The Skype video messaging service is finally out of beta and is now available to all Skype users. It is available on the desktop in Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8, OS X and on the mobile for Skype for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. The service is currently not available on Windows Phone.
For those who don’t know, Skype video messaging lets you send short video messages over Skype. Unlike your regular video calls, the recipient of these messages need not be online when you send them and can view them whenever they log into Skype. Basically, video messaging is to video calls what SMS is to voice calls. Read more »
An upcoming mysterious Facebook event has several sources speculating that the social network might be adding video support to its Instagram platform.
Instagram, which was bought by Facebook for a cool $1 billion in cash and stock in April of 2012, has been slowly losing ground on Twitter to Vine, a popular iOS and Android app which lets you share short 6 second video clips. Read more »
The iPad mini is selling well and Apple might be thinking of adopting its narrow bezel design for the big iPad too. Photos of a prototype iPad 5 along with cases for it have leaked, but we only have someone’s lap to give us a sense of scale (otherwise it might just be an iPad mini, take this with a pinch of salt).
The iPad uses a 4:3 screen, which makes it quite wide and the iPad mini got around that with very thin bezels on the left and right of the screen. Read more »
A blurry image of what looks like an upcoming dedicated gamepad for iOS devices has made the rounds on the internet. Despite the far from perfect nature of the photo however, the large white Logitech G-series logo on the controller’s left side leaves little doubt about who its manufacturer is.
The gamepad appears designed as an enclosure around iPhone 5 or the latest generation iPod Touch. Read more »
Another superhero movie, another movie tie-in game. It’s hardly a surprise then that Warner Bros. have followed the launch of the movie with a game for iOS and Android. Named identical to the movie, Man of Steel is now available on the App Store (separate versions for iPhone and iPad) and the Play Store.
Man of Steel is a third person action game where you engage enemies one at a time. It has the same basic gameplay method that was pioneered by Infinity Blade, where you have to swipe on the screen to attack your enemy and then press buttons on the screen to dodge their attacks. Read more »
Microsoft has released a version of Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers for the iPhone. Although not quite the full Office suite that everyone was expecting, Office Mobile will let Office 365 users view and edit their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents stored online right on their iPhone.
With Office Mobile, you can access documents stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro or SharePoint. You can view as well as edit the documents within the app and it keeps a tab of your recently opened documents. All changes made are instantly saved online but if you don’t have a connection you can continue editing the document and the changes will be uploaded as soon as your iPhone is connected to the internet. Read more »
Add another one to the list of changes we can expect in iOS 7 – Microsoft’s Bing Search will be the brain behind Apple’s Siri virtual assistant on the iPhone.
The new search engine is accompanied by Siri’s new look, voice templates, and extended capabilities in iOS 7. Read more »
For most of us, apps on our smartphones or tablets are means of either entertainment or communication. We have our games, social networking apps and some other stuff that help us get through the day.
There are some people whose lives have genuinely been impacted by these apps. For them, these apps are not just means of entertainment or connectivity but help them learn, grow and function in a way that would otherwise be either impossible or very difficult. It has helped them lead a normal life. In their latest video, Apple shows us some examples where iOS devices and the apps running on them have helped change lives. Read more »
Windows Phone pioneered the flat UI on mobile and the new iOS 7 look shares a lot of similarities – at least whoever maintains the Nokia Hong Kong’s Weibo account thinks so. They created this image and challenged users to pick which side is WP8 and which side is iOS 7.
There’s one more side-by-side comparison after the break. Read more »
If you think all the gaming action this month is happening only on the consoles, think again. Gameloft has announced the next versions of their popular Asphalt and Brothers in Arms games and the visuals are likely to blow your mind.
The first is Asphalt 8: Airborne, the successor to the rather excellent Asphalt 7: Heat. From the trailer it seems there is not a whole lot of difference in terms of gameplay but holy mother of polygons does it look spectacular, especially for a mobile game. Read more »
Apple released the first iOS 7 beta yesterday and we just couldn’t keep our hands off it. We just couldn’t wait until the fall to give the latest version of the Apple platform a try. We’ve installed the new iOS on an iPhone 5 and we’ve restored it from an iCloud backup. Everything has gone smooth so we are now able to share our first impressions with you.
The new iOS 7 brings a brand new look, new icons and skins, new control center with toggles and updated notification center, new weather app, Safari browser, Photos and Music player, Camera app and much more. Read more »
The unwrap of iOS 7 yesterday has not only got the attention of existing users of Apple’s mobile OS, but has also intrigued Android’s newly appointed chief Sundar Pichai.
This is evident from his very own tweet stating that he is “excited to try iOS 7 beta”. Read more »
A feature that’s been missing in iOS for quite some time is set to finally make its way to Apple’s mobile platform with its most recent version.
Call-blocking in iOS 7 will not only block calls, but also prevents messages and even FaceTime calls from numbers you add to the list. Read more »
Apple’s WWDC keynote speech has just completed and, as expected, it brought the latest version of the company’s mobile platform. iOS 7 sports a completely new design, turning its back to the skeuomorphism and embracing a new, more modern flat design.
Traditionally, the company has launched a lengthy promo video highlighting the main new features of iOS 7. Read more »
Apple’s WWDC 2013 has just begun and Tim Cook was eager to share how the iOS ecosystem and the App Store have been doing. Cook shared some statistics from back in May, including the 50 billion downloaded apps milestone. The company boasts that there are now 900,000 apps in the App Store.
Interestingly, over 90% of them are downloaded each month. The apps specifically designed for the iPad are now more than 375,000. Read more »