Apple has released the first update to the public beta that was released last month. Unlike the developer version, the public beta is not regularly updated, so this should bring quite a few changes.
The Yosemite public beta 2 is essentially the same as the developer preview 6 that was released earlier this week. It has several design changes, including new iconography throughout the UI (nothing you saw until now was finalized and things keep changing in the betas), new wallpapers, and some other bug fixes and general improvements. Read more »
Developer of the infamous Flappy Bird game has released his second game. Called Swing Copters, the game is now available for download on iOS and Android for free.
One of the things that made Flappy Birds so popular was that it was infuriatingly difficult but still quite addictive. Well, if Flappy Bird was difficult, Swing Copters is nearly impossible. Read more »
Mailbox has officially released a beta version of their popular app on the Mac. If you had signed up for the beta released back when it was first shown, then you should get a mail with a download link. Once downloaded, you can then also invite three other people to try out the app by sending them betacoins.
Mailbox works similar to its counterparts on iOS and Android. Other than the clean, minimalist interface, you also have full gesture support for deleting, archiving and scheduling mail. Mailbox is also adding support for drafts in the Mac and iOS version, and it’s coming soon on Android. Read more »
AMD has decided to jump into the storage business with its own series of gaming-focused series of solid state drives, called the R7 Series SSD.
Although these drives carry the AMD name, they will be designed and manufactured by OCZ, who will also be handling the servicing, so really you are just buying OCZ drive with a different label on top. Read more »
It seems Google is working on a new subscription service for YouTube, called YouTube Music Key. With this service, users will be able to listen to music videos on YouTube without any ads, in the background or even when they are offline, by paying the monthly subscription fee.
YouTube currently has one of the largest library of music videos on the internet but often you just have to listen to the music without watching the video and the YouTube player on mobile won’t let you play audio in the background. There are also other things to worry about, such as ads and not being able to play without an internet connection, all of which YouTube Music Key will solve. Read more »
Apple has slashed the prices of all the Beats products on the online as well as the retail Apple stores. The store has always had Beats products but Apple now has direct control over the pricing since the acquisition of Beats.
The discount is available on the company’s line of headphones, earphones and speakers. The discount is not permanent and will be available only till August 23. Read more »
Sony has announced the new α5100, a smaller version of the α6000 that retains most of its features in a smaller, cheaper device.
The α5100 has the same 24.3 megapixel CMOS APS-C EXMOR sensor with BIONZ X processor from the α6000, along with the super fast hybrid autofocus system with 179 focus points, which lets it focus in as little as 0.07 seconds and track the subject through the frame while shooting images or videos. Read more »
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is the fifth game in the Ace Attorney series that was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS last year and the second release for iOS, the first being the Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD that included the first three games.
For those who don’t know, Ace Attorney is a series of visual novel games with the focus being solving cases in the court of law. The latest release for iOS includes five episodes with a different case in each and several hours of gameplay. Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »
Samsung’s newest AMOLED displays on the Galaxy Tab S have received favorable reviews from everyone. But not content with just making a great display, Samsung wants you to know why it’s better in a new infographic.
The infographic, published on Samsung’s website, compares the AMOLED display to LCD and gives four reasons why the former is better than the latter. Read more »
Often, the more subtle jabs are the best ones and LG seems to be doing just that.
LG’s YouTube page has a new header that says ‘There’s life beyond the galaxy’. There’s also an image of a galaxy on the phone’s screen. Surely, not much hint is required to understand where the jab is pointed at. Read more »
HTC has released its Zoe app for other Android devices. The app was available on the Play Store for a while now but could only be downloaded on HTC devices. This latest (beta) version, however, can be downloaded on select other non-HTC Android devices as well.
Functionality-wise, I expect the app to work just like it does on HTC phones. I say ‘expect’ because it did not work for me. The app asks you to log in to use it, which is pretty annoying as it is. If you manage to get past that, you could use Google or Facebook login, but it did not work for me and the app kept telling me it was unable to connect to HTC’s server. Read more »
Razer has announced a new series of peripherals called Chroma, which is essentially some of its existing products with a multi-color backlight option.
The first of the lot is the BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, which is basically identical to the standard BlackWidow Ultimate, except for the backlighting. Whereas the BlackWidow Ultimate has a standard green backlight, the Chroma ups the ante with a multi-color backlight that can display the full RGB spectrum of colors, with 16.8 million possible combinations, if Razer is to be believed. Read more »
Sony has had great success with the PlayStation 4 console. It has been reviewed favorably everywhere and it has consistently outsold its closest rival, the Microsoft Xbox One.
Now, the PlayStation 4 has reached a new milestone: 10 million units sold worldwide since it’s launch nine months ago. In comparison, the Xbox One is said to have sold about 5 million units in about the same amount of time, although it is sold in fewer markets. Read more »
E Commerce site Newegg, which specializes in technology products, especially computer hardware, has announced that it will be expanding its reach to certain asian and european markets. The service will now be available in India, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands.
If you live in one of these countries, you will see that the site now goes directly to the designated homepage for your country, with all the prices in the local currency. Unfortunately, as of now, some of these markets don’t have the same range of products that you will find on, say, the US website. But that is to be expected. You can still choose from a decent range of products, including CPU, motherboard, graphics cards, hard drives, RAM, cases, and other things you might need to upgrade or build your PC. Read more »
Apple’s ‘Your Verse’ page showcases people from around the world using their iPad to do creative work in their field using various apps that are only available on iOS. Apple has now added two new videos to the list, Jason Hall’s story and Yaoband.
Jason Hall is a biker from Detroit who started a biking club called Slow Roll, which organizes weekly bike rides to improve Detroit’s image in people’s mind and make them see it differently. In his story, he shows how his iPad helps him organize the events and meetings, along with all the apps he uses. Read more »