Sony’s latest portable gaming console is obviously doing pretty well. The PS Vita sold 321,407 units in the first two days of its market availability, which is nearly half the amount of the initial shipment (believed to be around 700,000 units).
The sell rate is roughly comparable to that of the original PSP (166,074 units in the first 24h) and Nintendo’s recently launched 3DS (371,326 in the first 48h), so portable consoles are still doing relatively well. Read more »
Touchscreen is cool, but touchless is even cooler. And if a small company XTR3D has its way, we might be getting more of the touchless experience from our TVs and smartphones really soon. XTR3D has developed a Kinect-like system that recognizes your gestures and uses them to control various devices.
There’s no need for remote controls or touching the actual device, you just wave your hand and, for example, the next channel comes up or the volume increases. The XTR3D technology also allows hands-free operation of your smartphone, which sounds really convenient for use while driving. Read more »
Asus delivered on their promise to make the Transformer Prime available on 19th December and users who placed a pre-order on Amazon.com got their shipping notifications over the past couple of days. The quad-core tablet is now on its way to its first US adopters and just as rumors, takers aren’t in short supply.
The other major retailer that will sell the Transformer Prime in the US, Best Buy, is also expected to start shipping the first orders this week, so units should arrive in time for Christmas. Read more »
For all the features that iTunes offers, it’s still one of the least convenient ways of managing the content of your iDevice. Its performance is hardly spectacular, its usability is mediocre and its inability to upload files to a single device from multiple computers is downright baffling. Enter CopyTrans – a third party app that promises to allow uploading content to your iPhone/iPad/iPod without the hassle of the official Apple software.
Compatible with all iOS versions, CopyTrans lets you drag and drop single files to your iDevice. It works with music tracks, videos and even apps now so chances are you’ll only need iTunes rarely. There’s no need to sync the whole library either, so transfers are much quicker and convenient here. Read more »
Facebook has updated its iOS application, introducing the newly introduced Timeline profile interface to the Apple platform. The social giant has released an update of its app for the iPhone allowing it to have a taste of the latest and greatest it has to offer.
Right now Timeline isn’t available to the other major iDevice – the iPad, but Facebook says it’s “coming soon”. Still, iPad users will get a few extra features with the new update. Read more »
What are you supposed to do if you are a nice old man with not much to do for 364 days of the year and have 3.7 billion appointments on the 365th? You get an iPhone 4S and use Siri to organize the whole thing, of course.
Or at least that’s what Apple want to make you believe with the latest video ad of its smartphone. And no matter if you like the iPhone 4S or not, you have to admit that the clip is pretty darn good. Read more »
Sony Ericsson and Box delivered on their promise and have started offering 50GB of cloud storage to the Xperia users for free. The promotion runs from today to the end of next year and all Xperia users have to do to take advantage of it is download the free Box app from the Android market and create an account or simply log in if they happen to have one.
The Box cloud storage allows uploading of all kinds of files, including multimedia content, documents and whatnot. Read more »
Just as promised, Rockstar made Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition available to the two most popular smart platform today. The Jubilee edition of the popular game is now listed in both the Android Market and the iOS App Store and you can get it for $4.99.
The game supports iOS all current iOS devices, but for the iPhone 3GS, whereas on Android you need to have one of the phones or tablets in the following list to get it. Read more »
Nokia has just announced that they have made the beta version of their Live View app available to their MeeGo smartphone, Nokia N9. The augmented reality app was so far only available for Symbian devices, but it obviously gathered enough interest to warrant its porting to Qt.
As you know Qt apps are compatible with both MeeGo and Symbian and allow easy porting of apps between the platforms. One can’t help but wonder, though, why didn’t the Nokia software engineers write the app for Qt from the beginning. Read more »
Google brought some good news to its Gmail users in the US and Canada. The search giant is extending the availability of the free calling service that Gmail offers by another year.
That means that you will be able to place domestic calls in the US and Canada through the whole 2012 completely free of charge. That’s the second extension of the free calling service as it was initially expected to only last until the end of 2010, which later changed to the end of 2011. Read more »
The HTC Rhyme is now done running laps on our battery test tracks and we bet you are eager to find out how it did. After all, endurance is as important as it gets when you are talking about a droid that aims to win the hearts of the female users out there.
Coming with a 1600 mAh battery and a 3.7″ WVGA screen, the HTC Rhyme seems well prepared for our test. Sure it’s not the juiciest of batteries we have seen since we started the new test, but it’s got one of the smallest displays so far. Read more »
Gameloft has come up with an interesting promotion for their Facebook page. The famous software development studio will give away four of its titles for free, when it collects enough likes on the event’s dedicated page.
So the quicker you go to the Gameloft Facebook page and click the giant LIKE button, the sooner the names of the four games will be revealed. And knowing the quality of the stuff Gameloft usually does, we can bet you won’t be disappointed. Read more »
We don’t often do accessory reviews, but this one is too interesting to miss. You see, one of the problems with touchscreen smartphones is that you cannot use them with gloves, so you have to pick your priorities in the winter – operate your phone or save your fingers from the freezing cold.
Enter the Isotoner SmarTouch gloves – compatible with your touchscreen phone, those will keep your fingers nicely warm in those cold months. Read more »
Microsoft has just added some improvements to its SkyDrive service, making it play nice with 3rd party apps. SkyDrive, which is one of the key selling points of Windows Phone platform, now grants non-Microsoft apps full access to SkyDrive, allowing them to upload and share all kinds of files.
This should allow the development of much richer WP apps that don’t take a lot of space. And since the Microsoft platform refuses to allow user replacement of the microSD cards (where available), storage is quite valuable there. Read more »
Google just introduced another one of the cool side-projects of its software developers to the world. Dubbed Schemer, the new service aims to let you make better use of your spare time by sharing fun ideas with people around the world.
Here’s what Schemer should, ideally be all about, according to the developers: Read more »