Microsoft has started rolling out a new software update for the Xbox One gaming console. The update will be downloaded automatically by your console when you switch it off and it goes into a low-power state.
The latest update brings with it several additions and improvements. One of them is the ability to see and manage the storage space left on your Xbox One. Microsoft has also made it easier to manage your download queue with separate queues for My Apps and My Games. There is also a new battery power indicator for the controller that appears on the homescreen at the bottom right corner. You can now also connect a USB keyboard to your Xbox One. Read more »
Microsoft has revealed that the company managed to sell 200 million licenses of its latest Windows 8 operating system. The number consists only of licenses that Microsoft sells to OEMs to install on their system and not fresh copies that customers can buy off the shelf or online.
While the number might seem large, the truth is it is actually lower than that of Windows 7. Microsoft revealed in May last year that they sold 100 million licenses and now 16 months from the launch of the OS, they hit the 200 million mark. In comparison, Microsoft sold 240 million licenses of Windows 7 in the first year alone. Read more »
Google will soon start rolling out v5.4 of the Google Play Music app for Android and it brings with it several useful changes. One of them is the addition of offline radio feature that lets you cache radio stations within the app for offline playback. Just choose the ‘Keep on device’ option for a station to save it on to your device.
The Play Music app will also let you manage all your associated devices. The online service has a limit of 10 devices and to add more you need to deauthorize old ones, which previously had to be done through the web interface but can now be done from within the app itself. Read more »
Mozilla has announced plans on further monetizing the Firefox desktop browser, and this involves adding sponsored content through a feature called Directory Tiles. This feature will suggest sponsored content to new users after they install the browser.
Currently, the new tab page on a freshly installed Firefox shows blank tiles on the New Tab page (as seen above), which eventually get populated by your frequently browsed websites. What Directory Tiles will do is instead of showing blank tiles, it will show you content from Mozilla ecosystem, popular websites from your geographic location and sponsored content from selected Mozilla partners. The sponsored content will be explicitly marked as such so you know what you’re clicking on. Read more »
Terry Cavanagh, creator of the ridiculously difficult and addictive Super Hexagon, has created a Flash-based fan game called Maverick Bird as a tribute to Flappy Bird, which after a bout of tremendous popularity, was pulled off the stores by the developer.
Since this is the developer of Super Hexagon we are talking about here, the game features the same flashing colors and basic geometric shapes, bass-heavy EDM and a steep learning curve. In fact, this game is even more difficult than Flappy Bird, and that’s saying something. Read more »
Canon has announced the new EOS 1200D DSLR (also known as Rebel T5 in the US), their latest entry-level DSLR that replaces the previous 1100D. Just like the 1100D, the 1200D is aimed at first time DSLR buyers and tries to dumb things down considerably by focusing on easy to use presets and simple menus.
The 1200D uses an 18 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor and DIGIC-4 processor. It has an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) and a nine-point auto focus system. You can shoot images in burst mode at 3fps or a 1080p video at 30fps. Read more »
Canon has announced the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera, the latest in their series of G-series cameras that are high-end point-and-shoot cameras for those who are a bit more serious about photography. The G1 X Mark II has new optics and sensor along with connectivity options such as NFC and Wi-Fi.
Inside the G1 X Mark II is a new 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel 3:2 aspect ratio CMOS sensor, which is way bigger than what you get in most point-and-shoot cameras, and even bigger than the 1-inch sensor in Sony’s excellent RX100 II. Read more »
Yesterday, we saw some screenshots from the upcoming Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ smartphone, said to unveil at the MWC 2014. The screenshots showed us the camera interface with the option to record videos in 4K and 1080p60 and stills in 20 and 15 megapixel.
Today, we have the screenshots of the lockscreen interface on the D6503. The lockscreen has been redesigned in KitKat to display the album art fullscreen but Sony is sticking to its own interface design, showing the album art in a tiny square next to the playback controls. One new addition is the progress bar to skip through the track and the addition of camera button at the bottom. Read more »
One of the cool features of Chromecast is that you can open any video on the YouTube site and then cast it to your Chromecast connected to your TV. Unfortunately, this feature only worked for videos on the YouTube website and not those embedded on other sites.
That seems to have been changed now as you can now cast any YouTube video on to your Chromecast, from any website. Google mentions support for ‘most’ videos to leave a little wiggle room but according to Android Police every embedded YouTube video can be cast now. Read more »
Dong Nguyen, creator of the popular indie game Flappy Bird, yesterday announced that he will be permanently taking down the game from both the App Store as well as the Play Store. As promised, the game is now off both the stores for good.
The Vietnamese developer never gave a particularly convincing reason for shutting down something so lucrative, other than saying it ruined his simple life and that he cannot take it anymore. Either that or he tried playing it himself and got so frustrated he had to remove it from the store. Read more »
Threes is the latest puzzle game from developer Sirvo LLC for iOS. The game has you adding numbers in pairs by swiping on the screen with an adorable visual design. We took some time from playing Flappy Bird to bring you this review.
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Panasonic has announced a new interchangeable lens mirrorless camera called the DMC-GH4. The camera has a 16.05 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with a quad-core Venus Engine Image processor that can shoot at up to ISO 25,600 along with 12fps single auto-focus or 7fps continuous auto-focus burst mode. But none of those are its main feature.
The GF4 is the first camera in its class to support 4K video. It can record in the Cinema 4K resolution of 4096×2160 at 24fps or QFHD resolution of 3840×2160 at 30fps. The camera can also record 1080p video at up to 200Mbps bitrate at ALL-I or at 100Mbps IPB. The GF4 can do so without any time limits and in either MP4, MOV, ACHCD or AVCHD Progressive formats at 59.94Hz, 50Hz or 24Hz. You can also output 10-bit 4:2:2 raw footage through HDMI out to an external monitor or a recorder. Read more »
After rumors of Sony selling off its VAIO PC division surfaced yesterday, Sony has now gone ahead and made it official. The company will be selling its famous line of personal computers to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) for an undisclosed amount.
According to Sony, this is to bring its focus on what it thinks are now its core businesses: imaging, gaming and mobile, with mobile being the highest priority right now. JIP will soon take over the VAIO business and will begin selling them under the same VAIO brand in Japan and possibly in other regions in future. Sony, meanwhile, will cease all design, planning and development of the PC products along with sales in every market. However, those who currently own VAIO PCs will continue to get aftersales support from the company. Read more »
A few days ago, Facebook announced their new mobile app called Paper. Paper combines your regular Facebook feed along with news from different sources in a radical new design that is a complete departure from anything Facebook has ever made. The app is now available for download for free on the iPhone in the US.
Paper is that new Facebook app that you always wanted but it does more than just give you a new design. The developers have found a way to also incorporate news from different sources, similar to the Flipboard app. You can add categories you want to get posts from and you’ll get a curated list of content that fits the bill. Click on a post you want to read and it flips open like a newspaper. If you just want to go through your Facebook feed, you can do that as well. Read more »
We recently talked about the upcoming Update 1 for Windows 8.1 that was expected to arrive in March and bring with it several UI changes that would make Windows 8.1 more usable for keyboard and mouse users by avoiding the new Metro style start screen at launch and making the Metro-style apps behave a bit more like traditional desktop apps.
Now, that update has leaked on file sharing sites well ahead of official release. Read more »