When it comes to video game consoles, China certainly has a less than favorable relationship with such devices. Good thing that they lifted up the ban for game consoles to be sold in China, since that move has paved the way for Microsoft to ensure that their latest Xbox One console will be able to make landfall in that part of the world this coming 23rd of September at a price tag of $600 (a rough equivalent after conversion from the local currency of 3,699 RMB).
The Xbox One’s release in China will bring with it over 70 other games, and these will also be accompanied by the likes of exclusive content, free-to-play games, as well as other “blockbuster” titles. Other than games, future Chinese owners of the Xbox One too will be able to enjoy the likes of movies, sports, documentaries, on-demand TV shows, and a fitness library, among others.
DisplayMate does have a reputation when it comes to testing screens out, and the folks over there recently took a look at the 12” display that sees action alongside the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In fact, they had nothing but praises to sing concerning the Surface Pro 3’s display, touting that this particular model comes with one of the most accurate on-screen colors on any tablet or smartphone that had undergone testing using existing standards. Just how close to life the colors can be?
Well, the color gamut happens to carry a value of 97, and it was stated the “Absolute Color Accuracy for the Surface Pro 3 is an Excellent 2.1 JNCD, the most color accurate display that we have ever measured for a Tablet or Smartphone.”
It was not too long ago that the folks over at BitTorrent began to work on a new kind of messaging application. This particular messaging application (looks like messaging is a pretty big deal these days) will be based on the principles of BitTorrent technology; where one is able to work through a direct connection between people without having to fall back upon a centralized server to get the job done. It seems that all of their effort has finally paid off, as the public will be able to get a gist of the idea in the form of BitTorrent Bleep.
Of course, Bleep will remain in its early stages although folks have been invited to give it a go already. This will be a golden opportunity for those who are interested to actually help BitTorrent test out Bleep, as well as do their utmost best to discover bugs that could cause a performance glitch some time down the road.
When we talk about scanners, most of the time we would have a rough idea on the size and its form factor. Many of us do think of desktop scanners that are roughly the size of a small printer, although there are portable scanners in the market that make life much easier on the move. However, what if there was a way to change the way that scanners worked and looked? Enter this Indiegogo project known as the Zcan wireless scanner mouse.
Touted to be the first of its kind in the world, the Zcan is no 3D scanner, but it does hold the distinction of being the world’s first wireless scanner mouse – assuming it is realized, of course. The mouse will be integrated with a scanner, where it shows off a truly new method of scanning the likes of documents, books, and magazines, among others, so that users can swipe easily in a zigzag motion across what they would like to keep for posterity. Each completed scan will allow users to import it straight to Excel and text, allowing them to be editable, or it can be shared to social pages or translated to speech.
Yahoo has come up with a brand new Finance app for those who happen to run on the Android mobile operating system, and in this latest version, it has been specially redesigned to deliver real time performance, now how about that for progress? After all, many of us who are already working do look into other forms of investments to help secure our financial future, and in order to look knowledgeable in front of your mates, one ought to remain up to date with the latest developments in the business world. The Yahoo Finance app will bring with it a refreshed look and feel, offering relevant and important information at your fingertips.
Android device owners seem to gain the most from this refresh, as the Yahoo team actually rebuilt the app from the ground up, letting one enjoy a new home experience that has been organized around your stock quotes and company news. Not only that, this new app is also capable of pushing out notifications concerning relevant breaking news, while offering enhanced interactive charts for any quote that you so desire.
The clarion call has gone out – Variable has just launched the HACKANODE 2014 Mobile App Global Challenge, where one of the judges who will be sitting on the panel will be none other than Steve Wozniak himself, the other Steve who was instrumental in the humble beginnings of the mighty Apple empire. In this particular challenge, all qualifying mobile apps will be vying against one another to pick up a total cash prize pool of $16,500 across a dozen categories.
Joining Steve Wozniak on the 10-judge panel will include Thiel Foundation’s Nick Arnett. Here is a little background information on the HACKANODE 2014 Mobile App Global Challenge, where this particular online contest will require developers to register, build and submit new apps that are capable of incorporating the NODE+ wireless sensor’s functionality in a creative manner through two methods – you can either construct a new app from ground up, or to integrate NODE+’s wireless sensing capabilities into an existing app. Both ways are not easy routes actually, and they have their fair share of challenges.
It was just yesterday when we talked about Meizu rolling out their upcoming Meizu MX4 smartphone this coming September, and here we are with additional details on the Ubuntu-powered device. In fact, while the Meizu MX4 might not be the slimmest smartphone in the market when it arrives, this does not mean it is not a looker. No sir, far from it. In fact, what you see above happens to be a leaked image of the purported Meizu MX4’s bezel, which is extremely thin as far as the naked eye is able to see. Behind the chassis lies the schematics that will see action during the manufacturing process.
I suppose it is only natural for us to get all excited about the upcoming HTC One M8 for Windows smartphone, which so happens to be a device that will come with all of the bells and whistles that the HTC One M8 offers, and yet it will not run on the hugely popular Android mobile operating system, but rather, will stick to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. This is certainly a bold move by the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, and the latest press invites that they have sent out point to an event in New York this coming August 19.
It remains to be seen whether the Agut 19 event will have anything to do with the HTC One M8 for Windows, although chances are it will be in that general direction considering how there has been nothing else from HTC in terms of leaks and rumors to suggest any other smartphone release. In fact, it would be a real surprise indeed, if we were to see some other kinds of smartphone model other than this Windows Phone designated one.
When it comes to the world’s thinnest smartphone, you can be sure that this is one particular mantle that the likes of Samsung and Apple do not duke it out for. After all, they prefer to pack their respective devices with plenty of features, and surely that comes with a sacrifice – the size. Gionee, however, thinks differently, having already released the Elife S5.5 earlier this year to be the thinnest smartphone in the world. Having said that, the Gionee GN9005 intends to continue from there, measuring just 5mm thin, and is clearly making it on track to be the new thinnest smartphone in the world.
We have already share details on the Gionee GN9005′s hardware specifications more than a week ago, but here is a refresher. It will apparently arrive with a 4.8″ 720p AMOLED display at a pixel density of 306 ppi, having been certified by China’s TENAA authority, sports a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, has 1GB RAM, an 8MP camera at the back with a 5MP shooter in front, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice and a 2,050mAh battery.
When it comes to new smartphones, you can be sure that the likes of Samsung are definitely in front with its fair share of new devices that roll off a seemingly endless production line. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the latest of such smartphones, where we have heard many stories about this unannounced device to date. Apparently, the latest information concerning this bad boy would be it hitting the streets this coming 4th of August, which is more or less one month before many expect Samsung to introduce the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet.
Of course, some other folks might question the reason behind unveiling a couple of products at different times – isn’t doing so a tad inefficient? Well, there is a reason to everything, and chances are since the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is not going to be the high end device that most folks would lose their heads over, quite unlike the Galaxy Note 4 that remains ahead of the curve (hopefully, if its predecessors are anything to go by), then that makes sense. After all, you would not want the thunder of the Galaxy Note 4 to overshadow that of the Galaxy Alpha, right?
Any mobile operating system worth its salt will definitely need to receive updates from time to time, as with the case of Android that currently sees many handsets hanging out with
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This particular operating system update might lean with a slew of features that are more prone towards helping Microsoft succeed in China where the smartphone market is concerned, but this does not mean that the rest of the world should thumb their noses at the latest update.
As mentioned earlier this morning, the Chinese beta of Cortana is certainly worth checking out, being one of the two biggest features to be announced with the Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Apart from that, there will also be support for larger-format 960-by-540 displays, which is a common format that is normally found across a slew of highly affordable phablets over in the region of Asia.
Facebook, one of the world’s most popular social networks, as well as the company that made founder Mark Zuckerberg extremely rich in the process, has certainly expanded its reach beyond that of being a normal “connecting you to friends” thing. In fact, Facebook has experimented with different implementations and services in the past, where Facebook Gifts was introduced a few years back, allowing you to give real gifts to your virtual friends. However, it does not look as though Facebook Gifts has the pace to last the distance, which is why Facebook will finally kill off this service when the 12th of August comes around.
The shutting down of Facebook Gifts is not a temporary one – it will close down for good. Originally, Facebook Gifts came about after the social network picked up the social gifting app known as Karma, where it sells teddy bears, socks and chocolate drops that will be shipped straight to your friends on Facebook.
Heads up T-Mobile customers, if you were in the market for a new handset that won’t cost you too much money, you might be interested to learn that T-Mobile has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Avant. The handset has been rumored about several times in the past but we guess it is official now.
The Galaxy Avant isn’t the most high-end smartphone we’ve seen from Samsung or T-Mobile, but considering that the handset will cost customers $9 a month over 24 months, or $216 if they were to buy it outright, we guess we can’t really complain.
According to T-Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy Avant will sport a 4.5-inch qHD display and will be powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It will also be accompanied by 1.5GB of RAM and will come bundled with certain Samsung software features, such as S Voice and Smart Switch which allows users to transfer the content from their previous device onto the Galaxy Avant.
Revenge porn is nasty business and it seems that in several parts of the US, it has actually been banned. For those unfamiliar, revenge porn is usually where an ex-lover posts intimate photos and/or videos on the internet for the whole world to see, usually as “payback” for breaking up with them.
While there are plenty of revenge porn websites around, it seems that the last place one would expect it would be Facebook, but yet according to a recent report from TheWrap, the social networking giant has been slapped with a whopping $123 million lawsuit over a revenge porn page.
The story goes like this: a woman from Houston claims she is a victim of revenge porn when her former friend setup a fake Facebook page in her name and doctored photos of her where he placed her face on naked bodies of other women. The woman claims that she had requested Facebook to take it down, but it was only until the Houston Police Department subpoenaed Facebook did they finally take down the page.
However the woman in question felt that it was too little too late, and has since filed a lawsuit against the social network and her former friend. How did she arrive at the $123 million lawsuit? Well she was seeking damages at a rate of 10 cents for every one of Facebook’s 1.23 billion sucscribers.
Earlier we reported that thanks to an Apple support document for the Boot Camp software, a certain mid 2014 Mac Mini was spotted. It was interesting because the last time Apple released a Mac Mini, it was way back 2012, suggesting that a refresh is definitely in order. However it seems that another Apple computer has been sighted in the support document, as spotted by the folks at Consomac.
As you can see in the screenshot above, it references a 27-inch iMac for mid-2014. Considering that the last iMac refresh took place last month and it was for the 21.5-inch iMacs, we guess it is also about time that Apple refreshed their 27-inch iMac as well. However Apple has yet to make any announcement and last we checked, the Apple Online Store’s listing has not changed.
Now there have been rumors suggesting that Apple could be getting ready to introduce a 27-inch iMach with Retina display, at least according to files spotted in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, but as whether or not that model will actually launch this year remains to be seen. Some speculate that Apple could be going the entry-level route and introduce a more affordable 27-inch iMac.
Back in June, Nokia launched their first Android launcher called the Z Launcher. What made the Z Launcher so unique compared to other launchers is the fact that users would be able to swipe and perform gestures in the launcher itself to launch apps. For example drawing the letter “M” could bring up apps like Mail, Messages, and so on.
The launcher has also been designed to display your most used apps at a glance, so users won’t have to dig through their app drawer or folders to find their apps. Now the good news is that the launcher was launched in beta and recently Nokia announced that they have made some updates to the launcher as well as opened up the beta to more users.
According to Nokia, “If you were one of the people who previously requested to join our pre-beta after we reached capacity early in the trial, you can now download and start using Z Launcher. While we are not ready to open the private beta to everyone, we made it a priority to invite people who previously tried to join the trial.”
As far as the new features are concerned, it seems that the development team has taken some of its users’ recommendations to heart. The launcher will now allow users to configure their favorites, hide apps, additional support for handsets like the HTC One and the Moto X, data insight, along with a variety of bug fixes.
One of the handy and convenient features of Google is that it knows your searches based on your previous searches. It also knows what you’re up to based on emails you’ve received, which is why sometimes Google Now will display reminds for upcoming flights and so on. Some might think it’s creepy, but others find it useful.
That being said, if you’re planning on going on a holiday and want to know good places around your hotel to eat or check out, Google has recently announced that they have made changes to Google Search where it will now take into consideration the hotel you are staying at and will be able to display more relevant search results.
Just yesterday EA announced EA Access which is basically where Xbox One gamers can gain access to EA’s catalogue of games by paying a subscription fee of $4.99 a month. Given that sometimes games can be pretty expensive, $4.99 a month does seem like a pretty good price to pay, right?
Well unfortunately not everyone feels that way, at least not Sony who is Microsoft’s direct competitor as far as gaming is concerned. Speaking to Game Informer, Sony felt that the EA Access subscription program was not representative of good value to the PlayStation gamer, which is why they decided to pass on it.
According to Sony, “PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price. We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”
So we have been hearing a lot about the LG G Vista. According to the rumors, the handset could be headed Verizon’s way and according to the folks at Droid-Life, they claim that according to their sources, the handset could be released as soon as this Thursday. The handset is expected to be priced at $99 with a new two-year contract, or $499 for those who’d rather not be tied down.
As far as its specs are concerned, the LG G Vista is not the high-end handset we had initially thought, although it does share some features of the high-end LG G3 in the form of a laser auto focus. However apart from that, the rumors of the handset includes a 5.7-inch display with a 720p HD resolution, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a microSD card, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and will come with Android 4.4 KitKat.
In some ways it is understandable that some governments are a little apprehensive about self-driving cars. After all humans themselves make errors while driving, should we trust a computer to be behind the wheel? Well for those living in the UK, you might be pleased to learn that according to a report from the BBC, it seems that self-driving cars will be allowed on public roads come January 2015.
According to Business Secretary Vince Cable, “Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society.” Ministers will also be ordering a review of the UK’s road regulations to help provide appropriate guidelines for self-driving cars.