Apple doesn’t usually hire celebrities to endorse their products. In fact, the last time I remember they hired somewhat popular actors was in their Get a Mac series of ads with Justin Long and John Hodgman back in 2009. So it’s curious to see popular actress Zooey Deschanel and all-round badass Samuel L. Jackson in the latest iPhone 4S commercials airing in the US.
Both the ads revolve around Siri, with the actors finding out things and getting things done using only their voice. It’s the usual stuff, like finding out a restaurant nearby, settings or cancelling reminders, and playing music. Stuff that we have seen before in older 4S ads, except this time it’s a bit special because of the actors. Read more »
Microsoft has released the list of editions that Windows 8 will be sold in. As of now, there will be four editions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT.
The first three will be available for PCs and tablet users running x86/64 processors and will be on sale whereas Windows RT will be exclusively for PCs and tablets running on the ARM platform and will not be sold but would rather ship built into the devices. According to Microsoft, all editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience, which has sort of become their slogan with Windows 8. Read more »
The GPS dongle that ASUS promised to Transformer Prime owners is set to be officially announced today. But before that there are some pictures of it available for your viewing (dis)pleasure, courtesy of Land of Droid.
The GPS dongle is like a long plastic strip that is designed to latch on to the dock connector on the bottom of the Transformer Prime. This also means that you won’t be able to use the keyboard when you’re using this dongle. Read more »
Google has expanded its list of countries and currencies that are allowed to sell applications as well as in-app content on the Google Play Store. The newest additions include Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, and Mexico and the total number of countries in the list now stands at 31.
Developers who are based in Israel or Mexico and were till now publishing apps on the Play Store using AdSense merchant account will now have to migrate their account to a new Google Play Store account in their local currency. An email will be sent to them that provides more information on the migration process. Read more »
The critically acclaimed and award winning title Max Payne is now available on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game has been released on the App Store and costs $2.99.
Max Payne is popular not just because it featured great action but it was also one of the first games to feature a cinematic story that gave the players a feeling of watching an action movie and not just playing a video game. It was also the first game to feature the now famous slow motion gameplay feature dubbed Bullet Time. Read more »
For something that is going to decide the future of the company, Nokia is understandably leaving no stone unturned in the marketing of the Lumia series. Even if that requires ambushing people in elevators with singing ninjas, plushy Angry Birds and dancing girls.
Continuing the Amazing Everyday promotional series, Nokia is now hiring people in a Russian mall to enter elevators and… ummm… entertain the people within. What follows below is a series of videos that will eke out a wide variety of emotions from you. One can only imagine what the people in the elevators must have felt. Read more »
A lot of hullabaloo has been made in recent times about Foxconn and the working condition of the people who work in its factories. Unfortunately, we never really got a good look at how these people work and how they make the products, such as the iPad. That is until now.
Marketplace correspondent Rob Schmitz was recently granted access to one of Foxconn’s factories that manufactures Apple products, where he made a multi-part documentary about the working conditions of the people there, of which the first video shows how the iPad gets made. Read more »
Thanks to some poking around by Chipworks and AnandTech, we have learned that the new $399 iPad 2 as well as the new Apple TV are running on a newer version of the A5 SoC (APL2498) that is using the 32nm HKMG fabrication process compared to the previous one (APL0498) that used 45nm process.
Both these processors were found to be identical, which means that the processor in the Apple TV is actually a dual-core CPU but with one core disabled. Considering the simple tasks that the Apple TV has to handle, even with a single-core the A5 processor has more than enough power, although it’s unclear whether the second core being disabled is due to Apple choosing to go with a single core or due to binning. Read more »
Google+ has received a revamp that completely changes the way it looks. Assuming you have received the design update, the first thing you’ll notice on the left is a new ribbon that houses all the key features of Google+. You can hover over them to access additional functions, move them around or put them into ‘More’ if you don’t use them very often.
Next you will notice that your conversation stream has changed a bit. The photos and videos appear a lot bigger than before and there is also a new album viewer. On the right side is a trending list, à la Twitter, to keep a tab of the topics being discussed on Google+. There is a separate Explore section on the side for you to check out all the popular and trending posts on Google+. Read more »
Couple of weeks ago, Samsung finally started rolling out the promised Value Pack to I9000 Galaxy S owners, starting with its home country Korea. It has now released a FAQ guide that talks about the new features that have been added and how you can use them.
Among the new feature that have been added is face unlock, borrowed from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »
A few days ago, RIM’s Vice President of Developer Relations Alec Saunders said on Twitter that RIM will be removing the ability to sideload apps on to the BlackBerry PlayBook for consumers. This was mainly being done to combat piracy and in Saunders’ own words because they “don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market.”
Now, however, RIM is going back on its previous statement, with Saunders this time taking to the company’s blog and elaborating on what he said earlier on Twiiter while basically contradicting himself in the process. Read more »
You may have seen 3D printers before, machines that can create complex 3D objects by melting plastic. What we have today is no different than that, except instead of plastic objects this machine prints out chocolates.
Yes, you read that right. This machine uses molten chocolate which it slowly places into layers into any 3D shape you want. You can see it in action in the video below. Read more »
A leaked roadmap for the Tegra 4 has spilled some beans on Nvidia’s next generation mobile SoC. Assuming this image is authentic, we won’t have a Tegra 4 device with us before the first quarter of 2013, meaning Nvidia is not quite keeping up with its promise of delivering a new Tegra processor every year.
The first model to come out will be for flagship devices and will use the ARM Cortex A15 processor in the 4-PLUS-1 configuration and clocked at 1.8GHz. The next flagship processor will be out in Q3 and will take things up a notch by increasing the clock speed to 2.0GHz. Read more »
Microsoft’s controversial Smoked by Windows Phone challenge has now been extended till April 12. If you want to pit your smartphone against a Windows Phone, all you need to do is hop down to the nearest Microsoft store and if you win, you will get a $1,000 special edition Hunger Games laptop and a $1,000 gift card.
The Smoked by Windows Phone challenge recently came under fire after a Microsoft store denied a blogger his prize even after he won the competition fair and square. Eventually Microsoft stepped in and righted the wrong, giving the guy his laptop as well as a free Windows Phone, but the damage was done and a few things about the competition came to light, such as the way the Windows phones used in the test are already set to gain an advantage in that particular test and by profiling the competing handset and then avoiding tests in which the Windows Phone might end up on the losing side. Read more »
MOBOTAP has updated its Dolphin Browser for iOS to version 4.0. The main feature in this new update is Dolphin Sonar, which lets you do things like searching the web, sharing links on social networking sites, adding bookmarks, etc. using just your voice.
Other additions include the URL keyboard, ability to quickly switch between four different search engines, night mode, ability save images directly to your phone’s photo library, additional font size options and general stability and performance improvements. Read more »