More Skype news today. The iOS version of the popular VoIP and messaging service has been updated and brings with it free and unlimited video messaging. The feature was recently introduced but had limitations on the number of times you can send messages with a non-premium account but that restriction has now been lifted.
Other changes include audio and video quality stability improvements, greater reliability for sharing photos, improved accessibility for video messaging and general fixes and improvements. Read more »
It’s been two years since Microsoft acquired Skype but it’s hard to tell that the way things have been handled ever since. One would have expected tighter integration of Skype in Microsoft’s products but that didn’t quite happen and at times competing platforms seem to be getting Skype services before Microsoft’s own.
That seems to be changing now (finally) with the upcoming launch of Windows 8.1. According to the sources at The Verge, Microsoft will be integrating Skype functionality directly within the operating system. As of now, you have to use the Skype application, which would then be dropped once the service is integrated within the OS. Read more »
A few days ago, NVIDIA announced that their Android-based portable gaming console – the NVIDIA Shield – will start shipping today, on June 27, along with a price drop from $349 to $299. Unfortunately for NVIDIA and those who were waiting to get their hands on the Shield, it seems it will take a bit longer to actually start shipping.
Citing a mechanical issue that turned up during quality-assurance testing, NVIDIA has decided to push back the launch date of the Shield. NVIDIA isn’t giving any specific dates this time, saying only “next month” as the approximate launch date for the Shield. Read more »
Last week Sony released the 4.45 software update for the PlayStation 3 console, which, instead of fixing things made them worse, with many users complaining about their systems locking up after installing the update. The update was pulled back shortly afterwards but the damage had already been done to several consoles.
Sony later promised and has now delivered an update for the problem in the form of the new 4.46 update, which is now available for download on the console and on their website. Read more »
Last year Sony launched the RX1 and the RX100 cameras, which went on to become some of the best compact cameras money could buy. Now, less than a year from their launch, Sony has announced updated versions of both cameras: the special edition RX1R and the RX100 II.
The RX1R gets a minor improvement over the RX1. The new model gets rid of the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) found on the RX1R whose purpose is to suppress moiré and color artifacts. The removal of the filter helps the camera achieve even greater resolution through the same sensor with sharper images. Read more »
Any gamer knows that the sound in the game matters as much as the visuals. In fact, at times, it matters more, especially when the enemy may not be on the screen but you could still hear them. Normally, people use headphones while gaming but often the level of immersion from just two speakers leaves a lot to be desired and not everyone can afford to purchase a pair of surround sound headphones.
As a solution to this problem, Razer has released a new software for Windows PCs that let you enjoy the benefits of a surround sound headphones from any old pair of stereo headphones. It uses virtual surround sound (which is what most surround sound headphones use anyway) to recreate the experience of listening to a 7.1 channel system through just two speakers. Read more »
Gameloft’s popular first person shooter has received a massive update that adds several new game modes and maps. The update was released a few days ago on iOS but is now available on Android as well.
Among the changes in the Meltdown Update are three new multiplayer maps: Fracture, Extraction and Backfire. There is also a new Demolition specialization that brings with it seven new perks, such as ability to carry 50% more ammo, increase reload speed, dropping a grenade whenever you die, etc. Read more »
The tiny Android-based game console OUYA has finally gone from being a Kickstarter project to an actual product that you can purchase. Starting today, you will be able to purchase the console in US, UK and Canada.
The console is now available in stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and GAME for $99 in the US. If you want to get a second controller, you would have to shell out another $49.99. Read more »
Fujifilm has launched the new X-M1 interchangeable-lens camera, the third of its kind from the company and the cheapest one so far. It has the retro-style design of some of Fujifilm’s other models and as you can see below it looks utterly fantastic.
The X-M1 uses the same 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras with a 49 point auto-focus system, which Fujifilm claims offers quality comparable to full-frame sensors. The sensor is capable of shooting at ISO6400, which can be further extended to ISO25600. Read more »
When the Vine app eventually managed to waddle over to Android, it was a mere shadow of the iOS version, thanks to a buggy initial release and missing several features. Subsequent updates have made it bit more usable and now some more features have been brought over from the iOS version.
In the latest update, you now get the option to share your Vines on Facebook as well, whereas you could only do it over Twitter previously. It also adds the ability to search for users and hashtags, which was strangely missing in the previous version. Read more »
Jobs, the biographical film based on Steve Jobs’ life, is releasing a couple of months from now on August 17. But before that, the creators have released the first trailer that give us an idea of what to expect from this movie.
The movie stars Ashton Kutcher playing the role of Apple’s late co-founder and ex-CEO. Although the jury is still out on Kutcher’s acting skills, there is no doubt that he looks the part, as is abundantly clear in this trailer. The movie covers Jobs’ life from 1971 to 2011, basically from the time he dropped out of college to founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in a garage, turning it into a big company, getting fired, coming back and taking it to the point where it is at today. Read more »
NVIDIA has announced that it will be selling the SHIELD for $299, starting June 27. The device first went on pre-order back in May but it seems the $349 price tag didn’t sit too well with prospective buyers so now we have a price cut even before the launch of the device.
The NVIDIA SHIELD is a first of its kind device where it is a handheld gaming console running on Android. It’s also the first device to run on NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor, which has 4+1 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz and a stonking 72 core GPU. Other specifications include a 5-inch, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, microHDMI out (supports up to 4K resolution) and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »
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 »