Apple has just lifted the curtains off its latest iPad Air. It’s thinner, lighter, and more powerful than its predecessor and it’s undoubtedly the best iPad yet, but that’s not surprising anyone. What’s more interesting besides the slate itself is how it compares to the competition.
We are talking the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T – the most potent Android tablets available to date. Those beasts both sport 10.1″ displays of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. Read more »
Apple has just announced their latest iPad and as rumored, it comes with a new chassis with smaller bezels and slimmer and lighter overall design. To go with the new design, Apple also announced a new name – it’s none other than the iPad Air. Sadly, despite heated rumors, the iPad Air doesn’t have the TouchID fingerprint sensor or board.
As you can imagine, Apple’s got a nice and long 3-minute video ad for the new iPad Air and it’s worth watching. Read more »
Right before the announcement of the latest generation of its slate, Apple announced that it has sold 170 million iPads to date. The number is quite impressive considering the tablet debuted only in 2010.
The iPad in all its incarnations accounts for 81% of the tablet usage today according to data presented by Apple. Its unclear where the data is coming from as it sharply contrasts recent market analyses. Read more »
Apple unveiled a number of new Mac products and top-notch productivity is the name of the game. There’s the MacBook Pro for computing on the go and the Mac Pro for the absolute maximum in performance. It uses the latest Intel Xeon E5 chips with 4, 6, 8 or 12 cores.
The increase in power comes with a decrease in power consumption, which in turn leads to less heat and fewer fans needed. The new Mac Pro has only one instead of the eight that the previous model used. Read more »
Apple has just announced its refreshed 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro notebooks, which now flaunt Intel Haswell CPUs as well as Retina displays. On top of that, they’ve been put on a diet and are now lighter and slimmer.
In addition to the Haswell CPUs, the new MacBook Pro notebooks sport Iris graphics, like the latest MacBook Air. Performance is further improved thanks to PCI Express SSD storage for both models. Read more »
Apple announced today that the long-awaited OS X Mavericks will be available today. Even more importantly, Apple’s latest desktop OS will be available as a free download.
Introduced back in June during WWDC 2013, OS X Mavericks is a major update in comparison to its predecessor, which includes refreshed native apps, as well as look and feel which bring it close in line with the iOS 7 aesthetics. Read more »
At today’s iPad-centric Apple event, company’s CEO Tim Cook took the time to share exciting news regarding the App Store. Back in June at the WWDC, the apps in the App Store were more than 900,000 and now they’ve already passed the 1,000,000 mark.
Moreover, total number of downloaded apps is now more than 60 billion. The main rival of the App Store – the Google Play Store passed the 1 million apps mark in July, but at that point it only had 50 billion downloads accumulated. Read more »
As it turns out Windows 8.1 update may cause some trouble with popular action games. If you update to Windows 8.1 you may experience severe mouse lag on Call of Duty, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metro 2033 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.
Various users are reporting on Reddit they’ve started to experience mouse lag after they updated to Windows 8.1. Read more »
The official Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 updates kicked off on October 17. Shortly after that the RT update was pulled from the Store, because it was reportedly failing the installation on a small percentage of RT devices, leaving them unbootable.
It seems Microsoft has found the problem and resolved it, because the Windows RT 8.1 update is back in the Store. Read more »
Happen to have 130 HTC One units laying around? If yes, then you can create your very own Matrix-style bullet time effect. At least that’s what Qualcomm did to demonstrate its latest Snapdragon SoC.
Dubbed the Snapdragon Booth, some 130 HTC One handsets were set up on a rail to provide a virtual 540-degree bullet time video effect. Read more »
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 family of chipsets are among the fastest currently on offer but as an AnTuTu benchmark leak suggests, the company is hard on work testing a turbocharged version of it.
According to the popular benchmark suite, the Snapdragon APQ8084 is capable of reaching a maximum frequency of 2.5GHz, which is 200mHz more compared to the Snapdragon APQ8074 (the current flagship of the Snapdragon 800 family), which tops 2.3GHz. There are four cores, but it’s not yet clear if they are of the Krait 400 variety or something new. Read more »
Sony wants to tickle your nostalgia bone with a promo video of the PlayStations over the years that shows how many avid players grew up with the console. “This is for the Players” says the video as it shows quick peeks of games you’ve played in the past and the games you’ll play on the upcoming PlayStation 4.
The video is very well made (a long tradition for PlayStation ads), with no apparent cuts – the camera just spins around showing a growing London through the window and growing friends in the room, who bond over playing the latest PlayStation games. Read more »
Today at the Nokia World 2013 held in Abu Dhabi, Nokia announced their new Refocus camera app for the Lumia 1520. Refocus promises users the freedom to selectively change the area of the photo, which is in focus.
The Nokia Refocus is a separate camera app for Lumia phones (unlike what we first heard). The camera app aims to reproduce the shallow depth of field that pro cameras have and it does that in a really high-quality way. Details about how it works are scarce at the moment so we are not quite sure whether it snaps a series of images and stacks them into an image, where you can dynamically manipulate the active focus point or if it maps out the depth of the image and subsequently creates the lens blur purely artificially but in a nice looking way. Read more »
Nokia World is in full swing and while it’s mostly about Nokia’s products, some important app announcements were made, including a quick visit from WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum. Mr. Koum announced that the highly popular instant messenger has now reached 350 million monthly active users.
In mid-April this year the CEO announced that WhatsApp is bigger than Twitter with 200 million monthly active users and that number was 300 million in August. Read more »
Google has started pushing out a new version of its Play Store app. It brings minor UI changes and will most probably premiere as part of the Android 4.4 KitKat.
Play Store 4.4.21 brings a sliding-out navigation bar for easier exploration of the Store. It also prepares your device for the upcoming Newsstand that will replace Magazines soon. Read more »