While many were awaiting the iPad mini with Retina display, Apple was busy running the larger iPad through the treadmill so that when the unveiling came, it won’t fall into the shadow of its smaller sibling.
So much so, in fact, that once unveiled, it was revealed that the rudimentary upgrade was not to the big iPad but, in fact, the iPad mini. The streamlined body, reduced weight and retention of the great display made the iPad Air the talk of the town, garnering the front spot on Apple’s website is a testament to that. Read more »
Flipboard has updated the iOS version of their apps with several minor changes. First of all, the app has been given a new look for iOS 7, with some parallax scrolling effects and a flatter UI. The app has also improved performance and just works smoother and faster on all devices.
Another addition is on-screen alerts. Now the app will show alerts on the homescreen when you have updates for your feed so you don’t miss anything. The app also shows additional tiles on the larger display of the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s compared to older iPhones. Lastly, you can now change text size within the app. Read more »
Smartwatches have been all the rage lately, and no conversation on the topic would be complete without mentioning Kickstarter’s darling, the Pebble.
Although it doesn’t have the touchscreen and flashy design of some of its competitors, the Pebble brings a great feature set at a price significantly below competing offerings from Sony and Samsung. After the break, we take a close look at the Pebble and how it works. Read more »
The LunaTik Taktik Strike and the LunaTik Seismik are a duo of rugged cases for the iPhone 5s. However, unlike many of the strictly utilitarian-looking offerings out there, the LunaTik bunch comes with a decidedly heavy accent on design.
Based in Chicago, LunaTik originated as a Kickstarter success story back in 2010. The design studio powerhouse MNML is responsible for the looks of the company’s products. Read on to find out how the Taktik Strike and Seismik iPhone 5s cases fare on a daily basis! Read more »
The new Apple iPad Air was going to cost $500, but Walmart decided to knock $20 off. Apple itself along with Best Buy will be price matching the offer so a 16GB iPad Air will cost $480 at launch (which is today).
9to5mac cautions that this deal (unlike Walmart’s) is valid only in stores – the online sites of Apple and Best Buy list the full $500 price. Read more »
Apple just released its iPad Air slate and as tradition dictates it has joined the long list of devices to undergo iFixit’s teardown treatment.
The teardown of the iPad Air reveals that the slate uses separate components for the LCD and the front glass, which is protected by a thinner display produced by LG. Read more »
According to the latest report by IDC, Samsung has been able to achieve a year-over-year growth of some 123%, and has increased its tablet market share by some 8 points.
This comes at a cost to Apple, who has gone without a new tablet launches during the second and third quarters to drive sales. Read more »
In a world filled with free communication apps like Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook (and Messenger), Google Hangouts and iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger was able to carve a serious user base for itself it just a week.
Since the BBM rollout on iOS and Android resumed 7 days ago, BBM has gathered 20 million new users. Read more »
At the Nokia Lumia 1520 announcement in Abu Dabi, the Finns spent quite a lot of time praising the phablet’s screen – a 6″ ClearBlack IPS LCD with Apica’s Assertive display technology. It essentially brings the screen’s sunlight legibility capabilities to a whole new level, without draining the battery while doing so.
To show just how good the technology actually is, YouTube reviewers from GadgetBoys have put the Lumia 1520 next to the the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5s for a mouth-watering show-off. Read more »
Logitech has officially announced four new accessories for the recently launched iPad Air. The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, Ultrathin Keyboard cover, Ultrathin Keyboard Folio are the new keyboard docks for the iPad Air, while the Folio Protective Case is a water repellent shell that protects the slate from bumps and scratches.
All the keyboards have a unique ability to connect to the iPad Air using Bluetooth and promise a great working experience with their maximized key size. Read more »
The Korean designer and manufacturer of smartphone accessories Spigen offers one of the most extensive collections of cases available for the iPhone 5s. The lineup covers everything from protective skins, all the way to rugged case offerings.
Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5s cases’ designs have been carried over from the previous generation of the smartphone. Spigen, however, has freshened them up by adding new color options, including the Champagne Gold Collection to match the popular color scheme of the iPhone 5s. Read more »
Last year’s Dead Trigger was quite a decent game. The gameplay was fun for most parts and the graphics looked amazing for that time, or even by today’s standards, for that matter. However, the experience was sullied due to overzealous in-app purchase options that a lot of people took offense to, especially since the game was paid. Eventually the game went free, so then there were fewer reasons to complain.
This year’s Dead Trigger 2 tries to take things up a notch by improving upon every aspect of it’s predecessor. As an added precaution, it is free from the start. With such a low price tag, it’s going to be tough to hold much against it but let’s see how it is anyway. Read more »
Out with the old, in with the new doesn’t look like Apple’s strategy regarding the iPad mini, which premiered a year ago. Instead Apple is now restocking the Black and Slate version with the Space Gray, which debuted on the iPhone 5s.
Select Apple retail stores has been receiving stock of the Space Gray iPad mini since Tuesday. Read more »
So, iPhone touchscreens are fast in terms of responsiveness but are they accurate? They are not, says test automation firm OptoFidelity. Using a couple of home-brewed machines the company found that the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are quick to react to user input but can’t track your finger as accurately as a 18 months-old Samsung Galaxy S III.
The test was performed by an accurate robotic finger that touched the screen at specific coordinates and compared it to what the phone reports as the touch coordinates. You can see one of their machines here. Read more »
When the Apple iPad Air was being announced, Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak was, well, in the air. When his plane landed he took a look at the two new phablets and didn’t like what he saw. “When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs,” said Wozniak, who emailed his wife “Nope, I don’t want one of those.”
The iPad Air (that’s the 9.7″ model for those who haven’t caught up with the new naming scheme) is thinner and lighter, but what Woz really wanted was more storage. Read more »