After some short, fast-paced ads with upbeat music, Apple went back to its roots with slower, more emotional ads for the iPhone 5 with the last one. Well, now, there is one more. Whereas the previous ad concentrated on the camera functionality of the iPhone, the new one focuses on the music experience.
As with the previous one, the entire ad is practically wordless with just some simple, soothing music playing in the background. We see people enjoying music on their iPhones in a variety of ways, from using the iconic white earbuds to loudspeaker, sound docks and even DJ consoles. In the end, you get a simple message: ‘Every day, more people enjoy their music on the iPhone than any other phone.’ Read more »
Mailbox, one of the most popular third-party email client applications, which was initially launched for the Apple iPhone, is now available for iPad as well.
Mailbox for iOS is updated and the latest version for iPad comes with a two-pane interface, which makes it easier for you to clear your inbox messages. Read more »
In one of its most memorable Windows 8 tablet ads to date, Microsoft utilized the voice of Apple’s own Siri virtual assistant to make a case for its product. The Redmond giant took a jab at the iPad in a parody of one of Apple’s commercials.
Microsoft’s ad puts the spotlight on Windows 8′s Live Tiles, office, and multitasking capabilities by putting the ASUS VivoTab Smart side by side with an Apple iPad. Read more »
Last year we reviewed the new Karateka game on iOS. It was a remake of the 1984 game that was originally released for the Apple II. The original game has a cult following and although the 2012 remake was a decent effort it didn’t quite have the charm of the original.
Now Jordan Mechner, the developer who created the original game and worked on the remake, has released a port of the 1984 game for iOS and Android. Called Karateka Classic, the game is a blast from the past that lets you relive the classic gameplay on your modern smartphone or tablet. Let us take a closer look at it. Read more »
Apple has reduced its orders for display panels from AU Optronics, the company that supplies the panels for the iPad Mini. The firm will now ship only 2.5 million to 2.8 million units in the second quarter, which is down from 4 million shipped in the first quarter.
According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple is cutting its orders due to a slowdown in iPad Mini shipments for the rest of the second quarter. Read more »
With the megapixel race fizzling out, Optical Image Stabilization seems to be the “next big thing” in mobile phone cameras. But it’s very rare – only two phones currently on sale have it, while the rest rely on digital processing to stabilize the image. CNET did a test to see how some of the most popular phones on the market cope with a user’s shaky hands.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One naturally were involved in the test (the two phones that do have OIS), then there are the Samsung Galaxy S III and S4, the Sony Xperia Z and the Apple iPhone 5. Read more »
eBay has updated its iOS app and the latest version comes with few significant changes which enhance the user experience.
The user interface of the app has been tweaked and the application now has a much simpler and smoother UI. The update also brings an improved last minute bidding process, larger photo views and the ability to checkout multiple items at a time with the new eBay shopping cart in the United States and United Kingdom. Read more »
Google uncovered the redesigned Maps service featuring a slew of new features and capabilities at its Google I/O keynote yesterday. Alas, you will only have to wait until the summer to experience the new Maps in its full glory. Despite that, Google has set up a page for you to request an invite to experience the beta version of the service.
The new service sports a new user interface that’s centers only on the map itself. The map imagery itself is also slightly touched and is now completely vector-based. The search giant boasts the new Maps to be ‘tailored-made’ for you that gets better and more personal the more you use it. Read more »
Leaks of the redesigned Maps spoiled the Google’s surprise, which was supposed to be the official release of the revamped service at Google I/O. Launching in the summer, the new Google Maps will sport an updated user interface as well as deeper Google+ synchronization
The desktop version of Google Maps got some very cool features from Google Earth such as flyover immersive images, 360-degree viewing and even taking a peek inside buildings. Read more »
Google+ has been one of the services that got a major update following the Google I/O keynote speech today. The social network now has a redesigned UI with a new stream, which is all about design and depth. Google has taken the multi-column design from the mobile devices and has brought it to the desktop, making the interface beautiful and dynamic.
The photos and videos in the design span multiple columns that are fast, fluid and fun. Google has also introduced delightful animations throughout its new design. Read more »
In addition to multiple new and cool APIs for developers, Hugo Barra introduced Google Play Game Service which introduces leaderboards, game progress saves in the cloud, real-time multiplayer and game achievements.
What’s cool is that all of the new game services features, save for real-time multiplayer, are going to work crossplatform between Android, iOS and the web. Read more »
Realmac software, the creator of the popular Clear to-do app, has launched a new iPhone photography software called Analog Camera.
The newly built photography app features a simple user interface and comes with a set of filters for post-processing. The application is built on the existing Analog for Mac program, but with a much simpler and smoother UI. Read more »
A new update to popular news-consuming application Flipboard brings about a handful of new features. Magazine curators can now make fuller standalone profiles and readers can easily find what magazines their friends have created thanks to the new Friends category in the Content Guide. But that’s not all.
Flipboard opened the magazine curation feature to iOS users some 2 months ago with v2.0 of their app, but Android users only got it last week. Read more »
Circulets is the newest two-player game from India-based Hashstash Studios. The game is now available for both iOS and Android.
Circulets involves collecting circles or ‘circulets’ towards your side of the screen. The one with the most points in the end wins the game. The game sounds simple and fun in theory and also looks quite pretty, so we decided to take it for a spin. Read more »
Rovio has just announced the latest update for the Angry Birds Seasons game. Dubbed Abra-Ca-Bacon, the new release is set to bring some interesting features to the franchise.
One of them is the addition of Magic Portals which allows you to teleport Angry Birds, Bad Piggies and everything else in the game. Furthermore, there are 30 new levels joined by six bonus levels for your unlocking pleasure. Read more »