Taiwanese-based Acer has joined a growing list of manufacturers allegedly working on an iPad Mini competitor. According to a report from DigiTimes, the rumored tablet will also compete against the likes of Google Nexus 7 in terms of pricing.
The upcoming tablet from Acer is said to sport a display from AU Optronics, which is manufactured by OEM Wistron. Read more »
Google has updated the Chrome browser for iOS with a couple of useful new features. The first is a fullscreen mode for the iPhone and iPod touch. This works much the same way as on some other browsers, where the toolbox on top moves out of the screen when you scroll down. Scrolling back up brings it back to the screen.
The second addition is the option to do wireless printing, using either the Google Cloud Print service or Apple’s AirPrint. Lastly, you can now also save any web page as PDF on Google Drive through the browser. Read more »
Google expanded its Play Music service available to a new batch of countries – Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Portugal.This is the largest expansion Google has done to Play Music to date, making up the list of countries with access to the service to 12
People living there can now upload their existing music library as well as purchase new songs through the service and build up a library of up to 20,000 songs. Read more »
After the ATIV series of Windows-based tablets and smartphone, Samsung is now launching a series of notebooks under the same brand name. The first of the lot is the ATIV Book 6 note book, which will be releasing in the US shortly.
The ATIV Book 6 runs Windows 8 and has a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen. Inside it has a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon HD8770M GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Read more »
Warner Bros. Games Montreal have announced the newest installment in the highly popular and critically acclaimed series of Batman games. After Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Arkham Origins will be the third game in the series, however, it will serve as the prequel to the first two, as you can guess from the name.
Arkham Origins takes place several years before the events of Arkham Asylum and features a much younger Batman, facing his enemies for the first time. The two main antagonists of the game are Black Mask and Deathstroke, with the former being more prominent of the two. The game will take place within Arkham City like the previous one. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 720 came back for some more face time after our brief encounter at the MWC. The phone is similar to the Lumia 820 and it actually offers better specs in a few categories. For one, its screen can detect your fingers even through gloves. The curved Gorilla Glass 2 and ClearBlack tech make the 4.3” WVGA screen very good if not quite as nice as the 820’s AMOLED display.
There’s more too – the Lumia 720 is 9mm thick, the thinnest Lumia yet but it has a 2,000mAh battery, larger than the one in the the thicker and heavier 820. Also, the F/1.9 aperture on the camera is the brightest we’ve seen on a mobile phone yet. Read more »
Google has just announced it’s launching an update for the Play Store for phones and tablets. The major feature of the new release is the refreshed user interface.
In the official Android blog, Google states that the main focus on the Play Store redesign is to allow users to find content more easily. To do so, there are now bigger images, new recommendations and faster checkout. Read more »
Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows Phone 8 that’s going to include support for 1080p displays, according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans for its mobile platform.
The Verge reports that new devices will also be announced alongside the upcoming Windows Phone 8 update in times for the holidays. They’ll not only be featuring 1080p displays, but also QUalcomm’s quad-core CPUs. Read more »
Six Disney games are now free on Android – Temple Run Brave, Where’s My Perry, Where’s My Water, Wreck It Ralph, It’s a Small World, and Puffle Launch. They were all previously priced at $0.99. Their iOS siblings are still paid apps.
Update: Disney got in touch with us and clarified that the sale was actually caused by a technical glitch in the Google Play Store and not an actual promotion. The issue has since been rectified and the games are back at their $0.99 price tags. The official statement follows:
There was a technical glitch on Google Play this morning that triggered the apps to be marked as free. The issue was corrected immediately and the prices are now back to normal for all of these titles (0.99$).
It’s unclear if this promotion is temporary, but according to the Google Play rules once an app goes free there is no turning back unless the developer deletes it and submits it again. Read more »
Twitter, the popular social networking website has updated its Android client and the app now offers a better tweeting experience.
The latest version of Twitter for Android comes with the fixes for the “Me” tab loading issues after the many complained about a bug, which did not allow them to access their DMs and switch between accounts. Read more »
Google Drive, the file storage and synchronization service from the internet giants Google, has just got an update for its iOS application. The latest version of the Drive comes with new features and few tweaks to improve the performance.
After the update Google Drive allows you to edit documents and spread sheets in landscape mode, which makes it easier to type long reports when you are on the go. Read more »
Panasonic has launched the new LUMIX GF6, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The GF6 has a 16 megapixel sensor with a new Venus Engine that can shoot up to ISO 26,000 and can record videos at 1080i60.
The GF6 has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The Wi-Fi can be used to transfer images and playback content on a DLNA compatible television. The NFC helps connect the camera over Wi-Fi to compatible devices with just a tap. There is also built-in GPS for geo-tagging your photos. On the back is a 1040k dot articulating touchscreen LCD. Read more »
Facebook announced its SNS-centric Home launcher and related software (like a new Messenger that also handles SMS) last week and will be releasing them to the Play Store on April 12. The most impatient Facebook addicts don’t have to wait that long though, as they can have a go at the new software today using leaked APKs that were ripped from an HTC First ROM.
For that you’ll need a phone that fits several requirements – a screen with no more than 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and no Facebook app installed. If Facebook is installed as part of your ROM, you’ll need to get rid of it for the APKs to work. Read more »
HTC is having a horrid time in the market and the company is losing ground very quickly. The company’s unaudited Q1 results shows 98% decline in its net profit and it looks like HTC is heading for another poor quarter.
The Taiwanese manufacturer’s hopes of turning the tables around, rely heavily on its One flagship smartphone and its marketing will be key. To make sure the smartphone gets enough exposure, HTC will be creating “HTC One Showrooms” in high-traffic malls across the United States. Read more »
There are only two smartphones out there to offer optical image stabilization – the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One we recently met with.
The Lumia 920 employs floating lens technology for the OIS, while HTC One relies on sensor-shift stabilization. Naturally we were interested to find out which one does better and as luck would have we just got to see a real-life comparison of the two systems. Read more »