Yesterday, we got a very good look at the 4K video output of the Galaxy S5 thanks to a leak from a guy in Mexico with some enviable early access, and today, we get to see how the camera holds up when taking stills thanks to some sample shots. Samsung has clearly put a lot of effort into significantly improving the rear-facing snapper of its newest flagship model, and as if the earlier video didn’t emphasize this point enough, these photos certainly do. Check them out after the break.
I’m not sure whether it’s down to the fact that Apple decided to make some significant visual alterations with iOS 7, or just the fact that the jailbreak community has continued to grow at an incredible rate, but there’s definitely been a noticeable spike in the volume of new tweaks and themes added to Cydia following the universal Evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 7. Not that we’re complaining, though, and having recently been impressed by the simplicity of Surenix’s Ayeris theme for both iPhone and iPad, the Eli7e theme offers its own unique, polished take on how Apple’s mobile OS should look. Check it out below!
Microsoft’s DirectX programming API may, at times, have drawn criticism from the likes of AMD, but in a new announcement of DirectX 12, the software giant has outlined its intention to continue developing and improving it. The Windows maker has begun sending out invitations for the official unveiling of DirectX 12 at the Games Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, which kicks off on March 20th.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve become accustomed to seeing companies like Nike, Fitbit and Sony releasing wearable technology that serves to track various aspects of the wearer’s life. Capturing the amount of distance that we’ve covered, food and calories consumed as well as sleep patterns can give a valuable insight into the way we live our lives, allowing us to make routine changes where necessary. If this area interests you, but you don’t want to wrap a wristband or watch around your arm, then Azoi Inc. could have just the thing, with their new Wello health tracker, that doubles up as a functional protective iPhone case.
A month ago, we featured the neat, versatile SurfacePad for iPhone from Twelve South which, as well as protecting your device and allowing it to be stood in all manner of positions, is also thin enough so as to preserve the handset’s svelte form factor. Today, the start-up as thrown out the corresponding version for the iPad mini, which does the same job as the iPhone edition, while maintaining the same great aesthetics.
If you’re a big gaming fan, then there’s no chance you’ve missed the incessant coverage and build up to next week’s release of Titanfall. The title, which roll out exclusively to those on Xbox and PC, is easily the biggest game to drop so far this year, and with just a few days to go before the show begins, its creators are looking to ramp up interest with a series of 8-bit, Titanfall-themed titles based on some old classics. The first installment of the Titanfall Arcade, based on Asteroids, is already available to play on the Web, and with the next two arcade releases based upon Mission Command and Centipede, this is a truly nostalgia-inducing, old-meets-new affair.
Although both Sony and Samsung managed to keep the pre-announcement sightings of their respective flagships down to a minimum, the same cannot be said of HTC, which, after an abundance of leaks, yesterday got a 12 minute-long hands-on demo from an unofficial source. Still, as techies, we’re delighted that the Taiwanese company is struggling to keep its next big thing under wraps, and today, as well as more photos of the device, we’ve also got some benchmark figures.
Google’s Chromecast, which was announced and released without much fanfare last year, seems to have made a lasting impression on the streaming content / set-top box market. Since its arrival, competitors have been noticeably stepping up their games, and you only have to look at the increased range and variety of content on the Apple TV to see how wary companies are of the alternatives now on offer. Roku, the California-based maker of streaming entertainment devices, has responded to the popularity of the Chromecast with its own downscaled, cheap solution that, like Google’s effort, connects straight into your TV’s HDMI socket.
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which recently struck a deal with Apple to begin the production of some of its device’s hardware components, has reportedly gotten to work on the new A8 processing chip, which will power the upcoming iPhone 6 later on this year. The report, which has arrived courtesy of the Commercial Times in Taiwan, notes that the A8 SoC began production last month, and although we’d expect it to serve as the workhorse of the next Apple smartphone, it’s also reasonable to speculate that the iPad range could also benefit from the upgraded chip at some point this fall.
A particularly captivating, futuristic iOS 8 concept, which we first caught a glimpse of late last month, sought to combine elements of the Control Center and new multitasking view of to create an entirely new, effortlessly functional interface. Some concepts are unattainable and / or just plain unrealistic, but, reading between the lines, this particular concept made perfect sense – combining two features into one for ease-of-access. Naturally, with the jailbreak scene currently thriving, one developer sought to turn this most plausible of designs into a genuine reality, and having announced the Vertex tweak only a couple of days back, it has been completed, packaged up, and is ready for prime time. Check it out below!
Google’s Nexus smartphone and tablet range has proven time and again to be a huge hit with Android users, and following the successful launch of the Nexus 5 late last year, details are beginning to emerge of its would-be successor. The Nexus 6, which looks set once again to be manufactured by Korean outfit LG, will be revealed later on this year alongside Google’s very first smartwatch, according to a report over at Gizmodo.
Antonio De Rosa, leader of ADR Studios, frequently dazzles us with some great Apple-centered concepts, and today, has delivered another neat design based on the company’s supposed wearable tech endeavors. The iWatch, as it is unofficially known, looks set to finally make an appearance at market in 2014 after years of speculation, and De Rosa has given us yet another visual representation of what it might look like when it does finally manifest. The ‘iMe,’ as he has called it, features a strap not too dissimilar to that of the Nike+ FuelBand, and with a slick, curved display, much like the Gear Fit, looks rather different to the currently-available smartwatches from the likes of Pebble, Samsung and Sony. Check it out after the break!
As we’ve come to expect from Samsung, the new flagship Galaxy S5 is packed to the rafters with new and exciting features. But having been impressed by the likes of the heart-rate monitor and fingerprint sensor, the Korean company has clearly put in some work to refine a more standard feature – the rear-facing camera. The 16-megapixel offering not only takes much better photos than any previous Samsung smartphone, but also shoots 4K video, and now, courtesy of a video leaked by an early adopter in Mexico, we can properly scrutinize the device’s enhanced video-capturing capabilities.
Batman: Arkham Knight the game has been officially announced for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, as well as the PC. Accompanying the official unveiling is a very exciting-looking trailer, and if you’re a fan of your Batman games, this is one you won’t want to be missing. Check out the feature-length clip, as well as all of the details, right after the break!
Microsoft pushed a rudimentary system update for its Xbox One console exactly one month ago, and at the time, we were informed that a further, more significant update would be following in March. As per a blog post from Larry Hryb, AKA Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, the new bundle of features will begin rolling out as of today, and will include improved party and chat support, as well as preparing systems for next week’s big release of Titanfall.
Remember when Microsoft promised that the official Facebook Messenger app would be making an imminent appearance on Windows Phone? That announcement was made back in February, with Joe Belfiore announcing that the native Messenger app will introduce additional features above and beyond those found in the system based Facebook messaging integration. Belfiore, Microsoft and Facebook have stayed true to that promise, with the official Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone now available to download from the Windows Phone Store.
Logitech’s peripherals serve a wide range of consumer electronics, although in recent years, the company has increasingly seemed to target products bearing Apple’s unmistakable logo. Its Harmony series has sought to reinvent the way we interact with our digital devices at home, and the feature-packed new Harmony Smart Keyboard follows this same ethos by providing a novel way of controlling the likes of the Apple TV set-top, as well as pretty much anything else one could possibly own in the world of living room gadgetry.
The iPhone 5s, as is often the case with new iPhone releases, brought with it a bunch of new and exciting features, including Touch ID, gold color configuration, and a 64-bit processor – the first to be found within a smartphone. Allied to the new A7 SoC was the M7 motion coprocessor, and not only did this pave the way for more advanced fitness and motion-related apps, but took the strain off the standard CPU while also conserving battery. But the M7 coprocessor may be even more powerful than we first imagined, with one Redittor having discovered that it tracked his movements for days, despite the device seemingly dead through lack of power.
When branching out of its own particular niche, Apple tends to cozy up to high-end manufacturers within the new industry it’s trying to capture. Nike, for example, has been a key partner in the Cupertino’s various fitness-related enterprises, and with CarPlay now at the fore, Apple marketing lead Greg Joswiak has been at the Geneva Motor Show discussing a tie-in with Italian supercar maker Ferrari. Joining Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo on stage, the pair showcased CarPlay integration in the revamped four-seater Ferrari FF grand tourer.
Many of us are too preoccupied by our digital worlds to realize that, in actual fact, many billions of people across the world don’t even have access to the Internet. An initiative by Internet.org hopes to stem this rather outrageous tide, and social company Facebook is a well-known backer of the cause. In an attempt to further its efforts to spread the Internet beyond the developed world in which it is most prominent, the Menlo Park-based firm is said to be in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, a company that creates solar-powered drones capable of flying for five years straight, and according to a report over at TechCrunch, the deal is said to be in the region of $60 million.