Amazon unveiled a pretty major update to their Cloud Player service that launched early last year. The update makes the Player more independent from Cloud Drive and offers a free, automatic audio quality upgrade, similar to iTunes Match.
The audio upgrade program is pretty neat – music on your hard drive will be scanned and matching songs (that Amazon has the rights to) will be upgraded to a high-quality 256Kbps version and they won’t even have to be uploaded. Read more »
Google has released the latest version of the desktop Chrome browser, which brings it to version 21.0.1180.60. One of the two important features is the support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro. This feature was so far available on the beta version but now those who use the stable release can take advantage of it as well.
Another feature that was only available on the beta version before is support for a camera and microphone. Now thanks to addition of the getUserMedia API, websites will finally have access to your webcam (if you allow them), which will let you use services like Webcam Toy, Magic Xylophone and Sketchbots, to name a few. Read more »
It seems Google has finally realized no one really wants a $300 bowling ball whose only real abilities are streaming your music and movies from the cloud while completely ignoring all the content on your Android smartphone or tablet and using them just as a glorified remote control.
So now they have done the sensible thing and suspended the launch of the device by removing it from the Play Store. Meanwhile, they are working on making it “do even more than it does today”, which is not much. Read more »
Microsoft has launched the new Outlook.com, which replaces the existing Hotmail webmail service. The new website makes good use of the Metro UI and also offers users to switch from their current @hotmail.com email addresses to @outlook.com addresses.
Upon opening the new website you’ll notice just how clean and uncluttered the UI is. In fact, it’s so minimalistic that at first glance you’d think you accidentally opened the mobile version of the website. Read more »
Samsung launched its own mobile music service in the United States. The Samsung Music Hub will be initially available on the Galaxy S III smartphones offered by AT&T and US Cellular. Availability for the rest of the flagship’s carrier versions is yet to be announced.
The service will be offered in free and premium variations with the latter set to cost $9.99 a month. Read more »
MGM released a teaser of the new Bond movie last May. It’s just today though when we get to see the full-length trailer of 23rd Bond movie called Skyfall.
We recently saw Daniel Craig land with a parachute at the Olympics opening event and visitors were treated with a 30-second teaser for Skyfall. Now here is the official trailer. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has reportedly, just started receiving its update to Android ICS.
Currently, the update has gone live in Italy, but should hit other regions soon. Read more »
According to some leaked slides, Sony is going to release a new Android tablet under the Xperia brand, thus unifying its smartphone and tablet business into one brand.
If the slides prove to be correct, the tablet is going to feature a 9.4-inch display with a 1280×800 pixels resolution powered by the quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. Read more »
Facebook has revamped the photos view in your profile, which will now show up as a mosaic of different sized photos that roughly resembles the Metro UI on the Windows 8 homescreen. It also looks very similar to the way Google+ arranges images in its photos view.
The new photos view also puts all your pictures in one location. If you want to highlight certain images, you can click on the image and select the Highlight option, at which point that photo’s thumbnail will appear four times bigger than the others. Of course, you still have the albums as before, now in a separate section. Read more »
The highly popular survival third-person shooter game for Android Dead Space has been updated and is now fully compatible with the hot-on-the-shelves Google Nexus 7.
The game will set you back $6.99, its great graphics taking advantage of the Tegra 3 powerhouse inside the Nexus 7 should make shelling this kind of cash more than worthwhile. Read more »
It turns out that, along with the usual spat over current and past products, the legal battle between Apple and Samsung can also offer a look at future releases as well. An upcoming Samsung tablet with the rather unusual screen size of 11.8″ has been revealed in court papers from the Apple v. Samsung trial in California.
Codenamed P10, the slate is listed as having the ‘retina’ moniker deserving resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Read more »
The Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 continues its march in the Android scene and now that Google has released the stock ROM images, developers have everything needed to start porting Android 4.1 to their favorite devices.
The latest ones to start enjoying CyanogenMod 10 are the Samsung Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Mini, devices which otherwise would’ve never seen the light of Android 4.1. And the kicker is, they run it surprisingly well. Read more »
The BlackBerry PlayBook never gained the popularity that RIM was hoping for and rumors of a bigger 10″ version fizzled out. Vietnamese blog Tinhte however, received photos of just that – a 10″ PlayBook – right next to a PlayBook 4G (Sprint had plans to offer these but then canceled).
Interested to see what could have been? There are a few more shots after the break. Read more »
Windows 8 is coming in the end of October and to ensure its adoption goes as smooth as possible, Microsoft has announced the new Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Wedge Touch Mouse.
The Wedge Mobile Keyboard keyboard is meant for tablets so it isn’t some simple Bluetooth keyboard with Windows 8-specific keys. No, it comes with a special cover which hides some nifty tricks under its sleeve. Read more »
Microsoft has revealed in its annual report filed this week that the anticipated Windows 8 based Surface tablet will be released along with the operating system on October 26.
So far we only knew that the tablet would go on sale sometime after the launch of the OS but it’s good to know that the tablet will also be releasing on the same day. Read more »