Google Drive’s office suite for Android is getting a minor but helpful update that landed on iOS last week. Docs, Sheets and Slides are all getting improvements.
The biggest update is that the apps can now open and edit Microsoft Office files. File creation and updating has also been improved. Read more »
Samsung released a promo video, which showcases the Gear Circle wireless headset. The high-end accessory was announced alongside the Samsung Gear S back in September.
The minute-long clip showcases the nifty touch controls of the Samsung Gear Circle, its ability to deliver notifications, as well as its well-sorted ergonomics. Read more »
Popular online multiplayer card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, better known as just Hearthstone, is now finally on Android. The game has only received a soft launch for now and is available only in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As with the iOS version, Hearthstone on Android only runs on tablets.
For those who are not aware, Hearthstone is a card game where you compete against people online. You play one-on-one against another player with your deck of cards, with each of the cards having different health and attack points. You can choose your cards and form your deck of 30 cards, which then appear randomly as you play. Your objective is to attack your opponent and reduce their health to zero using your cards before they do that to you. Read more »
In time for the holiday season, Apple released a brand new video ad that showcases its products. Entitled “The Song,” the 90-second video will almost certainly make you rather emotional.
The ad does not focus on a specific Apple offering. Read more »
Half-Life 2: Episode One made its way to Nvidia Shield Tablet. The classic gaming title is available to install from Google Play for $7.99.
Half-Life 2: Episode One is exclusive to Nvidia’s latest tablet and requires a controller. Read more »
BBM for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.0 today, and there is a lot of new functionality inside. The Timed Messages and Message Retraction features that made their debut on the other mobile platforms back in October have finally landed on Windows Phone on this occasion.
The app also got the BBM Shop with stickers, which are the new cool and trendy thing for messaging apps as you may know. Read more »
Skype’s wonderful Translator functionality has finally become reality. The feature was first demoed by Microsoft back in May, and now it’s available as a preview on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
At the moment, it only works between English and Spanish speakers. But it does do on-the-fly translation of voice calls. So you speak in one of these two languages, and the person at the other end of the ‘line’ will hear the other one. There is a slight delay, of course, but it’s perhaps smaller than one might have expected. Read more »
Aside from the Glance Screen update we just reported on, Microsoft has something else for Windows Phone fans today. It is, in fact, a new app, currently in Beta. It’s called Gestures, and it automates some tasks based on how you hold or move your phone.
It lets you control some of your phone’s functions without needing to touch the display. The first release, the one which is now available to download from the Windows Phone store, focuses on calls. Read more »
The Glance Screen functionality for Windows Phones lets you see some information while your phone is in standby. The time, weather, alarms, calendar events all show up there along with info about missed calls and received messages. And today, the Glance Screen app itself has seen an update.
The new version is already available to grab from the Windows Phone app store. The main new thing that you’ll find inside it is that you can now have a background image for the Glance Screen. Read more »
Popular IM and voice call app Viber is expanding into games, following in the footsteps of its neighbors Line, WeChat and Kakao. Right now it’s a limited release with only three games and four countries, but will go in January, barring any show-stopping issues.
It’s been a busy year for Viber – it went after Skype with global landline and cellphone calls in December 2013, then it was acquired by Rakuten, launched a desktop app and even took a swing at Twitter with public chats. Read more »
As part of its teaser campaign for the Vivo X5 Max, the company explained how it managed to make the handset only. 4.75mm thick – by pushing most components around the rim of the device. If that sounds a bit abstract, these teardown photos will help.
The Vivo X5 Max stole the title of “the world’s thinnest smartphone” from the Oppo R5 just a week ago. Read more »
The recent leak of a Windows 10 consumer build (9901) has provided tech-enthusiast and Windows fans alike with information on a lot of previously unannounced features of the upcoming OS release. And while Xbox and Cortana integration are obviously on their way we are yet to see one of the exciting features boasted by Microsoft – ability to run Windows Phone applications on a desktop Windows distribution.
The leaked Windows 10 build in question has given us a possible glimpse of precisely this feature. An interesting picture popped up on twitter, showing HTC’s “Make More Space” app listed in the Windows 10 Store. The application is clearly intended for Windows phone, as evident from its listing. Read more »
One of the fun (or horribly annoying, depending upon how you see it) things about the live streaming videos on YouTube is you can post in the chat with everybody else watching the video, and the chat appears on the side and updates live as people post messages.
This functionality has been missing from the mobile apps but with YouTube 6.0 Google is bringing it to the Android app. Now when you open a live streaming video, you will find the button to live chat at the bottom, which will show you the messages from others and let you type your own. Read more »
You will soon be able to control you Nest thermostat from Google Now. The functionality is already baked into the search giant’s virtual assistant, though it is yet to go live.
If you ask Google Now on your device to “set Nest to 70 degrees,” it will try and complete the task. Read more »
A Windows 10 consumer build 9901 leaked out to reveal some of the features that the upcoming OS will bring. Microsoft will have a consumer presentation of Windows 10 in late January next year.
The latest technical preview of Windows 10 showcases the integration of Cortana. Read more »