One thing that has so far differentiated Skype from other messaging services such as WhatsApp or Viber is the latter two’s focus on using your phone number as an identifier. That, though, is about to change.
Microsoft has just announced that the next version of Skype for Android will be able to add people from your phone’s address book. Read more »
Apple has decided to do something it hasn’t done in a very long while – that is, release a public beta of an upcoming version of its operating system for computers.
Mac OS X Yosemite, which was announced last month at WWDC, will be available to test as a public beta starting tomorrow. There’s a catch, though: only the first 1 million people who sign up for the beta on Apple’s dedicated website will actually get access to it. So in case you’re interested, add yourself to the list as soon as possible. Read more »
About a couple of weeks ago LG boasted about its new 18-inch flexible OLED display panel, which can be rolled into a tube. It also announced that it’s developed a transparent OLED screen that has three times the amount of transmittance that the current crop of LCD displays offers. And today we get to see both of those on video.
The Korean company’s flexible OLED is really bendy, as it’s being rolled up to a radius of about 3 cm. The transparent display apparently has a 30% transmittance, which makes for a clearer viewing experience compared to LCDs. Read more »
In the battle of the mobile personal assistants, Google Now seems to have the edge compared to Apple’s Siri. At least that’s what a study conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has found.
Google’s service has become slightly more accurate than Apple’s, despite the situation being the opposite last December. Read more »
Amazon has silently released a new app for Android, which is already available in both the Play Store as well as the retailer’s own Appstore. It’s called Amazon Wallet, but despite the name it doesn’t let you make mobile payments, nor can it store your credit and debit cards.
For now, what it does do is act like a storage space for your various gift and loyalty cards from different stores, with options to organize those as you see fit. The app is still in beta, though, so more functionality is expected to come in the future. Read more »
Just a few days after outing another new feature, Facebook today has announced the Save functionality. This basically allows you to save anything you see on the social network – to read later.
So yes, it’s clearly a competitor to standalone services such as Pocket, Instapaper, or Readability. There are certain differences, though, chief among which is the fact that Facebook’s Save lets you store any content you come across on the social network – including links, places, movies, TV and music. Read more »
The original Samsung smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear that debuted last year alongside the Galaxy Note 3, is now in the process of receiving the update to Tizen in the US.
This update began rolling out at the end of May, but only starting today can US-based owners of the Android-powered Galaxy Gear actually install it. After doing that, the OS of the watch will change to Tizen, bringing it in line with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Read more »
The last time we’ve seen a great deal for the UK on the original Nexus 7 tablet from 2012 was this January. It was then when the device went for only £99. If you missed that chance to get it this cheap, though, fret not for it’s once again being offered at the same low price.
Apparently £99.99 is exactly half off the tablet’s normal price, so you’re saving quite a bit here. On the other hand, it is pretty old hardware (if you go by how fast the mobile world moves), so that sort of explains the price cut. Read more »
Amazon has made a new service official today. It’s called Kindle Unlimited and it provides all-you-can-read access to 600,000 books in the retailer’s portfolio, and it also lets you listen to thousands of audiobooks.
All of this costs $9.99 per month, hence why many people are calling it a ‘Netflix for books’. Read more »
It was just a couple of days ago when the first ever clone of the yet-unannounced iPhone 6 surfaced for the first time. Back then it went through an extended photo shoot, but today we get to see even more of it.
The device apparently goes by the name Wico i6, and it’s been portrayed in detail in a couple of videos. Read more »
Skype has announced a new update today, and this one enables you to do free group video calls if you use a Windows tablet or a “2 in 1 device” (which presumably refers to convertible laptops).
You have to be running Windows 8.1 on your device, though, as Windows 8 isn’t supported. If you do qualify, however, using this feature seems to be very straightforward. Read more »
Aside from unveiling the 64-bit true octa-core MT6795 chipset today, MediaTek has also showcased its 32-bit MT6595 part for the third time this year. Since we already know pretty much everything there is to know about this SoC, the Taiwanese company decided to hype it up by boasting that it’s gotten a result of 47,233 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.
As you may imagine, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it’s more than many other chipsets from competing vendors have been able to achieve. Read more »
Move over, iPhone 6. Sure, your rumored sapphire display can withstand pretty much anything one throws at it (except a car running it over, as it turns out), but in this regard the Nokia Lumia 930 is no slouch either.
Its super-sensitive touchscreen adorned with Gorilla Glass 3 has in fact wonderfully survived an encounter with a knife – which was used to play Fruit Ninja, believe it or not. Video proof follows. Read more »
Microsoft’s virtual assistant, named Cortana, is so far only available on Windows Phone 8.1. But what if it will one day make it to the company’s computer and tablet oriented ‘full’ Windows release? If you’re wondering how Cortana would work in such a scenario, that’s exactly what a video from Microsoft Research shows us.
Apparently before the name Cortana was chosen to be used for the assistant’s public release, it was going by Project Louise. And Microsoft Research had it running on a Windows 8 tablet a long time ago. Read more »
LG has announced that two of the three tablets that make up its mid-range roster have gone on sale in the US today. They are the G Pad 7.0 and the G Pad 10.1.
Intriguingly, there was no mention of the G Pad 8.0 in LG’s press release, which may mean that particular model won’t officially be headed to the US. Or it could simply come later. Read more »