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.
BlackBerry may find itself facing a whole myriad of troubles in the consumer and business smartphone market, but it seems they still have one extremely loyal and extremely influential user. U.S. President Barack Obama became extremely well-known for relying heavily on his BlackBerry handset during his initial 2008 presidency campaign, and it seems his trusty smartphone has stayed by his side ever since. Now into his second term as U.S. President, Obama has claimed that he would love to switch to an iPhone to handle his mobile needs but is unable to do so due to legitimate security concerns.
on December 5th, 2013
Apple can be, and has been, criticized for a lot of things in the past, and for good reason. However, one innovation that the fruit company deserves to be lauded for is the Lightning connector on newer iDevices and Macs. Forget about the fact that it has faster speeds and other similar advantages; the biggest gain is being able to plug the connector in both ways and have the “right side up” every time. It seems traditional USB is finally catching on, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announcing a new connector that can be plugged in both ways, and still work.
The olloclip started off as a great idea on Kickstarter, but unlike some crowd-funded products that revel in the initial buzz before seeming to disappear, the team behind olloclip has continued to update and improve photography for iPhone users. Having just released a special edition Gold and Space Gray color configurations of its second-gen 4-in-1 lens, the company has immediately followed it up with a 3-in-1 macro lens for both the iPhone 5 and the all-new iPhone 5s. Details can be found after the break.
Early benchmark results are often a good way of discovering whether a new device is being tested out, and with talk currently rife regarding Samsung’s next batch of flagship smartphones, benchmarks found over at GFXBench could already show the full list of specs of the Galaxy S5. The S4 only arrived in the late spring, but with sales having not reached expectations, the Korean company is said to be working doubly hard on its eventual successor. According to the GFXBench results, the device will boast the latest and greatest Android 4.4 KitKat, a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz as well as a potentially jaw-dropping 2560 x 1440 resolution, or 2K HD display.
It’s no secret that Apple is looking to make a lot more of its Apple Store app than it has so far. Over the past few years, it has been used to place orders, pay for purchases wirelessly when in the Apple Store, and to check out the latest products released by the Cupertino company, but in more recent times, we’ve seen Apple promote the app by giving away free stuff. With this this in mind, as well as the fact that the holiday season is now upon us, Apple has released a playlist of Christmas-themed songs from famed artist such as Mary J. Blige, Kool and the Gang and Kelly Clarkson, and all are available for free through the Apple Store app.
Famous faces make for great advertisement fodder when the right celebrity is used to promote a product, and with Samsung’s strange, enigmatic promotion of Galaxy devices through a lengthy football (soccer)-themed campaign, picking a star like the legendary German forward Franz Beckenbauer to be head coach of the so-called ‘Galaxy 11′ seemed an informed decision.
An intriguing new concept for iPhone shows just how a rather endearing, whimsical and simplistic interface could help us to once again appreciate the look of 3D shapes and effects on our device’s display. Designer Doug Hindson has, along with his colleagues, created a short demonstration video of his idea, and although the ‘Skew’ concept perhaps makes little practical sense given the current state of iOS 7, it does look rather nice. Catch the full clip, which we’ve embedded for your viewing pleasure, right after the break.
Three UK is quickly establishing a reputation as being among one of the best carrier services in the world. Here in the UK, it’s the only network to offer truly unlimited, all-you-can-eat data for a flat monthly fee, and with the company’s big 4G LTE roll-out beginning this month, the company has already advised customers that its famously relaxed data packages will continue to apply as if it were running 3G. On top of that, Three UK has also been seeking to offer customers a better deal when travelling abroad, with UK users able to use their tariff as usual in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy or Sweden. Today, the United States has been added to that roster, meaning those on Three UK can roam the Web in the States without incurring any of those nasty post-holiday bills.
The Android versus iOS debate is fiercely contested among experts, commentators and users alike, with both sides putting forth strong arguments as to why one is superior to the other. But while it often seems to appear as though everybody is a partisan fan of one or the other, a study by InfoScout into Black Friday spending habits has revealed that many of those who rushed out to grab the Apple iPad were in fact Android users.
VSCO Cam has long since been regarded among the best photo editing apps for those on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and today, it makes its long-awaited debut over at the Google Play Store. As you’d expect, most of the iOS app’s powerful features are present on the Android iteration, and provided your device is running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer, you can now enjoy one of the most powerful photo utilities on the mobile market.
In some capacity or another, most of us find ourselves streaming content between devices, and with mobile devices becoming smarter with every new generation, it becomes that little bit easier to beam video, music and other content right to our TV sets. The CyanogenMod team, which suffered a minor setback last week when its CyanogenMod Installer app was pulled from the Google Play Store, has long since expressed interest in helping push the boundaries of streaming, Koushik Dutta, famed developer behind CM, has created a nifty little Android app that allows users to stream content to an abundance of set-top box devices including Apple TV, Roku, and Sony’s new PlayStation 4.
Google Glass may be generating an increasing amount of interest within tech circles, but before everybody gets carried away with what remains an exciting development, it’s worth pointing out that Google is not the only company trying to make an impression in the smart glasses market. Vuzix has already completed the development process on the M100, its own forthcoming effort to get us wearing tech on our faces, and not only is the product ready to ship from Tuesday, but at $1000, it’s a great deal cheaper than the current Explorer Edition of Google Glass.
Since the introduction of Siri back with the iPhone 4s two years ago, production car manufacturers have sought to offer consumers better integration with their smartphones, and Honda has long since been an advocate of the Siri ‘Eyes Free,’ integration of which the company announced last week for select models on its production line. But following the lead of many other companies in harnessing Siri’s voice-recognition capabilities isn’t the only trick Honda has up its sleeve, for now, the Japanese company has revealed that the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe and 2015 Honda Fit will be sporting even more integration by way of ‘HondaLink’ technology. Details, as ever, follow after the break.
CyanogenMod 10.2 final based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been released. This marks the end of CM based on Jelly Bean and work on CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat has been started.
Every once in a while an idea pops up that seems like it’s a bit on the silly side, until you think about it a little bit more. Eventually, it seems like something so obvious that you have to wonder why it hasn’t happened before. That was our exact thought process with this school project.
The iPad mini with Retina display was announced alongside the vastly revamped iPad Air, but while the reception to each new Apple slate has been one of general positivity, the talk of a larger iPad with 12.9-inch display has not slowed down one bit. It has been reported that there could be two different configurations of the bigger iPad, and a theory as to the reason behind this – as revealed by PadNews – is that one of the displays would be of a standard 2K variety, while the other, higher-end model would boast a 4K panel.
As well as trying to sell the idea that its Glass project is a revolutionary invention, Google is also introducing a tried-and-tested product that makes a great deal more practical sense in the form of Google Play Music. Killing two birds with one stone, the Mountain View-based company has brought official Play Music support to Glass, meaning Explorers can now, if they so choose, enjoy the sweet sound of their favorite tunes through the Glass Accessory Store’s extortionately highly-priced ear buds.