Looks like Apple doesn’t want Microsoft to hog the OS spotlight today with its announcement of Windows 10. As Microsoft was unveiling its next iteration of Windows, Apple quietly pushed out the first GM Candidate for OS X Yosemite, a firm indicator that we’re on track for a public OS X Yosemite release in the very near future. For members of the public beta test program Apple today released OS X Yosemite Beta 4.
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 weighs in around 857MB and carriers build number 14A361c. Along with it Apple has also released Xcode 6.1 GM seed and OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview. Apple has told developers that they can now submit apps and app updates to Mac App Store build with Xcode 6.1 GM seed.
A new security vulnerability was discovered recently named “Shellshock.” Apple has already issued a fix for OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks and with its latest pre-release beta for developers it has also fixed the bash security issue in OS X Yosemite.
When Yosemite was unveiled back in June Apple said that it would be released later this fall. Since iOS 8 has already been rolled out all eyes are on the company now to quickly release its new OS X iteration.
You might have heard about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha by now, its a new device that the company has launched recently and its main selling point is the fact that its partially made out of metal, a material that’s not commonly found in Samsung smartphones. It was reported soon after the launch that Samsung had three more metal based devices up its sleeve and the Galaxy A5 is said to be one of them. There have already been many leaks related to these devices and now the Galaxy A5 has been seen making the customary stop at the FCC.
The FCC listing reveals that Samsung Galaxy A5 is going to have support for 4G LTE. It particularly shows support for LTE-FDD Band 5 on which US Cellular’s LTE network operates.
Rumor has it that all three devices, namely Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, will have LTE support although their specifications may differ since they’ll be meant for the low-end, mid-range and high-end segment of the market respectively.
As far as the Galaxy A5 is concerned it is rumored to have a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB internal storage, 5 megapixel front and 13 megapixel rear camera, Android 4.4.4 KitKat as well as a 2,330mAh battery.
Motorola’s highly anticipated smartwatch was released recently though every time it has been stocked it tends to sell out. Now obviously no one knows exactly how many units Motorola has in each stock run but today is the third time that Moto 360 happens to be back in stock. The company just announced this via Twitter and urged interested customers to hurry up before it gets out of stock once again. Those wishing to purchase one can now head to Motorola’s website to throw their money at the company.
Motorola tweeted just now that its new smartwatch is back in stock on Motorola.com. The company also mentioned that quantities are limited so hurry up if you want to purchase one.
Customers can pick up a Moto 360 in silver/stone leather or in all black color. It costs $249.99 plus tax but the company will ship it for free so there’s no additional charges for that.
The original silver version is no longer available through the website since it was a limited edition but Best Buy does have that particular version in stock right now, but black is not to be found at the rerailer.
Even though Apple has formally unveiled the Apple Watch earlier this month its not like the rumors are going to end. The company didn’t confirm some important details about the wearable device, such as its battery life, its exact release date, and the price of Apple Watch Edition models. This means we’ll have to deal with Apple Watch rumors until early next year when the device is slated to be released. A new rumor today suggests that the Apple Watch will actually enter mass production in January 2015.
If that is the case wouldn’t that make it hard for Apple to meet its early 2015 release timeframe for the Apple Watch? Surely production will have to be started in the near future if that timeframe is to be met.
Initially it was reported that Quanta Computer and Inventec will be handling mass production of the Apple Watch. Now a rumor claims that Inventec has dropped out and Quanta is solely responsible for all mass production, which is why it is apparently increasing its workforce up to four million.
With just one supplier mass producing the Apple Watch there exists the possibility that the company may not be truly able to meet its early 2015 release timeframe. Perhaps it can stagger the launch across several markets to ensure that its out by the time it has promised even if in a handful of markets initially.
It would be safe to say that Pebble is still the most popular smartwatch out there despite the fact that there are now better alternatives available that have colored and even round displays. Even though Pebble’s black and white display might seem outdated right now it arguably still has the most amount of apps available and is still a wearable device worth considering. To entire potential buyers Pebble today decided to cut prices of both its smartwatches.
Pebble also released a new software update today which enables non-stop activity tracking and sleep monitoring on the smartwatch. Users can now track their activity in the background at all times and Pebble allows third party apps from Jawbone, Misfit and Swim.com to take advantage of this feature.
For example the Misfit app for Pebble can now track activity and sleep continuously round the clock. Jawbone’s activity tracking watchface for Pebble, called UP, will show daily and weekly progress and will automatically sync with the new UP app for iOS which no longer requires an UP band.
Swim.com will offer the first smartwatch app that lets users measure time, strokes, pace, distance and efficiency when they’re swimming with their Pebble watch, and this data will automatically be synced with the cloud and their smartphone.
Back in July we reported that the Spotify launch in Canada was imminent. It had put up a registration page for interested subscribers allowing some to try the service before it was formally opened up to everyone. Trials have been running since then but the day many Canadians have been waiting for is finally here. Today Spotify has finally been launched in Canada.
All users in Canada will receive immediate access to over 20 million songs in Spotify’s library. There’s a basic free subscription available as well which allows streaming with audio quality up to 320kbps on any device at any time. Spotify says that Canadians will also have access to “the most extensive Canadian music catalogues available,” including a comprehensive Quebecois library.
The free tier aside, users will also have the option to sign up for the $10 CAD Spotify Premium service which will not only allow them to download and listen to music offline, but also brings a fully on-demand ad-free listening experience.
Its high time that Spotify catered to our neighbors particularly because the likes of Google Play Music, Deezer and Rdio were pretty quick to bring Canada into the fold soon after they launched.
A movie about Tron is definitely cool – way too cool, and thankfully, the remake that was released a few years ago had the advantage of brilliant CGI getting the job done, although the actors, too, had to have their fair share of acting. However, just how the heck can one actually come up with a movie adapted from the classic ‘80s puzzle video game “Tetris” is set to hit the silver screen some time down the road.
It would definitely be interesting to see just what kind of storyline will be in place of a game premise where falling bricks known as tetrominos fall down in varying sizes and lengths, where you attempt to clear as many lines as possible while scoring the most points possible with each clearance.
Threshold Entertainment has worked alongside the Tetris Company to roll out a live-action film that will be based on the game. So far, there has been no mention of any directors or cast concerning the film, but Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff did mention, “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”
Microsoft has made no secret of its ambition to bring more OEMs in the Windows Phone fold. It has signed up several low cost OEMs based in emerging markets to push Windows Phone devices in the low end segment of the market. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi doesn’t sell its devices in many countries but its known globally as a company that sells hundreds of thousands of units in seconds whenever a new device is put up for sale. If local reports are true then perhaps Microsoft might be considering a Xiaomi-made WP device.
Satya Nadella took over as the CEO of Microsoft a few months back and recently went on his first trip to China. Local reports out of the country suggest that he also met with Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun though the meeting was not publicly revealed.
There’s no official version regarding the agenda of this meeting which is why there’s abundant speculation. It is believed that the two may have talked about the possibility of collaborating on a Windows Phone device. Xiaomi’s speciality is to offer impressive specifications at a low price point, it could use this strategy to push Windows Phone devices, which is obviously something that Microsoft would be interested in.
If you thought that forking out $35 for the Google Chromecast is far too much of a burden on your pocket, or you are thinking that the entire ecosystem is not open enough for you, perhaps the choice of picking up Matchstick’s very own TV stick might prove appealing. After all, this particular TV stick will retail for $25 a pop as it hits the market in February next year.
The Matchstick will be powered by Firefox OS, where you can fling content from a phone or PC to a TV, not to mention it comes with support for a slew of Chromecast-compatible apps right from the get go. While the Matchstick remains as a working prototype, the Matchstick team has high hopes that they can raise the required $100,000 via Kickstarter in order to get the production line going. If you would like to be the early bird this time around, why not sign up to be an early backer? After all, that would give you the privilege of reserving the Matchstick TV Stick for a mere $12. Otherwise, it is going to be priced at $25.
Earlier this year, we managed to catch a glimpse of the Basis B1 wearable device that featured advanced sleep analysis – and it might seem to be a pretty difficult act to follow up. However, that is not quite the case, as here we are with the Basis Peak health watch that is a whole lot more aesthetically pleasing compared to its predecessor, it is also set to arrive later this November, carrying an asking price of $199 a pop.
Intel did pick up Basis earlier this year, as Intel used this opportunity to take a peek into the world of wearable devices. After all, it makes perfect sense, and imagine the kind of collaboration that Intel would end up with if they could come up with a chip worthy of a place in small and connected devices. Why not start off with your own hardware to get the ball rolling, right?
Forget everything that you have heard about Windows 9 – that is not going to be the next version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, as it looks as though Microsoft has decided to skip a number and go straight for Windows 10. Could they be looking at working with even numbers only? Who knows? One thing is for sure though, there will be no Windows 9 or “Threshold”.
Windows 10 looks set to be a single operating system that will not differentiate between the likes of smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptops – I suppose you can say that this is an all-in-one operating system that will bring a slew of devices together.
Right now, Microsoft does offer software specific to certain platforms, and it looks as though with the advent of Windows 10, we will be able to see a culmination in the effort to bring about the Windows Phone, Windows RT, Windows, and the Xbox operating system closer together. Windows 10 will also see a solitary Windows Store made available to the masses, where it sports apps which will run on all Windows 10-powered hardware – regardless of whether they are mobile or stationary.
The Ostrich Pillow started life off as an idea, and thanks to the crowdfunding platform that is known as Kickstarter, it became reality – and a hit, to say the least. Having said that, every hit deserves a sequel as long as there is more money to milk from the masses, which is why the Ostrich Pillow Mini has surfaced – also appealing to the masses over at Kickstarter in order to raise the necessary amount of funds to turn it from a dream into reality.
The Ostrich Pillow Mini has been described to be a “handy, personal power nap pillow”, where you can carry it with you, letting it fit into your busy lifestyle. Basically, you are able to use the Ostrich Pillow Mini on your hand, arm or elbow, allowing your head to get some much needed shuteye at the desired resting point.
Samsung was pretty quick to jump on the #bendgate bandwagon, an issue that caused certain iPhone 6 Plus units to bend when they were carried around in a particularly tight pocket. Earlier this week a potential design flaw with its latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, was reported as well. Early adopters found that there was a gap between the display and the frame in which one could easy fit a business card. Samsung has now spoken out regarding this potential flaw.
In a statement provided to Trusted Reviews, Samsung says that this reported issue does not “impact the functionality or quality of the Galaxy Note 4.” Adding that it assures customers that all of its Galaxy Note 4 units meet “strict manufacturing and quality control standards.”
A previous report claimed that Samsung was aware of this issue and is presumably working to fix it before the units start shipping next month. You wouldn’t be wrong to chalk its latest statement up as pure PR talk, the gap is there on some units, and it remains to be seen if it really is that widespread and we will only be able to find that out once the release takes place in October.
We did hear about a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime that was leaked some time in the middle of this month, and it seems that whatever rumors that surrounded this particular smartphone will be put to bed as the handset has officially rolled out over in India, carrying the model number SM-G530H alongside it. This is a new and affordable Android-powered device which was first seen in Vietnam not too long ago.
Just what kind of confirmed hardware specifications will the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime come with? For starters, there is a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera which is perfect for selfies – as well as capturing photos of folks in a large group. Right at the back, you will also be able to stash away memories in 8MP resolution for posterity, and the rear camera can also handle 1080p video recording, too.
Given that technology has advanced significantly over the past few years we have seen considerable changes in many sectors. Mobile devices like tablets have infiltrated the education sector and developers have come up with applications that are meant to help students in their quest for knowledge. Cloud storage companies have targeted students as well and Google raised the bar today with Drive for Education. Supporting individual files up to 5TB Google Drive for Education brings unlimited cloud storage for students.
Google Drive has been available for a little over two years. Google says that it is now used as a sharing solution by more than 190 million people around the world with as many as 30 million students and teachers using Google Apps for Education.
After launching a premium version of Google Apps for Work the company is now bringing the same idea over to students. Drive for Education will be available for all Google Apps for Education users at no additional cost and will bring unlimited cloud storage, enhanced auditing tools as well as an API for seeing activity of a file, and Google Apps Vault which is a search and discovery solution for compliance needs, it will be available by the end of this year.
If you’re someone who isn’t really concerned about the legality of watching pirated TV shows and movies then Popcorn Time is meant for you. It is often referred to as the Netflix for pirates and has been around on the desktop and Android for quite some time now. Today Popcorn Time for iOS has been released, allowing people to view pirated content on their iPhones and iPads.
Since its primary feature is to allow people to view pirated content one can conclude that Apple did not give it permission to be listed in the App Store. Don’t worry though, the app is still out there, but it has to be sideloaded and the device on which it is meant to be installed needs to be jailbroken. So if you’re rocking the latest iPhones with iOS 8 you’re out of luck.
Through Popcorn Time for iOS it is almost effortless to stream pirated TV shows and movies. The app itself is free and there’s no monthly subscription fee, just a deep mark on your conscience for not paying and opting for piracy.
Expectant mothers have this particular glow around them, which is a good thing, of course. After all, a happy and joyous mother would more often than not experience an easy pregnancy, and it also bodes well for baby within. Bellabeat has lined up a trio of new tracking and monitoring devices for the modern mom who is tech savvy, and they were designed with Mother Nature as its inspiration by being aesthetically pleasing in addition to being environmentally friendly.
First of all, there is the Bellabeat Leaf, which so happens to be a wearable activity tracker which will allow a mother to track her sleep and stress level among others, while offering immediate feedback as well as advice both during and after the pregnancy, in addition to letting her play calming and soothing music to her baby as it keeps track of baby’s reaction.
Then there is the Bellabeat Balance that is a beautiful smart scale which is made of wood, allowing any mom to keep track of her weight throughout the different stages of her pregnancy, and to help her return to a healthy weight afterwards.
We reported yesterday that Apple had teamed up with a popular luxury retailer in Paris in order to provide an exclusive one-day experience. The invite hinted that it had something to do with the company’s recently unveiled smartwatch. Today in Paris the Apple Watch made its first public appearance as the town is gripped with Fashion Week. Many big names from the fashion industry were in attendance, and Apple brought out its big guns as well, design chief Jony Ive was present there too.
People weren’t actually allowed to take the Apple Watch for a spin but they could gawk at it to their heart’s content through a glass showcase. The event took place at Colette’s gallery on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris this morning. Both 28mm and 42mm models of Apple Watch were put on display.
Some models from the Apple Watch Edition collection were on display, which tout 18-karat cold cases, while models from the Apple Watch Sport collection were in abundance. A select few journalists and personalities were allowed to actually wear the Apple Watch but the company made no new announcements, so there’s still no official comment on the battery life or the price of the gold model.
Microsoft makes a very popular productivity suite known as Office, Word is an integral part of the suite as its the word processor. The Office suite and its various applications are not only used by individuals and students around the world they’re also used and appreciated by businesses both big and small. Now Redmond can add yet another big corporation to its list of clients. Samsung has decided to give up its own productivity software and embrace Microsoft Word with open arms.
This is a significant move to say the least since the company has been using its own office software for over two decades. Moreover this shift comes after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visited Korea and held meetings with Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong.
Samsung has confirmed that it will switch over to Microsoft Word starting January 1st, 2015. Universal compatibility is a reason that the company cites for this decision which sees it moving away from JungUm Global software, which was developed by the company itself.
There’s little doubt in the fact that such high level meetings would have been meant to clear the air between both companies following the patent related lawsuit that Microsoft filed against Samsung last month. This move could signal that things aren’t too bad between the companies.
Xiaomi is certainly pretty good at their marketing tactics – after all, they tend to gloat about how many units of a particular device that they have sold in a matter of minutes, such as the MiPad. Well, this time around, the king of flash sales has done it again, and it would be the Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone that went on a flash sales in India, having shifted 60,000 units in a matter of 13.9 seconds in the world’s second most populous country, now how about that for a record?
The fact that Xiaomi is a brand from China has not seen anyone pull the brakes when it comes to picking up this handset, since this happens to be the most successful flash sale for the company in India to date. Previously, Xiaomi managed to sell 40,000 units of the Redmi 1S in a matter of 4.2 seconds, and prior to that, it took all of 2 seconds to snap up 15,000 Xiaomi Mi 3 units.