Plunder Pirates, an iPhone and iPad game made by Midoki and published by Rovio Stars, was launched back in June. However, so far it’s only been available in Canada. Thankfully, that’s set to change next week.
On September 18, Plunder Pirates will get a global release. That said, we’re still talking iPhone and iPad only – there’s currently no information on whether an Android version will ever be made. Read more »
HTC’s been releasing many of its apps that are preinstalled onto its smartphones in the Play Store over the past few months. And today a new one has become available: the Sense 6 lock screen.
It follows in the footsteps of the Sense launcher, SenseTV, and the HTC Service Pack. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 today. Skype 2.22 for Windows Phone has a new feature built-in: location sharing.
It also allows you to save pictures people send you, and control notifications for individual conversations. Read more »
Dell and Intel have taken the wraps off of what they claim is going to be the world’s thinnest tablet. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is just 6mm thin, which beats even Sony’s 6.4mm Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
But that’s not all for this device’s differentiating features compared to the competition. It’s also got a RealSense 3D depth-sensing camera, which enables things like facial recognition, emotion tracking, 3D scanning, and 10-finger gesture recognition. Read more »
After yesterday’s big Apple event, the company’s two new iPhones promptly got mocked, in different ways, by both HTC and Samsung. While the former focused on the design similarities between the iPhone 6 and its very own One (M8), Samsung rightly took a stab at the iPhone 6 Plus and its phablet form factor (that was made mainstream by the original Galaxy Note, let’s not forget). And now, the Apple Watch is in the spotlight.
Though in this case we’re talking about a full-on parody video posted on YouTube, debating the merits of Apple’s new smartwatch. Read more »
Ever since Google launched Hangouts, people have been waiting for the company to truly incorporate voice calling features into the app. There’s been a way to use your Google Voice number (if you had one of those) to call people, but from now on things got a lot simpler. The requirement to have a Google Voice number is gone, basically.
Rolling out during the next few days, an update to the Hangouts app for Android will let you call people for free – if they also use Hangouts, or if they’re in the US or Canada. For those who use Hangouts on iOS or the Web, voice calls will be available the next time you open the app. Read more »
Today during its big event, Apple didn’t only introduce new hardware. There was another big thing announced, and that is Apple Pay.
This is the company’s own interpretation of a mobile-based payments system. It works with the NFC capability built into the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, alongside the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It will even support the Apple Watch when that will be out. Read more »
During its big event today, Apple announced a lot of new things as you may already know – the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. But besides all of that, the company also shared a big stat relating to its iTunes App Store. This, it turns out, now has more than 1.3 million apps for iOS in it.
Last we heard anything about Apple’s app numbers, the 1 million milestone was hit – in October of last year. Read more »
The first public beta version of the Opera Mini browser for Windows Phone is now out in Microsoft’s dedicated app store. You can grab it and test it on your device, as long as it runs Windows Phone 8.x.
The beta was announced last week, when Opera prompted people to sign up in order to join its “beta testing group”. That seemed to imply that only those who signed up would be able to play with the Opera Mini beta, but that’s not the case – anyone can get it from the Windows Phone store. Read more »
Back in July a few people spotted an odd new Buy button next to certain product-related tweets in their Twitter timelines. Starting today this feature is officially in testing, the social network has announced.
For now, you’ll only see Buy buttons next to some tweets if you’re in the US. Even if you are, you might not get the new feature, as it will first be available for just “a small percentage” of users. Read more »
Remember HP’s Windows-powered ultra low-cost 14-inch laptop that was supposed to be a Chromebook’s worst nightmare? Well, the HP Stream has finally become official today.
There is one huge caveat, though. While it was previously said to cost just $199, in fact it will start at $100 more than that. $300 still isn’t a huge sum to pay for a laptop, but it’s also not crazy cheap. Read more »
Amazon had great ambitions for its Fire Phone, but the final product probably isn’t as impressive as the mega-retailer wanted it to be. And up until today it’s also been hampered by a pretty steep asking price – $199.99 with a two-year AT&T contract.
Hot on the heels of its introduction into Europe, the Fire Phone’s price in the US has now thankfully been cut. And this isn’t a small reduction we’re talking about, as the handset can be had starting at $0.99 with the same two-year contract with AT&T. That’s 99 cents. So basically free. Read more »
The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 phablet will cost $199 in the US. This comes straight from a spokesperson for the Korean company, so it’s pretty much official.
Sure, a press release would have been nice, but this will have to do for now. The price was revealed at the New York Fashion Week of all places. Read more »
Sony has started a new contest over on its Facebook page, and the prize for this one is rather insane. One person will win the entire Xperia Z3 family, and a SmartBand Talk on top of that.
So this lucky individual will get the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, as well as the new wearable. Read more »
Today Google has posted an official list of features it will add to the Android Wear platform before 2014 ends. The company has also confirmed once again that all smartwatches running Android Wear will get the updates as soon as these are going to be ready.
This is no surprise, as Google is pretty much in charge of the update process for Android Wear devices, looking to avoid the fragmentation situation that’s persistent in its smartphone and tablet operating system. Read more »