May 24 2013
This might sound a bit creepy, but Google will now let you search through your own photos on Google+ via the main Google Search bar. More
May 23 2013
Amazon is going all out with its line of Kindle Fire HD tablets, now taking pre-orders for the devices in more than 170 countries. To go along with this, the company is rolling out its Android Appstore in 200 regions. That’s a giant increase in availability which could potentially put Amazon’s tablets in the hands of many additional users. Before this move, the Kindle Fire was only available in a total of seven countries – US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. More
Apr 30 2013
Explorers have the device in hand, early reviews have begun to flow in, and heck, you might have even seen Glass in person by now. Unless you’ve had a chance to slide the product on your head, however, a comprehensive tour of the near-final user interface has likely remained out of reach. Until now. The team at Project Glass has uploaded a brief (60-second) how-to video, giving you an opportunity to step behind the tiny display for a point-of-view preview. If you have a minute to spare, you can view the clip just after the break. Then, set aside some time for our comprehensive Explorer Edition review, complete with sample pictures, videos and plenty of first-hand impressions. More
Apr 9 2013
Tired of all those messy icons cluttering up your PlayStation Vita’s home screen? Sony’s providing a solution in its next update, firmware version 2.10, which enables folders of up to 10 items to be organized on the screen. That means you could potentially take those 100 max applications allowed and stuff them all into folders on the home screen, effectively condensing your various home screens from 10 to one. The rest of the update isn’t so thrilling — namely, being able to identify which SD card you’ve got in the device, some email app enhancements, and video support which “allows you to play video within the browser.” There’re a few more minor tweaks, which we’ve included in the list past the jump — a complete list of updates in gritty detail will show up here when the update goes live at some point “later this evening.” More
Apr 9 2013
Good news, everyone! Google Chrome for iOS now supports printing to a wide range of printers. Just how wide, you ask? Well, as long as your printer supports AirPrint or is somehow connected to the Google Cloud Print tubes then you’re good to go. More
Apr 5 2013
It’s a given that NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 can handle 3D — unless you’ve been crafting a fully open source project around the chip, at which point you’ve been stuck in a flat world. Fresh contributions from Avionic Design’s Thierry Reding have brought that extra dimension back, albeit in limited form. His early patches for the Linux kernel enable support for 3D when using the Tegra Direct Rendering Manager driver. There’s also a matching Gallium3D driver for us regular users, although it’s still young: it can run reference 3D code as of a recent check, but can’t produce visible imagery. While it may take some months before everything falls into place, the officially-backed work should make the (slightly aging) chip that much more useful beyond the realms of Android and Windows RT.
Source: Freedesktop.org, Github
Apr 4 2013
It’s been about two years since Cablevision introduced its Optimum for iPad app that brought its live TV channels streaming to the tablet, and now it’s finally ready to offer the feature even when users are away from their home WiFi network. That ability is coming in an update rolling out tonight, however currently it only applies to the News 12, News 12 Traffic & Weather & MSG Varsity channels. All of those are at least partially owned by Cablevision, which should help it avoid the sort oflegal challenges suffered by its initial rollout. Other tweaks in version 3.1 include improved guide info for shows, the ability to delete multiple recordings and an indicator when scheduling an in-progress recording. Of course, most subscribers will want to stream other, more popular channels to their mobile devices and PCs no matter where they are — we’ll see if they start popping up soon, and how quickly the lawsuits fly afterwards.
Mar 30 2013
Those of you using Skype in Windows 8 will be happy to know that Microsoft’s just bumped the app to version 1.6. It’s been a few months since the last update, and this revision brings more features to the table, including contact blocking and a slew of performance tweaks. You’re now able to block users, with an option to remove or report the offending party. Speed and reliability have been improved, especially when loading contacts, and a number of bugs have been fixed, including one where the outgoing video was not always displayed after switching cameras. The update’s available in Windows Store, so what are you waiting for
Mar 23 2013
Panasonic and Nuance have been close partners on TV voice recognition in the past; we now know that they’re getting a bit cozier for Panasonic’s 2013 Smart TVs. The company’s newer LCDs and plasmas with voice recognition use Nuance’s Dragon TV for voice-only control of basics like volume as well as content and web searches. The engine will also speak out content and menus if you need more than just visual confirmation of where you’re going. Panasonic’s refreshed TV line is gradually rolling out over the spring, so those who see a plastic remote control as so very2010 won’t have long to wait.