The term “Metro”, describing Microsoft’s new user interface design gained popularity starting with Windows Phone 7 after its Zune HD beginnings. It really grew into prominence when it became the UI style for Windows 8 and now, not long before its scheduled late October launch date, Microsoft renamed it.
A leaked memo was the first sign that the name “Metro” is on the way out, supposedly due to copyright concerns. “Windows 8 style interface” was suggested as a replacement, but Microsoft may have settled on a simpler name. Read more »
OUYA did it! The Android-based gaming console wrapped its Kickstarter campaign, raising $8,596,475 from 63,416 backers. Missed it? Don’t sweat it, the beautiful looking thing is now available for pre-order.
OUYA didn’t waste any time putting the thing out there for pre-order. However, you’ll have to wait until April 2013 to get your unit. Read more »
The ill-fated BlackBerry PlayBook recently got a new sibling in the form of the 4G LTE model that, apart from the data connectivity, also brought a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
We reported back then that the tablet was supposed to go on sale in Canada sometime this month, and it has now hit retail. The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook can now be purchased on Bell and Rogers in Canada for $350 and a three year contract. Read more »
The original Crysis game, which came out back in the distant 2007, is still used as a benchmark for graphics card performance. The graphics in that game were so ahead of their time that you’ll still find it difficult to run the game maxed out at high resolutions and get 60 fps (of course, not the least due to the game’s poor optimization).
Crysis 2 in comparison was nowhere near as taxing as the first one but with the DirectX 11 patch and high resolution texture pack for the PC it would still push your graphics card to its limits while delivering stunning visuals.
From the short trailers we had seen in the past we know the third iteration in the series was going to look even better. But now Crytek has released a new tech trailer for CryEngine 3 that demoes the various new visual effects in all their glory and should send lesser graphics cards running for cover. Read more »
The wait for the next generation Cortex A15-based processors is coming to an end as Samsung has just announced the world’s first SoC that will include a Cortex A15 CPU. Called the Exynos 5 Dual, this SoC has one laundry list of specifications that goes well beyond what other mobile processors offer currently and sets the stage for the next generation mobile devices.
The Exynos 5 Dual or the 5250 is based on the 32nm HKMG process, same as the current Exynos 4 Quad processor. It includes the new dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 CPU along with a brand new Mali-T604 GPU, which is also produced by ARM. Read more »
Google’s Nexus 7 is a milestone in Android’s development, so we were all over it when it came to our office. The Nexus lineup lays down the development direction for Android gadgets in general and Jelly Bean that debuted on this tab is quite interesting indeed. Unlike some previous Nexus gadgets, the Nexus 7 will probably gain a lot of traction with consumers making it even more important.
The Nexus 7 packs a Tegra 3 chipset, a 7″ LCD screen with WXGA resolution and a highly competitive price. Read more »
The popular news aggregating app Pulse has been around for Android and iOS for quite some time and now the service is available on the web as well.
With its spanking new web app, Pulse allows you to log in to your account and sync with the news sites and blogs you already follow and read them via a PC web browser as well. But it doesn’t stop there. Read more »
Gameloft has released a trailer revealing its new game powered by the Unreal Engine.
Titled Wild Blood, the game is set in a dark environment and is definitely of the hack-and-slash variety. Check out the teaser trailer, which consists entirely of gameplay footage below. Read more »
Ever been in a foreign country with no idea what a sign says? Google Translate now lets you snap a picture of it, and then translate the text.
This is a great timesaver as it doesn’t need you to enter in the text to translate manually. Read more »
Google is on track to revamp its Search app on iOS and improve the voice search by adding Google Now-flavored recognition.
The update will be available soon with no further specifics provided as to when exactly. Read more »
One of the key features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is that it automatically encrypts paid applications with a device specific ID, which ensures an app downloaded on a device can only be used on that particular device. This was created to combat the rampant piracy that has been seen on the Android platform.
Unfortunately, while the idea is excellent, the execution is not, as several developers and users of paid apps have found out. Read more »
The opensource nature of the Android OS means new updates are often found running on older phones before they officially hit the newer devices.
Keeping with that tradition, today we are about to see the very latest version of Android running on the very first commercially sold Android phone. Yes, you are about to see Jelly Bean running on the T-Mobile G1. Read more »
Nikon has unleashed two new cameras on the digital photography world. The first one is the newest member of the Nikon 1 family, which currently includes the V1 and the J1.
The J2 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that is mostly similar to the older J1 with minor modifications. Read more »
Cameras running Android is not exactly a new concept. Polaroid showcased the SC1630 earlier this year at CES and even Samsung is said to have been working on a similar device.
Now we are hearing that Nikon too is working on an Android based camera and there is some proof to back that claim as well. Read more »
When the Galaxy S III was announced, many were surprised that Samsung didn’t introduce a version in the classical black, but instead went forPebble blue.
This might change, as a couple of photos of what appears to be a black Galaxy S III were uploaded to the company’s Facebook page, showcasing the phone’s capabilities at the London 2012 Olympics. Read more »