In a bid to take down Twitter and Vine, Facebook and Instagram have added a new feature on the popular mobile social network: videos. Now along with being able to upload photos, Instagram will also let you upload short videos from your phone.
After updating to the latest v4.0 of the application on iOS and Android, you will notice that there is a new button in the viewfinder mode. Tapping it brings the video recording interface. This works similar to Vine, where you press and hold the record button to record the video. You can release it as many times you want during the fifteen second span you are allotted and the app stitches the moments into one clip. As with Vine, audio is recorded as well. Read more »
Facebook users may have noticed the addition of a new button next to the option to enter your comment to a post. Now you will be able to post images within your Facebook comments. While earlier images could only be inserted if you had a direct link to them, you can now choose to directly upload an image on your hard drive as a comment.
As of now this feature is only available on the web version of Facebook and should be rolling out to everyone across the world. The mobile apps can display images in comments but you can’t upload images as of now. Also, the website only supports still images and you can’t insert GIFs, which is unfortunate (or fortunate, depending upon your tolerance level for GIFs). Read more »
Popular mobile browser Dolphin has reached the v10 mark and brings with it some new features to make it even better. The first among the changes is a new user interface. Dolphin 10 has a flat new UI that is more in tune with the times and at the same time retains the basic architecture of the previous versions. Unfortunately, this means it’s still not quite Holo and features a rather massive additional menu at the bottom of the screen.
Another change is the presence of a new web app store. This is similar to the web store on the desktop version of the Chrome. These are web apps, which in most cases equates to bookmarks, that install on your browser’s homescreen and let you quickly access those sites. Read more »
After facing considerable backlash from the media and gamers alike, Microsoft have made a U-turn on their DRM policies for the Xbox One. In a blog post released yesterday, Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, detailed the changes that have been made in the new policy.
First of all, Microsoft has shunned the online check compulsion that was previously enforced on Xbox One gamers. The console was previously designed to connect online every 24 hours, which meant you couldn’t play offline. That limitation has now been removed, which means after a one time check you no longer have to stay connected to the internet to play the game. Read more »
It’s time for yet another Humble Bundle and as usual this one brings some great new games for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. In case you are unaware, Humble Bundle lets you choose your own price for the bundle and also how that money is split between the developers, the Humble Bundle team and charity.
Included in this month’s bundle are Aquaria, Fractal, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Stealth Bastard Deluxe and Pulse. If you choose to pay above the average amount, which currently is $4.68, then you will also get Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut. Other than Pulse, which is exclusive to Android, all other games are available on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Read more »
Microsoft has decided to make their Surface RT tablet more attractive to educational institutions by offering massive discounts. Now, schools and colleges will be able to purchase the 32GB Surface RT for just $199, which normally costs $499 to the general public.
If they choose to go with the optional Touch Keyboard Cover option, then it would set them back by $249 instead of the usual $599 and the Type Keyboard Cover model would cost $289 instead of $629. All models come with Microsoft Office as standard. Read more »
The Skype video messaging service is finally out of beta and is now available to all Skype users. It is available on the desktop in Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8, OS X and on the mobile for Skype for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. The service is currently not available on Windows Phone.
For those who don’t know, Skype video messaging lets you send short video messages over Skype. Unlike your regular video calls, the recipient of these messages need not be online when you send them and can view them whenever they log into Skype. Basically, video messaging is to video calls what SMS is to voice calls. Read more »
Samsung has signed a deal with rapper Jay-Z to give away the artist’s upcoming album – Magna Carta Holy Grail – for free for the owners of Samsung Galaxy devices.
The offer is available only for owners of the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note II. You will have to download the free app that will be available on the Play Store on June 24, which other than giving you access to the free songs also provides an inside look into the album. The offer is only available for the first one million downloaders. Read more »
In a bid to attract even more buyers, HTC has announced that it will be giving away $25 worth of Google Play Store credit along with the purchase of every HTC One in the US.
In order to redeem this offer, you will have to purchase the HTC One on or before July 15, 2013. Once you do that, you will have to register the device with HTC and then you can redeem your $25 credit from the Play Store. This will let you download all the content available on the store, including apps, games, movies and TV shows, music, books and magazines. Read more »
Some of you may be familiar with CPU-Z. Designed for Windows PCs, it is the go-to application to find out detailed information about your system, from your CPU to motherboard, chipset, GPU, memory and much more. CPUID, the creators of this application, have now released a version of CPU-Z for Android.
As you can expect, CPU-Z on Android gives you lowdown on your device. It gives you information about your SoC, including the current clock speeds of all the CPU cores and the CPU load, system information, including software version and available free memory and storage space, battery statistics and readings from all the sensors on your device, including the accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, etc. Read more »
Another superhero movie, another movie tie-in game. It’s hardly a surprise then that Warner Bros. have followed the launch of the movie with a game for iOS and Android. Named identical to the movie, Man of Steel is now available on the App Store (separate versions for iPhone and iPad) and the Play Store.
Man of Steel is a third person action game where you engage enemies one at a time. It has the same basic gameplay method that was pioneered by Infinity Blade, where you have to swipe on the screen to attack your enemy and then press buttons on the screen to dodge their attacks. Read more »
Microsoft has released a version of Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers for the iPhone. Although not quite the full Office suite that everyone was expecting, Office Mobile will let Office 365 users view and edit their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents stored online right on their iPhone.
With Office Mobile, you can access documents stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro or SharePoint. You can view as well as edit the documents within the app and it keeps a tab of your recently opened documents. All changes made are instantly saved online but if you don’t have a connection you can continue editing the document and the changes will be uploaded as soon as your iPhone is connected to the internet. Read more »
Google has released updates for both the Play Music and the Google+ for Android. First up, the Play Music features faster downloading of songs, which means songs you have stored online in your account are downloaded much quicker than before.
Other changes include new settings for mobile network bandwidth usage, search quality improvement and reduced data usage overall. Read more »
I’ll admit, when I first heard about PvZ: Garden Warfare, I wasn’t particularly thrilled at the direction the franchise was taking and it just came across as an attempt by EA to milk it for its popularity. But I must say, having watched the new gameplay video, I’m glad that I was wrong and this might just turn out to be one of the most fun games of all time.
EA showed the Garden Warfare gameplay footage when they announced the game at E3. It is a 3D, third person shooter, as expected but the co-operative multiplayer is what makes this game seem so much fun. In the video below, you will see four players assume the role of four different plants, which are all decked in glorious 3D thanks to the almighty Frostbite 3 engine, the same stuff that is powering Battlefield 4. You play together and fight against the hordes of zombies attacking you. Read more »
Yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S4 zoom, which is part smartphone and part point and shoot camera. And they have now released a three minute long video that demonstrates the camera capabilities of this device.
Unlike some of the other Samsung videos in the past, this one cuts to the chase and actually shows what the phone is capable of. Even the little story of the girl going around and taking pictures is likable this time. You get to see the design of the phone in action, particularly the multifunction ring around the lens, along with features such as in-call photo share, 16 megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, optical image stabilization and the various camera modes and sharing options. Read more »