Apple has released the first update to the public beta that was released last month. Unlike the developer version, the public beta is not regularly updated, so this should bring quite a few changes.
The Yosemite public beta 2 is essentially the same as the developer preview 6 that was released earlier this week. It has several design changes, including new iconography throughout the UI (nothing you saw until now was finalized and things keep changing in the betas), new wallpapers, and some other bug fixes and general improvements. Read more »
The Toronto-based company ChargeSpot Wireless Power announced availability of the first wireless charger with dual standard support. Dubbed ChargeSpot Pocket, the device can charge both Qi and PMA compatible devices.
ChargeSpot Pocket is designed to use in public places. Read more »
Opera Software signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft. Under its terms, Opera Mini will become the default web browser for the Redmond giant’s range of low-end phones, where its will replace the currently used Xpress Browser.
The agreement applies to phones which run Series 30+, Series 40, as well as those with the Asha platform. Read more »
According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30. The Redmond giant is tipped to be planning a press event, where a developer preview of the OS will be revealed.
The late September release date has been mentioned in past reports. Read more »
That new HTC One (M8) for Windows has a name with great potential to confuse consumers – it’s not the HTC One (M8), it’s not the One (E8) and it doesn’t run Windows (but Windows Phone instead). It turns out that the similar looks of the One family are an issue too, even for the carriers.
Verizon put out a video to tout the HTC One (M8), both the Android and WP versions, except if you look closely at the screenshot above you’ll notice those are actually two different devices. Read more »
Walmart has commenced an iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sales promotion in order to make room for the upcoming iPhone 6 and its alleged two variations.
For the next 90 days, the retailer is selling the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $79 – $20 off its previous asking price with a two-year contract price. The iPhone 5c also go its price slashed to $0.99 for the 16GB units. Read more »
Developer of the infamous Flappy Bird game has released his second game. Called Swing Copters, the game is now available for download on iOS and Android for free.
One of the things that made Flappy Birds so popular was that it was infuriatingly difficult but still quite addictive. Well, if Flappy Bird was difficult, Swing Copters is nearly impossible. Read more »
According to a report from Asia, the yet to be revealed Apple iPad Air 2 will have 2GB of RAM on board when it goes official. The move will represent the first increase in random access memory for Cupertino’s full size tablet since the iPad 3 came out.
The report goes further to point that the next generation Apple iPad mini will remain with a gig of RAM on board. Read more »
Intel and Unity Technologies announced strategic collaboration to extend Andorid support for the chipmaker’s devices. Unity will add Android support for Intel’s current and future x86 chips, including the Core and Atom families.
The graphic development platform creator will add Intel product enhancements to its Unit 4 and Unity 5 product families. Read more »
LG today has taken a step forward in home audio optimization with the introduction of its new LG Music Flow system.
By combining its new Music Flow Player app and a wide range of new speaker units, Music Flow is set to help you easily create a robust multi-room home audio system, sans any wires. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the ebook-focused tablet by Samsung and Barnes & Noble, is available in the US today at $180 (after a $20 instant rebate). That’s the same price as the pure-Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 but Barnes & Noble claims it is throwing in $200 worth of content.
That includes bestselling books, magazines, TV shows and you even get $5 store credit. Read more »
Facebook carved out the chat functionality from its main app and transferred it exclusively to its Messenger app. Messenger is getting pummeled with 1-star reviews but that hasn’t stopped it from growing and it is now on over 500 million Android devices.
Only two other non-Google apps (so not Android defaults) have managed this – the main Facebook app and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. Read more »
Mailbox has officially released a beta version of their popular app on the Mac. If you had signed up for the beta released back when it was first shown, then you should get a mail with a download link. Once downloaded, you can then also invite three other people to try out the app by sending them betacoins.
Mailbox works similar to its counterparts on iOS and Android. Other than the clean, minimalist interface, you also have full gesture support for deleting, archiving and scheduling mail. Mailbox is also adding support for drafts in the Mac and iOS version, and it’s coming soon on Android. Read more »
Alleged images of a dedicated selfie camera from Sony with rather odd design made the rounds online. Designed to look like a perfume bottle, the gadget looks set to be released in Asia in the near future.
Some alleged specs for the snapper leaked out alongside the images as well. Read more »
We managed to spend some quality time with the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint Wireless. Announced earlier today, the budget-friendly smartphone marks the return of the Japanese manufacturer in the United States.
Despite its sleek looks, which suggest a high price tag, the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint is quite affordable. Read more »