Nokia revamped their mapping apps for their Windows Phone handsets and added one more app to the list of Lumia-exclusive apps. Nokia Drive has gained full offline functionality and is joined by the new app, Nokia Transport, so you can navigate a city with public transport instead of a car.
Nokia Drive for Windows Phone had one big problem at launch – it couldn’t plot a route in offline mode (even if you have downloaded the map for the region). The latest update fixes that and adds other improvements. Read more »
Nokia is offering a free Xpress-on color cover for Nokia Lumia for customers who purchased a Lumia 710 between 1/11/12 and 3/31/12.
You’ll notice that the end date for this offer hasn’t arrived yet, so if you purchase a phone before the end of the month, you too can get a free cover. Read more »
Canon has announced the highly anticipated successor to the popular EOS 5D Mark II camera, the 5D Mark III. Among the list of improvements include a brand new 22.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, 1080p video recording, 61-point auto-focus system, 63-zone metering system, 6-fps shooting mode and the new DIGIC 5+ processor.
When Canon launched the 5D Mark II back in 2008, it became an instant hit due to the presence of the 1080p video recording mode, something that was very new in the world of DSLRs. Finally, people could not only capture professional quality stills but also professional quality videos without spending a lot. Eventually, the 1080p video mode trickled down to other cameras and is now a common feature but the 5D Mark II still remains popular for being the first one to introduce it. With the 5D Mark III, Canon has taken the existing 5D Mark II and turned everything up by several notches. Read more »
Quite frankly, the last missing piece in Samsung’s impressive Android lineup in the United States was probably a rugged device, and the Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T has arrived to fix that wrong. The handset has been built up to the MIL-STD-810f military spec standards. It is dust proof, shock resistant, and can be be submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. Extreme temperatures are also welcome as long as the Samsung Gravity Smart is concerned.
The smartphone is also a curious example of the enormous parts bin, which the Korean company has on tap. Read more »
Android Design, Google’s official portal for, you guessed it, Android design, has released image stencils for creating professional Android applications. Ehm…professional looking, anyway.
If you’re keen on designing great looking Android applications, or simply looking for a place to start from, Google’s Android Design team has made the process even easier. Read more »
Popular comic book company Marvel Comics has released 80 of its classic graphic novels on the iBookstore. Although, Marvel has had a dedicated app for the platform for a while now, you could only purchase single comics through it.
The first batch consist of a wide variety of graphic novels from over the years encompassing several genres such as action (X-Men: Messiah Complex), suspense (Secret Invasion), mysteries (Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm), literary adaptations (Pride & Prejudice) and children’s tales (Wonderful Wizard of Oz). As a bonus, Marvel is also giving away the first full issue of ‘New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout’ for a limited time. Read more »
As the smartphone world matures, revolutionary ideas get harder and harder to come by. Yet, this’s exactly what the Mozilla Foundation brought to the MWC 2012 with its Boot2Gecko platform – a cloud based open-source mobile OS, which looks cool and should perform great on even very modest hardware.
Boot2Gecko is using the latest open web standards for its apps, which means that apps written for it will be compatible with just about any smartphone running the OS, or even every device with an HTML5-enabled browser. And don’t worry – even though the OS itself is cloud-based, you might still use your phone offline and even run apps and games on it – offline caching is a technology already supported by the web standards. Read more »
Microsoft concluded its Windows 8 Consumer Preview demonstration at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and now it’s time to get to the essentials of what the Consumer Preview brings to the table.
While there are many new things surrounding it, like its flawless work on various SoCs, eight second boot-up time and more, we are going to concentrate on the new sides of the software. Let’s dig in.
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The slide-out QWERTY sporting Motorola Droid 4 is one of the fastest product sequels I’ve seen in quite some time. The Android smartphone hit the shelves at Verizon Wireless only six months after its predecessor, Motorola Droid 3 arrived, thus making me curious about the changes it has brought with it.
Speaking about changes in the newcomer, they are actually quite a few. Read more »
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is underway and is now heating up.
Check out our extensive coverage with photos and videos to get the full scoop.
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An anonymous source has tipped off The Guardian that Apple is working on bringing HD sound quality to iTunes. This will reportedly happen through the introduction of a new file format with advanced functions.
The new audio format is said to be very flexible – it will offer both high-quality HD audio and a version with smaller size. It will also offer adaptive streaming depending on the device and the internet connections. Read more »
The partnership between Nokia and Microsoft developed even deeper roots today. As of now, Nokia Maps and Bing Maps have a unified maps design.
The goal is to offer users more simplified design that is easy on the eye and will help them better navigate by removing unnecessary clutter from the maps themselves. Read more »
Just a day after Apple sent out official invitations to the iPad 3 announcement event, a popular blogger’s site got visited by one such iPad 3. Interestingly enough, its reported resolution by Google Analytics is Retina display-esque, but not exactly the one everybody expected.
The resolution in question that got reported by Google’s Analytics serice is 2560×1600 pixels and the device got recognized as an iPad 3. Read more »
With all those Tegra 3 smartphones and tablets out there, people will need quality games to push those 4-PLUS-1 CPU cores and the 12-core GeForce GPU to their limits. NVIDIA has that covered as they’re debuting several new game titles at the MWC that claim to provide a console-level gaming experience.
The games will eventually be available through Tegra Zone, but for now you can check out the highlights for these four games. Read more »
We snatched some quality time with the recently released 5″ PlayStation Vita here at the MWC and boy, do we have lots of pictures to show you.
The Vita’s multi-touch display is an OLED unit, has a 960 x 544 resolution and there’s a capacitive multi-touch pad on the back. Read more »