Microsoft’s Xbox One is the console that the company hopes will carry it through to 2020 and beyond, but while all the talk is often about how powerful these new game consoles are and whether they will usher in a new era of hyper-realistic games or not, often one of the important aspects of a new console is overlooked – how does the thing look?
Earlier on in the year, Google made a move which some people deemed clever, some foolish. With the expertise that comes with being one of the world’s largest software companies, Google doesn’t have the best credentials when it comes to hardware production. The answer? Purchase an already existing, well thought of, manufacturer. In this case, Google purchased the then-struggling Motorola Mobility to head their mobile device production.
on December 8th, 2013
Losing a leader like Nelson Mandela is always a huge loss not just for his own nation, but for all of humanity on the whole. When the former South African president and national leader passed away, almost everyone paid tribute to his achievements and his life in their own way, but seeing a corporation doing that is always different and noteworthy. Cupertino tech giant Apple has honored the great leader by updating its home page with the photo of Mandela, paying homage to a giant life that was taken away from us.
Valve’s SteamOS gaming PC operating system may not be ready just yet, but that doesn’t mean that bespoke computer makers around the globe aren’t working on hardware that will be ready to run it when it finally does see a release. British computer builder Piixl is just one of those companies, and it has announced its own entry into the Steam Machine market.
Security and general privacy tends to be of paramount importance to most mobile device users, and with very good reason. But while the battle to steer clear of the unscrupulously-intended, non-niceties of the mobile world are well documented, one company obscures its potentially dangerous spying app under a veil of legitimacy.
The CyanogenMod team rarely slacks, but even by their standards, it has been a really busy past couple of weeks. Not too hectic, however, to have any major effect on the schedule it would seem, for CyanogenMod M1 has just been released, supporting most Nexus devices in the process. As we learned earlier on in the week, CyanogenMod 10.2 would be the last version supporting those old Android Jelly Bean ROMs, and in a matter of just 72 hours, the “Milestone 1″ release of the Android 4.4 KitKat-based version 11 is upon us.
Siri caused more than a stir when it first hit the scene along with the iPhone 4s back in 2011, but even though consumers and commentators alike were fascinated by this feature that could answer back (if you had the right accent), the novelty did seem to wear off, and apart from the Eyes Free in-car integration, it’s been a while since Apple’s much-loved voice assistant really made the headlines.
Although we’re relatively well informed as to the progress of Google Glass’s development, we haven’t had much of an insight into the numerous different designs we’ve already been promised by the Big G and its partners. The current Explorer Edition, for example, does not work with prescription lenses, leaving those in requirement of visual aids unable to fully use the wearable tech – if at all. As such, designs to facilitate the specialized lenses are being worked on, and one Google manager looks to have accidentally leaked snaps of one pair of prescription Glasses for the world to see. The shots were hastily removed from sight, although not before the Web could grab and share them for the rest of us to ogle over.
Although Android is, due to its open source nature, seen as a target by many hackers and individuals that wish to steal information for illicit purposes, the Google Play Store is, at least in theory, as safe as most other app portals. After all, it is moderated by Google to ensure that apps comply with the rules and terms of service, and anything suspect is usually disposed of in a swift and timely manner. But one app by the name of Brightest Flashlight, which requires no further description, appears to be keeping users in the dark about how it collects user location data before sending it to third party ad firms.
Fans of the work of Bungie, the people behind the Halo series of games, has announced that it expects to begin offering its new game for sale soon. Destiny will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 and looks set to be quite the experience.
Here’s how you can enable or find free Xbox One game demos to download and try on your shiny new console before making an actual purchase of the full version.
Those folks over at Google seem determined to get their claws into our living rooms, and it’s becoming clear that the monumental failure of the Google TV initiative hasn’t dampened the company’s resolve. Rather than skulking off with its tail between its legs, Google is reported to be hard at work on bringing a new piece of kit to market that it hopes will continue its march towards its goal of having a presence in every aspect of our lives.
The iPhone has improved in a variety of ways over the last few years, and like most other smartphones on offer, the rear-facing camera has been treated to regular enhancement. A camera is a complex being, with many elements combining to offer the very best snap-shooting experience, and one of the areas OEMs have sought to crack is the camera’s ability to shoot in low lighting conditions. The iPhone 5 and subsequent 5s are far superior to any of their predecessors when there’s not much light around, but the Lightstrap Kickstarter project, which, to offer an analogy, is almost the lovechild of an iPhone case and a torch.
Every year in December, the Google Play Store picks the best apps of the twelve months previous, and today, the time has come for the 2013 round-up. With the end of the year quickly approaching, we’re going to be seeing a lot of these “best of” lists, and although you mightn’t agree with every single one of the Play Store picks, there’s still bound to be at least a few gems in there for everybody to appreciate.
A number of companies are currently working on MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers for a better all-round gaming experience on the fruit company’s flagship smartphone, and it looks like renowned peripheral maker Razer is getting on the act courtesy of an image leaked via the Twitter handle Evleaks. Check out the press images after the leap!
Apple has been working hard over the past year or so to noticeably improve the Apple Retail Store experience. The Apple Store app, for example, has been greatly enhanced, offering all kinds of free content including a Christmas-themed playlist earlier this week, and now, the Cupertino giant has rolled out its iBeacons infrastructure across the entire network of U.S. retail outlets. For the benefit of the uninitiated, iBeacons hubs will reside in various locations throughout each Apple Store, and depending on whereabouts you are at any given time, beam information about certain products within that proximity via the Apple Store app.
Starting with Glass XE9 update, Google added the ability for Glass Explorers to take screenshots, or make vignette as Google is calling it, of what you are seeing on the Glass display. Vignettes basically attaches a screenshot of what you are seeing on the Glass display over the picture you are taking using the camera, making it easier for you to show people what you see on Glass.
Google Glass is not just a significant product for the company behind it, but for several other manufacturers looking to get in on the smart glasses act. We’ve already taken a look at the Vuzix M100s, which were made available to pre-order just a couple of days back, and now, Lumus has taken the wraps off its own, very slick-looking effort. Check out its stylish frame and intriguing list of specs after the break!
When the iPhone 5s was first released, it was pretty darn hard to get hold of. And on its first day of sale, once supplies ran out, it was weeks before shipments resumed as Apple’s early inventory was completely spent. Gradually, though, things have improved, with consumers looking to purchase the latest and greatest Cupertino smartphone not being subjected to waiting periods of more than a week. As of right now, the iPhone 5s is available in the US, UK, Asia Pacific and Middle East, with shipping times for the device back down to a much more palatable 1-3 days.
Google Glass looks set to become a piece of technology of many uses, and although many of use have already seen and enjoyed watching how the Big G’s face computer will capture video, run all kinds of different apps and generally enhance our lives, New York artist David Datuna has used it to create a unique, and captivating interactive piece of artwork. The large canvas consists of the American flag covered in thousands of eyeglass lenses, but in a twist, there are hidden cameras powered by the ever-so-tiny Raspberry Pi computer, allowing those picking up the linked Glass devices at the Art Basel gathering to view a live feed of those checking out the artwork.