We expected the Apple iPad mini 2 to launch alongside the iPad Air – many people did – but that wasn’t quite the case. Anyway, the initial hurdle has been overcome (mostly overcome, shipping is sluggish in some markets) and it’s time to look at what could be the new most popular tablet, dethroning the 9.7″ iPad, which held that title for a long time.
The original iPad mini was just reheated iPad 2 in a smaller package, but the second iteration promises to get everything right. Read more »
Apple has finally updated the last of its own apps for the new iOS 7, Find My Friends. As you may have seen with apps like Podcasts and iBooks, Apple has been quite late in updating its own apps for its own operating system but finally they managed to get all of them updated.
The latest Find My Friends update gets rid of all the previous corinthian leather and stitching that would put the insides of a Bentley to shame in favor of clean, simple design with translucency effects for the top bar. The app maintains the orange theme of the previous app, which can be seen from the icon as well, and now is in perfect sync with other iOS 7 apps as far as design is concerned. Read more »
The TYLT Energi sliding power case for iPhone 5s offers a fresh approach to the popular extended battery case theme. It consists of a sleek cover which slides into a 2,500mAh battery dock when needed.
Established in 2011, TYLT has quickly established itself as a maker of mobile accessories which combine eye-catching, slightly quirky design and premium build quality. Read on to see how the company’s top-end iPhone 5s case fares on a daily basis! Read more »
If you live in the UK, you can buy the latest Apple iPad Air for just £329 today. This is £70 off the official retail price and comes courtesy of a one day-promotion by Play.com.
The promotion is only for the 16GB Wi-Fi only Space Gray model of the iPad Air. Read more »
A leaked internal document coming out of China reveals that the proprietary Nokia Music service will be coming to Android and iOS as a web app.
Nokia Music lets you download playlists to listen offline for a monthly subscription fee, and is available in some 43 countries. Read more »
Although Gameloft is known more for its Asphalt series of arcade racing games, there is also the lesser known GT Racing, which was more geared towards those who prefer simulation racing.
Several years after the launch of the original game, Gameloft has now released a sequel called GT Racing 2. The latest installment ups the ante in terms of cars, tracks, visuals and pretty much everything else and just like the original is free to play. It’s clear that this time Gameloft has EA’s Real Racing 3 in its sights. Let’s see how GT Racing 2 performs. Read more »
Slightly over a month after we heard about it being tested, the official Google Play Music app for iOS is now officially available. Interested users can now go ahead to the App Store and download the app.
The highly-anticipated application packs all the goodies which its Android and desktop counterparts have to offer. Read more »
Android pretty much rules smartphones in terms of market share, but Apple held a firm grasp on tablets. In the third quarter this year things changed though and Android tablets surpassed iPads in revenue for the first time ever.
According to an analyst from Morgan Stanley, Android-powered tablets raked in 46.2% of the revenue, while iPads took 45.6% home. Read more »
In a spectacular show of laziness, Apple finally got around to updating their own application to match the look of their own operating system. iBooks for iOS 7 finally sports a new look that is more in line with the rest of the OS.
First thing you’ll notice is that the icon has changed. The wood textured icon of the past has now been replaced with an orange one with an open book in the center. Apple continues the tradition of creating utterly lackluster icons post iOS 7 and this new one is just one of the many that actually looks worse than its iOS 6 counterpart. Read more »
Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS that brings some new UI changes specifically for the iPad. One of the changes is a new sidebar in the landscape view that lets you quickly toggle between different inbox categories and even accounts. It also shows you the number of unread messages in each category.
The portrait view has been updated to fill the entire screen so you see your messages even better. There is also a fullscreen message editor that makes better use of the large tablet display. Other than that Google has also improved the scrolling on the iPad. Read more »
Facebook has released an update to the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android that brings with it a complete overhaul of the UI. The design clearly looks like it was made for the new iOS 7 but carries over to the Android version as well.
At launch you’ll notice that the older dull gray and Facebook blue colors have been replaced by bright white and a brilliant blue combination. There are no more gradients and drop shadows anymore and the UI has a clean, flat UI that is consistent with the rest of iOS 7. Read more »
A day after it hit the store shelves, the iPad mini 2 unsurprisingly paid a visit to the folks at iFixit. As expected, Apple’s slate got a proper teardown to go with the traditional iFixit repairability score.
The first thing to grab the attention under the hood of the second generation iPad mini is a beefy 24.3Whr battery. Read more »
Apple’s speculated foray into the wearable devices category – the iWatch – has been touted as the next big thing from the Cupertino company.
The latest rumors surrounding the iWatch come out of Korea, where sources indicate that Apple will produce different models for each gender – a 1.7-inch for men, and a 1.3-inch for women. Read more »
Sony has released a new PlayStation App for iOS and Android devices, designed to help you connect with your PS4 console from anywhere. With this app you can see your PlayStation Network friends, see what they are playing, compare trophies and also chat with them.
You can also receive notifications, game alerts and invitations on the app and can use your phone as a mobile keyboard to enter text on your PS4, much better than doing it through the controller. Read more »
Last year, when Apple replaced the Google Maps application on iOS with their own Apple Maps, the company was blasted by everyone, including Apple fans, to the point where Apple had to issue an apology to customers and highlight other mapping apps in the App Store. A year later, however, things are looking a bit better.
Over the past year, Apple Maps usage has increased sharply whereas Google Maps has seen a corresponding drop, according to a survey by comScore. Read more »