We have been hearing about this Windows Blue for quite some time now. The newest build of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, Windows Blue, as it has been known until now, features some significant improvements, most of which are under the hood, that promise improved performance and user experience over Windows 8.
Now, according to the sources at The Verge, it has come to light that Windows Blue will be known officially as Windows 8.1 when it releases later this year. This won’t be like your run-of-the-mill service pack and will feature more significant upgrades. As such, it could be a paid upgrade for existing Windows 8 users, although that is yet to be officially confirmed. Read more »
3DMark is one of the oldest and most used benchmark for testing computer graphics but has so far been available only on the Windows platform. Futuremark has now released an Android version of the popular benchmark, with an iOS and Windows RT version arriving shortly.
The mobile version of 3DMark borrows the Ice Storm benchmark from the full Windows 3DMark suite. While on Windows this benchmark runs on DirectX 11, on iOS and Android it will use OpenGL ES 2.0. The beauty of this benchmark is that it will let you compare scores not just on multiple devices of the same platform but also between Android, iOS and Windows devices, which few benchmarks can do right now. Read more »
The Lumia 920 is already available in several color options, five to be precise, but it seems there is going to be one more addition to the range. According to the Facebook account who uploaded the image, you might soon be able to purchase the Lumia 920 in a mint green flavor.
There is no information as to when this color will be available and in which markets. Also, the fact that the image is still using a yellow theme for the screenshot instead of green, which is available in the settings, makes this image slightly doubtful so take it with a pinch of salt. Read more »
Nokia has announced the new 5AM-TH1N6 Constellation microwave oven, a first for the Finnish company in its 148 years of existence. The Nokia 5AM-TH1N6 Constellation comes with a large touchscreen display that can be used even through oven mitts.
Other features of the 5AM-TH1N6 Constellation include a water-cooled, 8-core high-voltage transformer with a combined performance of 5,000 watts, eye-tracking technology that stops the food from rotating when you look at it and automatic temperature adjustment depending upon how hungry you look. Still doesn’t have Instagram, though, which is weird as uploading pictures of food is what the service is most used for anyway. Read more »
Sony has announced a new range of audio-video products for some of the most important members of your family; your pets. The Animalia range of products will give your pets the ultimate in AV experience that they deserve.
First is the In-Cage speakers for your pet hamster, which are wired to its wheel and not just play music of your hamster’s choice (The Hamsterdance song?) but will also automatically increase the tempo of the video in sync with the speed of the wheel. Read more »
Google is known for celebrating April Fool’s Day every year with a bunch of hoaxes that often involve launching fake new products or canceling existing ones.
This year, it’s Google Nose (Beta). Called ‘the new scentsation in search’, Google Nose will let you search for things by smell. You can search for things such as a wet dog or car exhaust and you get the smell, images and description from Google’s Aromabase. You will even get a list of recommendations from ‘People who sniffed’. And SafeSearch lets you not smell things you are not sure of. Read more »
Those who are into fishing would know that it’s not a terribly exciting activity. In fact, fishing is often a way for many to spend hours relaxing by the water, with the occasional tug on the string providing the only entertainment whatsoever. But what if you had a toaster, hairdryer and chainsaw attached to your hook?
This what puts the ridiculous in Ridiculous Fishing, a brand new game for iOS that has already won awards and praise from the media. The game turns the rather boring act of fishing into a crazy and often hilarious adventure. Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »
Epic Games, creators of the successful Gears of War series, have released a new demo video that shows off their next generation Unreal Engine 4, which should slowly be making its way into upcoming games.
The demo video, called Infiltrator, is just made for demonstration purposes and is not actually from a real game, unlike last year’s Samaritan video for Unreal Engine 3. Read more »
SoundHound has updated the Android version of their popular music recognition app. The biggest change in this update is a new UI for Android tablet users. Although the previous UI was somewhat optimized for tablets, it still looked like the smartphone app was being stretched across the screen in landscape mode.
In the updated version, the app will now show you large thumbnail for the tracks on the side, instead of a simple, stretched out list in the previous version. Read more »
The Gmail app for iOS has received another update, which brings it to v2.1. One of the key new features in this update is that you can now move between mails simply by swiping horizontally on the screen. This functionality has existed in the Android version of the apps for a while now but only now has it made an appearance on iOS. The feature is only available on the iPhone, as on the iPad you can simply tap on the mail list on the side.
Another change in 2.1 is that you can now mark multiple mails in the inbox and then take a bulk action on them, including archive, delete or more from the action bar. This feature is available on the iPhone as well as the iPad. Read more »
The Kickstarter funded, Android-based gaming console is now in its final stage, ready to go into the hands of eager buyers. But when exactly will you be able to buy it?
According to OUYA, the console will start shipping to regular customers on June 4 for $99. It will be sold through Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers. For that money, you get the console, the controller with the touchpad, an HDMI cable and batteries for the controller. Meanwhile, the Kickstarter project backers started receiving the console this month itself. Read more »
If you live in India or Mexico, you’ll notice that the Play Store app on your Android phone now has a new tab on the main screen: Movies. Yes, the Google Play Movies service has officially been added to the Play Store in these two countries.
The Movies store works like any other category. You can find a movie by searching for it or pick one from the various categories or genre. Once you find a movie, you can either choose to rent it or buy it. Read more »
Roughly one and a half year after the launch of the game on iOS and exactly a year later on Android, the original Temple Run is now finally on the Windows Phone platform. Or to be precise, on Windows Phone 8.
The game is identical to the iOS and Android version but does not leverage the Xbox Live feature the way the iOS version uses Game Center. It’s also not what you’d expect to receive in 2013. Read more »
After a flurry of Battlefield 4 teaser videos, EA has finally dropped in the real deal. A lengthy 17 minute long gameplay video that showcases some of the finest visuals and sound I’ve seen in a game until now.
The video starts off with the now familiar in medias res format, where you see a scene and then it tracks back in the past to show you how you landed up there. You can’t tell much about the story, other than a bunch of soldiers trying to survive an attack who then later end up at the bottom of a lake inside a car. Read more »
The latest Humble Bundle for Android is out and brings with it four great games. The first is Contre Jour, which recently arrived on Android recently. It’s a 2D puzzle game with beautiful animations and a wonderful, soothing soundtrack. Next are Anomaly Korea, which is a tower defense game, Bladeslinger, which is a 3D action game and Plants vs. Zombies, which we all know and love.
If you manage to beat the average of $4.57 then you also unlock the awesome The Room, which is making its Android debut (and we reviewed last year) and Metal Slug 3, a 2D side-scrolling arcade game. Read more »