OUYA, the Kickstarter-funded gaming console for Android, has changed its controller design after the company received valuable feedback from the developers who got their units.
OUYA has changed the directional pad of the controller (D-Pad), which was a flat “disc” earlier. Read more »
It seems yesterday’s photos of the Galaxy Note 8.0 are the real deal. A newly leaked image shows the slate with its emblematic S-Pen standing alongside its Note II sibling.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to be announced at the MWC next month in Barcelona and will be powered by the same hardware as the Galaxy Note 10.1. Read more »
Microsoft had an interesting final quarter for 2012 – the three months period that saw the launches of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. As a result, the company is reporting record revenues but also a slight decline in operating income.
Sales of Windows saw a 24% increase from the year ago quarter, but the Windows 8 launch is behind the Windows 7 launch, which boosted sales by 76%. Even Vista brought a 65% jump in sales, though in terms of monetary value the Windows 8 launch brought in more cash (Vista replaced 5 year old XP, while Windows 7 is still relatively recent). Read more »
Skype for Android, one of the popular applications for voice and video calls has been updated with portrait calling allowing the users to use the portrait orientation when making a call.
The latest update will improve the user experience when making video calls on tablets like Nexus 7, which was awkward earlier. Read more »
Twitter has announced a new service called Vine, which lets you share short looping videos on Twitter. The videos can be up to 6 seconds long with sound and loop automatically on the website like an animated GIF.
To capture one of these videos, you will need to download the Vine application, which currently is only available for the iPhone and the iPod touch. The app is very similar to the Instagram app, but instead of square images you see square video clips on your timeline. Read more »
Ebay, one of the popular eStores is offering great discounts on popular gadgets on a daily basis. Today, the store has a bunch of Apple products along with few other products from popular brands on sale with possibly the best deals you could find around.
Today’s deals offer unlocked 16 GB iPhone 5 for a discounted price of $624. Read more »
As you probably know Ashton Kutcher is going to star in a movie dedicated the life of Steve Jobs dubbed simply “jOBS”. All we’ve seen so far were photos of Kutcher dressed in Jobs’ classic attire, but now we get to see a whole scene from the movie prior to its launch.
The scene in question shows Kutcher (Jobs) and Josh Gad (Wozniak) discussing the concept of an operating system in the parking lot of HP. Read more »
Now that our review of the Nokia Lumia 510 is over, we are ready to share the details on the smartphone’s battery test. It’s the first smartphone to run on Windows Phone 7.8 and is probably the one with least powerful hardware, so we were interested how it would do.
The Lumia 510 shares many specs with the Lumia 610 we met with last summer, but comes with a 0.3-inch bigger display (that’s a more space to light up) and 4GB less of storage. Read more »
Samsung has been quite busy with maximizing the usefulness of the front-facing camera of its smartphones. So far it has Smart Stay, Smart rotate and face unlock with slightly better security. A couple of trademark filings reveal that two more features might be no the way – Eye Scroll and Eye Pause.
The filings are just to trademark the name and don’t include any info on what the two features are yet (at least no info has been made public yet). Still, it’s easy to imagine what they might do. Read more »
The Galaxy Note 8.0 slate was already confirmed by JK Shin – the head of Samsung Mobile Communications. The official announcement is expected to happen at MWC 2013 next month in Barcelona.
We already know the specs of the device – it will be powered by the same quad-core platforms as the Note 10.1, but will come with an 8.0″ display of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Now we also got to see the first real world images of the tablet. Read more »
Speaktoit Assistant, or just Assistant, is one of the most popular virtual personal assistants for Android out there and today it has received a major update full of cool new features.
The app’s briefing mode can now not only read the latest news to you, but also tell you which of your Facebook friends have a birthday today. You can also assign your friends different nicknames, so you are not tied up on always saying their full names when you need to contact them. That always felt weird, too, so it’s good that there’s a workaround now. Read more »
Sub-$200 tablets usually cut too many corners to deserve to be recommended over a Nexus 7, but the Hyundai T7 might break the mold. It’s a 7” tablet that uses Samsung’s Exynos 4412 chipset, the same one found in the Galaxy S III.
For $166 the T7 offers a 7” 1280 x 800 IPS LCD screen (another nice surprise, as cheap tablets usually go for WSVGA screens) and is actually better than the Nexus 7 in several areas. Read more »
Sony recently unveiled its Xperia Tablet Z in Japan, but the slate might be making its way out of the Land of the rising sun quite quickly. The Xperia Tablet Z, which is the thinnest and lightest 10.1″ Android tablet in the market, has been listed by the popular Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa, hinting that the international launch is not too far away.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z can be pre-ordered for a steep price tag of €799.90 (about $1050). Read more »
Temple Run 2 is one of the most awaited games of the year and the good news for all the folks with an Android smartphone out there is, the game has now officially launched for the Google OS and is available for free in the Play Store.
Temple Run 2 has been redesigned with new graphics and new environments. The new obstacles should help make the game more interesting and there are added powerups. Apparently, each character in the game has a special power now, while the number of achievements has been increased to make the game even more addictive. Read more »
Google has announced a new version of their Image Search service. The changes are specifically targeted at improving the time required to find and download images.
Previously, clicking on a thumbnail in the Image Search results would load a silly iframe where the selected image was floating on top of the source page. This considerably increased the time required to access the image as the browser would be loading the image as well as the source page simultaneously. What Google has done now with the new Image Search is eliminate the iframe page altogether and display the image directly within the search results. Read more »