After what seems like an eternity, Swype keyboard for Android is now finally out of its beta stage and available for download on the Google Play Store. The app is currently priced at an introductory price of $0.99.
For those who don’t know, Swype pioneered the sliding gesture-based typing method on phone keypads back in 2010. Since then this method of typing has been incorporated by several other keyboards, including the popular SwiftKey, and even built-in to several phones as standard. Read more »
We have been hearing rumors about upcoming 7/8-inch Windows 8 tablets, with Microsoft itself said to be working on one. This leaked Acer tablet, however, is the first to confirm that rumor.
What you see above is the Acer Iconia W3-810, a 7-inch tablet running Windows 8. As you can see the device has been optimized for use in portrait mode, with the Windows button placed near the narrow edge. However, the logo is strangely aligned sideways and favors the landscape orientation. Read more »
The original Cut the Rope has been a rousing success. Known for its simple yet challenging gameplay and adorable animation style, the game was a hit with all age groups. It later spawned a sequel in the form of Cut the Rope: Experiments, which introduced new levels and gameplay mechanics.
Now, a year and a half after Experiments came out, developers ZeptoLab have released the third installment in the series, labelled Cut the Rope: Time Travel. The new game features the now familiar gameplay with some new twists, such as an extra character and not one but two candies in each level. Let’s see how this one performs. Read more »
Last week we reported on the rumors of Twitter releasing its own music streaming service, which were backed by the music.twitter.com website which went live around that time but wasn’t quite functional back then. Now the service has been announced officially and is called Twitter #music.
At the heart of this service is the brand new app, which is currently only available on iOS, that too just on the iPhone. This app pulls all the tracks that are being listened by the people you follow by going through their tweets and also shows what other people are listening. Read more »
LinkedIn, the social network for suits, has updated its mobile apps on iOS and Android. Both apps now feature a brand new UI with a simpler and more attractive layout.
The new app features cards for individual posts, similar to the Facebook and Google+ apps. Clicking on the button on the top left opens a drawer on the left with your messages and notifications. There is a permanent search bar at the top and a button to leave a new post. Read more »
The folks at Zeptolab have released the newest installment in the series of Cut the Rope games. Called Cut the Rope: Time Travel, this new game includes the familiar gameplay of the previous two games but includes some new mechanics and characters.
The theme of the game, as you can tell is time travel. The game’s main character Om Nom has gone back in time and has come across its ancestors. The game now features not one but two little monsters with a candy for each and you have to feed both of them. And as before, you have three stars to collect. The game carries over a few mechanics from the previous two games but there are several new ones as well. Read more »
After introducing Facebook Home to Android, Facebook is now bringing some of the new features to iOS, notably chat heads. With the latest update, your Facebook chats will now appear alongside the screen, which sounds nice until you realize this only works within the Facebook app and that unlike on Android, the chat heads don’t work universally within the OS, thanks to the limitations in iOS.
Along with the new chat heads feature, you also get stickers on the iPhone, which are just really large and detailed emoticons that you can use in your chats. Other than that, both the iPhone and iPad versions get a refreshed UI with a redesigned timeline.
To download the new Facebook update, click here or update through the App Store.
Ever since the Skype app was released on the Windows Phone 8 platform late last year, it has been under the beta tag. With the release of the new 2.5 update, the app has finally shed that tag.
Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of new stuff here to see. Other than stability and performance updates, the only major change includes the ability to see toast notifications for your friends using Messenger. Read more »
One of the cooler features of YouTube is that not only can you watch uploaded videos but also videos being streamed live from an event. Unfortunately, if you were on iOS and using Google’s YouTube app, there was no way to watch these streaming videos.
The latest update, however, fixes that. You will now be able to watch live streams just the way you could within the browser. Read more »
Ever since the device was announced, the exact specifications of Google Glass have been a mystery. Well, not anymore. Google has updated its website for Glass and added some basic specifications, which gives us a better idea of what the device would be like.
For starters, Google Glass has a 640 x 360 resolution display, which might not sound like much but remember it’s sitting very close to your eye. Google says it is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away. The camera is capable of shooting 5 megapixel images and 720p videos. The sound will be transferred to your ears through bone conduction. Read more »
Google is known to celebrate important events in its own whimsical way. Today marks the 57th anniversary of the VHS tapes, the format of choice for all video content back in the day. We have moved quite far since then, with video several times the length and quality fitting on a chip the size of a fingernail. But one can always look back and reminiscence over what was the only way to get video playing in our homes.
To celebrate this occasion, Google has added a new VHS button on YouTube videos. This essentially adds a filter on top of your videos that makes the video look blurry and distorted with the typical ghosting and snowing artifacts common to damaged VHS tapes. Some nice touches are the way the video distorts even further when you pause it and occasionally the video will loop vertically on screen. Read more »
Facebook has launched a new ad for their Android-based launched called Facebook Home. Unlike any of their previous ads, however, this one features the company CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, along with other members of the team that worked on Facebook Home and is shot in their headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
The new ad carries forward the theme from the previous one, where users of Facebook Home start seeing events from their feed happening around them. In this video, Mark is congratulating his team on the work they did on Facebook Home, while one of the employees – Joey – is checking his feed on his HTC First. Read more »
After acquiring the online music discovery service We Are Hunted, Twitter was speculated to be working on launching its own music streaming service. At that time, however, these were just speculations, with no concrete information available from either Twitter or We Are Hunted.
Now, a new webpage – music.twitter.com – has gone live, which seems to confirm the rumors of an imminent arrival of a new music service from Twitter. As of now, however, the site isn’t working, with the sign in button sending you in an endless loop of logging in and then being sent back to the site, only to be asked to sign in again. According to AllThingsD, the Twitter music service is said to go live on Friday, so the site may start working any minute now. Read more »
Professional social networking website LinkedIn has announced that the company has acquired the popular mobile news reader app Pulse. The acquisition is said to have cost the company $90 million, according to AllThingsD.
The first question that might come to anyone’s mind is ‘Why?’. Why would a social network like LinkedIn need to invest in a news reader application. Read more »
Cinemagram have released a new Android version of their app, more than a year later after the service was first launched on iOS. The app is free to download and is now available on the Play Store.
For those who don’t know, Cinemagram is a social network where you record short videos, which are then converted to looping GIFs and posted to your account. You can also share these GIFs to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Read more »