed mobile operating system, and at the time of announcement, several initial manufacturing partners were outlined. Among those listed was Korean outfit LG, which swiftly came through and showcased its G Watch, and although information pertaining to the device’s technical specs has been scarce, the company has now come through and outlined some of the key features of its very first entry into this growing field.



Earlier on in the year, it was reported that Apple would be coming through with two variants of the so-called “iPhone 6.” Both, it was claimed, would be larger, with a 4.7-inch model accompanying a version packing an almighty 5.5-inch panel. But in recent times, we’ve heard that the greater of the two iPhone 6 configurations was subject to delay thanks to possible issues with production and yield. Now, a conflicting theory has manifested, suggesting that the redesigned, thinner battery for the 5.5-inch variant is causing issue.



Apple and Samsung are currently contesting a patent battle in a California court, with the Cupertino company convinced that its Korean counterpart has lifted certain copyrighted iOS features. Given that Samsung already lost in court versus Apple and was forced to pay over a billion dollars in compensation in a previous judgment – a decision that was later reduced on appeal – it’s fair to say that the Galaxy maker has developed a bit of a reputation, and in its latest ad campaign, Apple seems to be reveling in it.



Google is always looking to update and improve its Android operating system, and while often, these changes can take the form of significant enhancements, the Big G also likes to make subtle adjustments that enhance the user interface. Just last week, a leaked screenshot gave us a potential insight into some icon adjustments set to arrive with the much talked-about Android 4.5, and now, the official Google Nexus Twitter handle has accidentally leaked a modified, bluer Dialer app.



The rumored partnership of David Fincher and Christian Bale may be no more, with two new names now in the frame to make Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic.



The iPhone 6 seems to be the subject of a new leak or piece of information almost every day, and with so many reports flying about, it can be rather difficult to keep abreast of what’s going on. Here, we try to establish a little coherence with a brief run-through of what we think we know so far.



If you applied for the opportunity to hand over $900 to Google in exchange for a ticket to its Google I/O 2014 conference then now’s the time to start checking your email inbox, because the company has started sending out confirmation emails to those that have been selected to attend.



Google’s Play Store app is an integral part of the entire Android infrastructure, and with this in mind, it’s no wonder the updates are rolling through thick and fast. Just a week or so following the release of version 4.6.16, the Big G is rolling out Google Play Store 4.6.17, and as the version number states, the updates therein are relatively incremental. Details and download information can be found after the fold!



In the run-up to the showcasing of the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress back in February, it was rumored that Samsung was preparing two distinctive variations of its flagship handset, and even when the official announcement finally came, reports continued to suggest that something else – something better – was on the horizon. Now, fresh reports seem to indicate that the device is very much real, and although those who’ve held off the purchase in light of the rumors will feel happy that they did so, one suspects that some early adopters of the Galaxy S5 will feel a tad short-changed.



A couple of weeks back during Microsoft’s annual BUILD developers conference, we got wind that the software giant would be reinstating the traditional Start Menu for those running desktop versions of the famed OS. At the very least, it was said, the option would be there for traditionalists looking to restore a sense of familiarity to proceedings, and although we knew that it wouldn’t be arriving with the just-released Windows 8.1 Update 1, it seemed almost certain that a subsequent release would reinstate one of the operating system’s longest-serving features. Now, a new report has indicated that said feature will indeed re-emerge this fall.



Google’s Glass Project has come along in leaps and bounds over the past year, and even though Team Glass only recently pushed through an update packing some great new features, a couple more have just been added. As revealed in a post on the Project’s official Google+ page, there’s now SMS support for those on the Apple iPhone, and additionally, the new Calendar Glassware feature allows Explorers to edit, delete and RSVP events from the agenda with ease. Full details can be seen right after the break.



The Apple iWatch has been rumored year-in, year-out, but with rumors suggesting that the Cupertino’s inaugural smartwatch effort has its own dedicated development team echoing the sentiments of analysts that the device will finally manifest in 2014, we’re very much hoping that the announcement of the elusive gadget is imminent. Hitherto, there’s been a distinct lack of hard evidence with regards to the device, with only tidbits of speculation allied to numerous concepts, but today’s render of a curved iWatch design is one of the better ones we’ve stumbled across so far.



There’s been a marked increase in the number of channels and streams added to Apple TV during the past few months, and today, those already tethered to subscriptions of The History Channel, A&E and Lifetime can enjoy these channels on their Apple-branded set-top.



It was somewhat inevitable that, upon completion of its takeover of the Finnish telecommunications outfit Nokia, Microsoft would look to rebrand the products and services of its recent acquisition to something more in-keeping with its own. Now, it has come to light that by the close of 2014, devices will no longer bear the famed Nokia branding, with the company having settled on ‘Microsoft Mobile.’



As the iPhone 5s grows closer to the end of its lifecycle, attention has already shifted to what people think, hope or want Apple to offer when they finally announce its replacement. The iPhone 6 is always going to garner plenty of attention, and as is always the case with big iPhone releases, people have been hard at work creating 3D modeled representations of what they want the handset to look like and which features they hope make the jump from wishlist to reality.



In a technology world dominated by behemoths like Apple, Samsung and HTC, it’s always heart-warming when one of the smaller firms manages to get some attention. OnePlus is a prime example of a little guy doing potentially great things in the smartphone world, and its upcoming OnePlus One device has been getting quite a bit of attention amongst smartphone enthusiasts.



If you hate the iOS 7 power-off screen then you’re going to love BetterPowerDown. When Apple finally released iOS 7 to the public last year, it’s fair to say that it wasn’t met with complete acceptance. Some of the design changes that Jony Ive brought to the iPhone and iPad had some people not just shaking their heads, but also longing for the more familiar look and feel of the versions of iOS that they were so used to.



Even though, as time goes on, it’s difficult to see exactly where Google Glass will fit into the consumer side of the market, part of us is still glad that the project is in development. Cool and uncool in equal measure, it would seem, it has proven a polarizing topic of debate that every tech fan has, at some point, discussed with their peers. Every so often, an eye-opening development is made in relation to Glass bordering on the bizarre, serving to remind us that we’re dealing with a technology that could significantly alter the way we interact with each other and the world around us, and Emotient has certainly done that with its new Sentiment Analysis app.



Android, or the associated open source project (AOSP), are technically derivatives of Linux, and hence, they natively work with any Linux-based system without requiring extra configurations. This holds true for any Linux variant, and even OS X, too, which shares a common base. However, for Windows – the most widely used PC operating system – things are little different. In Microsoft’s operating environment, everything is about drivers. Any hardware component that you have attached to your system, it will require proper drivers to be configured, whether it’s an internal piece of hardware or a peripheral. It’s not like this is something unique to Windows; it’s just that the latter requires more third-party drivers than its counterparts, and that’s where Android users share the same woes.



Photoshop is seen by the overwhelming majority as the de facto pinnacle of image editing and manipulation. Whilst revered for its vast tool set, seemingly unlimited plugins and general, all-round power, it is out of the price range of many average users looking to learn / dabble in a little Photoshopping. Each year, Adobe beefs up its umbrella of Creative Suite products (encompassing Photoshop), with prices remaining higher than most other paid software out there, but in something of a turn up for the books, Photoshop is now free.



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